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Preschool celebrate Eid by making cards and painting mehndi patterns

Preschool children have been learning all about the jungle this week, with our story focus being ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson. In the story, little monkey loses his mum and a friendly butterfly helps him to find her; with a little confusion along the way! Children have really enjoyed the story and it has helped to support their learning this week in lots of different ways. In phonics, children have learnt the sound ‘nk’ as in ‘monkey’ and ‘think’. Children pointed these words out in the story and helped to create a rhyming string with words of their own. They thought of pink, stink, sink and blink! The transition group worked hard to sound out and write  down their rhyming string. We also focused on tricky word ‘no’ as this is used in repeated phrases in the story. Preschool were able to use puppets to retell the story, with lots of enthusiasm and expression.

Children used their imaginations to create butterfly paintings with bright colours and glitter. They developed their scissor control by cutting out spiral snakes which they decorated with two colour patterns. Both the butterflies and snakes are displayed within the vines in our jungle roleplay area, which looks wonderful. Please do pop in and have a look!

Children had a wonderful day celebrating Eid this week where they made cards, painted mehndi patterns and learned all about traditions such as fasting, presents and praying. A big thank you to Zulaikha’s family for bringing in some wonderful Eid biscuits!

During the next few weeks the transition children will be participating in activities that focus on the move to their new Reception classes. These include, recapping the story of the kindness elves, visiting the reception classrooms and thinking about the daily routine. We will be helping the children prepare by encouraging them to manage their own clothing including their shoes and socks and to attend to their toileting needs independently. Opportunities to practice these self help skills at home will assist your child enormously. The children will be getting used to working in smaller groups focusing on their phonic knowledge, name writing and maths concepts.There will be lots of time for us to share stories about moving to school and explore and discuss this exciting next step.

Thank you for all of the parent comments we have received so far on Tapestry; these will be added to your child’s report in due course. If you haven’t yet uploaded a comment, please could we have one as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend,

The Preschool team

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