This week we have been excited to welcome our pre-school children back to Glenwood for the first of their transition visits.
It was a bit strange at first but the children soon got over their nerves and were soon joining in with all the different activities. It was hard remembering that we couldn’t be too close together but everyone did very well.
Here are some pictures of the experiences we took part in…
The Beebots went on a Bear Hunt
Building houses for bears
Inventing our own bear maths games
Playing on the computers
Drawing pictures and reading books
Listening to the story of Whiffy Wilson The wolf who didn’t want to go to school
And everyone decorated a triangle to make our own bunting
Next week we will hear all about your adventures when you visited your new schools and also have a small celebration together to say ‘Goodbye’.
Our transition visits have now started with children invited to meet their classmates in small groups both in nursery and at school. During these visits the children will be invited to take part in some more Bear Hunt activities.
Wow, we have now reached week 4 of our transition to school programme and I know many of you have been taking part in lots of the activities. Very soon you will be invited to come to Glenwood as part of a small group and we will be doing a few of the activities together. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t forget to keep a record of the activities you select each week- perhaps photos, drawing and comments in a jotter or scrapbook.
It has been great to see all the learning our pre-schoolers are sharing as they take part in our school transitions programme based on the story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen.
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Here are the suggested activities for week 3…. As always, remember you don’t need to do everything suggested or spend a long time on this. Simply pick the activities which suit your child’s interests and a do a little bit when it suits you throughout the week.
Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came to our information sessions on transition to primary school. For those who were unable to attend, here is a brief outline of what was discussed.
At Glenwood we aim to support the transition of all our pre-school children on to primary school, regardless of their pattern of attendance or the school which you have applied for.
In addition, each school will have their own induction programme and will contact you directly about this.
All pre-school children will be part of our Moving On Group. They will have regular opportunities to work together, beginning their morning/afternoon with Welcome Time in the Meadow Room and spending approximately an hour together. Our Woodland Adventures will also be an opportunity for pre-school children to work together and will take place on a Wednesday.
We will be encouraging all the children to develop their resilience and transferable social skills, as well as gross and fine motor skills, literacy and numeracy skills, and thinking about what school will be like. We will do this through:
Experiences within the playroom – independent and adult led, problem solving, cooperating with others…
Our pre- school children have now started their transition programme and working together with others who will be going to school together. Each group meets weekly and they will also visit the woods in school groups. The groups have been introduced to Hamish and he will soon be going home with the children!
Hamish McHaggis loves to go on journeys. He helps us learn to take small steps and take one step at a time as we make the journey from nursery to school.