Shawe Hall Pre School Playgroup
We have so many areas to choose from!
As the children learn through play, they are free to choose their own area of play, Staff are on hand to help the children use the resources in a way to benefit their learning.
The children are learning from the minute they join us at 9.30. We fit a lot into a structured routine during the morning but are flexible to adapt our routine to fit in with the children's play.
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Out door playground
We have an enclosed playground that is fully secure with safety tarmac. There is a sheltered area for when the weather changes so we can offer outdoor play all year round. We have an array of large motor skills resources such as bikes, trikes, scooters, balance beam, parachute. We love to have a quiet sit outside and read a book or explore the small world area to find dinosaurs, make a train track and use the magnifying glasses to search the garden for bugs!
Mark making area
We love to explore the different media to make marks with, using the trays that are full of pencils, crayons, chalks, scissors, glue, paper and envelopes to mention a few! We use our mark making to go baskets to enable us to use the mark making resources all around our pre school. We have a fabulous letters table where the children enjoy Jolly Phonics activities and use the mark making tools to create wonderful pieces of art.
We have a fabulous mixture of construction resources for the children to let their imagination run wild and build and construct, break down and start again! duplo, wooden blocks, stickle bricks, large bricks, linking stars and many more.
Role Play Area
What will our role play area be today?! Elsa's ice castle? a travel agent or airport?! Who know where our imagination will take us! We use our imagination and create a role play area to enhance our creativity and discovery.
At Shawe Hall we offer a healthy rolling snack that the children can access between the times of 10.30 -11. We offer a variety of healthy snacks such as - fruit, pitta bread/crackers, breadsticks, a range of spread cheese / houmous / jam. The children love to learn to choose their own snack and use the blunt knives to spread and cut their snack. We offer a drink of water or milk which the children pour themselves, blue roll at the ready!!! We enjoy a rolling snack usually within our key groups and enjoy the social time without it interrupting others play and wonderful creativity.
Small World area
Will it be the dinosaurs or train track that we play with today? - why not all together - surely the dinosaurs would love a trip on a train!
A very busy area with the children loving our dough! Many cutters, stampers, rolling pins and cutters to help our fine motor skills develop. We learn to use one handed tools and express ourselves through shape making in the playdough!
The children enjoy learning phonics through exciting activities from Jolly Phonics! The children learn catchy wonderful songs all about letters and sounds which they will take with them on their next step of their learning journey.
'A, A, Ants on my arm,
A, A, Ants on my arm,
A, A, Ants on my arm -
They're causing me alarm!'
Shhhhhhh!!! Its time to settle down and relax with a book on the carpet with friends.
A fabulous area to explore the weighing scales, threading laces, jigsaws and magnetic shape games. Staff ask open ended questions and observe the children valuing objects, recognising shapes and colours and using mathematical language whilst playing.