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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong


Welcome to Oak Class!


‘In the Moment’ approach to Early Years and Year 1 at St Mary’s Bentworth


At St Mary’s Bentworth, we put the child at the centre of everything we do and we understand that play-based learning is the key to successful, happy, confident and resilient learners of the future.


Why did we choose this approach for Oak Class?


“Babies and young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).”

Taken from National Strategies document ‘Learning, Playing and Interacting’


When children show high levels of involvement, that is when there is progress and development occurring – when the brain is at its most active.  High level involvement occurs most often when children are able to pursue their own interests in an enabling environment supported by skilled staff.

Taken from ‘Reception Year in Action’ by Anna Ephgrave


What does this look like in Oak Class?


The adults goes to the child, the child is not called to come to the adult. This ensures the child is learning through their own choice of activity, with the adult taking the next steps in their learning to them. Children become deeply engaged in activities if they are playing and selecting activities for themselves.


A cycle of observation, assessment, planning (teaching next steps ‘in the moment’), observation. This cycle harnesses moments of curiosity, puzzlement, interest and effort – a ‘teachable’ moment for practitioners to seize and make a difference.


The role of the adult is to observe and wait for the moment that will make a difference. The skilled practitioner uses that moment to teach the next step, as appropriate for the child.


The role of the adult is vital. Adults are there to facilitate learning through observations and interactions. They will enhance, support and extend learning at an appropriate level for the individual.


The adults will highlight on the learning journey when they have supported by  ‘modelling, instructing, modelling language, showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas, encouraging, pondering, recalling, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating, setting challenges, suggesting’


Indoor Caving with Mr Day

Milestones Trip

Year 1 Trip to the Anvil for Barnaby Bear!

2021-2022!     2021-2022!     2021-2022!     2021-2022!

Have a look in the Video Resources section for our Pirate Day sea shanty video...

Decades Dress Up Day for the Platinum Jubilee


Year 1 Barnaby Bear Trip

Wisley Gardens Trip

Year R Parent Writing Workshop

Year R Parent Maths Workshop

Spring 1 Parent Overview

Year R Parent Reading Workshop

Year R EYFS Changes

Celebrating Mook's Birthday!

Year 1 Senses Walk (and the beautiful butterfly we found!)

First Week at School

Year 1 Hand Puppets

Autumn 1 Parent Overview

Oak Acceptable Use Agreement

2020-2021!     2020-2021!     2020-2021!     2020-2021!

Marwell Zoo Trip

World Book Day Creations

Extreme Reading Challenge!!

Fun in the snow (at home)

Christmas Jumper Day

Oak Class Does Strictly!

Welcoming Year R into Oak Class

2019-2020!     2019-2020!    2019-2020!    2019-2020!

Cake Decorating Bake Off!

Year R's First Few Weeks!

2018-2019!     2018-2019!     2018-2019!     2018-2019!

Before and After (Photo courtesy of Pentagon Play)

Knights and Princesses Day

Oak Class went to Portchester Castle!

We LOVE Our New Outside Area!

Trip to Miller's Ark Farm

Visit from the Fire Service

Year R Starting School...


"I can't put into words what St. Mary's has done for my child in one term! Thank you!"


"We are well and truly blessed with an amazing school, teaching staff, support staff and head teacher."


"Thank you for leading such a wonderful, inclusive and thriving school."


"St. Mary's is a special place. Children just love it and are embraced for who they are, with all the potential they hold!"


"I have never come across a school so friendly."


"We never doubted our move to St. Mary's but we regularly get these moments of feeling absolutely certain that it's the best place for our children - thank you."

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