Our new academic year has started so positively, with the children settling into preschool well, and enjoying being part of a group. We are continuing with “In the moment” planning, to enable us to follow the children’s current fascinations. This meant this week we created our own flying objects, out of paper and straws! The children have made the most of all areas of preschool, both inside and outside, and their enthusiasm and excitement is infectious! We continue our weekly sports sessions every Wednesday, which allows the children to engage in physical activities together, whilst listening to instructions and joining in with team games.
Outside, the new musical equipment has been used lots, with the children interested in the different sounds they can make, as well as making up tunes with their friends. The weather has been (mainly!) kind to us so far and we have made the most of it, enjoying time on the field, at the park and having a picnic outside to end our first preschool week.
Over the next few months we are going to be trialling supervised tooth brushing, which will support us in working towards the Public Health Programme. Using puppets and books as a stimulus has enabled conversations around dental hygiene in fun ways. Once we get started, we hope this will benefit all families in some way - be it information on teeth, brushing techniques, or promoting a positive mindset to brushing twice a day!
As the seasons are changing, our thoughts turn to Harvest and Autumn. The children are helping to create the display boards in their preschool room, and a gallery of their mark making is brightening up the room already! Alongside the gallery, there is a seasons board, which the children have been busy painting and decorating to highlight the seasonal changes. When the children take ownership of their environment it is lovely to see their sense of pride in their achievements. They are truly incorporating all elements of our ethos – Explore, Create and Discover!
We will be planning our first outing for this year shortly, as well as venturing further afield during our fun Forest School sessions. Busy but brilliant times here at Freshford Preschool!