Welcome to Cygnets
We hope that all the children are enjoying their first weeks starting or returning to Cygnets. It has been lovely seeing so many smiley and happy faces.
We know that starting pre-school can be a mixture of emotions, so we have been spending these first few weeks ensuring that the children feel happy and settled. During this time, we have played lots of games, taken part in creative activities and explored all the different areas in our classroom. As a bright and colourful start to our pre-school year, we have be exploring ‘The Colour Monster’ book. This book has been a great way for children to begin to identify different emotions and we have been able to check in with how the children are feeling during their sessions.
We have a play-based approach towards learning and every half term we choose a different topic. This half term our theme will be `Marvellous me.’ We will be encouraging the children to talk about their likes and dislikes, about their families and 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 establish positive relationships. 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.
Some of our learning also takes place outside where children are encouraged to use their gross motor skills by using bikes, balls and learning to move around in different ways. Children are also encouraged to explore the natural environment. Using the magnify glasses to search for slugs and snails seem to be the most popular at the moment!
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.
What is the Early Years Foundation stage
Parents guide to the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage
Games and activities for all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage