Spring Term Weekly Timetable
We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others. Outdoor activities contribute to children's health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them. The children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, as well as those provided in the indoor playroom.
We do a huge variety of activities every day at Whitchurch Pre-School, but here are our key activities. You can scroll down or click on the links in the table above for more information.
Rising Fives is for children going to school the following September. It runs throughout the school year, and prepares children for the transition to reception. Preparation includes following instructions, handwriting skills, sharing and turn taking games, numbers and simple maths games as well as small group work. In the Summer term the children spend time in Whitchurch Primary School Willow Class reading a story with the class teacher.
Mini Professors is fun way to introduce your child to the amazing world of science. Led by an external facilitator, we explore a new subject each week taught through hands-on experiments, videos and story-telling. We inspire children with an interest in the world around them through amazing subjects like storms, the solar system and volcanoes. As well as the science, children learn lots of different skills which helps them describe things, practice following instructions, developing motor skills, gain confidence in a class setting and so much more. (Additional cost for this session.)
We are based in an incredibly beautiful location and we provide opportunities for discovering the nature on our doorstep. As well as outdoor learning, we take regular walks, often up to the local community maze, along Muddy Lane. We encourage the children to notice the trees, plants and animals they see, often bringing things back into the classroom to transform into new creations.
Our very enjoyable French lessons are led by Emily, an experienced Early Years practitioner. We provide an hour long French session, in which the children sing, play games and practise using numbers. Learning a second language early in life enhances overall cognitive skills and improves brain development. Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, problem-solving skills and flexibility of mind in young children.
Learning outdoors and having regular contact with nature has been proven to build confidence, motivation and increase wellbeing in children. Research data also shows experiences in and around the natural world lead to better relationships with classmates and teachers. This session is led by Claire, one of our parents, a Forest School Leader in training with plenty of outdoor learning experience.
Keep an eye on our blog for updates on what we've been doing this week.
We use the award winning Boogie Mites programme to bring music into our daily programme of activities. It is evidence based and has been developed over many years with input from teachers, parents and children. Using original music it encourages active moving to music, singing and percussion activities using recycled materials for props and instruments.
Boogie Mites activities are used throughout the session (for example before lunch with songs about eating food or identifying objects in the classroom and sounding them out with taps) as well as in a stand-alone session. The programme helps children recognise and repeat sequences of sounds, actions and numbers, follow instructions and enlarge their vocabulary, and develop spatial awareness as they respond to positional language.
Every week the children turn their attention from mud pies to real pies. Cooking is a great way to stimulate children’s interest in healthy food and introduce mathematical concepts (weighing, and adding ingredients together). Using the cooking equipment supports motor skills and listening to instructions is good practice for the concentration skills they’ll need going forward. And finally, making something that they can eat and share with their family helps build their confidence.
"Children learn about the natural world through enjoyable activities, such as planting beans, tomatoes and strawberries, watching chicks hatch and visiting a local farm."