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EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏 EYFS student wins AIMS Science competition👏

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..

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Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶 Primary Weekly Highlights: Music Matters!🎼📻🎶

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,..

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Why should I pay for my child to play? Why should I pay for my child to play?

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..

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6 ways to help your child develop early reading skills 6 ways to help your child develop early reading skills

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;

  1. Brain development
  2. Early vocabulary development
  3. Improved reading 
  4. Better writing
  5. Better communication
  6. Creating a hobby
  7. Professional..
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Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills Six ways to help your child develop early maths skills

At Alice Smith we know how important developing early skills are. Here's six ways you can help your preschooler to develop early maths skills and build important foundations for later number work:
  1. 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..
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Construction Play in Early Years Construction Play in Early Years

Our Primary Principal, Alan McCarthy, shares how our Early Years team use construction play with our youngest children to help them express themselves, deepen their understanding of the world around them, connect with other children and, most importantly, develop personally and emotionally.
 
"Children within our Early Years are offered a broad range of learning opportunities..
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Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment Foundation Stage: How Children Learn in a Play Based Environment

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'..

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Why Play is important Why Play is important

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..

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Foundation Stage Alice Smith School: Nurturing a Love of Learning Foundation Stage Alice Smith School: Nurturing a Love of Learning

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..

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