It has been a busy start to the year in Preschool with children completing their first full week back! It’s lovely to see the children back after the long summer break and hear all about their holidays. The children have been settling into the routine well and have been playing lots of circle games to encourage friendships and learn new names. As the children have started to settle, we have found out more about their individual personalities and interests. Cars, trains, bug hunts and role play have been a few favourites throughout free play sessions. Free play is a vital experience through which children learn social, conceptual and creative skills, as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Children have had lots of fun choosing from a range of activities both inside and outside this week: making musical shakers, matching pom poms with numbers to ten and creating pictures of themselves and their families. Next week, we will begin to explore the season of ‘Autumn’. We will talk about the seasonal changes that occur and look out for signs of autumn in our local environment. We will explore and extend children’s interest in this topic based on their observations of the weather and seasonal changes. Please bring in any pine cones or colourful leaves that children find on weekend walks, as this will be a great talking point for next weeks’ topic.
In Preschool, we endeavour to incorporate the children’s individual interests into our planning. It would be lovely to see some photos on Tapestry about what your child has been doing at home. This will help the staff plan challenging and enjoyable experiences for your child that has meaning to them. If you are experiencing difficulties with logging on to Tapestry, please inform one of the Preschool team.