AUTUMN TERM 2 – 2020
AUTUMN TERM 2 – 2nd November until 17th December
As Covid 19 still impacts on our world everyone at Pre-school is working hard to keep our setting safe and fun! We have continued to use our large outside space and Pre-school garden as much as possible. Here is a brief insight into what we got up to!
w/c 2nd November – letter s – Bonfire night – When we came back after the half term holiday our marquee had been transformed into a pumpkin patch with hay bales and lots of different sized pumpkins. We had great fun jumping on and off the hay bales and exploring the different sizes and weights of the pumpkins too! Our families had been busy collecting items for our annual Autumn find and we are sure you will agree they have worked really hard!
w/c 9th November – letter a – This week we learned about the festival of Divali by listening to the story of Rama and Sita and making some sparkly pictures to help celebrate. We talked about the importance of Remembrance Sunday and made some poppies to take home. We did a spot of apple printing and had great fun making obstacle courses in our garden.
w/c 16th November – letter t – As we looked at the letter ‘t’ we made tigers and some Pudsy Teddies for Children in Need. The children continue to mix up lots of different resources to make their own unique creations! Our Green Bod children listened to the story of the Tiger who Came to Tea and talked about how the family may have felt about the sudden appearance of a tiger in their home!
w/c 23rd November – letter p – We made pigs on sticks at Pre-school this week so we could act out the story of the 3 Little Pigs using the hay bales in our marquee. it was lots of fun and there were some very interesting stories and characters introduced into the story by the children! We played with pasta and cereal in our tuff spot and added some pots, letters and diggers so there was lots to find and talk about! Our green Bods played a game of skittles where we had to count how many we had knocked over and how many were still standing. It was made a little more tricky by adding more skittles
w/c 30th November – letter p – As Christmas approaches we take a break from our letter of the week so we can concentrate on decorating our room and garden. We put up our Christmas tree and added lots of lovely decorations to make it look festive, we even have one in our marquee! We listened to the story of the Nativity and talked about why it is an important festival for Christians. We played with glittery playdo and had lots of fun with glitter and fake snow in out tuff spot too. Our Green Bods were have been writing Dear Santa letters where they asked Santa for a special present they would like on Christmas morning as long as he has the time to make it!
w/c 7th December Christmas is in full swing this week. We began making our individual Christmas cards to take home to give to someone we love and we are sure you agree they look fantastic! On Tuesday afternoon we went off on a walk to our local post box where we sang Christmas songs all of the way and looked for houses decorated ready for Christmas. We talked in our Knowledge and Understanding groups about what happens to letters when we put them in the post box so we will see what happens now! We made some lovely Christmas crafts and continued with our Advent Calendar. A very busy week!
w/c 14th December – Our last week of Pre-school this week before the Christmas break. We had lots of fun Christmas songs and games and even had time to record a socially distanced Nativity play to post onto our online learning journal for our parents. We continued with our glittery and sparkly Christmas crafts and were in full swing decorating our rooms ready for our end of term Christmas Party on Friday.
AUTUMN TERM 1 – 3rd September to 23rd October 2020
Another strange half term for us all due to the continuing Covid 19 restrictions. Despite this we have all had lots of fun in our outside area despite the unpredictable weather! The children have been engaging in some lovely imaginative play using all of the natural resources in our outdoor environment. Leaves have become lunch, sticks become magic wands and conkers have been collected in buckets and bowls to make cakes and potions! We have put on our waterproof ponchos and run around in the rain and listened to the sounds it makes on the roof of our marquee. As well as all of this we have been working on the colours Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Black/ White and then exploring what happens when we mix them all together!! Our Green Bods have been practicing their pencil control by drawing self portraits and scrimbling, using numbers by playing a game of skittles and some fun maths games, learning about the world and their environment and beginning to be introduced to the phonic sounds of s,a,t. Take a look at what we have been doing below!
Another academic year has passed and it has been a very strange one! We have enjoyed working with all of the lovely children who come to our setting and will miss them lots. We feel very sad that we have not been able to say a proper goodbye to our wonderful parents who support us so brilliantly.
Our usual leavers play, end of year trip, family funday and end of term family picnic all had to be cancelled due to Covid 19 but we still managed to have a fun half term.
We look forward to seeing our Orange Bod children who are returning to us in September, many of whom will be Green Bods.
On behalf of all of the staff we would like to thank our parents for their gifts, cards and for the gift cards which we will use for a slap up meal!!
Have a wonderful Summer – Lesley, Cathy, Rachael, Louise, Tracey L, Emma, Tracey M, Krista and Debbie
Weeks 29th June to 16th July Our last few weeks have been full of fun even though we have not been able to do the things we normally end our year with. We got out our climbing frame and practised our balancing and climbing skills, learning about how our bodies will move and fit into different spaces! We had lots of lovely water play where we lots of marks using water and watched to see how it dried in the sun. We even did a spot of paddling in our tuff spot! Our Green bods made family trees and did some number matching using buses. They had to carefully match the right number bus to its correct garage. They were very good at it too!!! Our year ended with a picnic. Unfortunately we were not able to invite all of our parents to attend this year but we still had lots of fun and games and some scrummy sandwiches and cakes too. The children even made some fantastic signs to put up around our marquee.
Weeks 6th to 27th June. We have been having great fun and making the most of our lovely grassed area even in the rain!!!! If its raining it is still exciting to hide in the marquee and listen to the rain or put on our waterproof ponchos and run around exploring the feel on our hands. We can still hide in the Pre-school garden or outside if we dont like getting wet! When the sun shines there are lots of things to do like planting flowers and tomato plants which need lots of looking after, or enjoying the activities on offer. We have decorated our marquee with some beautiful pictures too!
Pre-school is Back!!!! Week commencing 1st June – Things may look a little different but we are really pleased to be back at Pre-school. We have been able to extend our outdoor area enabling us to use the lovely grassed area next to our garden. We have purchased a marquee which gives us another room which the children love! Everyone has settled back brilliantly and we are having lots of fun even though the sun has decided to go in!!!
Spring Term – 2020
Unfortunately this is where we will have to sign off for a while. In accordance with Government guidance we have had to shut Pre-school due to the Covid 19 virus. We hope to see you all again very soon.
Week commencing 16th March – letter r – We were busy making our Mothers Day cards this week for us to take home to give to someone we love.
Week commencing 9th March – letter e – St. Patricks Day – Its Elmer the Elephant and eggs this week as we look at the letter ‘e’. We decorated Elmer the elephant pictures and filled egg boxes and envelopes with egg-citing things! We celebrated St. Patricks Day on 17th March by decorating shamrocks and talked about why the day is important to people who live in Ireland. Our Green Bods explored eggs by dropping raw and cooked eggs into a frying pan and looking at the different parts of the egg. We were able to put our hands into the pan and feel the different textures of the shell and eggs!
Week commencing 2nd March – letters c & k – We merge two letters together this week as, although they look very different they sound the same! This week was our annual Charity Cake Bake and this year we chose Guide Dogs for the Blind so we could thank the lovely dog and her handler who came to visit us at Pre-school last term. We washed our hands, put on aprons and made lots of lovely cakes to sell. A big thank you to everyone who supported us both by buying cakes and donating ones for us to sell. We will be passing on the money to the charity as soon as we have counted it all!
Week commencing 24th February – letter o –A busy week this week as we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and St. Davids Day. We made some delicious pancakes to eat at our snack table on Tuesday with different toppings to try. They were a great success! We made ostriches and octopus and even managed to fit in some messy play too! On Friday we talked about why St. Davids Day is important to people who are Welsh and coloured in some beautiful daffodil pictures. Our Green Bods used their number recognition skills to sequence numbered legs onto an Octopus. They were really good at it!
SPRING TERM 1 – 2020
Week commencing 10th February – letter g –Our role play was transformed into the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears this week where we could re-tell the story in our own unique way using big, medium and small bears, bowls, chairs and beds. As it was Valentines Day on Friday we made some lovely sparkly cards to take home to give to someone we love. We even managed to fit in some goldfish painting and a spot of golf ball rolling where we were able to make some lovely patterns. Our Green Bods played a board game called Snail Race where they needed to wait for their turn and follow the rules of the game.
Week commencing 3rd February – letter d – We had a week of dinosaurs as we thought about the letter ‘d’. We made some dinosaurs using the letter ‘d’ and made a dinosaur land in our tuff spot too. Our paper plate ducks looked brilliant and we were able to use them to sing the song 5 little ducks went swimming one day. We were really lucky that one of our wonderful Dad’s brought in a guide dog for a visit. He talked to us about how the dogs are able to help people with vision impairment move around safely. Our Green Bods rolled a dice and stuck on the same number of spots onto a dinosaur picture to make dotty dinosaurs. We had 2 goes each and then carefully counted all of the spots to see how many there were in total.
Week commencing 27th January – letter m – We made marvellous multicoloured muffins and letter ‘m’ mice as we looked at the letter ‘m’ at Pre-school this week. Our role play area was transformed into a hospital where we had lots of patients to look after, administering first aid and the odd bit of bandaging too! We had to write prescriptions and remember to write up our notes. There were monsters made out of shapes and lots and lots of music! In our Green Bod groups we had to roll a dice, count the spots and see if we could match it to the correct number. Everyone was really good too!
Week commencing 20th January – letter n – CHINESE NEW YEAR (year of the Rat) We explored the letter ‘n’ by making some nests for birds to keep them cosy and warm in this cold wet weather! We used our noses to explore different smells in our tuff spot. There were sented candles, herbs and spices and different types of fruit with some lovely (and not so lovely) smells! We made some brilliant dragon masks for Chinese New Year and helped to celebrate the occasion with some super dancing. Our Green Bod children used their cutting skills to make some wonderful Chinese Lanterns and decorated them with beautiful patterns.
Week commencing 13th January – letter i – We had lots of lovely wintery activities this week as we looked at the letter ‘i’ We had an arctic tuff spot with penguins, polar bears, igloos and lots of different sized ice blocks. We were able to see which sized ice block melted first and what happened to the ice!! Our Green Bod children will played a game of skittles where they recorded their scores on charts to find out who knocked down the most amount of skittles and who knocked down the fewest.
Week commencing Tuesday 7th January We started the new year by keeping things simple. We had our home corner where there were dolls to look after, cooking to be organised and shopping to be done. We had playdo, collage and some lovely gooey shaving foam too! Our Green Bod children will be having a circle time where they will be sharing their news about what they have been doing over their Christmas break and any presents Father Christmas may have brought them!