Foundation Stage 1

Learning with Love

22nd March 2024

We take immense pride in recognising the exceptional efforts of our teachers who go above and beyond to create a nurturing learning environment for our little ones. Today, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Mrs Smith, our FS1 teacher, who has recently achieved the prestigious Hygge in the Early Years Accreditation.

Creating a warm, joyful environment for our Little Learners

‘Hygge’ is the Danish way of living with more joy, warmth and comfort, so  it aligns perfectly with Wakefield Grammar Pre-Preparatory School’s philosophy of providing a complete education to our children. We are committed to creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that promotes well-being and contentment among our little learners. A hygge environment fosters a positive mindset, enhances concentration, and promotes a love for learning along with a sense of security and trust, which enables children to express themselves freely, ask questions, and seek support when needed. This environment of open communication and mutual respect lays the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. In the early years, a child’s learning environment plays a crucial role in their overall development.

Developing Essential Life skills from Day One

Here’s what Mrs Smith has to say about why she decided to embark on her Hygge journey:When children feel safe, content, and engaged in their learning environment, they are more likely to develop a positive attitude towards education. When children feel a sense of belonging and emotional well-being, this improves their overall mental health and resilience.

At WGPPS, we encourage children to collaborate, communicate, and build strong relationships with their friends. They develop a sense of empathy, compassion, and respect, which are essential life skills.“

Big Futures Start Early

Mrs Smith and the team in FS1 understand the importance of incorporating hands-on, sensory-rich activities that stimulate children’s imagination and creativity. Activities such as storytelling, arts and crafts, and outdoor exploration provide opportunities for children to engage with their senses and develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.

They also encourage open-ended play and self-directed learning, allowing children to follow their interests and make independent choices. By giving children ownership of their learning, she empowers them to become active participants in their educational journey. 

Mrs Gill



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