In our school we provide a constant environment that is safe for children to explore while challenging their learning. We know that this everyday familiarity allows children the freedom to explore and become independent in making their choices in how to play, and therefore learn.
What this means is that the nursery zones stay the same throughout the year: Maths, Writing, Construction, Home Corner, Art Room, even if the type of material changes within it ~ for example the play dough area may have gloop or a Pizza Hut set up so that the fine motor skills and muscle developments are still being used. The maths area is constantly being updated with new concepts of amounts, weights, shapes, numbers and the children know exactly the kind of play and investigation that take place there.
Today in the art room the children worked with open ended materials in self directed play all morning. This went from independent learning, to working in groups with plenty of discussion about who was doing what. This fluidity in movement and learning is able to happen now because of the children’s previous experience of continuous provision in school.