As always, since the pandemic began, we’ve tried our hardest this month to make sure the children still have as many opportunities for fun and learning as they did before, and tried to provide some familiarity and routine for them at a time when things seem uncertain and different.
Recently, our home corner has been converted into a fire station and the children have enjoyed making fire extinguishers to put out the pretend fires. Of course, while they’re doing this, they’ve also been learning about fire, safety, danger, what they should do in the event of a fire and why our fire drills are so important. Very relevant in a month where they have also been making ‘firework rockets’ and practising pencil control by tracing over firework patterns! They also marked Remembrance Day by decorating poppies for our remembrance wreaths. We have put one of our wreaths on the railing outside preschool and another is at the war memorial wall.
Christmas is rapidly approaching, and we are trying to find ways to ensure it’s as enjoyable as possible for the children and parents, despite the restrictions. We have lots of arts and crafts planned, and although we can’t invite parents in for a Christmas play or concert as we usually do, we’re hoping to broadcast a virtual concert.
We have also welcomed a new member of staff, Miss Jasmine. Jasmine is an experienced Level 3 practitioner who will be helping Miss Nicola in supporting children with special educational needs. We hope she will be very happy with us!