August 15, 2020 by sue
We returned from our ‘lockdown’ on the week starting 15th June 2020, things are a bit different at preschool now as we have established 2 ‘bubbles’ within the setting and are operating separately in the 2 groups. We are the Caterpillars and are using the back hall and the garden, we are enjoying lots of familiar activities and routines and many new experiences too.
The children are helping with the new measures that we have had to implement to ensure we are keeping as safe as possible, additional hand washing, cleaning and tidying in a different way and respecting each other’s space with the use of mats and spaced seating at tables.
When we first returned in June, we had Fathers’ Day to celebrate and we made cards for our Daddies. This was a good opportunity to talk about all the different ‘special’ people in our lives and who are important to us.
We have used the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) as a starting point for our theme this term and have enjoyed a variety of different craft activities to brighten up our environment. We’ve made caterpillars by painting egg boxes and made caterpillars on a leaf from milk bottle tops, we’ve painted butterflies making symmetrical patterns and learnt a new song about a Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf.
We’ve learnt about different bugs and insects and made ladybirds from paper plates.
We have used the garden, enjoying the sunshine and taking advantage of the outdoor space, we’ve taken activities outside such as painting and planting (cress) and had some story times outside for a change. Week starting 29th June we dug up the potatoes we had planted before lockdown talking about how they had grown and then cooked them – we enjoyed eating the new potato chips.
Some of our little Caterpillars are moving into school nursery in September we have been talking about change and gently trying to prepare the children for the new experiences they will be having in the future. Some of the caterpillars are returning to preschool and we look forward to welcoming them back in September.
As we come to the end of this very unusual summer term, we would like to say how proud you can be of your children who have returned with maturity, confidence and enthusiasm, displaying a resilience that we didn’t necessarily expect.