Newsletter – March 2014

There’s been lots of fun at Under 5s over the past month, and one of the highlights was celebrating Pancake Day. The children all enjoyed making, then of course eating some delicious pancakes with various different toppings. As Shrove Tuesday was a lovely sunny day, the pre-schoolers all took part in traditional pancake races on the playing fields.

Encouraging children to have a love of books at an early age is really important. Not only does it enable children to learn about language and words, but it’s also great for their imagination and extending their learning. World Book Day therefore provided the perfect opportunity to bring to life some of the pre-schoolers at U5s favourite books.

One of the highlights of the week was a bear themed day which linked into the book ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. The children had a great time decorating bear biscuits, having a teddy bears picnic, playing bear games and culminating in a Bear Hunt, which resulted in the pre-schoolers finding a life sized friendly bear, who chased them all around the garden!

Children always learn best if they are interested in activities, and utilising their enthusiasm in subjects can then be extended to ensure that they learn and develop skills, often without even realising it! Book Week also therefore provided the opportunity to extend the children’s interest in popular characters into extending their learning. For example, a story on Bob the Builder helped to develop team work skills as the children then worked together to build towers, and similarly, an interest in Fireman Sam was used to talk to the children about fire safety and link into a fire drill

With Easter around the corner, Toddlers will have a special themed session on Friday 28th March (1.30 – 3pm), complete with Easter activities and an Easter Egg hunt. All children from birth until school age are welcome to come and join the fun!