There was an international flavour to activities so far this year. Many children took advantage of French lesson tasters with Florence. This was in keeping with the Journeys theme where the children imagined themselves travelling to all sorts of places near and far. Then, as if one New Year was not enough it was time for the Chinese New Year, which was celebrated by making magnificent and not too scary dragon collages (it is the year of the dragon). The celebration of international differences culminated on 1 March with International Book Day. Children were encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. These books may have been borrowed from the Mobile Library Bus which now visits Allsorts every fortnight, bursting with books of every sort for parents to read and then lose and then find again. Soon, in fact, parents may not be needed to read the books at all as the children are rattling through the letters of the alphabet at quite a pace. This year so far they have tackled A, T, P, N, S, and I, and have enough letters in hand to spell PANTS!
As ever the pre-schoolers were in close touch with their “Big School” neighbours, visiting them every week for P.E. For one of these sessions they dressed up as pirates and for another they had a mini-pancake race. All in all a wonderful three months of non-stop fun, learning and adventure, with some cuddling and occasional slipper mix-ups. As the children have been encouraged to show positive behaviour with a thumbs-up board I am sure that they would be happy to leave space on there for the staff and parents who have all worked so hard through the cold winter months to make our lovely pre-school an ever warm and friendly place.
Helen Rouse has sadly decided to leave us. She has been at Allsorts for seven years and has strongly influenced the development of the pre-school. Helen has decided to move to The Station pre-school at Benson where she will be able to put all her experience to good use and develop further in a larger setting. We all wish her the very best of luck in her new job.
As a result of Helen’s resignation, we will be recruiting for a play assistant in the very near future. Please look out for posters and job adverts, or alternatively, contact Allsorts directly if you are interested.
Just to remind you there are still places available at Allsorts - call 01491 826387 for details. You can also check our new webpage http://www.allsortspreschool.org/.
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