What a wet and windy week it’s been at Preschool! It’s certainly helped the new plants in our garden, which will be thriving after all this rain! We have taken the opportunity to discuss different types of weather with the children. Jemima was really pleased to show us a weather chart that she had made with mummy at home.
When the showers had eventually settled, children dressed in their waterproof clothes and had lots of fun in the puddles in the garden. Please do ensure that your child comes to preschool with appropriate clothing for this somewhat unpredictable weather!
Also in Preschool this week, children have been busy learning some new mathematical words to describe containers; such as full, half-full and empty. Children have explored capacity during practical activities in sand and water. You can encourage your child to describe capacity at home; perhaps at bath time, during baking activities or to describe the basket or trolley when shopping. Any opportunity to reinforce your child’s learning at home, allows them to show you just how much they know!
A big thank you to Alexander’s mummy who came in midweek to show the children her violin. We enjoyed some beautifully played, familiar nursery rhymes which the children were able to guess and sing along with. Children even discussed which materials the violin was made from. Children gain such a lot from sessions with visitors, so please do let us know if you have a particular skill and we can arrange a suitable time.
For our transition group, it is an exciting time; where we are begin to prepare them for their new adventures in reception which are just around the corner. With less than a term left in Preschool, there are things we begin to put in place in order to support the children to have a smooth, happy and seamless transition to ‘big school’. We ask that when dropping off your child at the start of the day, please encourage them to be as independent as possible, by hanging up their own coat, putting away their own bookbag and saying a quick goodbye, just as they will do in reception.
Finally, just a gentle reminder that if you are collecting your child at 1.15pm or 3.15pm please wait at the gate and we will bring your child out to you. We ask that this is respected as it can be very upsetting and unsettling for the children who are not going home. Also, if your child is due to be collected by someone different (extended family or a family friend) please do let us know either at drop-off time or, if more convenient please phone and leave a message with the office. This helps us to keep everyone safe, happy and reassured that children are being collected as agreed.
Have a lovely weekend, the Preschool Team.