Pelican Explorers Celebrates Another Successful Term
No two days are the same for our Pelican Explorers. The popular pre-school programme, which launched in September last year, recently concluded its second term, with over 30 families in attendance.
Last term they were treated to four unique activities: Pelican Pioneers, an outdoor adventure perfect for mini-explorers; Pelican Playgroup, a family-friendly group in which children are encouraged to pursue their interests; Pelican Ballet, a traditional dance class led by professionals at Mountway School of Dancing; and Pelican Sports, a series of sports sessions.
It comes as no surprise that Pioneers proves the most popular activity for our young explorers. Whatever the weather, the group enjoy a satisfying morning of child-initiated play; learning how to cook with a rustic cob oven, using natural resources to create their next masterpiece, or simply rolling around in the mud.
The first Pioneers’ session of term saw the children enjoy a heart-warming tale about a tortoise named Shelly. Little did they know that Mrs Wrelton had brought in two new friends to complete the story. Their names were Tipsy and Topsy, and they were friendly tortoises (just like our very own Turbo and Everest!). After a quick meet and greet, everyone got to work creating their own natural artwork inspired by these VIP guests.
In true Pioneers’ style, the group then spent the remainder of the term enjoying seasonally-themed crafts, including creating egg box bird feeders, cardboard snowmen, mud paintings, and heart-shaped cookies. Sessions often concluded with a song around the firepit, and a yummy flapjack and cup of hot chocolate.
Every Wednesday our Pre-Prep comes alive thanks to our Pelican Playgroup. The children are immersed in a fun-filled morning of arts and crafts, singing time and outdoor play, and much like our Pioneers, are able to enjoy the benefits of our sprawling Forest School.
Themes are important for our younger children, with activities often based around spring holidays and special days such as Easter, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s. Projects over the past term have ranged from daffodil making and leek printing, to runner bean planting and pot painting. There is always a focus on the children’s individual interests, which often results in varied child-led play.
Led by Sports Performance Coach at King’s College, Ben Thomas, our sporty pre-schoolers have been looking at eye-coordination, agility and functional movements. Group exercises and games have enabled Ben to support the children’s gross motor physical development, and along with the parents, see them have fun and learn how to use equipment safely.
Movement, imagination and awareness are just some of the key skills our dancers have been developing over the past few months. Following the experts at Mountway School of Dancing, Pelican Ballet has proved popular with both our Explorers and King’s Hall pupils.
In their weekly sessions the children have been learning new routines and movements. This has helped to support and encourage their movement and musical response, as well as develop their listening skills. As this is the first time that the activity has run, the focus was on grasping the basics of ballet, and our Explorers did just that, putting their skills to the test and wow-ing us with their newfound moves.