We have been working on various PLODs amongst all our other activities. PLOD stands for 'Possible Lines of Development'. Each week two or three PLODs will be running across the nursery where adults will work with children and support them to develop their learning skills. These PLODs may be triggered by the children's interests or a challenge provided by an adult. Returning to this PLOD throughout the week allows the children to get more from the experience, as well as providing opportunities for further planning and reflection.
One of our 'PLODs' last week was learning how to use 'modroc', a plaster coated material that is ideal for creating models. The children worked together to make a number of models, thinking creatively about what they wanted to do whilst learning a new skill. There were also a number of opportunities for problem-solving and experimenting, including making our own paint. Outside the children were working on mark-making and using large movements in their work. These both help support the development of 'pre-writing' skills by developing strength but also supporting the children to take a greater interest in mark-making for a purpose.