During the first half of the summer term our theme at pre-school will be ‘Spring’. This will be split into the following topics each week:
- Week commencing Tue 23rd April - Flowers
- Week commencing 29th April - Trees and our sponsored trike ride
- Week commencing Tue 7th May - Spring weather
- Week commencing 13th May - Life cycles
- Week commencing 20th May - Baby animals
Please encourage your child to bring into pre-school anything they feel is connected in any way to our themes 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. If it is not possible to name an item please put it in a named bag.
Immediately after the Easter break I will be beginning to plan for the 2019/2020 academic year, and during the first week you will receive a letter asking you to let me know if your child will be leaving pre-school at the end of the summer term, or which sessions you would like to request for September 2019. This will enable me to allocate sessions for children already in the setting before I offer them to new children.
On Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May we will be holding our Sponsored Trike Ride, the details of which you will already have received. We have held this event before, and it has always been very popular, so we hope the children will have a lot of fun taking part again.
From Monday 13th May we hope to have some caterpillars in the setting, which the children will be able to watch grow, and then release after half term.
We hope you all have a lovely Easter break, and look forward to welcoming you back to pre-school on Tuesday 23rd April for the start of the summer term.
As the weather improves we will be using more of the large equipment in the garden to allow the children to develop control and co-ordination. We will be practising throwing and catching as well as hopping and skipping. We will be encouraging the children to use wheeled toys as they practise for the sponsored trike ride. There will be opportunities to use tools and scissors one handed as well as new resources that encourage a pincer grip. At snack time we will be talking about healthy eating.
As we look at books, we will be encouraging the children to predict what might happen next in the story as well as seeing if they can retell a familiar tale using character pieces. There will be a focus on the story ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ in line with our theme. We will continue to promote awareness of phonics using puzzles, posters, songs and games. We continue to encourage the children to mark make as a prelude to writing
There will be opportunities to choose which role play scenarios the children want to create during this term. We will be looking at texture and pattern when making butterfly pictures, making blossom trees with paint and collages from flower pieces. The children will have the opportunity to dance to music from different cultures and use instruments from other countries. During this term the children will be helping make animal families for a wall display about farm animals
We continue to provide a language rich environment where we encourage good listening skills and turn taking in conversation. We will be encouraging the children to introduce a narrative into their imaginative play and to join in with repeated phrases when listening to stories. We will be introducing new vocabulary as we look at life cycles, baby animals and how plants grow
During this term we will be looking at animal families and at the life cycles of plants, butterflies and other insects. We will be watching caterpillars as they grow into butterflies. The children will be planting in the garden and looking at what makes a plant grow. During week 6 we will be looking at the changing seasons and the weather in springtime. The children will have the opportunity to use programmable and interactive toys throughout the term.
During this term we will be looking for shapes in the environment using our shape finders and using sorting sets to arrange pieces by colour, shape, size or form. The children will be able to make pictures with tessellating shapes and use 3D construction to build models. We will continue to promote number recognition and opportunities to count with 1:1 correspondence
- Encourage your child to mark make in shaving foam in the bath or with a wet paintbrush on an outside wall
- Look for numbers and shapes in the environment as you are out walking
- Grow some seeds on a window sill so the children can be responsible for watering them and caring for them
Sponsored Trike Ride - Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May