At Croxteth Community Primary School our Leapfrog Room provides an environment of home like warmth, comfort and security, where children work on a curriculum tailored to their specific needs. It is based on the principles of Nurture where:
- • Children’s learning is understood developmentally.
- • The classroom offers a safe base for learning.
- • The importance of nurture for the development of self esteem is recognised.
- • Where language is a vital means of communication.
- • All behaviour is recognised as communication.
- • The importance of transition in children’s lives is understood.
In the Leapfrog Room, teaching and learning activities are designed to support the work that children are doing in their classroom, as well as offering opportunities to broaden experiences in a range of skills. Children who lack confidence in themselves or who may need extra help to settle, listen, concentrate, share or make friends, will work with staff who are trained to meet their needs; who will model positive relationships and encourage the development of language and communication skills.
Our Leapfrog Room door is always open and staff welcome visits from parents and carers. In partnership with you we can better understand your child’s needs; discuss their progress and celebrate their successes.
As part of our Leapfrog topic on pets and in response to a child's comment, "You can't have a horse as a pet!", the children visited Pinto and Jack at their stable. They were able to identify lots of equipment and were able to groom, feed and ride jack.
Here are some of the children's comments about their experience.
- • "I liked riding the horses, and I liked brushing them. I liked riding Jack." I liked giving him some straw. It was comfy riding Jack, I liked to stroke him. He felt fresh, I could see everywhere else when I was on him. I thought he would be in a big shed and a bigger farm. I am getting 2 horses called Pinto and Daniel."
- • "I loved all of it the best. I liked brushing the horse, the body, the face and the mane. We couldn't do do his face because he was eating. We didn't want to disturb him. I was a bit nervous to brush him but he was dirty so I brushed him. I shared the brush with Joel. I felt like I was right in the air when I was riding him, it felt shaky. I had to look between his eats to keep my balance and see where I Was going. I liked int on the bus going but I felt travel sick on the way back."
- • "I liked brushing the horses I used the brush for being muddy, and I liked riding the horse. I was nervous getting on Jack, it felt a bit weird. I liked it when Jack lifted his lip up. I t was weird the helmet pushing down. I liked watching Leona ride the horse."
- • "I got to ride the horse. I fed the horse some apple. 'Move Mrs McBridge it's going to poop!' I liked brushing the horse. I brushed his fur."
- • "Pinto - he is dead big. I stood on the box. I gave him apples. I liked riding the horse, I rode on Pinto."
- • "I liked feeding them the hay and the apples because it tickled me. I didn't like his teeth because they were brown. He was nice and soft. I liked it when he laughed. I loved doing the hay net. I loved brushing him."
- • "I liked riding Pinto because it was really high up. I liked it. I was really good."
- • "It felt 'funny' riding Jack. I could feel him moving. It felt bumpy."
- • "I felt scared at first but I brushed Pinto, he was soft, he moved. I want to go back to the farm."
- • "I felt big on Jack. I felt like a giant! I liked riding on the horse the best. It felt good, it made me smile."
- • "I liked riding Jack, I liked the puppy. I would climb up the ladder and sleep in the hay."
- • "The puppy he went up my skirt."
- • "I liked standing on him. I liked the horses. I liked Jack. I brushed Jack's face."
- • "I liked brushing Jack's tail. His tail was tatty. I brushed the back of him."