Countdown to Christmas!

With the countdown to Christmas well underway the pre-schoolers have been enjoying getting into character to practice our Christmas show, which this year is called “The Christmas Owls”. The owls are lost, and are trying to find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Luckily, with a little help from their friends, they find their way! This lovely twist of a much loved story as well as incorporating the Nativity theme proves to be highly effective in engaging all the children and sparking their imaginations. We are looking forward to families and friends enjoying this performance.

Our outing to the Victoria Art Gallery was a huge success, with all the children having such a great time and being fantastic ambassadors for preschool. They took part in an “All about me” workshop, allowing them to create self portraits which they proudly showed all their friends after. There was also an opportunity to dress up as some people displayed around the gallery – including a lieutenant and Henry the 8th!

With a leaking roof in the preschool room, the children have shown their super resilience and adaptability, and are having a lovely time in the hall, exploring the space in so many different ways. They have enjoyed yoga, Zumba, obstacle courses, and the large construction blocks allowing for open ended play creating pathways, houses and dens! Outside, the children have created a construction area, which provides them a safe space to dig, whilst dressing up for the job – in hard hats, hi vis, using headphones and other resources to support their play.

Before the end of term, we are very excited to be joined by Music for Miniatures, who will perform “The Snowman” on the last week of term. We are also going to be treated to watching the dress rehearsal of Freshford School’s performance, before venturing out on our last outing of the year to St. Peter’s church, to experience bell ringing and discuss the gift of giving. What a fun filled few weeks for the children to enjoy before Christmas. On our return, we will be welcoming some new children to our preschool family, as well as following the children’s interests to explore, create and discover many new learning opportunities in fun ways the children can extend and adapt freely.

Harvest celebrations

As we finished the first half term of this academic year, it was lovely for the children to perform the Harvest celebration songs they enjoyed practising so much to their families. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of families with the kind donations to the Genesis Trust Foodbank in Bath, and by the number of families able to join us to watch the wonderful singing by the children.

Many activities supported the children’s development in all areas of learning, in fun, engaging ways. We were able to utilise the outdoor environment, which lent itself to exploring the natural resources available. Natural art pictures were created, with children noticing the differences in leaves and why this is happening – providing discussions around seasons changing. Potions were invented, after the children were excited to drink the first hot chocolates of this year from the Kelly Kettle during our Forest adventures. This was in preparation for our weekly Forest School walks after half term, where the children will explore the local village, visiting different areas each week. Whilst thinking about Halloween, the children developed their fine motor skills, having fun hammering golf tees into pumpkins. It was great to see how proud they all were of their achievements.

Our new topic for this coming term is “Get up and Go!” The children have been curious about different transportation methods, especially with rockets and boats, and so we feel this lends itself to further discoveries around moving and travelling, alongside being able to celebrate the different festivals and events happening in the lead up to Christmas. We are all looking forward to seeing where the children’s imaginations take this open ended topic. Next term we are venturing out on our first outing to Bath which is set to be enjoyable for all. Yoga will be an experience for families as well as the children, with preschool hosting their first parent workshop! We are excited to be able to showcase the wonderful experiences on offer in this way, and hope this supports families with their children’s learning and development.