Year 0-2

Year 0-2

Year 0-2

Self Management at The Gardens School

“Start with the end in mind.”

- Stephen R Covey 

The Gardens School aims to prepare our students for life in the 21st Century by highlighting ‘self management’ as a key aspect of our philosophy.  This aspect will be forefront in our programmes and practices and we encourage our parents, to support their child’s self management to develop as they move through the school.

We learn more from our failures, than from our successes and we would like our parents, regardless of students ages, to allow children to reap the consequences for the choices they make.  Allow your child to forget, without your reminder; to not meet the timeline, due to your repeated prompts; to be late, or to forget PE gear, or even to not have lunch!   If we are constantly the net for our children, they will not become as self managing and let’s face it, they can hardly get you to save them when they miss a deadline at work!

At The Gardens School, we have broken this self management down into four areas that you will find on the Rubrics that we use with students.  These are grouped under the headings of Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Relating (to others)

We encourage you to start small, so have a look at some examples of the self management we expect to be developing in each area of the school.



Reception/Year 0

Work with your child to independently:-

Be part of a group

Take turns

Listen to others speak

Share ideas

Play with other children

Tidy up after themselves

Carry their own bag

Take responsibility for where their book bag goes at the beginning and end of the day

Dress themselves, changing into PE gear independently

Take their shoes off and on by themselves

Open food packets by themselves

Use the toilet independently

Blow their own nose

Sit down to eat


Year 1-2

Make positive choices about their behaviour

Work as part of a group or class

Play as part of a group

Know how to get support when in dispute

Seek teacher support with problems

Be honest when reporting incidents

Listen to what others are saying

Handle their own belongings

Talk about their learning and what they need to do next

Engage independently with reading, writing and maths activities

Positive talk about school