Cradlehall Playgroup ‘Parent Playgroup Session’ 2015

The children at Cradlehall Playgroup recently held a ‘Parent Playgroup Session’ where they took the lead in teaching the parents just how much early learning takes place during fun play activities. The sessions were a huge success with all thoroughly enjoying the Curriculum Experience!

A massive Well Done to our children who organised and demonstrated the activities and learning, and huge thanks to all of our parents who took part. We look forward to similar events in the future.

Sitting for listening with daddy

Sitting for listening with daddy

Circle time is an ideal opportunity to practice and develop our listening and literacy skills, learning to listen to others, and taking turns in conversation.

This is the weather chart

This is the weather chart

Through discussion, reflection and observation (literacy & numeracy) the children helped the parents to identify what the weather was like (social studies), what clothing they would need (health & wellbeing), as well as naming the day of the week, date and season.

Me and my mum making track

Me and my mum making track

Here we are learning and developing many skills across the curriculum, including use of imagination through role play (expressive arts), sharing space & resources and working together making choices / travelling safely (health & wellbeing), sorting cars by colour / size, direction, use of signs & symbols etc (numeracy), exploring and talking about people and places in our environment (literacy / social studies), whilst also developing spacial awareness, hand eye coordination and fine / gross motor skills (physical, health & wellbeing)

That’s my mum doing cars!

That’s my mum doing cars!


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Mums & Dads making play dough

Again such a simple activity clearly illustrates a wealth of learning, from measuring, mixing and dividing ingredients, developing an understanding of quantity (early numeracy), following a recipe reading pictures and numbers, listening & following instruction (literacy), practicing fine & gross motor skills in scooping, stirring &pouring (health & wellbeing: physical), early problem solving and science as we explore the change in consistency adding flour, oil etc, to sharing space & resources with friends!

Mummy, heads, shoulders, knees & toes!

Mummy, heads, shoulders, knees & toes!

A fun physical activity incorporating song and dance (expressive arts), learning about my body while enjoying physical movement (health & wellbeing) and developing language skills !

True active learning through play, thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Debbie Campbell, CALA Direct Services Coordinator
Lizzie King, Senior Early Years Practitioner