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This week Pre-school are learning about

Supporting your child’ speech development


One of the things we find parents are most often concerned about is their child’s speech development. Communication and language is also one of the areas that it is so important that adults support to develop.


In preschool we spend lots of our time supporting children’s communication development. Some of the ways we do this are: 

                                  Focusing on their listening and attention first.

                                  We use a child's name to gain their attention and remember that children have short                                       attention spans.

                                 We try to ensure there are minimal distractions when we are working on this.


When you are at home consider what is happening in the background before spending time with your child.


At home you could:

                                Share a book

                                Sing songs and use actions or signs (Makaton) to support their understanding.

                                Take time to listen and respond at the child's level. For example if a child is using single                                 words such as car we would perhaps respond red car or fast car.

                                Playing alongside the children commenting on their play.introducing and reinforcing                                       language.


Below is a link to the Bucks speech therapy website. It contains lots of fun ways to support your childs communication and language. It also has a feature where you can check your child’s progress with ideas of what to do if you have any concerns.



Personal, Social & Emotional


This week we are going to continue to focus on settling our new children as well as those that have moved from the star room. We have been learning all about our new learning environment, routines and also revisiting our boundaries. One of the activities that the children came up with to help with building essential relationships was to make things for loved ones including: tissue paper flowers, pasta necklaces and letters.




The next few weeks we will be concentrating mainly on our counting skills and recognising numbers 0-10. There will be a range of different resources out in that area to offer various ways to be able to explore this. In addition, we will be doing our counting and number songs during some focussed group times such as: 5 currant buns, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive, 10 fat sausages etc…. There will be numbers also enhancing the creative area, mark-making and construction area too.

Communication and Literacy


We will have large paper on the floor in the construction area this week. This will be enhanced every day with the children’s key interests but also with an aim to exploring their mark making and communication skills. We will encourage the children to communicate their various interests by sharing their creations and what they are doing. Group time is also a great opportunity to share their individual interests, news and special wow moments in a group environment.  



Understanding the World


We are hoping to continue to look at the world around us and explore how things work and change. Some of the children’s own interests have shown there to be a continued interest in the railway, cars and planes. There will be opportunities to enhance various areas of or continuous provision to reflect this, such as trains on the mark making to encourage more writing.  



This week’s main focus is on gross motor development. With this in mind we will be visiting the large school playground whenever possible to explore the climbing frames and make use of the large open space. This will enable us to learn to negotiate space, take safe calculated risks as well as build up those core muscles in our bodies.Mathematics:

Expressive Arts and design


We are going to explore with our senses this week. Some of the activities on offer to take this learning forward include: shaving foam with letters and numbers. Making butterfly pictures with finger paints. Play dough with herbs and scents in the home-corner where it appears to be very popular.

Other activities that will also be on offer as a result of key person observations include: superhero role-play both indoors and out.  Listening games for some individual key groups, looking at technology and exploring books.


 How you can support your child at home and how you can support them in the setting:

  • Make a note of any interests your children may have and share with their key worker so they can try and use that to help move their learning and development forward in the setting.


*****Wanted******* any real crockery: cups, saucers, pots and pans, utensils etc.. For our home corner. Any junk modelling resources, please nothing that has had nut products. Old keys, padlocks, conkers, leaves, twigs, flowers collected whilst out and about.

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Bearbrook Combined School and Pre-school    01296 488331    Fowler Road, Aylesbury Bucks HP19 7QP

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