We have had a wonderful week full of the amazing autumn colours and experiences that come in October – lots of pumpkins and different squashes and we used the amazing autumn bags that you collected to create an autumn sensory tray. We have carved our […]
We have been really busy with our farm shop and farm activities this week. The garden has been full of fun and lots of happy memories have been made enjoying all the games we have played – we have made a chicken that lays eggs […]
We have been really busy with our farm shop and farm activities this week. The garden has been full of fun and lots of happy memories have been made enjoying all the games we have played – we have made a chicken that lays eggs to much hilarity, we have planted spring bulbs, harvested some more apples, built a tractor and enjoyed riding the bikes and exploring our new climbing cubes and mini stage – lots of physical challenge in the garden with some excellent jumping!
Inside we have also been milking cows….not real ones! We made gloves into udders and filled them with milk and made a tiny pin prick hole so that we could squeeze out the milk! Fantastic for hand strength and lots of laughs at the same time. The children really enjoyed making their own sensory farm tray – we get lots of ides from pinterest and education blogs and websites but we do like to let the children lead and make the activities if we can and I had a big bunch of happy helpers cutting grass for me for our tray, it gives them real ownership and we have some excellent rule followers too – ensuring they were safe and that the grass was safely delivered inside for the tray! Another fun activity was washing muddy animals using toothbrushes, there was a lot of mud!
We cook our own snacks at pre-school so Wednesday morning is always a baking morning for the children. There was a focus on reading stories as well and fine motor craft.
Circle times were a big hit this week, they are voluntary this year as we have a longer free flow period which is creating a wonderful atmosphere for the children, less stop points during the day which inhibit exploration but when we ring the tambourine or triangle every single child in their groups comes running in for circle time. They have been rewarded with a visit from some chickens, lots of farm craft, learning about numbers and how to match quantity to a number, we went on a hedgehog hunt in our garden and learnt some farmyard facts. The Stars also love coming together for songs, and this week they have progressed to shape puzzles and a shape song, learning the animal boogie, using the big parachute and following instructions and drawing to songs and learning each others names.
We really feel so settled and happy with the groups and are looking forward to a really super busy year, getting out in our community – we will be sending our requests for parents to help us on trips so please lend a hand if you can! Thank you to everyone who has volunteered on the committee as well, I look forward to working with you all and sharing our plans for the year.
Our farming theme is great fun and we are really enjoying learning about harvest and where our food come from and we have been cooking and popping corn and making smoothies together and the children here really enjoy taking the time to sit and talk […]
We have welcomed our Star children over the course of this week and have really enjoyed watching them start to explore and start to learn the routines! Some tears of course and they are to be expected, especially after such a strange for 24 months […]
Another fantastic week at pre-school and we have welcomed all of our new star group through the week and all of the session visits have been a great success. It is lovely to meet you all and we hope you have enjoyed the visits and they help to prepare your little one when they start next week. The Stars will be dropped off at the main reception and we will welcome and care for each child as they come in and take them to the ladies waiting in the star room. We have 3 staff in that room and the Stars have a bit of quiet time in there to settle without all the older children, they then have snack and head off outside to play and can then access the full free flow ethos of the setting. We aim to have them all settled in by half term and happy in the busy pre-school so that they can access full free flow with all the children from around October half term.
We turned the new outdoor playhouse into a fire station this week which has been a great success! We have put out pretend fires in Costa and McDonalds – rescuing the customers and putting out the fires, I have had lots of willing firefighters to play with and we built a fire engine outside as well and we will carry on our role play next week.
Inside we have been making radios and walkie talkies and fire extinguishers and breathing packs to support the play outside. We have also had some wonderful activities inside for free play such as loose parts/transient art trays for exploration of different materials, we have had lots of small worlds set up – farm, fairies, under the sea, we have had maths and literacy activities and robot trays and playdoh and we picked blackberries and apples from our own garden and then we made a wonderful fruit compote for our snack!
Our circle times are going so well and all the children come and take part, this week we have learnt about and drawn sunflowers following a donation via fairshare of 4 bunches from Tesco, we have enjoyed story sacks and made houses for the 3 Little Pigs, we have made a height chart which we will update in a few months to see how everyone has grown! The children also enjoyed a matching game where we took off all our shoes and put them into a big bag! We took the shoes out one by one and looked at the pattern and style and they were amazing at recalling which shoe belonged to which friend!
Next week we will be learning about bread and how to make it and it’s ingredients and we will be eating it for our snack too. We are also going to plan our nurture groups which help children to make friends and settle in and give them some quiet time in the setting. We hope you are all happy with your first two weeks and that our returning children are also enjoying preschool in our Sun and Moon groups! Any worries please do get in touch.
We have had the most fantastic first week and can’t wait for you to see the photos! The children who are new to the Sun and Moon groups have settled in more quickly than we could ever imagine and they feel right at home and […]
We have had a really fantastic week and we have enjoyed our annual Hungry Caterpillar Party in our back garden on Thursday and Friday afternoons. It is always a really special moment when the children sing the caterpillar song and we release the butterflies and […]
We hope that those of you with children leaving us have liked your graduation photos! This is a good fundraise and all of the profit will go straight into buying a gift for your child as they leave us and maybe for buying equipment for the new starters in September so we are really grateful for an orders that you place. We will be planning an end of term celebration and more details will follow next week for the school starter children. We hope you have been enjoying your visits to your new primary schools and it was lovely to welcome Mrs Davies here last week for a visit too.
Our week has been very full and busy as always, we are loving our garden and have packed away the castle role play and we have set up a garden centre shop – we would love any donations of fresh flowers or garden magazines too please?
Our group times are flying along and the children are brilliant – they really love to learn and love to share their ideas with us and their knowledge.
We certainly have some budding engineers as we embarked on learning about bridges this week in one circle time which then expanded into work all over the preschool and we hope to go out and about next week to walk to the nearest bridge!
Moon and Sun groups have been working on movement and combinations of actions as well, they have learnt about so many different kinds of patterns again and this has really ensured that they have made progress. We worked very hard on both groups to build bridges – aqueducts, viaducts and many other types too, over rivers and roads – fantastic imagination and creativity. The sun group were also lucky enough to work with the beautiful willow hearts that Vik made for us. The groups have also worked with Alison and Louise W to make our own temporary pond in the front garden, walking out to the leat to collect water for the pond and a few new friends!
The star group have been outside in the back garden exploring again, they have also loved mini Forest School making spiders and using the saw. The group have been learning about butterflies, colour patterns, name recognition and also learning about frogs and how to take care of them and listening for sounds in our garden.
Our caterpillars are now forming chrysalides and we expect them to hatch next week and we will then have our hungry caterpillar party in the back garden!
For Families who are staying with us next year, some new information will be coming out to you about how the Early Years Foundation stage will change next Autumn, any worries do get in touch and we are also starting session visits for new children in a weeks time.
We have very much enjoyed the sunshine and the paddling pools out this week – the children have loved getting their toes wet and their shorts wet and their t-shirts wet too! We do change them when they are wet so please dos end lots […]