With the return of the sunny weather this week at Croft Corner we have had lots of talk about holidays! Some children returned from their holiday last week full of tales of adventure; swimming without armbands and flying on an aeroplane!
We decided to follow this interest and set up an airport in the role play area of the room and explore the theme of transport. This ranged from water train tracks and making tickets in the mark making area to lining up all the chairs in nursery to make a bus which the children decided to do without any adult leading. This picture shows some of our boys making train tracks and tunnels, which encouraged cooperation, mark making and creativity.
Another way we have followed the theme of transport is using tills so the children can buy tickets they have created for their travels. This allows them to use mathematical language in everyday conversations and begin to build up an idea of how money is used in exchange for things.
The children have responded enthusiastically to these activities and is evident in the spontaneous play we observe the children doing. Spontaneous play is when a child or group of children are doing an activity or game they have initiated, we then respond to this by providing props or equipment that helps them carry on their activity further.
Every week we look at the children's next steps that we have observed, their interests and our medium term planning to enhance the nursery in all areas and ensure the children are getting a continuous learning experience.