Blogs: N 2017-18

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Friday 20th July 2018
Toni's Ices visited us this week. The children and staff enjoyed a most delicious ice cream each in the sunshine as an end of term treat. How luck are we?! 
Pre-school finished for the summer today. We have had a really great time this year with such wonderful children and families - it's been a real pleasure. We wish everyone a happy and healthy summer break. 
See you soon :) 
Friday 13th July 2018 
The children have been thinking about the life cycle of butterflies.
They've enjoyed listening to, and joining in with, the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar - especially the bit about eating too much and getting tummy ache! 
In the photos you can see that one of the children has remembered what order the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle go in and has stuck them down to show it.  
If your child attends pre-school on Tuesday afternoons they will be having their ice cream treat on the 17th July - please bring in their £1 if you haven't already. 
It is almost the end of term for pre-school as we close to the children in one week, on Friday 20th July. 
Wednesday 4th July 2018 
The pre-school children love playing games of all sorts.They can play games on their own or with their friends. Some games need equipment to be played, while others don't need anything.  
Here are some photos of the children playing games. 
Friday 29th June 2018
The children enjoy mark making using variety media. They have been using chalks on the board in the classroom and on the pavement outside to draw pictures, colour in and make outlines. They've also used buckets of water with large paint brushes outside to colour in bricks and mark areas. Have a look at the photos of just some of their mark making this week. 
Friday 22nd June 2018 
The children are enjoying our pirate theme; we've been sharing lots of pirate stories, songs and rhymes. Here are a few photos of some of our shipmates working hard to find treasure. They're looking and sounding more like pirates every day! 
Friday 15th June 2018 
The children have been so busy. As part of school's Healthy Eating Week they have been learning about ways to stay healthy; thinking about how healthy different foods and drinks are for them. They've enjoyed our PE sessions and thought about the effect of exercise on their bodies. Julia brought in a wonderfully fruity birthday platter for snack one day - such a delicious treat :) Thank you Julia. 
Friday 8th June 2018
We have started our Pirate topic. The children have been learning about pirate ships and pirate equipment. They've also been practicing how to talk and dress like a pirate. Ahhhhg! 
We made puffy paint and slime this week. The children were inquisitive about the process of making them and then enjoyed playing with them. 
Keep an eye out for photos coming soon of the children crafts and art work based on our topic. 
Thursday 24th May 2018 
The warmer, dryer weather has meant we can spend more time outside; in our garden and on the field.
Below are some recent photos of the children enjoying the outdoors. 
We hope you have a lovely half term next week. 
School starts again on Tuesday 5th June. 
Friday 18th May 2018
The children have been enjoying books and stories this week in the classrooms, the garden and while at the field. 
They've loved stories being read to them while having the chance to explore the illustrations and talk about what they see. They also enjoy sharing books with friends and telling the stories by what the pictures tell them.
The story Chocolate Cake made the children laugh a lot! As a gifted story teller Michael Rosen captured their attention and kept them enthralled as they shared his secret night time snack with him - and its consequence!  
Friday 11th May 2018
We are enjoying our topic Around The World this term and this week we have been thinking about [and trying] food from various countries. 
On Tuesday the children learned how to make Mexican quesadillas and then ate them for snack.
On Wednesday we tried breads from the USA, France, Italy, Mexico and Wales and the children completed a chart to show whether they had liked them or not. 
Then, on Thursday and today the children have a huge selection of fruits to try from all over the world. As well as looking at where these countries are on our globe and map we have investigated the climate they need to be in so they grow and ripen, and seen where they grow - on trees, bushes, vines etc. 
Friday 4th May 2018 
The children have had such a busy week playing in class, in the garden and at the field.
We've been investigating different types of clothes from around the world, looking at some traditional clothing and thinking about clothes for different climates. 
While outside the children have been busy learning with numbers, bubbles and balls, and they've been practicing their climbing and balancing. Here's a few photos of the children playing outside. 
Friday 27th April 2018
The children have been looking at different types of home around the world. Using this information and their previous knowledge of maps the children made a model village.
Using mega blocks, some children made tall towers (which wobbled a bit but did balance!) Outside a group of children built a bridge using large wooden blocks, which they then tested it by walking on it. Success! 
Thursday 19th April 2018
The children have settled back beautifully after the Easter break. We have some new friends who have joined us this week at pre-school too and they have joined in so well; we feel very proud of all of the children! Below are a few photos of the children's first couple of days of the summer term. 
We have begun our topic Around The World. Looking at satellite images of Earth, then using a torch and a globe, we have explored the reason for night and day. The children have looked at where some countries are, practiced saying hello in various languages and looked at flags from around the world. 
Tuesday 27th March 2018
Last week the pre-school enjoyed a dance lesson with Charlotte. They learnt some new moves and enjoyed singing along with the music which was from the film Trolls.  Have a look at some of the photos. 
Just in the last couple of weeks we have enjoyed seeing a planetarium, a visit from PC Jess, a dance lesson with Charlotte and a visit from Postman Nigel. A big thank you to all of our visitors and everyone who helps make these things happen for the children. We really appreciate it so much and we feel very lucky! 
Monday 19th March 2018
The children loved their visit from PC Jess last week. They were able to try on some uniform, including some very heavy hats, and look at equipment she uses to help her do her job. 
Last week was diversity week and we thought about choices we can make. As a grown up we can choose the job we want to do. At school the children can decide what they like doing choose what they play with -  while challenging gender stereotyping! 
Friday 23rd February 2018 
Pre-school's new topic is People Who Help Us. We have looked a broad selection of helpful people this week, then we concentrated on shops and restaurants.
We visited our school kitchen today and met the lovely cooks. They showed us how they get the dinners ready for so many children and told us they were about to cook 600 fish fingers! 
The children have been busy developing their skills and learning new ones; walking on stilts, ordering numbers and balancing blocks have all been practiced in the garden this week. 
We are looking forward to World Book Day next Thursday. While sharing some Dr. Seuss stories we've been looking at the different characters in them and we can't wait to see everyone's fancy dress costumes on the day! 
Friday 9th February 2018 
We ended our Castles topic this week with 2 royal banquets! The children helped prepare vegetables and made soup with them. They also decorated shield shaped pizza bases with cheese, tomato and other yummy toppings. Then, our kings, queens, princes and princesses wore their royal crowns while they enjoyed their feast. 
Happy half term to our pre-school children and their families. We start again on Monday 19th February. See you all soon :) 
Friday 2nd February 2018
Well done to Iqra and Xin Hao for their entry in the Writing Celebration Book; they were both very pleased to receive certificates. 
While thinking about knights, armour and battles we talked about how knights fought. We saw some reenacted jousting while noticing the matching colours on the knights, their horses and the flags. Then children then had a go at making their own coats of arms and decorated shields and swords. We saw Team GB's archery squad practice their skills with bows and arrows and then in PE the children tried some target practice too. But not with bows and arrows!! 
We had a go at map reading and some children made a map of their own. They thought about which colours they should use to represent some of the features on the map like the sea and trees. 
We are having a royal banquet next week. The children will be making soup and pizza to eat. 
Friday 26th January 2018
Castles - kings and queens.
The children have had a royally busy week decorating crowns, dressing up, playing kings and queens and counting gold coins.
We are enjoying our regular trips to the school field for a play and the children are getting used to the routines with their welly boots and the walk round the outside of the school. 
Armour and battles next week! 
Friday 19th January 2018
We have enjoyed a very busy week which was themed on dragons.
The children made dragons pictures by arranging 2D shapes. They also learned how to make paper chains to create long dragon decorations. 
We have shared various stories about dragons who have got up to all sorts of mischief. In one of our stories the dragon didn't behave like a dragon at all, it behaved like a princess! 
The children remembered the rules for good counting after they had collected dragons from around school and took them back to class to practice their counting.
Then today, they found dragons hiding on the field. The children collected them up and used their mark making skills to record what they found. 
Friday 12th January 2018 
The children have enjoyed playing games with our parachute and dancing to action songs in PE this week.
We have been learning about castles; building our own castles and printing on castles pictures with Lego bricks.
The children have been thinking about how different castle life was in medieval times to how they live in their homes. No television?!  
Please could you make sure your child has a pair of welly boots at pre-school as we plan to visit the field for fun and games twice a week. Thank you :) 
Tuesday 19th December 2017
The children have been so busy over the last week and a half. They practiced hard and were able to sing some Christmas songs for their families; they were brilliant! They have also made Christmas cards and decorations for their homes. 
Today, Santa's elves made a special delivery to pre-school and left the children some presents. They have loved playing with their new sets of remote control cars and metal detectors.
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all. 
Pre-school opens again on the 4th January. See you soon :) 
Friday 8th December 2017
The pre-school children have been practicing their fine motor skills. 
They have enjoyed games with small pieces, cutting out Christmas decorations and played with a water sorting activity using tongs and pinchers. 
The children will sing Christmas songs next week - they have been practicing hard. We look forward to welcoming pre-school families for this special event. 
Friday 1st December 2017
We looked at patterns this week. Patterns on clothes, in the environment and on natural objects. The children went on a pattern hunt and used a writing frame to record their findings.
We have also practiced weaving. First we used a roll of paper to weave in and out of a line of children, then we went over and under a row of chairs. Finally, the children's skills were put to the test when they made rainbow fish by weaving coloured paper into a fish template. Have a look at the photos and see how well they did :) 
Friday 24th November 2017
As part of our topic on colour we looked at lots of animals and talked about their colours, shape and size. We enjoyed the story Dear Zoo and had fun dancing and singing to The Animal Boogie. To end our animal week the children had their faces painted.  
Friday 17th November 2017 
Congratulations to Bethia and Filip who each received a certificate in family assembly this week. They have both had some super work displayed in this term's writing celebration book. 
The childrlen have enjoyed PE this week. They have been learning to play more games with the parachute while also practicing turn taking and sharing. 
Having looked at colours of the ocean this week we found out about rock pools and then made one. The children have watched their own sea creatures grow in the water. 
Friday 10th November 2017
What a colourful week!
The children began the week by making firework pictures, remembering the real ones they had seen in the sky at the weekend. They also made some playdough then decorated it using sequins to make rainbows and the rainbow fish. Later in the week we found out some facts about rainbows and painted our own. The children used the primary colours and then made secondary colours to make their rainbows colourful.
You can see some of the children's work on the new display outside our classroom. 
Friday 3rd November 2017
The children have had an autumn themed week. 
They created autumn tree paintings by using their hand print to make the branches then using a brush or their fingers to add falling leaves.
There are so many leaves blowing about we have used some to make rubbings with wax crayons. The children liked learning a new technique with a crayon! 
At the beginning of the week we looked at autumn colours in the environment and some typically autumn objects. We then used these things to go on an autumn hunt. 
If you go in the school hall please do have a look at our new display.
Friday 20th October 2017
The children have been very busy this week learning about how be healthy, Diwali, feelings and much more. They have been able to choose healthy meal options and have practiced keeping their noses and hands clean. We enjoyed finding out about Diwali yesterday with Mrs Saha. We size ordered some Diwali pictures and having looked at a real diva we made our own using playdough. The children have been thinking about how they feel and why. They have done really well recognising their feelings and being able to say what makes them feel that way. The children are gaining in their independence and becoming confident learners. We are very proud of them all. 
Have a great half term break. Pre-school opens again on Monday 30th October. 
Friday 13th October 2017
The children have had a busy week exploring their senses. They have used smelly pots, made feeley bags, been on a listening walk and made fruit kebabs. The kebabs were made by peeling waxy clementines, slicing smooth grapes, dicing a hairy kiwi and a prickly pineapple and washing bumpy raspberries. Delicious! 
They have also worked hard painting giant pictures of some of the fruit we used to make their kebabs. Keep an eye out for pre-school's Our Senses display which is going up in the hall over the next couple of weeks. 
Thursday 5th October 2017
The children have been working hard on their pre-writing skills. Activities like playing with dough and using scissors and glue help the children strengthen their hands. This helps to develop a controlled pencil grip later. 
We have measured the children this week and practiced the language of size. Ask your child if they can tell you about the heights of members of your family. Maybe they can have a go at putting some household items in size order too. 
Friday 29th September 2017
September has flown by and the children have settled in really well. Some of them have had their first P.E lesson and some have visited the back playground. We will continue to get out and about over the coming weeks with some visits to the field and plenty more P.E.
Our topic is Ourselves and this week the children have been deciding what they like doing. They've been busy trying out lots of activities and it seems they like everything! The drying rack and the going home box are overflowing! In fact, every area of the classroom and garden is busy :)
Next week the children will be handling data and measuring each other for a class height chart. They will also think about their family and make their own family tree (please bring in your family photos if you haven't already). 
Wednesday 6th September 2017
A big welcome to you from all of the pre-school team! Whether you are returning to pre-school after the summer break or just joining us, it's great to see everyone :)
The children are settling brilliantly and the change in our provision is working out well. The children are enjoying a variety activities this week based on personal and social development to help them adjust to their new routines and make new friends.