Taking part in active learning activities is a key part of our learning in Foundation Stage. During this time, children are able to develop their independence skills in picking the learning they would like to and develop their imagination and creation skills. The children are able to actively explore a range of different activities that encompass all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and learn through play. We encourage children to discuss their ideas, work alongside others, think about their own ideas, apply their imaginative skills, take ownership for their own learning and select their own resources for learning. Whilst self isolating at home, we would like the children to continue to take part in active learning activities as this play is crucial to children's development and learning. Below are some ideas linked to our topics that children could do during the active learning part of the timetable but children are also encouraged to follow their own interests and think of their own ideas so children can complete activities of their own too.
Autumn Term 1 - Into The Woods Topic
- Use different materials in your home to make your own woodland animal picture or model.
- Look at books that have woodland animals in or ones that are set in the woods.
- Look closely at different materials found in the woods e.g. sticks, pine cones. What patterns can you see? Can you create a rubbing on them? Can you draw your own picture of one?
- Look closely at different leaves in your garden. What shape are they? How many different coloured leaves can you find?
- Can you create a puppet show containing different woodland animals?
- Try making a home for an animal.
- Write or draw a story about an animal who lives in the woods.
- Imagine going on an adventure into the woods. What would you pack? What would you see when you are there?
Autumn Term 2 - Winter Wonderland
- Look at ice cubes closely. What do you notice about them? How were they formed? Explore the quickest way to melt an ice cube?
- Research different animals that live in cold environments.
- Try making a picture of an animal that lives in a cold place.
- Use paper and scissors to make your own snowflake. Can you make a range of different shaped snowflakes? Which one do you prefer and why?
- Put out seeds for the birds to feed them over winter. Watch to see what birds come to eat the seeds.
- Imagine going on an adventure to the North Pole. What do you think you might do there?
- Create your own arctic scene using different materials in your house.