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Hello Pre-School friends,
We would like to thank everyone for your continued support during some difficult times this half term.
On our pre-school webpage we will be posting the topics that we are doing this term as well as fun activities that you and your child can do at home together.
Please remember that we are always here to support our families. If you need a longer chat with us, please phone School, or mention it to one of the Pre-school staff who at the gate at drop-off or pick-up.
Take care and speak soon.
Angela, Rosie, Kadie and Hayley
Our books this half term are:
- Pop-up peekaboo! Baby Animals
- Slow Snail
- It’s Not a Stick
- Happy Christmas Little Hippo
- That’s not my Santa . . .
- That’s not my Reindeer . . .
Three weeks of Winter and Christmas
These are the three books for winter and Christmas we will be sharing at story time during December: Happy Christmas Little Hippo, That’s not my Santa and That’s not my Reindeer.
Click the picture below to play a festive wonderland challenge.
Enjoy a Christmas singalong to a Pre-school favourite. You could talk about what happens next and try this when carrying out daily routines. eg. First get toothbrush, then toothpaste , then brush teeth 🙂
It is starting to get very cold and frosty in a morning. You could try and make a handprint in the frost. How many fingers can you count? How does it feel?
Maybe we will be really lucky and you could try this in snow!
Enjoy the video below and discover some animals and where they live.
Have a great time decorating your Christmas tree if you have one. Take time to notice all the different colours. What colours can you see on your street and in Kirkby town centre when you are out and about?
This is our new favourite Christmas song. Have a great time singing along!
Week 3 – Slow Snail
Click the pictures of the car and rainbow to listen to the songs ‘Driving in my car’ and ‘I can sing a rainbow’.
Make your own shaker
Get an empty bottle and decorate it with whatever you want, get creative!! How many colours can you use? Pour in rice, pasta or some little stones and make your very own shaker. Can you shake the shaker while singing your favourite nursery rhyme?
What’s the weather?
What is the weather like out of your window? Is it raining? Are the branches blowing on the trees? Click the picture below to hear the weather song.
Practice your counting skills to ten, as you climb steps in your house. It is always great fun to take a giant leap off the bottom step. Click the numbers below to hear a counting song.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
It is very important for our youngest AbbeyHillians to develop skills which enable them to form good friendship groups.
In Preschool we promote positive actions to create a friendly and welcoming environment for all.
And most of importantly of all, during these difficult times…
Sharing food at snack time is a great way to discover your own likes and dislikes. You can learn new words and also practice identifying different colours. Click the picture below to hear Peppa Pig’s Fruit and Vegetable song.
Communication and Language
Singing songs and simple rhymes is a great way to promote language development with your child. Our singing activity ”What’s in the box?” is always an eagerly awaited part of our daily routine. Try this at home with your child’s favourite toys. Click the picture below to hear the ‘What’s in the box?’ song.
- Spooky spider
- I’m a Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
- When Santa got stuck up the chimney
- Rudolph the red nose reindeer
- Twinkle twinkle Christmas star
Mrs Walton’s top tips
Hi, My name is Mrs Walton and I am one of the Speech and Language Teaching Assistants here at Abbey Hill. You may have seen me working throughout the Foundation Stage Unit. I specialise in supporting children with language and communnication difficulties, 1-1 or in a small group.
Working closely with Speech and Language Therapists, I have been fortunate to develop my skills over the years and I am now in a position to offer training to teaching staff to further help support children’s communication and language development.
If you need any advice or just a general chat regarding your child’s language and communication development, talk to a member of the FS Staff and they will let me know 😊.
No matter how old I am one of the best ways to help my speech and language development is to have some quiet time with me so we can talk, look at books together or sing nursery rhymes. It is always best to make sure the T.V is switched off and there is little background noise.
- Give me a choice so that I can talk to you e.g. Juice or Milk? Apple or Orange?
- Talk to me during everyday activities or routines such as bath time or getting dressed e.g. Wash face, socks on.
- When I am talking try repeating and extending with more words e.g. I say “car” you could say “Yes there is a BIG RED car”
- Don’t worry if I mispronounce a word just say it again in the correct way e.g. “tat” you can say “yes there is a Cat”
- At my age, I have difficulty staying focussed and moving my attention from my surroundings, call my name before talking to me and lower yourself to my level gaining eye contact before given an instruction.
We challenge you to put on your woolly jumpers and your wellies to go and find all things autumnal! Create a poster or a display of your favourite finds. This is a great way to get talking and learn new vocabulary!
You may find Conkers, Pumpkins, Crunchy leaves and Pinecones. You may also notice new sounds such as a squirrel rustling in the trees, a trickling of water or the whistling of the wind. See what you can discover this Autumn. Have fun!!!
It is important for every child to stay active for at least 30 minutes every day.
This is very important for a healthy body and healthy mind.
Kicking, throwing and catching is a great way to use all the muscles in your body. This will help hand eye coordination, balance and spacial awareness. All these skills are used for writing.
Jumping is a great way to exert some excess energy and can be done in all areas inside and outside.
Count step/stairs and jump of the last as a reward for good counting. Click the picture below to hear one our favourite songs ‘Sleeping bunnies’ which we sing during our session, this songs allows your child to jump.