It’s been a busy few weeks at the Redearth nursery!
Mornings are filled with fun learning activities, designed to help develop fine motor skills. One pupil practices writing in the sandbox while another crafts an intricate display of cut-out paper shapes. Play dough is a necessity in this classroom, leaving behind a sticky trail of orange sausages, pancakes and balls. One particular pupil has just perfected writing her name and wants to make sure everyone knows she is called Mary!
After lunch, the children make their way to the sandpit and water tank. Today’s mission, completing the latest sand castle design, is underway, interspersed with a good dose of splashing nearby. The children work together to dig, build and sieve through the sand, enhancing their language and socialisation skills, personal awareness, creativity, problem solving and teamwork ability.
The most important role that play can have is to help children be active, make decisions and practice actions to mastery. Play that links sensory-motor, cognitive, and social-emotional experiences provides an ideal setting for early learning. All of the children are becoming extremely confident- it is truly wonderful to see how much they have achieved since they began!