In Ladybird class we have lots of fun learning through play, using a wide range of toys and open ended resources. We have a role play area for exploring ‘what we know’, enabling the children to take on familiar roles they will have observed at home. The book corner provides children with the opportunity to share familiar stories, retell using puppets and share their home scrap books. Children are encouraged to be creative in the craft and construction areas where they can select from a wide range of resources that foster their imagination. The maths area allows us to explore number and shape by counting natural objects, completing puzzles and using 2D and 3D shapes. The loft is a favourite space where children can sit quietly, play small group games or extend their role play games. There is always access to sand, water and play dough to help develop understanding of textures and capacity, while also developing fine motor skills.
Our nursery has daily access to two outside spaces. There is a small courtyard where we focus on gardening skills and the understanding of living things, the larger outside space has pathways for riding our bikes and scooters, a mud kitchen for getting messy, a large sandpit and climbing frames. In the sheltered area children can make pictures and explore water play.
We have fun going on welly walks to our school’s Nature Area where we look more closely at living things. We follow the interests of all the children when planning our activities. Children regularly join their key worker groups to explore an activity and develop their phonics skills. We complete our nursery session by listening to the story of the week and ending with the goodbye song.
We have lots of adults to support us with our learning and playing, they are: Nursery Teachers, Mrs Kay (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and Mrs Das (Wednesday, Friday); Key Workers, Mrs Leighton and Mrs Harrison; and Nursery Practitioner Mrs Hanna.