Welcome to Pre-School, our adults in our classroom are, Mrs Abraham. Here you will see all our fun learning for this year!
The Children have all settled back after the Christmas break and have been selecting lots of fun activities. The children are always involved in choosing the activities and resources.
This week we have been taking part in lots of messy play, and have been reading the story Aliens love underpants. The children used their imaginations and created wonderful aliens.
We have explored lots of different mark making techniques the children particularly liked writing in glitter.
This week we have been learning all about the post office. We turned our role play area into a post office to practice our letter writing, adding stamps, filling out forms and weighing parcels.
The children love playing with envelopes and stickers which help to develop their fine motor skills and strengthen fingers.
We read the story the Jolly Postman and the children wrote their own letters, addressed them with their own names and added a stamp. One child was chosen to be the postman and deliver all of the letters. They have really enjoyed the role play within this topic.
We would like to welcome you back to Term Two.
Please have a look at our themes for this term.
We have continued our theme of autumn this week and focused particularly on hedgehogs. We have enjoyed the story ' Don't hog the hedge' ask your children about Hattie the hedgehog.
The children created wonderful hedgehogs out of play dough and pasta and extended the activity to create other characters from the story.
We used some more of our conker collection to paint pictures by rolling and shaking a tray containing paper, paint and conkers, the children had lots of fun ( especially when the conkers popped out of the tray and painted the floor).
Thank you to everyone who came to the stay and play session, it was lovely to see you all.
Our focus story this week is Owl Babies. The children have enjoyed retelling the story and learning about Owls. We have moved like an owl, swooping, gliding and balancing on our 'branch'
We have collected 'worms' from mud to feed to our babies, the tweezers acted as the mummy owls beak and helped to develop the strength in our hands and fingers.
Feathers have been lots of fun this week and we have been undertaking lots of feather investigations. Are they heavy or light?, do they float or sink? and what do they look and feel like? Can we catch them when they are thrown into the air?
We have used our painting and sticking skills to create lovely owls that we will be bringing home next week.
We have turned our home corner into a cafe this week and the children have been very imaginative in their play. They are learning how to take care of china cups and saucers and a very delicate tea pot. I have been very impressed with how careful they have been.
This week we have been participating in lots of finger gym activities and problem solving. The children need strong hands and fingers to help hold writing tools and prepare for a correct pencil grip when they begin writing.
The children constructed using nuts and bolts, practicing the twisting action and pincer grip. They unlocked locks using the correct key. They painted with pom poms and used pegs to pick them up, this was quite tricky but the children persevered to create lovely pictures. We have been singing finger gym songs 'open shut them' and 'Incy Wincy spider' ask the children to sing them to you.
Lots of running, jumping, hopping, skipping and dancing has taken place this week as we have been focusing on music and movement. We have taken part in lots of action songs. The children are very good at listening to the song and following the instructions.
We have acted out the story 'We are going on a bear hunt', swishing through long grass, squelching through mud and sploshing through the water.
The children have been talking about the effects exercise has on their bodies they have noticed the change in their heart beats when they run around the playground.
This week we took part in a number of science experiments. We explored ice, what it is made of and how we can make it melt. We dropped objects into water and guessed if they would float and sink. Sweets were used to create beautiful colourful patterns and to explore colour mixing and we had lots of fun playing with magnets, finding out the materials that could be picked up.
The children demonstrated lots of curiosity and were encouraged to ask lots of how and why questions.
New language was learnt and used throughout the week, we will continue to use this language and return to the experiments throughout the year.
Christmas is our focus for the next two weeks. The children have been listening to the Nativity story and are now familiar with the names of the key characters. The children have been using stick puppets to act out the story in the nativity scene and using new language such as shepherd, wise men and manger.
We have been let loose with the glitter this week and we have created some lovely Christmas art and craft that the children will be bringing home next week. We were a little unsettled this week as we relocated to the hall due to heating issues. The children coped very well with the change and enjoyed all of the physical activities in the sport shall.
Our stay and play will now be next Wednesday.