At the start of each session the children and their grown-ups complete a daily mission. These are fun and quick learning challenges that help the children to start their day off with a really positive experience with their grown up. They then go to find their name and place it in a tens frame, which supports mathematical thinking.
The children love carpet time. The adults deliver fun, engaging and exciting learning experiences which cover key areas of learning, in line with the children’s needs at the time. We always include a multi-sensory approach, incorporating movement, sounds and visuals to support the children in embedding their learning.
It really is magic! The children are free to engage in their own play, both inside and outside, uninterrupted for over an hour. This expanse of time enables them to get fully engrossed and allows them to access deeper levels of learning. Miss Chapman and Miss Birdsall are both on hand to support the children to take their play and learning to the next level, through conversation, showing/modelling and providing additional resources.
"It's Time to Put Things Back Where They Belong"
We are wonderful at putting things back in their place, ready for another day. Throughout the session we are getting much better at putting toys back when we have finished with them, so that the toys are safe and ready for someone else to use. We all work as a team to put everything away at the end of the session, while listening to some great music.
Every session ends with two story groups. The children get to experience a range of stories as well as a core focus story, which is unpicked and explored in detail over a few weeks. It is always fantastic to see how the children become wholly engrossed in the imaginary world within the story, absorbing the details and retelling the stories to their friends during magic time. After story the morning children go home, telling their grown-ups about the exciting things they have done each day.
Lunch is such a special time for the children. They choose where to sit and have beautifully relaxed conversations with their friends. They are enormously supportive of each other, opening food, pouring drinks, getting paper towels after a spill and encouraging each other to try new things. The children having hot dinners serve themselves and clear everything away when they have finished. Mr Snowdon and Mrs Atkinson are always very impressed when they come to support the children at lunch time.