Kiddy Planet FS1 children begin to practice writing their names, identifying the letters of the alphabet, counting numbers, using their creativity and imagination, running and playing outside – developing good listening skills and verbal communication as they continue playing.
By this age, we encourage children to participate in a variety of role-play opportunities that we provide. The role-play area in each class will rotate regularly and opportunities will be provided which foster children’s imaginations, provide for exploration of communication and language skills, and encourage creative learning. Children will also be exposed to music sessions, as well a variety of other creative learning opportunities.
At this age children need to have choices such as cutting paper by themselves, choosing the colors they want to use and finishing an activity the way they want to. By this age we would expect children to be providing their input on the parts of a topic which interest them and the teacher will then support these through the provisions that are put in place. Kiddy Planet practitioners will encourage children to relate their own knowledge to what is learnt within the classroom. Children will be encourage to participate in a variety of mark making activities, listening activities, creative works, fine and gross motor activities which support the topics being learnt.
At this age, if we are looking at a topic such as dinosaurs, we might make ‘fossils’ in salt dough using a variety of objects familiar to the children and encourage the children to undertake a ‘matching activity;’ – match the object to it’s fossil.
Fine motor activities at Kiddy Planet may include balancing marbles on golf tees – this could eventually be extended to coping patterns and even making their own patterns – or children’s fine motor and hand eye co-ordination skills may be focused on by moving coloured water to muffin tins using a variety of tools – including things like a turkey baster.
This could be extended to measure how many ‘squirts’ of water fill each hole and even colour mixing using different coloured waters.
Many of these activities have multiple learning outcomes covering several different areas of learning and can be extended and supported to ensure that differentiation take place for each child.