At Linton Mead we recognise that children learn through play and first-hand experiences. We use children’s interests as a starting point when planning the next steps in their learning. We aim to ensure that as much learning takes place outdoors as inside and offer a curriculum where children discover learning is fun. Each learning area is set up so that the children feel at ease with choosing their own resources, and developing their own activities with peers, and this enables them to become motivated in their own learning.
We use a system called ‘Planning in the moment’ and it is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. Based on what the children are already deeply involved in, this way of planning relies on our skilled practitioners using quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). The staff are all skilled enough to be able to see the teachable moment from the child’s perspective and to know when to intervene and when to stand back and observe. Planning in the moment is all about capturing the moment of engagement and running with it to make sure the children progress.
Our Nursery classrooms are organised to allow children to explore and learn securely and safely. There are areas where the children can be active and some where they can be quiet and rest. The classrooms are set up in learning areas, where children are able to find and locate equipment and resources independently. The Nursery has its own enclosed outdoor area. This has a positive effect on the children’s development. Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors. It offers the children a chance to explore, use their senses and be physically active and exuberant. We plan activities and resources for the children to access outdoors that help the children to develop in all 7 areas of learning.
Children are given the opportunity to be creative through all areas of learning, not just through the arts. The staff support children’s thinking and help them to make connections by showing genuine interest, offering encouragement, clarifying ideas and asking open questions. Children can access resources freely and are allowed to move them around the classroom to extend their learning.
We recognise that active learning occurs when children are motivated and interested. Children need to have some independence and control over their learning. As children develop their confidence they learn to make decisions. It provides children with a sense of satisfactions as they take ownership of their learning.ontent