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Last updated Monday 26th March 2018

Welcome to Pre-School

Welcome to our Pre-School class page. Keep popping back regularly to see all of the fun and educational activities that we take part in.

Our Pre-School Staff

Our Pre-School Staff 1 Jane Wright - Pre School Leader
Our Pre-School Staff 2 Lindsey Rigby - Pre School Deputy
Our Pre-School Staff 3 Emma Stokes - Pre School Assistant
Our Pre-School Staff 4 Sally Needham - Pre School Assistant
Our Pre-School Staff 5 Sharon Brachtvogel - Pre School Assistant
Our Pre-School Staff 6 Katherine Frazer - Pre School Assistant
Our Pre-School Staff 7 Claire Naish - Pre School Assistant (Bank Staff)

Year Group Letters

Egg Decorating Competition Entries - Monday 26th March 2018. Look how marvelous the entries were!

Sport Relief 2018 - 23rd March 2018

BRAVO to the Pre-School class and their efforts for the school Sport Relief John O'Groats to Land's End challenge!


The morning class of 21 children and staff completed 5 laps of the school field as did the afternoon class of 11 children and staff. This totalled 158 laps between us. When we also add in the laps that some children did before the start of the Pre-School day we accomplished an amazing grand total of 199 laps!!!!!

Week beginning 19th March 2018


This week we have have been sharing the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man, to link in with Sport Relief activities on Friday.


The children have shared the story and took part in a rhyming activity trying to match the rhyming gingerbread words of van/man/can/fan, car/star, dog/frog/log, cat/rat/bat/hat and then we made up our own rhyming strings. This story also gave us the opportunity to join in with the repeated refrain "Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man." We also played racing and chasing games using different movements such as runnning, jumping, crawling, skipping and hopping.


Our activities culminated in our Sports Relief efforts where we joined the older children of the school down on the field to run laps as a contribution to the grand journey from John O'Groats to Lands End. We had a great time running laps.


On our return we were lucky to find that Mrs Brachtvogel had "caught" lots of gingerbread men that we decorated with icing and lots of different toppings. They were very tasty. 

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Week beginning 12/3/18

This week our focus has been on the traditional tale of The Enormous Turnip. We have made lovely vegetables for our display board; turnips, carrots, cabbages and parsnips using different types of medium such as paint, printing, collage and colouring. 

Our adult led activities involved search out things that you push and pull; doors, drawers, gates, doorbells, buttons,  We also had a letter from Farmer Fred asking us to sort his turnips into different sized crates ready for market.  

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Week Beginning Monday 5th March 2018

This week we shared the tale of "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse". This story was unfamiliar to many of the children and they enjoyed sharing a rhyming version of the story. We talked about where we would prefer to live during our Circle Time discussions.


We enjoyed a visit from Mrs Hayes, Isaac's mummy, on Wednesday afternoon. She came in to share one of her favourite stories with us; Julia Donaldson's "Zog and the Flying Doctors". The class behaved beautifully as they listened to Mrs Hayes read the story. We look forward to more special visitors joining us to share stories with us.

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We also had a visit from Mrs Wilkinson, Florence's mummy. She came to plant some seeds with us for the garden area of pre-school. We look forward to seeing them grow over the coming months. Mrs Wilkinson is running the children's allotment in the village and if you would like to take on an allotment please get in touch with her. 

We hope that every mummy loved your cupcake surprises this week. the children worked hard to make a lovely cupcake card for you and then used icing and sweets to decorate cupcakes for you, although we are not 100% convinced that the cupcakes were heading to the intended recipients. 


We shared a story called "Why I Love My Mummy" and after listening to the reasons the different animals love d their mummy the children told us why they love you so much. Here are a selection of the reasons they came up with...............


Lara's mummy "puts me to bed", Eleanor's mummy "holds my hand", Lewis' mummy "plays with me", Nathan and Tom said their mummy "hugs me", Louis, Digby, Isabella and Zackery's said their mummy "cuddles me", Oliver's mummy "cuddles me and kisses me", Edward's mummy "lets me sleep in pants", Beau's mummy "takes me to nice places what I like", Joshua F's mummy "lets me wear my clothes over my pyjamas", Dylan's mummy "kisses me",  and Joshua R's mummy "gives me big cuddles".

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Week Beginning Monday 26th February 2018

This week we have shared the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We stripped back our home corner area and added different sized bowls, spoons, beds and masks for the children to take part in a Goldilocks and the 3 bears role play scenarios. The children helped to make porridge as part of snack time and then were able to try some, with some children enjoying Daddy Bear sized portions. They were able to add different fruits; apple, banana and raisins to their porridge and some children added honey or chocolate flavouring.


We then battled "The Beast from the East" and "Storm Emma" to make it to school on Thursday for World Book Day.  Many children enjoyed Books for Breakfast in the main school and we all enjoyed the leftover bakery items that were shared at snack time. The children all love a wide variety of different stories and this showed in their choices of costumes on the day; Bob the Builder, The Tiger That Came to Tea, Room on the Broom, Topsy & Tim, The Astronaut, Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman, The Highway Rat to name but a few. The staff dressed up as well, choosing to be characters from our story of the week, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Mrs Needham was an exceptional Goldilocks and Mrs Stokes, Mrs Frazer and Mrs Wright were all warm and cosy dressed up as the 3 bears. 


The weather deteriorated on Thursday afternoon and we were closed on Friday. We hope that you all enjoyed a snow day together on the Friday.   

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Week Beginning Monday 19th February

The children returned from their half term holiday refreshed and ready to enjoy the second half of the Spring term. This half term our main focus will be on Traditional Tales as this ties in beautifully with World Book Day which takes place of Thursday 1st March.


Our first traditional tale is "The Little Red Hen". Our adult led activities included sharing the story and then discussing how the Little Red Hen felt when no-one would help her and also thinking of reasons why her friends were unhelpful. This led us on to sharing Bear emotion cards and thinking of our own behaviour towards others. 


We then talked about different sandwich fillings and what each of our favourites were. The children were able to carry out surveys with their friends to find out the most popular types of sandwich. They marked their answers on a tally sheet and then used it to inform their decision as to the most popular filling. ham and cheese was a popular choice alongside strawberry jam. As ever, Marmite proved to be a love it or hate it filling. Perhaps you would like to make your own survey of family members as to their favourite filling.


Our Phonics sound of the week was "p" and the children were extremely hardworking searching their homes for objects beginning with the sound "p". I must say that they are all very enthusiastic as they take part in their phonics sessions each week.


We had our first visiting storyteller this week.  Mrs Brennan, Eleanor's nanny, came to see us on Monday afternoon and read us one of her favourite stories, Lazy Ozzie, a tale about an owl who is too lazy to learn how to fly.


The children were encouraged to make their own interpretations of the Little Red Hen with some lovely individual representations produced.


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Stay and Play Sessions - Tuesday 6th February 2018


Thank you to all of the parents that attended our Stay and Play sessions today. We were so pleased to have so many parents, grandparents and carers to join us at each of our sessions. We hope that it gave you a flavour of the different aspects of our pre-school day; including Circle Time, indoor and outdoor free play, snack, craft activities, phonics, dough disco and singing time. It really was fabulous to see you all take part and enjoy the time with your children.


We plan on having other Stay and Play sessions throughout the school year with our next one, provisionally scheduled for Wednesday 14th March. So if your child attends on a Wednesday we would love for you to join us then, particularly if you were unable to join us today.    


Week Beginning Monday 22nd January 2018

We would like to welcome Alex and Ruby to our Pre-School.


After celebrating Mrs Stokes' birthday last week, we have now returned to our scheduled learning, based around the weather and have been learning about rain and the rain cycle. Each morning we have talked about the rain cycle. As a result, some of the children have been able to explain their knowledge and understanding to others in group discussion. This group then went on to explore all of our art and craft resources and made their own depiction of the rain cycle in collage. Others chose the medium of paint, at our child led paint station, to paint a representation of a rainy day; including a rainy car ride and playing outside with family under a rainbow.


Umbrellas played a large part in our activities this week. the children decorated paper plate umbrellas and they also had the opportunity to paint them. This proved to be a very messy activity but a fun activity all the same!


We have started to teach Phase 2 Phonics sounds to the children that will be starting Reception in September. We will be learning a new sound each week starting with "S". Please see the Phonics letter above for further information about our phonics sessions.


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Week Beginning 15th January 2018

This has been a very special week for us. We have implemented our first "Waggy Tail" moment, allowing the children to steer their learning in their own directions............


On Monday morning we discovered a large silver parcel addressed to Mrs Stokes that wasn't to be opened until Thursday 18th January, a day that happened to be her 40th birthday. The box was large, it was a cuboid shape, it was quite light, it didn't make a noise. What could be in the box we wondered? We had a number of fun suggestions of a minion, scooter, tennis racquet. The box was big, but not that big. Mrs Stokes hoped that it would contain a puppy!


When the children discovered that it was a special birthday gift they began to lay down their plans and what we needed to do ready for Mrs Stokes' very special day ............. birthday party invitations, birthday cards, birthday pictures, a birthday cake (we made 2!), a birthday party with party games such as musical chairs, music statues and musical bumps!

Take a look to see what we got up to and to discover what was in the box!

What's in the box? Mrs Stokes' Birthday Week

Week Beginning Monday 8th January 2018

We have welcomed Amelie, Olivia and Isaiah to the Pre-School room this week. We look forward to getting to know them and their families over the coming months.


This week we have started our half term topic of "Weather" by looking at snow and ice. Unfortunately our real weather did not read our newsletter and we didn't receive a downfall of snow. This didn't stop our exploration and the children enjoyed small world play with our Arctic play scene of penguins, polar bears and igloos.


We shared the Ukrainian folk tale "The Mitten" , marvelling at how all of the different animals were able to climb into Nicki's mitten. We drew our own pictures of the story and decorated our own mittens in bright colours to ensure that they don't get lost in the snow. Some of them are on display in the classroom.


We also did some number work focussed on adding raisin buttons to pictures of snowmen. After a few minutes of hard work the children enjoyed being able to eat their raisin buttons.


We have being trying to develop our art and craft area to encourage the children to develop their own creativity. Rather than us steer the children to a final product we are trying to give them the freedom to make their own choices. There will still be occasions when we would like the children to create a particular piece of art work that may connect with our topic but making their own choices is the development of a vital skill that we would like to encourage


To this end, the staff no longer put a variety of ready made paint colours onto our art table. The children now encounter the prime colours of red, blue and yellow together with white. We attempted to do this with ready mixed paint in soap dispensers but the tubes blocked quickly making it difficult for the children to actually dispense any paint at all. This has now progressed to offering the children the same paint colours but in a powdered format. The children are then encouraged to mix their own individual colours. This has been a great success with the children spending extended periods of time exploring the different colours that they can make, other than brown!. 

Thank you to everyone that came to our "Christmas Stay & Play" on Monday 18th December 2017. We hope that everyone had a lovely time making craft items. We were so pleased to discover that all of our children were on Father Christmas' list.

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Decorating a Christmas tree is very serious business. No ornaments or tinsel were adjusted after the children had finished decorating their tree.

Friday 8th December 2017 - Our Pre-School Nativity

What a fantastic morning! Today we had 34 children sat on the school stage, all together, for the first time. They all coped magnificently; being on stage, in costume, and in front of a staggering 94 family members. All of the staff are incredibly proud of their performance and I think that all of the mums, dads, grandmas and granddads should be incredibly proud as well. "Our First Nativity 2" was a great success.

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Packed away ready for next year!

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Week Beginning Monday 20th November 2017 

The staff and children have been extremely busy this week as we get our Christmas preparations underway.


We have been singing our hearts out learning new words to familiar tunes as we get ready for the Pre-School Nativity Play on Friday 8th December at 10am so please "Save the Date". When we have ironed out all of the finer details of how we will run the day itself we will send an email home to parents.

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We have also been making pictures for our calendars but as with most of our Christmas craft we are unable to show you any "work in progress" as we don't want to spoil any surprises.

The Children in Need Junior Bake-Off Winner in Pre-School is Ralph Pengelly. Congratulations to Ralph and thank you to all of our entrants.

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Week Beginning Monday 13th November 2017

This week we have focussed on the change in the weather and "wind" in particular. We can see the sun shining, the rain falling to make puddles and snow fall but you can't see the wind. We can only feel the wind and see the things that it blows; leaves on the trees, flags on the flagpole outside our window, the clouds in the sky.

The children have pretended to "be the wind" this week when we experimented in trying to blow different objects from the classroom. Some of our children provided very strong wind for the experiments. Arthur was able to blow a golf ball across the table where all the other children struggled to make it wobble. Erin discovered that she was able to blow a plastic cup when she laid it on it's side so that it could roll.

We also made our own windy picture prints; using cotton buds to draw swirling patterns and then printing them onto paper. We then added feathers and newspaper to represent a windy day. Many of the children spent an extended time making their patterns, completely engrossed and then cleared them ready to start again. This was an activity enjoyed by all and the prints that were made are fantastic.

Monday 13th November 2017

In support of Anti-Bullying Week, the staff and children have been wearing odd socks today.

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Week Beginning 6th November 2017

This week we have been looking at hibernation, particularly that of a bear. The children conducted experiments comparing the temperatures of 2 hot water bottles; one that had been insulated by a woolly jumper and placed in a nest of leaves, like a bear, and one that had been left outside on the roof of our shed. Most of our children were able to predict that the insulated bottle would keep warmer for longer with then older children able to rationalise that it was because the temperature outside was cooler. Through our discussions we talked about which animals hibernate and the question "Do badgers hibernate?" was posed. The ladies of Pre-School were not 100% certain of the answer and we investigated the answer on the internet. Do they????????


The children have also made some lovely craft pictures to represent autumnal animals.


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We have also explored Remembrance Poppies through different creative media. Edward was keen to wear his wool wrapped poppy.
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We also held our Autumn Parents' Evening on Tuesday of this week, thank you to all parents who attended. If you were unable to attend and would like to discuss your child's progress please liaise with Mrs Wright and I will endeavour to arrange a mutually convenient appointment for you and your child's key person.

Week Beginning 30th October 2017


This week we have welcomed Spencer and Henry to the Pre-School Room. We look forward to getting to know them and their families over the coming months.


Our focus this week has been the colours of autumn to tie in especially with orange pumpkins and the different colours that we will see at our firework displays this week. Our adult led activities have included talking about the safety aspects of visiting a bonfire and firework display. The children are very excited about visiting their local displays this weekend although several of them are a little tentative about the loud noises associated with a firework display.


We have also explored colour mixing in the form of monster shakers and bonfire shakers. Some children chose to decorate their coloured shakers with scary cut out faces whilst others preferred to add sparkly glitter.


At the beginning of the week we explored pumpkins by hammering in golf tees and then by scooping out their insides. Some children then helped to draw a face on the pumpkin ready to be cut out. The Friday afternoon children finished the week by enjoying chocolate finger sparklers, which were delicious and enjoyed by all! 


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Week beginning 16/10/17

This week we have completed nursery rhyme topic by looking at two more modern favourites of the children; Leo the Lion and I Saw a Terrible Crocodile. Our classroom activities have involved creating paper plate lions, creating lions from the letter L, 3D crocodiles, jungle crowns and painted jungle scenes.

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The children got the chance to go over to the school hall this week. We all took turns to select an animal, think about the different ways in which they moved and then to demonstrate this movement. The children then chose their favourite animal to demonstrate and the other children had to guess the animal. We had a lot of lions amongst the Pre-Schoolers as well as some dinosaurs!
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As the week, and indeed the half term, came to a close we joined the whole school assembly on Friday. The children had collaborated to decorate a teddy bear to make a card for Mrs Hollinshead as she started her maternity leave. Lara and Edward were very brave going up to the front of the whole school to deliver the card on behalf of Pre-School.

Pre-School Bake Sale - Friday 13th October 2017

Thank You

We raised £145 through our baking efforts!


A huge thank you to all the children, parents and staff of Pre-School for their amazing baking efforts for our Bake Sale today. The table was crammed with amazing goodies; cupcakes, lemon drizzle, sticky ginger cake, rocky road, gingerbread men and coffee cake to name but a few. Thanks also to the ladies of FOES who manned the stalls for our customers.

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Week Beginning Monday 9th October 2017

This week our focus been the traditional nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. We have thought about the different reasons that Humpty Dumpty may have been sat on the wall. The children thought he may have wanted a rest or wanted to relax for a while. They used their critical thinking skills to think of ways to make their eggs balance on top of walls that they built. Some children made use of bricks for it to lean on and some collected tape to help their egg.


We then went on to carry out experiments to see what material would prevent Humpty Dumpty from smashing when dropping to the floor. Materials tested were fresh air, shredded paper, feathers, cous cous, marbles and bubble wrap. Although we struggled to maintain laboratory conditions the most protective material turned out to be cous cous. Perhaps you could do your own experiments at home! 

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The children also created a giant Humpty Dumpty together for our display board. We were also lucky that Nathan was allowed to bring in his grandma's Humpty Dumpty for a visit. He was 50 years old and still in tip top condition. You could tell that he hadn't fallen off any walls.
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Congratulations to Mrs Rigby who completed the Chester Marathon on Sunday 8th October in a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 36 seconds. She kindly brought her medal in to show the children.
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Week Beginning 2nd October 2017


We have welcomed Rosie, our final new member of the class, this week. We look forward to getting to know her over the rest of the half term.


Our Nursery Rhyme focus this week has been Incy Wincy Spider. The children have been given the opportunity to play games demonstrating their knowledge of mini-beasts, and very knowledgeable they were too! We are going to use this knowledge to create a mini-beast fact display.


Our other main activity involved exercising our tool control. The children printed a handprint spider and then used single and double hole punches or needles to make holes around their plate. They then threaded grey wool through the holes, a very tricky job, to create a spider web. They also made spider hats. Our display was a combined effort with many children contributing towards the cloud and raindrops.
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Week Beginning 25th September 2017

We have continued to welcome new children to our Pre-School, with Albie and Mason joining the class.


This week we have been exploring all aspects of the nursery rhyme, Baa Baa Black Sheep and the other variations that we sing in Pre-School; Baa Baa White Sheep and Baa Baa Pink Sheep.


Our main adult led activity entailed estimating how many cotton wool balls will fit onto different sized sheep. This activity encouraged counting, estimating and making comparisons as well as practising writing our numbers.


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We have also enjoyed playing a variety of rings games, old and new. We have all enjoyed playing our regular favourites of "The Farmer's In His Den" and "Isn't it Funny How a Bear Likes Honey" and then we all learned how to play "In and Out the Dusty Bluebells", this was a particular challenge manoeuvring through the circle of children.


The children also made their own interpretations of the different coloured sheep using wool, bubble wrap, stamp pads and paint brushes. We also made pictures of the Master, Dame and Little Boys using wooden blocks dipped in paint. 

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Week Beginning 18th September 2017


This week we have welcomed Willow, Idris, Aeron, Zackery and Nathan to the Pre-School class. We look forward to getting to know them all and their families over the next few weeks. They have coped really well so far, especially on Friday when we had a very noisy fire drill. The whole Pre-School class behaved beautifully as we joined the rest of the school at the front lawn assembly point.


Our nursery rhyme of the week has been Hickory Dickory Dock. We have found out about different types of clocks and watches during our circle time discussions. Our art and craft activities have focussed on different types of mice. the children have made cone mice with pipecleaner tails, mice from different shape stencils and paper cut-out mice. Alex helped print our clock using poly M shapes dipped in brown paint. Take a look at our display and see if you can spot your mouse, you may even find some hanging around the Pre-School room. 

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Week Beginning - 11th September 2017

This week we have started to welcome our new intake of children. We have welcomed Beau, Abigail, Alex, Dylan and Louis. Alex and Dylan are already familiar with our Pre-School room having an older sister and brother who have just moved up to the Reception class. All of the children coped extremely well on their first few days with hardly any tears. We look forward to getting to know you and your families over the coming year.


This week we have been exploring the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and it's associated alternative "Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar". Our activities have included matching rhyming words, making up new rhyming matches, painting our own interpretations of the songs and decorating stars for our display. Our final treat was being given the opportunity to decorate a biscuit with stars; star shaped icing, star shaped chocolate pieces and star shaped sprinkles. We saved them to eat at home and hope that the children enjoyed eating them as much as they did making them.

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Welcome Back - 6th September 2017

Our older children have returned to Pre-School after the summer break full of energy and enthusiasm for the busy Autumn term ahead of us.


We will be focussing our adult led activities on different nursery rhymes this half term.

11/9/17 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

18/9/17 - Hickory Dickory Dock

25/9/17 - Baa Baa Black Sheep

2/10/17 - Incy Wincy Spider

9/10/17 - Humpty Dumpty

16/10/17 - I Saw a Terrible Crocodile

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