The Foundation Stage have had a focus on developing the role play areas in their classrooms in order to encourage creative and imaginative play, and as a way of eliciting good communication and language skills. Teachers have taken the time to play in these areas of the classrooms with the children, asking open-ended questions and observing how the children develop their own narratives.
F1N and F1A have been reading the story of the Little Red Hen. Their role play area reflected this story, giving opportunities for the children to experience some of the processes in bread making in real life. They were able to talk about the narrative with excitement and deeper meaning as well as developing their fine motor skills.
In F2N, the children have been busy making their new North Pole role play area and used many different problem-solving and creative skills. The children have been pretending to be polar bears and fishing in the water. It has been an exciting and imaginative project that the whole class has enjoyed.
F2A developed a police station. With adult support, they were able to come up with creative solutions, particularly when building cells and police cars. They have also had ample opportunities to write notes, design wanted posters and give out fines.
F2I constructed and resourced a Science Laboratory. The children have been conducting experiments and making different potions. They have learned about the health and safety of being in a laboratory and have used estimation skills when pouring different volumes of liquids into a variety of containers.
F2S used their boxes to create cosy dens and homes. They were provided with a telephone system, which has encouraged lots of talking. They are currently working on how to ask other people questions in order to keep the flow of a conversation going.