We are currently reviewing our Maths provision within preschool and have recently carried out an audit of our maths resources. The audit highlighted our depleted number displays, so we are working on increasing visual number displays inside and out. With this in mind, we thought it would be good to get some displays that reflect children's current interests, such as dinosaurs, frozen, tractor ted etc. If your has a particular favourite then either let staff know or even better get your child involved in creating an A4 picture with you. This is a great way for you and your child being involved with the preschool, it helps your child feel a real sense of belonging and your child would be proud for their poster to be on display. Please speak to staff if you would like more information or have any ideas you would like to share.
Please remember that preschool will be closed on Thursday 10th March as the parish hall will be used as a polling station on that day.
Please remember to check your child's drawer regularly as important information, party invites or wonderful creations may be in there for you:)
Weekly Makaton Signs - Hello, Goodbye and Thank you.
We have been practicing our Happy New Year song in Chinese and going over the story of how the Chinese Zodiac Calendar was decided, which animal was chosen and why; all ready for us to share on Wednesday when we shall be indulging in some Chinese food too.
We have had a large blue tarpaulin sheet outside this week. You would be amazed how much fun this could be! Firstly it was a river, a deep river, but it could also be a boat, but it became a bit rocky as there were such big waves, quick back into the boat the crocodiles are coming, look out for the dolphins, oh no they are splashing their tales. The following day it was a place to hide. It was very windy and it kept blowing up and away. Children were getting in and disappearing underneath. Oh no where have they gone? "123 where are you?"
"Boo! there you are all wrapped up like a parcel"
Show 'n' Tell - a chance to bring in that special item to Show n Tell us about it; where did it come from? have you had it a while, is it soft, is it hard, what's it made from? is it big, small? where do you keep it? These items are kept safely in the show and tell box. They are not things to be played with by others generally as we do not want them to get broken or damaged. It is an opportunity for those doing the telling to talk about their special item whilst others listen. Its about waiting your turn to speak, a chance to think of a question that they may want to ask about someone else's Show n Tell and to discover new things about each other.
Thursday Forest Club - More swinging on our rope/tyre swings, taking turns to have a go, helping our friends on and off, helping to push and swing each other. Re making our dens, revisiting our dens and creating stories around our dens. Climbing trees and fallen logs, games, stories, hot chocolate, hot milk, lunch and having lots of fun crawling and rolling around in the mud.
On Monday we had a Chinese themed yoga session, we shared the Chinese Zodiac Story where the 12 animals of the zodiac had a swimming race. Can you be a rat a tiger an ox, rabbit or friendly dragon! the children enjoyed being all the different animals and deciding how to move like them.
We enjoyed lots of splashing outside in the rain this week - trying to remember to put our wellies on first! Taking the babies for a rainy walk to the park and talking to the children about helping children that are smaller than us.
Tricky jack frost can to visit us and froze our arctic animals in a block of ice - we had some problem solving to do "how do we get the animals out of the ice?"
"I know! hit it with a fork"
Oh no that doesn't work! "Ah hot water!"
we poured on some hot water and noticed that our ice block was getting smaller "more hot water"
until yeah! the animals are free - how exciting and what great team work!
Forest Club - We had lots of adventures at forest club this week exploring our swings and pulleys, lots of den play and playing stickman, stick lady love and their stick children three again carrying on with the theme about looking after those smaller than us. We also enjoyed building a bridge of sticks to try to get across the water without getting wet! Although a few of them enjoyed falling off very much and getting in the deep water which whoops went over some of our wellies! lots of mud slides too and sliding on our bottoms and getting really muddy was loads of fun!
Sugar intake App - we have been discussing with the children about healthy eating and not eating too much sugar! the link in the newsletter had an app which we have downloaded and gives us a reminder of how easy it is to consume hidden sugars. For example a bottle of tomato sauce scanned contained 53 cubes of sugar! Other items which are advertised as 100% natural ingredients still had 5 cubes of sugar. Give it a go yourselves and let us know your findings.