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St. James' CE Primary School

Reggio Emilia Approach

At St James’ we have adopted elements of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. We take inspiration from the approach and implement them within our everyday practice. The approach was the brainchild of an extraordinary teacher called, Loris Malaguzzi.  Malaguzzi began his career as a teacher in the 1940’s, he dedicated his life to the education of children. Below are some of the key elements to the approach:

1: Children’s learning is based on their interests

2: Teachers and parents are co-learners in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

3: The classroom environment is a “third teacher”

4: Children’s learning progress is documented.

5: Teachers focus on the many ways kids learn, “The Hundred Languages of Children.” The belief that children use many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity.

The learning environments have an emphasis on natural materials, we have an Atelier room, art studio. Children work with an Atelierista (art teacher), on projects. You can view some of the children’s work by clicking on the Atelier link on the right of the page.

There are two nursery rooms named Rome and Venice. The class names are inspired by Italian cities and the  'Reggio Emilia' approach we have adopted. Below are some of our Reggio inspired activities. We explored ramps, using a range of construction materials and natural objects. A glass bead maths provocation, and we used a range of different materials and paint brushes to create our own mini-beasts. 

We start our new academic year welcoming back existing children and extending a warm welcome to our new children. Our focus topic will be nature. However, your child’s interests will be reflected in general provision. Our first priority will be to settle the children into our nursery so they feel happy and safe. We will begin the term with the book, Who’s in my Family? A book all about families and all the different places we live. Children will be making some self-portraits and using junk modelling to build their homes. For the rest of the term, our text focus will be, It Starts with a Seed. A beautifully illustrated book taking children on a journey through the seasons and watch a seed grow and transform into a magnificent tree. They will also be able to learn about animal’s habitats and where they make their homes.

Each child will be given a home-school book and a reading folder. You will receive a weekly newsletter with a brief summary of what the children have been doing during the week, as well as some photos of their activities.