Albert Street - Early Years
'Purposeful play and real-life experiences through a balance of structured adult led and child-initiated activities through a cross-curricular approach'.
Albert Street is where you will find Poppy, Daisy, Buttercup, Snowdrop and Bluebell classes. This is where our youngest children start their school years at Polden Bower School.
Albert street is very well equipped with extensive outdoor areas, a sensory room, soft play area and large hall.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life, at Albert Street we aim to give this by observing what the children can do and supporting them to fulfil their potential and become independent learners through the provision of a balance of child initiated and adult led experiences. Through play, our children explore and develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world.
At our Albert Street Campus we focus on practical, play based, experiential learning opportunities. We are led by the child's interests and it is underpinned by ‘Birth to Five’ and Early Years ‘Development Matters’.
Using a creative and innovative approach we are able to build on pupil's prior learning, experiences and existing knowledge and skills.
Learning through play is at the heart of our practice, which is balanced with routine and structure. We have a focus on communication and work hard to develop effective communication strategies for all children. Pupils have access to a range of highly engaging indoor and outdoor play opportunities throughout the day which enables the children to develop their independent, Personal Social and Emotional and play skills within the school environment
Settling into EYFS
Our initial focus in September is to settle the children as quickly as possible into school life. It is our aim to visit all children in their nursery setting or current school during the Summer Term prior to the children starting school at Albert Street Campus. This allows us to gather information from your child’s 'Key Person' and to become a familiar face to the children. During the Summer Term before they start school in September, the children will have 'settling in sessions' at school with their current key person, so they can begin to become familiar with the classrooms and outdoor learning spaces at Albert Street Campus.
During the first half term in September, we will have individual stay and play sessions in school. This is a lovely way for parent, carers and children to ask any questions they may have and for the children to familiarise themselves with us again after the summer break, we invite parent carers into their child's classroom and to see how well their child has settled! It is very important to us that both parent carers and children feel safe and secure in September allowing the children to be confident, happy and ready to learn and have fun!