Second Half Summer Term 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we near the end of the academic year and head towards the summer holidays, I’d like to wish all our leaver’s a fondest goodbye. I’m sure they will be missed at pre-school but an exciting new adventure awaits.

A quick note to say,  I am now in the last trimester of pregnancy, so I will be following the government guidelines and working from home this term.

Jeannette and Ann are both in managerial roles and are there to support the children, parents and staff at pre-school. As always I am on the end of the phone or email to offer help and support in any way I can. I will be popping in for garden visits over the next few weeks.

For anyone who hasn’t had a parent consultation this year, we are hoping to hold these by phone with your child’s key worker in June.

With some restrictions still in place and a growing number of COVID cases especially the Indian variant, we will be taking extra precautions at pre-school so some end of term events will be slightly different this year. We will endeavour to ensure the children have the maximum amount of fun and enjoyment.

Sport’s activity week, W/C 14th June, will see a garden sport’s session hosted by Pro-Stars on 15th June and we will be inviting the children to participate in a sponsored trike ride too.

On the last day of term July 15th, we will host our school leaver’s gathering followed by a picnic in the garden. More details to follow shortly.

This term we welcome Lucy, Nancy and Darcy to the pre-school.

Stay safe and well and enjoy the sunshine!

Kind regards,

Georgina and the staff team

The theme this term is Our Surroundings

Week 1 – Our families

Week 2 – Leisure activities/Sport’s activity week

Week 3 – Our outdoors

Week 4 – People who help us

Week 5 – People who help us

Week 6 – Moving on

If your child would like to share with us something they have done at home please submit a photo and description on Dojo so we can share with the children at storytime.

7th June – first day of term

14th June – Sport’s activity week including trike ride

21st June – Invoice deadline for all fees to be paid

June – parent phone consultations

15th July – Last day of term and school Leaver’s ceremony

 

 

 

The better weather is here! Please apply sun cream to your children before arrival at pre-school and provide a named sun hat.

We have an amazing garden which we use daily. Your children will be climbing and running, please ensure their footwear covers their toes and is well fitted.

Please remember to clearly label all coats, bags, hats and water bottles.

Our pre-school is a nut free zone, lunch boxes should be a healthy balance meal with packaging the children can open themselves

We will continue to use 2 queues, A and B, at entrance and exit points. Please can I remind you to wear a face covering unless exempt and keep your distance from other families.

Hand gel and anti bac spray will be provided for use before entering the hall. The children’s temperatures will continue to be taken and enhanced room cleaning is still in place.

COVID secure measures mean that we need to keep the hall well ventilated with the windows and doors open at all times so the room will be cooler than usual.

If a member of your household is isolating, it is pre-school policy for children to remain at home for the required time as well. May I also ask that you keep me informed of any tests within your bubble.

There are still restrictions on activities that we can have in the pre-school but we are hoping to bring back some old favourites after they have been risk assessed

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

Curriculum Theme – Our Surroundings

Personal, Social and Emotional

We will be welcoming 3 new children into the setting this term.

We will be introducing a new system for going in the garden. Using a time tracker the children will be able to choose when they would like to go outside and take responsibility for getting themselves ready – the aim is to promote their independence and autonomy.

As the end of term approaches, we will be talking to our school leavers about moving on using stories and role play to prepare for this important milestone

Now that the warmer weather is here we will be hoping to use the large equipment in the garden daily. There will be opportunities to try out balance toys, hurdles, javelins, tennis and cricket.

During week 2 we will have a focus on leisure activities and will be participating in different sporting activities in the garden.

We continue to offer opportunities to use a pincer grip to help develop pencil control when writing.

We will be talking about sun safety, what happens to our bodies when we get hot and why it is important to drink lots of water.

 

Every day we provide activities that encourage the use of a pincer grip.

We encourage mark making in all role play and offer different surfaces and materials to practice pencil control with. Mark making is encouraged on all the children’s creative work.

We continue to promote the phonic sound of letters using Barney Bear, books and games.

The book corner offers a wide range of books, some related to the theme to stimulate interest, reading is encouraged both indoors and out.

There will be opportunities for new role play scenarios such as a birthday party, a school room and a campsite.

If the weather permits we will be eating snack  and listening to stories outside.

There will be opportunities to make collages on themes such as mini beasts, flowers and under the sea;  painting is available daily.

We will also be able to bring back some sensory activities and use malleable materials in a limited way

Opportunities for conversations with others are an important part of the children’s mornings; we continue to encourage this and promote turn taking in talking and listening.

With reference to the government guidelines we are delighted that singing will be allowed in a limited way so we will be learning some new songs that the children might not have heard before and bringing back some old favourites!

The children will be helping to care for the fruit and vegetables we are growing in our planters.

We will be looking for mini beasts and exploring our surroundings when out in the garden.

There will be a focus on ‘people who help us’ in weeks 4 and 5 and hopefully some visitors outside in the garden.

We will be talking about our families in preparation for Father’s Day.

Using programmable Bee Bots we will be planning journeys between local landmarks

 

We continue to encourage number recognition and counting using books, puzzles, activities and songs.

Games such as shape snap or tap a shape will be used to promote awareness of 2D shapes.

When playing in the shop, we will be looking at money and the builder’s role play provides opportunity for measuring and comparing height

  • Talk about the changing seasons and the weather.
  • Talk about sun safety and why we need to wear a hat and use sun screen on our skin
  • Look out for butterflies, see if you can spot one of our painted lady butterflies
  • Make up your own sport’s activities in your garden.