We are very proud of our new Early Years Unit called Cherry Class. This well-equipped classroom and extensive outdoor area provides a stimulating environment for our Reception and Nursery Children (aged 3 and upwards). Engaging activities are carefully planned to cover all areas of the Early Years Curriculum, both inside and outside, so that children are excited to learn and well prepared for the transition to the adjacent Oak Class.
Oak class provides education for Year 1 and 2 children. The classroom is situated in the upper part of the school, which was extensively modernised in 2007. It is adjacent to Cherry class, allowing for integration between the two classes and allows for a seamless transition from Early Years into Key Stage 1. Children enjoy access to an outdoor play and learning area.
The year 3 and 4 children are taught in the upper classroom surrounded by nature, this provides a lovely calm place for the children.
The year 5 and 6 children are taught in the lower school building, in a fully modernised classroom, immediately adjacent to the school library.
All classrooms are fully equipped with modern ICT equipment (netbooks and laptops within the classrooms), including interactive whiteboards and wireless networking facilities.
Benefits of mixed classes
Attending a small rural school has many advantages. We are very fortunate at Finstock school in having excellent staff:pupil ratios (around 1:10). We also have a high level of support for our class teachers with classroom assistants (two full-time, four part-time). This ensures that children who need any extra help are extremely well catered for. A further benefit is that all members of staff are able to get to know all children on an individual basis.
Every child spends at least two years with their class teacher and as a result the talents of each child are nurtured. We actively urge parents to come in and sample the atmosphere of the school and witness first hand the advantages that Finstock School offers to the children.
Another aspect of Finstock school we are very proud of is the fact that the children know their peers through all the year groups, which encourages excellent social interaction. This is evident in the school playground, the adjacent adventure playground, and even once the children have teamed up with ex-Finstock pupils at secondary school.