It is very important that there are equal opportunities for all children and I feel that activities should include materials that not only promote equality of opportunity for all children but also extends their understanding and influences a positive world view. Children need to feel confident about themselves and need to ensured that they are of worth. Maintaining a professional attitude at all times and commitment to equal opportunities will prevent children from developing negative feelings about themselves which could possibly lead to a lack of self esteem and could inhibit their development.”Children will pick up very quickly on attitudes of staff. They will see whether a staff member is as interested in what they are doing as a parent or carer may be.” (P.
Tassoni 2000 p20) I think that attitudes are learnt and gained at a very young age. At home, from the media and from schooling influences so this is all the more reason why we as adults should try to challenge stereotypes and encourages children to experience equal opportunities through play and learning.Learning for the childrenThe activities I have planned have been designed to teach the children knew things that they may not know about or know very little and also to constantly enhance on the verity of their skills. All of the activities involve hand eye co-ordination, finger movement and generally fin motor skills. The children will be developing on these skills throughout the curriculum plan activities.
A lot of the activities involve creativity which, will stimulate the children and will make the tasks more existing and appealing. The planning of some activities will enable the children to take what they have made at pre school home as a few of the activities involve producing models using junk recourses.Another activity on the list is cooking. Carrying out this activity will enable the children in groups; make use of the kitchen area that is in the infants school. This sort of activity will develop the children’s fine and gross motor skills for example when cutting up vegetables and will lead to strong hand/eye co-ordination.
The children will also learn to share equipment and utensils, take turns, develop awareness of different eating patterns and cultural diversity as well as acknowledging safety rules whilst in the kitchen.Learning for meListening and being able to follow various instructions develops good concentration, not only this but elements of mathematics are also developed through the experiences, they can also help children to develop reading and writing skills, gain new vocabulary, learn correct words, phrases and terms, how to ask adults questions and express their own needs. Science is also incorporated, as children need to learn and appreciate and accept the changes that occur whilst cooking.
By doing this I will learn how to involve the children in every aspect of the experiment and how to organise so that each individual child receives an opportunity to participate in each of these activities. I will also learn not to perceive stereotypical views about gender and race and to always check that all children can take part in the activity and are not prevented by religious, cultural or medical reasons. I will make a point of encouraging the children to wash up and tidy away after themselves and also to relate to what they have achieved to the rest of the children in the pre school