PRE-SCHOOL BLOG 2021-22
Thursday 15th September
This week the children visited the nature area and the field for the first time. They enjoyed running and rolling down the grassy hill and exploring the the natural environment in the nature area. Leaves, sticks, grass, wild flowers and twigs were some of the things that they found while they were there and then used tape to stick them onto a big piece of paper. They had such a lot of fun discovering and using their gross motor skills.
Monday 12th September
Friday 9th September 2022
Welcome to all our Pre-school families who are new or returning and we hope you had a lovely summer. We have had a lovely start to the term and the children have been settling in, making friends, and learning each other's names. We have been doing many different activities, including playdough, sand, water, mark making, and exploring the outdoor area. We look forward to having lots more fun over the next few weeks and showing you what we have been doing on this blog page.
Friday 1st July 2022.
This week in school has been Eco week and our project was to make some bug hotels for minibeasts. We went to the nature area and collected lots of natural objects like pieces of bark, leaves, sticks, pine cones and grass. Then we used cardboard from old cereal boxes that the children had collected during the week and decorated the inside of them with bright colours to attract the minibeasts, then we put all the natural objects inside and rolled the cardboard into a cylinder shape, tying it with string to keep everything inside and placed them in parts of the nature area where we though the bugs might find them. Have a look at our fantastic photos of what the children have been doing
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.
Welcome back, everyone!