Mindfullness and Yoga
Every week the children are encouraged to take time together to practice yoga and mindfulness. This gives the children a moment to think about their bodies, how they are feeling and be aware of those around them. At Chalfont St Peter Preschool, we combine fun yoga stretches, mindful breathing, calm discussions as well as many other techniques in order to encourage and promote a calm, respectful environment, that increases the individual child's resilience to tricky situations for the children.
We explore the technique of hands on learning, this includes cooking. The children at our setting cook every week, this promotes an understanding of foods, the body and the concept of processes producing an outcome. It also increases the use of fine motor skills and allows the children to demonstrate interest and concentration in a fun and different way.
In 1935 Mrs Monzani earned her teachers certificate as an AISTD ( Associate imperial society of teachers of dancing) and in 1936 Mrs Monzani would go to Buckingham Palace on Thursdays to teach royal classes to Elizabeth, Margaret and relations i.e Glousters and Kents children. Monzani School of dancing was officially established in 1947 in the Great Missenden and Amersham areas. Mrs Monzani started classes in Amersham Community Centre in the original barn hall teaching ballet, tap and ballroom classes. During Mrs Monzani’s years of teaching, she has also taught in many local private and county schools within the area.
Now the school is managed by a close team of dance teachers and Miss Karen teaches the children here at CSP Preschool. We believe that ballet is a perfect activity for early years as it promotes, balance, coordination, poise and most importantly confidence. Miss Jack has known Mrs Henry (the Principal of Monzani School of Dance) for nearly 20 years as both her daughters attended ballet sessions from being two and a half until they were eighteen.
For more information on The Monzani School of Dance please visit their website: www.monzani.co.uk
We take regular trips to our school allotment, where the children not only have the chance to immerse themselves in nature but also the ability to see in real-time the life cycle of growing, harvesting and even eating the produce. This is a great resource that is open to all families outside of school hours. We believe that it allows the children to experience an additional learning environment.
We are lucky enough to have an in house francophile which is our Deputy Miss Dena. She provides a fun and exciting learning opportunity for the children, that allows them to develop language skills and builds their confidence to have a go in French. by incorporating songs, stories, rhymes and actions every child has the opportunity to join in. We also provide extensive French resources throughout the week as part of our continuous provision.
Watch this space for details about our forest school sessions!