Our focus this half term has been ‘Marvellous Me’. We have learned about ourselves and the things that unite us, as well as the things that make us unique and special.
We have talked in great detail about our families and the people within them; this has been a particularly lovely experience as so many of our families have shared fantastic Tapestry posts of things you have been doing out of school, from play dates to pumpkin picking to counting cars and enjoying chocolate cake. Thank you so much for these contributions to our day. The children really enjoy sharing their experiences with their friends so please keep on posting!
Our learning in Preschool is always themed around a piece of high-quality children’s literature. Our 3 texts this term have been Titch by Pat Hutchins, The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
Following on with our work on “growing” with Titch at the start of the year, we have been exploring emotions courtesy of the fantastic Colour Monster book, a great way to investigate feelings with young children. We made our own colour monsters to see who was feeling yellow (happy), green (calm) and red (angry)! We have introduced the children to recognising their own feelings, respecting the feelings of others and how we might respond to things that happen. This has also coincided with our PSHE Jigsaw sessions. With the help of our mascot Jigsaw Jenie, we explored how Miss Noakes felt when she asked Miss Habibah to be responsible for her tower and it fell down and how we can take responsibility for the feelings of those around us as well as our own.
With the help of a girl named Vashti, we have channelled our Inner Artists and seized the opportunity to be creative and produce our own masterpieces -all of which started with a dot. We have explored mark-making using a variety of materials and resources and have created many ‘dot’ themed crafts.
Our learning always extends out of the classroom and into the wider school. Making the most of the season, we have been on some fabulous sound and nature walks to see the Autumn changes and taken part in lots of Autumn themed creative activities; decorating pumpkins, creating spaghetti hedgehogs and using leaves to print. In PE, the children have been learning to follow instructions, practised their throwing and catching skills and made the most of our gymnastics equipment through jumping and balances. In French, Madam Morrall has been visiting us with her colourful parrot and the children have been learning to count, they have learned numbers to 5 by learning a song. I wonder how many of them can sing it for you? Mr Mitchener has also been delivering his weekly fun-filled music sessions; focusing on pre-phonic listening skills alongside action songs and games.
I know we will see some of you in half term but wish everyone a great break whatever you are doing.