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A day in the life of Early Years

A typical day begins with registration followed by shared time as a whole class discussing what we are going to do during the day.  

All of the activities that are available in the various learning areas in the indoor and outdoor classrooms at the moment, are focussing on developing the children's skills in sharing, turn taking, negotiating and making friends.  We are also directing activities which will develop their motor skills, both fine and gross, using play dough, scissors and tweezers.  Additionally, we use the sand and digging pit for gross motor development.   

Other activities that are available include, construction (large and small), imaginative role play, musical instruments, threading and sorting, using the smart board, creative activities, writing and tracing, reading and jigsaws.

During the morning the children are able to have a snack and a drink.  At this time they are becoming more independent at finding their names on the snack time tree and enjoy sitting together to have their milk or water.  

After morning playtime on Wednesday and Thursday the children have music and singing with specialist teachers.   Thursday morning is our weekly PE session in the hall.  While one class is having PE the other class are having Spanish in the classroom.  Mrs Coakley teaches PE to the children and Ms Campbell teaches them Spanish.

After lunch, continuous provision continues and children can choose from a wider variety of activities which include scooters, tyres, skipping ropes, stepping stones and stilts, all focussing on physical development. 

At 2.30pm we have our small group 'key worker' time when we have been having stories or discussions all about our school day and things we have enjoyed.

After half term we shall be introducing more adult directed activities and the children will be reinforcing their learning in numbers, sounds and reading.