Newsletter – October 2014

At Under 5s, our preschool days are full of hands on experiences, providing the children with an exciting environment to grow, learn and develop friendships. And, this month was no different! Harvest was a key theme in October that really captured the interest of the children and led to a whole host of activities. There was a lot of interest in fruit and vegetables, including counting and matching vegetables, our very own muddy field with hidden vegetables for the children to dig and the opportunity to look at the differences between different types of produce in relation to size, shape, colour and weight. One highlight of the month was a visit from Tracie Philpott, who came to speak to the children about harvest and the process of planting, growing and harvesting corn, then making the flour and then bread. This was then followed by the children drawing pictures of their favourite foods, which then ranged from pizza and cake to marmite sandwiches! Following this, the children all had the opportunity to make their own bread, which all the children found fascinating! They loved weighing the ingredients mixing it all together and most of all watching the bread rise in the bowl. The resultant rolls that the children then formed may have been slightly misshapen, but tasted really good! Despite some rain, there was still an opportunity for the pre-schoolers to spend lots of time outside, and one of their favourite activities was to collect seasonal leaves and pinecones and then make a collage with their finds. Alongside harvest, the children have also had lots of fun with their favourite...

Newsletter – September 2014

At Yatton Keynell Under 5s, it’s great to be back after the long Summer holidays. The children are all refreshed and excited, with lots of stories of where they’ve been on holiday and activities they have enjoyed. This month, the children have been settling down back into preschool life, getting to know each other again and meeting the new starters to Under 5s. The children have been discussing on a daily basis how to keep safe and be happy at pre-school and have also set their own ‘Golden Rules’ for this coming academic year. In order to promote positive behaviour, the preschool has a new tree, which the children have called a ‘plum tree’. Each time a child displays some positive behaviour, whether it is sharing or being nice to a friend or persevering with a new skill, there are rewarded with their own plum for the tree. Following an ‘All about me’ theme, the children have also been making a ‘my favourite things’ book, which has helped to develop their language and communication and is a lovely memento for parents. It has also helped the children to learn to follow instruction, and also with their fine motor skills when holding a pencil correctly. The pre-schoolers have also enjoyed some body mapping, where their bodies were drawn around whilst lying on the ground. Some of the children wanted to take this further and decorate them and in doing this they used some wonderful mathematical language in terms of bigger, taller, longer and shorter. The Autumn is always a great time of the year, for the children to get excited...

Newsletter – August 2014

As Yatton Keynell Under 5s returns after the long summer holidays, there is much to look forward to for the term ahead. As the older children all left the preschool to move onto school at the end of July, the dynamic of the setting changes this month, as the once younger children are now the eldest! With lots of new young 2 and 3 year old children starting, it’s a time for the staff and children to all spend some time getting to know each other and ensuring all the new children settle in. This term always lends itself so well to themed activities, such as the Autumn and Harvest. With the preschool’s own garden and the wide open spaces in the surrounding fields, the children will be able to enjoy the changing seasons up close as the weeks go by. Children always learn, develop and benefit most from activities which interest and engage them. That’s why at Under 5s, alongside general themes such as the autumn, activities can change on a weekly or even daily basis which reflects the current interests of the children. So one day the preschool can be filled with superheroes and firemen, the next it can be animals and dragons! Toddlers is also be returning after the Summer break, with lots of exciting plans for the year ahead. The group which runs on Fridays, 1.30 – 3.00 is open to parents and children from birth to school age and features with lots of activities, a craft table and singing session. There’s always a healthy snack and drink for the children and most importantly, coffee...

Newsletter – July 2014

Sports Day is always one of the highlights of the preschool year, and at Yatton Keynell Under 5s this Summer, it was even more special, as it was also the last day for those children moving up to school. It was therefore a great opportunity for the staff, parents and children, to spend their last day all together and say farewell. After several weeks of practising, all the pre-schoolers had great fun taking part in a number of races, including running, egg and spoon, and an obstacle course. This year, there was even a relay race, which saw all the children working together to cross the finishing line! At the end, all the children were presented with medals they made and decorated themselves. This was followed by a picnic lunch for children staff and parents. The day was obviously tinged with sadness and there were even a few tears, as the staff said ‘Goodbye’ to 20 4 year old children as they more to primary school in September. Many of the children have been at Under 5s for several years, and it’s always emotional to watch them leave. However, it’s also a time to celebrate how much the children have grown, learnt and developed during their time at Under 5s and as they are now ready to take the next step to school. As a memento of their time at Under 5s, each school leaver was presented with a PE bag that they decorated themselves and a story book. As the Summer approaches, it’s also time to look forward to the next academic new year, and with lots of...

Newsletter – June 2014

This June, the sun has actually been shining, so the pre-schoolers at Yatton Keynell Under 5s have been making the most of the good weather and focusing on the summer. There has been lots of opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, with many walks in the park and fields, focusing on the sounds the children can hear and the shapes they can see. The children also love collecting ‘treasure’ in the form flowers, leaves and even grass, which are often then used to make lovely collages. There’s also been plenty of opportunity to play with balls on the tennis courts or play in the park. The back garden is coming into its own and perfect for making mud pies in! The vegetables sown earlier in the year are starting to grow and the children have been able to pick strawberries for snack time. The tadpoles are also still providing lots of excitement for the children who are eagerly watching their development into frogs. The Summer always means sports day, and although this doesn’t take place at Under 5s until next month, the children have already been putting in lots of practice! It’s a great opportunity for children to try lots of different races in advance, choose their favourites and give them lots of confidence for the actual day. Our other main focus this month has been around Father’s Day. The children talked about what they love about their dads and drew some lovely pictures of them, talking about similarities and differences between them, e.g. hair and eye colour. As always, the children were all very keen to make their cards,...

Newsletter – May 2014

This month has seen a baby boom at Yatton Keynell Under 5s…in the form of tadpoles! It a great opportunity for the children to learn about the life cycle of a frog, and the children are really excited to see how the tadpoles change day by day. Some of tadpoles even have names and the children are drawing the tadpoles at various stages of developing into frogs, so they can record the life cycle for themselves. At Under 5s, as much as possible, themes and activities are guided by the interests of the children. Preschoolers have the best possible opportunity to learn and develop if they are interested and engaged in activities. As a result, the past month the preschool was filled with pirates and bugs! The children loved spending time taking part in a whole host of bug related activities – from making their favourite bugs and having some locusts visit, to using The Hungry Caterpillar book as the source of inspiration for lots of number based learning activities. All children love pirates, and our pre-schoolers are no exception! Pirate week was full of lots of themed activities and the children even made their own pirate ship out of a box. No focus on pirates is complete without the obligatory treasure hunt or two! The children therefore spent lots of time finding treasure in the back garden and on the field, and made their own maps so they could mark with an X the location of their...