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Henry Moore Primary School
Kiln Lane, Church Langley, CM17 9LW, UK Harlow
+44 (0)1279 427465

Henry Moore Primary School

Thank you for the privilege of educating and caring for your child.

We hope your child will spend a happy and rewarding time with us.



The Henry Moore Primary School opened in September 2001.

Phase one  was built to accommodate 210 children, with phase 2 taking the school to 420 pupils. Phase 2 was finished in October 2003.

It is a beautiful building with a computer suite/library, a group room and a food technology room.

The classrooms are built in pairs with a linking door, and ‘pods’ on the outside housing the toilets and cloakrooms.

The Year R classrooms have a secure ‘outside learning environment’ accessed via the classroom pod.

For a tour of the school click here


I hear and I forget

I see and I remember

I do and I understand

(An old Chinese proverb)


The Aims of our School

To provide a secure and caring environment in which the emotional, cultural, educational, physical, spiritual and social needs of each child can be met.

To promote a happy atmosphere in which children can develop to their fullest potential and in which their natural talents and gifts are recognised and nurtured.

To help children develop self confidence and self discipline and to have respect for themselves, their peers, their teachers and the wider community beyond the school.

'The child is a worker and producer ... Each

has a great and difficult task to perform:

to produce from within themselves, an adult.'

 (Maria Montessori)



1.          To develop children with both Emotional and Academic intelligence.

            2.                  To provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

            3.         To make learning fun and to create lifelong learners.

            4.         To develop the work of individual children according to their age and ability consistent with the requirements

                        of the National Curriculum, Locally Agreed RE Syllabus and the broader School Curriculum.

             5.         To stimulate curiosity, imagination and creativity. 

             6.         To encourage each child to use his/her own experiences and environment as a resource for learning.

             7.         To recognise, value, encourage and develop individual gifts and talents.

The Foundation Stage Areas of Learning are:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication – Language and Literacy
Mathematical Development
Knowledge and Understanding of The World
Physical Development
Creative Development

Early Years - Play and Practical Experience

The value of learning through play and practical experience is proven, in fact to the extent that in education we see 'Play as being a child's work'.  Play must never be under-valued.  The children have 'Play' and 'Practical Experience' built into their every day learning experience, e.g.:

Language   - through talking, word games of 'snap', 'pairs', 'bingo', 'look, cover, write, check', home corner play, imaginative play, outside play.

Hand Control   - Colouring, tracing, cutting out, gluing.

Maths   - Sand and Water play for capacity, volume, floating/sinking, weighing, measuring, algebra (patterns), shops (money), playing with polydrons.

Design & Technology   -   Lego, Mobilo, Polydrons, building bricks, model making, cooking.

Emotional/Social/Environmental  - Home corner, shop corner, post office corner.  Develops language skills, social skills through interaction with others, stimulates imagination, co-operation, problem solving.

Small World Play   -   Dolls house, puppets.  Stimulates the imagination, language skills, social skills 

Art Activities   - Develops fine motor control through the use of different media, e.g. chalk, paint, crayons, pencils, scissors, glue.

PE  -  Climbing, small game skills.  Develops gross motor skills, social skills, team skills.

Allowing children 'free' time to play gives them the opportunity to develop and learn in a relaxed manner, and gives the adults in the room the opportunity to talk to the children and develop their imagination and curiosity.

Speaking and Listening

Children are given many opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills.

These are very important for their all round development.


The school has a wide variety of books for the children to choose from.  Reading is taught systematically in order that children can develop the skills for reading with fluency and understanding. 

Reading books are distributed throughout the school according to the age group and abilities of the children, though we recognise that there is value in children re-reading books and sharing a book which is too hard for them with an adult.

We aim to provide a broad reading experience.  Children enjoy poetry, simple reference books, listening to story tapes and acting out short plays.


A lot of preparatory work takes place to give your child hand control – e.g. colouring, tracing, playing with plasticine, lego, cutting, gluing, using a range of media such as paint, crayons, white boards, chalk.

Once a child is ready a clear and legible cursive style of handwriting is taught.  Once children have learnt the individual letter formation, the names and sounds that the letters of the alphabet make, they are ready to learn to spell simple words

Topic work provides a valuable stimulus for children's writing and a variety of writing experiences is encouraged:  letter writing, 'news', stories, poems and class newspapers.

We aim to develop children's confidence in their ability to write independently, to try to spell words on their own, to use simple dictionaries and word books to find words needed and when the writing is complete, to read their own writing aloud to the teacher.

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