Free Flow at Hollywell – Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
Free Flow is an opportunity for Key Stage 1 children to continue to access a play-based, free flowing learning experience. It also offers the Foundation Stage children a chance to familiarise themselves with other learning environments within the school. This is designed to aid a smoother transition at the end of the Reception Year.
Currently Free Flow is timetabled for Friday afternoons. All children within the Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage work and play collaboratively to enhance their learning and social and emotional development.
Ways in which Free Flow can benefit children’s development:
Greater independence – As children are able to access the different environments freely, it helps them develop greater independence. They are able to make those independent choices as to whether they play outdoors or access the messy activities inside. Older children especially strive on being given extra responsibilities and this will help them later on in life.
Progress at own pace – Children shouldn’t be rushed in their learning, it should be about giving children time to fully embrace the skills they are learning. Free flow gives children the opportunity to develop at their own pace.
Decision making – As children are able to choose where they would like to play and with what, this is developing their decision making skills. As they get older they will begin to learn that their choices may have consequences.
Physical well-being – Offering children the choice, especially the outdoors, enables them the opportunity to build on their physical skills.
Learning about the different environments – As children explore the different environments, it opens up many leaning opportunities as they discover the difference between areas.