Shirley Community Primary School

Learning for life

Nuffield Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 1TF

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PRE-SCHOOL BLOG 2021-22

Friday 17th June 2022

The children have enjoyed doing a minibeast hunt in the nature area. They had a minibeast tick sheet on a clipboard, and using magnifying glasses to help them explore the environment  for minibeasts. They looked under logs, in trees and in the mud. When they had found some, they then used a pencil to make a mark in the box next to that particular minibeast to show they had found it!

Friday 10th June 2022 - Jubilee Week

All this week the children have been enjoying activities to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. They decorated biscuits using icing sugar with red, white, blue and silver sprinkles, and then sat and ate what they had made. They also coloured in union jack flags with the right colours, and made crowns from paper plates, decorating them with gems, sequins, and glitter. The children learned the song 'Street Party' and sang it in the hall in front of the invited guests. Here are some photos of the children enjoying all the activities.  

Friday 27th May 2022

During this week the children have been making the most of the nice weather and the outdoor space. They thought about how they would approach an activity, and what way they might need to do something to achieve a goal. They made use of the climbing frame, slide, balance boards, and the space around them to practice their physical skills which included balance, coordination, agility and spatial awareness. Have a look at the photos to see what they were doing!

Friday 20th May 2022

The Pre-school children enjoyed doing some foraging in the nature area. They found grass, flowers, sticks, mud and lots of other natural things. Then using pots, pans, spoons scoops and other tools they made their own concoctions, including mud pies, soup, magic potions and pirate pie to name a few! This was an exciting activity that encouraged them to use their imaginations and experiment with what they had found. 

Friday 13th May 2022

The children had a great experience doing some colour mixing this week. They used powder paint and water, and then used small brooms to mix the colours together on the ground. They had lots of fun watching what happened as they swept with the brooms and seeing the bright colours on the ground. This activity really helps them to strengthen their shoulder and arm muscles as they sweep, and is good preparation for early writing skills. It also helps with their language and communication by talking about what they can see and the colours they have made. 

Friday 6th May 2022

The children are having another go at planting some sunflower seeds. This activity helps them to understand about growing and how to take care of seeds and plants, what they need, and finding out what different parts of a plant are called. They will also enjoy watching their seed grow, seeing how tall it gets and learning new vocabulary to describe the way it looks like and what is happening.    

Friday 29th April 2022

Every week in Pre-School we practice maths skills like counting, measuring volume and capacity, size comparison and lots of other concepts. The children enjoy lots of different activities to help with their understanding of maths and these can include using coloured water in jugs and containers, playing games to help with counting and even making pictures with small parts.  

Friday 22nd April 2022

The children have settled back into Pre-school after the Easter break and have been spending time using their imaginations to create models using construction. Here they have used all of the wooden bricks to construct a house with a path leading up to it, and they even managed to find a space to park the cars at the top of the building!   

Friday 1st April 2022

This week the children enjoyed investigating natural materials like pine cones. They used their sense of touch to see what they felt like and thought about words they could use to describe them, like rough, and bumpy. Then had fun spreading glue onto the pine cones and rolling them in glitter to decorate them. 

Friday 25th March 2022

This week the children listened to the story of The Gruffalo in the nature area. After listening to the story and looking at the illustrations in the book they did some drawing on pieces of paper of an animal that they might meet in a wood. Here are some of their interpretations of the animals they drew.

Friday 18th March 2022

This week in Pre-School the children have been getting very messy. They had fun playing with purple slime, stretching, poking and kneading it with their hands. They also thought of words to describe it like 'sticky, 'slimy', and 'squishy.' Then on another day they made Geli Baff, mixing the ingredient with some water and watching it change from a liquid to solid, then feeling the texture of it on their hands. 

Friday 11th March - Science Week

This week in school was Science Week and the children have been planting some sunflower seeds. They put some soil into a pot using a scoop and then pushed the seed down into it, then with a little watering can they gave it some water. Afterward, they drew a picture of a sunflower on a small piece of paper which was stuck to a stick and put inside the soil so they would know which one was theirs. Over the next few weeks the children will be able to look after them and see how much they grow.

Friday 11th March 2022

This week the children went on a number hunt. Shiny plastic numbers were hidden in different places and the children went off around the the nature area to see if they could find them, and identify which number it was using a number line if they needed help. Then on a plastic sheet they laid out the numbers and counted them up to ten. The children had lots of fun looking for the numbers and tried really hard to put them in the right order. 

Friday 4th March 2022

The children had an amazing time on Thursday for World Book Day. They dressed up as characters from their favourite books and enjoyed having their photos taken. We listened to stories on the whiteboard and read books that their characters were from, and they had fun doing lots of role play too.  

Friday 25th February 2022

The children have been spending time doing lots of maths activities. They used 3D shapes to make different objects, like a rocket or a house, and used vocabulary like curved, straight, and pointy. They also found out about quantity and capacity by filling different sized containers with water and seeing what happened when pouring from one to another. The cubes were very useful to make number patterns and build up towers as high as they could!   

Thursday 10th February 2022

Wow what a busy week it has been! Continuing on with safety week, the children had a visit from Jon the Police officer and Jo the Firefighter. They talked to the children about their jobs and how to stay safe on the roads, the children were able to answer questions remembering what they had learnt about road safety, and then the visitors demonstrated what could happen if you don't were a helmet using Egbert the egg and a bowl!! Afterwards the children got to ask some questions of their own. We also looked at safety in the home and had a go at spotting the hazards in different rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.  

Monday 7th February 2022

This week in school is safety week. The children have been learning how to keep safe on the roads and have been very lucky to use some equipment to help them learn. They had a suitcase full of different types of things that you would see on the roads when out and about. We talked about what things were called and how to use them, and we also shared a book about about road safety. Afterwards the children had the opportunity to do some dressing up and practice how to cross roads safely. 

Friday 4th February 2022

The children have enjoyed making some playdough this week. They took it in turns to mix the ingredients together in a bowl and watched what happened as they stirred. When it had become a lump of playdough they used rolling pins to make it flat, cutters to make shapes and tools to create patterns with. Here are some photos of what they did. 

Friday 28th January 2022

At the field this week the children practiced throwing and catching skills. We took a large bag of balls, and in pairs, they took it in turns to throw the ball to each other to see if they could catch it. They had a real go at it and really enjoyed themselves, have a look at our photos to see how they got on.

Friday 21st January 2022 

The children have been noticing lots of changes around them. Last week it was water turning to ice and this week they have been looking after bulbs. Ms morel bought some in for the children to look after, and they have been watering them and watching what happens over time, have a look at the photos to see the changes that happened and how they took care of them!  

Friday 14th January 2022

 

It has been very cold this week, and the children have been observing what happens to water when it is left outside during the night. We put some toy fish in a container full of water, and then the next day the children noticed that it wasn't water anymore and it felt hard and very cold to touch. We talked about why this had happened and that the reason for it happening was because it had frozen while being outside and had turned into ice.

   

 

Friday 26th November 2021
The children made some magic wands out of sticks from the nature area. They used coloured yarn and natural objects like leaves, flowers, and grasses. They then took everything back to  Pre-school and used the yarn to wind it around the sticks, threading the natural objects through the yarn and sticking them down with tape. The children loved their wands and enjoyed making magic spells with them! 
Friday 19th November 2021
 
In Pre-school for Anti Bullying week, we have been talking about how to be kind to our friends and what things we can do to that are kind. We have shared a story called 'The Rainbow Fish' which helped the children to understand that being kind to each other makes people feel happy and included. We also practised sharing and taking turns with our resources and toys. We used things like a sand timer to help us with taking turns. 
Wednesday 17th November 2021
 
This week the children chose the activity 'make your mark' from the 50 things app. They had a go at colour mixing. They used the colours red, blue and yellow and mixed two colours together in little pots to see what colour they would make, then they mixed in a third colour to see how it changed again. The children painted the colours they had made onto paper, so they could see clearly how the colours had changed through the mixing process. This activity helped children to learn that you can combine colours together to make different ones and what changes happen when you put them together.   
Friday 12th November 2021
 
The children took part in a maths activity at the nature area. They explored the environment to see if they could find different sized sticks or twigs from the ground. Then on a big piece of paper, they lined up the sticks and twigs in order, starting with shortest all the way up to the longest. The children had fun finding out which ones were shorter or longer and deciding where to put them on the paper. It helped them to think about the mathematical concepts of long and short and to see how they looked when they laid them out in a line.  
Friday 5th November 2021
 
In the nature area this week the children went on a hunt for different coloured leaves. They looked around to see how many different colours they could find and then when they got back to Pre-school they sorted them into boxes according to what colour they were. Using the leaves they had sorted the children then made a leaf rainbow on a big piece of paper, making the leaves go round in an arch shape. The children had fun exploring the environment looking for as many different colours as they could find and then talking about the shape of a rainbow and what it looks like.   
 

 

Friday 22nd October 2021
 
This week we looked at the 50 things activity number 25 'creative junk.' The children used different types of junk like cardboard tubes, boxes, and materials to create their own junk models. They used scissors, tape, and glue to cut, stick and put the pieces together. This activity encourages children to use their imagination, by thinking about what they want to make, it also develops their vocabulary as they learn new words to describe what they are doing and making. They can also practice fine motor skills by using scissors, pens, pencils, and manipulating the materials to create their models. This is a fun activity that doesn't cost money because you can use what you have to hand.   
Friday 15th October
  
This week we explored number 6 on the app called 'Rhyme Time.' Children love singing and Rhymes, it helps with their language development learning new vocabulary and they start to understand the rhythm of language. It also helps with speech development as they use the muscles in their tongues and mouths to make different sounds. Acting out rhymes helps build their creativity and imagination too. The children sat round in a circle and took turns to sing their favourite rhymes, we used props as well to encourage the children to join in and have fun with the singing.

 

Friday 1st October 2021
 
Our topic this half term is all about bears. On our visit to the nature area this week, the children played a game with some teddies. Three different sized teddies were hidden around the nature area and the children had a go at seeing if they could find them.  They listened to some information about which direction the bears had gone in and some clues about where they might be hiding. They had fun trying to work out where the bears were and shouted out when they found them. This activity encouraged the children to develop problem solving skills by using information they had heard to help them find the bears.

 

Friday 8th October
 
Our 50 Things activity this week was number 48 'Natural Art.' The children collected natural objects like twigs, leaves, stones, and feathers from the nature area and then bought them back to the classroom. Using what they had foraged the children created different pictures like a tractor, a house, etc. This activity allows children to use their imaginations and support their creative development. It also gives them opportunities to explore maths principles like size, symmetry, and pattern. Their vocabulary will also develop by learning new words to describe what they are making.    

 

Friday 24th September 2021
 For our 50 Things activity this week we did 'Bubbles' which is number 8 on the app. Bubble play is a really simple activity that you can do in all weathers, and you can make your own bubble mixture by using washing up liquid in a bowl, and some added glycerine. For our activity, we used a bubble mixture that we had in Pre-school and we took it to the field. The children were able to take turns blowing the bubbles, seeing how high they went in the air, counting them, and jumping to pop them. Playing with bubbles helps children's gross motor skills as they jump up to pop them, it increases their vocabulary as they learn new words like blow, pop, fast, slow, high, low, etc., and encourages them to use numbers as they count the bubbles they have popped. This is a low-cost activity that you and your child can have lots of fun with and everyone can join in.
Thursday 16th September 2021

 

Welcome back, everyone!

 It's the start of a new term and we are carrying on with our 50 Things activities every week. This week we have been exploring the activity called 'squidgy sand' which is number 5 on the app. The children spent time in the sandpit making sandcastles and using the grabbers to grab the sand and then let it go again. They also moulded the sand into different shapes using their hands. Playing with sand encourages children to learn new vocabulary, for example when they are talking about what they are doing, they can also explore the properties of sand like, wet and dry, and concepts like patting, moulding and pouring. It is a really fun activity to do with your child and sand can easily be bought from supermarkets at a low cost.