A Typical Day in Butterflies – Pre-School
8.30 a.m. Child Initiated Activities – such as a birthday tea party where the adult may get involved if they think it will enhance children’s learning. Building train tracks around the room, looking at books or maybe even packing a bag for taking a baby doll out in the buggy. The curriculum recognises the importance of adults playing and interacting with the children and, therefore, on a reduction of unnecessary paperwork that can take us away from the children.
9 a.m. The children will register by finding and moving their name to show that they are present. This is an enjoyable adult-led group time with high quality learning intentions which may include phonic work, mathematics, hello songs and an introduction to the day. The children really do engage in this social group time and the younger members draw upon the older children just like in a typical school class room. Different expectations and learning outcomes will be considered for different age ranges and individuals.
9.30 a.m. Outside play and activities in our wonderful mature garden offering a wide range of truly natural experiences. We call this our ‘out-door classroom’ – Ofsted understandably place an emphasis on this important physical time which incorporates all curriculum areas.
10.00 a.m. Washing and drying of hands – this encourages independence which is an important part of the curriculum. The children assist in handing out of snack.
10.15 a.m. The adult talks about the morning’s activities which will be a carefully thought out combination of adult-led and child-initiated activities using a variety of media. The environment is set up in a stimulating and interesting way to allow for as much effective learning as possible.
10.55 a.m. Tidy up time and then we all come together for the last 15 minutes before lunch for a story, rhymes, calendar, songs and plenary.
11.15 a.m. Lunch time
12.00 p.m. Quiet time – books, story CDs, quiet relaxing music.
12.20 p.m. Child initiated activities
1.00-2.00 p.m. The children continue to explore activities from the morning with added opportunities for them to choose other resources.
Outdoor play is a key element of the afternoons learning experiences. This can includes activities such as parachute, bikes, ball games, obstacle courses, nature walks and gardening in the allotment.