Dauntsey Academy Primary School

Continuous Provision in Year 1

Our children are happy and love learning!

What our children think

This is what they tell us about Discovery Learning:

Mila: Discovery learning is the best. It makes me feel happy because I have my friends to play with.

Holly: In the outdoor area you can ride scooters.

Molly: I like discovery learning because we get to do rainbow challenges. We can try new things out.

Finley: I like it because I like creativity.

Pippa: Discovery learning is something I cannot ignore, it’s that good!

Rohan: Discovery learning is good because you can go outside and build things.

Summer: It’s amazing. You can use your imagination.

Freddy: I think discovery learning is exciting because we get to play with our friends.

Matthew: I like playing at the woodwork bench.

Year 1 Continuous Provision in action

Fine motor skills involve the use of the small muscles that control the hand, fingers and thumb. They help children perform important tasks like dressing themselves, manipulating tools and equipment, writing, drawing and more.




Small worlds nurture children's imaginations.

Learning outside the classroom supports development of gross motor skills, imagination, cooperation and builds on indoor learning.




A sand kitchen provides a space for children to retreat to for some time alone in a soothing sensory experience or to play with peers co-operating, communicating, negotiating and sharing.



 Through their constructive play, a child will learn what will work and what will not. Trial-and-error is a great method in which to create structures and modify methods. Overcoming problems to build structures in a particular way will always aid creative thinking and problem solving skills.




Water play is a fantastic activity for developing children's hand-eye coordination as they learn to pour, squeeze, stir and even paint with water.

Engaging in imaginative play shows strong links to language development. Children are learning to communicate with each other verbally but also through non-verbal behaviours such as gestures, facial expressions and body language