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A very warm welcome to the Autumn term 2018 at The Owls Nest! 

We spent our first few days getting to know each other. The Key groups have changed slightly for existing children and we were also thrilled to welcome eight new faces. We took time to focus on children’s interests and reviewed preschool boundaries and routines to help everyone settle in. 

This week we commenced a topic ‘All About Me’. As always we link our activities to all 7 areas of the EYFS (a comprehensive plan is always available in the setting should you wish to review in more detail). Children will be coming home with a home learning challenge in their book bag to support our topic so if you can do any of the activities and share them with us that would be fantastic! A home learning challenge comes home with each new topic. 
In Maths we are comparing the size of our hands and feet and ordering them according to size. We have been looking at height and measuring ourselves too. 
In mark making we have had lots of fun looking in the mirror to explore our facial features before drawing a self portrait. The children will also be using collage to create paper plate faces. Children have been copying some or all of the letters from their name in the coloured sand. 
In the malleable area we do love our playdough! We have been using the playdough with All about me playdough mats to create faces and have used the emotion flash cards to support us in creating happy, sad, angry, silly faces etc. The children enjoyed taking the play dough outdoors too to make faces using natural resources such as pebbles, leaves and twigs. 
We have commenced phonics work relevant to each key group and will continue to focus on this through circle times and through planned activities in the setting. 
We have been very lucky to secure a sports session on a Friday morning which the children love! Look out for photos on Tapestry. 
Observations should start to filter through to you over the coming week, and as always, if you would like to add your own observations or like or comment on any that we add we would be very grateful - This is a way we can form strong links with home. 
Once again, a very big welcome to The Owls Nest and thank you for supporting us. 

Best Regards,
The Owls Nest Preschool Team