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St Jude's School and Pre-School

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Week beginning 04/10/21

During this week in pre-school, the children did activities around our book of the week which was 'Maisy goes to Nursery'. The children enjoyed this story and talked about what they like to do at pre-school. We did a range of activities in response to the children's interests such as painting, water play, den making and playing with the bubbles. 


The children took part in a large group musical instrument session. They  played the drums, castanets, claves, guiro, maracas, tambourine, egg shakers and bells and learned some new words. The children played a game in which instruments were hidden under a blanket and they had to guess the instrument. Mrs Cantillon asked the children to copy a rhythm using the claves which they did. Musical instruments are used as part of our Letters and Sounds programme which helps children to distinguish between sounds. 


Our colour of the week was red and our shape of the week was circle. The children have been exploring the pre-school to find objects of the same shape and colour. Our rhyme of the week was Hickory Dickory Dock. The children sung this well and did the actions. 


We continued to do lots of outdoor play. We moved the resources around in the outside area so that the children have more room to be physically active and use their imagination. They had more room to practice their balls skills and to play on the bikes and scooters. We also changed the layout of the conservatory which the children said that they liked. 


The children practised their Makaton signs that they have learned so far and learned to sign 'Mummy' and 'Daddy'. They are doing so well at signing and it is helping them to understand concepts such as 'same' and 'different' as the signs are used together with language. 


Mrs Breakwell, Mrs Ray and I are so proud of our children and have had a lovely week learning and exploring.