All of the following activities and more are available for children to choose from during the session. All activities are planned to help children learn through play and to promote the children’s development of skills and concepts in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. We encourage language development in all areas – this is vital for later learning. Activities are planned around a half-termly topic.
Mark Making – A table set aside where children can choose from a selection of different paper, pens, pencils or crayons to develop their drawing, mark making and writing skills.
Maths – An area set aside with toys and games designed to promote children’s mathematical development. Counting and other mathematical skills are also promoted during many other activities.
Games and Puzzles – A wide range of puzzles and games are available to help children develop their language and turn-taking skills as well as developing hand control, hand eye co-ordination and matching skills.
Craft Area– In this area, children can take part in a wide range of activities such as clay, collage, model making, printing, group displays, painting and much more. Children are encouraged to produce their own work and this is always valued.
Role Play Area – An area where children can develop their imagination, social and dressing up skills and role-play. The area may also be adapted to fit in with our current topic. It has been a train, the Three Bears House and a cafe.
Book Corner – This is a quiet, comfortable area where children may share a book with a friend or adult, read to themselves or listen to a tape or CD.
Construction Toys – We use construction toys such as Duplo, bricks, blocks and Mobilo to help children develop an understanding of how things fit together as well as hand control.
Sand and Water – These are available at each session. Children may experiment and develop skills and concepts particularly in science and maths.
ICT – There is a computer available at most sessions. It has a range of fun-filled programs that help children develop their computer skills and other concepts.
Garden – The Rainbow garden has a range of equipment set out for children to develop their physical skills including a sandpit, climbing frame, mud kitchen and ride-on vehicles. Children enjoy creative games, wood work, role play, mark making etc. The garden has an all-weather area with canopy and astroturf. We endeavour to cover the entire Early Years Foundation Stage in outdoor activities, which is especially good for children who are happiest outside.
Vegetable patch – We have our own vegetable patch where the children can tend to vegetables they have planted.
Wildlife Garden – We have use of the school’s wildlife garden and pond where the children can explore the garden and do some pond dipping.
School Hall – We have use of the school hall each week, and children have a chance to take part in music and movement, games, obstacle courses etc.
Circle time – Circle time is held every day and is a time when children and adults come together as a whole group to listen to and join in with stories, rhymes, music and songs, to share their experiences and to talk about what they have been doing.