Many of our children will be starting big school in September, so we have been busy helping to prepare them for this transition. The transition to school can be a major event for a four year old (and indeed their parents too!), so it’s important that they feel prepared and have any fears allayed or questions answered. Sometimes children might not feel able to share these with adults, so this week we were able to welcome a current year 5 pupil from Highwoods to come in for a question and answer session. The children asked a whole host of questions, such as, “are there still toys to play with?” Yes, certainly through reception and into year 1 much learning is still through play. “Are the teachers nice?” Yes, I’m sure they’re lovely! And, “what will happen at lunchtime?” Children sit together in the hall and have lunchtime helpers who can help them if need be, then they can play outside. We also discussed expectations as they move onto ‘big school’, practicing our good sitting techniques and our listening skills.
Popular this week has been the pirate ship. Children asked for this on Monday, and it has continued to be popular all week; with children engaging in imaginative role play ideas. With the high seas and pirates in mind, children also enjoyed using sea creature themed stencils on the paint table and worked together to make a sea themed collage. To continue a beach theme, we also added shells to the sand pit - this formed the basis for a fun treasure hunt game in the sand pit too.
We finished the week with our annual sports day. The children have been busy practicing for this, and had also been busy painting posters and banners for the event. All children were invited to take part in a range of races, including; the egg and spoon race, bean bag balancing race, and a hopping race. The children all did really well and understood that it is taking part that’s important. Following on from this was our summer fayre. Thank you to our dedicated fundraising committee who did an amazing job in organising this event, we managed to raise just over £280! This is an amazing amount of money and will go towards new provisions for the pre-school.
It just remains to wish our class of 2016 all the best as they move on to big school. We have enjoyed being part of their pre-school journey and have enjoyed watching them grow and develop as individuals. We will miss them all…
…Good bye and good luck class of 2016
Words we have learned this week:
Assembly – whilst discussing big school, we talked about assembly and what this means.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
If your child is going to big school, make sure you talk about this transition and whether they have any questions. Often we assume that they’ll learn all they need to know during school visits, but often little things can worry young children (children asked about how they ask to go to the toilet, for example, and who would help them with their crisp packet at lunchtime) so it’s important that they have an opportunity to discuss this.
Enjoy your summer break!