So many carefully captured challenges can be uncovered in a child's world of play. For example, at what point did these children decide the stone would become an animal, or the sticks could become shapes and how will the children go about completing this, completely independently:
By allowing the children to express their thoughts and ideas, interests can be nurtured and explored whilst simultaneously developing crucial areas of development that equip children to access the curriculum throughout their education. For example, every moment a child spends exploring and enjoying objects can help a child to become familiar with sounds and words:
BRING THE INDOORS - OUTDOORS
It is so important that when topics are introduced, the children can explore them in every area of their provision. So Jack in the Beanstalk story book becomes giant walking outdoors!!
BRING THE OUTDOORS - INDOORS
There is so much inspiration to be found in the world around us and children being able to relate to their environment in their everyday life is essential. By relating to our local environment, children are far more likely to re-apply a piece of knowledge and skill when they re-engage in that same item within and out of the school day. A road stop sign can become a 'p' painting focus straight from the outdoors - indoors!
A child being able to sound out letter sounds to formulate words is wonderful for their motivation and enjoyment of learning, as well as the foundations of lifelong access to a literacy curriculum. We use a range of activities to strategically repeat and engage in the order of sounds that phonics pedagogy encourages