The team in the preschool room aim to provide an array of opportunities and planned activities that incorporate the children’s interests and cater for their individual, developmental needs.
The daily routine ensures we have a mixed timetable to cover all areas of learning and development. We provide group sessions where adults lead the activity and support the children’s understanding. There are times set aside for free flow and free play giving the children their own independence in the choice of activities and toys they want to engage with.
We offer daily music and movement sessions to get active and learn rhythm and rhyme along with regular letters and sounds sessions to gain an understanding of phonics.
The room is set out to allow free access to a variety of resources. There is a cosy area where the children can have stories read to them. We have an area where there are plenty of resources to develop math skills as well as having a separate home corner with dressing up clothes, props and small world accessories to promote imaginative play. We are fortunate to have a Smart board and computer within our room which facilitates the children’s knowledge and learning through educational programmes and search engines for further information.
We make full use of our spacious garden which consists of a mud kitchen, for making potions and mud pies. A vegetable garden where the nursery children can learn about the process of planting, caring for and cooking with home grown vegetables and herbs.
We have a forest fun programme which allows the children to become risk aware and learn about the outdoor environment through exploration and investigation as well being offered planned adult led activities such as den building, making bug hotels, making camp fires and many other practical experiences.
Our craft room boasts an art easel for free painting and mark making it also contains messy trays which offer the children the chance to get messy in anything from sand and water to slime and foam. Resources are available for junk modelling, collages and deconstructed art.
We have weekly visits to Shinfield View Care Home where the children can interact and converse with the older generation.
Our early years teacher plans exciting activities daily to ensure our older group of children develop skills which will enable them to thrive on their journey into primary school.