After a super busy holidays, my classroom is finally ready for the year one children tomorrow.
After an amazing chat with Gregg, the author of the book ‘can I go and play now?’ I was eager to set up open ended provision for children. Children are imaginative, extremely creative and see things completely different to us adults. So why discourage this with closed activities and themes?
I have aimed to create a natural classroom, with open-ended play activities to encourage and value creativity and independence in play – whilst also meeting the objectives of the national curriculum!
I will be blogging about it throughout the year so I will keep you posted!
So this marks the first post. I am just going to post an insight into each area of provision I have created, with a bit of reasoning behind it….
My Notice board!
This has a few bits of useful information on such as a timetable and rota’s, along with some lovely motivational teacher gifts which I have previously received!
As a safety procedure it’s important to know the number of children in the class am and pm each day. I decided to link this into place value and maths. The children will count how many children are here in different ways and help write and discuss the amount too!
Maths talk is so important in building up understanding in mathematics, so having it as part of a routine is an easy way of children developing greater depth.
The maths area contains a range of resources that children can independently access.
There are challenges on the table tops for children to explore.
I have prepared the maths area as an assessment to see who can order numbers, recognise them and understand number bonds to 10.
As the children move on throughout year one, there will be written challenges based on maths mastery lessons and linked to the the White Rose maths schemes of work! This scheme has amazing ideas for developing understanding in maths.
I am really encouraging the fact that writing should be everywhere this year, and the children will be encouraged to use clipboards, create books and stories, write lists and letters in any area of provision linked to their own interests.
I have also created a stationery stop to influence children to pick up stationery and use it anywhere… as long at they tidy up too!!
I am super excited to have enough space in Year 1 to create a DT area. The children will independently set up their area with either junk materials or paints and create whatever they wish!
I am looking forward to displaying their artwork too and encouraging their creativity.
The construction area has developed over time and I am excited to enhance children’s creativity with loose parts, as well as blocks and Lego.
I have got some shelf space for children to display their models and further space on another unit for them to display their models too!
I know how frustrated children get when another child breaks their model, so hopefully this will help, as their model will be celebrated by the rest of the class before being destroyed!
The start of year one will begin with a home corner.
Children will relate to a familiar environment, but hopefully a more up levelled version!
I have added weighing scales, real life objects such as cornflake boxes and tin cans of soup. I have also added pasta and potatoes too! Which will link in well with our soup making later on in the half term.
I am eager to see how children play and respond to real life objects….
As part of a daily routine and another opportunity for maths talk, children will come in and vote for the book they would like to listen to at story time.
We will discuss the groups of more and less to begin with and move onto discussing ways of counting them linked to 2s, 5s and 10s.
This has been a tricky corner to think about.. I am starting off by encouraging fine motor skills and building up their development from EYFS.
As we move on into the year, this area will progress into investigations and research where iPads, books and resources will be used!
I strongly believe in writing being available in all areas of provision. So this time I have only considered a phonics area near the reading area.
I have tried to encourage reading by creating a cosy area for children to quietly read a book.
I have also added loose parts and wooden people to encourage children to creatively make up their own story in the small world area.
This week is a focus on getting to know the children and setting high expectations in provision!
Good luck to all of those going back…