Play is the main vehicle through which children learn. It is our aim to offer a wide variety of learning experiences, in a rich, stimulating environment which allow children to learn through play. We use the children’s interests to plan and support them in their learning.
Sometimes children’s play will be busy and noisy, sometimes quiet and reflective. Staff work collaboratively with the children to plan and develop the environment and resources both indoors and outdoors. A range of open-ended materials are freely available to enable independent and active learning. Staff work alongside children whilst they play, observing, supporting and extending the learning.
We plan and evaluate these experiences following the Curriculum for Excellence guidelines. The Curriculum for Excellence establishes clear values, purposes and principles for education from 3 to 18 in Scotland. It sets out to enable children to develop their capacities as Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.
Curriculum for Excellence promotes the need to view learning and teaching across curriculum subjects and areas as inter-connected and integrated. This is particularly important for young children, who will develop their understanding of, for example, science, language, communication, technology and mathematics from an everyday experience, such as water or sand play. Staff ensure that these experiences are enriching and stimulating and that adults working with children are able to understand, appreciate and assess children’s achievements and learning.
It is important to remember that it is not a final product that is important, but the skills and experiences we are developing while taking part. If your child comes home with no paintings or drawings – don’t worry! They will still have been learning – just learning through different experiences. Your child may have been busy building in the construction area, playing in the sand or playing in the house to name a few, they simply may have chosen to participate in other experiences on offer.