This good practice example shows how Netherfield Primary School makes highly effective use of resources and space to provide children with outstanding learning experiences. A range of teaching approaches, both formal and informal, sit side by side in a highly planned curriculum where both the indoor and outdoor environment are used creatively.
A research-based approach was taken when setting up the environments, and a large staff team works together to seek ever better ways of ensuring that children get off to a good start. At this school, the headteacher is clear that ‘the environment is the best teaching tool we have’.
This is part of a set of 8 Ofsted good practice examples showcasing good practice in early years to support the report: ‘Teaching and play in the early years – a balancing act?’.