We are a Reform Jewish Kindergarten attached to the Synagogue where Jewish religion and culture are a living part of the daily curriculum. We celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat each Friday with blessings and songs. The Jewish festivals are celebrated as they occur through stories, music, drama, creative work and cookery- Parents and our Rabbi are often invited to attend.The staff plan the daily curriculum in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage and base this planning around a theme, either Jewish or secular which normally lasts for one or two weeks.Within the themes, there is often the opportunity for interactive sessions with professionals from the community. Where appropriate we take the children on outings to the farm, theatre or local places of interest.
When planning activities we pay particular attention to early Literacy, numeracy and the development of personal and social skills. The programme also ensures that the children are given a knowledge and understanding of the world around them as well as skills in creative and physical development which together will provide them with the foundations for later achievement. The curriculum is designed to meet each child's individual needs.
The activities we provide to promote the children's learning include:
- Arts and Crafts using a variety of mediums to encourage the children's creativity.
- Sand and Water play especially good for early mathematics and encouraging children to play alongside their peers.
- Book corner children are encouraged to look at picture and story books and talk about them. We have a library club where children may borrow a book on a weekly basis to take home.
- Home corner we have home corners equipped with dolls, furniture and household items where children can enjoy imaginative play and interact with their peers.
- Construction toys, puzzles, woodwork, threading and games, which all help co-ordination and teach children about shape, size, colour, number and position, in preparation for reading and writing.
- Cookery a favourite activity of the children, which is normally offered once a week.
- Music and movement great for the children's creativity and physical development - is taught with the use of music cassettes, instruments and piano.
- Outdoor play Children have daily open access to a secure playground and can usually use this freely throughout the morning. Children can use many resources to support all areas of the curriculum in the outside areas, including the use of bikes, balls, hoops and beanbags to extend their gross motor skills.
The children are taught in three class groupings. These class grouping are decided by the Head teacher in consultation with the Parents and this is generally based upon the age of the child. The children normally start in the Chicks class, which is mainly for the under three’s. They then move into the Cygnets class around their third birthday and move up when space and suitability allow into the Swans class before leaving FRS Kindergarten to enter their formal education.
Although the children are separated for the main part of the morning we do like all the children to come together for special occasions such as festivals, birthdays and often at playtime. The Chicks classroom is directly adjacent to the Cygnets classroom we are now able to have more flexibility and can allow the children to mix for some parts of the morning. The Swan children are housed in our refurbished small hall, however we still try to allow the children to integrate as much as possible. We have found that working closely with the children at their own level and within a group of similar ages is the best way for them to achieve and our third classroom enables us to do this. This allows opportunities for the younger children to aspire to the older ones, to promote an awareness of the needs of the younger children amongst the older children who learn to nurture others and feel ‘important’ as role models and also to create a sense of community amongst us all.
Click on the links below to find out more about each of the classes or our term dates for the coming year.