Welcome back to the second half of the spring term.
During this half term our theme will be ‘stories’, and we will also be talking to the children about Mother’s Day and Easter. The areas we will be looking at are as follows:
- Week commencing 24th February - New books
- Week commencing 2nd March - Story telling
- Week commencing 9th March - Traditional stories
- Week commencing 16th March - Mother’s Day
- Week commencing 23rd March - Nursery rhymes
- Week commencing 30th March - Easter
Please encourage your child to bring into pre-school anything they feel is connected to our themes each week, and please make sure that 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.
On Thursday 5th March we will be having a visit from some tennis coaches who will take the children for a fun coaching session during the morning. All the children enjoyed their visit during the autumn term, so hopefully it will be very popular this time too.
On the last day of term, Thursday 2nd April, the children will be going on an Easter egg hunt in the church. If you would prefer your child not to hunt for small chocolate eggs please let me know, and we will replace them with something else.
As I am sure many of you will know, primary school place offers for September 2020 will be posted on Thursday 16th April 2020. At the beginning of the summer term I will send a letter to all parents asking them to confirm whether their child will be leaving pre-school at the end of the summer term, or what sessions they would like for the academic year 2020-2021. This will enable me to accommodate whatever sessions present parents would like before offering places to new parents.
We hope you all have a good half term break, and look forward to seeing you back at pre-school during the week commencing 24th February.
During this term we will continue to large equipment indoors to help promote development of control and co-ordination. There will be a wide range of tools and activities available designed to help promote the fine motor movements required for writing. A variety of balance equipment will be included to help develop this essential skill.
We will continue to promote independence by encouraging the children to put on their own coats and to manage their self care.
We have taught the children a song about washing their hands which is proving useful!
During week 1 we will be reading the children stories that are new to the pre-school.
There will be an emphasis on creating stories using finger puppets and story builder cards during week 2.
We will be looking at rhymes during week 5 and when singing songs as a whole group.
The children will have the opportunity to use different resources that help encourage mark making
The children will have the chance to decorate a gift and a card for their mummy’s during week 4.
We will be making Easter collages and using instruments to recreate the story of the Gruffalo during this term.
In music and movement sessions the children will be able to express themselves as they move to music using their bodies, scarves and streamers. We continue to offer the children different role play scenarios to promote imaginative play
We will continue to promote good listening as we focus on stories during this term, encouraging the children to anticipate what might happen next. There will be lots of opportunities to engage in discussion in small groups. We will be helping children to understand instructions by supporting them with pictures and signing
During week 3 we will be looking at how biscuit dough changes when it is cooked as we make gingerbread men.
Resources such as irregular mirrors, magnets and gears will be used to promote understanding of basic science. There will be opportunities to use interactive toys such as Bee Bots and remote control cars.
During week 6 we will be focusing on the Christian festival of Easter, visiting the church and acting out Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem.
We will be promoting awareness of shapes using varied resources including our new magnetic shapes that allow the children to build in 3D.
The children are learning several new songs that encourage counting and using magnetic toys that help the children to recognise numbers.
Measuring will be encouraged when the children are engaged in the builder’s role play.
- Encourage your child to look for something related to the theme to bring in to show. This helps boost their confidence about standing up and speaking in front of a group of children
(Please make sure it is in a named bag)
- Encourage your child to try and put their coats on themselves. There is a method of putting on coats that staff can show you which many of the children use to do this themselves – just ask one of the staff
Tues 3rd/ Wed 4th March – sponsored trike ride