This week Year 1 have enjoyed making and painting clay coil pots in their topic lessons.
Chapter House is a vibrant and engaging school with a warm family atmosphere. Children are welcomed from three months old and stay with us until Year 5, allowing them to build strong relationships with fellow pupils and their teachers.
“Our aim is to provide the most supportive learning environment for each pupil, so that individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive and are fully prepared for the challenges and opportunities in the next stage of their education.
In February 2019, the Independent Schools Inspectorate judged the Chapter House Early Years provision as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas, praising the 'excellent care and learning experiences that the setting provides’.
Chapter House is split into the following learning stages; Queen's Kindergarten (3 months to 3 years), Nursery & Reception (4-5 years), Pre-preparatory (Years 1-2) and Preparatory for Juniors (Years 3-5). The Early Years Foundation covers all children across the Kindergarten, Nursery and Reception classes.
We respect, recognise and tune into the unique child and understand the power of play and social interactions in order to enable excellent learning and development. We capture the children's current interests and support learning through this.
Our purpose-built, friendly setting, nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside, offers the opportunity of free flow from room to room. This ensures children are familiar with all staff and environments easing the transition as the children grow. All the mealtimes take place in a dedicated Early Years dining room, specifically provided for by our own EYFS chef which enables us to cater for all nutritional requirements in a safe, homely atmosphere.
The recent internal and external refurbishments, provide bright and flexible spaces to support more interaction for different stages of learning and a smoother transition as children progress through the school. The new outdoor-gated courtyard and discovery area is outstanding and a real joy for children to explore.
In Nursery and Reception, we promote the concept of 'Magic Moments', which are short bursts of planned activities that enable the practitioners to concentrate on key aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and to work on individual children's next steps. We also provide excellent opportunities for children to develop above and beyond the standard curriculum with opportunities to begin learning a modern foreign language, to undertake expert music teaching and to access our superb sporting facilities for regular swimming, dance and multi-skills sessions. All our extra learning opportunities are carried out by specialist qualified professionals.
In addition to the stimulating in-house environment, a number of educational visits and visitors to the school are arranged, designed to capture the pupils’ imaginations and stimulate their interest in the world around them. Children leave Chapter House and move into King’s Magna as independent and happy learners with a strong grounding in key subjects and ready for the exciting challenges ahead of them.
Beyond Chapter House: Raising Aspirations for the Future
A voyage of discovery, Chapter House is about encouraging a sense of fulfillment and achievement in its widest sense, preparing for successful educational outcomes and exploring the wider interests that will prepare children for a happy and fulfilling future.
Through age-appropriate careers talks and activities each term, we raise our pupils' aspirations for the future. Pupils are encouraged to contribute positively to the lives of others within school. the local community and to wider society, whether through small acts of kindness or organised charitable work.
Children leave Chapter House as independent and happy learners, with a strong grounding in key subjects. They'll be fully-prepared and ready for the exciting challenges ahead of them in King's Magna.
"Chapter House is very welcoming, and it is easy to make friends with lots of different children." Ava, Year 4
"I like this school because it makes me feel safe. My favourite lesson is PE because we get to do lots of different sports." Austin, Year 2
"I think the lessons are fantastic and the things we are learning are clearly explained to us." Amy, Year 4
This week the children began by writing the Handa's Surprise story, they then went on to plan and write their own version of the story, using different animals and fruits.
The children have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year this week. We made a dragon and then danced and played instruments to go with some themed music.
This week Year 1 have been using coins to help them with their multiplying
Key Stage 1 had a great trip to Rainbows Ceramics on Monday.
They each painted an African themed plate and they can't wait to see the finished product!
The children had their first art lesson, and it was a huge success! All the children really enjoyed the activities that Victoria had planned for us.
Year 1's have been budding artists this week. In topic they learnt about the African artist Edward Tinga Tinga and how he used bright colours and patterns in his work. The children then painted their animal drawings in that style.
In celebration of Wellbeing Week we have done some class massage!
Year 3 began their new topic on the Tudors by carrying out Tudor fact treasure hunt and arranging all the facts to make a timeline.
To start the new term, the children received new roles of responsibility with Alisya being the fruit monitor, Simrah the new form captain, Isabel the new school councillor and Beatrice, Felicity and Olivia being breaktime buddies. They voted democratically to appoint the new form captain.