13th September 2019
We would like to offer a huge welcome all our new starters and their parents to Pre-school and a big welcome back to all our returning children. The children have settled in really quickly and have enjoyed exploring all the areas and activities.
We have been using our mark making skills to decorate 'Elmer the elephants' for the wall and have been practising our communication skills in the role play area.
In our P.E sessions we have used the parachute, the children enjoyed wiggling it and going under it and we also had obstacle stations for balancing, jumping off and wobbling on.
We would like to give a huge thank you to Neil Bates who has painted some wonderful pictures of Manea for our outdoor area. The pictures have encouraged lots of speech and interest.
Week ending 19th July 2019
We have been talking to the children about their favourite things at Preschool and about going to school. We have had school uniforms on the dressing up trolley for the children to wear and school bags to use.
We have been trying to build up the children's vocabulary to reflect their experiences and on the field the children found a snail. In small groups the children talked about it was doing, what it might eat, where it might go.
In P.E we have been using hoops and balls on the playground and this week we had movement stations in the hall, e.g. jumping off the box, balance beams and the wobble boards.
The words of the week were 'celebration' and 'school'.
The children going to school have been practising for their graduation.
Week ending 5th July 2019
Numerals have been all over preschool as we are trying to recognise numerals and match them to quantities. We used our caterpillar and pieces of fruit, bugs and flowers and the holiday packing game.
We have lots of opportunities for mark making in our inside and outside areas and the children used these to practice their writing skills and holding pens and pencils.
The Life Bus visited school and we went to see Harold the Giraffe in the bus. He showed us all about our bodies, what we need to keep healthy and how to look after ourselves, washing, cleaning teeth and brushing hair.
In P.E we used balls to practice our rolling, throwing and catching, kicking and bouncing skills.
Week ending 21st June 2019
The children in preschool have been extremely busy making special cards, using tools and developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
We had a very special visit from Mrs Bateman and baby Elizabeth and the children asked questions about what Elizabeth could do and compared it to what they could do.
We watched what happened to some fruit that we had left out, observing the changes and the decay.
Our words of the weeks were, 'emergency' and 'superhero'. The children told us lots of meanings to these words, such as, "fire truck puts on siren to get to the fire and the cars get out of the way" and "can rescue people"
Week ending 7th June 2019
In Preschool we have been looking at the features of objects and shapes in our environment, around preschool. We have looked at the shapes of windows, doors and log slices for example. We have also been using shape dominoes, shape snap cards, and 3d shapes on the light box.
Before half-term we had a sports session that we invited our parents to and the children showed everyone what we like to do in P.E. The children showed us how they can balance, jump off an object and wobble on the wobble boards. It was lovely to see so many people there. Thank you for your support.
The children have been joining in with 'sound story time', where they had to join in with making 'voices' for characters and sounds for 'footsteps', 'wind' and other 'movements'.
Week ending 3rd May 2019
We have been discussing different occupations and ways of life at Preschool.
Over the Easter holidays the children took home 'Jobs' forms to fill in with family and to think about what they might like to do when they are older. The results were all wonderfully varied.
The children enjoyed using the dressing up clothes and props to enhance their play with occupations.
Our word of the week was 'time' and the children thought of 'before', 'after school','clock, it goes round and round', 'it has numbers on it'.
In P.E we played circle and ring games, we put new words to older circle songs, such as 'the farmers at the farm'.
Week ending 5th April 2019
In Preschool we have been looking at how stories are structured, their beginning, middle and end. To do this we have looked at some familiar, well loved stories and used story sacks, such as 'the 3 little pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears'. This also encouraged the children to join in with repeated words or phrases form these stories.
We made special cards for Mothers Day and the children told us about what the special person does for us and and how they make us feel.
Our words of the weeks were 'Love' and 'Easter'.
We also had an Easter Craft morning and our parents were invited in to make crafts with their children. Lots of flowers, eggs, chicks and lambs were made.
In P.E we played our 'bean' game and had 'races' such as running, jumping and going through the hoop.
Week ending 22nd March 2019
Our 'words of the week' for the last 2 weeks have been, firstly 'help' and secondly 'worried'.
The children told us what these words meant to them; 'help' - 'mummy', 'daddy', tidy up', 'police', and 'teachers'. 'Worried' - 'about doing belly flops', 'someone taking tiger' and 'really fast roller coasters'.
The children and staff took part in 'Dress up Day for Comic Relief' and came into Preschool in their pyjamas. We talked about Red Nose day and why we were wearing our pyjamas and raising money.
In P.E we have spent some time doing ball control by throwing and catching. Our second session was an obstacle course so we practised balancing, peanut ball roll and see-saw wobble boards.
Week ending 8th March 2019
We have been talking about feelings in Preschool, how we feel and what can make us feel that way, happy, sad, cross, upset.
Our word of the week has been 'sharing'.
We have also been encouraging lots of mark making and have used chalks, sand and paint to do this. Also we have had pictures of flowers on the table for the children to get inspiration from to copy or to do their own flower. They used pencils, crayons and felt tip pens to do this.
In P.E we used the parachute and practised our ball skills.
We went to the Forest School on a bear hunt and did lots of investigating.
On Thursday the 7th March we dressed up for World Book Day and the children looked wonderful in their costumes.
Week ending 15th February 2019
Pre-school have been busy investigating shapes. We have been playing with shapes, making arrangements with shapes and looking for shapes in our environment. The children were detectives trying to find as many shapes as they could and found some in very strange places.
We have also started a 'word of the week' to introduce and discuss with the children. Last week our word was 'family' and the children told us what it meant to them. This week our word has been 'pattern' and we have been talking about stripes, spots and recurring patterns that include 'big bear, little bear'.
As it was valentines day this week, the children have been colouring love and heart pictures and using pink playdough, cutters and rolling pins.
Week ending 1st February 2019
We have been busy drawing with our fingers and small tools in dry sand to create pictures, lines and circles.
We have also investigated different textures and the children have been encouraged to describe them. They have used words such as 'bumpy', 'scratchy', 'hard' and 'soft'.
The children have also been reciting numbers as they 'peg on' dinosaur spikes.
We also made the most of the snow and frost. The children have made tracks in it, worked together to fill their dumper trucks and used magnifying glasses to look at it. The children were surprised at the different patterns and way it looked.
In P.E we have played ring games and had a keep fit session with action stations. The children even tried to balance on the wobble board.
Week ending 18th January 2019
Happy New Year and welcome to a new term at Pre-school. We have had some children join us this term, so a big welcome to them and their families.
We have been talking to the children about Christmas and they have been telling us what they did on Christmas day and about the presents they received.
Our role play area is a home and the children have been using it to 'look after their families' and recreating Christmas.
The children have been showing their independence at snack time by spreading their crackers, pouring drinks and washing up.
In group time we used the 'Pirate box'. Inside were lots of items that a pirate might use and the children thought about what the Pirate could do with them, what the keys could be for and were they might live.
Week ending 14th December 2018
In preschool we have been using story sacks, such as 'The 3 little pigs' and 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears', to help us when talking about the 'PANTS' rule and staying safe, feelings and secrets.
We've also had a visit from Twinkletoes, Santa's elf and the children have enjoyed finding out what he's been getting up to. We have found Elf drawing, making toys frozen and flying around the room.
In P.E we have played bumper car hoops and balloon tennis, both of which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We will welcome you all back on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
Week ending 30th November 2018
In Pre-school we have been recognising Road Safety week and have been having lots of discussions about crossing the road, wearing seat belts and wearing helmets. We have also been looking at the 'look out on the road' book and using puzzles to encourage awareness of safety.
We have had lots of writing and mark making equipment in all areas of the Preschool to encourage holding equipment correctly.
In one of our P.E sessions we used instruments and made different movements to the different sounds, e.g fluttery movements to the chime bars, giant stompy steps to the drum and jumping to the castanets. In our other session we made an obstacle course so that the children could go over benches and under the cargo net, jump off boxes and balance on beams.
Week ending 16th November 2018
The children have been looking at and talking about our similarities and differences, our hair and eye colours, hair length and our heights.
We have also been discussing our feelings and emotions and used our emotion mobile and books to encourage language.
In the garden the children helped to plant bulbs and plants in the new planters, some of which are fragrant after they have been touched. The children had great fun investigating them!
Weeks ending 2nd November 2018
We have been having a fantastic time using dinosaurs in our learning. The dinosaurs helped us to use different language while we talked about size, the noises they might have made, where they lived and what they could have eaten. We also used playdough to make our own dinosaurs and the children used buttons to give the dinosaurs 'spikes' and 'bumps'.
This week we also had a 'slimy, spooky' time exploring jelly that had insects inside it. This also encouraged lots of lovely language as the children described the textures.
In P.E we did the 'dinosaur stomp' where we thought about how dinosaurs might move and we also did some 'superhero training'. The children did brilliantly and are well on their way to becoming a superhero.
Week ending 12th October 2018
Pre-school have been busy collecting leaves and conkers and talking about Autumn and all the different colours we could see. We have been on walks around the field and to the forest school to look at the trees and looking at the features of the environment.
We put all the items we found on a tuff tray so that we could talk about them and discuss where they came from and the changing seasons.
We have also made pictures using paint and rolling conkers through it.
In P.E we have used the parachute and in our next session we made an obstacle course for weaving in and out, jumping off and balancing.
Week ending 28th September 2018
We have been learning about similarities and differences. To do this we have looked at ourselves in mirrors, made paper plate faces and then looked at our friends to see if they have the same or different.
When we have had a song or a story we encouraged the children to fill in the missing words when we left it blank. The children enjoyed doing this with stories such as 'We're going on a bear hunt' and 'Room on the broom' and with songs like 'Twinkle twinkle little star' and 'I had a little turtle'.
In P.E we played ring games and practised our ball skills with throwing, catching, rolling and kicking.
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.