Pre-schools hours are:
Morning Session is 8.45am to 11.45am
Lunch Club is 11.45am to 12.30pm
Afternoon Session is 12.30pm to 3.30pm
For the first few weeks the most important thing to do is to settle the children in and allow them to fully enjoy their new environment. It is during this time that the adults can make some very useful observations of the children and really think about how to best support each child on their entry into Preschool.
Once a few weeks have passed and the children feel more confident about settling in, you will begin to notice their confidence and independence starting to blossom. There is so much potential in every one of them. The Preschool staff are very proud to be supporting their learning.
In order to learn how to fully support each child’s learning we spend the first few weeks really getting to know them. We try to establish their likes and dislikes so that the themes can be designed. Once the children have settled in and are familiar with the routines and expectations, we will plan activities that will forward their learning at a pace designed for their individual needs. The children work on hanging up their own coats on their pegs, placing their bottles and lunch boxes in the designated areas and placing their bags in their trays. It is important they recognise their own names as quickly as possible to help them with these tasks. The children complete a variety of daily tasks to support the recognition of their names.
Whenever we see the children trying really hard or following our class rules or simply just being great, they are awarded with stickers. Look out for completed charts in their blue / library book bags.
The main coverage, for each theme, will be from the 3 prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) with additional coverage of the four specific areas (Maths, Literacy, Expressive arts and design, and Understanding of the world) through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. Copies of the themes coverage will be added to the school website regularly.
Preschool love to learn through play. Finger gym activities help to strengthen little fingers so that they can soon become excellent writers. Playing in the sand and water trays are a must at this age. We like to alternate between the two, to strengthen the different muscles and teach different skills.
During the first Autumn term, the children explore more about themselves and their families as we complete our Marvellous Me theme. This will include talking about what the children enjoy doing both inside and outside of school – photographs placed on tapestry will be a great discussion starting point – so cameras ready everyone and please add lots of pictures to your child’s learning journal.
We will continue to expand our learning about the facial features and explore what we use them for - supporting our communication, listening and investigation skills. The children will start to join in with phonics sessions phase 1, ready for RWI sessions later on in the term.
Concentrating on PSED objectives the adults will continue to model how to show an interest in others play and keep play going by responding to others and initiate play – helping the children to seek others to share experiences with. And as we follow the class and school rules the children will learn to inhibit own actions and avoid doing things they should not do - in keeping with the school expectations.
The second term of Autumn allows Preschool to prepare for Winter and our Christmas production. The children investigate light and dark - building dens to use the torches. The children enjoy exploring aliens - especially those 'Aliens who love underpants' and build rockets to take them into space. This is a great time to explore numbers and shapes. Preschool staff continue with phonic sessions and widen sound knowledge using a variety of instruments. Listen out for the children singing their Christmas songs as rehearsals start and the countdown to Christmas begins. If we are really good we may get a visit from Santa.
As the new year is usually still very cold and icy - Preschool explores winter pictures and travels round the world - firstly exploring the colder arctic regions. Then as we travel over to China the children experience Chinese New Year. This is a good time to learn about a wide variety of animals from around the world. Photographs of the children's holiday snaps are welcome and used to fill the 'Knowledge of the world' display. 'Tinga Tinga' pictures make us all feel a bit dotty at this time of year.
As the world begins to see more sunshine and growth appearing, Preschool read stories about Percy the Park keeper and his woodland friends. The children make animal models and explore the school's 'enchanted woods' and the pond. Wellies may be needed - weather depending.
During the summer term the children learn about 'People who help us'. Preschool staff hope by now the parents feel comfortable enough to join us, as guests, to tell the children about their jobs and how they help the local and wider community. As this term is where Preschool staff prepare the children for F2, it is a good time for a visit. The children visit the F2 classes and share play times. They get to meet the new staff, ready for September and join in with whole school activities such as sports and Science weeks.
Although we have long term plans to ensure progressive learning takes place throughout the year and through the whole school, we keep themes as flexible as possible in Preschool. The staff like to allow the children to drive the learning to ensure their needs and wishes are met during their time with us.
By using Tapestry as a way of sharing, we can record what the children like to do whilst they are in Preschool but just as importantly what they do at home. Greasby Infant Preschool believes the best way forward for every child is to start their education with good home/school communication system. Please feel free to add photographs and comments about your child's learning in their Tapestry online journal and let us know about their current interests through out the year.
The Preschool Team
Mrs Settle, Mrs Burke and Mrs Prichard.