The Aspire Hub is a small independent school that is a unique, child centred setting carefully created to provide intense nurture provision to revisit the early years of children’s lives. Our curriculum is child centred and based on Nurture Group theory; the principles are key to our very special learning environment.
The day has a structured timetable giving children access to both structured times and free play. Children are taken out in identified small group that targets their scores from the Beyond the Boxall. We believe that children are unable to progress with their learning if they have not been able to secure the foundation of life learning. We believe they achieve more effectively when learning is play based where art, drama and music, songs and dance are incorporated to nurture a love of learning. ‘Hands on’ learning also lays the foundation for future abstract learning.
Key Workers focus more on experiences than ‘second hand’ knowledge and spend much time talking, laughing and looking with the children. The questions ‘why…?’, ‘what…?’, ‘where…?’ and “how…?’ are used often to fully engage the children in learning independently. Worksheets are rarely used, as we prefer recorded work to be original. Some work is sent home and some is kept in individual Learning Journeys as a record of progress. Tracking may be used as further assessment of progress. No child is criticised or made to feel less able than any other and children are encouraged to develop at their own pace, neither held back nor pushed too soon. Lessons include mixed ages, where older and more capable children help younger and less capable, which promotes stretch and challenge. More work is expected of the older children, in preparation of returning to their main stream school.
Encouragement is used at all times. Boundaries are made clear and are firm but fair. ‘Time out’ is used when necessary. Key Workers get to know the children well through an open dialogue, this enables them to build relationships with the children and the use of a golden book is a communication tool with parents to promote positive interactions.
The Hub has regard to the National Curriculum and the Early Learning Goals. We are aware that children in mainstream and other private schools will cover more quantity of work than the children attending The Hub however, these children are currently unable to meet the developmental norms of the EYFS/NC. We believe that by revisiting early life experiences with the quality and intensity of provision help to build the foundations of secure learning.
We embed the 6 Nurture Principles throughout our curriculum and daily routines but also measure childrens progress through following areas –
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design