This half term – 12th April to 28th May 2021

This half term we will be looking at life cycles to traditional stories to the universe and even people that help us.

During our life cycle topic we will have frogspawn at preschool and watching as the little tadpoles develop and then turn into little frogs. We also had our caterpillars delivered this week. They are very tiny but in a few days we will transfer them into the butterfly pavilion and watch as they develop. When they have transformed into beautiful butterflies we will release them and watch as they fly away. During this we will be drawing and painting caterpillars and butterflies, we will also be creating models of how they might look like as they grow. Books we will be ready at preschool are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, A seed in Need and The Enormous Turnip – perhaps you could share these at home as well. You could also try making a little “sprout house” – plant a bean in a jar or bag and watch as the roots grow. Also if you are out for a walk, talk about the changes to the trees and plants.

Traditional Stories – Read your favourite books together. Can your child re-tell you their favourite story? Maybe you could make porridge, like Goldilocks. Perhaps you could match shoes to their owner at home, just like in Cinderella.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you will learn, then more places you will go”

Dr Seuss

The Universe – we can all help to protect our planet – can you recycle? Perhaps can you try making compost from any un-eaten vegetables? Can you save water? All these little things will help to save the planet.

Can you look at the similarities and differences between the planets of the solar system? How many planets are there? Are you able to make any of them? Please bring them in to show us. Also try counting down to launch a rocket into space.

People who help us – can you practice road safety? What would you like to be when you grow up? Who will you help? Maybe you could draw or write a letter and post it to someone. How does it get there? Who collects and delivers it? Look at house numbers and postcodes – they help the postman find the right house. Possible books that could be read – The Smartest Giant in Town, Little Red Riding Hood and The Elves and the Shoemaker.

Pirates and Princesses – You could host a tea party or a treasure hunt. Who doesn’t love a treasure map? You could make a princess crown with repeating patterns. How about making a pirate ship den or a princess castle – how exciting! Books you could share are 10 Little Pirates, Cinderella or your favourite princess book.

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