Aug 24, 2021

Apricot Preschool August News: Pirates, Spiders and Sandcastles

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It has been a busy and fun month in Apricot preschool. We have sadly had to say goodbye to some of our school leaver friends, but we wish them luck in their new journey of starting their new schools where they will make lots of new friends.

August news

This month in Preschool 1 the children have been enjoying our new pirate ship in the garden.  This got the children thinking about what Pirates are, how to spot a pirate and what they do. The practitioners have been able to facilitate stories about pirates to help answer some of their questions. The children enjoyed make believe on the ship, to further their interest the practitioners facilitated the children with some creative activities, making the children look like a pirate with eyepatches, pirate hats and a telescope, as well as other common features that you see with a pirate such as treasure maps and boats.

The children have been experimenting with different resources to create a different feel or desired effect. They started with sand and water, slowly adding different quantities of both until they found the texture they wanted. They then used resources from around the garden to create different types of sandcastles. There were lots of words describing how it felt and the practitioners were able to model language to add to the children’s vocabulary of describing words.

The children have been experimenting with colours too. They have been guessing what ‘Colour 2 Colours’ create before mixing the colours to see if they were correct. If they were incorrect the practitioner encouraged them to bounce back by trying different colour combinations. The children celebrated each other when they got the colours correct and spurred them on when they weren’t.

Throughout the summer holidays the children have had opportunities to explore Preschool 2. They have enjoyed being in the garden and reaching new heights on the higher climbing frames and smelling the freshly growing tomatoes and peppers in the vegetable patches. The children have loved getting messy in the mud kitchen. They have been able to get the opportunity to play with and be guided by the children who are already in Preschool 2. The children have been very helpful in showing them round and telling them the pre-school rules, where everything goes and introducing everyone to Bob, the snail. Which they are looking forward to watching him grow and caring for him when they go up to Preschool 2.

This month in Preschool 2 we have been enjoying our new water feature in the garden. The children have been experimenting with the different levels of the feature and how it works if they take out the different dividers. They have spoken about how it works in different ways if they put more water in it. They have found small items from around the garden and raced the down the water feature to see who won.  They made their predictions before and then lifted the dividers and off it went. The children showed great concentration in getting the water from the tap over to the feature and into the basin.

With the warmer weather the children have been making sure they have been drinking lots of water. The practitioners spoke about the benefits of drinking water and the children explained their own knowledge of what hydration is and the importance of keeping our selves hydrated in the warmer weather. The children have also had a go at putting on their own sun cream, under the close supervision of the adults to ensure it had all been applied.

There has been lots of talk and imagination play around firefighters this month. We were very kindly gift a small wooden world fire truck and people for the children as a leaving present from one of our children who are leaving us to go to school. The children have been using their imagination and the resources they found in the garden to help put the fires out and rescue anyone that was in need.

With the recent Olympic games on the television there has been a lot of showing off different skills in the garden. We have had lots of jumping, running, crazy golfing, throwing balls and catching and cheering on our friends. The practitioners created different zones for the children to be able to do these activities together. Once all the activities were finished the children made their own lemon and lime to help them be re-hydrated. Once they had had a rest from all the running about the children made their own medals to celebrate their efforts.

The children have been interested in spiders and other insects and wanted to know how spiderwebs were made. We read different books on minibeasts and looked at pictures of different bugs to see if we could name them all. We then went on a bug hunt in the garden and found lots of spiders hiding in our bug hotel. From what they had observed the children made their own representation of spiders using playdough and mark making. They had lots of fun exploring in the tuff tray full of small world insects under masking tape in the shape of a spider’s web, in which we had to help ‘free’ using scissors.

What’s coming up next month

We welcome the new children into the setting for another exciting year ahead. We will be having a dress up day on 23rd, more information to follow soon. We will be celebrating our Grandparents on 12th, and will also be starting to talk about the Harvest festival.

If you and your family celebrate a special festival, event or day please let us know and we will explore this in the setting.

With everything opening again we will be opening our lending library back up. This will allow you to take learning bags and a variety of books home to look at and play together with.

Other important information

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A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Louise Wright, Preschool Manager

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