Through play our children explore and develop the learning experiences that help them make sense of the world. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside other children and on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems. Children are helped to understand their feelings and encouraged to express them.
The cycle of observation, assessment, planning, observation is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis, building upon the child’s interests and play. We have focus children each week (approximately 10% of the class). Some interactions and activities that occur are recorded when this observation and planning cycle is complete. These records are on the learning journeys for the focus children and on ‘in the moment’ planning sheets for activities in which a group have become involved.
We work in this way because ...
“Babies and young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up their questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will be always alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning (planning for the next moment).”
From National Standards document Learning, Playing and Interacting: Good Practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage p.22–23
For more information please look at the Saplings page (found under Curriculum - classes)