Read Our Stories of Learning at the Alice Smith School
Yesterday was a special day. Our students across the kindergarten years returned and brought our campus back to life. Classrooms were full of happy and joyful children who embraced being back at school and brought smiles to everyone at JB.
I was so impressed with how instantly comfortable and settled our children were as they separated from their parents and strolled into..read more
We were very excited to hear that our EYFS student was one of the three winners in their age group in the AIMS Science Easter Holiday Challenge.
The challenge set was to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author engineer and inventor. He drew popular cartoons showing complicated gadgets performing simple tasks, such as a..read more
Despite the ongoing challenges we are facing on a global scale, music making has continued to enhance the lives of many, including those within our school community.
The positive impact that music in its many forms has on wellbeing is widely documented. Whether participating or listening, music is associated with improved mood, reduced anxiety, lower levels of depression,..read more
The play based approach is core to our Early Years philosophy here at Alice Smith. Our teachers provide support and challenge as our children learn through play. This creates a highly personalised and tailored environment, which is appropriately challenging for each individual child.
Our aim is to ensure high levels of emotional wellbeing and involvement. This is..read more
The World Literacy Foundation suggests that 'Parents should encourage early reading habits in their children because a learned child can have a bright future and make an impact on society as they grow.' They cite 7 benefits of early reading;
- Brain development
- Early vocabulary development
- Improved reading
- Better writing
- Better communication
- Creating a hobby
- Counting: Understanding numbers will help children in all areas of maths. When children hear adults counting, using numbers and talking about quantity it develops their..
When a baby is born, they have billions of brain cells and through stimulation, those cells connect to form synapses. Stimulation comes in the form of play, exploration, human interaction etc.
“Brain activity and synapse formation are at their highest when a child is deeply engrossed in something which fascinates, challenges and makes them happy.”Anna Ephgrave, Early Years'..read more
Play: It’s the way young children learn. A special supplement to the Children’s Advocate, stated, “Play is the main way children learn and develop ideas about the world. It helps them build the skills necessary for critical thinking and leadership. It’s how they learn to solve problems and to feel good about their ability to learn. Children learn the most from play when they..read more
Starting school is an exciting time for parents and children as they begin their learning journey with us at Alice Smith. Our Foundation Stage, which consists of our Pre-school and Reception classes gives your child an ideal start to their school education. In these classes your child will be able to settle into school, develop social skills while making new friends and be..