Our curriculum is rich, ambitious and personalised to the needs of each child. Based on the National Curriculum, we begin with a strong core of English and Mathematics and enrich the children’s day with local outdoor sessions where appropriate to extend their learning beyond the classroom.
We recognise that children learn in different ways and our motto “I hear, I see, I do and I learn” reflects this. We provide a positive, creative and multi-sensory environment that allows each child to develop their individual talents, curiosity and ability to think, through both teacher-led lessons and exploratory learning. Children learn actively, they are encouraged to become independent and enjoy their childhood.
Each half term, the whole school enjoys a 'Heath Day' where we spend the day developing our outdoor skills on Hampstead Heath.
We make use of our temporary local area with green spaces such as Camley Street Nature Park and walks along the canal. We also make full use of our outdoor learning environment within the school walls, too. It's common to find core subjects being taught outdoors, using the environment to apply what they know and to inspire new learning.
The school also includes an outdoor, well sheltered Garden Classroom. This is open to all year groups and is regularly used during class sessions and lunchtimes. All food that is harvested supplies our after school cooking club and we hope to begin harvesting enough vegetables, salads and herbs to inspire our children to begin their own school enterprise!
Once back in our permanent home, we plan to work very closely again with the Hampstead Heath Education Centre to deliver this side of our curriculum.