Pre-School 2018 - 2019
WELCOME TO OFFLEY PRIMARY ACADEMY PRE-SCHOOL!
Week beginning 17th September 2018
Preschool has got off to a smooth start. Your children have done a great job separating from you and are beginning to settle into their new surroundings, routines of the day and are busy making new friends with both children and adults.
This week in Preschool we have been very musical indeed, children have been exploring the different sounds that the musical instruments make accompanied by the many songs that the children have already learnt. It is wonderful to hear the songs we have been so busy learning being sung around our Pre-school with such gusto. We find that even at snack times some children will suddenly burst out into song and within minutes we have a group of children singing to us, fabulous.
We have also been investigating clay with its texture and form. It really is a wonderful medium to explore and manipulate as children have been created marks by pushing their fingers into the clay and making lines across the surface with the clay tools. Some children made birthday cakes with the clay then decorated the top with natural wooden sticks using their imaginations and pretending that they were candles.
Thank you to parents who have sent into school their family photographs to support our project ‘Marvellous me and my world.’ The children have enjoyed coming out and talking about their family members (not forgetting of course family pets). We would be most grateful if you could continue to send in your photographs to share.
Just to remind you that next Thursday 5.30-6.00pm we have a phonics evening for parents to learn a little more about how we teach this most important aspect of learning to read and write. We do hope that you can join us on this occasion. In the meantime please do take a look at a few of these web sites.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Early Years Team.
- Please ensure that uniforms, coats, lunchboxes, bags and boots are all labelled with your child’s name
- Please ensure that your child has a change of clothes in their bags just in case of any little accidents
Can you help us?
If you have any rolls of wallpaper that you do not need could you please bring them into school for us. The children love to paint and create ' big art ' paintings and collage on it.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
The Seven Areas of Learning and Development:
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
These three areas, the prime areas, are:
Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.
The specific areas are:
Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials including books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
Understanding The World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment
Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Being Outdoors Is Fun!
Outdoors is a special special place to be.
• It offers a rich, multi sensory environment that is meaningful, stimulating and motivating for all young children.
• Children can move more freely, take risks.
• Children can develop their health, strength and coordination.
• It provides the opportunity to experience nature and the variable weather conditions.
• Relationships are different outdoors children who are quiet indoors are often less inhibited outdoors.
• Working on large scale activities provides the opportunity for children to cooperate, negotiate and collaborate.
• Outdoors does not limit itself to our grounds alone. It gives us the opportunity to explore other landscapes such as visits to the park, nature walks for instance so that children can learn about and start to make sense of their world. It offers a rich, multi sensory environment that is meaningful, stimulating and motivating for all young children.
Why Outdoor Learning is important
Outdoor learning at Offley is vital because it:
- supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles;
- offers children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement;
- promotes a sense of confidence and well-being;
- provides opportunities for developing harmonious relationships with others, through negotiation, taking turns and cooperation;
- supports those children who learn best through activity or movement;
- provides safe and supervised opportunities for children to experience new challenges, assess risk and develop the skills to manage difficult situations;
- supports children’s developing creativity and problem-solving skills;
- provides rich opportunities for imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness;
- gives children contact with the natural world and offers them unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and seasons.
We have been sourcing and buying new equipment for each area but we need your help. Below are some of the areas we hope to set up in our environment with a list of some of the stuff we need your help to source.
Can you help us find logs, sticks, plastic pipes, guttering, nuts and bolts, cable drums, sticks and stones?
Can you help us find pipes, tubes, pots, buckets, funnels, guttering, plastic bottles, washing up bowls?
Can you help us find gutters, spoons, pots and pans, cake tins, flip flops, drum sticks, metal trays.
Thank you very much for all your help. It may not seem like much but any help you can give us will be greatly appreciated.
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