The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ contribute towards children’s skills for life and independence. These include:-
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Be willing to have a go
Showing concentration and focus
Keep on trying
Enjoying what they are achieving
Having their own ideas
Choosing how to carry a task out.
In St. Michael’s Early Years we create many opportunities for children to practice their independent skills. This includes attending to personal hygiene and care; following daily routines such as tidying up after snack time and learning activities; selecting and choosing their own resources; and staying safe in their environment. We develop social skills such as turn-taking, sharing resources, following and carrying out instructions, collaborative play, waiting patiently and being kind towards adults and peers.
Below you will find a generic timetable of what is covered each day in Red and Green class. We also give the children a ‘visual timetable’ to share with their family at home and this supports our home school partnership.