As the children are settling into the routine of school we like to provide a range of constant opportunities that make them feel familiar and comfortable with the environment around them. We call this ‘continuous provision’ and we feel it enables our children in being confident enough to make choices about what they want to do, know where the appropriate materials/equipment is and be autonomous in their learning.
To do this, we set up the classrooms into learning zones/areas that tick all of the learning boxes we need to cover for a well rounded curriculum. These include: Writing, natural maths, construction, loose parts/placing and arranging, home corner, IT/computers& large touch screen, role play, music/instruments, painting, water and sand play. There are opportunities to mark make in all of these areas in the form of black boards, paper, pads, books, white boards and clip boards. There are story and picture books all around the nursery school which can be accessed by all children at all times.
Last week the children were exploring some cabbage leaves which had lots of holes in. The discussions were around how the holes got there, what did it? The Very Hungry Caterpillar story was mentioned. The leaves were touched, smelled, pulled apart and painted. All of this exploration and self directed learning was done in the painting area and was supervised by a teacher asking open ended and inquisitive questions.