Summer Term Themes 2022
25/04/2022 Introduction to the Montessori Classroom and History of Marie herself
Welcome back Everyone. We will begin our first week back at school with a quick reminder of our ground rules within the Montessori classroom. The children, old and new, will have a chance to settle back into their routines & look around the classroom observing our display boards – hopefully they will guess our new themes for this term.
Pets are part of the family. Even pre-schoolers who do not have pets at home are interested in dogs, cats, fish, and other animals. Children enjoy pets for many reasons. They like watching them, touching them, handling them, caring for them, and learning about them. Many different animals can become pets. Children will learn which animals will make good pets and that all pets need love, care, food, and shelter. Pets also introduce children to the life cycle in a relevant and meaningful way. Children can tell us about their own pets or what pets they would like if they had one. We will talk about how we can help our pets if they are ill or how we can help them if they are in trouble. We might also have some furry friends visit us at school.
09/05/2022 HAPPY RECYCLING
This week we will be talking about recycling and how we can look after our planet. Let’s appreciate the absolutely gorgeous world around us. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Every bit counts! Whether you do by planting a tree, digging a garden, recycling bottles, picking up trash in your community, or going on a nature walk, it is an important reminder of our limited natural resources and the need to be thoughtful every day. You can be a hero helping to preserve our planet too! Challenge yourself to walk or ride to work. We will also talk about reusing items to make other things. We will use less paper at school and protect the trees. Trees are awesome: They clean the air, help conserve energy by providing cooling shade, provide wood and habitats for wildlife, and some even provide food. This week’s art will be based on everything and anything that you could find around the house to make a silly Robot as, don’t forget: Reduce, reuse and recycle!
Please join us for a clean-up of Southfields (see your teacher for the days). We will need some help to walk around Southfields, so please let us know if you might be free to walk with us.
16/05/2022 National WALK TO SCHOOL Week
Did you know that a just a few years ago almost everyone had to walk to school, however, unfortunately it has changed dramatically? Today most of us are using our cars to get to places. So Walk to School Week was started to encourage more kids to get out of the car and walk to school. Of course, it seems so much easier and comfier just to hop in the car and get things sorted but in the long run is it really? Why walk to school? Walking to school has many benefits. Just to name a few, you are exercising without realising that you are exercising. Children can have experience using the road, being aware of road safety which is crucial in today’s society. There is opportunity to see friends before school and chat with them not to mention arranging playdates for after school. Children who are physically more active perform better at school, they are happier and achieve their best potential. Let’s walk to school this week!
23/05/2022 The Queen’s platinum jubilee
As I’m sure you are all aware the Queen has been on the throne for 70 years. We are going to have a party to celebrate (Friday 27 May 2022)
This week will be all about celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of our Queen, we are inviting the whole school to celebrate it. We are going to have a Party on Friday when children will be encouraged to dress up in royal or smart clothes with a red, white, and blue theme. We will be listening to music that lasted throughout the past 70 decades. The children will learn about Queen Elizabeth II’s life by using nonfictional books, presentations, and videos. We will try to rehearse the National anthem every day to be able to sing it together on Friday! The party will be filled with music, games and laughter.
Please do not blame us for the patriotic souvenirs that may come home during this week!!!
06/06/2022 Music & Orchestra
Get ready for a week full of music. We are going to be discovering all about the Orchestra!!! Which instruments it has, how they sound and how to play them. We will talk about stringed, percussion, brass and woodwind instruments. We will play musical bingo, dance to music and build little instruments. We will learn about some composers and listen to their music. Does anyone in your family play an instrument? Please come in and join us!
Tuesday 7 June (am & pm) Wednesday 8 June 2022– School Photographs by Annie Armitage
We have arranged again for a Professional Photographer to come and take individual photographs of the children, during school hours. If Tuesday or Wednesday is not your normal session, please bring your child in to join us anyway. We do also encourage siblings to attend. Please see Annie’s website for examples of her gorgeous photos www.anniearmitage.com
13/06/2022 Book “Paper Dolls” by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
This week we will be visiting the Polka theatre (Friday 17 June) to watch The Paper Dolls. It is a gentle story with stunning puppetry and original songs. The book deals with the themes of loss, growing up, family relationships and understanding the world.
This week we are going to learn about a very important community safeguard, the Police. We will discuss their role in our community, what they are doing and how their work is helping us. Young children, especially pre-schoolers are learning about their surroundings from us, adults, teachers, parents. They learn that our decisions can have impact on our lives. It is important to teach our children to be able to make right choices. This week the children will have the opportunity to meet the policemen/woman from our community and they can ask them many questions regarding their job, maybe sit in one of the police cars, turn the siren on… exciting stuff!!!
27/06/2022 Gaining your Scooter Licence
Scooting is a fun, healthy and active way to get around and has become increasingly popular with children. It helps children develop basic road safety awareness, as well as skills which are essential for cycling, such as balancing, steering and stopping. Children love to scoot but are not always aware of basic safety rules. This week we well have small trips to the park encouraging responsible scooting and highlighting the ground rules.
04/07/2022 Sand Art
Playing with sand is one of the children’s favourite activities. This week we will ask the children to craft their own sand displays.