Welcome to Pre-School
Welcome to the Pre-School classroom, please take a look at some of the different learning opportunities we have been exploring.
School Leavers ZooLab Treat - Thursday 13th July 2017
As a special treat for our school leavers we arranged for a visit from our furry friends of ZooLab. Hannah brought along a number of small animals for the children to either hold or stroke and learn all about them. Among the animals that we saw were Charlotte the tarantula, rats called Thelma and Daphne, Gandalf the bearded dragon, Ronald the corn snake and an African land snail.
All of the children watched intently and waited for their turn to pet the animals. This was also a great treat for the staff.
Sports Day - 11th July 2017
Thank you to everyone that came to our Sports Day. I think you'll agree that all of the children did brilliantly in front of such a huge audience of spectators, as did our brave mums and dads who agreed to take part in our adult races. Luckily the rain held off and we were able to complete all of our races. Here are just a few photographs of the proceedings.
Week Beginning 3rd July 2017
The children had a fabulous surprise when they entered the Pre-School garden this week. Tying in brilliantly with our theme of "Transport" we were the grateful recipients of some of the Thomas the Tank Engine decorations from the carnival float. The children have been able to use the decorations in their imaginative play, pretending to go on train rides with Thomas and friends. They have also enjoyed taking shelter from the sunshine in the "train tunnels" and used them as their den.
Week beginning 26th June 2017
This week the children have been thinking about the holidays that they have shared with their family members. Many of our children have been on some spectacular holidays; skiing, exotic beach holidays to the Caribbean, trips to South America and Disneyland. The children have also experienced holidays closer to home by visiting British seaside resorts and camping, although Harry doesn't think that camping is a proper holiday!
In preparation for the school summer holiday in a few weeks the children practised packing their own suitcases and talked about the shapes and sizes of the objects that they wanted to pack into their suitcases. The children were surprised at how many different shapes you can turn a towel into; rectangle, square, triangle and cylinder. Eleanor had taken note of her mummy's method of packing and rolled all of her clothing to ensure she made the most of the space in her suitcase.
We also took part in dressing races where the children had to negotiate their way through a small obstacle course before dressing themselves in various items of clothing and then running back to the start to sit on their beach towel. It was interesting to see that most children would put on their sunglasses before attempting to dress themselves in their shorts.
Week Beginning 19th June 2017
This week the children have enjoyed watching the older children, including some siblings, in their various activities for Sports Week. We have watched the KS1 and KS2 Games Day, watched a demonstration of karate by Year 6 and enjoyed watching a number of football matches. We were then able to take part in our own football matches when we joined up with the Reception Class on Friday. We all had a great time, even Mrs Brachtvogel, Mrs Naish, Mrs Stokes and Mrs Wright who all ended up as goalkeepers. Thank you to Mr Bush for refereeing our games and trying to keep us on the correct football pitch when we strayed outside of the white lines.
We look forward to our own Sports Day on Tuesday 11th July at 10am.
Week beginning 12th June 2017
This week all of the children made their daddy a Father's Day card. This was a two step process.
Step 1 - The children took part in a colour exploration activity mixing marbling inks on water to create their own very individual patter. They then laid their paper on the top and when it was removed the inks had transferred to their paper. The children appeared to enjoy this activity with some children spending an extended time at the craft table making numerous different marbled papers. Once dried the paper was used to cut out a tie shape which was then laminated.
Step 2 - The children created their own shirt card for daddy; cutting and folding down the collar and adding buttons down the front before creating a design on the shirt using stamping pens.
We hope that all of the daddies liked their individually designed shirts and that they re-use their ties as bookmarks for the future.
Sunflowers - 9th June 2017
This week we have been exploring sunflowers. The children have had the opportunity to plant their own sunflower and discussed the different factors that will help a sunflower to grow. The children will be able to take their plants home to plant them in their gardens and we would love to see how they are growing over the coming weeks and summer holidays. Please email your photographs to Mrs Wright and let's see who has the greenest fingers in the Pre-School class.
Our sunflower exploration also included sharing the story 'Camille and the Sunflowers' by Laurence Anholt; a story about Vincent van Gogh. The children made their own paintings of sunflowers using different painting tools and collage materials. They also 3-d models of sunflowers.
5th June 2017
The children have returned from their half term break full of energy ready for the busiest time of the year. This half term we will be focussing on different aspects of summer and hope that we will encounter some sunshine in the process. Our weekly topics will be as follows:
Week beginning 5th June - Sunflowers
Week beginning 12th June - Father's Day
Week beginning 19th June - Sports Week
Week beginning 26th June - Transport
Week beginning 3rd July - Holidays
Week beginning 10th July - The Seaside
Week beginning 17th July - The Fun Fair
Summer Report from Pre-School - 26th May 2017
Throughout the first half of the Summer Term the children have been exploring favourite books and stories. We started by sharing the Julia Donaldson story “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book” as a springboard to talking about our own personal favourites. We then decided to focus on the following stories; “Aliens Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman, “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, “What the Ladybird Heard” and “What the Ladybird Heard Next” by Julia Donaldson and “Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs” by Ian Whybrow.
“Aliens Love Underpants” enabled us to explore our creative side and the children particularly enjoyed making their own aliens out of coloured modelling clay.
As we shared ”The Hungry Caterpillar” story we discussed the lifecycle of the butterfly and the importance of healthy eating. We even noticed a huge caterpillar that grew in our garden area overnight!
The story “The Day the Crayons Quit” gave the children the opportunity to explore primary colours of red, blue and yellow and the different colours and shades that could be made by mixing them and then adding white or black. This was a particularly messy activity as the children were encouraged to take part in the sensory experience of mixing with their hands rather than using a paintbrush. We also discussed how colours are sometimes used to describe how we are feeling.
“Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs” caught the imagination of the children as they became archaeologists for the week. They brushed away the sand in the sand tray to discover dinosaur pictures and dinosaur bones. Some children enjoyed creating their own dinosaur skeleton using dried pasta. We explored dinosaurs in ice, helping it melt with the use of a brush, warm water and salt. We also tried to replicate how we thought dinosaurs would move using different musical instruments.
We then went on to look at the Julia Donaldson stories “What the Ladybird Heard” and “What the Ladybird Heard Next”. Our learning focused on positional language and heroes. Our hero talk allowed the children to explore the different jobs that people do. In the mind of a three year old a policeman’s job is “to catch baddies and put them in jail”. Joshua’s hero was “Daddy because he is strong and brave!” We made lots of ladybird craft items; cardboard tube ladybirds, suncatchers and painted our own ladybirds. The week culminated on Friday when we decorated biscuits and ate them with Annabelle saying it was “the best day ever!”
We have had a busy couple of weeks preparing for two very special celebrations.
The children talked about their mummy and the lovely things that they liked to do with their mummy as we made beautiful teapot cards for Mother’s Day.
Our Pre-School mummies must be very talented bakers as most of the children enjoy baking cookies and brownies with their mummy. The children also iced and decorated a small cupcake for mummy to enjoy with her cup of tea on Mothering Sunday. Through the week we learnt the song “I Love Mummy” and we held a couple of public performances as the children were collected on Friday.
This week our craft activities have been based around the Easter topic as we prepare to break for the Easter holiday. The children have made beautiful Easter cards to take home.
A highlight of the week has been the “Water Wall” that Mrs Stokes has constructed in the outdoor area. It consists of bottles, funnels and hoses for the children to fill with water and then track it from the top to the bottom. This will be a welcome feature of our water play over the warmer months.
We held our Pre-School Parents Evening on Tuesday of this week where we met with 30 of our parents. If you were unable to meet with your child’s key person but would like a consultation, please contact Mrs Wright and we will arrange a convenient time for you to meet with them.
We return to Pre-School on Wednesday 19th April and we will be exploring some of our favourite stories, starting off with the Julia Donaldson story “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book”. If your child has a favourite book that they would like to share with us next term they are most welcome to bring it in to Pre-School. We would also welcome any parents who would like to share their favourite stories with the children. Please speak with Mrs Wright if you would like to read to the children during a Pre-School Session.
We hope that the sun continues to shine and wish that you all enjoy a lovely Easter break.
Mrs J Wright