In Hodder House we aim for excellence and enjoyment in all aspects of our provision and follow the EYFS guidance. Our provision was adjudged to be ‘outstanding’ in our last inspection.
We offer a broad and balanced Foundation Stage curriculum for our youngest pupils which is based upon the Early Learning Goals and the six areas of learning. All children learn through a balance of child initiated, free-flow, guided and directed activities both indoors and outdoors. Physical development is catered for through daily indoor and outdoor activities, a weekly PE lessons with specialists for both FS1 & 2 and swimming lessons in FS2. A flow of indoor/outdoor activity is encouraged. Stonyhurst has extensive and beautiful grounds and we have a Woodland Classroom adjacent to Hodder House, both are used to support all the children’s learning on a regular basis.
To ensure smooth transitions between the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we run a Creative Curriculum. This approach encourages children to develop skills of critical
thinking, problem solving, creativity, self motivation and independence which will serve them well throughout their lives.
Our staff provide PE and swimming lessons, music and drama with specialist, and also thinking skills, listening skills, MFL and Forest School alongside the traditional early years curriculum.
Assemblies provide an excellent public setting in which to commend children for special work, acts of kindness or helpfulness through our Headmaster’s Awards, Star of the Week certificates or the Hodder House Cup. The children attend a child-friendly Mass once a week and parents are welcome to join us. There are regular visits to local attractions and we invite guests such as well known children’s authors.