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As we gallop towards the summer holidays we are enjoying the both the weather and the World Cup! Crazy as that may sound (!) it offers such a wealth of learning opportunities that we are utilising to the max… Maths, Mindfulness, Physical Development, Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Expressive Art and Design all covered!
We thoroughly enjoyed our protest march to Appletree Court yesterday. We do have serious concerns about the speed of traffic along Southampton Road. We wanted the national speed sign moved further back towards the Ashurst direction and a Zebra Crossing and either speed bumps or official “20 is plenty” signs outside of our school. I am pleased to say the Council have been swift to reply to our calls of “20 is plenty!’ and “We want slow traffic!” we have been offered a digital display unit to put outside of the gate to show oncoming traffic their speed, and either a happy or sad face; and also today they have agreed to move the national speed signs further towards Ashurst! A fantastic result! The children were a colourful, creative and beautiful representation of the school and we felt blessed to have shared their excitement in protesting and now their success! Well done Kindy and Lower Primary!
I wonder if we could ask just one further thing of you this academic year? We are feeling a little sad at the amount of one use plastic and non-recyclable materials at the moment and are keen to make the last two weeks of term as waste free as possible. Would you look at the packaging in your child’s lunchbox, chat with your child about why this is an important issue for us all and how we can do just a little bit, to make a collective difference? We will be highlighting this at school, with our Friday ‘Eco-Cookery’ activities (We only use food that is either about to become waste in a supermarket or that has zero packaging) and of course we will be chatting about it over lunchtimes together.
As always we wave an emotional goodbye to our leavers this year – Daisy, Reuben and Marianne. We will all miss not only their smiles and input to Kindy life but also the care and support they offer the younger children. Come back and visit us whenever you like guys!
We also sadly lose our Greta. Again! We already lost her a few years back when she left for college! It has been an utter pleasure for us to work with such a compassionate, intelligent young woman and we wish her all the very best in Winchester with her Master’s Degree. Thank you Greta, as often called by Ilya ‘The Princess of Kindy’!
However, we wave a confident hello to newcomers Greyson, Emmeline, Xander and Roma and look forward to our journey together commencing in September. (Keep positive parents, it will all be fine!!) And Greta’s position is filled by Georgie, who you may have already met as she settles in this term. Georgie, comes to us as a highly qualified and experienced teacher and as you will have discovered, is a joyful addition to the team, we look forward to the months and years to come with her. Welcome Georgie.
All that remains is to say thank you to you all for another fun-filled year and for the kindness and support you continue to show.
Clair and the Kindy Team x
The sun is presently shining into Kindergarten and sending rainbows all over the room…. as our little buds continue to bloom beautifully!
This term we have welcomed Willow into the family and look forward to both Dillan and Gabriel starting with us after Easter.
The children are enjoying the new responsibility of washing up their own crockery and utensils from snack and lunch time, and this has naturally expanded into a desire for more and more ‘meaning-full’ work… today the children swept, mopped and cleaned the classroom too.
We have also had an influx of new art materials such as the popular chalk pens for bright blackboard creations, air drying clay for form and about 20 different types of paint brush for texture and control work.
The garden continues to grow both naturally and in terms of the projects Maggie and the children build for us, again a huge thanks to Maggie for this, as the term continues we shall all enjoy the fruits of this hard labour!
Our project currently, since Imbolc, has been ‘Light’… man made/natural; different sources of light; how objects change in the light and-prompted by a child-how we can give light to each other with our hearts (so sweet!)
Maths within our every day routine has had a self-inflicted audit! Cooking each week has been a marvelous opportunity for mathematical language, and we plan a lot more scrumptious vegan cookery for the rest of this term as a result. The skills required for the recipes are progressing well, both in terms of the language used (beating, whisking, folding, mixing, mashing, combining etc etc) and also the physical skills involved (one hand engaged and the other supporting). Not to mention the social aspect as we feast and reflect on the week together!
PSED (Personal, Social, Emotional Development) sessions have been a useful tool to draw attention to social learning, for example, “What could you do/say when your friend falls over?” etc… The children are really becoming so thoughtful and attentive to each other, it’s wonderful to watch. Greta and I both enjoy the amateur dramatics involved in role playing situations for the children!
Our specialist teachers for Yoga, Spanish and Music continue their excellent work, and we look forward to sharing some of our endeavors with you in the not too distant future.
All in all, Kindergarten continues to be a a very special place to learn and grow.
Autumn Term 2017
There is an abundance of natural materials around us at this time of year to enhance our learning and we have been making full use of them! The school garden has kept us in plentiful supply for both artwork and snacking! Garlic to crush, herbs to cook with, sunflower seeds to sort, store, count, tweezer, eat and mosaic with! And of course our beautiful New Forest with all it’s sensorial Autumn delights continues to provide a natural haven for us all…nature/nurture!
Following some recent training, toys are changing a little in our quiet room, giving way for more heuristic play to challenge our critical thinking. That is to say play items that are open-ended, where one has to invent, create, adapt, persevere and play… we have already enjoyed some amazingly co-operative and creative moments in the week that items are being gradually introduced!
I am sure all the Kindergarten families have enjoyed our Autumnal songs over the last few weeks and obviously after the October half-term holiday, rehearsals for the Christmas Concert will be in full swing! Our music lessons on a Wednesday are fantastic, we all look forward to Sarah coming in with her instrument and impressive skill. We are gently and consistently exploring rhythms and tunes by learning new songs together.
We also now enjoy Spanish stories and games each week, for which we welcome beautiful parent Sylvia into the Classroom…it is absolutely incredible to hear the sheer amount of new language the children are absorbing…
Such a fascinating book to read – ‘The Absorbent Mind’ – Maria Montessori
Summer Term 2017
Phew what a scorcher! As our little butterflies fluttered away from us for the summer holiday we all melted in the heat of Sports Day! As always, a super occasion, as the families picnicked together and said their farewells. We were pleased to share the day with two of our new littles ones starting in September 2017, Katie and Ruby, thank you for coming!
Well, the term flew by… we enjoyed looking at mini beasts, life cycles, metamorphosis and witnessing the abundance of life and growth not only in the classroom but also in the garden. (Alex hopes to add a wildlife pond before we return!)
This term we continued to work individually on literacy and numeracy development and all enjoyed the chi kung, music and yoga under the trees…
We said a fond farewell to our leavers… Cara, Austin, Finn, Eden and Lola…. and promised to post messages under the sliding door to our graduates Felix, Ned, Tabitha and Erika!
As you all know, we also lost our beloved Jolanda to rural Wales (she arrived safely!) and so are pleased to be welcoming Greta to Kindergarten in September. Greta has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing and is keen to encourage creativity in our literacy sessions in Kindergarten, she will also be running some imaginative drama sessions for us.
We look forward to welcoming new little faces to the class in September and are currently working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible for all the family with home visits.
As for the next academic year, we shall continue to work enthusiastically towards the Early Learning Goals for each child, across all 7 areas of learning: Physical Development, Communication and Language, Personal/Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
With this in mind we shall be introducing Home Learning Files. These will be given on a fairly regular basis, although not with overwhelming regularity, for assimilating knowledge and involving the whole family in your child’s school life. Such learning will be through games and suggestions for activities at home, or practises to imbed core skills, such as pencil grip etc
Please email Clair if you have a skill you would like to share with us or an interesting hobby or job to talk to us about… weaving/knitting/pet loving/card playing/being a fire fighter/postman and so on and so on! Please share your stories with us.
Also, if you would like to listen to the older children read within the school day, or come and read to us at the end of the day, again, please email Clair to discuss.
With best wishes for a very happy holiday!
Clair, Karolina and Greta