Pre-school News February 2017

Chinese New Year

We have had a great week celebrating Chinese New Year. The children have made roosters (cockerels) to take home, we have been practicing using chopsticks, exploring coloured rice, listening to the story of how the animals were chosen to represent the years in the Chinese zodiac. The children have shown really good focus and concentration as the story has no pictures and they have been using props to act it out whilst an adult reads. We have all made a fantastic dragon head to use for dancing to percussion created by the children using drums and shakers, and occasionally a saucepan or two from the home corner. We have also been learning how to say Happy New Year in Cantonese “Gong Hey Fat Choy”.

New Resources

We have received some new wooden resources for the home corner and potion bottles and pipettes for the mud kitchen which the children have been exploring and enjoying as well as a donation of toy tractors.

Child led play

There has been an on-going baby theme running alongside everything! I can confidently say that the pre-school children will be well prepared to look out for the new babies we are all looking forward to welcoming into the community in the near future.

Reminder

If you haven’t already returned the “catching up document” handed out at the beginning of the term, please could you do so by the beginning of the next half term. These really help us to plan for each child individually and support their learning. We’ll be happy to give you another copy.

Next half term

We will be setting up a wormery so we can learn about how useful worms are for the soil and the children will be able to see the worms at work. Hopefully by the end of the term it will be warm enough to try some worm charming. We are lucky enough to have a grandparent from the school volunteer to come in and support us with this topic.

We will also be looking for signs of spring.

Handwashing

There are all sorts of bugs going around at the moment so it is really important that the children have good hand-washing routines so that we can try to minimise cross infection.