Activities

  • Interesting Activities

  • The foundations for the best possible education years. With a great emphasis on learning through fun and play, the nursery has some outstanding activities and routines that children of all ages and abilities follow enjoying and learning as well as laying the foundations for the best possible education. Below are some of the many wonderful activities that children participate here at Peques.

    Football Sessions

    At Peques we acknowledge the importance of physical activity as an integral part of children’s development. We have been working on a quality assurance project this year which focuses on Physical Activity in the Early Years, and out of this we have introduced weekly Football sessions for all girls and boys in the Indigo’s group (Ages 3-5) in both our London nurseries. Here are a few of the benefits:

    Improved Hand & Eye Co-Ordination

    Increased Balance

    Working together as a team

    Enhances their social skills

    The Football sessions are held on Friday mornings for Peques 1 and on Wednesday mornings for Peques 2 at Normand Park. Joint football sessions are also arranged where both nurseries will carry out the sessions together to enhance their social experience. Our in-house Football coach has over 26 years experience in coaching children from the ages of 2-16yrs both in England and Bolvia 

    Yoga with Mindfulness

    These Yoga classes are themed adventures of yoga poses around the world, into children's stories, or other age relevant topics.  Each class contains physical movement which encourages correct alignment and posture, music, breath work, and age appropriate introductions to mindfulness and meditation. We teach children to use their breath in self-grounding exercises and that they can help themselves find calm whenever they might need it.  We all know that young children need early exposure to create lifelong skills, whether it be to music, healthy eating, sport, reading etc. Children’s brains are sponges and it is an honour to witness them putting techniques learned in class into action. We are passionate about helping children have fun whilst exercising, build strong bodies, be equipped to find their own calm, and create foundations for lifelong mental wellness.

    A Few Words from Our Yoga Teacher Sarah:

    “I found my yoga practice more than 10 years ago, this has helped me to grow stronger, more flexible, and peaceful both on and off the mat. Yoga enables me to live a mindful and connected life. I completed my 200 hour Power Vinyasa teacher training with Dylan Ayaloo Training Academy, which is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA. I completed my Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training with Rainbow Kids Yoga, and Kidding Around Yoga.”

    MusikoMusika

    Musiko Musika was introduced to Peques as a way of securing the development of the children’s Speech and Language skills through a musical programme specifically designed to address deficits in this critical area of Early Year’s Development and improve their long-term Personal, Social and Educational outcomes. The MusikoMusika sessions are incorporated into the children’s daily circle times and has proven to be a big success thus far. If you would like some further information please click here.

    Mandarin Sessions

    These sessions are not your everyday typical lesson; instead the language is introduced by our qualified Mandarin Teachers through the day without being formal lessons, which would structure the children something that goes against our philosophy. The Mandarin teacher follows the children's needs and interests thorough activities, having lunch, changing nappies, songs, free play interaction… giving the children a great opportunity by opening up a new window in their lives. The Mandarin teacher is at the nursery full time and moves around all the groups. Our Mandarin Teachers are all native in order to maintain that level of language and culture which is paramount when learning another language. See our section on Multilingualism and Q&A.

    Fun with IT

    We recently invested in brand new wide screen computers for all the children so each group has their own computer and we use software in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

    The key is to ensure that children have access to ICT which offers them opportunities to develop general skills and also extends their specific knowledge of that technology. Given the range of computer hardware and software now available on the educational and toy market it has become increasingly difficult to make informed choices between them.

    We use the seven principles of ICT good Practice:

    • 1 ensure an educational purpose
    • 2 encourage collaboration
    • 3 integrate with other aspects of curriculum
    • 4 ensure the child is in control
    • 5 choose applications that are transparent
    • 6 avoid applications containing violence or stereotyping
    • 7 be aware of health and safety issues.

    From their earliest years, children should be finding out about and identifying the uses of technology in their everyday lives. They should also be using computers and programmed toys to support their learning. Children need the opportunity to explore and play with computers just as they do with other forms of ICT, such as cassette recorders. This kind of play acts as the foundation for more structured use of applications later on. It means that ICT is integrated across our curriculum.

    Art and Crafts

    Art is always present in our everyday planning and is a very important activity to allow children to express themselves in different ways. Art enhances the children’s’ skills in the following: Communication, Problem-Solving, Social & Emotional and self-expression. It also expands a child's ability to interact with the world around them and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child's development. But art goes far beyond the tangible statistics measured by studies and can become a crucial mode of uninhibited self-expression and amazement for a child. Art matters in the same way language matters or even in the way breathing matters! It is a fundamental component of what makes us uniquely human.