Preschool Blog

Welcome to our pre-school blog.
Scroll down to find out in more detail the things we have been learning and see some photos past and present.
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Friday 19th July 2019
Pre-school closes to the children today for the summer break.
We have had a wonderful year with our pre-school children and their families, thank you. 
Some of our children are moving on to new reception classes in September - we wish them all the best for big school and will miss them very much! 
Our younger children will return to pre-school in the autumn term for lots more fun and learning through exciting topics and activities. Pre-school opens again on Wednesday 4th September. 
We wish you all a lovely summer holiday. Here's hoping your break is everything you want it to be. 
Best wishes from the whole pre-school team :) 
Friday 12th July 2019
Pre-school children who are moving up to reception classes in September will receive their Pre-School Report today so do look out for their envelope when you collect your child. Please share the report with them and then use the comment slip on the enclosed letter to provide us with feedback. Thank you :) 
In the photos below you'll see some of the ladybirds and grasshoppers the children have been making. They have loved their minibeast topic over the last few weeks and the activities they have taken part in. Next week is the last week of the topic - and term! We'll be investigating worms and snails, looking at different lengths and making spiral patterns.  
Tracy is visiting us on Tuesday in her ice cream van. Make sure you have brought £1 to school by then if you would like your child to buy themselves an ice cream. 
If your child is moving on to a Shirley Reception class in September don't forget to take them for their visit on Thursday morning. 
Just a reminder - Pre-school closes next Friday (19th July) for the summer break. We are open again from Wednesday 4th September. 
Friday 5th July 2019
The children have been busy making their own minibeasts. As you can see from their craft work on this display board, they have used various techniques and materials to create different effects.  
Friday 28th June 2019
We have had such an exciting week!
On Monday some farm animals came to visit us. They were all very well behaved and seemed to enjoy meeting the children just as much as the children enjoyed meeting them! You can have a look at some photos of the visit below. First the children had a look at the animals, then they talked about how they thought the animals' fur or feathers would feel and what their feet were like. Then they were able to go into the pen and pet them to find out for sure and have a closer look. Everyone had a really lovely time :) 
Also, we have seen our caterpillars eat and grow, and eat and grow - getting bigger and bigger. By wednesday they were making themselves their cocoon to stay in while they transform. You can see these photos above, in our twitter feed. 
The summer may finally have arrived! Please make sure your children have sun cream on before they come to school and that have a (named) sun hat with them to wear when we play outside. Thanks. 
Friday 21st June 2019 
We found out some interesting facts about spiders this week.
Did you know....?
Not all spiders catch their food in webs; some of them catch insects by chasing them. 
They can have up to 8 eyes, depending on what type of spider they are.
Fascinating (but creepy) aren't they?! 
We have made some of our own spider webs. Using paper plates, paint, hole punches and wool we put spiders behind their webs ready to catch a fly. Then, for the giant web we used a ball of wool and a circle of friends. Everyone had a turn to hold and roll the wool. You can see our webs in the photos. 
We are enjoying watching our caterpillars grow, and they are growing very fast. We hope that in the next week or so they will cocoon themselves and begin their transformation. Keep an eye on our twitter page for updates. 
Friday 14th June 2019
The children are getting stuck into our new topic, Minibeasts. They have looked at the life cycle of of frogs, thought about where different minibeast like to live, and explored their features. 
As it's Father's Day on Sunday, the children have made cards. Have a look at the photos to see how they made them and what they look like now they're finished. 
Happy Father's Day for Sunday to all the dads out there! 
Friday 24th May 2019
The children chose fillings for a sandwich then made their sandwich on Wednesday. Then they ate it for snack and thoroughly enjoyed their efforts. One pf the fillings was the cress they had grown themselves. Have a look at the photos to see the growth of the cress and some of the children making their sandwich.  
It's half term next week so pre-school will be closed.
We open again on 3rd June. See you then :) 
Friday 17th May 2019
While thinking about vegetables some of the children made their own using salt dough. When the dough was dry they painted it to make it look even more like the vegetable they had made.
Can you guess what the different vegetables are by looking at their shape and colour? 
While looking at books about food the children have learnt how seeds grow. Take a look at the photographs below and you'll see how successful the children have been at growing their own beans and sunflowers :) 
Keep an eye on the notices in the cloakroom next week. We will be making sandwiches and would like you to let us know if there's anything on the ingredients list your child cannot have. 
Friday 10th May 2019
The children have used vegetables to print with paint. You can see some of the patterns they made with the different textures of the veg'. 
We have shared the story Oliver's Vegetables, and we looked at how the vegetables in the story grow; in soil, on soil and on plants.
Friday 3rd May 2019
Mark making in shaving foam - we do love getting a bit messy! 
This is always a popular activity with the children as it feels good, smells good and looks good. 
Some children are more confident to have a go at mark making using this type of media as it can be wiped away in an instant if they're not happy with it. It's also great for their pre-writing skills :) 
Friday 3rd May 2019
We kicked off the week with visit from Peter Pan. Using fairy dust to help, the children journeyed with Peter to far away lands. They saw mermaids and magical islands along the way and found treasure which had been stolen by Captain Hook!   
Thank you very much to PERFORM for their fun drama class; the children had a fantastic time. 
You can find out more about PERFORM and claim a free trial class at (see the poster in the pre-school cloakroom). 
Friday 26th April 2019
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a great Easter.
After the break the children have been keen to share their news. We practiced having a circle time during which the child holding the cuddly dog had their turn to talk while the others listened. The children all enjoyed their turn to speak and were able to listen attentively when their friends were talking to them. 
Friday 5th April 2019
What a busy half term the pre-school children have had! We have all enjoyed sharing and joining in with many traditional tales. The children have role played some of their favourite characters and taken part in lots of craft activities based on a selection of the stories. 
We close today for the Easter break and will be open again from Wednesday 24th April. 
Happy Easter everyone, from the whole pre-school team :) 
Friday 22nd March 2019
The children really enjoy role playing characters from the various traditional tales we have been sharing. Some of their favourites are the family of bears from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They are very good at using the right voice for the bear they are pretending to be! Can your child tell you the story? 
"Somebody's been sitting in my chair!" 
"Somebody's been sleeping in my bed!"
Friday 8th March 2019
The children have begun to hear lots of traditional tales this term for our new topic. We began with some different versions of Little Red Riding Hood, comparing differences and similarities. As you can see in the photos, the children have been busy doing activities based around some of the story characters. 
Then we shared The Gingerbread Man and practiced joining in with repeated refrain "Run, run, as fast as you can..." 
Next week we will listen to some more traditional tales, including Goldilocks. 
Thursday 7th February 2019
It's Safety Week this week and we have borrowed a suitcase of goodies from Cambridge County Council to help the children learn about road safety. 
They've enjoyed looking at books, dressing up, role playing various traffic related jobs and shared some story sacks. Do talk to your children about what they have been learning. 
Wednesday 30th January 2019
The children really enjoyed playing with their dinosaur swamp.
They made the noise they thought their dinosaur would make and talked about whether it would eat either some leaves or a fellow dinosaur! 
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Dinosaurs and numbers everywhere! 
What a great counting job the pre-school children have been doing. They've practiced using the three rules for good counting to count dinosaurs and pegs accurately, and have matched some quantities to numerals.
Well done children :) 
Tuesday 15th January 2019
Some of the pre-school children have had try at being paleontologists. They used a paintbrush to unearth a dinosaur skeleton then matched its shape to a picture card to find out what type of dinosaur it was. 
Tuesday 8th January 2019 
For parents of children who have their 4th birthday between 1st September 2018 and 31st July 2019  
The application deadline for admission to primary school for your child is Tuesday 15th January.
Don't miss it!  
Happy new year everyone :)
We welcome several new children and their families to pre-school this week. The children are settling really well. They're busy making new friends and getting to know their way around. 
We have started our new topic of Dinosaurs and are enjoying some dinosaur stories as well as using dinosaurs to help us practice lots of things like scissor skills, counting and mark making.  
The weather is getting colder again so please make sure your child has suitable outdoor clothing. Also, if possible please could you put a pair of wellington boots under your child's peg for them to wear when we go to the field to play. Thank you. 
Wednesday 19th December 2018
The children have been so busy these last few weeks. They've learnt new songs and performed them to their families, made decorations to hang on their christmas trees, and made Christmas cards. They definitely deserve to be on Santa's GOOD list ;) 
Pre-school closes today for the Christmas holiday. We look forward to welcoming the children back from Monday 7th January 2019.
Merry Christmas everyone! 
Thursday 13th December 2018
We are so proud of the pre-school children this week. Well actually we always feel proud of them, but especially so this week as they dressed up as reindeer, Santas and snowmen and performed their Christmas songs to their families. They also sang a couple of their favourite rhymes from this term. 
Don't forget to stick the new rhyme in your child's Songs & Rhymes book each week. Then you can practice it at home with them whenever you like. 
Friday 23rd November 2018
The children have been busy builders this week. They've used various construction toys and made models of different sizes. Rockets, towers, castles and vehicles were just some of the things they made. 
Monday 19th November 2018 
Last week was anti-bullying week at school. The pre-school children were practicing being kind, sharing and turn taking. They are lovely friends to each other and they have a great time playing together. 
Friday 9th November 2018
The pre-school children enjoy lots of pre-reading experiences.
From recognising their own name card when they arrive at school to using the pictures in books to help them tell a story. The children practice early reading skills through all sorts of activities, even ICT. They can use a tablet or the computer to play games which help them learn to recognise letters and words.  
Friday 2nd November 2018
Bears was a great topic; the children really enjoyed finding out about real bears as well as sharing some fun stories about fictional ones. We now have a two displays in the corridor outside pre-school, one of which is based on the book Sneezy Bear - this was one of the children's favourites. Next time you're in school do come and have a look and talk with your child about them. 
This term's topic is Clothes and we're starting with pants! We're enjoying the rhyming book called Pants and looking at patterns on the pants in it. Other stories this week include Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Aliens Love Underpants and Bottoms up! These stories are causing quite a giggle :) 
Friday 19th October 2018
The children have really enjoyed our bear topic this term. We ended it this week with a teddy bears' picnic of honey sandwiches and bear biscuits. As Sneazy Bear would say, 'It was stickerly delicious!' 
The children made some brown bears, polar bears and bear paws. You can see them hard at work and the finished bears in the photos below. They're great :)  
We hope you all have a lovely half term break. School opens again on Monday 29th October. 
Friday 12th October 2018
The children always enjoy being outside and the dry, mild weather is making it even better!
They are using all of the areas in the garden and are learning how to look after themselves as well as the equipment and toys.
Friday 28th September 2018 
The children have been busy mathematicians this week. They've explored weight using wet sand in buckets, matched the sizes of nuts and bolts and fitting them together, and used large construction bricks to build a wall in the playground. 
Sneezy Bear has caused much laughter [and sneezing] at story time! We are collaging our own bear, like sneezy, for a display in the corridor outside pre-school. 
We are enjoying finding out about different breeds of bear from around the world and we're discovering that they have a lot in common. 
Friday 21st September 2018
The children use their mathematical skills while doing all sorts of activities at pre-school.
Playing with number cones helps them begin to recognise numerals and practice counting. Containers in the water tray encourage the children to explore capacity and weight. They even do a bit of problem solving at snack time, saying how many cups we need for the number of children in the group. 
Thursday 13th September 2018 
We are a week into term now and the children are settling beautifully.
Learning each others names can be tricky for young children but they are doing really well. There's some lovely sharing and turn taking too. The children are finding their way around the classrooms and are learning where resources are kept, and where to put them away!  
Over the next couple of days we will be giving the children their bookbags (if they don't already have one from last term). To get you and your child started, we have put a reading book in the bag along with a Songs & Rhymes book which includes this week's rhyme; 5 Little Bears. 
When your child has finished with the reading book you can help them exchange it for another one. The books are kept in a tray in the pre-school cloakroom. 
Each week we will help the children to learn a new rhyme. The rhyme will be printed and left in a tray in the cloakroom (next to the reading books) so it can be stuck into the rhyme book. We hope you enjoy helping your child practice their rhymes at home.