children have really enjoyed all the Halloween activities. We were really
busy doing lots of baking, making Jack-O-Lanterns out of pumpkins and
creating lots of skeleton and monster pictures and masks using a variety of
tools and resources such as scissors, glue, glitter and paint.
have all really loved the October book of the month: We’re going on a bear
hunt. The children have enjoyed filling in the words and phrases from the
story and acting out the story when reading or reciting it inside and
outside. Many of the children would seek out the book and read it to
themselves during the day as well!
we have all enjoyed noticing the changes that are happening around the
garden. The trees have lost nearly all of their leaves now. On the frosty
days we have been noticing the cold weather and talking about how we need to
wear our coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
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Even though it is only November
we already need to begin thinking about the children’s transitions to school.
It is very important that we begin to prepare the children for school. We
have split the pre-schoolers up into groups and will do weekly activities in
the small groups to begin their school preparation.
We will do a
range of activities: Those which promote listening and attention skills,
preparation for phase one phonics, number recognition, beginning to form
letters and numbers using a pen, simple addition and subtraction, begin to
put hands up during group times. We continuously support children to build
their independence with regard to their own personal care such as toileting,
hand washing, putting own coat / shoes / wellies on and off.
It is worth remembering that the
children going into reception are all at very different stages and there can
be almost a year between the oldest and youngest children starting school so
we work with each child to develop the level that they are working at as an
inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has stated that: ‘’Too many nurseries are
failing to ensure children are ready to learn when they get to primary
school.’’ He notices that unprepared children can’t hold a pen or have poor
language and communication skills.
School readiness activities will
be monitored and next steps for each child discussed and implemented in
future activities. School readiness is described pretty vaguely in the
foundation stage as: ‘’…children reaching a good level of development in the
prime areas, literacy and mathematics.’’
readiness is an important phase of development and impacts on a child’s
future outcomes. Promoting these skills as early as possible is the best way
to ensure every child gets the support that they need to succeed. We hope to
provide the children with as many skills as we can to allow them the best