Welcome to Woodlands Preschool!
Mrs Hicks, Mrs Bryan and Ms Rainey
Welcome to Woodlands Preschool! We are really looking forward to working with you and your children this year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us. We look forward to creating lots of happy memories this year with the children.
It was lovely to meet parents, carers and children on Friday last week and we can't wait to start this half term's learning with the children!
We will spend the next few weeks settling the children into their new environment. We will be helping them to learn new routines and supporting them in accessing activities in our inside and outdoor environments.
This half term's theme is
Each week we will be uploading a newsletter onto this webpage. The newsletter will tell you in more detail what we will be learning that week and it will also contain reminders and notices. Please make sure you read this each week as it contains lots of information about whole school events as well as Preschool information. We will also be putting photographs of your child on this webpage (if you have given consent) so that you can have a look at what they have been learning in our classroom.
The children will be encouraged to talk to others about themselves regularly in small groups to help build their confidence and communication skills. We will be finding out all about the children in this way as they will be finding out all about Woodlands Preschool and learning our rules and routines.
We will be sharing lots of stories with the children, singing lots of songs which will help the children with our new routines and also working with the children to develop their number and shape skills. In preschool we place a high value on communication, listening, interacting successfully with each other and also physical development. These aspects of learning will be a focus throughout preschool.
We will set out activities for the children to practise their fine motor skills and we will also be taking them to the woods and having a short PE lesson each week to help develop the children’s gross motor skills. Small communication groups will run several times a week to help children with their speaking and listening skills and we will also be focusing on children’s social skills. To help with this we will play alongside the children and role model language and behaviours that we expect of them in turn.
Our theme is 'Nursery Rhymes' and we will be talking about and of course singing our favourite rhymes! Each week we will focus on rhymes linked to the children's interests.
We are very much looking forward to the half term ahead working with you all.
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.'
Listen to stories on CBeebies Radio. There are lots of lovely activities and games for you to access on the CBeebies website as well.
A great website with lots of fun games and activities for 3 to 5 year olds.
You need to create a log in to use this site but it has lots of free books that you can share at home together.
Try these games at home. The Foundation Stage games which this link takes you to are great fun!
You can access Numberblocks videos and games here.
A great website with lots of Maths games for young children.
Other curriculum links
If you have some dough at home practise your fine motor skills along to this song!
An app with activities for young children. It is currently free to access.
A fantastic resource that we use in school. The log in information is contained in the home learning letter which you can find further down the page.
Activities to help your child keep active at home.
Activities for children between the ages of 0 and 5.
A range of outdoor learning activities and information.
Try Dough Disco at home! All you need is a little pot of dough...