Topic: Expressive Art and Design
This term we have been looking at the EYFS area Expressive Art and Design. We have focused on encouraging the children to explore and use media and materials, as well as to be imaginative in their play. For the last week of term we will recap on the whole area of Expressive Art and Design. We will give the children opportunities to express themselves through art including junk modelling, painting, sticking and mark making. We will play music for the children to express themselves through different forms of movement. We will encourage the children to express themselves by using construction resources such as large wooden blocks and foam bricks. Lots of props, dressing up and materials will be made available for the children to be imaginative through role play.
A huge WELL DONE to all of the children who took part in our annual Sponsored Walk on Friday. Some children took part in the morning walk, some on the afternoon walk, and some children took part in both walks. All children were really well behaved and children and staff all enjoyed the experience.
Please could we request that any sponsorship money raised is brought to the Pre-School office by this Friday 26th May 2017. We will then be able to inform you of how much has been raised when we return after half term.
A big THANK YOU to parents who have taken an apple or two from the apple tree and donated items to the Pre-School. We are so grateful of your generosity!
We have placed a tree in the corridor with apples on it. On each apple there is an item that we regularly use for the children from food we offer at snack time to cleaning products we use. Please could we ask that if you are able to, that you pick an apple from the tree and purchase the item on the apple along with your own shopping to bring into Pre-School as a donation. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.
Please keep an eye out for a black hooded top with a pink zip. A child has lost this, but it is named. If found, please hand into the office. Many thanks.
Primary School Reception Teacher Visits
This week we have arranged for both reception teachers from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School to visit the Pre-School to meet the children who will be moving on and to have a meeting with the child’s key worker to discuss the children’s progress. If you have anything you would like us to mention regarding your child, please speak to your child’s key worker.
We have purchased some book bags for our school leavers to enable them to take things home such as books and worksheets etc. These bags are not to keep, so please could you return them when you have finished with them. Your child’s key worker will then be able to keep re-sending them home with different things each time for you and your child to complete together.
As the weather gradually gets warmer, please provide your child with a sun hat. On very sunny days please apply sun cream before bringing your child to pre-school.
Please can we request that children don’t bring these into Pre-School. Some brands have small removable parts that are not suitable for our 2 year old children.
Please could we remind you to make sure you bring spare clothes for your child every session. This can be put in a backpack or bag and hung on your child’s peg. Sometimes children get wet/dirty after playing outside or they may spill water on themselves or have an accident so we would like them to have spare clothes at all times to change into, just in case.
Can we also request that if you have borrowed any spare clothes belonging to the Pre-School that you wash and return them as these are often needed for other children.
Also, could we request that if you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Pre-School, it would be much appreciated. We are in particular need of both boys and girls underwear, socks and soft bottoms such as leggings or thin tracksuit bottoms.
We have recently noticed that some children have been coming into pre-school with chewing gum. Please do not bring the children to pre-school with chewing gum as this is a huge choking hazard!
If your child is absent from Pre-School, please can we request that you call as soon as possible that day to inform us of the absence and the reason why. We do monitor absences closely.
Please let us know either in person or by telephone if you have arranged for someone else to collect your child other than yourselves or a familiar person. Ideally we would also like to be introduced to the person beforehand, but understand this may not always be possible. The person will also be asked for your child’s password; if they don’t know the password, we will not release your child to them.
It has been great to see more parents making use of our online app Parentzone. We have also noticed that a lot more parents are starting to upload photos of what the children have been getting up to at home too, which is lovely to see. If you are still unsure of how to use Parentzone to it’s full potential, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team who will be happy to sit down with you, show you your child’s Early Learning Journey and talk you through how to make full use of the app.
Parent Helper Rota
Thank you so much to those of you who have already helped in the setting recently. Your help is greatly appreciated! If you can spare a couple of hours one morning or afternoon we would really appreciate your help, even if it’s just popping in to do the washing up.
Please could we ask that if you put grapes in your child’s lunch box, please can you chop them into smaller pieces or even in half? We are concerned that some of the children may struggle with the bigger whole grapes and this is a potential choking hazard.
Please could we also request that your child’s lunch contains no peanut or nut products such as peanut butter. We have a child attending who has a severe nut allergy.
We have introduced marmalade to our snack menu. If your child has an allergy or reaction when eating marmalade please let us know as soon as possible.
Pushchairs in the Colonnade
We have had another request from the church for parents not to leave pushchairs in any of the church corridors, hallways or colonnades. Please can we ask that you take pushchairs, bikes and scooters or any such items home with you after drop off as you may find they have been disposed of upon your return!
Just to remind you that the last day of term is Friday 26th May 2017.
The Pre-School is closed to children on Monday 5th June 2017 (Inset Day/Open Day for new children starting in September 2017).
The children return to Pre-School on Tuesday 6th June 2017.
We hope you all have a lovely half term break!
If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team.