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At Cherry Orchard we understand that young children learn best through play. It gives them the opportunity to explore, discover and problem solve, making them enthusiastic and independent learners. The EYFS curriculum rests upon 3 characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing & exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating & thinking critically

Is it only through play based, child initiated activities that these characteristics can be properly shown by the children and assessed by staff. This is why the majority of our school day is child initiated “choosing time”, allowing children to choose what, where and with who they want to play and learn, following their current interests. During this time children are free to move between both reception classrooms and the outdoor area, with access to open ended resources they can select by themselves.