We have a pattern of events that the children follow each day, with which they become familiar and feel secure:
During the first part of the morning it is Free Activity time either inside or outside. The children have the freedom to choose from the full range of nursery equipment. The teachers are involved in observing the children and keeping detailed records on their progress, introducing equipment, supporting group games, guiding art and craft activities and working with individual children.
Then we have Assembly where the children answer the register and learn about the topic, letter, number, shape and colour of the week. They are encouraged to speak, listen, investigate and share ideas.
The next session is Group/Circle Time when the children take part in a wide range of activities to help their speaking, listening, language and mathematical skills. The children learn to hold their pencil correctly and practise letter or number shapes using the sand paper characters and sand tray. They also learn, using Jolly Phonics, the letter sounds with actions. Children use a range of learning materials, including the key Montessori equipment, to help develop early reading and mathematical skills.
Next is Break Time were the children have a drink, and a choice of healthy snacks. Following this they go for Outdoor Play.
Then it is Group Activity Time either inside or outside, activities include Art & Craft, Cooking, Singing, Percussion, Music, Dance, Drama and French. We have specialist teachers for Music and French.
The last activity of the day is Stories and Rhymes. We introduce the children to a wide range of stories, ranging from simple picture books to longer stories. They learn nursery and finger rhymes and sometimes use puppets.