Children in Reception and years 1 and 2 are grouped into two classes in the Infant House. Sycamore Class has children from 4-6 and Oak Tree Class is for children aged 6-7.
In Sycamore Class children learn in a relaxed manner without the pressures to be found in many mainstream settings. The class is normally around 16-18 children and has a teacher and teaching assistant. The class follows a largely child-led curriculum which supports children in following their own interests but also gives them opportunities for group work allowing them to build their writing, numeracy and problem solving skills. Children enjoy a rich cross curricula approach to learning and whilst we use the national curriculum as a framework for our objectives we are not constrained by it and teach creatively developing children’s love of learning.
The Sycamore class is housed in three rooms in the Infant House. There is a home room where children can work in groups or individually on focussed activities such as writing, phonics or maths. This room also has a large block play area. There is also a large and airy occupations room where children can freely explore their interests in craft, clay, art, music, role play and small world. This room leads out onto a roof garden which has space for children to work outside and has amazing views across horse fields to the South Downs.
There is also a quiet room with an infant library where children can sit and read or listen to stories.
The Sycamore Class also use the large infant garden adjacent to the house where they can find a working water pump and water play area, a huge sandpit, well resource wood work shed, gardening beds, climbing frame, mud kitchen, make believe pagoda and small wooded area for climbing trees and imaginative play.
Oak Tree Class
We call the Oak Tree class the transition class because children are moving from a predominately child-led Early Years play based curriculum towards becoming more independent in literacy and numeracy skills. their Our main focus is to ensure that pupils achieve high levels of basic skills whilst keeping the arts, science, humanities and modern languages at the heart of the curriculum. The Oak Tree Class is small made up of around 8 children so everyone has a high level of teaching input and support. Oak Tree Class also has time to use the infant garden as well as having opportunities to mix with the children in the lower end of the Junior Department.