Sunday, 23 February 2020

Welcome back... Mr wolf's pancakes and The three little pigs



Hello everyone,

We hope you all had a wonderful half term full of adventures. We can't wait to hear all about them. 

The last week of term we enjoyed a week of magical adventures and learning. On Monday morning we met a magician called Martin and he did a magic show with fire, cards, money and lots more. We also explored the magical world at school with the bubble machine. On Tuesday we had a surprise parcel of Spike the dragon. We drew pictures of soup we could make for Spike. We also enjoyed making magical wands using sticks, wool and a star. We used our fine motor skills to wrap wool around our wands. On Wednesday afternoon we made some bread rolls ready for our lunch on Thursday. We also had a go at making some magic potions outside at the mud kitchen. On Thursday we made magic potion soup (tomatoes soup) for our lunch which we all really enjoyed eating. On Wednesday and Thursday morning Imogen Dad came in and talked about the 

Philippines and we got to try a variety of foods from the Phillippines. We learnt lots of great facts. On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed watching a magic show by Andy the magic man. It was brilliant. 


This week we are going to be sharing the story of Mr Wolf's pancakes and The three little pigs. We are going to be writing shopping lists of ingredients we need to make pancakes. On Tuesday we are going to be learning how to make pancakes following a set of instructions and then eating pancakes for snack with our favourite toppings. We will also be having some pancake races outside and using the number language of 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. From Wednesday on we will be sharing the story of the 3 little pigs with lots of fun and exciting activities. We will look at materials which would make good houses without blowing down. We will test them with the hairdryer!!

Home learning

We can't wait to hear all about your half term adventures and number hunts. We love to see all your home learning. 

Letters and sounds:- 

This week we are going to be learning the sound m. We have been doing lots of games with Fred frog which involves oral blending and segmenting  We will have also been doing some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds. There will be a coffee morning in next couple of week to share how we do the Read Write Inc Nursery programme. Look out for the date.

Notices

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you come in the mornings.

On Thursday 27th February at 3.10pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

On Friday we have swimming.

 This week Stay and Play will be on Friday 28th February  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

Our next Saturday Stay and Play is on Saturday 14th March from 10.-11.30. Hope to see lots of you there.

On Friday 28th February it is POWSA film night showing the film of Peter Rabbit. Storytime at 5.30pm and film starts at 5.45pm. Tickets can be purchased from school office or on the night. £3.00 including popcorn and a drink. See poster for more details.

On Tuesday 3rd March POWSA meeting in School staff room at 7.30pm. All welcome.

On Thursday 5th March is World Book Day, children can come dressed as their favourite book character. Children also to bring their favourite story to school. 

Here's to a great week back full of exploring and learning.

Julia and Pre-school Team

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Surprise Surprise



Hello everyone,

Last week we started our week of on Monday with a focus on the NSPCC PANTS Day. We went to assembly and met Pantosaurus who shared the important PANTS message. We got to hold up the pants we designed at home in assembly. During the morning we had the opportunity to design our own pants with a variety of craft materials. These are up on display in the classroom. We also listened to the story of Aliens love underpants. We then listened to the NSPCC PANTS song and talk about what PANTS stands for. 
On Tuesday we flew off to India. Throughout the week we have enjoyed a variety of Indian snacks including popadoms, nan bread, mango chutney and Raita. On Tuesday we learnt all about Mehndi. We had a go at doing our own henna patterns on a hand we drew round on orange paper. On Wednesday morning Sunny bought in some Indian clothes  which we enjoyed sharing at group time. Also on Wednesday at group time we read a story all about Diwali and how Diwali is celebrated.  We talked about the colourful patterns they make. We went outside and had a go a making some of the patterns using chalks. We also made sparklers out of sticks with glitter and gold paper and had a go at using our homemade sparkers to make draw in the air. We had PE with Mr Treble and we used some apparatus to climb through, over and under and balancing along the beam. 
On Wednesday afternoon we had a go at making our own little pots out of salt dough. On Monday and Wednesday afternoon a group of children went over to Reception for an explore. On Thursday afternoon we enjoyed reading the story of Elmer and then had a go drawing our own Elmer in chalk outside. We have enjoyed mark making in Indian spices this week. On Thursday afternoon we had an explore of the school grounds and enjoyed using the playtrail and trim trail. We also had great fun making up our imaginative games like campfires. On Friday afternoon we had great fun making dens outside. 

This week we have got a very exciting surprise week. We have got lots of fun, exciting and exploring activities to do this week. We will be visiting school throughout the week to take part in a variety of activities. On Thursday we are going to be making our own surprise lunch so no pack lunches will be needed. If your child attend on Monday, please come to pre-school for 8.50am. I will give an update of our surprise tomorrow evening. 


Home learning

Over half term can you go a number hunt? Can you make a poster of all the numbers you can find?

Letters and sounds:- 

We have nearly finished learning all the picture names of the Read Write Inc cards. We will continue to learn the last of Read Write Inc Pictures. We have been doing lots of games with Fred frog which involves oral blending and segmenting  We will have also been doing some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds.

Notices


Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you come in the mornings.

It was lovely to see you at Parents evening to share your child's learning. If you were unable to parent evening, please do come and see me to arrange a suitable time and date.

On Wednesday at 3.10pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Thursday 13th February  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

On Thursday the children do not need to bring in a packed lunch as we will be making our own lunch surprise. 

Our next Saturday Stay and Play is on Saturday 14th March from 10.-11.30. Hope to see lots of you there.

On Saturday 15th February we have a community make over day from 10.00-5.00pm. All very welcome, please come and join us. If you have any questions please come ask Julia. 

We break up for half term on Thursday 13th February and return on Monday 24th February.

We hope you have a lovely half term and that the weather is kind to us all. We look forward to greeting you back after a little break.


Here's to a very exciting and fun week.

Julia and Pre-school Team

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Around the world....Philippines and India



Hello everyone,

Wow, what a great week we had visiting Africa. On Monday we boarded the plane with our passports and flew all the way to Africa. We met our special visitor there (Ruby's Dad Jack) Jack took us on a safari with our very own maps with stickers through the country of Africa. We learnt about the animals, language and culture in Africa. On the drawing table we had the African flag to paint using corks. In the afternoon we made our own African mask using lots of colours and dots to paint. We looked at some African masks. On Tuesday morning we had a very special delivery left for us at the pre-school door. All the children went to the main entrance to find a big box had been delivered. We worked as a team to bring the box down to the classroom. We heard an animal noise in the box. When we opened the box we found we had a giraffe in there. We named him Gerald and did some drawings of him and thought of some questions to ask his family. Also in the morning outside we made Gerald the giraffe a home using the construction materials. We collected leaves and a bucket of water for him.  At group time we enjoyed looking at some photos of Africa which Wren bought in. On Tuesday afternoon we took a walk to the school roundhouse and talked about how some African people live in these and how it different to our homes. On the way back we collected the materials to make our own roundhouses. 
On Wednesday morning we listened to the story of Handa's Surprise. For snack we had all the fruit to taste which Handa had in her basket. In the afternoon we made roundhouses out of mud, straw, water, sticks. It was great fun. Outside in the afternoon we had our own safari with animals hidden all around the outside environment and we made our own binoculars and safari hats to look for the animals. On Thursday morning we played a game of guess the safari animal using the clues. In the afternoon we went to Reception and had an explore. On Friday morning we made our own favourite fruit tally chart. Throughout the week we have enjoyed painting different animals from Africa, playing with all the soft cuddly safari animals, mark making with paint the animal footprints. 
Also during the week we have been making our door pots pretty with primroses, looking after the animals, swimming, PE with Mr Treble, obstacle course. On Friday morning we had great fun with making bubbles outside and using brushes with bubbles. 

 This week we start the week on Monday with a focus on NSPCC ‘Pants Day’ We will meet Pantosaurus who teaches us how to stay safe and we will sing along to the Pantosaurus song. From Tuesday we will be exploring the Philippines and India for the rest of the week. We are going to be looking at patterns, colour, spices, elephants, food and lots more. Here to another very exciting week of travelling!!

Home learning

Can you bring in something you have made or have which is about the Philippines and Indian Culture?

Letters and sounds:- 

We have nearly finished learning all the picture names of the Read Write Inc cards. We will continue to learn the last of Read Write Inc Pictures. We have been doing lots of games with Fred frog which involves oral blending and segmenting  We will have also been doing some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds.

Notices

Don't forget to bring in your child's WOW moments. We love to share and celebrate these with everyone. There are spare WOW's by the WOW board in the corridor. 

On Tuesday 4th February  at 5.00pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Wednesday 5th February from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

This term swimming will take place on a Friday morning. The children swim on a 2 week rota. Swimming will be this week.  

On Tuesday 4th February there is a POWSA meeting in the school staff room at 7.30pm. Come and join us and help plan our spring events. Any questions come and ask myself. 

I look forward to seeing you all at parents evening. I am very much looking forward to meeting you all again and having the opportunity to share with you how fantastically well your children are doing and the progress they are making!

We break up for half term on Thursday 13th February and return on Monday 24th February.

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you hang up coats in the mornings, all important post will be there. 

Heres to another exciting  and exploring week.

Julia and Pre-school team

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Around the world....Africa



Hello everyone,

Last week we had a great week exploring China and celebrating Chinese New Year. On Monday we went on an aeroplane to China. We checked in with our passports and got a stamp. Throughout the week we enjoyed listening to some stories and poems about Chinese New Year. On Wednesday morning William's mum came in to visit us and talked about her time in Hong Kong. We also learnt to speak some Chinese words. We looked at a children's Chinese outfit, pictures of Hong Kong, A story about a little girl in Hong Kong and a Chinese game they play. On Thursday morning Zoe's mum's friend came in to talk about where he lived in Beijing. We looked at maps, pictures, Chinese food and culture. He also showed us how to do do Chinese writing and he wrote all our names in Chinese to bring home. 
On Thursday and Friday afternoon we made a lucky pocket to bring home. This is a traditional in Chinese New Year which we found out in our poem. We decorated our wallets with Chinese writing and we wrote a wish to go inside. 
Throughout the week we tried lots of different foods including stir fry, noodles, prawn crackers, fortune cookies, lychee's, spring rolls, Chinese tea and egg fried rice. We even had a go at using chopsticks at snack time. 
On Tuesday morning Wren bought in a Chinese pot with tea inside. The tea was in a sphere shape and we had a go at predicting what would happen when we put it in hot water. We had lots of great predictions. We found out the sphere shaped opened up into a flower in the hot water. We enjoyed using the magnifying glasses to look at it. 
On Tuesday and Wednesday we had made some dragon puppets. We watched a video of dragon dancing to celebrate Chinese New Year. They also used drums and symbols for musical instruments. On Wednesday afternoon we did our own dragon dance with our puppets and played the drums and symbols in the hall. 
We have also been making lanterns and praticing our scissors skills. We learnt that the streets in China are decorated with lanterns. 
We enjoyed looking at the Chinese flag and making our own flag and having a go at using black paint to do Chinese writing. In the role play area we have enjoyed playing Chinese restaurant. 
On Tuesday afternoon we also made the Great Wall of China outside using the crates and wood planks.
Throughout the week we have enjoyed playing outside, looking after the pre-school animals and challenging our learning with a variety of activities inside.

This week we are going to be flying off to Africa for the week. We have got a special visitor coming on Monday to talk about Africa. We are going to be exploring the safari and the animals which live there. We are also going to be making some African jewellery. We will be sharing the story of Handa's Surprise and trying out all the different fruits. We will be looking at the houses they live in and compare them to our houses. Also looking at some African musical instruments and making some of our own. We we be lots of learning outside this week too. It's going to be another brilliant and exciting adventure this week. If you have any African resources you would like to share, please do bring them in.


Home learning

Can you bring in something you have made or have which is about the African Culture?

Letters and sounds:- 

We have nearly finished learning all the picture names of the Read Write Inc cards. We will continue to learn the last of Read Write Inc Pictures. We have been doing lots of games with Fred frog which involves oral blending and segmenting  We will have also been doing some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds.

Notices

Don't forget to bring in your child's WOW moments. We love to share and celebrate these with everyone. There are spare WOW's by the WOW board in the corridor. 

On Friday 31st January at 5.00pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Friday 31st January  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

This term swimming will take place on a Friday morning. The children swim on a 2 week rota. Swimming will be this week.  

On Friday 31st January we have POWSA bingo for the family in the Main school hall from 5.30pm and eyes down at 6.00pm. This is a great fun family evening out.

On Tuesday 4th February there is a POWSA meeting in the school staff room at 7.30pm. Come and join us and help plan our spring events. Any questions come and ask myself. 

The sign up sheets are up in the corridor for parents evening. If these times and dates are not convenient, please come and see me to arrange a different date and time. 

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you hang up coats in the mornings, all important post will be there. 

Heres to another exciting  and exploring week.

Julia and Pre-school team



Sunday, 19 January 2020

Around the world...China



Hello everyone,

WoW what  a brilliant week we had exploring Spain. We started our week off by traveling to Spain on a boat. We all used our imagination and we went through passport control and then on to a ferry. We all had our passports stamped. We had a storm whilst on the boat and we got to eat on the ferry. The children continued their role play in the boat throughout the week. We have been making our own passports by drawing a picture of our faces in the photo box. We talked about our eye colour and colour, length of hair. We had a go at writing our name in the signature box and also how old we are. We all remembered we live in England. At snack time we have enjoyed trying Spanish foods including chorizo, Spanish omelette and olives. On Tuesday morning a group of children made a tapas dish of potato's, chorizo and cheese. It was lovely to look at the Spanish plate that Wren bought in to show everyone. The children really enjoyed this snack. On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning we looked at different types of boats and then we had a go at making our own boats using a variety of materials. We then had a go at testing them out to see if they float.  On Tuesday morning we had a visit from a Spanish teacher and we learnt hello, bye and head, shoulders knees and toes in Spanish. We enjoyed wearing the magic Spanish hat to talk in Spanish. Throughout the week we have enjoyed making maracas out of paper plates and a variety of different sounds including rice and pasta. We looked at the Spanish flag and how it is different to our flag. We made our own flags. On Thursday we met another Spanish teacher and learnt how to count in Spanish. On Thursday William bought in a book about Lanzarota. We enjoyed sharing his story and found out there was a volcano there. The children were really interested in this. We took this idea further and made our own volcano science experiment with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and red food colouring. On Thursday we made spanish fans using pastels and folding paper. We also watched some Spanish dancing and had a go ourselves using different fabrics. On Friday afternoon we had great fun playing football on the school field and a game of bingo. 

This week we are going to be flying off to China to explore China and celebrating Chinese New Year. We will trying out lots of different Chinese food. Making some lanterns, exploring Chinese writing, stories and a visit from a parent to talk about living in Hong Kong along with lots more exciting activities. We have got a Chinese restaurant role play area as well. If you have any Chinese resources please do bring them in. 

Home learning

Can you bring in something you have made or have which is about the Chinese Culture?

Letters and sounds:- 

We have had great fun this week making a rhyming soup with a magic wand. We will continue to learn the Read Write Inc Pictures. We will also start with some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds.

Notices

Don't forget to bring in your child's WOW moments. We love to share and celebrate these with everyone. There are spare WOW's by the WOW board in the corridor. 

On Thursday 23rd January at 3.10pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Thursday 23rd January  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

Our next Saturday Stay and Play is on Saturday 25th January from 10.00-11.30am. Younger and old siblings very welcome to join us. 

This term swimming will take place on a Friday morning. Children who attend on a Friday morning will receive a swimming letter this week. The children swim on a 2 week rota. Swimming will be this week.  

The sign up sheets are up in the corridor for parents evening. If these times and dates are not convenient, please come and see me to arrange a different date and time. 

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you hang up coats in the mornings, all important post will be there. 

Heres to another exciting  and exploring week.

Julia and Pre-school team

Sunday, 12 January 2020

Around the world...Spain



Hello everyone,

Wow, what a great first week back of the new year. It was lovely to hear all about the children's Christmas celebrations with their families. The children have drawn a pictures of their Christmas memories. These are on display in the classroom. We have been really busy talking about where we live and the country we live in. We talked about where we live and the capital city of London. We looked at some pictures on the internet of London Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace. We also enjoyed finding out about the Queen.  From looking at pictures of London Bridge and Buckingham Place we used different types of construction to have a go at making some models. We enjoyed reading the stories of 'The Queens hat and The Queens Bag'. From these stories we had a go at designing the Queen a new hat and making a new handbag for her. We have talked bout our country flag and the colours on the flag. We painted some Great Britain flags with hard buds and blue and red paint. We also made some London buses. On Monday morning with made cheese on toast for snack. On Wednesday afternoon in small groups made the English traditional pudding Spotted Dick. On Thursday we had the pudding for snack with custard and we thought it was yummy. So much so we had seconds. On Friday for snack we made sandwiches. We spread the butter and put our favourite filling in. We ate them for snack and Ted suggested we had tea to go with our sandwiches. The children really enjoyed tasting tea. On Thursday afternoon we made parachutes with paper and string with playmobil people. This idea came from the story of The Queens Bag. The children really enjoyed testing out their parachutes. On Friday morning we looked at English money and talked about the coins. We did some rubbings of the coins. On Friday afternoon we planted some onions in or veg patch. Throughout the week we have looked after the animals and enjoyed visiting the guinea pigs in their new home.
We have also enjoyed talking about places we have visited in England and looking at where they are on the map and how we could get there. 
We have enjoyed playing in the travel agents and booking each other a holiday. 

This week we are going to sailing to Spain!! We have got our own passports to get stamped and to fill in our own passports. We will be tasting lots of yummy Spanish foods and finding out about the Spanish culture.. We are going to be doing some dancing and making some musicals instruments. We will be having a visit from a Spanish teacher to learn some Spanish and listend to a spanish story. Its going to be a great week. If you have any Spanish resources, please do bring them in. 


Home learning

Can you bring in something you have made or have which is about the Spanish Culture?

Letters and sounds:- 

We have had great fun this week making a rhyming soup with a magic wand. We will continue to learn the Read Write Inc Pictures. We will also start with some alliteration. We have been thinking of words beginning with different sounds.

Notices

Don't forget to bring in your child's WOW moments. We love to share and celebrate these with everyone. There are spare WOW's by the WOW board in the corridor. 

On Wednesday 15th January at 3.10pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Wednesday 15th January  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

On Saturday 18th we have got our first community makeover of the year from 10.00-5.00pm. Please come and join us. Any questions please come and see Julia. 

Our next Saturday Stay and Play is on Saturday 25th January from 10.00-11.30am. Younger and old siblings very welcome to join us. 


This term swimming will take place on a Friday morning. Children who attend on a Friday morning will receive a swimming letter this week. The children swim on a 2 week rota. Swimming will this week.  

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you hang up coats in the mornings, all important post will be there. 

Here to another exciting week.

Julia and Pre-school team

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Happy New Year



Hello everyone,

We would all like to wish you a Happy New Year and we hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all the lovely presents which we have all enjoyed sharing with our families.



This term we are going to be exploring different countries around the world and celebrations which happen in different countries. This week we will be talking about how we have celebrated Christmas and New Year with our families. With our key workers we will be mark making a picture of a memory from the Christmas holidays and talking about our celebrations.
Alongside this we will be discovering our own country and talking about our capital city London. 
If you have any connections with countries around the world and would like to come in and share you experiences, please come and see me. 


Home learning

Can you bring in a picture or pictures of your Christmas celebrations?

Letters and sounds:- 

We will continue with our rhyming door by adding new rhyming words and playing rhyming games. We will continue to learn the Read Write Inc Pictures. We will also start with some alliteration. 

Notices

Don't forget to bring in your child's WOW moments. We love to share and celebrate these with everyone. There are spare WOW's by the WOW board in the corridor. 

On Tuesday 7th January at 3.10pm we have got our story session. Please come and join us. 

 This week Stay and Play will be on Friday 10th January  from 8.30-9.00am. Everyone is very welcome including younger and older siblings. Hope to see lots of you there. 

Our next Saturday Stay and Play is on Saturday 25th January from 10.00-11.30am. Younger and old siblings very welcome to join us. 

On Tuesday 7th January is a POWSA meeting to discuss future fundraising events. It is in the main school staffroom at 7.30pm. Please see Julia for more details. It would be great to see you there. 

This term swimming will take place on a Friday morning. Children who attend on a Friday morning will receive a swimming letter this week. The children swim on a 2 week rota. Swimming will start next week. 

Please remember to check your Child’s post pocket when you hang up coats in the mornings, all important post will be there. 

Here to another exciting term.

Julia and Pre-school team