Many thanks to those of you who brought in food for our Harvest Festival yesterday. The children sang very well and all seemed to enjoy the event, and I hope you did too.
During the second half of the autumn term we will be talking about bonfire night, winter generally, and then Christmas. This will be organised as follows:
- Week commencing 28th October - Winter animals
- Week commencing 4th November - Bonfire night
- Week commencing 11th November - Winter clothes
- Week commencing 18th November - Winter snow
- Week commencing 25th November - Christmas
- Week commencing 2nd December - Christmas
- Week commencing 9th December - Christmas
- Week commencing 16th December - Christmas
Please encourage your child to bring into pre-school anything they feel is connected in any way to our theme each week, and please make sure everything is very clearly named, as the children are split into two groups at discussion time and what they bring in is sorted by staff at the beginning of the session.
The date of our Christmas Nativity play will be Wednesday 4th December. All the children may attend pre-school for the full session on this date, and I would be grateful if you could let me know if any child will not be attending. The play will be held in the church and all family and friends of the children are invited. We will aim to start at 11.30am, and refreshments will be served in the church hall afterwards. In the past there have been many people taking videos and photographs of all the children at the Nativity Play, so if you have any objection to your child being in these photographs please let me know before the date of the play.
The roles the children will be taking for the play will be decided soon after the half term break, and the costumes sorted and sent home. We provide all the costumes but do ask you to check that they are a suitable fit for your child, and possibly alter the hem if necessary. An iron is also required when some of the costumes come out of storage, and we would be very grateful if you could do that for us as well. Diana Stewart has responsibility for the costumes, so if you have any queries please speak to her.
Our Christmas party for the children will be held on the last day of term, which is Tuesday 17th December, between 10.15am and 12.45pm. There will be no normal session on this date and all children are invited, although I am afraid we cannot invite siblings. More details about the party will follow nearer the time.
We hope you all have a lovely half term break, and look forward to welcoming you back to pre-school on Monday 28th October for the start of this very busy and exciting half term. If you have any questions concerning any of the planned events please speak to myself or any other member of staff, or send an email.
Autumn Term Curriculum- Bonfire Night, Winter and Christmas
Monday 28th October - Tuesday 17th December 2019
During the winter months, we will continue to develop the children’s gross motor skills by using balance equipment and climbing frames indoors.
Music and movement sessions allow the children to burn off some energy and see what happens to their bodies when they exercise.
We will be promoting co-ordination by encouraging the children to manage their own fastenings on clothing. We will continue to go outside during the morning so please make sure children have appropriate warm clothing.
We will be looking at clothing to keep warm during week 3.
There will be an additional emphasis on using tissues to blow their noses in this season of coughs and colds!
There will be further opportunities to practice mark making in sensory mediums such as shaving foam, fine sand and salt. Children will have access to chalk, crayons and pens for writing on a large scale on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
We will continue to promote phonics using songs, games and Barney Bear. We will provide opportunities to retell familiar tales using puppets and props daily on the story table.
During this term we will be reading stories about the winter or that are set in wintery conditions
We continue to provide new role play opportunities to stimulate imagination and creativity.
Using collage, the children will be able to dress cut out figures in winter clothes, make a firework picture and build a snowman!
The children will have opportunities to make festive pictures using graphics and paint as well as making a Christmas ornament and decorating Christmas cards for their families
As Christmas approaches, we will be extending the children’s vocabulary further by teaching them the songs used in our Nativity play.
There will be opportunities for conversation during free play about how they celebrate Christmas at home and we will be encouraging discussion about animals that live in snowy conditions during weeks 1 and 4
During this term we will be looking at the festival of Christmas with focus on preparing for our Nativity play.
To promote interest and engagement, dry snow and ice will be used to recreate different habitats for our animal figures; we will be looking at snow, freezing and thawing (bringing some of the real stuff inside if we get any!)
We will be thinking about the changing seasons and focusing on winter weather.
We will be talking about keeping healthy and infection control especially relating to coughing, blowing noses and washing hands.
We will be counting down the days to Christmas using an advent story calendar and using songs and games to promote numbers and counting.
To raise awareness of form, shapes will be used in collage, in construction and activities such as shape dominoes played on the puzzle table.
When engaged in role play, children have the opportunity to measure height and length e.g. when building brick walls.
To extend learning – we will be building using 3D construction toys.
Help promote independence by dressing your children in clothes/ shoes they can manage themselves.
Please provide warm coats. We recommend hoods instead of scarves and mittens rather than gloves during the cold weather
Make a firework or Christmas picture for discussion
Talk about winter weather conditions such as frost, snow and ice
Wed 4th Dec - Nativity play
Tues 17th Dec – Christmas party
Mon 6th Jan 2020 – New term starts