Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education

Our holistic approach means that we understand that children learn most effectively when they are safe, happy and healthy. A combination of six elements make Ladysmith Infant and Nursery School unique. We have invested in:

*The use of "The Link" to support and develop healthy and resilient children. This builds on research that we know has an impact on children and includes work on attachment issues. 

*A range of curriculum areas which promote achievement in its widest sense including a dedicated music room, an art room, kitchen, computer room, hall, canteen space, forest school and sensory room

*Forest School run by our trained forest school practitioner and shared with all classes, groups and play therapist

*Rolling out the "Characteristics of Learning" from Foundation Stage across Key Stage One so that we can track and support children's learning behaviour

*Our approach to working with families, starting with our “Link Room” - a family friendly space, with a living room area and kitchen area. Children and families have access to this space first thing in the morning through our “Breakfast Buddies” scheme, to “TAF” (Team around the Family) meetings, Link groups and other community partnerships.

*OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning). We value the place of play in children's lives and have noted the diminishing access that some children have to outdoor, risky play. Our children have access to play in it's richest sense. We are delighted to have been awarded OPAL "Gold" for the quality of the play at lunchtimes. For more information on OPAL, see the link below. 

This is underpinned by our PSHE curriculum, which includes use of a range of nine choices that children are trained to use when playing together, the NSPCC PANTs programme and "Speak out, Stay safe" with the use of whole school thrive opportunities utilised whenever possible.