SPRING TERM 2018
Welcome back after the Christmas break. We wish you all a very Happy New Year and a very big thank you for all the gifts and cards you sent us. We would also like to welcome our new starters.
In line with the mandatory e-safety policy, we would advise that the primary room, ladies toilet, story room and corridor are “mobile free zones”. Please refrain from taking or receiving calls/texts in these areas.
Recent interests and forthcoming events:
We will be talking about Chinese New Year this month. It falls on the 16th February and we will plan some activities and introduce the children to some Chinese food and traditions. This year it is the Year of the Dog.
We are planning a winter walk on Thursday 25th January-separate letter to follow.
Mini Movez will be at preschool Monday 12th February for a music and movement session in the afternoon.
Mother’s Day is 11th March 2018 and we plan a fundraising event around this. A separate letter will follow.
World Book day is 1st March 2018. Children are able to dress as a favourite character and we would love any parent/grandparent to read to the children at story time. Please let me know if you are interested.
Learning and development
Each day, some children participate in small group activities. These sessions help us to work with a smaller number of children and provide opportunities to introduce activities, sometimes based on the Letters and Sounds programme. We work on Phase 1 at pre-school and this programme continues and develops throughout infant school. Activities in this programme include listening games, outdoors and indoors, e.g. sounds lotto, shakers (with varying sounds), action songs, body percussion (clapping, stamping to songs), and as they progress, tapping out syllables, I spy games and rhyming games. If you would like any more information, please ask your key person or any staff member.
We try to provide you with as much information as possible on the planning and activities your child will be participating in during the week. Photographs are a great way of letting you know. Please check the notice board opposite the signing-in sheet. We are also putting up examples of play in the story room.
Our continuous provision is set out in different areas. Some of the opportunities for learning in one of the areas:
Play dough and clay
PSED Interested in others’ play and starting to join in. Can select and use activities and resources with help. Demonstrate friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.
Comm. and language: listening to others one to one or small groups when conversations interest them.
Linking conversation to a theme-birthdays, cooking etc.
Literacy: They use tools which help to develop early writing skills.
Using words such as “soft”, “squashy”, “round” and cold to describe what they see and feel.
Maths: They develop skills in volume, measuring, awareness of length, size weight and begin to use the language of size.
Develop counting skills and join in number rhymes e.g. currant buns.
Understanding the world: In pretend play, imitating everyday actions and events from own family/cultural background.
Talk about why things happen and how things work e.g. pretend baking, making play dough.
PD It develops their physical skills (small motor skills) and senses using tools and equipment safely/ gross – kneading, rolling squeezing, tearing.
Expressive arts and design: Using their senses to explore different materials.
Engage in role play, e.g. baking, shop keeping. Linked to imaginative play; birthdays, party food etc.
Physical development is one of the prime areas and as you will be aware from recent news coverage, so important for children’s well-being and health; especially outdoor physical play. Gross motor skills include moving in different ways, using large arm movements in climbing, pulling themselves onto equipment; throwing and catching. Children need to develop the large movements, before refining their skills to control tools, pencils etc. Threading and playdough are great activities for building small muscles.
Things to do at home:
You could help your child explore some interests a little more at home, or when you’re out and about, by:
Using natural resources to add to their play and use them in pattern making; counting activities.
Silly soup song: thinking of words that end in the same e.g., dog, fog, log/ hat, mat etc.
Songs to encourage body percussion e.g. Peter hammers; If you’re happy and you know it.
This half-term: we finish on Friday 16th February 2018 and start again on Monday 26th February 2018.
Easter holiday: we finish on Thursday 29th March 2018 and start again on Monday, 16th April, 2018.
This will be my last newsletter to you. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bents Green pre-school. It has been an absolute joy to see all the children grow in confidence; developing and learning in their unique way. Thank you all for your support over the years. I will miss you all.
On behalf of Bents Green staff