Exploring and extending

It is so great to have our preschool room back, and the children have taken ownership of the display boards with their beautiful artwork. This is ever evolving, and links wonderfully with our ‘in the moment’ planning strategies, which the children are thriving from. Having time to dedicate to individual interests is working so well, and this has meant the children have tried out such a range of activities. We have a lovely vegetable patch where the children have planted radishes, carrots and peas. They have created labels to help everyone remember where each is planted! Lots of cooking has been done, as well as group games initiated by the children.

Inside, diverse sensory activities have been explored, extending children’s thoughts around textures, colour and shape. They have used clay, marbling techniques, collaging and explored junk modelling on a large scale, with a city being created! These activities actively promote group skills, with children negotiating space, resources and sharing ideas.

Our physical development and maths parent workshop was well attended, with the children enjoying to see our new borrow bag “Magic Maths” which encourages children to play board games with their families, as well as go on hunts for different items which are hard/small/round/long/heavy etc. Using mathematical language frequently will help support them in their life learning of maths concepts. While they are building these skills, they are just excited to be having fun and spending time with loved ones.

After Easter, our Forest Adventures at Hogwood return, with so many different activities for the children to explore and experience. Scavenger hunts, wild garlic cooking, den building, bug hunting, abseiling and many more will be enjoyed! We are all very excited to be returning and feel privileged to be able to take the preschoolers there. Forest School Rocks!

We pride ourselves on forging links with the community, as well as ensuring transitions are as smooth as possible for the children. To support this, we are lucky to be able to have a sports coach visiting each Wednesday after Easter, who also provides the sports sessions at the school. Transition visits will also begin for the children starting school in September, and we will work closely with the schools to ensure this is a positive time for the children.