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autumn 2016

Mother Duck

Miss Kay Perkins

retired at the end of 2015 after a 15-year journey at Ruyton.

Kay began working at ‘Little Ruyton’ in the Girls’ Pre Prep programme, which

was part of Little Ruyton House on Wellington Street. During her time at both

‘Little Ruyton’ and now Ruyton Early Learning, Kay assisted in our four-year

old programmes, as well as being a lead-teacher during holiday programmes.

For many years Kay also contributed her knowledge of children’s gross motor

and brain development by running the GMP or Gross Motor Programme,

which was a part of the Early Learning specialist programmes for over ten

years. Her colleagues saw Kay as an experienced teacher full of wisdom who

always had a calm and reassuring approach with the children in her care. Her

love of the outdoors and the natural world has always been evident in her

work with the children. During holiday programmes it was a common

occurrence to see the children exploring the School grounds for extended

amounts of time with her. She was like a mother duck with her ducklings, as

the children followed Kay around the School on foot and on their tricycles!

They would come back to the playroom brimming with excitement over the

many natural treasures they had found along the way: autumn leaves, seed

pods and flowers, to name but a few! On behalf of everyone at Ruyton and in

particular, Ruyton Early Learning, we wish Kay all the best for her retirement

and thank her for her enormous contribution to the School.

Ms Karina Buttler,

(Director of Early Learning – Maternity Leave 2016.)

Seriously, Science?

Science is an important aspect of the children’s learning and is a vital

component of the Pre Prep programme. From their early years children

view their world as a place of wonder and one to explore. Connecting

with science allows the children to use their curiosity to extend their

ideas, test out their theories, solve problems and transfer their learning

from one situation to another. In Early Learning the children are actively

involved with science through cooking experiences, experiments, visual

arts and outdoor learning. For instance, cooking with young children is

an enjoyable way for them to learn fundamental science concepts, such

as what occurs when matter is changed through mixing, heating and

cooling. Making a batch of pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday allowed

the children to predict what would happen when they mixed ingredients,

and then helped cook them to produce a tasty treat. Science is seriously

great fun!

Au Revoir

Mme Francoise Foster

taught French to the children in Early Learning

for 13 years, coming in for two hours every week. She introduced the

French language to the children, who responded well to her

engaging teaching style. We shall miss her and wish her well for her

next adventures.