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Years 3 and 4


Working in small groups with a trusted adult who knows them well enables students to feel valued and develop positive relationships


Learning at the right pace for each individual and clearly linking subjects to real-life experiences keeps students focused and engaged


When students feel comfortable in their environment, they feel safe to try new things and challenge themselves
Read more on the Seven Oaks approach
Nicola Pearcy

"Children can't learn unless they are happy. They also can't learn to the best of their ability if they are not respected, or their ideas or feelings are not listened to and validated."

Designed for life: our bright and spacious campus gives each student plenty of space for their personal belongings – it's all part of encouraging a sense of belonging and respect and our school is a more interesting place for it!

A stimulating and rich learning environment

This is typically the age when the rational/logical centre in the brain begins a concentrated phase of development. This part of the brain defines our individual separateness and girls and boys tend to divide socially. This is a period of exploring, observing, discovering and explaining – when lifelong beliefs and subsequent behaviours start to emerge in response to experiences.
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Cementing learning through experiences

In this class, all students engage in reading, writing and maths. They are met at their individual learning levels and supported to work at a pace that is appropriate for them, expanding their basic literacy and maths skills, extending their writing and learning different writing styles. Numerous hands-on activities and engaging materials link to these foundations they are developing. For example, cooking cements maths skills, zoo and farm visits support animal studies, playing an active part in the annual school production develops teamwork skills.

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Having influence and working collaboratively

The children have a lot of say in what goes on during the day, which engages them in class and allows them to feel safe trying new things, adjusting to difficulties and asking for help when needed. Students often work in pairs and in groups with whole class lessons too. They are often teaching one another skills they have learnt, taking their learning to new levels and developing collaborative relationships.

Developing self-awareness skills

In this important stage of personal development, students are asked to take responsibility for the decisions they make and how these impact on others in the class. Daily centering supports the children to come back to themselves and notice how they are feeling, and what they need. The children are also introduced to Feuerstein cognitive enrichment (read about Feuerstein here) to support their decision-making abilities.

“Free to fly with ideas”

It felt right. I haven't been disappointed. My son is happy, wants to go to school, is excited about learning...

Nicola, parent

“Learning through doing”

The single biggest stand-out feature of the school is the massive hearts, love and nurturing, hugs and support that the...

Ange, parent

“We love Seven Oaks”

In only 3 months she has just blossomed from an anxious, unsettled child who hated school, to a bubbly, enthusiastic...

Kezia, parent

“Believe in yourself”

Our daughter has started to believe in herself again, feeling she is listened to and respected

Eleanor, parent

“Amazing parent community”

By simply placing her in the right environment, it has highlighted just how much she was suffering at her old...

Mark, parent