listening1Part of the intention behind our curriculum and atmosphere that respects children, is that it encourages them to participate in their environment and to input into it.

This naturally encourages children’s articulation and listening to others. Children are given opportunities to develop their confidence in speaking in a group and to learn the importance of good listening. This is done in class as well as in Assemblies and enquiry times. Also, children take turns to show their work from school or home in groups or on their own. In all situations, the children are encouraged to listen carefully, and, taking careful turns, then share appropriate comments and questions.

Many other activities for listening are offered in various lessons throughout the week. We aim to create an affectionate and non-judgmental environment in which children feel safe to express their anxieties, thoughts and needs. A small student-teacher ratio ensures that each teacher can understand the individual personalities and thus offer the most appropriate challenges and support for each child. We recognise that resilience and facing disappointment are key in developing a confident, generous human being, and try to support the children in this