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Development of play

At Castle Wood school we believe all children need active learning through hands-on, play-based activities. With the backing of research and the input of thoughtful practitioners we have been developing an approach that’s referred to as ‘continuous provision’, where children have access throughout their day to many practical activities and resources to support them with their learning.


Continuous provision can enable all children to explore recent learning, practice new skills, and follow their own interests. Practitioners are able to ‘enhance’ the continuous provision offered to the children through adding additional resources and making more explicit links to practitioner directed sessions. This combination of continuous and enhanced provision gives practitioners a framework within which they can set their adult-led activities, being sure that children have plenty of opportunities to practice and improve their skills, knowledge and confidence in independent learning.


Observing children within the areas of continuous provision is a crucial part of the practitioner’s role and the findings from these observations will have an impact on what is planned for children’s next steps. Through observations practitioners will be able to identify the strengths and needs of children, their behaviour, interests and patterns of learning and development.


Provision in each classroom has been developed to help the children become independent learners. Resources are available and organised into areas, ie ‘book area, creative area, mark making area, role play etc. Children can learn in an area and revisit it throughout the day knowing the same resources are there and therefore build upon their skills.


Our continuous provision is enhanced throughout the year with extra resources.