Learning Through Play In The Early Years
The nursery is an integrated part of the school. In Colinton nursery, in common with most Authority nurseries, ‘Curriculum for the Early Years’ and ‘The Child at the Centre’ are followed. The key means of learning at this stage is through purposeful, active play where children are given the opportunity to take a lead in their own learning through investigating, exploring, developing skills and interacting with others. The nursery class has ‘areas’, each with a different activity like sand play, water play, painting corner, house corner, writing corner and the quiet corner. However, while the children ‘play’ they learn. In a child’s pre–school year, parents and nursery staff work together to draw up a pupil profile outlining the child’s development.
A Step In The Right Direction
Nursery children take part in activities with other children and staff in the school. The nursery children make weekly use of the school facilities– the gym and the computer suite. Throughout the week the nursery children make a number of visits to the school including joining our assemblies. A formal induction meeting is arranged for parents and children to visit the school in June and meet their Primary 1 teacher.