Dover College

Early Years: The Place Where Exploring and Curiosity Know no bounds!

Early Years: The Place Where Exploring and Curiosity Know no bounds!

In Pre Reception we love to hear the child’s voice, whether it be lost in imaginative play, interacting with fellow ‘chiddlers’ or asking the biggest questions about life. We explore and learn in our Discovery Garden, an outside garden full of wigwams, arches and our much-loved mud kitchen. We learn phonics, challenge ourselves with maths activities and enquire about technology and the world around us.

Healthy school week kept us busy with yoga, tobogganing, football, golf and the gym. We learned about keeping our bodies active and healthy and thought about this particularly during our snack-times and delicious lunches. We were exhausted by the end of the week, ready for a good break in half term.

We have been busy with our numbers, quantity and comparing different sizes. We have our maths challenge table to allow us to seek our own activities. During the start of the autumn term, we compared conker sizes that we had collected on one of our learning walks around the grounds.

Learning about different events and festivals is always interesting to us. We looked at Rangoli patterns for Diwali, created firework displays for Bonfire night, made remembrance poppies and played on the trumpet after hearing the ‘Last Post.’

To get more involved with the community, we took part in ‘Channel Rocks’. This is a great way to go on walks with family and friends and go hunting for hidden, decorated rocks around the local environment. We all made our own ones, ready to hide around our chosen spots.

This second half of term we have been very festive and rehearsed alongside Key Stage 1 for our Christmas Nativity. We took on a range of roles from chickens and cows to stars and shepherds! We have made personalised Christmas displays, decorations, cards and gifts with our hands and fingers, sung Christmas songs and drunk hot chocolate. Lucky us!