Second Half Spring Term 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all your help and support during a bumpy start to the new year and term. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team for keeping the preschool open so the children could have fun especially in the snow!

Although COVID doesn’t allow much face to face interaction please know I or another team member is  always on the end of the phone or email to help and support in any way we can.

The second iPad  has now been purchased with the money raised by the Christmas shop and we plan on trialing a new online system for the children's learning journeys and observations after Easter.

Time to look forward to a new half term and welcome Tyler who will be joining us after the break. Parent consultations will be taking part in the next half term. For the first time we are hoping to do this by phone call with your child's key worker.  Appointments will be during lunch club,  each key group will receive a letter with more details in the new term.

Stay safe, stay well

Kind regards

Georgina and the St Paul's Crofton Pre-School team

 

 

This term our theme is toys. 

Week 1- Shapes. 

Week 2- Mothers Day. ( this is one week early to allow for quarantine)

Week 3- Opposites. 

Week 4 -Numbers 

Week 5- Colours 

Week 6 -Easter 

If your child would like to share Mothers day or Easter celebrations with us please submit a photo and description by Dojo so we can share with the group.

22nd  February - Back to preschool

8th March - Deadline for fees and funding ( please note invoices will be going out the first week of term.)

Parents consultations this half term.

1st April - Last day of term

2nd April until 18th April Easter holidays.

 

19th April - Start of Summer term

 

Please name all coats bags and personal belongings

We have an amazing garden which we use all year round, Please dress your children accordingly

Lunch boxes should be a healthy balanced meal and easy to open for your children. Please also remember we are a

nut-free/ no peanut butter preschool.

We will continue to use two queues and entrance and exits points A and B, please can I remind you to wear a face covering and keep your distance when waiting at the preschool.

Hand gel and antibacterial spray will be available to use. Please ensure this is done before your child enters the setting.

Temperatures will still be taken at the door and enhanced room cleaning is in place.

COVID secure measures mean we need to keep the room well ventilated with windows open at all times. Please keep this in mind as the room is cooler than usual. Please ensure your child is dressed in layers.

If a member of your household is isolating it is the pre-school policy for the children to remain at home for the required time as well.

I also ask you to keep me informed of any tests within your bubble.

Thank you for helping us to keep children and staff as safe as possible.

Curriculum Theme – Concepts

Personal, Social and Emotional

During this term we will continue to promote independence by encouraging the children to make choices for themselves.

As ever we continue to promote positive relationships between the children and staff as well as praising co-operative, constructive play at all times.

We will be introducing a new behaviour management tool to help the children to understand what constitutes acceptable behaviour.

We continue to provide opportunities to use large equipment indoors during the winter months when access to the garden is limited.

In week 3 we will create an opposites obstacle course to help develop strength and co-ordination.

We will be using ‘wobble boards’ and balance equipment to help develop their gross motor skills.

The children will be practising to catch and throw using balls and bean bags.

Fine motor development will be encouraged with activities such as sewing, threading and using small pegs

 

There will be lots of opportunities to introduce new vocabulary to the children as we look at concepts.

Using games and songs we will be promoting awareness of shapes, numbers and opposites.

If your child has something to show us related to the theme, you can always send in a photo on the Dojo.

We will be looking a colour during week 5; mixing paint under cling film and playing with light filters.

There will be different interest tables everyday and we will be encouraging the children to wear clothes of a specific colour.

During opposites week, we will be encouraging descriptive language when exploring feely boxes and providing resources of different textures when making a collage

There will be lots of opportunities to introduce new vocabulary to the children as we look at concepts.

Using games and songs we will be promoting awareness of shapes, numbers and opposites.

If your child has something to show us related to the theme, you can always send in a photo on the Dojo.

We will be looking at families and baby animals on the computer as we prepare for Mother’s Day.

The children will be acting out the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as we talk about Easter.

The children will also be making Easter nests to take home. As part of this activity we will be explaining the importance of hand washing before handling food.

 

There will be an emphasis on shapes during week 1 using paint, collage and even food!

We will also be looking for shapes on a walk around the church grounds.

Similarly, the focus will be on numbers during week 4 when we will be measuring, using pegs with numbers and making rubbings of rough numbers.

Opportunities to practice counting are available daily

 

  • Look out for shapes and numbers when out for a walk
  • Grow a bulb in water and watch the roots and shoots develop.
  • Talk about Spring and look out for catkins, leaf buds or frog spawn.
  • Talk about animal family groups and introduce their names e.g. ram, ewe and lamb