At pre-school, we follow two-weekly planning themes, with topics chosen by the children. To ensure that all children access a wide variety of learning topics, we encourage parents and carers to regularly discuss their child’s key interests with their Key Person. We then use these interests to plan exciting, hands-on experiences for all children.
We have explored many different topics this term. We started off learning all about ourselves, like where we live and what makes us special. We created some postcards to our families and then walked to the post office and purchased some stamps. Here, we looked at the different coloured stamps and chose one for our postcard. We then reached up really high and posted our cards into the sorting box. We waited patiently for our postcards to arrive at our homes – it was very exciting!
We have also explored many child-led topics like dinosaurs, slime, transport, cooking and Elmer the Elephant. On Bonfire Night, we discussed the things we were seeing around us (e.g. fireworks displays and sparklers) and turned these into extended learning opportunities, like “sparkler names”, bonfire sensory images and gross motor skill fireworks using chalk paint and brushes. We were also very lucky to have a visit from Thame Fire Station, who kindly showed us one of their engines.
Whilst we have been very busing inside pre-school, we have also been very adventurous on our whole-class outing to Oxford Arboretum. Along with parent helpers, we attended the Arboretum and had the most magical time, exploring different trees and plants and spotting peacocks, peahens and their babies. We hope to organise another outing in the Spring term.