Cleator Moor Nursery School

Learning Through Play


Learning Through Play

Children learn most effectively through play – this is their work.  Our curriculum is broken down into short topics, for example “Spring/ New Life”.  Our sessions are planned so that free, independent play (often relating to the topic) is available alongside adult-directed activities.

As a staff we create an environment in which purposeful play can take place.  We have an understanding of the educational value of play.  Our role is to observe, interact, enable and extend the children’s play in order that they gradually come to understand the world around them. Most of the curriculum is transferrable to the outdoors and we are continually developing the outdoor curriculum.

We particularly focus on Characteristics of Effective Learning (CoEL) when we do this

· Playing and Exploring—engagement

· Active Learning—motivation

· Creating and Thinking Critically—thinking


Taken from Ofsted Report 2009:
With a highly stimulating environment and a vibrant curriculum there is a good balance of adult-led and child-initiated tasks. There is a strong focus on letting the children explore and experiment through purposeful play. At the same time staff are highly skilled in knowing when to intervene to help accelerate the learning.”