Welcome to Cygnets Pre-School
Autumn Term 1 2018
We hope all the children are enjoying their first weeks starting, or returning to Cygnets. It has been lovely seeing so many smiley and happy faces.
Our approach to learning is play based and every half term we choose a different topic. This half term our topic will be `Who am I? ` This will be introduced by sharing the treasure books that the children have been making over the summer holidays. We will be encouraging the children to talk about their families, interests and their home life. This topic will then continue to be supported by small group games and planned activities based around children’s interests, to help them become more confident in their new environment.
Our main focus will be learning the rules and routines of pre-school. We will be doing lots of ‘getting to know you’ activities to help the children get to know each other. We will be practising our sharing skills and playing nicely together. We will help the children to settle and learn how to be independent with their belongings and how to look after the equipment at pre-school.
Our role play is set up as a home environment and we will be encouraging the children to use their imaginations to act out scenarios which are familiar to them.
In our maths area we will be introducing colours, shapes and numbers in a variety of child initiated activities.
The children’s fine motor skills will be developed in many different ways including, threading, painting, peg boards etc.
A large amount of our learning also takes place outside where children are encouraged to use their gross motor skills by using bikes, balls etc. Children are also encouraged to explore the natural environment and mud kitchen play seems to be very popular.
During this half term we will be making observations and assessments on the children’s interests and development in order to plan our future curriculum.