We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed the Christmas break. All the staff would like to say a big thank you for our lovely gifts and the vouchers for afternoon tea, which we can't wait to use.
A big welcome all our new children starting this term both in the Orchard Preschool room and the Rainbow room.
The rainbow room can take children from 2yrs old until the September after their 3rd birthday when they move into the older room for 3 and 4 year olds. We are sure you will enjoy coming and getting involved with all the fun activities we have planned.
Run Run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Men.
This week in preschool we are making Gingerbread men, the children have enjoyed reading the story and we have also learnt a Rhyme.
Here is a very simple recipe, as this is a lovely activity to do at home over the Christmas holidays.
Stir a bowl of gingerbread
smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin
up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter
make some little men.
Put them in the oven ,
Until half past ten.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Our Christmas activities have begun. With lots of help from the children we have changed our role play area into a Winter Wonderland. The children loved helping us with this, especially decorating the tree.
We now have tinsel and baubles everywhere but it is all their own work. and they are very proud of it.! They even dressed Mrs Mel up!
STAY AND PLAY
Now the children have all settled each half term we will be running stay and play sessions. These will be on different days each time in the hope that you will all have the opportunity to come in and play with us. We have a sheet up in the entrance hall for you to sign if you are able to make it.
NEXT STAY AND PLAY
Monday 19th November at 2pm
Today we learnt about Diwali, we dressed up made Diva's and got to try some Indian foods.
Autumn Term 2
Welcome back after the half term holiday, and welcome to our new staff member Miss Jayde, she will be working with Mrs Violet and Mrs Rachel in the younger preschool room from January. We cant believe we are now on the count down to Christmas! and what an exciting time we have in store.
Our topic for this half term is "Colour, Pattern and Celebrations" We will be looking at Autumnal changes in our environment such as colour changes, weather and hibernation and talking about Halloween, Bonfire night, Diwali leading up to Christmas and how children celebrate around the world.
This year we have decided not to do a Christmas nativity, we have thought long and hard about this and decided as a team that for the preschool children it is not beneficial. However we will be having a Christmas party on the last morning of term. (Wednesday 19th December) Please look out for more details nearer the time. When you come to collect after the party you will be invited in to listen to the children sing a couple of their favourite Christmas songs.
We do intend to do an assembly later in the school year when the children are settled.
More all About Me
This week we have been busy planting flowers in our preschool garden and talking about how to look after them, the children also enjoyed making a dinosaur world in our large tyre, and sun catchers from some old CD's. Our bug hotel is getting busy with lots of insects looking for somewhere to stay and the children are enjoying looking at the different bugs.
We had our first PE lesson in the school hall and this was received with lots of positive feed back from the children, who absolutely loved it. We encouraged the children to talk about the effects of exercise on their body and encouraged them to climb, jump etc safely.
Following the children's interests they helped us to make a Woodland Den inside which they filled with lots if animals, We then read the story "Ridiculous" and talked about hibernation.
Over the last few weeks we have been introducing the children to lots of different malleable resources, such as, shaving foam, corn flour dough, pasta, play doh and shredded wheat allowing them to touch,smell and explore different textures. The cornflour dough was a big hit. You might like to try making this at home, it is so easy and very therapeutic. Simply add cold water to a few spoonfuls of cornflour.We did this on trays sitting at a table.
Just a reminder to bring back your library books on your child's allotted day so that they can choose another one. If you are not sure which day is your library day please ask your child's key worker.
Welcome to all our new families and welcome back to those that were with us last term. The preschool team are very excited to get to know all the children and have been very impressed at how well they have all settled so far. Our first topic is All about Me, this will help us in getting to know all the children through some fun and exciting activities.
Keep checking as some photos will be added soon.