Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts are materials that can be moved around the indoor and outdoor environments and used in endless ways.
The provision of loose parts in our indoor and outdoor environments adds quality to our play experiences. Open ended materials – loose parts – provide children with never ending ways to transform things into whatever they can imagine.
The versatility of these materials provide children with endless ways to create something new. Having access to a variety of materials during play and exploration assists with:
- Problem Solving
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine motor development
- Gross motor development
- Language and vocabulary building
- Mathematical thinking
- Scientific thinking
- Social/emotional development
- Valuing sustainability by using recycled materials
- and more…
Children have the freedom to explore the materials, use them as they wish, and take them to any area of the classroom. The children will use the same material in many different ways.
We welcome donations to build our collections of loose parts and recycled materials. Do you have any interesting materials lying around at home? PVC pipes, milk crates, small rocks, pebbles, off cuts of lino, carpet, tiles, wood, nuts, bolts, buttons, bottle tops, cotton reels, old photo/picture frames… The possibilities are endless!
The children in Pre Primary Gold have made a great start to the new school year. There have been lots of smiles, fun and laughter as the children have been exploring their new environment and building new relationships with teachers and class friends.
Our outdoor learning environment promotes children’s connection with nature. Children love being outside to enjoy the freedom, fresh air and change of pace that the outdoor environment offers. Our outdoor environment provides many opportunities to learn – respect for nature, social skills, managing risks and physical skills and stamina.
Our Fine Motor Stations aim to develop fine motor skills, language and handwriting. The activities help to develop strong, flexible fingers and promote better hand-eye co-ordination, differentiated movements and dexterity.
The language experience approach is a wonderful way to engage children in reading and writing. In language experience children are engaged in a rich learning experience to provide an experience that children will want to talk about. Teachers take dictation from the children, (or they have a go with their own writing) then use the children’s own words in shared reading experiences.
The children have been building relationships between numbers and a represented item. Counting and representing numbers with objects or pictures allows children to make connections between the real world and their developing math skills.
We engaged in drawing and painting self portraits. The children have been considering their personal identity and learning that everyone is unique and different.
The Pre Primary children have been immersed in our Fairytale unit this term.
We were inspired to build a castle in our shared role play area. The children collected lots of boxes from home and then had to plan, experiment and problem solve how to use the boxes to build a stable wall for our castle.
Unfortunately the rain and stormy weather one weekend proved that our structure was not stable enough to brave the elements!
Mr Searle came to our rescue, donating some large and strong boxes from his workplace.
We have made thrones for our King and Queen and have costumes for role play and dress ups in the Pre Primary Castle. Keep your eyes open and you may catch a glimpse of knights, wizards, witches, princes, princesses and fairies!
We have been integrating writing opportunities into our morning Fine Motor Groups. This week the children had to respond to a question posed by the teacher in our Thought Bubble. Children are encouraged to talk, draw, write and share on their journey to becoming more confident and flexible writers.
You can help by encouraging children to write for a range of relevant and meaningful purposes at home – creating shopping lists, letters and cards to family and friends, writing emails, keeping a holiday diary, labelling items and photos and leaving notes.
Give children opportunities to read aloud their writing attempts. Listen and focus on the message that they were trying to convey. If children are encouraged to express their meaning and are acknowledged, they will be more inclined to attempt to write.
Provide a quiet place for your child to write with lots of writing materials. Leave notes and messages for each other and engage in writing games. Write together and have FUN!