Welcome to the blog for Oak Class, we hope it gives you an insight as to how we spend our days. My name is Sam Bond and I am the Early Years Leader at Snainton Nursery and Primary School. Our Early Years classroom has children aged from 2 up to 5, we believe they deserve to have the time to learn through play and develop their imagination in a hands on way. Staff join the children in their play to facilitate the storyline, scaffold where needed and extend learning as required. Next steps are dealt with instantly when it is relevant, instead of being added to the planning to be addressed at a later date. We think it leads to a class of independent, engaged and happy children.
Last week we looked at the Hindu celebration of Diwali, our children loved the idea of the 10 headed demon Ravanna and recreated their own from their imaginations. This lead us onto looking at Rangoli patterns and making Diya lamps for our own celebration of light.
This week we have started to see the benefits of the Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle scheme that we started after half term. This uses music and movement to make the actions linking to letter formation, this has given some of our children the confidence to make the links between the dance actions they do and the actual letters and numbers. Children have written signs for their pet shop, price tags, name labels all of this helping to extend their play whilst making use of the growing phonic knowledge.
We have redone our mud kitchen and construction area recently with the children making deciding on what was needed and where it should go. This has had a positive impact on outdoor learning, even when the weather is awful we can be found outside. There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing, what can be more fun than chasing raindrops or making kites to fly in the wind.
Finally, we hosted our first Pyjama Day on Tuesday where we came dressed in our comfy pj’s and slippers and shared our favourite stories. This was a great success but we hope to see more parent’s next time, not even the lure of a cookie worked!