Junior Pre-School have been enjoying learning all about 'Winter' this term. We have explored the properties of water by putting ice cubes into our water tray and watching as they melt. Our home corner was transformed into a 'Winter Wonderland,' we had to be really careful not to waken the polar bear. We have also enjoyed the weather conditions outside, especially throwing snowballs at Mr Stothers!
Junior Pre-School blasted off into outer space to explore the planets and stars. We even had some alien visitors! We enjoyed lots of art activities that included making space rockets and planets. Our role play area turned into a space rocket and we dressed up as astronauts. We enjoyed trips to the school library and read lots of stories about space.
Junior Pre-School have been focusing on the topic of Autumn. We have enjoyed some Autumn adventures where we collected leaves, conkers and pinecones. We then used these Autumn objects for our art work. We are looking forward to our Hibernation Day on Friday 12th October when all the Day Care children are invited to come to school dressed in their pyjamas. We will be studying hibernation, making a bear cave and going on a bear hunt.
Junior Pre-School have enjoyed a lot of outdoor play. The Easter bunny came and hid lots of treats in our playground. We have also really enjoyed playing in our new mud kitchen. We have made “mud soup”, “mud pies” and “slugs, bugs and lettuce spaghetti.” Thank you to everyone who sent in pots and pans to help us expand our play area.
In Junior Pre-school this term we have been exploring winter and enjoying role play in an igloo. We have been discussing weather changes and how to keep ourselves warm in the winter. We studied different winter animals and used shredded paper to create a winter wonderland for our animals. We also had a lot of fun playing outside in the snow!
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the pupils have also been learning about how to show love to their family, friends and pets. They have been looking after pets in our vets’ corner, checking their heart rates with stethoscopes and giving them medicine using syringes.
This term the Junior Pre-School class has been exploring the theme of 'Space'. The children have had fun creating twinkling stars and wacky planets with paint and marbles and the house corner has been transformed into a space station. The learners have enjoyed dressing up as astronauts, counting down from ten and blasting off in their rockets!
The JPS class had lots of fun at the Ark Farm. We went on an interactive tour and got the chance to pet fluffy rabbits, baby chicks and even scaly snakes! We fed bread to the pigs and gave carrots to Rudolph the reindeer and his reindeer friends. After a such a busy day many of us felt a bit tired and had a nap on the way home!
The Junior-Preschool and Pre-School classes worked very hard to raise £1,070 for their sponsored bounce. The learners were very tired by the end of the bounce as they had to jump up and down as many times as they could in three minutes! We would like to thank all family and friends for their generous contributions. The money raised will be put to great use in purchasing resources to enhance our Day Care outdoor play area. Well done everyone!
The Junior Pre-School class read the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and went on their very own bear hunt. We found our naughty class bear Ben hiding in a bush outside!
Mr Heatherington works as a vet and spoke about how he looks after sick animals. He gave the children a chance to inject his sick dog and showed them photos of operations he has performed.
The children have been celebrating Chinese New Year in the sand tray. They have been developing their fine motor skills as they have been catching pompoms with tweezers and even trying to pick up grains of rice!
This term the children have been learning about how to show love to their family, friends and pets. They have been looking after pets in our vets corner, checking their heart rates with stethoscopes and giving them medicine with syringes.
This term the Junior Pre-School class has been exploring the theme of 'Space'. The children have had fun creating wacky planets with paint and cling film and the house corner has been transformed into a space station. The learners have enjoyed dressing up as astronauts, counting down from ten and blasting off in their rockets!
The Junior Pre-School class has been having lots of fun exploring changes in Autumn. The boys and girls went on a nature walk outside where they discovered fallen leaves, acorns and a grey squirrel! The children decided to bring some leaves back into the classroom and have been painting and printing with them to create beautiful artworks.
Pre-Pre-School enjoyed a fabulous outing to The Ark Open Farm. We had previously learned all about animals on the farm and making our end of year trip to the farm, helped to develop pupils understanding of farm yard animals. The children enjoyed petting rabbits, holding baby chicks, feeding a bottle to a lamb and also feeding the ducks in the pond. It was a fun day out and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, some even remembering to hug their friends along the way.
Many of the children will now depart for their Pre-School year, and I wish them all the best for the future!
This term, Pre-Pre-School have enjoyed learning about mini-beasts. We have made creepy crawlies through art work and play dough and have developed awareness of mini-beast through topic rhymes. The pupils have enjoyed going on a mini-beast hunt in our outdoor area and finding mini-beasts between the fencing or crawling through the grass.
The boys and girls in Pre-Pre-School have been learning about Winter and helping to look after animals in Winter. We examined frozen objects and thought about ways to make ice melt. Winter walks and outdoor play helped to develop the pupils' curiosity - examining frozen toys, making ice melt in our hands, looking at what happens when we breathe outside and also how the sunshine helps to melt ice. Learning about Winter has been fun!
Pre-Pre-School had an exciting day out at W5 during December with Pre-School. We enjoyed the Christmas Magic Express train ride, visited Santa and had a great time in Discovery and Climb-It!
Pre-Pre-School have had a busy half term preparing for The nativity. The Pre-Pre-School and Pre-School pupils had an exciting visitor from the Environmental Litter Friendly ELF. They discussed helping to keep Belfast tidy and learned about putting their rubbish in the bin. The pupils have been developing their maths skills through play and have developed many friendships with each other.
Pre-Pre-School pupils have had a busy month settling in to their new classroom. It has been such an exciting time for all the children, coming into a new environment , making new friends and meeting new teachers. The pupils have enjoyed learning new rhymes, sharing new experiences and even developing their inner curiosity by becoming keen explorers.