At The Ark
Children are welcomed into The Ark at 9:15am. They bring in their animal name label and place it on the "Who is at The Ark today?" board to self-register.
The morning starts with free play inside and in the outdoor area. This time may include craft, cooking, sand, water, books, puzzles, toys. For older children there could be name writing and letters and sounds activities.
At 10:30am everyone helps to tidy the hall. We enjoy singing and dancing along to The Wiggle Song, and children have storytime in groups. A child is chosen at this point to be Heather's Happy Helper for the morning.
Everyone goes to the toilet and washes hands before eating snack at the tables. Together we count the number of children/boys/girls/adults, using different languages. We discuss the weather, the day of the week and month of the year.
After snack time we will get out bats, balls, obstacle courses and other physical play toys. We may play games as a group, move to music or have different exercise stations. Once we have finished this time we tidy up together and have music before moving into keyworker groups.
At 12:10 we sing the Goodbye Song and give out the items in children's baskets (crafts, letters for parents etc). At 12:15 the morning ends and children are dismissed to parents/carers.
'Forest School Days'
In the Autumn term of 2021 we will be trailing using Wellington College's site twice a week.
The children will lead the activities as we walk through the woods, under adult supervision, so every session will be very different. Activities could include bug hunting, building woodland crowns, treasure hunts, and much more.
Through the activities children should achieve and develop self confidence and self esteem through hands on learning experiences in different environments, while respecting the strict boundaries staff outline to maintain their safety. Within these boundaries children are encouraged to take risks and explore within an environment that would be different to their norm. We will explore natural habitats, varying stages of growth throughout the year and the wildlife that can be found in different areas of the "Forest".
Children need to wear long trousers and long sleevs to avoid bites and stings. They also need to wear weather appropriate clothing (wellies and waterproofs in wet weather, sunhats in hot weather).
St Brendan's Care Home visits
We hope to resume our regular visits to St Brendan's Care Home once the home is able to welcome visitors again. This interaction between the generations has proven benefits to both the children and the residents and the residents here certainly enjoy our visits.
Children have partnered residents to decorate plant pots and plant flowers, make Christmas tree decorations, and create Easter Bonnets. The most recent visit saw the children go in their costumes to talk about their topic, People who help us. They sang songs, decorated Easter eggs, paraded their Easter Bonnets, and sang some songs.