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Pre-School

Welcome to our Pre-School blog!

 

Each week, we hope to share with you some of the learning that has taken place in our busy Pre-School. Maybe you could talk about what the children have been doing at school when you are at home with them?

Thursday 28th March

 

Forest School:

 

There was no Forest School this week due to our egg-citing Easter Singing performance to our parents!

 

We all had lots of fun singing our Easter songs – The Easter Bunny, 5 Shiny Eggs and Spring Chicken – check out the school Facebook page to hear just how amazing the children were! Additionally, we have also celebrated the last day of term and Easter with a traditional Easter Egg hunt in the garden! With the Easter bunny hiding lots of eggs, the children carefully hunted for their egg, which at the end of the session, Mrs Tuffs exchanged for a real chocolate egg! I think the children’s faces show you how excited they were!

 

Literacy:

 

In literacy this week, we have rounded the term off by revising the 5 letter sounds we have learned – S A T P and I.  The children have shown some super listening skills and are keen to show when they also notice these letters around the pre-school – well done!

 

As there was no Dance lesson this week, the children decided that they would once again love to make use of the fantastic space in the hall to play circle games – Duck Duck Goose being a favourite, along with the hoops and footballs! It was so much fun!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, we have used lots of language relating to positional language – up, under, behind and next to whilst being outside in the garden! A super fun way of learning!

 

And so we are at the end of another fun term! We have had a super busy term of learning through play and developing our imaginations – our annual Pirate Day provided the children with the chance to dress up as pirates and be custodians of the Pre-School Treasure! We have also celebrated a wonderful World Book Day, sharing our favourite books with each other, and of course a fantastic Red Nose Day too, all rounded off with our Easter Singing performances. This really was a fun-filled way to finish our term theme of Journeys!

 

 

On behalf of all the pre-school team, we wish you and your families a very happy Easter break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 15th April.

Friday 22nd March 2024

 

Forest School:

 

We spent a lovely morning in the Forest School and thankfully the rain stopped this week for us!

 

The children had lots of fun exploring once again. It was wonderful to see more children challenging themselves to have a walk across the balance beam, which I’m sure to a 4-year-old seems very high up!

 

Some of the children enjoyed being on the swing and it was here that we noticed the beautiful white blossom that is beginning to appear on some of the trees! A sure sign that spring and warmer weather is coming – we hope! We also found what we think is the world’s smallest ladybird! What do you think?!

 

 

Letters and Sounds:

 

In our letters and sounds this week our new letter sound is the letter I. The children have learned our song associated with this letter, as well as the cued articulation action – maybe they can show this to you and tell you the sound the letter I makes! Some of the children thought very hard and were able to associate the letter I starting the words “Ink” “Igloo” and even “Impressive!”

 

The children have all worked super hard this week developing their fine motor skills and learning to hold their pencils correctly. They have enjoyed using tracing sheets to complete patterns or the letters of their names, as well as using lots of messy chalk in the garden and we are really thrilled that some children are now writing their names independently!

 

There was no Dance this week; however, that didn’t stop the children having lots of fun playing with the footballs and hoops in the new school hall! It was lots of fun!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, our younger members have been singing 5 Little Ducks, 5 fat Sausages and 5 Little Snowmen using our fingers to help us. We have also looked carefully at dice and carefully counted the dots on each side.

 

The older children have enjoyed counting and matching activities; using our bug trays to carefully count out the correct number of bugs as well as sequencing the correct pattern on the pictures! We have also played a fun game on the whiteboard matching the correct shape to go on the shape monster’s mouth, whilst learning about the number of sides a triangle, square and rectangle have.

 

We have been super lucky with the warmer weather this week and we have really enjoyed being outside in the fresh air more! On Wednesday, we managed to find 12 ladybirds in the garden and the children took such care to look after them and keep them safe, carefully transporting them to our minibeast hotel and making beds of leaves and feathers for them! They also developed their counting skills by counting how many they found and when they found another, calculating what the new total would be! Super maths in action, as well as developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the world around them!

 

It has been Stay & Play this week and we have loved welcoming so many of you into pre-school to have a chat with your child’s key person! The feedback we have received has been very positive and we hope you have enjoyed seeing what your child has been doing!

 

For those of you that have not been able to attend, a copy of your child’s Unique Story will be given to you, and we would be grateful if you could sign and return it, along with any comments or suggestions you have! Our last stay and play session of the academic year will take place in July.

 

So as you can see, it has been a super busy, fun and energetic week here in pre-school! We hope your child enjoys telling you all about it!

Friday 15th March 2024

 

Forest School:

 

We had a fabulous time in Forest School this week! We made our own binoculars and became explorers – going on a bear hunt of course! As well as that, we noticed lots of different changes on the forest school – the blossom is now appearing on the trees, and we found some wonderful bird feeders children from big school made! We also discovered an empty snail shell and talked about what had happened to the snail!

 

 

Literacy:

 

In literacy this week, our story has been We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We have enjoyed singing the song to the story and also had lots of lovely conversations about what happens at the end of the story when the bear is pictured alone walking along the beach. Some thought he was sad as he wanted to be friends, some thought he was going shopping, and some thought he wanted a cuddle!

 

We also continued learning our letter sound for P this week and the children were able to think of lots of words that begin with this letter sound, as well as making the cued articulation action associated with it. Other members of pre-school enjoyed playing a listening game, where they had to try and identify the different sounds that animals make! It was lots of fun and we had some quite varied answers!

 

We also used our fine motor skills this week, enjoying lots of threading activities as well as completing tracing sheets.

 

In Dance this week, Miss Georgia provided us with a fabulous lesson where the children learned moves to I like to Move It Move It! We also played a fun listening game where we had to run and stop quickly as well as our favourite Head Shoulders Knees and Toes!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, we have enjoyed lots of different counting activities! For our younger children, we have sung our favourite counting songs using our fingers to help us. Outside in the garden, we have also enjoyed number hunts where we had to carefully find hidden numbers and be able to tell our grown up what the number was!

We also completed our very own maps, tracing the journey we make through our story Going on a Bear Hunt. The children loved retelling the story as they sequenced the different areas!

 

The soft play area was lots of fun this week too, with children counting the stepping stones they went across, as well as playing a game where they had to show their grown up 1,2 or 3 balls!

 

Of course, Friday was Red Nose Day and we enjoyed coming to Pre-School wearing the colour red. We enjoyed creating our very own Red Nose portraits! I think you’ll agree they are fantastic!

Friday 8th March 2024:

 

Forest School:

 

Due to our fantastic World Book Day event, we did not go to Forest School this week.

 

Literacy:

 

In literacy this week, our story has been The Journey Home From Grandpa’s.

We have enjoyed joining in the actions to the song and we have had lots of discussions about how we can travel to places – by car, truck, train, bus and even helicopter! When we were outside in the garden, the children also heard some of the sounds of these vehicles in their play! Learning about environmental sounds helps children hone their listening and recognition skills, as they listen for specific sounds around them. These skills will develop in later phases of phonics as they listen to words and pick out the specific sounds within them.

 

There was no Dance this week, however we still had lots of fun in the big school all playing with the hoops and footballs!

 

Some of us also continued learning our initial letter sounds this week; the letter being T. Together we learned the Jolly Phonics song for T. as well as learning the cued articulation action for it. We were also able to think of lots of words that begin with this letter sound – well done! Some children noticed the letter T during child-initiated play, carefully observing that letters are all around us!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, we have enjoyed singing lots of counting songs using our fingers! During our child-initiated play, we have also begun sequencing numbers in the correct order. We have also begun to count and find the correct number using a number line playing a fun game on the interactive whiteboard.

 

World Book Day!

Here in Pre-School, we all thoroughly enjoyed sharing so many wonderful stories to celebrate World Book Day, It was lovely to see the children arrive in their pyjamas, holding their favourite teddy and book, which they then enjoyed sharing with each other, We were very lucky to have a visit from Adam and Paula, who shared with us all their favourite stories too! The children also enjoyed making their very own bookmark to take home as well as listening to Mrs Tuffs read her favourite story, The Dinosaur who Pooped a Planet, Miss Brown read Monkey Puzzle and Mrs Milham read Stick Man! It was a fantastic World Book Day – we hope you enjoy looking at the pictures!

Friday 1st March 2024

 

Forest School:

 

We had a lovely time back in the Forest School this week and the children who joined us in January also experienced their first visit! We were very impressed that the children had remembered the forest school rules not to run and to remember it is the animals and minibeasts home, not ours, so we don’t pick anything. The children really enjoyed challenging themselves – from climbing trees, walking high across the rope walk or balancing on the tree stumps! Well done pre-schoolers!

 

Literacy:

 

We have had a very busy week in our literacy this week! Our story has been The Magic Train Ride, which we all enjoyed singing along to! We have also developed our fine motor skills by carefully tracing over pictures to create our own trains. 

 

Outside in the garden, the children really enjoyed exploring colour mixing using chalks to create their own masterpieces – we saw some lovely self portraits as well as drawings of the teachers!

 

Some of us continued learning our initial letter sounds this week; the first letters being S and A. Together we learned the Jolly Phonics songs for them. as well as learning the cued articulation actions for them. We were also able to think of lots of words that begin with this letter sound – well done! Some children noticed the letter S during child-initiated play, carefully observing that letters are all around us!

 

Dance:

 

Our Dance teacher, Miss Georgia taught us a new dance this week to the song “I like to move it, move it!” You can imagine what fun we had and the children have loved singing this during their free play too!

 

 

Maths:

 

Our story of The Magic Train Ride provided us with the opportunity to create our very own trains using 2D shapes; some of us could name the shape and describe it! These will proudly go on our display board! The children also enjoyed exploring shapes during child-initiated play, using shapes appropriately to create houses, pizza, flowers and balls! Finally we had lots of fun playing a game on the interactive whiteboard where we had to choose the correct shape on the shape train to make a repeating pattern, as well as “feeding” the shape monster with the matching shape! This was lots of fun!

 

So as you can see, we have been super busy this week and had lots of fun!

Friday 23rd February 2024

 

A warm welcome back to Term 4 here at Pre-School! We are looking forward to an exciting 5 weeks ahead!

 

Forest School:

 

Unfortunately, we were unable to go to Forest School this week due to the bad weather, however we have still had lots of fun exploring in the pre-school garden!

 

The children have enjoyed looking at some minibeasts they have found – including wriggly worms and tiny ants - and have also been noticing some of flowers that are starting to appear – hopefully a welcome sign that Spring is on the way!

 

Literacy:

 

We have a new theme this term of Journeys and in our literacy this week, our story has been Pirates Go to School! We have had a super busy week of learning through play and developing our imaginations – we have made pirate hats and pirate flags, developing our fine motor skills as well as singing pirate songs!

 

Our Dance teacher, Miss Georgia provided us with a super lesson this week, with the children joining in Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, as well as playing musical instruments and dancing with scarves. Learning to listen carefully and follow instructions is an important skill, which means the children are building the foundations for literacy and learning. We had lots of fun learning and then the children transferred these skills to dancing independently during free play! Well done everyone!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, our Pirate Ship has provided us with lots of fun. We have used lots of language relating to position – up, under, behind and next to - whilst walking the plank!

 

We have also been enjoying many counting activities and some of us are recognising numbers we count to, too! We have concentrated on making sure we count 1 number for each object, known as 1 to 1 correspondence,

Of course, the highlight of this week has been our annual Pirate Day, which provided the children with the chance to dress up as pirates and be custodians of the Pre-School Treasure – which of course 2 naughty pirates (Mr Mason & Mr Clayson!) came and stole! The children loved being celebrities as they went over to the big school to re-capture our treasure! And of course, some were more than happy to bring the pirates back to pre-school to walk the plank! With pirate food, lots of singing and dancing and walking the plank at home time to parents, this really was a fun-filled way to start our term theme of Journeys!

As you can see, it has been another fun week of learning here in Pre-School!

Friday 2nd February 2024:

 

Welcome to our Pre-School blog! What a busy week we have had!

 

Literacy:

 

In literacy this week, our story has been The Gingerbread Man. We have enjoyed joining in the refrain “Run! Run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man!” and clapping our hands loudly to make a SNAP! sound as the fox ate The Gingerbread Man up! It has also been lovely to see the children retelling the story during their own child-initiated play.

 

Our letter sound this week has been the letter T. We have learned our special song and the cued articulation action we make with the sound and have noted that it is a quiet sound. Some of us could think of new words that started with the letter T – such as Tidy-up time, toes and Tuesday! Well done!

 

We have also worked super hard learning to hold our pencils correctly, which can be really tricky! We have loved seeing the children try their best though and persevere to complete some fantastic tracing sheets and being very proud of their work!

 

Maths

 

In our maths learning this week, we have continued learning to count one number for each object and some of us are working really hard to recognise numbers that we see around us!

 

We have also enjoyed looking at 2D shapes and had fun fitting shapes into the matching hole in a puzzle cube, as well as playing a fun shape train game on the interactive whiteboard.

 

And of course, Friday was the NSPCC Number Day, so we had lots of fun matching puzzles and going on a Number hunt!

 

Our craft activities have been enjoyed this week – with the children choosing how to decorate their very own Gingerbread men using collage paper. They will look beautiful on our Traditional Tales display board!

 

In our Dance this week Miss Georgia provided us with a fantastic lesson which involved having to listen very carefully – so we were jumping and hopping and clapping making lots of noise! We also loved joining in to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, finishing up with our Sleeping Bunnies song!

 

On Thursday, the weather was so beautiful that we enjoyed our circle games outside in the garden! We can certainly say that the laughs we hear when we play our parachute game mean it is one of the most popular!

 

Well done everyone for another fun and fantastic week of learning and most importantly for never giving up!

Friday 26th January 2024

 

Once again it has been a fun and busy week here at pre-school. Our new starters are beginning to settle and are enjoying the activities on offer to them here, which is lovely to see!

 

Literacy

 

In literacy this week, our story has been Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We have enjoyed joining in the actions to the Goldilocks song and some of us were able to retell the story, using puppets and pictures! It was lovely to see some of the expressions as the children acted out being Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear! We even had the opportunity to make our very own porridge to eat – it was fantastic to see most of the children willing to try something new! The children enjoyed thinking about where porridge oats come from and even remembered that Scotland grows the best oats due to the rain and long periods of light!

 

Our letter sound this week has been the letter A. The children have enjoyed learning the song associated with this letter sound and were able to hear the initial sound in lots of words!

 

Our Dance teacher, Miss Georgia provided us with a super lesson this week, which our newer members joined in with for the first time! Learning to listen carefully and follow instructions is an important skill, which means the children are building the foundations for literacy and learning. Plus, they are learning key skills like how to express themselves and make friends. We all had lots of fun taking turns to say hello to each other, “shaking our sillies out!”

Well done everyone!

 

Maths

Additionally, we have enjoyed exploring number counting and size through small world play.

 

In our child-initiated play, we have been busy developing our fine motor skills. There have been opportunities for the children to use scissors, as well as threading activities which they have all enjoyed.

 

Our craft activities this week showed how the children are really developing their listening skills. They were able to create some fantastic bears using googly eyes, choosing what colour their fur was! Additionally, they decorated a 3 Bears house and carefully stuck on the 3 bears inside! I think you will agree they look fab!

Enjoy looking at the photos of what we have been up to!

 

Friday 19th January 2024

 

Welcome to our weekly blog entry from Pre-School!

We have had lots of fun together and our new children are beginning to settle really well!

 

Literacy:

 

In literacy this week, our story has been The 3 Little Pigs. We have enjoyed joining in the actions to the story, especially “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!” and some of us were able to retell the story, using puppets and pictures! It was lovely to see some of the expressions as the children acted out being the big, bad wolf! We even made some piggy and wolf masks to help us role play the story!

 

Another craft activity was making some amazing houses for our display, which show the different types of materials used to make the piggies houses – straw, sticks and bricks! I think you will agree that the display looks fantastic!

 

We have enjoyed seeing the children showing us their amazing mark making – this week we have talked about friendships and have seen some lovely pictures as the children drew themselves and their friends!

 

Of course, the colder weather meant the children loved being outside, where we had lots of fun exploring the ice, and experimenting with lots of different tools to smash it up – these will all help the children develop their motor skills!

 

In our Letters & Sounds this week we have learned about the letter S and learned the cued articulation action associated with it. Maybe your child could show you! The song we learned can be found here:

 

https://youtu.be/bD7HXCl5v2c?si=oJYAlY5fj9yfR8j6

 

 

Our Dance teacher, Miss Georgia provided us with a super lesson this week, Learning to listen carefully and follow instructions is an important skill, which means the children are building the foundations for literacy and learning. Plus, they are learning key skills like how to express themselves and make friends. We all had lots of fun taking turns to say hello to each other, “shaking our sillies out” and learning the next steps in our Zootopia dance!

Well done everyone!

 

Maths:

 

In our maths learning this week, our story of The 3 Little Pigs has provided us with lots of fun. We have built lots of different sized houses and compared which materials would be heaviest – sticks, straw or bricks.

 

We have also enjoyed looking at 2D shapes and had fun fitting shapes into the matching hole in a puzzle cube, as well as playing a fun shape train game on the interactive whiteboard.

 

The colder weather also provided the opportunity for the children to notice and explore the patterns created by the frost as it formed on top of the leaves, as well as transporting the ice in different size buckets, using different tools to do so. Fantastic maths learning!

 

So as you can see it has been a week of fun and learning and for our new members, feeling safe and settled as their l