In Year 4 we focus heavily on the self-esteem of the children, building their learning resilience and their self-belief. By adopting the philosophy of “mistakes will happen” the classroom adults pride themselves on creating a culture of respect, where everyone’s view matters, everyone has a voice, and mutual support and encouragement between peers is the norm. It is a culture where people are free to fail and need not fear it – for therein lie the seeds of self-improvement and true learning. In addition to this core philosophy, we also like to follow the idea of “Don’t just learn it – live it!” using hands-on learning and historical re-enactments wherever possible. We have already had our Roman beach invasion battle! Look out for our upcoming World War II Evacuee Experience!
We are blessed at Saltwood with a fantastic outside space which we use to the full. Here are a selection of some of our recent uses – exploring life as a Celt (prior to the Roman invasion!), investigating sound in Science, playing our “New Line New Speaker” literacy game, collecting colours for our natural pallete in RE… and so much more!