West Hill Primary School

Ants

 

Welcome to Ants class! 

Here is a list of current practitioners in the room: 

Miss Baldwin - Early Years Practitioner
Ants Class is the 2-year-old room within our pre-school. We work on a 1 (staff member) to 4 (Children) ratio, and this allows us to monitor the children whilst also allowing them to become independent learners. Each child has a Key Person to whom both child(ren) and parents/carers can feel confident to talk to and be with. We find this also helps build stronger bonds for the children and their teachers, excelling their learning further and supporting them in reaching their full potential.

 

Parent Overview - Sunflowers & Sunshine

 In Ants Class

In Ants Class we focus on the Prime Areas of Learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS), as well as exploring the specific areas, as the children investigate their interests and build their skills as they grow closer to achieving their next steps. The Prime Areas include Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (C&L) and Moving and Handling (MH). The specific areas include Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We believe that if a child is exposed to these areas of learning through activities and play that they show interest in and enjoy, then they will be able to develop as young, excitable, and confident learners, as they are able to better retain information and develop new knowledge. We look at creating a welcoming and comfortable environment where both children and parents/carers feel happy and safe.

We work with parents/carers closely, and through a form we use called "All About Me", we discuss with parents/carers what their child(ren) enjoys playing with, what they are good at, and what skills they would like their child(ren) to work towards. This information then assists us when we create next steps for our children, and plan activities based around their interests, to help them achieve their next steps over time. We understand each child is different and will learn in different ways to their peers; this is something we will always take into consideration.

How we learn

In Ants Classroom we have a working wall, cleverly named "Ants at work!". There are several Ants on this wall, and each has a photo of a child's face on it, where their beautiful work is placed around them. These are there to help show off the children’s wonderful work as well as give them a sense of pride when they see it displayed for all to see. The children can choose what work goes onto the boards and they are often very proud of what they have created, and these creations can include mark making with different materials, collaging, or even photos of a wonderful tower they had made and couldn't wait to show their teachers and peers. Each day, there are planned activities specifically tailored to the children who are in that day. These activities are sometimes independent activities, carried out during free flow, or a group activity, carried out during our group learning time. These activities are always planned with the children's interests in mind, and we have found the children are achieving their next steps at a quicker pace, meaning they are blossoming before our very eyes. As we stated before, all children are different and some will naturally learn at a slower pace than others which we always take into consideration, and if the child's key person feels they are not quite ready to achieve that next step, then they will create a new next step, and come back to the previous one at a later date.

Our Daily Routine

The use of a consistent daily routine is something that the children find comforting, as it gives them a good idea of what is happening now, and what will happen next. The children have sitting spots that match their peg pictures; they know that during self-registration they are expected to sit on their spot with their legs crossed (if they are able to) and join in with registration the best that they can. The children enjoy the use of routine and often remember what occurs throughout the day. During both the morning and afternoon sessions, Ants class get lots of opportunities to be outside in a variety of weathers and use our two outdoor play areas. During free-flow the children can choose to learn outside in our garden where they can mark-make on a giant chalk board, create towers using large Duplo or even mix mud pies in our outdoor kitchen! Ants class also get individual access to the climbing frame which develops children's spatial awareness, where they learn how to move their bodies around objects and explore fitting into spaces, as well as how to safely take risks. It is also a perfect stage to recreate some of our favourite stories such as ‘We Are Going on a Bear Hunt.'