Saplings Unit – Pre-Schoolers and Children over 2½ years
After breakfast all children participate in a group exercise time and then they break off into smaller groups where they have a “circle/listening time”. This often incorporates listening/focus activities, leading to phonic awareness and pre-reading skills. After this the children come together and can choose between a variety of planned and focused activities based on the children’s interests. It is during this time that observations will be carried out by your child’s Key Person. Children can also choose to use the outdoor area during this time as we operate a free-flow system to the garden.
At lunch time children sit in groups with their Key Person using this opportunity for learning how to use a knife and fork, about healthy food choices and how to behave during a meal – all important “life skills” preparing them for school. After lunch the afternoon session follows a similar format to the morning session again starting with exercises and then “Circle Time” where children work in smaller groups.
We have a music teacher who works with the children in the two Units in separate sessions. These sessions encourage the children to get involved in singing, percussion activities and to develop a very good awareness of rhythm and rhyme whilst hearing a range of instruments being played “live”.