Group and circle activities.

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We have been continuously risk assessing the activities we can provide safely and this week were pleased to re-introduce circle time activities. We began with some simple and favourite circle games before excitedly moving on to small parachute games followed by large parachute games.

The children listened, followed instructions, worked together and responded positively and enthusiastically to all of the activities offered.

Eid Mubarak

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We were excited this week to learn more about Ramadan and Eid. We learnt that people have different faiths, religions and beliefs. We also learnt about fasting for Ramadan between Sunrise and Sunset, and thinking about others during this time.

We thought about how lucky we are, what makes us happy and what we are grateful for, as well as how we can help others to feel happy too, including through kindness.

We worked together on making our own display moon, before discussing what kindness means, how we can be kind, and adding ‘kindness stars’ to our moon. We also enjoyed decorating and eating moon and stars biscuits, thank you to Zachy and his family for helping us to learn more, and for the yummy biscuits.

Owls Club

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Each Summer Term as well as continuing to nurture and welcome younger children we pro-actively extend and challenge our older children moving on to school in September. We introduce additional adult guided learning opportunities in the morning, as well as our fun and exciting OWLS CLUB – an additional afternoon club focusing on key skills, the specific areas of learning and we even have our first opportunity to independently change for Physical Education Sessions.

Ready for the Summer Term

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What a lovely first week of our Summer Term. Welcoming back old friends and making new friends, introducing additional adult guided learning in the routine for our older children which they engaged in fully, and enjoying the sunshine with lots of outdoor play and in particular lots of bug hunting.

Celebrating Easter 2021

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Keeping the children safe is our number 1 priority, so our annual Easter Egg hunt with families was this year replaced with fun and exciting Easter themed activities throughout the week , including finding the eggs hidden around the setting.

We also enjoyed preparing for and taking part in our own Carnival, as celebrated in many cultures, usually before Lent, involving public celebrations, parades and street parties. We made homemade masks and provided the children chance to dress up before we had a parade around pre-school to ‘chase away the winter and welcome spring’. We finished off our busy morning with a yummy doughnut.

Responsibility for our setting and our play.

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We have been encouraging the children to engage in risk-taking whilst considering their own and others safety. We have also been positiviely reinforcing their wishes and choices to look after each other and their pre-school this week.

World Book Day.

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The children were invited to dress as their favourite characters for a morning filled with familiar stories, active story telling, story creating and opportunities for reading and enjoying books throughout the setting.

Friendship week.

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For our first week of the half term, with increasing numbers of children joining us we wanted to focus on friendship and kindness.

We have thought about and named our own emotions, as well as thinking about the feelings of others and what it means to be kind.

Celebrations, festivals and special events.

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During difficult times we have based our planning on the children’s happiness and wellbeing. We have therefore been focusing on what is important to them, what they like, want and need, and we have particularly enjoyed learning about and celebrating festivals and special events.