Ready for big school

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - PAULA HULBURT

Chil­dren at Up­town Preschool huffed and puffed and blew the au­di­ence away with their per­for­mance of the Three Lit­tle Pigs.

Ten chil­dren tak­ing part in the preschool’s Tran­si­tion to School pro­gramme show­cased some of the skills they have learnt with their per­for­mance.

The ini­tia­tive is aimed at older chil­dren and helps them get ready to make the move to pri­mary school.

Head teacher Amanda Preece says pre­par­ing for the show helps boost chil­dren’s con­fi­dence.

‘‘Each preschool runs the club and it helps the chil­dren feel more at ease with the whole go­ing to school process. The more they can de­velop here then the eas­ier the tran­si­tion it­self will be.’’

‘‘The pro­gramme is run five days a week and gives chil­dren aged between four and-a-half and five-years-old a chance to learn in a qui­eter en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘I’ve definitely seen an im­prove­ment in the con­fi­dence of some of the qui­eter chil­dren and it’s great to see.’’

The play, which was per­formed in front of an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence of par­ents, grand­par­ents and sib­lings is the re­sult of weeks of hard work.

Teacher Leigh Nor­ton over­saw the pro­duc­tion which saw the chil­dren cre­ate their own pa­per mache masks and houses made of hay, sticks and bricks.

‘‘They did an amaz­ing job and ev­ery­one worked re­ally hard on it, so it’s nice to see it all turn out so well.

‘‘The chil­dren also get the chance to visit schools as a group and see where their friends will be go­ing,’’ Leigh says.

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