Welcome to Woodlands Preschool!
Mrs Hicks, Mrs Bryan and Ms Rainey
Our most recent Spring Term theme was 'Wheels' as many of the children in Preschool showed a big interest in playing with cars and other wheeled vehicles. The children enjoyed sharing stories such as 'The Train Ride' and 'A Duck in a Truck' as well as singing songs linked to wheels such as 'The Wheels on the Bus'! The children have continued to enjoy playing together and are developing skills such as listening to others and sharing during their play. At the end of term Preschool celebrated Easter by taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt which was inspired by the story 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt'!
When we return for the Summer Term our first theme will be linked to growing. The children will begin by listening to the story Jasper's Beanstalk and thinking about what Jasper had to do so that his bean would grow. The children will also be learning about initial sounds in words through their Letters and Sounds based phonics learning and will be starting 'Number of the Week' sessions. These sessions are based on mastery Maths teaching which links to the Maths teaching approach of the rest of the school.
We're really looking forward to sharing some photos of this learning soon!
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It is Chinese New Year on Friday 12th February. This is a link to CBeebies 'Let's Celebrate' which is a lovely programme explaining Chinese New Year celebrations as well as retelling the story of The Great Race. There are also some Chinese New Year themed activities below that you could try at home!
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This link will take you to the 'BookTrust HomeTime' section of the BookTrust website. On this page you'll find story times for your child to watch as well as book themed activity ideas.
CBeebies has lots of games and activities to support your child's learning. Each programme often has a game, song or activity link so your child could choose to do something linked to their favourite character or programme!
This website is great for practising the early phonics skills the children learn during their preschool year. Please choose activities from 'Phase 1' which you can access via the 'Resources' tab. All activities are currently free if you enter the log in details shown on the website's homepage.
This link will take you directly to the list of Early Years activities on this website. Their Maths games are particularly useful for Preschool children. These include teddy counting games and a train shape/pattern activity!
This is a government website that has lots of information about young children's learning as well as details of practical activities you can do with your child and a list of useful apps.
If you child is a fan of Spot this website has a 'Fun and Games' section with lots of different activities. There are Spot cartoons on YouTube if you would like to watch one of the stories first, search for 'Spot the Dog Complete Collection'.
This link will take you directly to the 3-4 year old section of the website. It has some great tips on how to support young children's learning at home.
'Disco Dough' is great for helping to strengthen hands and in particular fingers! All you need is playdough and a space to stand up. Click on the link and it will take you to the 'If You're Happy and You Know It' playdough song on YouTube.
There are various active activities including 'wake and shake' dances such as 'Banana, Banana, Meatball' which are great to join in with!
We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:
There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'