At Sacred Heart, we firmly believe that learning through play is an important part of our Early Years classrooms. We believe children learn best from activities and experiences which interest and inspire them. Using children’s interests as a starting point, we provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning to help them make sense of the world. They have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experience at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests and inspire those around them. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. We believe it is important that adults take an active role in child initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating and extending their play. Getting the balance right between child-initiated play and adult-led activities is very important to us.
Parent guides & useful websites:
The first stop for information on children’s communication
Letters & Sounds
A useful website to support your child at home with their Phonics sounds
Excellent activities for supporting reading, literacy & maths at home: appropriate from age 3!
Fun & engaging literacy stories, games & activities for EYFS pupils
BBC Let's Move!
Fun podcasts to encourage dance & physical movement to stories!