Early Years in the British School of Navarra

Children's games to increase learning
Monday, March 4, 2019
We teach our curriculum through topics. This ensures a cross curricular approach and also the children can relate to the learning on a personal level by bring their own experiences into the classroom. It allows the children to have confidence with trying new activities. 

Topic based or themed learning
Helps the children make sense of their learning. Links learning to children’s own experiences. Ensures learning is cross curricular.  

How do children benefit from themed learning?
●    Children learn about different aspects of a larger topic.
●    This helps children see connections - they are able to start making their own connections from one experience to another.
●    Children are able to explore their own creativity  - thinking creatively.
●    Children are able to build community when themes are shared throughout the EYFS.
●    Application and integration of Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Dramatic Play in the themed classroom:  Dramatic play involves breaking down the barriers of reality and results in serious and natural learning.
There are two types of dramatic play - structured and unstructured.

Structured play has a predetermined outcome.  A parent or teacher sets up a scenario for the children to play into, such as The Three Bears house in ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.

Unstructured play is where children have the freedom to choose their own plan scenarios and often create their own sets based on what is available to them.  Empty boxes might turn into trains, boats, etc.
Dramatic play teaches self-regulation and conflict resolution; encourages language development; supports maths and literacy and relieves emotional tension.

Continuous provision: is an environment set up with a variety of carefully thought out resources that is safe for children to explore whilst challenging their learning. 

It should allow children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices. An important part of the EYFS is to support children in becoming active learners; continuous provision allows children to demonstrate this aspect and practitioners can closely observe this during their play.

Continuous Provision allows children to practise learnt skills.  Continuous provision supports children’s learning and development across all seven areas and let’s not forget the characteristics of effective learning (How children learn).  Children enjoy extending their learning with their friends and develops strong personal and social skills.

Focused activities
Adult led activities where the children will learn new skills with support through resources and questioning.  These activities are taught in small groups allowing maximum impact to the child’s learning.

Our classes are a balance of Adult led activities and Continuous provision.