Here in Maple we believe that the best learning happens through a magic mix of work and play...
WHAT IS IT?
We employ at least one SPLASH (Self-Initiated, Planning, Learning and Sharing) Time session every day, where the children are able to select and develop their own activities.
WHO IS IT FOR?
SPLASH Time is central to the Reception curriculum, enabling children to consolidate more formal learning, trialling theories and inventions in a safe and supportive environment. For at least the first half of the year, Year 1 will also join SPLASH sessions regularly (although it is very hard to find time in their busy learning schedules!), as we feel it remains important to enable open-ended learning that is entirely child-led.
WHERE CAN I GO?
The children have free-flow access to the indoor and outdoor learning areas. We are fortunate enough to have a range of exciting spaces filled with interesting resources including the ‘Observatory’, a new space acquired with scientific enquiry and large-scale creative play in mind.
WHAT SHALL WE DO?
Whether you fancy constructing a life-size wooden rocket, buying and selling fruit and vegetables in a beach hut cafe, mixing your own cement for brick wall building, or strutting your stuff on the theatre stage, there is always something interesting to explore. Many children return to the same activity over a series of sessions and it is great to see thoughts and ideas growing. Similarly, the enthusiasm shown by children during 'sharing' time will often inspire others to take part in something completely new the following day.