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Our sessions are: Morning – 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and Afternoon – 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m
Life at Upton Priory Pre-school is fun and filled with exciting learning. Children learn through our stimulating indoor and outdoor environment including a wide range of activities and provision that are planned and delivered by caring teachers and early years practitioners.
Before children start at Pre-school, we offer a home visit as part of our settling in process. We feel this is an important part of your child’s transition as children often feel more relaxed in their own home, and it allows time to talk on a one-to-one basis with parents. Children always remember and talk about a home visit long after the event!
Our sessions follow a similar format. Time is given for children to settle in at the beginning of the session. This is followed by a ‘Wake up, shake up’ song and a short focus group activity. Children then self-register and choose the activities indoors and outside. We have a free flow snack area during the morning session which children can access independently when they are ready. They are encouraged to become as independent as possible throughout all the routines, however, the adults in Pre-school are extremely skilled when observing the children and know exactly the right time to step in and offer guidance and support or introduce a new idea that might take their learning a little further. Sometimes they will be invited to join in with an adult led activity. Most children readily join in with these, but the children are never pressurised into doing any activity- just gently encouraged.
Adult led activities support early phonics development, speaking and listening skills or some aspect of number, shape or space and also provide an opportunity for children to develop their speaking and listening skills and take turns as part of a smaller group. The activities are all play-based involving active learning. They may also include music, movement and song and the children eagerly anticipate them. We regularly read stories and these are central to our curriculum and often become the focus for mini themes and areas for further development of opportunities for learning. We also have Helicopter Stories sessions where the children become the storytellers and actors within their own story.
We encourage children to explore their environment and take part in a range of activities outside. We are very lucky and have splash suits and wellies for all the children, but they will still need to wear warm clothing underneath. The splash suits are “oversized” so they can put them on over coats and we will help the children to put them on and take them off if they are needed, usually if we take a “Welly Wander” in the wider school grounds.
We offer physical development activities in our lower hall. These include specific P.E sessions, team games, using apparatus, obstacle courses, parachute games and also ‘Write Dance’ – music, songs and suggested movements that develop gross motor coordination. It helps children work on their coordinated mark-making skills in a fun and imaginative way, using movement to help make the shapes they will eventually need to write and ‘Dough Disco’ activities which are a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine and gross motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
We regularly have shared events with our Reception class throughout the whole year which supports children’s transition into school. Where appropriate, we will join events happening in school.
Our primary concern is to create an environment in which your child is safe and happy. We are always keen to hear about the children’s experiences outside Pre-school and will follow up on any areas of interest, so feel free to share these with us in your child’s busy book. Similarly, please do not hesitate to talk to any member of staff if you have any concern or query.
At Pre-school, your child will be nurtured, supported and encouraged to explore new experiences and build friendships within a happy, positive environment and all their achievements will be valued.
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Early Years Practitioners