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Updated: Friday 24th November 2017 

 

School Application Deadline 

3pm, 15th January 2018.

 

 

Welcome to Pre-School

 

We look forward to welcoming all of our existing Pre-School children to a new and exciting school year, we have lots of adventures ahead of us. We also have a large number of new children preparing to join our class and we look forward to meeting them and getting to know them over the coming year. Please keep visiting our web-page to find out about the different learning opportunities we have been exploring.

Who's Who

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

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.

Save the Date !

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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.

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.  1

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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