Our Stay and Play session was all about physical development which also included mark-making and writing. All of the classrooms were set up with activities for the children to enjoy alongside their parents.
In F1, they made paper penguins using their pincer grip to pick up the eyes and paper. They cut out pieces of card and glued them together. Lots of muscles were being exercised and developed in their hands for this activity. Other children used the playdough to roll and cut out different shapes. Then they matched the shapes to the pictures. On the carpet, children used the tweezers and tongs to transfer pompoms into the different trucks.
F2 made some jewellery for the dinosaurs which involved precision and careful threading of the beads onto the pipe cleaners. Around the room they had activities where they could role-play being paleontologists by making fossils with the playdough or by using the brushes to dust off the stones. They also had a large variety of construction sets which the children enjoyed fixing together as part of their play and learning. Construction helps to develop all the small muscles in your children’s hands. Sometimes the pieces fit together easily and sometimes the children need to spend a bit more time pushing the pieces together. As they practice using the different muscles in their hands, they get stronger and better at fixing the construction pieces together.
With the older F3 children, there was more of a focus on letters and words. The children had different sensory trays for them to write their letters in. They could match the magnetic letters to the words and then write their own. They had opportunities to make their own caterpillars by drawing and cutting out the pieces independently. This activity developed their ability to draw and cut out circles which can be quite tricky. They also used the pegboards and geoboards to trace different letters and words using the pegs and elastic bands. A favourite activity was where they had to fit the Launchpad together on the carpet and they then got to project a rocket into the air by pushing on an air bag.
If you didn’t make it this time, please look on the school calendar for our next ‘Stay and Play’ session and don’t forget to keep checking your emails as we often send out reminders nearer the time.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Tet Fair on Saturday!
Ms Julie Walton
Head of Early Years