Spring Term Newsletter 1 2015

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the few new children and their families. If you have any concerns or queries as your child is settling in please let us know and we will do our best to help.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas concert, parties and fund raising events last year, an enjoyable time was had by all who came. Our Christmas coffee morning raised £402.29 despite a relatively low attendance, so thank you very much to those who did attend. All monies raised will go towards our project to develop new and existing resources. One of our projects is to have a work bench with real tools and safety equipment; other projects in the pipe line are to replace the sandpit. There are a few other ways that parents can help to boost our funds. If you have a Co-op card, by logging on to www.lincolnshireco-op/communitychallenge and entering the pre-school details the co-op add a percentage to us; also if you shop online by visiting and registering your details with www.easyfundraising.org.uk you can access Amazon and other high street retailers. We will be very grateful to all who can spare the time to do this.
As the weather remains cold and wet could we request warm coats, hats and gloves for outdoor play and please remember to name all items of clothing and children’s possessions including lunch boxes and wellington boots. If your child requires their nappy changing then please could you provide wipes and nappy sacks alongside nappies.
Curriculum
As usual our planning will follow the children’s interests with the inclusion of various key learning events. This half term we plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year, this will help to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of people, communities, and the world. The children are invited to bring in any items they might have at home to show and tell on this subject, this could include photographs, costumes, books, food and other artefacts. For your information the Chinese New Year is on the 19th February, and this year it is the ‘Year of the goat ’.
Personal Social and Emotional Development
We have been helping the new children to settle in make friends, and gain confidence in their surroundings. They are encouraged to help each other and to learn their friend’s names when singing the ‘hello song’ during register and when playing together. Turn taking and sharing skills are constantly promoted and during snack and lunch times we practice self-help skills, encouraging them to pour their own drinks and take turns to serve snacks. Parents can help at home too by encouraging and teaching their children the basic skills, such as to put on and do up their coats and shoes independently. By working together to help your children we can ease their transition to school. Transition visits will start after Easter. We will let you know when these will start. Last term we introduced our “terrific tree”, which celebrates children’s positive behaviour, and this has proved a useful resource. Positive behaviours/events for the children are recorded on the leaves, and then put into their profiles.

Communication Language and Literacy
. We emphasise the importance of all kinds of reading materials including books, leaflets, and magazines, and also the importance of “words” in the environment e.g. shop signs. Mark making materials
Physical Development As always we welcome favourite books from home, and we will continue our regular visits to the local library
We will provide opportunities and a variety of equipment for physical activity indoors and outdoors. They will be able to learn how to move their bodies to keep warm, and the effects and health benefits of physical activity. Music, movement and ring games will enable them to discover new ways of moving. We plan to talk about the importance of hand washing, healthy eating and teeth brushing. To help us with this please talk to your children about healthy foods and involve them when packing their lunch boxes or buying a healthy snack to donate to pre-school. (We thank you for all your donations as they are gratefully received!)
The weekly planning is always displayed on our notice board by the office door and parents are welcome to look at this to see what we are doing each week. If you have any queries regarding the planning please speak to Mrs Lynn or Mrs Wilson. Don’t forget to look at the mobile notice board that is sometimes displayed for additional information. Finally please could parents remember to check the tables for newsletters and any pictures or craft work that may belong to your child.
Diary Dates
Friday 13th February End of Term 3
Monday 23rd February Term 4 (return to Pre-school)
Friday 27th March End of Term, 4 Easter Holidays. Return Tuesday 14th April
Thursday 16th April- Preschool Photographer in all day- All children welcome to come along and have their photo taken if not in today-(must be accompanied by a parent/carer)
May Day Monday 4th may
Whitsun break, Friday 22nd May. Return Monday 1st June