From February 3rd Owls children will start to visit Petypher House care home, we met with the scheme manager today and discussed lots of exciting activities that they will be doing together, including gardening, bag making and story sharing. Owls will be starting cookery classes after February half term, this is an exciting opportunity for children to try new foods, they will be bringing their dishes home with the recipe cards to share with you and hopefully you can have a go at making these at home. Our chair, Michelle we be starting this with the children every Wednesday. We are looking at starting yoga sessions with the children too, a great way to promote healthy minds and body.
We have had a busy few weeks welcoming Owls to pre-school after the summer holidays! It has been lovely to see so many new faces and welcoming the Robins that have moved up, they have all settled in so well. Each week we will be introducing a new theme and focussing our learning for the week around that theme. So far we have been looking at, ‘All About Me’ and getting to know our new friends, talking about our families and thinking about our feelings and emotions. We are now starting to look at Autumn. Thank you for all the Autumn bits that you have collected, they have been well used for our exploratory and messy play! We have begun sending home books each week in their book bags. This is so you can enjoy reading with your children at home and sharing stories they have chosen. When you have finished with a book, please bring it back in and they can swap it for another one. A big thank you for all your input on Tapestry so far, it is really helpful for us to gain an insight into your child’s interests at home so we can share and develop these at pre-school. Just a reminder, now the weather is getting colder and wetter can we please have coats and wellies (labelled!) so we can continue to access the garden.
We have had a very exciting time in Owls, we had five ducklings to look after. They arrived as eggs and we watched them hatch. We learnt how to look after them, how to handle them gently, and most importantly to feed and clean them out. We watched them grow very quickly, we had group discussions on how and where they live. We looked at some books on ducklings and learnt some amazing facts; we found out that they have a tooth on their beaks to help them to hatch out of the eggs! We were all very sad when they left. We will be welcoming caterpillars very soon, so we will be talking about the life cycle of caterpillars. We are helping the children with transitions to school, we have been doing lots of role-playing with school uniforms in the dressing up area. We are taking the children up to school to use the hall on a Tuesday morning to do P.E. We have been balancing on the beam, running around the hall and playing a few ball games. Mrs Surtees, the reception teacher, will be joining us in Owls to read a story to the children and get to know them for a couple of sessions. Mrs Surtees has also asked if any of our parents have any questions about children going into reception, please talk to the Owls’ staff or email your queries to us and they will be passed on to Mrs Surtees so they can be answered during your information evening being held at school.
We are also looking into getting some tadpoles for our Robins children, they are very excited to see the lifecycle of them. We would be looking for donations of tadpoles if anyone has a pond in their garden.
All the children have settled nicely into Robins’ room. We have explored the room and loved playing outside, we have talked about the time line and our daily routines. Last week we spotted a frog in the garden and we spoke about the life cycle of a frog, we coloured in pictures and spoke about what colours they are. We are still talking about it this week as the children have been very interested. Please can I remind you that children must have spare wellies at pre-school and 2-3 spare changes of clothes as we play out in all weathers and the children love to splash in puddles. We always love to see occasions, events, or activities that the children are doing at home uploaded to tapestry as it is nice to talk to the children about what they have been doing and increase their communication skills.
This month the weather has been kind to us (until this week!), we have been able to utilise the big sand pit. We planted vegetables into our vegetable patch and the children take it in turns to water them on the dry days. We have been looking at the world around us and noticing changes in the environment. We have had lots of water play and have filled trays with different coloured water and the children have enjoyed experimenting. Please can I remind you to bring a full change of clothes, named sun cream and a hat, thank you. We have started settling in visits to Owls a couple of times per week which seems to be working well. Can we please remind you to encourage your children to come into the room by themselves. This will help with the routine when they move up to Owls in September.
Andrew has joined our Pre-school team as the Pre-school cleaner, he has settled well and thoroughly enjoying his role.
As well as all of our new children, we would also like to welcome Rinaule, our newest member of staff in our Owls room. Rinaule brings a wealth of experience with her, having worked with children for over 10 years and is already a fantastic addition to our pre-school team.
Megan Broughton, Manager – This term we have welcomed our new pre-school manager, Megan. This is what she has to say about herself: “I am settling into the pre-school very well and all the staff, children and parents have made me feel so welcome, thank you! I have worked in Early Years for 16 Years, all ages from a Baby Room Leader to a Pre School Room Leader. I have worked in Managerial Roles in Day Nurseries for the past 8 years, most recently as a Nursery Manager.”
Sarah-Jane, Early Years Practitioner – Just before half term we welcomed Sarah-Jane into our Owls room. Sarah-Jane has a wealth of early years knowledge, having worked in childcare for 10 years both in nurseries and as a childminder, as well as bringing up your own family.