Our Current Topic

I find that following a topic based on the interests and development of the children, helps to embed what they are learning, challenges them to explore and find out what else is possible and encourages them to acquire new skills. 

Heuristic Play

I'Personal, Social and Emotional development

  • Every day, have a quiet time where children can talk about their feelings - use our emotions mirror to empower little ones to name their feelings.

  • Talk about being kind to the creatures we find.

  • Display images of the activities we have been doing. Use these as prompts to talk about our likes and dislikes.

  • Continue to offer choices and facilitate children's growing independence

  • As we look after the birds, talk about the importance of kindness and how being kind makes us feel. 

Prime areas

This month we are delving into the exciting world of heuristic play. Have a look at my latest news letter which explains more about this

Communication and Language

  • Encourage eye contact, using touch or voice to provide ideal opportunities for early conversations.

  • Encourage playfulness, turn-taking and responses, including peek-a-boo using scarves or blankets

  • Use pictures, books, real objects, and signs alongside your words.

  • Share the fun of discovery and value all attempts at words..

Physical Development

  • Play out, providing adequate clothing for the weather.

  • Collect resources on walks.

  • Provide lots of opportunities for mine motor practice- bird seed sensory play

  • Provide lots of opportunities for gross motor practice- climbing opportunities.

  • Provide loose parts that can be rolled, thrown, posted, carried or bounced.

This is just a snap shot of what we are doing, my planned activities simply provide a spring board for children to come come up with their own ideas. The children will also follow their own interests and investigations.

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Understanding the world

The World-

  • Provide elements from the natural world- Flowers, leaves, pebbles etc.

  • Provide a range of everyday objects for little ones to explore and investigate such as treasure baskets.

  • Provide novelty – make small changes in the predictable environment. 

  • Play hiding and finding games inside and outdoors.

  • Draw attention to things in different areas that stimulate interest, such as a patterned surface.

Specific areas

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and design

  • Being imaginative- Provide  a story boxes filled with interesting items  to encourage the children's interest and imagination.

  • Provide role play props such as fruit, leaves and real utensils.

  • Exploring Media- Provide paint indoors and out - on the slide, in a puddle, on perspex.

  • What can a stick do? 

Literacy

  • Reading- Provide varied books and pictures to encourage story telling   

  • Use  sensory play- salt and glitter etc- as an opportunity for mark making.

  • Writing- Write down things children say to support their developing understanding that what they say can be written down and then read and understood by someone else. (Helicopter Stories)

Mathematical Development

Numbers-

  • Count everything

  • Use number words in meaningful contexts, e.g. ‘Here is your other mitten. Now we have two’.

  • Talk about ‘lots’ and ‘few’ as little ones play.

  • Shape Space and Measure

  • Provide a range of objects of various textures and weights in treasure baskets to excite and encourage little ones interests.

  • Encourage little ones to explore size and shape.