Children will move into Upper Riverside around their 3rd birthday, where they will continue to build on the skills that they have gained in Lower Riverside and develop new skills through exploration and investigation.
Play becomes more investigative now and children will be able to choose the activities that they would prefer to take part in, to promote independent thinking. Play may be indoors or outdoors, as dictated by your child. Indoors, we create a stimulating environment, decorated with the children’s artwork to encourage interaction. For outdoor play, we ask that you provide suitable outdoor clothing – this may be a raincoat, wellies, hat, gloves and scarf or sun hat and sun cream!
We continue to investigate the world around us by venturing out into our community… and even inviting certain aspects of the community in to meet us, such as the Fire Brigade, Community Police Officers, dentists and more!
Parents have the option of adding swimming lessons as an extra circular activity once the children move through into Upper Riverside and are fully toilet trained. This is a great opportunity for your child to build their confidence and develop independent swimming skills through structured swimming lessons.
Swimming lessons will use the Duckling levels one to five will be used, these improve water confidence and introduce water awareness and basic swimming techniques. The emphasis is on structured play, games and swimming exercises to build confidence and gain a good body position in the water.
Once a week the children take part in sports lessons provided by Sportz4All. These lessons aim to encourage basic skills and physical development, as well teaching the children about sharing, taking turns and working as part of a Team. Sportz4All incorporate the EYFS as much as possible into their routines, the sessions culminate in a sports day for our school leavers in the summer term – which parents are welcome to attend.