In the Literacy area we provide opportunities for children to develop their writing and reading skills, using their sound knowledge taught in Read Write Inc, for example, writing their name and labelling pictures they have created.
We also ensure children have access to a range of story books and home-made books that children can decode using their sound knowledge. The children also use a range of construction resources allowing them to build and recreate familiar buildings, people and objects. This also provides children with opportunities to share and talk to their peers about their own real life experiences.
In the Maths area children are able to explore and develop their knowledge of number, shape, space and measure. Children are able to access a range of maths activities such as "Hook a Fish", which requires children to be able to identify and recognise numbers. This can be developed by asking children to add or subtract two numbers and then hook the answer. Children can also create and explore pattern and shape in the environment. For example, children will go on a shape hunt in the class and in our outside garden. They can collect leaves and stones to create their own patterns as well.
Children in Reception have access to our own garden area, where activities are set up for children to explore and learn. This includes a sensory plant area, where children can feel, touch and smell a range of herbs and plants. Children are able to discuss the changes, similarities and differences in the environment and as the season changes.
There is a physical development area where children develop their fine and gross motor skills. This includes throwing and catching, balancing on beams, and using skipping ropes. Children learn how to jump off an object and land appropriately, negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games and travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.