In Transition we aim to foster independent learning, develop key skills and nurture creative expression, within a supportive learning environment and through cross-curricular topic work.
In Year 1, The Kodaly Method and Tap/Musical Theatre Dance are introduced to the already broad curriculum, to fulfil the academic, physical, creative and social needs of each individual child.
Establishing routines is important for every child, as it helps them to develop a sense of belonging and supports their independent learning. The majority of our work in Year 1 is done in partner or small group setups, incorporating the interests of the children.
It is at this stage that any child experiencing difficulties can be identified and appropriate support planned and followed through. Sometimes this includes off-site support, e.g. physiotherapists, speech therapists. Close contact between staff, specialists and parents is expected.
It is rewarding to note that staff commitment to early intervention pays such dividends in the child's all-round development.
In Year 2, Recorder is introduced to the curriculum. In learning skills and gaining knowledge, we aim to create a sense of 'group', building self-confidence and developing the ability to interact positively with others.
In addition to the requirements of Literacy and Numeracy skills, topic themes (which may be Geography, History or Science based) are explored in greater depth in Transition.
There is a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills during these two years, as we believe that it is only when these skills are in place that children are able to continue with independent research.