The children have had lots of fun playing the crocodile dice game. The children worked in groups of 4. We modelled how they were going to roll the dice. Once they had rolled the dice they then had to count out how many dots they had rolled. Once they had done this they had to use the white play-dough to make teeth for the crocodile. For example if they rolled a 3 they then had to make three teeth. Some of the older children wanted a challenge so we used two dice. Once they had rolled both the dice they then had to add the dots together to give them their total number.
The children have been very busy sorting. They were set a challenge of sorting all of the fruits and vegetables into the correct bowls. Some children sorted by colour, some by their shapes and some by size. Once the children had sorted them all out, we then took it in turns to ask for something. “Please can I have 6 bananas” “please can I have 3 strawberries”
This week we have started to take some 'brain breaks'. We have been identifying the amygdala (your guard dog), the hippocampus (hippopotamus) and the pre frontal cortex (wise old owl). We have been talking about what each part of the brain does. The 'guard dog' keeps you safe - the 'hippocampus is where you store all of the information you want to remember - it keeps your memories safe and your 'pre-frontal cortex' is the problem solving part of your brain helping you to make decisions. Sometimes our brains need a 'brain break' to help us calm down. We have been doing this by sitting comfortably closing our eyes, taking calm, slow breaths - breathing in and out. We listen for the chime and when we can no longer hear it we open our eyes. The children noticed that some of them kept their eyes closed for longer and asked why? We explained that some children could still hear the chime so that was why they kept their eyes closed. Research has shown that using 'brain breaks' during the day has an impact on our thinking, behaviour and learning. This is something that is worked on throughout Holtspur School.
Our Pre-school Christmas performance will be on Thursday 6th December at 2.15pm. Due to limited numbers that we can have in the school hall we will be issuing 2 tickets per family. Please return any tickets you do not need. You should all have the song sheets to practice at home - Dominick will be able to tell if you are not practicing them!!! The children (and staff!!) are practicing our signing everyday for our special Makaton song. Can you guess the one it is?!!?
You should all of been given a letter regarding your child’s role in the Christmas play and what they will need to wear. If you haven’t please see a member of staff and we can sort this out for you.
Have a good weekend
The Pre-School Team
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