Welcome to Holy Innocents Preschool,We have two rooms in Squirrel Room,we have Ms Eldridge (Preschool Manager) with preschool assistants Mrs Patel and Mrs Selmani and in Hedgehog Room we have and Mrs Gregory (Preschool Assistant Manager) and preschool assistants Mrs Sharvell and Miss Powell and our ISA Miss Owen.
We believe it is important that you, the children's parents and Carers have the opportunity to see what they do when they are in preschool. This is just a small part of all of the exciting things we do, we try to update it weekly throughout the term we think you will enjoy sharing the journey with us and the children.
This term our topic is "All about me", children learning about themselves is a fundamental part of childhood development, they will explore what makes them the same and what makes them different from others. We will also be looking at the Autumn season as exploring the changes to the world around us.
Week 1: The children have all really settled in well, especially the children that have joined us this September. To continue to help the children settle in our topic this term is "All about me" to help us and the children to get to know each other.
The children used mirrors to look at their reflections and make pictures of their own faces. They talked with their friends about all of the similarities and differences they could see. The children will be making hand prints and self-portraits that can be seen on our lovely welcome board in the preschool.
Week 2: This week we have talked about people that are important to us, our own families, and how all families can be different.
The children did some marble painting they used colours they thought they could spot outside to show that it was Autumn.
Week 3: This week we have talked about emotions, the children used circle faces and foam faces to express the emotions they were feeling.
Dinosaur kingdom arrived in preschool this week.
Week 4: This week the children talked about the season Autumn and what changes they might see in the world around them.
We used sponges and explored mixing colours to make Autumn leave pictures.
The children started to explore using scissors this week we talk about scissor safety and how they should always ask and adult before using them.
We read the book 'We're going on a bear hunt' together and all joined in with the sounds.
We went on a nature hunt outside the preschool in our outside play area, the children showed us what great little explorers they are.
Week 5: This week we went on our own Bear hunt in the beautiful Holy Innocents grounds, along the way we collected lots of interesting things that could give us clues that Autumn is here.
Whilst we was going through the long wavy grass we spotted a Chinook and gave them a wave.
Luckily we did not find any bears, but we did find the trim trail which we all had good fun on.
The children made rice crispy cakes to take home as treats.
Week 6: This week we have been lucky to have a special visit from a dentist, she brought Denny the Dragon and showed us all how we should be brushing our teeth.
We all had great fun using musical instruments in our music lesson with Mrs Walter this week, all the children listen and joined in.
We have been lucky to of been enjoying the lovely Autumn weather and have been making the most of the outside play area.
The children really enjoy water play.
The children have made a train and told all the places they would like to go on their half term breaks.
Children have also explored Diwali The Hindu Festival of Light, we have talked about the story Rama and Sita, the Hindu culture and what the celebration means. The children made Diwali lamps from clay and coloured Rangoli Patterns.
We have had an amazing term and all the teachers are very proud on how well the children have all settled in. Please enjoy your well deserved half term break and we look forward to looking at festivals and celebrations topic when we return on the 31st October.
Autumn Term 2 -This term our topic is "Festivals and Celebrations". The children will be talking about Diwali, Fireworks and how to stay safe, Remembrance Day, Hannuka and of course the exciting start of Advent and lead up to Christmas we have lots of fun things to look forward to with the Nativity, Christmas jumper day and the Christmas party, but we will also be talking about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.
Week 1: This week we talked about fireworks and how we can keep safe. The children made their own rockets using junk modeling, sparklers, and firework pictures with splatter paints which was great fun.
Myself, Ms Eldridge and Mrs Selmani would like to say how proud we are of our preschool children. We would like to say a huge thank you for your kindness and generosity this Christmas, we appreciate all of your cards and gifts.
We hope you and your families stay safe and well this Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you all back in January.
Spring Term 1 - This term our topic is Space and Winter. The children will be talking about Day and Night, The Solar System, planets and of course our planet Earth. The will explore the stars and the moon and look at Astronauts and how they travel into space. We will also explore Chinese New Year and how and why it is celebrated.
Spring Term 2: This term we will be exploring the outside world and looking for mini beasts in our preschool gardens and around the school grounds. They will learn and compare the living environments, of many mini beasts and how to recognise them in the great outdoors. The children’s understanding of the world will be amplified as they take the journey through the different life stages of living things. They will learn about different life cycles and transitions in the lives of the various living things that they will be looking at in this term.
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