Pre-School Life

Whist your child is with us at Moordown Pre-School, they will enjoy a wide range of activities.

We go on regular nature walks, to see the word around us, the blossom on the trees, spider webs on the fences, icy puddles, watching the birds fly around so much more.

We walk to our local library to take part in their fantastic wriggle & rhyme sessions, to look at the books and choose some to take back to pre-school with us.

Children request to cook lots of different delicious creations, we make the most of all the opportunities that this activity provides, we look through cook books, which supports their early literacy skills or find a recipe on website, a safe way for them to use technology with the practitioners supporting them.

We make a shopping list together, using our early mark making skills, some of the children look after some of the pennies, which encourages early maths skills, and understanding of the world knowing and feeling what money is & how we use it. Some Children hold the shopping bags and some look after the shopping lists, encouraging independence, self achievement and that we believe in them to be sensible with these things.

We then walk to our local shop, take it in turns to hold the baskets, and all look for the items that are on our shopping list. The children use the money they have and help pay for our shopping.

On return to Pre-school we follow the recipe and get cooking. This provides fantastic, maths opportunities, taking turns, listening to instructions, conversations about what we can smell, what it feels like, how long until it’s ready, and so much more. 

The children always enjoy eating something that they have made and been so involved with. 

The Practitioners really get to know all the children, especially their key children. We observe the children and plan activities for each individual child. Some children might not go to the Arts and crafts trolley or activities. They might really enjoy playing with vehicles or dinosaurs. Their Key worker will plan and prepare an activity maybe making dinosaur prints in the coloured sand or making track marks with the vehicles in the paint. Children are playing and learning through their play.

Learning through play

Providing children with a wide range of activities will help them learn in a number of ways. Our playroom and outside play area provides an environment for your child, covering all areas of learning in a fun way:

  • Sand and water play can be an early introduction to science and maths, for example, learning that water is fluid, not solid, and that it can be measured in different sized containers.
  • Playing with dough, drawing and painting pictures, dressing up, playing with dolls can encourage creativity, imagination and expression of feelings.
  • Building blocks, puzzles and shape sorters can help with recognising different shapes and sizes, putting things in order and developing logic.
  • Playing ball games, dancing, running, climbing all help to develop body movement, strength, flexibility and co-ordination skills. 
  • Games help with turn taking, sharing and mixing with others.
  • Singing, playing simple music instruments help to develop rhythm, listening and hearing.

It’s important that learning is fun at this age and doing things with children that they like. At Moordown Pre-school, this is very important to us.