# Latest News

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.

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.

W/C 17th July 2017

What an emotional end to our last week at Preschool. As our leavers prepare to go on their next adventure to school, they have been thinking about their favourite thing to do at Preschool and drawing pictures about it.

At the graduation all our leavers looked so smart in their caps and gowns and sang all of their leaving songs beautifully .

A very big thank you for coming to the ceremony and for your continued support over the last year.

We wish our leavers lots of luck for school in September and to all our children who will be coming back to us we'll see you again soon.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer and have lots of fun.

W/C 3rd July 2017

At Preschool we have been investigating shapes and finding out if we can construct, stack and make enclosures with them. We have been making enclosures for dinosaurs, gardens for fairies and have been recreating pictures of buildings with blocks.

We have also been practising our mark making skills everywhere, inside and out in the garden. We used whiteboards and pens, water squirters and paint.

W/C 26th June 2017

We have been very busy exploring different textures. In our tuff spot we have had lots of different materials and objects that the children could touch and feel and then describe to others. This prompted lots of wonderful language and fantastic describing words such as, 'fizzy', 'fuzzy', 'spiky' and 'bumpy'.

The children also helped to make some playdough, which we added some glitter to, and used different materials with it and in it, such as pasta and lolly sticks and described what it was like.

We also had a lovely time when it rained. We put on our wellies and raincoats and jumped in puddles.

W/C 12th June 2017

At Preschool we have been observing what happens to us after exercising. The children put their hands on their chests before P.E and they said that they couldn't feel anything but after running, dancing and playing the 'bean' game, the children said they could feel their hearts 'beeping' and going 'boom boom boom'.

We have also been trying to build houses for the 3 little pigs. We used lollipop sticks, bricks and straws.

We have also welcomed some new children to Preschool. They have settled in very well, adjusted to all the routines and are becoming very independent.

Week beginning 22nd May 2017

This week at Preschool we have been using lots of equipment in the water tray, pots, squeezy tubes and whisks. We have tried to see how far we could make the water travel and how many bubbles we could make in the water.

We have also been using a large inflatable dice in the garden, which the children enjoyed rolling, guessing how many spots it landed on and then counting to check if they were correct.

W/C 15 May 2017

It was Sports Day this week and the children had been practising really hard during our PE sessions and our times on the field but unfortunately the weather let us down. Such a shame but we decided to hold it in the hall instead. The children did so well and it was lovely to see so many of you there.

At Preschool we have some very special visitors that the children are watching with interest....caterpillars! The children have seen them grow and we can't believe the change in size already. The children have given them all names and so our caterpillars are called Teddy,Bruce, Heart, Skyla and Doris.     We wonder what will happen next!

W/C 1st May 2017

At Preschool we are looking at making up our own stories based around fairy tale characters which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. The children changed the endings and mixed up the stories, which caused many giggles.They worked in small groups and individually to create new stories.

We also have been looking at books and stories and the children have been suggesting how the story might end, choosing their own variations and plots to the story.

W/C 24 April 2017

Another busy week in Preschool. We have continued our occupations theme and the children have enjoyed dressing up in different job roles such as chefs, builders, fire fighters and postal workers.

We have also been working hard to match quantity with numerals in the classroom and outside in the garden, using dice, animals and bricks.

The children have also been practising drawing lines and circles using different media such as felt tip pens and paint brushes.

W/C 18th April 2017

A big welcome back and we hope you had a lovely Easter break. We would like to say a warm welcome to all our new starters this term.

We have been on a nature walk around the school field looking for signs of nature and we all collected something to bring back to the classroom to look at.

In Preschool we are talking about different occupations and the jobs the children might like to have when they are older. We have also been sharing the 'jobs forms' that the children took home that were filled in about a job that someone special to them has. The children have really enjoyed sharing the forms with us, so thank you to you all for returning them.

W/C 27th March 2017

We have had such a very busy week! On Monday we had our annual Easter Craft morning which was very well supported by our parents, who joined their children to make lots of interesting things, including marbling ink eggs and hand print chicks.

Thank you to everyone who came.

We have also been doing some shaving foam art pictures which was organised by our student. The children enjoyed mixing and creating different colours in the foam, which they then took a print of using paper.

We would like to wish you a Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all again after the holiday.

W/C 20th March 2017

This week we have been making something special for some special people. A surprise for Sunday!

The children have been talking to the staff and the other children about special times with their family and friends.

Also we have been using our new 'Fairy tale basket'. It has lots of fairy tale characters in it and so the children have been able to recreate well known stories and make-up some of their own stories, using all the different characters.

W/C 13th March 2017

This week we have been explorers! Out in our garden we have been looking for nature and signs of spring. The children found slugs, woodlouse, snails and spiders in our dinosaur tyre. The children then used magnifying glasses to take a closer look and used lots of speech and narrative to describe what they had seen.

Inside the classroom the children have been detectives looking for our new preschool logo and making marks to record how many they had found. The children enjoyed searching the room for the logos.

W/C 6th March 2017

This week we are looking at growth and changes so we have been to see what has happened to  the eggs that have hatched, what came out and discussed what changes might happen to the ducklings as they grow.

We have some flowers and flowering plants in preschool that we have been investigating, looking at their colours, petals and leaves and talking about what might happen to them and what they might need to grow. Then we have been creating and drawing our own flowers using pens, pencils, chalks and crayons.

W/C 27th February 2017

We have had an 'egg'-citing' time at Preschool this week. We visited Mrs Stevens classroom as she had some eggs delivered, so we all wondered what might be inside. Some of the children wondered if there would be snakes, chicks or even unicorns inside.  We went and visited again the next day and one of the eggs had hatched and inside was a 'duckling'.

We are still being detectives looking for shapes and finding lots around our environment. Outside we found our circular chalkboard and inside we found lots of shapes on some dice. We used lots of shape language, such as, circle, square, triangle and hexagon.

W/C 20th February 2017

Welcome back and we hope you had a lovely half term. This week we have all been great explorers looking for shapes everywhere!...inside the classroom, outdoors in the garden and around the playground. We found shapes in some surprising places, on the floor, on the walls and on the snack table.

Also this week we have been using musical instruments to make music and to try to tap out simple rhythms. We used instruments in all sorts of different places such as the garden, playground and the school hall.

W/C 6th February 2017

We have continued to talk about different sizes in Preschool this week and on Tuesday we looked at the different sizes of ourselves, finding the biggest and smallest children and adults. We also sorted the items on the Goldilocks and the 3 bears tray into sizes and, we matched and sorted the compare bears on the cards.

In P.E we got into teams for some races in the hall. Some of our races included waddling like a penguin, running and slithering like snake.

W/C 30th January 2017

This week at Preschool we have been talking about at the story of 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears'. The children looked at and talked about the different sized bears, bowls, beds, chairs and spoons, using language such as big, little and small. They retold the story using the props and used different voices for the bears.

Also we experimented making marks in porridge oats using our fingers or objects. We even made marks with tractors!

W/C 23 January 2017

The children at Preschool have been busy using their counting skills and have found lots of objects to count. They have found little vehicles and put the correct amount of vehicles onto a numeral card. Also the children have been pegging numerals onto the washing line, then checking to see if they are in the correct order.

In P.E we used the parachute which we wiggled slowly and gently, then got faster and faster to make the parachute go higher and higher. The children were able to go under the parachute to change places with another child.

W/C 16th January 2017

At Preschool this week we have been very busy exploring colour and seeing what happens when colours get mixed. We put blue, yellow and red paint in the tuff spot tray and used cars to 'zoom' through the paint. The cars made tracks with their wheels and we liked looking at the patterns they made.

Also we helped to make some 'angel delight'. We watched what happened when we had some milk,  added the powder and mixed it all up. The children were very surprised how quickly it all changed and after only a few minutes they were able to have some for snack.

W/C 9th January 2017

We hope you all had a lovely break. We would like to offer a warm welcome to all the children that have started Preschool this term and a big welcome back to all of our other children.

The children have been telling us all about what they got up to in the holiday, if Santa came and how he got in and if there was any presents. Some of the children drew pictures to show us their presents using media such as pencils and paper or the computer.

The children have been playing in our home corner looking after the babies, cooking meals and talking to each other.

W/C 12/12/16

A big, big thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our craft morning. It was lovely to see so many Mum's and Dad's coming to make crafts with their children. There were so many crafts being made with glitter and pom poms everywhere!

Kitty Witty Elf has been sitting in our Christmas tree, having snowball fights with the Barbie's and finding dressing up clothes.

The children have been  extremely busy matching numbers on snowmen's hats to the amount of buttons on their tummies and also putting the correct number of snowballs in a numbered snowman cup.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

W/C 5/12/16

The children chose some names that we could call our elf and they all voted for their favourite name. Our elf is called 'Kitty Witty' and this week there has been lots of elf magic in preschool.

One morning we came in and Kitty Witty had drawn 'Minions' on the bananas and had made a bed from the tissues and tissue box. We also came in and Kitty Witty had made a hole in the coco pops box and had spilled them all over the table and floor.

We have a snowman factory in preschool and the children are enjoying designing and making their own snowman, using playdough, twigs and buttons.

W/C 28/11/16

This is going to be an exciting time at Pre-school as we have a very special visitor coming to stay with us. Santa has sent one of his elves to watch us and has asked the children to name him. We hope he doesn't get up to too much mischief!

When we went to the hall for PE we had a wonderful time using the parachute. We give it little wiggles and big waves of movement to try and move a ball, teddy and a hat which we put on it.

Then we lifted the parachute very high and all went and sat underneath it or changed sides.

We have started to make special something which all the children enjoyed making which there will be more news about soon.

W/C 21/11/16

This week we have been looking into using our tools safely and correctly, and we all have been trying very hard, especially with scissors. We thought we would like to cut out pictures to make a Christmas list!

We have a builders workshop in our role play area and have been dressing up as builders while  designing our own buildings.

Some of the children have been sorting and matching and have used insects and bugs to do this.

W/C 14/11/16

This week we have been investigating the playdough, using rolling pins, cutters and finding different objects to make marks and prints in it. The lego bricks and lego motorbike made very interesting marks!

We have continued to be really busy exploring the room and finding special places to practice our mark making skills. The whiteboards on the shed outside were very popular as well as the painting easel.

W/C 7/11/16

The children have been very excited telling us all about the fireworks they had seen and heard over the weekend. They used lots of interesting words to describe the noises they made, like, 'pop', 'bang' and 'whoosh'.

This week we have been very busy using mark making tools and have been practising hold writing tools in a three finger tripod grasp. The children have enjoyed using the writing tools in the blue sand trays and in the writing area making lists, appointments and writing letters to each other.

W/C 31/10/16

Welcome back after the half term break and we hope you had a lovely week.

At Pre-school this week we have been having some 'spooky' fun. We all helped to scoop out a pumpkin on Monday, some of us used a spoon and some used their hands, enjoying the feel of the seeds.

Also this week we made some 'Witches jelly'. We noticed what the jelly looked like before we started and helped to pull it apart. After it started to melt we looked at again, 'its getting smaller', one of the children said.

After the jelly had set, with a 'spooky' added something inside, the children played with the jelly, exploring the texture and temperature of it.

W/C 17/10/16

This week we have been very busy experimenting with colours,blocks and making marks.

We used the light box and put some different coloured transparent blocks on to it, we then looked to see if the colours changed when we mixed them up. It made some very pretty and unusual colours.

We also have used something very unusual to make pictures with.....teabags! The teabags made some very good splatter marks.

We have been showing our team work skills and working together to make a large floor puzzle.

W/C 10/10/16

Oh what a busy week we've had. We have been taking care of all the animals in Percy's shed, keeping them warm and feeding them.

Also we have been using Percy the Park Keeper puppets to retell Percy stories and make up some of our own.

In one of our P.E sessions we have been using balls of different sizes and had a go at throwing and catching, rolling a ball to a friend and kicking balls towards a goal.

We also played a game called 'socks and shakers' and we had to use our ears to listen as the socks were shaken and try and guess what could be inside. We really thought about what could be making the sounds.

W/C 3/10/16

This week we have a new role play area, it's 'Percy the Park Keepers Shed'. It is full of animals to look after, plants to 'water' and his chair and bed to rest on. Photos to follow soon.

Also the children have been looking for numbers around the room and have even recognised them on a calculator!

In the garden we have been investigating musical instruments, streamers that are blowing in the wind and bikes and scooters on the school playground.

W/C 26/9/16

This week we have been enjoying our outdoor areas. We have chosen lots of different activities throughout the week and some of our favourites have been building models and creating imaginary stories with the duplo lego.

We have all had a turn on the climbing frame, climbing on it in different ways and sliding down the slide.

W/C 19/9/16

This week we have all been very busy counting, sorting and matching our little vehicles and insects. We were able to count out objects from a larger group and put them into a pot. We sorted objects by colour and type, we even sorted bears into sizes, little to big and put them into a long line.

Also in our garden we have been playing with our woodland set. We worked together to find homes for the animals you might find out and about in gardens and in the woods.

W/C 12/9/16

We are really getting settled into pre-school and have continued to find out about all the activites we can do inside and outside.

We all had fun using the dressing up clothes and becoming different characters, the princess dresses, 'Woody' and ladybirds costumes were some of the favourites.

In preschool we have been using different construction materials to build models that we have enjoyed showing to others.

We have also been using the computer to 'draw' pictures by controlling the mouse to control the 'pencil' and change the colour.

W/C 5/9/2016

Welcome back to our Autumn term at Preschool. We have new starters that have settled into preschool fantastically well and some children that have come back after the summer holiday, all of whom have been exploring and investigating the room.

We have been having a great time discovering our garden area, using the market stall, climbing frame and book bench to name a few activities.

In other news the preschool staff and some of the staff at the school took part in a 'colour run' raising money for EACH (East Anglian Childrens Hospices). We did this in memory of Mikayla, one of our wonderful preschoolers.

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