Children learn through play – it stimulates creativity and imagination, it encourages them to explore through their senses. We are fortunate enough to have an excellent range of toys, games, crafts and books at our disposal, a typical morning’s play will include many of the following activities;
We have a sandpit where the children are able to play and learn about the properties of sand. When dry it can be poured, when wet it can be dug into and moulded. We also have plenty of sand toys.
Painting & Drawing
Children are able to paint freely choosing their own colours. Sometimes they are offered the opportunity of doing splatter paintings, printing and using other paint techniques. Children can draw daily and are encouraged to colour using various materials.
We have a large sink and water tray with toys. The children are able to pour, measure and play imaginatively, exploring the properties of water through play.
A large selection of picture books is available and we place much emphasis on reading stories to children. The library van visits pre-school on Wednesdays and here the children can choose and order books.
Climbing Frame & Playground
We have first class outdoor facilities including swings and a climbing frame where the children are able to play physically – climbing, sliding, running, jumping and balancing – in a safe environment.
Junk & Collage
The children are given plenty of opportunity for cutting, gluing, sticking and building simple models and pictures. As well as being fun, this kind of activity encourages dexterity and helps the children learn about shapes, textures and colours.
Integrating spoken French into our curriculum through songs and rhymes, games and conversation.
We have a good selection of children’s instruments and we encourage singing and reciting rhymes. We also have staff taking music and movement classes, which are extremely popular with the children.
Drama & Role Play
Children enjoy dressing up and acting out their favourite stories and rhymes.
We have a Wendy-house and shopping corner where children can play imaginatively with play cookers, workbenches, kitchen equipment, food baskets, scales, prams and dressing-up clothes.
This is a much-loved activity, and in the interest of hygiene the dough is replaced frequently. There is a wide selection of toys, cutting equipment etc. easily accessible to the children.
Outings & Visits
Children are taken out of pre-school regularly for visits these might include a ride on a train, growing vegetables in a nearby garden, attending under 5’s services at the church and going to watch the trains.
Visitors from the community come in to talk to the children including the school lollipop man, local fire brigade and the school reception year teacher.
These include a Nativity Play, Christmas Party and Sports day.
All these activities combine to:
Enrich language development
Form the basis of mathematical understanding
Offer the chance to explore and enjoy natural materials
Develop muscular strength and co-ordination
Establish the use of symbols and patterns, laying down the foundations for reading and writing
Encourage habits of listening and concentration
Provide an introduction to science and the world around us
A Typical Day
At Brockenhurst Pre-school we have a flexible routine this is just an example of how a typical morning may run.
Our Pre-school teachers welcome us, they chat to our parents and carers about what we have been up to.
We register ourselves hang our named bird on the tree and put our photo card with our hats and coats.
We choose an activity; there are adults ready to help us to choose and to encourage our ideas.
Around 10.15 we have circle time, we have lots of fun with puppets and props, we sing and move to music we use rhythm sticks, we count and learn the alphabet and listen to stories. We then play some more before snack, we enjoy helping to prepare the room for a peaceful time. We wash our hands; we pour our own drinks and enjoy a really good chat.
11.00 After snack we go outside. Sometimes we go for a walk, or visit our vegetable garden; we may go and watch the trains from the bridge or play airplanes in the field. We have a fabulous new play park full of challenging apparatus to explore.
11.40 We then join together for circle games like the farmers in his den or oranges and lemons.
11.50 Then it’s back to Pre-school. We get ourselves ready to go home we have a story with our friends and sing goodbye for the next day.
12.15 Some of us stay to lunch; we read books and build bridges and towers, and then sit down to eat before we go home.
12.45 We get ourselves ready, collect our works of art, and wait to be called to go home.