Week ending 14th September 2018
All of the children have been extremely busy exploring the indoor and outdoor areas. We have been giving the children lots of opportunities to mark make and draw lines and circles. The children used dry sand, paint, pens and crayons.
The children made 'listening ears' and we went on a 'listening walk' to see if we could hear lots of different sounds. Some of the sounds we heard were cars, an aeroplane, lorries and birds.
In our P.E sessions we used the parachute and made an obstacle course with things to balance on, jump off and go under.
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Hello and a big welcome to all our new starting children and welcome back to all of our returning children. We hope you've all had a wonderful summer break and are ready for the new term.
We have a newsletter being sent out this week with lots of relevant dates for your diary, including term dates and 'come and read' sessions.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Week ending 24th July 2018
What a wonderful year we've had in Pre-school. The children have been amazing and a pleasure to be with.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely Summer break and Good Luck to our Pre-school leavers for September. We know you will be great in school.
Thank you to everyone who returned the questionnaires. We were overwhelmed by all the lovely comment you told us that we do well in Pre-school, for example,
"good with all the children no matter what their needs are",
"everything but especially at putting children at ease",
" communication and patience",
" make children feel welcome and included"
We look forward to seeing our returning and new children in September.
Have lots of fun
Best wishes the Pre-school team
Week ending 13th July 2018
The children have been very creative using recyclable boxes, packaging and tape to make fantastic models, such as 'signal finder' and 'robot'. They used imaginations and talked to each other about what they were making.
Out in the garden we played 10 green bottles as skittles and they tried to predict how many bottles they might knock down before they rolled the ball. Then they counted how many they had knocked over and marked it down on the whiteboard.
In P.E we used the parachute outside to play games like going under and swapping places. We also played the 'bean game' and the children made great 'jelly beans', 'jumping beans' and 'chilly beans' for example.
Week ending 29th June 2018
We have been identifying actions (running, jumping, reading, dancing etc) and pointing to the correct picture. Outside we tried to see if we could do all the different actions.
It has also been science week this week and the children have made mini volcanoes, trying some colour mixing using pipettes and we have been to see some eggs that are about to hatch . We talked about what could be inside......maybe snakes, dinosaurs or chicks were some of the guesses. We will go back and see if any of our predictions were correct.
Week ending 15th June 2018
At Preschool we have been using our 'very hungry caterpillar' resources to identify how many objects are in a set. The children used 'fruit' on a leaf to show how much the caterpillar had eaten and matched numerals to quantity.
Outside in the garden the children have used whiteboards and pens to make marks and draw pictures to show others their families and things that they like.
We have been making special cards and talking about who we will give it to.
In P.E we made an obstacle course with choices for the children to make, big or little step to jump off, to go over or under.
Week ending 11th May 2018
We have been so busy in Pre-school with lots of different activities.
The children have been exploring rhyme with our 'silly soup' song. They matched up sounds to go into the soup bowl, e.g. bed, head, shed
We gave the children a box full of unusual items such as large brown paper, ice cream scoops, fake grass, small canvases and string. The children then used the items in lots of different, imaginative ways.
We also used our insects for lots of counting activities, e.g. 'please can I have one, two?'
Week ending 27th April 2018
We have been talking about the different jobs people do and what the children would like to do when they get older. We had wonderful responses and some fantastic career choices.
The children have been re-creating their own famous works of art after looking at the 'original'. They have been 'signing' their names at the bottom, so we have encouraged lots of pencil holding and pencil control.
In P.E we have been practicing for our sports day with lots running races, balance races and hoop races.
Week ending 29th March 2018
We have been exploring colour in Preschool by mixing paints in a tray. The children were than able to take a print of their mixings.
At the beginning of this week it was our Easter Craft morning. Again it was very well attended by our parents and grandparents, so a big thank you to everyone that came. We hope you enjoyed all the craft activities.
Week ending 16th March 2018
We have been thinking about 'rhyming' in Pre-school and have been playing rhyming games, rhyming bingo and reading lots of rhyming books.
The children also made a card and we talked about who we will give it to and about family and our friends.
In group time we did the Maths activity 'What's in the box?' and the children had to guess what might be in the box and how many there might be inside when the box is shaken. The children were very good at estimating and having a guess.
The children also used the shapes to make pictures and arrangements.
Week ending 2nd March 2018
We have spent some time over the last two weeks talking about similarities and differences. We looked at our eye colour, glasses and hair colour and length. On our easel we put paint out that represented those colours.
The children have also been talking about and discussing prepositions such as, under, behind, on top, next to, and in front of. We used our 5 speckled frog singing sack to help us with this.
In Preschool we made the most of the frost and snow and put coloured water into balloons and then put them in the garden to see what would happen to them overnight. We had globes of coloured ice! which the children enjoyed exploring.
It was also World Book Day on Thursday and everyone dressed up in wonderful costumes. Thank you to you all.
Week ending 9th February 2018
The children have been really busy during this two weeks using the insects for counting, sorting and matching activities. We have used mathematical language such as 'more', 'less', 'the same' and 'different'. Then we used our jungle animals for matching numerals to quantity.
This week we have been able to explore the frost and the snow! The children wrote their names in the little bit of snow, found shapes in the ice and made footprints in the frost.
The children also made a special gift for someone ready for valentines day.
Week ending 26th January 2018
The children have been really inspired by the tractor visit and have been busy making tracks in the blue sand with vehicles and their fingers. Lots of interesting questions were asked about the tractor and what grows on a farm. The children were very surprised by the size of it's wheels.
They have also been using pens and crayons to create their designs on tractor templates.
We have been using the small world farm in small groups and this has encouraged sharing, turn taking and lots of conversations.
Week ending 12th January 2018
Happy New Year and welcome back to the new Spring Term.
Preschool have been very busy learning about shapes. They have been creating pictures with shapes on paper and in the playdough. The children also have been drawing their own shapes pictures which we have displayed on the wall.
The children have used lots of construction materials to build models and have worked together in small groups, sharing and taking turns.
In groups we have been talking about what their Christmas was like and this encouraged lots of language and conversations.
Week ending 15th December 2017
Santa has sent a special elf to Pre-school but it hadn't got a name, so the children voted and decided that it should be called 'Violet Elf'. Violet has being doing some very interesting things while the children have not been looking such as wrapping up Miss Arlott in wrapping paper, snowball fights with the other toys and spilling coco pops.
The children at Pre-school have been busy making a special cards, which we went on a walk to the Post Office so that we could post them to the children's home address. All the children walked sensibly with their adult and noticed lots of points of interest in the environment such as numbers on doors, shapes and colours.
In our PE sessions we have played 'musical hula hoops' and 'balloon tennis', which the children really enjoyed.
A big thank you to everyone who came to our 'Christmas Craft Morning', it was lovely to see so many of you there.
We ended the term with a Christmas Party and even had a special delivery from 'Santa'.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Week ending 1st December 2017
The children have been extremely busy making and exploring ice. They discussed how ice is made, where it comes from and what happens to it.
Outside in the garden the children have been making great use of the wooden pieces and have used them to become seats on a bus or car and as a table and chairs. Lots of team work was involved and lots of conversations.
Inside the children have been using shapes for lots of different tasks and we have been talking about different sizes. Outside some of the children used different shaped stickle bricks to make models and creations.
W/C 17th November 2017
We have been lucky enough to have been given lots of slices of natural wood for our outdoor area. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using them for stacking - making taller and shorter comparisons and using them for stepping stones.
We were also given wood slices with pegs in so that the children could make pictures using elastic bands.
The children made 'firework' pictures using sponges and scrubbing brushes and used lots of vocabulary about the sounds they heard the fireworks making such as, whizz, bang, pop.
We have been using scooters, wiggle bikes and balance bikes in the playground. The children used timers as they waited for a go on the vehicle of their choice.
W/C 13 October 2017
The children have been busy making Autumn trees. They used their arms and hands to make the tree trunks and used pom-poms to print the Autumn coloured leaves. This encouraged lots of talk about Autumn and colours.
The children also went 'drumming' outdoors. We used 'lumi' sticks to tap on objects outside and listened to the different sounds that they made. The children especially liked tapping the tractor tyre and the metal fence.
In P.E we played lots of ring games such as 'Farmers in the den' and 'Ring-a-ring-o-roses'. We have also been dancing to different pieces of music and using streamers as we danced, using lots of up and down and circular movements.
In Preschool we have been talking about feelings and what we can do when someone is sad. Some of the children then drew pictures of people. They used different media and materials to do this including the whiteboards and pens outside.
W/C 3rd October 2017
In Preschool we have been investigating and describing textures while helping to scoop out a large pumpkin. The children used lots of exciting words when telling us what the inside of the pumpkin felt like.
We have been using shapes to make faces on pumpkin pictures, we also used the shapes to make lots of different arrangements.
In our tuff spot we have been using the story sack 'Room on the broom' and the children used the puppets and props to retell the story.
In P.E we pretended to be fireworks and we danced and made movements to words such as 'fizz', 'pop', 'bang' and 'wheee'.
Weeks ending 29th September 2017
Pre-school has had a very busy time during DT week (design technology). We have drawn our own designs of buildings and models, and then have constructed them using various different media and materials. Lego, mobilo and wooden bricks were among some of the favourites used.
In P.E we have been using balls to practise kicking, rolling, throwing and catching skills. This week we tried moving in different ways like animals. We slithered on the floor like snakes, stood and balanced on one leg like a flamingo, waddled like a penguin and jumped and hopped like a frog amongst other movements.
W/C 11th September 2017
A big welcome to all our old and new faces. What a wonderful start to the new term. All the children have been very busy exploring the room and all its activities independently.
The children have especially enjoyed our bubble activity, discussing what made them move and where they were going.
Another popular activity has been the musical instruments, where the children tapped, banged and shook the instruments, finding different sounds.