Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Play To Learn

Our annual Play to Learn sessions were held at school this week for the children joining the Rainbow and Sunshine Reception classes this September. 
Karen and Jan have been running this event for a number of years and their expertise is impressive!
There are two sessions held on the day - a.m. for Rainbow and p.m. for Sunshine.
The sessions, which are really well organized and resourced, are enjoyed by everyone - "new" children, siblings, parents , grandparents, TA's and teachers.

The sessions begin with registration and the all important Name Tagging!
The Head Teacher pops in to greet everyone and then there is a little talk about how the session will run:
  • 30 minutes playing in the different areas with parents
  • Tidy up time - VERY important
  • Drinks and a biscuit on the patio - kindly served by TSA members
  • Visit in the classroom for story time with the wonderful classroom assistants (Thanks Sue and Lorna!
  • Karen or Jan give a short PowerPoint presentation to parents (I run the computer!).
The presentation highlights the importance and value of play and a description of the six areas of learning in the Foundation Stage:
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
Here is a sample of the activities set up in the school hall for everyone to enjoy.

Book Corner  and Puppet Theatre

 Cosy cushions and a good book or two!

We love puppets! 

Dramatic Play - Dressing Up

Dramatic Play - The Cafe

Tea please!

Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy

Small World - vehicles

Small World- animals &  Insta-snow

Animals &  ice 

Doll's houses and hospital


Don't forget to wear a hard hat!

Hammers,nails and safety goggles

Natural Materials - shells

Natural Materials - Pine cones


Malleable materials - Play dough

Creative Materials

White boards, markers, scissors, glue, stencils...

...glitter, pasta shapes, collage bits. coloured paper...

Sand Play Tray

Water Play Tray

The only pictures that are missing are those of happy faces at play!

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