OUR SAPLINGS CLASS
From ages 3-5, our children begin their learning journey in Saplings.
Saplings provides the best in child-centred education: a learning environment tailored to the needs of each child, which inspires and stimulates each child’s natural curiosity.
We have 20 Sapling children and 3 teachers to ensure a high level of dialogue and guidance for each child.
We create a warm, caring environment in first steps in numeracy, reading and writing, awareness of the environment / early science, music and movement, art and creativity, gross and fine motor skills, and self-expression.
Saplings children have their own large garden with vegetable plot and natural adventure playground. This garden also serves as an outdoor classroom, providing infinite possibilities for learning.
A DYNAMIC SCHOOL
Our children learn by doing; by experimenting; by creating; through high quality dialogue; by applying all their senses to their learning.
A THINKING SCHOOL
We encourage children’s natural curiosity. They experiment and discover.
A CARING SCHOOL
Our children’s voice is heard: they are valued as individuals.
They begin to develop the skills of kindness, listening and caring.
NABSS Inspection Report, 14th March 2016
“Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge and provide stimulating lessons that engage pupils. Teaching is highly personalised to be appropriate for each child and activities have clear purpose. This results in effective use of class time and high levels of student productivity.”
Warm, caring, and safe environment
Olive Tree offers a very high teacher to child ratio giving children the space and attention to be curious, learn and grow. Our children enjoy being in school and build strong relationships with their teachers and peers.
It is fair to say The Olive Tree has an ethos that I have not found anywhere else, the number one aim of the headteacher is to bring out the potential in her children. The teachers here have a vocation, going far beyond academics. I wish more children could enjoy this level of inspirational and holistic education.
– Margaret Davies
This school has been more welcoming than any other school we have come across; the teachers have been always been warm and extremely responsive; our child has been growing and learning quickly, and enjoyed school so much it has often been a struggle to get him to leave at the end of the school day! The small class sizes and the excellent teaching, have meant that our child has been able to truly learn at his own pace.
– Serene Olesetti
I think you know a school works when none of the kids want to come home at 4 o’clock.
– Susana Preston
We had a lovely holiday but the boys were really happy to be coming back. I don’t ever remember feeling that way about any of my schools. They are so happy and engaged.
– Juliet Ryder
It’s a school with a lot of guts. It’s creative, hands-on, proactive and nurturing but expects academic excellence. I thoroughly recommend the Olive Tree.
– Diego Fabra
This school is very much the heart of our community: my daughter thrives in such a supportive open atmosphere.
– Claire Davies