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St. James' CE Primary School

What is the 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 children 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. 

Your child’s interests will be reflected in general provision as well as the nursery having a themed focus each term. Our first priority will be to settle the children into our nursery so they feel happy and safe. We will begin the term with a theme, often centred around a book, which we will enjoy together; the children's work will be inspired by nature and their surroundings.

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.