A few years back our school sold some land to developers and as part of that deal, there has been some money allocated to improve the infrastructure of the school. My headteacher described it as the money you can spend on things that if you turned the school upside down it wouldn’t fall out!
It’s been a difficult time as a school with large cuts to our support staff due to the underfunding of budgets. I won’t go on here about my views on that or it would be a very different post…but it’s wonderful to have a bit of good news even if it seems to strange to have money for one area but not another.
The children were invited to decorate the masks they had already cut out another day as a Fine Motor Skills activity. We also made a superhero rescue centre in the construction area; this gave the opportunity for writing as they had rescue forms to fill in and challenge cards to provoke more imaginative role play.
After our exciting start to the topic we have enhanced our continuous provision in a number of ways. Using the White Rose Hub as a starting point for Maths planning we use challenges in the classroom to deliver mastery and fluency. Above is an example where the children used small world figures to jump the building whilst counting. Also available were actual blocks that the children pretended were building for the superheroes to jump. Great for engaging children who prefer to be active in their learning.
We all know the pressure of the Year 1 phonics test and how as the year progresses the tension mounts…so how does an enabling environment focused on child-led play help you and the children prepare you may ask? Continue reading “Developing Phonics Skills”
We have found that one of the most enjoyed and valuable resources in our outdoor environment is our World Map. There have been many opportunities to discuss the world, countries of interest to our children. Continue reading “Using A World Map”
Over the summer holidays the year group learning environment was transformed to incorporate areas of learning across the curriculum for the children to access independently. Continue reading “Setting Up”