On Friday mornings as part of my Governor (and parent!) duties I visit Year R and today I had the pleasure of spending some time in the classroom with Mrs Lawley and her Penguins. Everytime I visit it always strikes me what an exceptional learning environment the classroom is and how enthused and excited the class are about their learning. Mrs Lawley greets her class by name and with an individual comment, and is keen to give her time and attention to any child when requested or required, which creates a really secure environment for them. The class are very confident and always happy to share their work and learning with me, and during ‘free flow’ time are keen to get involved in the stimulating activities laid out for them by the team, especially those related to their current ‘Space’ scheme of work. This in itself was a wonderful choice of topic and very much enjoyed by the children, who are keen to share their learning with me.
The thing that I most enjoy about spending time with Penguins class is that Mrs Lawley and her team have installed a lovely sense of pride in the children. They are all proud of their classroom, and proud of their progress and glow when they show me their achievements, in reading, writing, keywords or gaining a ‘happy side’ on the whiteboard. It is a real pleasure to be able to watch them play and learn in such an active way and I very much look forward to my weekly visits!