This week, the F2 children started their swimming/ splash pool activities. Ms Jane, our Primary P.E. teacher, supported the F2 class teachers and provided games and activities to help the children build up confidence in the water. Next week, F3 will start their swimming lessons with Mr Adam supporting the class teachers. Swimming is such an important lifesaving skill to learn. Research shows that drowning is so regrettably one of the most common causes of accidental death. We teach the children how to stay safe in the water, learn new skills on how to move around in the water and we improve their confidence. Did you know that swimming keeps your child’s heart and lungs healthy, it increases stamina, it improves strength and flexibility as well as their balance and posture?
In F1, the children started their new IEYC unit of work on ‘Animal Rescuers.’ They are starting to learn about the different animals, sing songs such as ‘Walking Through the Jungle’ and role-play in their own class jungle.
F3 have started their IEYC unit of work on ‘Once Upon a Time’. The English teachers have been focusing on ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ and the Vietnamese teachers on ‘The Enormous Turnip’. All the children are now being encouraged to make props and scenery to help them retell the story as well as make up some of their own stories. Please take a look at the links below and use them to encourage your children to retell the stories in both English and Vietnamese.
YouTube hosts this excellent animated version of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’, narrated by Hollywood actor, Richard E Grant.
YouTube also hosts this reading of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Giant Turnip’, produced by the publisher Mantra Lingua.
We are continually looking at ways to improve and make the Early Years environment as safe as possible for all of our children. Recently, we have trialed and replaced the anti-slip mats around the outdoor swimming pool. The new mats are heavier, made of rubber and have a much stronger grip. In our classrooms and shared areas, we have invested in new mats and are trialing and looking at the best way to not only make it safe for the children to move around but also welcoming when they enter a room. We will continue to look at these mats over the term and we ask you to be patient with us as we look at the best solutions possible.
Miss Julie Walton
Head of Early Years