At Wychwood Pre-school our aim is to provide a happy, stimulating and safe environment for our children to learn through play during their pre-school years.
Each morning a variety of activities are available to cover each child’s individual needs:
- Painting & drawing area
- Number area
- Role-play corner
- Quiet book corner
- IT based learning area
- Carpet area for group learning
We also offer the following activities every week:
- Stories & information books
- Sand play (wet & dry)
- Water play
- Modelling with clay & dough
- ‘Small world’ toys such as cars, trains, people & animals
- Home corner area
- Table toys e.g. shapes & bead threading
We also offer the following activities each term:
- Craft activities such as collage and junk modelling
- Trips outside of the pre-school, such as visits to the library and the village green play area
- Informative walks around the village to back-up learning topics
- Family learning outings to explore the surrounding countryside
Our unique outdoor area allows the children to experience nature and space within the safety of the preschool environment.
We encourage outside play as much as possible. We have access to a large grassed area as well as a wonderful outside all-weather area which we use every day.
As well as the usual outdoor equipment such as bikes, scooters, cars, climbing frames and slides, we often set up a water table, a sand pit and outdoor painting.
Our separate outdoor planning ensures that we cover all areas of the curriculum including Maths, Literacy, Science etc exactly as we do indoors.
The space we have also makes it very easy for us to practice for our annual sports day.
We have recently set up a sensory garden which forms a large part of the children’s outdoor experience each week. In addition to the usual gardening tools, we also have nature collection and inspection equipment and corresponding nature books to enable the children to study the mini-beasts which have made our sensory garden their home. We also have muddy section in the garden which is used for other forest school type activities which we build into our weekly schedule of learning.
Visit www.forestschools.com for further information on the philosophy of Forest School activities.
All these activities will cover the seven areas of learning (or early learning goals) which make up the Foundation Stage:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication, Language
- Mathematical Development
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Physical Development
- Expressive and Artistic Development
We cover topics numbers each term, which the children learn about in a variety of different ways. For example, singing number songs, sticking the number of people who live in our houses and counting different aged children.
At snack time we encourage healthy eating by providing fresh fruit, dried fruit, breadsticks, rice cakes, cheese etc which we receive through parental and community donations.
Each Christmas the staff have extra fun with the children while they produce and perform a concert for parents, grandparents and carers.