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Personal Development

At Shere we are committed to a holistic education through which children develop skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that can lead to a healthy and happy life now and in the future. Through our curriculum we aim to equip children with behaviours that will facilitate life-long learning wherever their journey takes them. We are educating our children for a future we cannot anticipate and believe that these attributes will be of key importance in order to secure a firm foundation in childhood.

We understand that during their early years, children form attitudes about learning that will last a lifetime. Children who receive the right sort of support and encouragement during these years will be creative and adventurous learners throughout their lives. Hence, why the supportive practitioner, and the environment they provide, need to nurture these behaviours, whilst remembering that children are individuals who bring their own needs, talents and histories to the learning environment.


Finding out and exploring

This is when children use open-ended, hands on experiences which arise from curiosity. These provide the basis on which the child builds concepts, tests ideas and finds out how things work:

  • Showing curiosity about objects, events and people
  • Using senses to explore the world around them
  • Engaging in open-ended activity
  • Showing particular interests

Playing with what they know

This refers to how a child uses imaginative play to understand, explore and embed ideas. Children use imaginative play to re-create experiences:

  • Pretending objects are things from their experience
  • Representing their experiences in play
  • Taking on a role in their play
  • Acting out experiences with other people

Being willing to have a go

This is when children use their particular interests to initiate activity ideas, look for challenges and opportunities within new experiences and to take risks. Children demonstrate a ‘have a go’ attitude and use new opportunities to learn:

  • Initiating activities
  • Seeking challenge
  • Showing a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Taking a risk, engaging in new experiences, and learning by trial and error

Personal Development – Programmes of Study