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This week in Preschool 16.1.23

Updated: Apr 13, 2023


The children engaged really well with our new focus story last week. They were excited to see lots of icy invitations to play in Preschool and many explored different ways they could crack and melt ice to rescue frozen polar animals!

In Reading this week, we will continue to read, 'Don't be afraid little Pip'. The children enjoyed listening to the story last week and were able to remember key parts of the story such as that Pip really wanted to fly even though she was told she couldn't and that she was scared of what was in the deep dark water. This week we will continue to discuss our key questions about the book and will encourage the children to link it to their own experiences by asking them to think about how they challenge themselves to achieve things they find tricky. The older children will also be sequencing the story and creating a story map over the week.

In Phonics this week, we will focus on general sound discrimination of instrumental sounds. We will play games that encourage the children to listen carefully to sounds made by different instruments, discussing the differences and similarities as we listen. The children will play a variety of different instruments during carpet time games led by an adult.

This week in Maths, we will be exploring shapes such as rectangles and triangles. The children are always keen to identify shapes by their name but this week we will begin to discuss how we can identify shapes by their properties. We will also go on shape treasure hunts around the setting, match the same shapes and even have a go at drawing different shapes. If your child spots any shapes out in the environment or at home, please pop an observation onto tapestry so your child can share it with us at Preschool.

In RE this half term, we are learning about our church school value, Passion. We will watch the video that you can find by following the link below and will be talking about Jesus' passion for teaching people about God's will. We will then encourage the children to think about their own passions. To support these discussions, could you please add one observation to your child's Learning Journal before the end of this half term that explains a passion of theirs and how they show this. This can be anything at all, for example caring for animals, gymnastics or even cuddles! It may also be something they are passionate to learn to do such as riding their bike or learning to swim.

As always, thank you for your continued support,

The Preschool Team

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