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St Jude's School and Pre-School

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Week beginning 20/09/21

Once again, we have enjoyed the lovely sunshine. The children have been learning about how to stay safe in the hot weather and showed a very good understanding of this. 


We have been supporting the children to develop their physical skills by providing resources and activities including playdough, bubbles, paintbrushes and rollers in the outdoor area and a range of tools in the mud kitchen. They have been learning about how this helps to develop muscles in their shoulders and arms. 


Lots of role play has taken place this week including the children pretending that they were having a picnic, going camping and playing vets. 


The children learned some new Makaton signs and are doing very well with this. The signs are used in addition to speech which helps to develop an understanding of what is being communicated. We have been practicing the signs for milk, water, same and different. 


Each child has their own space on the display boards in the pre-school rooms on which photographs and work are displayed. Our classrooms look lovely with all the children's work displayed and the children are very proud of their 'space'. 


The children were introduced to the 'Guinea girls' Snowdrop and Oreo. These are the guinea pigs from the Reception Class and the children enjoyed learning all about them. They also discovered three frogs in the small pond in the wooden play area, one of which jumped on a log which the children were fascinated with! 


On Wednesday, we had a Fire Drill. Mrs Wall, the Head teacher, praised the children for how well they responded. The pre-school children were confident to talk to Mrs Wall and tell her their names. 


Mrs Breakwell and I have really enjoyed the week with our pre-school children and are looking forward to Mrs Ray returning on Monday. Mrs Ray called into pre-school on Friday to see the children which was a lovely surprise for them.