We have been busy this week looking at mini beasts, especially the caterpillar. The children have been learning a new song and have been involved in lots of activities linked with 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We revisited the colour green in our show and tell, helping the children to extend their learning and build their confidence. The children have shown a real interest in mini beasts and some even had the confidence to search for them in the garden and handle them!
Mrs. Crehan held a Mindfulness, Movement and Music session involving special windmills which the children were given as a gift. The children enjoyed blowing them and controlling their breathing.
Next Half Term
Our topic for the last half term this year will be Travel and Summer. We will be looking at different transport and how people can travel from one place to another. This will lead into the Summer theme, preparing the children for their transition to Nursery and the Summer holidays.
Our theme for Show and Tell will be transport. As usual, if you can support your child in finding something to bring in to show to their friends we would be very grateful.
We would like to hold a mini Sports Day for the Ducklings children on the 7th July at 2 p.m. This will involve the Ducklings children taking part in some organised activities with the support of the Ducklings staff, in the Ducklings garden area. It will be a fun, non competitive, enjoyable event and you are warmly invited to come and watch. Once the children have completed the activities, we will invite you to join us for a picnic in the garden.
Have a wonderful half term break. We thank you for your ongoing support.
The PA are busy with “all hands on deck” preparations for our flagship event, the PA Summer Fete. We would like to ask you to save the date:
Date: Saturday 1st July 2017
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Upper School playground
The fete always has a theme; this year it is ‘beach party’.
One of the aims of the PA is to encourage community, friendship and fun for our children, parents and guardians and the wider St. Helen's family. Over the years, the school fete has been a great event where the school community has come together by bringing their ideas, giving their time and providing much enthusiasm.
The fete is organised by the PA committee which, at present, comprises nine full-time working mums. There is always room for more and we welcome new interest!
We rely on your help for the fete, so please let us know if you can lend a hand. Even half an hour cover on a stall would be greatly appreciated. We would love to have you on board. We are looking for all sorts of help and we will be putting out requests for help out via the newsletter in the next few weeks. However, there’s no time like the present so we are looking for immediate responses for the following:
We need you
At least 10 helpers from each year group to commit to helping on the day of the fete - we will start at 8 a.m. and finish clearing up at about 6 p.m. but you don’t need to do the whole stretch. If you can pledge help for all or part of the day let us know; ideally an equal mix of mums and dads. We need help on many levels such as running stalls, serving food, making tea and coffee, face painting, henna art, glitter tattoos, moving chairs and tables, putting marquees up, clearing litter, PA audio technicians and barbecuing. We need leaders and helpers. If you feel worried about taking on tasks yourself, why not get a team from your class together? Each class has class rep, who will also be communicating with you. Please find out who your class rep is and if your class do not have one that means one has not be allocated so do get in touch with us!
We need donations
We would be really grateful for donations of the following (NO BOOKS PLEASE):
Fete collection bins will be put out at the entrances and exits on all three school premises after half term (Ducklings, Lower School and Upper School) for you to bring your donations, so please have a good sort out over half term. If you miss the two week window don’t worry, you can still donate.
This year we would like to do a silent auction. If you would like to donate a gift we can auction off, please let us know. In the past we have had hotel, hair, golf, theatre and cinema vouchers.
We run a tuck shop where we sell drinks, sweets, ice creams and crisps. If you own a shop or can get reduced/discounted rates, we’d love to hear from you!
A stall that is very popular is the BBQ. In the past, we have hired a BBQ but if you have a BBQ that we could use and a team to run it we’d love to hear from you!
In keeping with this year’s theme, we would love to have a candy floss, popcorn, ice-cream stall. If anyone can source and run this we’d love to hear from you!
If you have any ideas or suggestion for the fete, we’d love to hear from you and embrace these. We can only put this event on with your help so please do get in touch. It's an event that’s really enjoyed by the children and the whole St. Helen's community.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for all of your help and support to make this year's fete a really special event for everyone!
If you have not already done so, please do read the excellent blog by Ms Matthews, our Early Years Foundation Stage Co-ordinator, which explores the importance of guided play for our youngest learners. You can read it here.
At Ducklings this week the children have had fun mixing colours and watching them change. They have done this with paint brushes, fingers and even using wellington boots! We have been learning some new songs and the children have enjoyed ’The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story so much this week that we are going to extend their learning next week with some additional activities.
Music is an important part of our Ducklings day and the children really enjoy singing and dancing. They had a wonderful session with Mrs. Crehan on Thursday as she brought in a selection of different musical instruments for the children to look at, listen to and play.
Our show and tell theme for next week will be ‘green’. We would really appreciate you supporting your child in finding something green for them to show next week.
On Wednesday we would like to do an activity with the children involving grapes, strawberries and raisins in the morning. We would then like them to eat it at snack time if they would like to. If you have any concerns or would not like your child involved in this activity please speak to a member of Ducklings staff before Wednesday.
Thank you, as ever, for your support.