3 – 5 years
Our 3-5 room caters for 26 children. We have 2 large spacious rooms for the children to explore.
Our Numeracy areas allows the children to explore different types of numeracy from counting and measuring to subitising. We have numerous resources in order to help the children develop in this area.
Our writing areas allows the children to develop their early literacy skills. We have lots of opportunities for mark making.
Our Creative area allows for the development of expressive arts as well as all the other areas of the curriculum. We have lots of different materials that the children can explore and create lots of different things with from paint to tea bags and also using everyday items such as pasta and cereals.
Our malleable area allows us to develop all curriculum skills, we have recently developed this area to allow for more scope. We have added different objects to allow us to develop further with our skills. We have taken away our play dough cutters and introduced different materials such as scissors, mashers. We have also added lots of different scents such as coffee, garlic and cinnamon.
The new Curriculum for Excellence document focuses on the four capacities: Successful Learners, Confident Individuals. Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors. These are supported through 8 areas of the curriculum, the main focus of these being Health and Well being, Language and Literacy and Numeracy and Maths.
The 3-5 room centre on children’s choice and children are encouraged to be as independent as possible including personal hygiene, serving their own lunch, snack etc. Our staff in our 3-5 room plan activities around the main focuses of the curriculum for excellence.
In our 3-5 room, we use “Big Book Planners”. By using these, the children are engaging in their own learning and are being involved in the planning process. The “Big Book Planners” start with the children choosing the topic, then being asked what they already know about this and then what they would like to learn. From this, the staff plan activities that relate to what the children have said and this is all logged in the books, including photographs and children’s work. Evidence of children’s achievements and development are all stored in their individual ‘Learning Stories’, which are on the computer.
The 3-5 room also has an interactive smart board, which allows the children to explore technology for different uses. The children do have access to the Internet however it is always supervised and limited to 15 minutes per day. The Internet also has relevant safety restrictions. We have Ipads for the children to use to develop their ICT skills also.
Children in the 3-5 department have daily access to our garden area were the children can take part in physical play or creative play. We use our gazebo in the garden as an outdoor classroom, with a painting area, mobile bookcase, chalkboards and much more.
Our large block play room allows us to be creative and allows us to explore our imaginations…..planning, designing and creating.