Children are able to explore the concept of full, empty, more, less, heavy and light as they fill different sized containers at the water bath. They have the opportunity to explore floating and sinking as they play with boats, and can make bubbles using whisks and beaters. Outside they can explore velocity as they use the guttering and can water the flowers with watering cans.
The Block Area
In this area, children develop their creative and mathematical skills as they use the beautifully crafted wooden unit blocks to make 3-D models and structures. This activity also encourages personal and social development as children learn to share and co-operate as they work together. Handling the solid and hollow wooden blacks also provides opportunities for motor skill development.
The Role play Area
In this area the children have the opportunity to dress up and rehearse different roles using a variety of resources. This area encourages the development of language, creative and personal social skills.
The Imaginative Area
The children’s imagination develops as they play with construction materials, trains, cars, animals and small world people.
Children are encouraged and supported to explore a variety of textures and media – including play dough, clay, shaving foam and soap flakes. This is of particular important to our youngest children who often find this provides comfort and satisfaction. Social and Language skills along with mathematical concepts are also explored.
Table Top Area
A variety of activities such as jigsaws and games are provided for individual and group work in the areas of maths, knowledge and understanding of the world, creativity and fine motor skills.
An indoor climbing frame provides opportunities for the physically active child, even during the most inclement weather.
We cook with the children on a weekly basis. Children also cook their own Birthday cake. It is an opportunity to work in a cross curricular way, exploring maths, language, knowledge and understanding of the world, personal and social skills.
The Art Area
The children are encouraged to express their creative ideas through a variety of media and materials and have the opportunity to select from a well stocked resource area. They learn new skills and techniques that become the tools they need to develop as artists.
It is important that children find something familiar to play in as they enter nursery and sand provides a “safe” and known medium to explore. Staff can work alongside the child to introduce concepts such as heavy and light and explore properties of wet / dry sand as they build, mould or hide.