Senior Preschool

Welcome back to Term 2.

The teachers in senior preschool put on a fun and exciting holiday program for the children to enjoy during the Term 1 holidays. It also makes for a nice, relaxed couple of weeks, as children get to come in mufti.

As we begin the new term, we remind parents that the uniform is compulsory in preschool during the term. This includes a Strathallan jumper, a Strathallan polo shirt, and Blue pants/leggings. All clothing must be named. Please provide a full change of named clothing for your child in case of accidents. This may be other non-uniform clothing if necessary.

 

  • Our Learning Focus

In senior preschool, we continue to support your child to develop in many ways – physically, socially, emotionally, in language and literacy, and in thinking (cognitive) skills.

Physical development is the way your child moves his/her arms and legs (large motor skills) and his/her fingers and hands (small motor skills). We help your child learn these skills by offering different physical activities and equipment. Children run, jump, climb, throw, and catch. Using their hands, they explore materials like paints, playdough, puzzles, sand, and things to write with. By using their bodies actively both indoors and outdoors, children build healthy bones and muscles.

Social development helps your child get along with others. We work with children on respecting others and working together. By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may come up during play.

Emotional development lets your child understand his/her feelings and the feelings of others. We help children recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior. We also teach children to show concern for others. To build your child’s self-esteem, we encourage him/her to try new things and keep working at hard tasks.

Language and literacy development helps your child understand and communicate through listening, talking, reading, and writing. These skills are all connected. We help your child use his/her growing communication skills to learn new concepts.

Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around him/her. The way children approach learning is also an important part of their thinking skills. For example, being able to focus or handle frustration helps him/her learn more easily.

In senior preschool, we help your child develop their thinking skills by:

  • providing interesting materials to use and plenty of time to explore them
  • offering suggestions that encourage more complex play and thinking
  • asking questions that stretch your child’s thinking

 

  • Project Work

We are continuing to focus on learning about dinosaurs. To extend the children’s interest we have educators from Auckland Museum visiting us on 6th May. Children will have an opportunity to learn about: Palaeontologists, fossils, dinosaur bones, dinosaur teeth, carnivores, and herbivores.

 

  • Special Moments
  • We said goodbye to Annabel Harwood, Lachie Gordon, Lucy Ludemann, Mathew Van Tonder, Mehar Baath, Mila Reid, Scarlett Han, and Shelly Zhang. We wish them all the best as they begin their Primary School journey.
  • We welcome Amber Yang and Alex Yu to senior preschool.