Autumn Term 1
Week 4 – 3 w/c 27th September – It was the colour blue at Pre-school this week. We made some lovely paper plate bluebirds where we could add the paint with paintbrushes or even explore the feel with our fingers. We found lots of blue objects to put into our tuff spot from around the setting. Lots of fun was had when we added blue food colouring to our water tray. The children decided to fill plastic water bottles with the water and added a little glitter so they could shake them and watch how the water moved the glitter around!
Weeks 3 week commencing 20th September – A leak in the guttering may be a problem for a grown up but its a great learning opportunity and lots of fun for a child! We got out the buckets and looked at how much water we could collect, compared amounts and even discovered water could be quiet heavy!
We have also begun looking at colours beginning with Red. We had red block painting, red collage and good old cornstarch gloop with red paint so we could get good and messy mixing it all together!
Weeks 1 & 2 – Weeks commencing 6th and 13th September – We have kept the first two weeks of our new academic year fairly simple to allow the children, both those who are returning and our new children, to settle in. The weather has been fairly kind to us so we are continuing with outdoor learning as much as we can. Our mud kitchens are always a hit and now autumn is upon us there are lots of interesting ingredients to add to the pots and pans! We have been learning about our rules of Be Kind, Be Careful and Be Safe and talking about what these mean and why we need them.
Summer Term 2
Another academic year has passed. We have enjoyed working with all of the lovely children who come to our setting and will miss them lots. Our usual leavers play, end of year trip, family funday all had to be cancelled due to Covid 19 but we still managed to have a fun half term. We did manage to have a (socially distanced) picnic this year which gave us the chance to say goodbye to our parents even if it was from 2m away!
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.
Have a wonderful Summer – Lesley, Cathy, Rachael, Louise, Tracey L, Emma, Tracey M, Krista and Debbie
Weeks 5 and 6 – Weeks commencing 5th and 12th July – Our last two weeks of this academic year! We made some fantastic sandy starfish where we had to carefully cover the shape with glue and sprinkle them with sand it was lots of fun. As our library came to an end we began sorting out our bags with lots of lovely things we have done ready to take home. Our Green Bods have been taking home Magic Key books where they have drawn pictures of their favourite characters. There was also the letter treasure hunt where we had to draw pictures of the things that we found!
Week 4- Week commencing 28th June – We gradually incorporated holidays and the beach into our theme of pirates this week. We turned our tuff spot into a rockpool where we could think about the kinds of things we may find hiding in rockpools at the seaside. We talked about where we might be going on holiday and how we might get there. Was it a long way to travel or quite close by? Could we walk, cycle or go by car or aeroplane? Who would be going with us? and more importantly what we might need to take with us! We had time to practice our fine motor skills with some lacing using string and pipe cleaners.
Weeks 3 – week commencing 21st June. As the children were still enjoying Pirates we continued the theme this week. We added some water play and equipment for the children to explore how water can move (as well as other things like balls and cars!) We had to dig in the sand for buried treasure and even made a few treasure maps too!
Weeks 1 & 2 – weeks commencing 7th and 14th June. We started back for our last term with the theme of Pirates – Ahoy me Hearties!! We made pirate hats, telescopes and even the odd parrot to help to extend our play. We had lots of fun with our big green rowing boat in the garden sailing away to new and exciting places and we even had some scary sharks to contend with! As it was Fathers day we were busy making our wonderful cards ready to take home to someone we love. We are sure you love them as much as we do!
Summer Term 1
Here are some of the things we have been up to in Summer Term 1
Weeks 1& 2 commencing 19th April and 26th April. We settled back into the new half term by planting sunflowers for our grow the tallest sunflower competition and making flags for St. Georges Day. As we moved onto the letter ‘b’ we made some wonderful buzzy bees to help pollenate all of those lovely flowers! We decorated butterflies using lots of different techniques. We did some glue and stick, colouring and made symmetrical patterns by folding the butterflies wings together.
Weeks 3 week commencing 3rd May – It was the letter ‘f’ this week. Rachael went to the supermarket and bought a real fish!!! Everyone found it really interesting, exploring the feel of its skin and the tiny scales. It gave the children a chance to see what fish look like and feel like up close. We made some beautiful flowers to decorate our marquee too. The Green Bod children made their very own family trees. They had to think about how many people lived in their house and then draw them carefully onto a leaf to stick onto the tree. They even added the odd dog, pet and scooter!!
Week 4 week commencing 10th May – It was the letter ‘l’ this week. We made some wonderful spotty ladybirds this week to fit in with the letter ‘l’. The children were really excited when we managed to find some real ladybirds in our garden. They used magnifying glasses to count the spots on their backs and how many legs they had. We we even watched them open their wings and fly away home. We also made some fantastic lorries using shapes and some tasty looking ice lollies!
Weeks 5 & 6 week commencing 17th May and 24th May – We focused on the letter ‘j by acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had great fun making our own beanstalk by painting paper leaves green and attaching them to our marque. There were lots of race and chase games as we ran away from the big scary giant too! We planted runner beans in plastic cups so we can watch the roots grow and then plant some at Pre-school and some in our own gardens at home so we can see if they grow as big as the one Jack grew.
Spring Term 2 – 22nd February to 1st April 2021
Here are some of the things we have been up to in Spring Term 2
Week 1 & 2 – Weeks commencing 22nd February and 1st March 2021 – We merged the letters c & k over these two weeks as although they look differently they have the same phonic sound. We explored lots of crunchy things in our tuff spot and made some fantastic shakers where we could explore the different sounds they made. We had fun with paint making some splatter pictures outside. Rachael brought in some potatoes and we discovered they were dirty because they grow in the ground. We had lots of un in our mud kitchens washing them.
Week 3 – Week commencing 8th March – A busy week making our wonderful teapot Mothers Day cards this week ready to take home to give to someone we love. We made colourful Elmer the Elephant pictures and listened to stories about Elmer too. We explored eggs in our tuff spot outside. Some were cooked and some were raw and it was fun exploring the texture of the different types and the crunchy shells. We had some lovely expressive language too – yukky, slimy, squidgy and smelly!!!!
Week 4 – Week commencing 15th March – Letter ‘r’ – We made rainbows and played with lots of rainbow colours this week. We drew pictures of our mummy and talked about what she looks like. Is her hair long or short? are her eyes brown or blue? is she tall or short? Our pictures were wonderful. There was lots to do in our Pre-school garden as usual. We try to mix things up so there is always something new and exciting to explore!
Week 5 and 6 – Week commencing 22nd and 29th March – Letter ‘h’ and Easter – We looked at the letter ‘h’ by making happy hands on sticks! We draw around our hands, cut them out and colour them in before putting the picture onto a stick. Our Green Bods had to carefully cut out a square and stick it onto a piece of paper. They then added a roof, windows and a door to make a picture of a house! We made some fabulous Easter crafts too.
Spring Term 1 – 2021
Spring Term 1 – 4th January to 8th February 2021
Covid still continues to impact on the way we stay safe at Pre-school but the children are loving being outside. They are exploring the natural environment and finding new ways to use our open ended resources! Here are some of the things we have been up to!
Week 1 – w/c 4th January – letter i – It was ice and igloos this week as we look at the letter ‘i’ . To make things even more fun we even had some snow to fit into the theme! We ran around and made footprints in our garden, exploring the patterns and looking at the different sizes of footprints we had made. We put ice in our tuff spot alongside animals that live in icy climates such as penguins and polar bear and added a few interesting insects into some of them. We explored what happened when the ice began to melt. We even had time to make some igloo pictures too!
Week 2 w/c 11th January – letter n – We made snowmen pictures this week as we had more snow over the weekend and many of us had made snowmen in our gardens! We made some cosy nests for baby birds and talked about how, with Spring coming, the birds would begin making nests in our trees. We talked about numbers and how they are different from letters and played with different numbers and quantities in our tuff spot too.
Week 3 w/c 18 January – letter m – We explored the letter m this week, making mice using the letter m. We used cereal in our tuff spot with different small world items where we could make patterns and see if we were able to form the letter ‘m’
Week 4 w/c 1st February – letter d – We love dinosaurs so we dont always have to wait for the letter d but it helps us think about the phonic sound of d. We introduced dinosaurs to snow as well as some of the other things we found lying round our garden. . Our Green Bods had an adult led activity, throwing a dice and sticking the corresponding number of spots onto a dinosaur picture to make dotty dinosaurs. We had to carefully keep checking to make sure we had the right amount. We had more snow over the weekend and this time it was enough to make a snowman! We had sledges so we could pull each other around the garden and had great fun exploring shadows on the snowy ground.
Week 5 w/c 8th February – letter g –We followed the lead of the children this week and looked at the story of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff. We built a bridge for the goats to cross over the river safely and put some interesting things into the tuff spot for the goats to hide in!! As it was still very cold we were able to explore the icy conditions outside, making a skating rink for some of our happyland people and then having fun smashing up the ice into lots of different sized pieces. We also made gruffalo masks and shiny goldfish too!! A very busy week at Pre-school
Week 6 w/c 8th February – letter o – We celebrated Chinese New Year by pretending to be dragons and dancing around Pre-school. Our Green Bods made Chinese Lanterns in their adult led activity. We thought about the letter o by making Olly the Octopus Pictures, sticking cheerios onto his legs and even counting how many we thought we had stuck on!
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!