Welcome to Cygnets Pre-School
Autumn Term 2 2017
Our topic this half term will be based upon the question “What happens to the leaves when the wind blows?” We will be using the story of ‘The Leaf Man’ as a stimulus, following him on a journey as he blows to different places. “Where will the Leaf Man go?” The children’s suggestions will lead this journey.
During maths activities, the children will be sorting leaves and other autumn objects in a variety of ways such as colour, shape and size. Other maths opportunities will take place in our daily number rhyme time and in our outdoor environment in the Mud Kitchen when following recipes such as ‘Sticky Stew’.
Children will be encouraged to join in with fine motor activities i.e. threading, using tweezers, peg boards, etc. which will help them to develop their writing skills.
In Physical Development (P.D.) the children will be going into the hall and developing their gross motor skills by dancing and moving in a variety of ways such as hopping, jumping, skipping etc.
As part of our day to day planning, the children will be taking part in ‘letter and sound’ sessions, where they will be supported in activities which encourage them to hear differences in sounds, describing sounds and developing vocabulary and language comprehension. Further daily activities and opportunities will be driven by children’s interests.
As we approach December, this topic will lead on to our Christmas theme “The Stickman”. Our role-play area will become Santa’s workshop, where the children will be able to make decorations and practice joining skills by wrapping presents.
Children will also be taking part in a variety of Christmas creative activities in preparation for our celebrations.
Autumn Term 1 2017
We hope all the children have had a fun first week at pre-school. It was lovely seeing so many smiley and happy children ready to start their new adventure with us.
Our approach to learning is play based and every half term we choose a different topic. This half term our topic will be `Who lives in my house? ` This will be introduced by sharing the treasure boxes 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 on 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 them to settle and learn how to be independent with their belongings and look after the equipment at pre-school.
Our role play area is set up as a home environment and we will be encouraging the children to use their imagination 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. Gross motor skills will be developed in our outdoor area and through our dough gym activities. We will be using our bodies to travel in different ways and learn how to control big and small movements.
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.