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Spring Term 2 - Week 1

 

This week have welcomed back all our wonderful Pre-School children.  The children have returned so confidently and ready to explore their newly enhanced provision after a lovely half term! Thank you to all parents who have shared their photos and videos with us on tapestry from the half term, it has been wonderful to see all the fun you have been having at home and the children have loved sharing their news with their key workers. 

This term we are focusing on the topic houses and homes, alongside following the children’s interests and spring time! This week some of our experiences have included drawing our houses with charcoal sticks in the mark making area, building houses for the three little pigs in the construction area, exploring the sea life small world area and painting daffodils outdoors. 


Well done Pre-School children for a fantastic week in our provision. 

Spring Term 1 - Week 6

 

This has been the final week of our first spring half term, Miss Clayton, Miss Kearney, Mrs Walsh and Miss Peake are so proud of all you have achieved this term at home and in Pre-School.  We have had an amazing term of exploring our interests in our learning environment and developing in all areas of learning with our key workers and peers at St.Paul’s Pre-School. 

 

We can’t wait to see you again from Monday 22nd February, to continue our learning journey together. Have a wonderful week of rest with your families and keep us updated on Tapestry. πŸ˜€

 

Here are some photographs of what we have been up to in Pre-School this week...

Friday 12th February- Yew Tree Farm Virtual tour. 
 

To treat all the Pre-School children at home and in school, for being so wonderful this half term we have had a virtual farm visit this morning.  We all showed amazing listening and sitting as Yew tree farm took us around their farm to see all the animals through zoom!  We especially loved the sounds the chickens made, the sheep and the goats! 

Friday 12th February- Gym and Tumble

 

We had a wonderful time exploring movement and following instructions in gymnastics this afternoon, we played lots of fun games whilst developing our gross motor skills such as running, jumping, catching, rolling and throwing.  The children had a lovely time and were very excited to end the session with dancing and musical bumps. Fantastic, well done everyone.⭐️

Expressive Arts and Design  - Wednesday 10th February

Mrs Clitheroe modelled some examples of transient art that used lots of different resources, like shells, off cuts of wood and stones. The children then created some amazing work and needed some careful arrangement. There were lots of different ideas and the children all created something wonderful- what a super job!  We continued this activity through the week in our creative area using the natural loose parts. 

 

Spring Term 1 - Week 5

 

This week in Pre-School we have been very busy playing and exploring in our indoors and outdoors provision, following our interests.  Children at home have been joining us for daily zoom meetings and activities, as well as having lots of fun playing and exploring at home! 

Daily Doodle 
Our numbers of the week are 4 and 5. Together we watch the Number Blocks videos on the board then we had a go at drawing the correct number of objects and practising number formation. We have also been practising our sounds c and n. We sing the sound songs and have been drawing objects with these initial sounds in our daily doodle - some of us have even been practising our letter formation! 

We have enjoyed listening to the story of the Gruffalo. Some children chose to draw a picture of the Gruffalo characters walking through the woods on the interactive whiteboard. The children independently mark made with their choice of colours and pens. Children at home listened to the Gruffalo story on our daily zoom meeting and have drawn their own Gruffalo pictures. 

Friday 5th February - Gym and Tumble

In our Gym and Tumble session this morning the children practiced throwing and catching with Mrs Winward. Mrs Winward showed the children how to hold their hands out to catch the ball and how to throw the ball to each other without throwing it too far.  We used different sized balls, a large ball, a medium ball and a small ball. Catching the small ball was a bit tricky but we had a really good try. 

We enjoyed doing some cosmic kids yoga, the children followed the story of ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’, the children joined in with the phrases from the story and copied the movements.  
Our remote learners also listened to the story ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ on our zoom meeting and went on their own scavenger hunt and shape hunt set by Miss Clayton! 

Spring Term 1 - Week 4

 

Take a look at our wonderful week in Pre-School. ☺️

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Spring Term 1  - Week 3
Indoor provision exploring

Outdoor Explorers

 

As always we have loved being outdoors, in all weathers, exploring with our peers.  This week we have had a variety of weather which has allowed lots of activities such as a hill mud sliding and building snowmen!  We have been cooking up some delicious food in our texture kitchen as well as enjoying story time under the tipi. πŸͺ΅πŸŒ¨β„️

Daily Doodle

 

This week we have been drawing objects and animals that have the initial sounds s, a & t.  After singing the sound songs the children, independently draw alongside their peers, talking about their drawings and sounds. We had lots of great ideas such as Spider-Man, Ants and T-Rex. ✏️

Friday 22nd January - Gym and Tumble
 

We have done fantastically in gymnastics today. We did good listening, followed instructions and waited patiently for our turns. 😊 We practiced tuck, pike and straddle. Completed lots of different stretching, balancing, jumping, walking, dancing and even tried to climb the rope. 🀸‍β™€οΈπŸ˜ƒ Superstars! 

Tuesday 22nd January - Expressive arts and Design 

 

We had lots of fun (and got a little messy) dancing and freezing whilst painting with our feet! We listened to music with different tempos, listened for instruments we could hear and looked at the different prints we could make when dancing and moving our bodies. 

Spring Term 1  - Week 2

 

This week we are settling back into our routines, showing good listening and great interest in our environment.  We have been learning to play and explore in our new environment effectively and with full engagement.  We have loved playing in the superhero area, this interest has lead to dressing up, prop making such as shields and whiskers, superhero drawing, batmobile construction and imaginative role play.  We have done lots of mark marking, being waiters taking orders, drawing monsters, creating our own stories and painting rainbows and dinosaurs!  Outdoors this week we have been really interested in the ice and frost, it was so exciting to find ice in different places around our outdoor area, we have been trying to melt and break the ice by sprinkling on salt, pouring on water and smashing with tools. 

Friday 15th January - Gym and Tumble 
 

We had a great time in our gym and tumble session this morning, we all showed good listening and had lots of fun with Mrs Winward.  In the session we have done lots of moving, stretching and balancing- then to finish the session Mrs Winward got the ropes out for us to practice reaching, grasping and strengthening of our arms.  

Monday 11th January - Collaging the initial letter in our names. 

Spring Term 1  - Week 1

 

This week has been a little different due to unforeseen circumstances, however during our time in Pre-school this week, the children have showed curiosity, awe and wonder whilst exploring their newly enhanced environment which has encompassed many of our children’s love for superhero’s and frozen!  The children have arrived this week with more resilience than ever and we, the Pre-School staff couldn’t be more amazed and proud of them. 

Wednesday 6th January - Exploring the snow on the paddock! 
 

We all had so much fun exploring the paddock alongside each other.   We made snow angels, snow walls, foot prints in the snow and explored mark making with sticks.  As we don’t have a sledge in school Miss Clayton got us some black bin bags to slide down the big hill in which was lots of fun! 
 

We are so lucky to have such wonderful outdoor areas to explore! 

Friday 8th January - SNOW DAY - Home learning activities

 

The children have had a wonderful time at home for our snow day. Take a look at some of the wonderful activities you have uploaded onto tapestry! 

Autumn Term 2 - Week 7 - Last week of term 

 

This week we have had a lovely festive time at school, before our Christmas holiday. We have engaged in and explored a wide range of activities and fun celebrations.  For a fantastic half term showing good listening and wonderful behaviour we watched a virtual Pantomime - Covidella. We watched the pantomime all together in our Pre-School with drinks and treats to enjoy in between! We also had a very exciting message from Father Christmas. Unfortunately, this year, he was unable to visit us, although he sent us a virtual message to wish the children a very happy Christmas and to remind them to stay safe over the Christmas break. We also received an early Christmas present from Father Christmas for being so wonderful which he delivered in a magic sack to our Pre-School! 
 

Miss Clayton, Miss Kearney and Mrs Walsh are so proud of you all for a wonderful term and we wish you the most magical Christmas with your families. Please take care, keep safe and we will see you all in the new year for lots more exploring and fun! X 

On Monday we filmed our Pre-School Nativity - The Sleepy Shepherd. We all tried so hard and did amazing singing, Miss Clayton is so proud of us all! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do - the Nativity video is on our Schools Video Resource Centre and has been posted on tapestry for parents. 
This week we have created and decorated Christmas trees using loose parts for our Christmas cards. We carefully set up our Christmas tree shape using twigs and support from our teachers then we freely decorated our trees using recycled milk bottle lids, beads and other loose parts. We spent time carefully creating our own unique trees and once these were photographed and printed onto our cards some of us wrote our names or mark made on to the card.  
Autumn Term 2 - Week 6 - Elf Enterprise Week

 

We have been busy little elves, working together to create our Elf Enterprise wrapping paper to sell on our online Pre-School stall. We have loved exploring print using skills and techniques developed in our Expressive Arts and Design sessions this term. 

Friday 11th December - Christmas Jumper Day

 

We ended our lovely week with Christmas Jumper Day where we all dressed fabulously festive and had our Christmas Dinner! 
 

In the morning we decorated plates for our Christmas lunch and when lunch arrived we sat together to enjoy the delicious food provided for us - we especially enjoyed the Christmas tree shaped biscuits! Lunch was followed by cracker pulling and singing Christmas songs! 

This week has been filled with excitement for Christmas! We have been practising our nativity ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ and Miss Clayton is so proud of us all for our amazing singing and performing - we can’t wait to show our families next week! 
 

In our provision we have been exploring Christmas. We have been using scissors by cutting and sticking our own Christmas dinner and creating Christmas collages. We have also been practising to recognise our name by searching through Christmas paper to find our names.  In the playdough area we have been creating reindeers using the resources provided and we have also been creating Christmas biscuits and cakes.

Thursday 10th December - Bilinguasing experience 

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Monday 7th December - Expressive Arts and Design Session 

 

This afternoon, using our EAD skills in printing, we have continued with our Elf Enterprise project to create unique and original wrapping paper. Today, we looked at printing parcel images using an impressed style of print and we are sure that you are going to love what we have done!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 5
 

This week has been filled with playing and exploring our Christmassy provision.  We have been creating our own Christmas collages and decorating headbands for our nativity in our creative area. In our mark making area we have been drawing Christmas themes pictures and creating our own cards to send in envelopes to Father Christmas. πŸŽ…πŸ» Alongside practising our Pre-School Christmas Nativity we have been learning about the nativity story and exploring our Nativity small world area.  It has been a very magical week in Pre-School. 

Friday 4th December - SNOW! 
 

Today we were all so excited at Pre-School for fun in the snow.  We have really enjoyed playing and exploring the snow all together! ❄️

Thursday 3rd December - Writing and Recognising our names 

 

We are currently learning that print has meaning and today we have be practising recognising our names in order to be able to write some or all of our name. Some children traced or copied their names and others decorated our names to support recognition. We decorate our names Christmassy by finger painting snow and adding glitter by pinching and sprinkling. 
 

We are also practising the initial sounds in our names.  Miss Clayton is so proud of us all for trying really hard today and our wonderfully decorated names are going up on display! πŸ‘

Tuesday 1st December - Christmas has arrived in Pre-School!

Monday 30th November - Elf Enterprise

In Pre-school, we have started our Elf Enterprise project to create Christmas wrapping paper that will be sold in our school community. The children have applied their skills of printing to their wonderful work, this afternoon. The wrapping paper is going to be amazing and very sparkly - perfect for Christmas! 

Autumn Term 2 - Week 4

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Take a look at us exploring and enjoying our indoor and outdoor provision this week.

Gym and Tumble - Friday 27th November

 

Today we all showed good understanding and listening skills in gymnastics, we tried really hard with all of the activities Miss Crewe had planned for us! 

We practiced balancing on one foot and hopping along our mat. We also tried moving along the mat in a range of ways including on our top toes! 

We then had a range of activities to move around, in our little groups. We really enjoyed pulling ourselves up one bench, climbing onto the gymnastics table, then shuffling down the bench using just our legs - with our hands on our heads, we showed super balancing and co-ordination today. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Nature Explorers- Thursday 26th November 

 

Today we went back to the paddock to see if any of the birds had eaten from our new bird feeders. We took our binoculars to look around the paddock - on the floor and up in the trees! 
We have also talked about other things birds eat - worms!  We discussed how birds watch the ground with keen eyes to see the worms poking out. We decided to have our own search for worms, some of us used small trowels to dig into the wet mud to see if we could find any worms, and WE DID!  We made sure we were really careful handling the worms and then placed them back into the soil. 

BilinguaSing Experience - Thursday 26th November 

 

Today in our BilinguaSing session with our French teacher Jude.  We sang the hello song where we say bonjour and ask ‘how are you?’ Como ca va? to each other.  The session followed with lots of fun french songs including counting to ten, our family and heads shoulders knees and toes. We also began to learn a new french Christmas song ‘Ten little sleigh bells’ where we get to dance in the instrumental! We did such good listening and showed lots of energy and fascination in the french songs.  Jude was so impressed with our singing that she gave us a special BilingaSing sticker which we are very proud of! 

Nature Explorers - Wednesday 25th November

 

Today we went to our school paddock, we are very interested in birds in at the moment, so we decided to make some more bird feeders using a different fine motor technique - threading. We had to thread the multigrain hoops onto a pipe cleaner and then tie the pipe cleaner onto a tree for the birds to enjoy!  
We are going back to the paddock tomorrow morning to investigate if the birds have eaten some of the food we have left them, we are very excited to find out if they have! 
 

As well as creating bird feeders we explored the paddock using our senses and role-play with our peers!  We were watching for birds and some of us spotted two blackbirds chasing one another around the trees - this was so much fun. We played hide and seek and some of us decided to be a pack of wolves howling and running around the paddock! 

Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 23rd November 

 

This afternoon, in our EAD learning, the children have been introduced to the work of an artist called Kandinsky. We all discussed the shapes and colours we could see in the artwork and that there were lots of different sized circles used. At the creative table, we looked at a range of everyday objects and containers and discussed which ones were larger and which were smaller and how they could fit inside each other. Using the edges of these objects and a range of colours, the children then made their own prints. On an other activity, the children created collage work in the style of Kandinsky and were able to discuss the different circles that they selected.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 3

 

This week has been World Nursery Rhyme week, at home we have shared our favourite Nursery Rhymes via tapestry and in Pre-school we have been doing the ‘Rhyme a day’ challenge which included the wheels on the bus and five little speckled frogs! As well as our daily rhyme time we have been enjoying activities all about the wonderful story book ‘The Go-Away Bird’. We have had the characters from the book on our story shelf and have loved retelling the story using the props, we have been using watercolours to paint the characters and have had lots of fun exploring birds in our nature explorers sessions!  As well as our adult initiated activities there has been lots of playing and exploring our own interests in the provision indoors and outdoors - we have really loved making dinosaur castles in our construction area Dino Den! 

This week we have changed the home corner to learn all about washing hands, brushing teeth and hygiene - we have been exploring water, soap, sponges, towels, dolls, toothbrushes, plastic teeth and also our new nose wiping station. We enjoyed playing and exploring the new different props - talking about what we use and do at home.  Using our teeth pictures we drew bits of food in the teeth using pens and we then used the tooth brushes to brush it off, using the sand timers to see if we could clean off all of the food in 2 minutes!  We discussed when we brush our teeth, what we can eat and drink to make our teeth healthy and also who we visit to keep our teeth healthy.  πŸ˜  We have also been taking care of and bathing babies; we have spoken about different body parts and also what babies can’t do for themselves that we can now! We took such good care of the babies. After we put the babies to bed some of us decided the dinosaurs needed a bath too! πŸ¦•

Gym and Tumble - Friday 20th November

 

Our gym and tumble session this week was lots of fun, we explored moving and stretching in different ways before our circuit activities where we moved over and along gymnastic equipment and began practicing handstands! 
 

Nature Explorers  - Thursday 19th November

 

This morning we have been out to the paddock to continue activities about birds, following our last session where we listened to the Go-Away Bird and made our own bird feeders.  
Today we talked about the story the go away bird and that we were going to use clay to create our own birds! Together we talked about the colours of the birds in the story and how they all have one beak, two eyes and two legs.  We then searched around the paddock for natural objects we could use to create our clay birds such as sticks for their legs. 

To create our birds we used natural resources we had found and that were provided. We all independently created our own birds from the selected resources, first moulding the clay to create the birds body, then carefully pushing the two legs into the clay, adding feathers and pressing in stones for the eyes and beak.

We should all be SO proud of our clay bird creations, they are fantastic! 

Outdoor Learning - Tuesday 17th November 

 

This morning we have been nature explorers on the paddock! 

We sat for snack time and listened to our book of the week “The Go-Away Bird”, we love this story because we can join in with the go away bird, shouting “Go away, go away, go away!”.  
After we listened to the story we talked about birds we have in our environment. We explored the paddock for signs of birds using our good looking and listening, we heard some birds singing and spotted three nests in the trees!  We then talked about the cold weather and how the birds may soon find it difficult to find food, therefore we decided to make bird feeders using pine cones and wild bird seed. After a little help to tie string around the pine cone we searched for the perfect branch around the paddock to hang our bird feeders. We were so proud of our bird feeders and really hope the birds enjoy their new food! 

Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 16th November
 

It's been a great afternoon of EAD with Mrs Clitheroe and in pre-school, the children explored the texture of clay and investigated ways they could make changes to it. Using water, pasta, tools and a variety of natural resources, the children manipulated the clay in many different ways. What began as Rangoli inspiration, soon became cakes, desks and other creative pieces, where the children each had their own unique design. The children tried the clay tools and were able to smooth and slice the clay and some children were able to roll the clay-changing its shape and talk about the changes they had made-great work by all!

Autumn Term 2 - Week 2

 

We have had a wonderful week which included Remembrance Day and Children in Need.  Alongside these special events we have continued playing and exploring our indoor and outdoor provision. We have shown so much fascination and curiosity within our newly resourced outdoor area - thank you so much to all parents who have donated items.  We have loved exploring printing, colour mixing and have been creating our own music using our nature drumsticks.

This week we have created our own listening ears for our listening walks! We all put on our wellies, waterproofs and listening ears to see what sounds we could hear around school and on the paddock.  We heard the big children playing, we heard the metal gate opening and shutting, leaves crunching under our feet and the wind blowing the trees. We also heard cars and listened to the squelching sound the mud made under our feet. Some children decided to snap twigs to listen what sound this would make and also used sticks to tap different objects on the paddock to see what sounds they could make!  

Gym and Tumble - Friday 11th November 


We all worked really hard in our gymnastics session this morning and Miss Crewe was so impressed with our listening today! We did an obstacle course around the hall, using all of the different apparatus then finished off with some games and dancing. Well done everybody!

 

Musical bumps

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Children in Need - Friday 13th November

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What a wonderful day we have had in Pre-School for Children in Need!

Remembrance Day - Wednesday 11th November

Today we have been talking about Remembrance Day within our Pre-School provision, we had a two minute silence and watched a short BBC Children's remembrance film, a beautiful and evocative animation that sees war as experienced by animals in a WWI battlefield. We talked about the film and how the animals would have felt during WW1. We have also been exploring Remembrance Day poppies around our provision; poppy meadow printing, creating poppies with loose parts and creating poppies using playdough. 

Forest School Experience with Wild One Adventures  - Wednesday 11th November

 

The children have had a very exciting forest school session today, we have been on a journey to explore the story of Stickman!  We explored the forest with our Rainbow Elf, starting off at Stickman’s family tree where we saw Stickman, his stick lady love and his stick children!  Then we went for a jog to the park where there was a dog trying to play with the stick man and stick man ended up being thrown into the river.  Next we made nests for the swans to make sure they stayed nice and warm, then we visited the stream and played pooh sticks. We explored a little area of the stream and listened to the water flowing down. 
Finally, we enjoyed marshmallows and hot chocolate by the fire and then even did an exciting stick dance. 
We were amazing nature explorers and all joined in with the activities using our good listening to the instructions from Louise the rainbow elf! 

Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 9th November


This week, with Mrs Clitheroe for our EAD learning, we looked at printing with different tools. As we were adding spikes to hedgehogs, we used forks to create a print of spikes on to our hedgehog outline. It was messy fun and Mrs Clitheroe was really impressed with how well we all handled the forks to make our prints, pressing down firmly on to the paper. Some of us also experimented with some hedgehog craft using tissue paper. We tore and scrunched the tissue paper and arranged it on to the hedgehog outline.

Autumn Term 2 - Week 1 

 

This week we have been settling back in to Pre-School after our week off.  We have become more familiar with our provision and gained confidence to continue being curious when playing and exploring with our peers and key workers.  This week our adult initiated activities have been all about bonfire night, we set up and explored our own small world bonfire, discussing bonfire night and how to keep safe around fire.  We also used our listening ears to hear the sounds fireworks make and tried making similar sounds with our voices!  In the malleable area we created fireworks using the play dough and also created fireworks and bonfires in the creative area using different techniques and resources.  What a wonderful first week back! 

Gym and Tumble - Friday 6th November 

 

We all really enjoyed our gymnastics session this morning with Miss Crewe. She was super impressed with how much we remembered from before half term. 😁  In today’s session we practiced our forward rolls and we had to use different ways of moving to get around the hall. We walked with our arms out, jogged, skipped, jumped and walked like spiders! We played lots of games where we practiced good listening skills and lots of gross motor skills. 

BilinguaSing Experience - Thursday 5th November 

 

Today we continued our BilinguaSing sessions with our French teacher Jude.  We sang the hello song where we say bonjour and ask ‘how are you?’ Como ca va? to each other.  The session followed with lots of fun french songs including counting to ten, our family and heads shoulders knees and toes. We did good listening and showed lots of energy and fascination in the french songs.  Jude was so impressed with our singing that she gave us a special BilingaSing sticker which we are very proud of! 

Forest School Experience with Wild One Adventures  - Wednesday 4th November 

 

As part of our outdoor learning curriculum, we are very lucky to have Wild One Adventures leading a series of Forest School sessions!  Today was our first session and our theme was the wonderful Julia Donaldson story ‘Room on the Broom’.

In forest school today we met Louise the woodland witch who lead us into the magical woodland.  First we began with woodland story time and showed good listening to the story being acted out by the woodland witch and her elf!   Next we made a magic broomstick by finding the perfect stick and attaching leaves to it, we then took our new broomsticks and went flying around the forest to see if we could find any of the witches belongings she had dropped from the sky!  We were a little tired from flying around the forest so we decided to rest around the fire pit where we toasted marshmallows and warmed ourselves up with a hot chocolate.  After the fire pit we made our own nature shakers by filling recycled Milk bottles with natural objects we found around the woodland floor.  To end the session we had ‘wild wiggles’ time where we shook our shakers and danced to some fun woodland music!  We had such a wonderful time and all enjoyed getting involved with the forest school activities this morning, Miss Clayton is so proud of you all for being such fantastic nature explorers! 

Expressive Arts and Design Experience - Monday 2nd November

 

During our Expressive arts and design session with our Art specialist Mrs Clitheroe, we looked at some photographs of fireworks and used these to help us create our own firework paintings using some different tools. We got to use paper straws and sticks to paint with and they were quite different to a paintbrush to control. It was fun when we got to add some glitter to our paintings to add some texture and Mrs Clitheroe was really impressed with the different fireworks we created.

Autumn Term 2

Autumn Term 1 - Week 8

 

This has been the final week of our first Autumn half term together and what an amazing first half term it has been!  We have had an amazing term of exploring our learning new learning environment and developing our relationships with our key workers and peers at St.Paul’s Pre-School. 

 

Miss Clayton, Miss Kearney and Mrs Walsh are so proud of all you have achieved this term and we can’t wait to see you again from Monday 2nd November, to continue our learning journey together. Have a wonderful week of rest with your families and keep us updated on Tapestry. πŸ˜€


 

Autumn Term 1 - Week 7

This week has been filled with building, creating, mark making, moving and lots of play!  We have had a fabulous time in our BilinguaSing virtual experience where we talked and sang about people who help us as well as singing the colours of the rainbow in French! 

 

We have enjoyed exploring Minibeasts in our small world woodland.  We used binoculars, magnifying glasses, a net and the bug catcher, we took turns with the different equipment and we enjoyed looking and talking about the mini-beasts.  Some children decided to build woodland houses for the mini-beasts and woodland creatures, making sure they were very comfortable and happy in their homes, using the wooden blocks and natural loose parts. 
 

In our outdoor area we have been doing some gardening, we cleared the weeds and planted fresh bulbs for our spring flowers! We talked about how we need to take good care of the bulbs, what they need to grow and we will be waiting and watching closely to see when the bulbs begin to sprout and bloom!  We have also been mini-beast hunting in our outdoor area garden, we found a large beetle, lots of woodlice, worms and spiders!  Our outdoor play also included our house turning into an ice cream shop with lots of hungry customers ready and waiting for yummy ice-cream!  

On our story shelf this week we have explored the wonderful book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, the children listened to the story, acted out the story using the small world characters and enjoyed the book independently and with their peers. 

Gym and Tumble - Friday 16th October 


Our Gym and Tumble experience was very exciting - beginning to learn how to do forward rolls and climb a rope! We listened, followed instructions and tried really hard. Miss Crewe was very impressed. 

Autumn Term 1 - Week 6

 

This week we have been exploring autumn, we have been out on a nature hunt and used what we found to create our own small world British Woodland, we had some left over leaves from our nature hunt and used these to explore leaf printing. In our outdoor area we created a pumpkin patch and have been exploring different sizes, shapes and colours of pumpkins - we have also taken these into our texture kitchen to do some cooking!  Our construction area has been filled with wonderful buildings, including bat-mobiles, castles and Boats! We have also been doing lots of fantastic mark making using the different resources available in our mark making area. We made our own pumpkin playdough and have had fun with messy play in our malleable area.

Pumpkin exploration

Autumn Term 1 - Week 5

 

This week we have had a brilliant time exploring our new outdoor area, we have been listening to the different sounds around the area, digging in the sandpit, mark making with chalk and water, cooking in the kitchen and performing songs underneath the tipi.

Miss Crewe and our teachers were so impressed at how well we listened and moved in our Gym and Tumble session this week. We really enjoyed running, jumping, hopping and crawling on the mats.  We were very excited to try balancing and moving across the benches and gymnastic tables for the first time today. 

Our wonderful outdoor area is now open for us to explore!

Autumn Term 1 - Week 4

 

Our fourth week in Pre-School has been very exciting, we ventured out to the school paddock and had a wonderful time exploring the outdoors. We especially loved running and rolling down the hill and searching for mini-beasts - we found worms, a beetle and a frog! Indoors at Pre-School we have continued to enjoy playing with the small world farm and have done lots of exploration with mark marking using playdough, paint, chalks and pens.

 

Our Experiences

 

On Thursday we explored a French garden in our virtual Bilinguasing lesson. We began by saying bonjour to everyone and our teacher Kirsty. We sang lots of fun songs about bee’s, frogs and the incy wincy spider. We counted to ten in french and finished with saying bye bye bubbles - au revoir. πŸ‘‹

 

Friday morning in Gym and tumble with Miss Crewe, we all listened and followed instructions really well. We practiced what we learnt last week to sit in tuck, pick and straddle position and we ran, jumped and marched on the spot. We could squat down to the floor and reach our bodies tall.  We used the benches to practice our balancing, we walked, slid and crawled across the bench until we reached the end and jumped off making sure that we landed safely on two feet. It was lots of fun! 

Autumn Term 1 - Week 3

This week we are much more settled and confident in our new environment.  We have continued to explore and play in our classroom and the EYFS outdoor area.  We have been seeking out others to share experiences and developing some special friendships.  
 

This week has been filled with lots of excitement and child initiated play. Indoors there have been many child-led activities such as role-playing doctors and Iron man, building spooky castles and towers in the construction area and creating a playdough Spider-Man in the malleable kitchen.  Outdoors in the EYFS area we have been cooking fish and chips in the mud kitchen and role playing builders and firemen.  
 

Our wonderful experiences have continued this week including our Bilinguasing where we learnt to say Bonjour to each other and had fun singing along to heads, shoulders, knees and toes - and doing the actions.  We have also had a fantastic time at Gym & Tumble where we practiced our good listening skills with Miss Crewe. We walked, ran and jumped across the mats, we practiced sitting in positions such as tuck, pike and straddle and then finished with some fun games. 
 

We cannot wait to explore our amazing new Pre-School outdoor area which will be ready for us by the end of next week. 😁 
 

Autumn Term 1 - Week 2 

This week we have continued to explore our environment and develop our relationships with the children and teachers in our class.  We are settling in well to our new routines and becoming more involved in our classroom.  We have especially liked playing with the dolls and puppets, exploring the sea creatures in the small world area and  playing in the malleable kitchen area - making playdough cookies and cakes! 
 

This week has also been the start of our very exciting experiences!  On Thursday we met our new Bilinguasing teacher who is helping us to learn french and develop our communication and language skills.  Then on Friday we had a wonderful time in our Gym and Tumble session where we all got involved in moving and stretching in different ways to support the development of our gross motor skills. 

 

Our First Week in Pre-School - Autumn Term 1

We have spent this short week settling into our new environment and exploring alongside our new teachers and peers.  We have been getting used to new experiences and routines.  This week we have spent time having tea parties, playing with the dinosaurs and getting messy making playdough!