Our Butterfly group is for children who are in their Pre-School year. Each year, the group grows bigger and bigger with many parents deciding that their child will be fully supported and ready for school following their time with us.
Although the 3 and 4 year olds gain a lot from spending time interacting with the younger children, there comes a time when they need more adult led activities. These activities build on key skills already gained but also introduce children to new ideas and concepts.
Children in the Butterfly group have phonics sessions led by Bev every morning and afternoon. There is more information on this under the 'Parent Area' tab. These sessions are fun, fast paced, interactive and the children demonstrate amazing progress. We have received praise from local Reception teachers for our fantastic phonics teaching. If at any time you would like more information about phonics, please speak to Bev who can talk you through the activities. May be you would like to come in and see a session in action?
Additionally, every Tuesday afternoon, our Butterfly group take part in PE sessions which are planned by Jodie and led by Jodie and Julie. Usually, children are required to bring in a PE kit consisting of a T-Shirt, jogging bottoms or leggings, non lace up trainers or pumps and a drink in a sports bottle. However, at the moment, we have introduced some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Children now come in wearing their PE kit in readiness for the session. Our PE sessions will only run if we are able to use the outdoor area at the front of The Hive, so are therefore weather dependent. We don't want to run sessions indoors at the moment due to COVID restrictions and the increase in air particles released during PE from us all. These sessions are very much looked forward to by the Butterfly group! Children get themselves changed ready for the session, an important skill with regards to school readiness. The aim of our PE sessions is to build on skills they have already acquired in the Caterpillar group - there's lots of running, jumping, climbing, balancing and throwing. It's an important session for developing listening skills too! A benefit of being right next to the park is that we use the area as a treat.
The children in the Butterfly group take part in Forest School every Thursday afternoon - you can find out more information about this under the 'Parent Area' tab. These sessions are planned and led by Bev, our qualified level 3 Forest School Leader and supported by Julie. The aim of the sessions is to encourage curiosity about the natural environment. There are opportunities for lots of natural play using natural resources. We bug hunt, explore materials such as clay, dig, plant, grow, bird watch and enjoy scavenger hunts. Forest School sessions run in all weathers - the rain makes for exciting learning opportunities as we learn to build shelters!
We recently won the Tesco Bags of Help vote in Ledbury Tesco - we applied for the funds to create a Forest School area. We began the transformation of a small area in October half term and are looking forward to seeing it take shape over the coming months and years. Initially, Forest School sessions will be for the Butterfly group before we roll out sessions for two year olds too. We're very luckily to have two qualified Forest School Leaders, Emma and Fay. Bev is currently undertaking her Forest School Leader training too!
The children in the Butterfly group also have their own separate story time at the end of the session which is geared to their level of understanding and thinking. Children are encouraged to join in with the rhymes and refrains in the story as well as thinking about the characters, how the story might end and what might happen next. Story time is also an opportunity to reflect on the session and for the children to think about what they particularly enjoyed.
Our sessions at Busy Bees fill up very quickly - the Butterfly group in particular is very popular. We are now taking bookings for September 2021