The varied activities included in this area help the children develop balance, strength and co-ordination when using large equipment and wheeled toys.
It provides opportunities to develop hand to eye co-ordination and a pincer grip that is required for pencil control when a child is learning to write.
The children also learn about how to manage their hygiene needs and self care as well as the importance of exercise and a healthy diet.
In this area the children have the opportunity to learn about the phonic sounds of letters as a precursor to reading.
They are encouraged to identify their names and recognise familiar letters in books and the environment. We use a resource called ‘Barney Bear’ to help share the children phonic knowledge with their parents/carers.
We also encourage the children to practise mark making in play using different mediums.
This area encourages the children to express their imagination and creativity. They can play imaginatively in role play (vets, doctors, fire station, builder’s yard etc) or with small world toys such as farms, garages or airports.
We offer creative activities such as paint, dough, collage, chalks and colouring. A wide variety of construction toys encourage their imagination and music can be interpreted using dance.
Activities in this area are designed to help the children become effective communicators, to be able to join in with conversations and take turns to speak and listen.
It helps them develop the skills needed to listen effectively in different situations and gives them plenty of opportunity to develop a large vocabulary of new words.
This area has many aspects such as encouraging the children to use different types of interactive technology, to make observations about plants, animals and the natural world and to be able to recognise the similarities and differences between themselves, their families and their communities.
This area encourages the children to count and recognise numbers. It helps them learn to compare objects by size, match patterns and sort items into sets.
We encourage the recognition of 2D shapes encouraging the children to use them to build pictures and models