The Big Room is a large, bright and cheerful area that accommodates up to 28 children aged 3 to 5 years. It is divided into different play spaces including areas for construction, role play and fancy dress, books and reading, and an area for ‘messy play’ with paint, glue, sand and water.
Children get involved in pre-school activities, such as pre-reading and writing, to help prepare them for school. We cover all areas of the curriculum by organising a variety of activities around a chosen theme. Our planning for what we do in the Big Room follows the early learning goals outlined for the foundation stage by the government for children 3-5 years.
The routine for the Big Room is a little more structured than for younger children in previous rooms. Here we have regular group times for discussion, story telling, singing, role play and music. The Big Room has it’s own large outdoor play area where children do gardening (strawberries and potatoes were very successfully grown this year!), climb and slide, run, jump, play with bikes and scooters, bats and balls.
Earlier this year we hosted our own Sports Relief Event and raised some money for the charity, and during the World Cup the children enjoyed many football-related activities, including a penalty shoot-out.
We issue a termly newsletter to help keep parents up-to-date with events in the nursery, so that you can learn (and grow up!) too.