This Week

Week Commencing Monday 24th April, 2017

Our theme this half term is ‘Days out’ and we have been talking about The Zoo this week.
Our role play area had lots of zoo animals with cages and the book that matched the animal.
We all read the book “dear Zoo” and enjoyed singing the song “we are going to the zoo”
On the craft table the children enjoyed making pasta lions and handprint giraffes.
The messy tray had various activities in it such as tea making, water with pipettes and dried pasta.

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Outside we had a new larger sandpit with diggers and dumpers. The children had fun with the construction box and painted the fence with water. They enjoyed using the balance beam and riding on the didi cars and bikes. We went out on the field and chased bubbles.

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In language group the children played happy land bingo and a game called pizza pizza. In the focused activity the children had to find the missing number on the lolly stick. The two year olds have been looking at colours, counting and using the big peg boards.

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We are looking forward to seeing lots of you at the Wherwell Sports Fete on Monday, Pre-School are running the children’s area and there will be lots of activities plus forest school session.

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Week Commencing Monday 3rd April, 2017

It’s been a busy final week of term. The sun has shone and we have been able to get into our forest school lots. Sue made a little pond ready for our tadpoles to be transferred into.

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In the role play area we had a deconstruction area. We placed a big box, poles, cones and materials in the the room and let the children’s imagination take over. They really enjoyed the change and made lots of different things.
At the craft table the children made Easter cards and Easter bags for the Easter egg hunt.
The older children looked at 2 and 3D shapes.

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We had a great Easter egg hunt and it was so lovely to see as many parents and siblings joining in the fun. We found lots of eggs in our forest school and then we moved onto the astro turf to find some more. After our egg hunt we all went into the PreSchool for our Easter bonnet parade. The children all enjoyed showing off their hats and all got a certificate to take home.

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The staff would all like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter and look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 24th April.

Week Commencing Monday 27th March, 2017

This week we have been talking about the life cycle of a caterpillar but we have also really enjoyed looking at our frog spawn that has now turned into tadpoles. The children look into the tank everyday and they are fascinated by the changes.

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Stacey helped the children make some great lolly stick puppets showing the different stages from frog spawn to tadpole to frog.

The children have been practising with the scissors using troll work sheets, the children could cut along the lines to cut their hair, it was great fun.

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We have had a couple of good trips to forest school this week and the children have loved looking for the bugs and finding them in the identification books.
In the garden the children enjoyed building constructions with the big bricks and walking along the balance beam. We had the big black tray in the garden and the children have had diggers in there. We also put moss and bark and the children enjoyed making homes for animals.

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In language group the children all played sound lotto and the two year olds have been looking at big books and singing nursery rhymes.
In music the children blew bubbles to soft music and also played instruments.
The messy tray has had lots of different activities in it including mark making in salt, lentils with various tools, water with pipettes and syringes with animals.
In role play the children had great fun being hairdressers and some of the hair styles were amazing.

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We were very pleased to have a visit from Charlotte at St Mary the Less, Chilbolton who told us the Easter story and made an Easter garden with the children.
Sue and the children also planted our bean plants into a bigger pot.

Next week we will be talking about the life cycle of a bird and we are all looking forward to our Easter egg hunt on Friday. We are hoping that lots of children will bring along their Easter bonnets that they have made!

Week Commencing Monday 20th March, 2017

It has been a wet windy week so we haven’t made it into the forest but we have had great fun on the field!

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We all had fun running along holding scarves in the wind and also blowing bubbles, watching how far they travelled.
This week we have talked about the life cycle of the frog and hopefully next week we will have some frog spawn in Pre-School. The children have enjoyed making frogs and also cutting and sticking the life cycle pictures and putting them in the correct order.
In our role play room the children enjoyed having the dressing up out and dolls.
All the children were very busy making picture frame drawings for their lovely mummies for Mother’s Day, we hope they all like their child’s drawings!
The older children have been having fun with the silly soup game that focuses on rhyming words and we also read the book ‘Chicken Licken’, adding lots more silly rhymes to each animals name.
The two year olds had fun looking in the mirrors and playing with the sensory balls and bottles.
In language groups the children played red dog, blue dog and farmyard bingo.
The messy tray had water beads and frogs in it and we also had a conditioner type dough that smelt lovely.

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In the garden the children enjoyed the wet weather by jumping in puddles and they had fun with the big construction bricks.
Next week we will be talking about the life cycle of the caterpillar.

Please can all parents send their forms back for September sessions as we will soon be allocating spaces to children on our waiting list.
We have very few volunteers for the sports fete, please sign the list beside the signing in sheet. We need everyone’s help please as this is our main fundraiser.

 

Week Commencing Monday 13th March, 2017

This week we have been talking about insects and the life cycle of a ladybird.
In role play we have had our tent with lots of plastic insects to look at.
The children enjoyed making ladybird pictures and hiding them amongst magazine cuttings.
They also had fun making ladybirds on sticks.
We have had quite a few trips to forest school this week and enjoyed playing in the digging area, climbing on the trees and swinging in the hammocks.
The children spent ages collecting bugs and finding them in the identification books.

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In music the children had fun with rhyming and action songs and Kate made ladybird props for the action song. In language groups the children enjoyed looking at themselves in mirrors and talking about colour of eyes, hair etc they also used the song bag.
The two year olds had fun threading straws onto strings to make necklaces and some even manage to cut the straws themselves. The older children played a ladybird number recognition game.
Next week we will talk about the life cycle of a frog 🐸

 

Week Commencing Monday 6th March, 2017

We have had a great week and enjoyed the sunny spells. Our theme has been the “life cycle of a plant”.
Sue has helped the children plant a bean and we will be watching them grow at pre-school. They also planted a sweet pea & they chose whether they would like pink or purple, these were taken home.
In the role play room we had our castle and had the Velcro board with Jack and the Beanstalk pictures. The children enjoyed re-telling the story and putting the pictures in the correct order.
At the craft table we had lots of cutting practice and made beanstalk pictures. Once again some amazing junk models have been made!
We all went down into the woodland on Thursday and had a great time climbing trees, bug hunting, making mud pies and swinging in our new hammocks.

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Hopefully now with the weather is beginning to brighten up we will be there lots more. The children always have an amazing time and they gain so much confidence from being outside.
In small group work the older children have been practising their pre-writing skills. In language groups they have been using farm animals for describing and then played “which animal was missing”. The two year olds have been writing and posting letters and playing paper basketball which was great fun.
Kate made some amazing spring information boards to use within her music sessions. The children used these for discussion then went on to sing a song about a plant growing.

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Next week we will be talking about the life cycle of the ladybird and talking about symmetry.
Please can you sign the list to say if you will be attending our Easter Egg hunt and bring in contributions of small foil wrapped eggs. Many thanks!

Week Commencing Monday 27th February, 2017

It’s been a busy week at Pre school and the children have been learning all about being healthy.
One of our mums came in to talk to the children about healthy eating as she is a doctor.
In role play we had a fruit and vegetable shop with real fruit and vegetables and the children enjoyed using scales and the till. Lots of transporting the fruit and vegetables around the Pre-School in the shopping trolley too.

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In craft the children enjoyed potato printing and making pictures about how a tree changes throughout the seasons.
Thursday was World Book Day and all the children dressed up and bought their favourite book in to share with their friends. We all went into forest school to do a gruffalo hunt and eventually found him in our new living Den! Mr Owl was very relieved when he left the woodland.

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The children followed his footprints through the forest school having to climb under and over things. We finished our time by climbing along the felled trees which the children all loved.
In music this week Kate talked about the weather and used various instruments to represent weathers. The two year olds played “I spy” and in small group work the children worked on number recognition. In language group the children chose the ever popular mystery box.
Outside has been a real mixture of weathers and they have splashed in puddles, ridden bikes and had fun balancing along the plastic beams.
We have now started talking about life cycles and will be starting with the life cycle of a plant. We will be using beans and reading about Jack and the Beanstalk. Maybe one of our beans will be a magic one!

We have lots of forms coming in for new starters in September. If you want your child to join the Pre- School please print the application form off from our website and return it to us.

 

Week Commencing Monday 13th February, 2017

This week we have been having fun in space! Our role play area had rockets in it and soft play bricks. The children made stars and aliens and they hung them around the room with our planets. 🚀🌙
Lots of counting down went on and of course the blast off.
In our messy tray we had moon rocks with pots and spacemen and later on in the week we had moon sand. In the craft area the children had fun making hand print aliens and spaceships.

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We were also lucky enough to have Ivy’s mum come in and help make chocolate hearts. 


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Our two year olds have been using the compare bears and in language group they played greedy gorilla. In small group work the children used the estimation jars and in music they tapped out their favourite food to a rhythm and the younger children had fun with 5 fat sausages.

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We had amazing fun on Friday morning climbing over the felled trees and the children enjoyed taking risks. Outside we had the bikes and the black tray with diggers, sand, straw and wood.

After half term we will be talking about life cycles and we are looking forward to getting back into our forest school area.

 

Week Commencing Monday 6th February, 2017

This week we had a post office and vegetable stall in role play. The children had fun playing with the tills and writing letters and posting them in our letterbox.
In the messy tray we have had lots of different activities including making tea, coloured rice with pots and an ice rink with ice cubes.

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The children have had another busy week making their valentines flowers they will all be ready to take home on Monday to share with their loved ones.
In music the younger children sang five fat sausages and the older children clapped hands to a rhythm and they worked with loud and quiet sounds.
The two year olds played Simon Says, did some object recognition and used the song sack.
In language group they played animal bingo with Makaton signs.
In small group work we used the kinetic sand and practiced cutting with a knife and fork. This is something to practice at home especially with the children that will be going to primary school.
In the garden we had a real mixture of weathers but the doors are always open. The children loved going on the bike with the trailer and we had lots of turn taking who was pedalling and who was sitting on the back. We had fun with the bats and balls and hoops.

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We will be having our woodland working party on Saturday 18th in the afternoon. It will be good to sort our original forest school area out and move the felled trees into areas for seating circles and other activities. Many thanks to everyone who is coming along to help.

We were lucky enough to have two daddy’s visit us to tell us about their occupations. Caitlin’s daddy came in to talk about recycling and the children had an amazing time playing with the recycling machine. Then Noah’s daddy came along to talk about being an architect and he had a Lego model and chatted to the children about elevations.

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Next week we will be talking about astronauts and we will be having fun in rockets, talking about planets and of course aliens.

 

Week Commencing Monday 30th January, 2017

This week we talked about teachers and we were lucky enough to have Hamish’s mum come in. She is a drama teacher and she did some great activities with the children.
We have also been busy making our paper flowers ready for our Valentine’s Day fundraising activity. The children have enjoyed cutting circles out from tissue paper and threading them on a pipe cleaner. They look lovely and we will continue with this activity next week.

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Despite the rain the children had great fun outside, they are getting good at putting waterproof trousers and boots on. The big puddle in the middle of the patio was a shark pool and the children loved riding through this and jumping in it. Luckily nobody was eaten by the shark.

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The two year olds have had fun with the song bag, taking in turns choosing a song from the bag then they all sang the song.
In language groups the children played the mystery box, this involves them putting their hand into the box choosing an object then matching it to the correct card.
In small group work we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes. In the messy tray the children had fun with coloured gravel in the big water tray, later in the week we had water with sea life animals in it. Music was fun with Kate’s 1,2,3,4,5 singing game. This involved children choosing numbers on plates then saying the rhyme on the reverse.

All the children were very excited on Friday when we had a visit from the fire fighters. We all had great fun looking at the equipment on the fire engine. All the children got to sit in the back of the fire engine and squirt the hose. They aimed the hose at Sam’s car in an attempt to clean it. Many thanks to the lovely fire fighters the children loved your visit.


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Next week we are talking about being a postman and our role play area will become a post office. Many thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to come in and move logs in our forest school.

Week Commencing Monday 16th January, 2017

We have continued with our theme of occupations talking about Vets/Doctors.  Our role play room was a vets with lots of mummy and baby animals.  The children enjoyed looking at the books that accompanied these.  We discussed x rays and Stacey made some hand x rays with the children in craft. All the children have enjoyed playing in our new water tray this week and many have gone home wearing different clothes despite wearing aprons.  The most important thing is that the children were having fun and clothes can be dried.  They enjoyed pouring water into various sized containers and using funnels.  We also had foam numbers and sponges in the water too.

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Even though the weather has been cold the children still enjoy riding bikes in the garden, filling them with petrol and playing in the sand.

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In small group work this week we have been working on Pre writing skills and in language groups we have been playing our silly soup rhyming game.

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The two year olds have enjoyed pasta threading, stacking big blocks and looking through some big books. The children learnt all about different instruments in music and singing and rhythm.  This helps them to understand simple instructions, share and enjoy singing familiar songs.

We have been unable to get into the forest school due to the trees that have been taken down.  We will be taking the children down for a visit next week as it is a pretty amazing sight. We will be sorting a working party out as we need lots of the logs moved to re mark our boundaries. We are looking forward to some of our parents coming in to visit us over the next few weeks to share information on their occupations.

Week Commencing Monday 9th January, 2017

We have started our theme this week of “occupations”. We have talked about being a builder and we also turned our wooden box car into a fire engine and enjoyed fighting fires in the garden. The role play room had various builder’s tools and bricks and the children enjoyed building walls and using real tape measures to find the tallest/shortest.
The messy tray had a Weetabix building site with diggers and dumpers and we also made picture numbered fires. The children used syringes and sponges to put the fires out. All great for fine motor skills.

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Outside the children have enjoyed watching the men take the dangerous trees down. They liked listening to the sounds of the chainsaws and watching the man at the top of the tree. It is great that the trees are finally coming down but it has left our original forest school site a terrible mess. As soon as the work is complete we will be working with Wherwell School to arrange a working party. The cut down trees will need to be removed so we will need as many volunteers as possible. This will happen on a Saturday, date to be confirmed.
We are looking forward to our new equipment being delivered in the next couple of weeks. We have ordered a dressing up trolley and a replacement water tray as ours had broken. Many thanks to the fundraising team and all the parents who have supported our events.
We have welcomed some new starters this term and it is lovely to see how quickly they have settled. In language group the children have played “red dog blue dog” this is a matching game. The two year olds have used the treasure baskets and sensory bottles and in small group work the children played a shape recognition game.
Kate worked on a rhythm with the children and they enjoyed banging a drum and saying what their favourite food is. As usual the session ends with a boogie!

 

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Week Commencing Monday 2nd January, 2017

Welcome back to everybody, it has been lovely seeing all the children again and hearing all the children’s news.

Our theme will begin next week and that is “Occupations”.  Many thanks to the parents that have offered to come in to talk to the children already.

This week we have been talking about “Our news”.  The role play area was a home corner and they had great fun dressing up too.  The messy tray had coloured rice with pots and scoops we also had water beads with number stones and grids.  The children were able to use tweezers to place the water beads in the grids.

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At the craft table the children had fun with the junk model station and there were some lovely creations.  They also enjoyed painting butterflies on one side and folding them over so the butterflies were symmetrical.

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Even though it has been cold this week the children have still enjoyed being outside.  They have ridden bikes, used the petrol pump and had the work bench and tools out.  The sand tray had the diggers in it and they also had fun making sandcastles.  The dinosaurs had an obstacle course over the tyres and we even got into forest school on Thursday to make some mud faces.

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The two year olds and language groups have been using the mystery box this week, the children enjoy matching the objects to the cards.

We had our Ofsted inspection on Thursday.  Preschools only get notice the afternoon before a visit.  The report should be out within a couple of weeks and we will circulate a copy to every parent. We are very happy with the result and the inspector commented on how happy and secure the children seem.  This is something that all the staff feel really passionate about.  We are unable to share the grading until the report has been sent  to us.  Many thanks to all the staff for working so hard, it is a stressful time and they all did really well.  Also thanks to the parents that chatted to the inspector at drop off.

 

Week Commencing Monday 12th December, 2016

We have had a busy last week of term, and been making lots of decorations for the hall. In role play we had Santa’s sleigh with a wrapping station for the elves to sort the presents. We have seen some lovely role play moments with the children pretending to be Santa or children asleep waiting for him to come.
On Thursday we had our nativity and it was wonderful to see so many parents and friends come along to watch the children. The children enjoyed dressing up as various characters from the nativity and singing lots of songs. The children then finished the morning off with a talent show. It was lovely to see how many children had the confidence to stand on the stage and sing. Even if the children were not brave enough they all did so well today and the teachers were very proud of them.
We finished the term with a party and Father Christmas came along to give out presents. The staff would like to wish all our families a lovely Christmas and a happy new year. Many thanks for all our gifts. We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 3rd January and welcoming our new starters.

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Week Commencing Monday 5th December, 2016

We have had a fun week preparing for Christmas. On Wednesday we all visited the Lights in Andover to watch the night before Christmas. The children really enjoyed the show and the coach trip. Thanks to Thomas’ mum for organising this outing.

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The role play area was set up with the nativity at one end and the children enjoyed dressing up as kings, shepherds and angels they even practiced singing some of our Christmas songs.
On the craft table the children enjoyed making their own Christmas cards, they used all different stickers, glitter and pens to make their own designs. They also made lots of paper chains to hang up around pre-school and even made some into a paper chain Christmas tree.

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In language group the children worked on rhyming lotto and animal bingo. In small group work the children played metal Mike game which involves hearing sounds being blended out then feeding the card to Mike.

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Our little two year olds enjoyed telling each other their news and talking about their feelings. At forest school this week some children helped sue to make woodland mobiles and full the bird feeders.

Music has involved the children practicing our Christmas songs and also a ball rolling letter recognition game. We are looking forward to our last week of term. We have our nativity show on Thursday at 9.30am and we finish the week off with our Christmas party on Friday. As we have so many good boys and girls I am sure we will get a visit from Father Christmas.

 

Week Commencing Monday 28th November, 2016

It has been a busy cold week at Pre-school this week. In role play we have had a post office with a post van. The children enjoyed writing letters and posting them, also putting the big parcels into the sacks. They had great fun using the wind up radios and having some music whilst being busy.

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In the messy tray the children enjoyed making cups of tea, it was lovely listening to the conversations round the messy tray explaining how to make tea. We also made moon sand from flour and baby oil, this is a really nice texture and the children enjoyed making sandcastle shapes.

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We have made some lovely Christmas craft including finger painting fairy lights, toilet roll parcels and an amazing snow globe. The children have once again loved making their junk model creations and helping themselves to items from the craft tower.  They really enjoy using the stencils. The children have practised circles and lines and had fun drawing over patterns.

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The children have enjoyed singing our nativity songs and we are all excited about our nativity play.
In small group work the two year olds have made creations from stickle bricks whilst in language group they talked about the odd one out and in small group work they played a letter ice cream scoop game. Outside the children put  warm hats and gloves on and enjoyed playing in the frost. They had the work bench outside and did lots of mending.

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We finished our week with our annual trip to St Mary The Less Church in Chilbolton. This really marks the start of Christmas for the Pre-School children and teachers. We spent a lovely morning hearing the nativity story and celebrating Jesus birthday. Any good party finishes with a cake and a drink! Many thanks to Susan, Charlotte and Reverend Dave.
Next week we are looking forward to our trip to the Lights in Andover to see ‘The Night Before Christmas.’
With all the hard work from the fundraising team and kind parents we are looking at buying a new dressing up trolley and water tray. This is very exciting!

Week Commencing Monday 21st November, 2016

 

This weeks theme has been cold colours. The role play area a cold den with a cosy bed and soft play bricks. The children enjoyed wearing the hat and glove sets and decorating woolly hats.
They could throw paper snowballs into baskets, scoring different amounts.

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In the messy tray the children used paint pallets to decorate ice blocks. They also enjoyed mark making in the salt. We only got into the forest school once this week due to the high winds and bad weather. The children that did get down enjoyed making Boggitts. These are balls of air drying clay decorated with woodland items such as sticks, leaves and moss. The children leave these in our forest area and they look after any worries they have. More children will get the chance to make them next week.

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The other important job the children love doing is filling the bird feeders up. Outside the children enjoyed riding the bikes and using the petrol pump.  In the craft area the children had fun making junk models and painting cold colours onto foil.

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In Kate’s music session the children started singing our Christmas songs and also clapping rhyming words out. They really enjoy doing this.
The two year olds played with the giant peg boards, great eye hand coordination. In language group the children played the shopping list game and in small group work they looked at shapes and counting bugs in jars.

Our Christmas fun starts next week with our church visit on Friday. This is always a lovely morning and all children and siblings are welcome. The fundraising committee ran an amazing shopping evening and raised more valuable funds. Our fantastic Pre-School Calendars are now on sale.

Week Commencing Monday 14th November, 2016

This week we have been talking about feeding the birds. The children enjoyed threading Cheerios  onto strings to make bird feeders and they hung these in our forest school. The children also enjoyed identifying the leaves from our woodland trees.

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The role play area was a castle with dressing up clothes but the children were able to spot birds from the turrets using binoculars. We had identification sheets and the children had fun decorating birds and hanging them up and learning their names.
In the messy tray we had water beads and the children enjoyed filling pots and of course holding them as they are a lovely sensory tool. We also had glitter salt in the messy tray and the children enjoyed making marks in this.

 

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The children enjoyed making bird boxes and hand print robins. Once again some fantastic junk constructions have been made. In small group work the children enjoyed playing the greedy gorilla game and also we talked about rhyming. Lots of children worked with Stacey doing first mark making using straight lines and circles. They loved using big grown up pens to do this. We will keep working on these marks.

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Our two year old’s enjoyed hearing repetitive stories and looking at their name flash cards. In music this week we have been counting beats then the children had to copy what Kate did. They also continued with the silly rhymes.
The fundraising team have worked hard this week, we had a bags2school collection and our amazing shopping night.  Krystal and her team worked so hard to arrange the shopping event and everybody who made it thought it was great.
This time of year always gets very busy and lists have gone up by the signing in sheet for the church service and also our Christmas party. Please pop your child’s name on the list so we can get an idea of numbers. We are also looking forward to our trip to the Lights.

Next week we will be talking about cold colours.

Week Commencing Monday 7th November, 2016

This week we have been talking to the children about hibernation.  We have all been into the woodland and enjoyed making homes for woodland animals.  The children used moss, leaves and twigs to create the homes.   Whilst the children were in the forest school they always love looking for bugs and playing with the mud kitchen, Mr Owl was obviously there to greet the children.

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In the role play area we recreated the story “Going on a bear hunt”  The dark den was our cave and to get here the children had to go through a snow storm, a deep forest and many other obstacles. The children have enjoyed re telling the story.  The cave was Humphreys cave, not just any bear but our special Pre-School bear.

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The music session this week was all about silly rhymes, the children had to choose a number then say the rhyme on the back.  They loved these rhymes and then they had fun playing the instruments and finished the session with a boogie.

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The children had fun with lots of different craft this week. They have made hedgehog fork print paintings, animal homes made from paper bags and caves from paper plates.

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In small group work we have have talked about letters and sounds, the two year old’s have been adding the missing words to nursery rhymes and in language groups the children have used the I spy bottles.

Next week we will be talking about feeding the birds and making bird feeders for our forest school.

Our next Pre-School fundraiser will be our Christmas shopping event on Thursday 17th in the pavilion. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from us.  Please support the committee in raising funds for our children.

 

Week Commencing Monday 31st October, 2016

 This week we have been talking about Halloween and bonfire night. In the messy tray we had orange rice, battery tea lights, pumpkin seeds and different pots and scissor scoops.
The role play area had a vegetable stall in it with real vegetables. The children really enjoyed naming the various vegetables such as aubergine, butternut squash and Brussel sprouts. We had the weighing scales out and the children liked trying to make the different vegetables balance. Some amazing mathematical language went on, heavier, lighter the same as and the children had the till out. Lots of lovely craft work has been made from hand print spiders to toilet roll firework printing and bonfire painting.

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The most exciting news this week has been our visit to our forest school. We have relocated our site whilst trees are made safe.

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The children loved seeing Mr Owl again and exploring our new area. They all helped to make a new wigwam and enjoyed looking for bugs and raking the leaves.

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In music this week the children sang a bonfire night song as a group and enjoyed dancing round a pretend bonfire. They finished the music session singing the friend song. In language group this week the children used the mystery box and in small group work the children played a fishing number recognition game. The two year olds enjoyed matching items to cards and talking about on top and under.

Outside the children enjoyed riding the bikes, digging in the sand, playing with dinosaurs and rolling balls down the guttering.
Our Halloween party raised £450 this week and fun was had by all. Many thanks to everybody who supported us and came along. Our next fundraising event is our Christmas shopping evening on 17th November.

Could all parents ensure they check their child’s Tapestry account out. Please can you comment on our observations and add any that your child does at home. Sharing information between Pre-School and home is very important.

Week Commencing Monday 17th October, 2016

 

This week our role play was turned into a farm, this was the children’s choice. The children enjoyed using the large bricks to make pens for the animals.  We had an apple tree with numbered rosy apples growing on it and lots of real apples to play with too. Our chickens even managed to lay numbered eggs.

In the messy tray we created a vegetable plot using brown play dough and real vegetables. The children then also had great fun mixing the vegetables into stock to make a vegetable soup style mix (certainly not edible). The children also had fun playing with conkers and autumn leaves in which we hid woodland animals and number stones.

The music session was lovely this week, the children sang a lovely Autumn song and also chose instruments from the mystery bag. They are beginning to know the names of lots of the instruments now. One child even told us the name of a tambourine, but it came out as tangerine. How lovely. The children made paper plate pigs, bats from toilet rolls and apple printing pumpkins. They have also continued to make amazing constructions with our junk model station.

Dancing Claire did some wonderful Halloween dances and the children listened and followed instruction really well. On Thursday the children enjoyed walking round the field, raking up the leaves, Mr Owl from our forest school even popped over to say hello. In small group work the children played farm bingo and matching frog numbers to Lily pads. The two year old’s read lots of emotion books and enjoyed pulling different faces they also made animal noises.

In language groups the children had farm flash cards with farm questions. Lots of our children have had coughs and colds so we are looking forward to half term next week so we can all recover and come back better and refreshed.

Please remember to sell our Halloween raffle tickets, thank you!

 

Week Commencing Monday 10th October, 2016

We have had a busy week learning all about our shapes this week. The children have had great fun cutting out and making shape people then adding arms and of course Google eyes.
Stacey made an amazing junk modelling station for the children and we have had some wonderful creations from the children, they love a junk model. This is great for a child’s pincer grip and coordination, using the sellotape and cutting and sticking.
The messy tray has had a variety of sensory activities such as cloud dough, various beans and grains with diggers and water with a variety of pots, pipettes and tubes.

The children choose what our role play area will be each week and this week it has been a doctors surgery/baby clinic.  The children enjoyed laying on our sun lounger bed and applying plasters and bandages to each other also to the dolls. They filled prescription forms in and enjoyed being the receptionist.
In music this week we have played circle games and also had the parachute out.
Outside the children have had a variety of natural resources such as conkers and acorns, they enjoyed rolling these down tubes and into various shape containers.
They also enjoyed playing a traffic light game and pedalling the bikes around.

In small group work the children played shape bingo and in language groups they used the eye spy bottles and talked about what they could see.
Our two year olds have been practicing pincer grip by turning screws and putting coloured Pom pins down matching tubes.

Next week we will be talking about the harvest and the children want a farm in role play, we are looking forward to another fun week before we break for Half Term.

Week Commencing Monday 3rd October, 2016

The children asked to have the wooden ice creams out this week so we decided to make an ice cream parlour . The staff were very busy baking cotton wool balls in different colours for the variety of flavours, there was then the choice of a cone or a pot.  The children enjoyed counting the number of scoops and of course adding various toppings.

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Our music session was luckily held outside on the field this week, the sun shone and the children had scarves and pretended to be butterflies whilst “over a rainbow” played on the CD. The children then learnt a lovely song about friends, this helps them understand fundamental British values.

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Our forest school session was all about finding shapes in the environment and the children spotted lots out and about in the field. Our theme has been “things I like” and the children enjoyed cutting pictures out of things they liked and disliked, they also used heart shapes to print with and then drew things around them. In small group work this week the two year old’s worked on colour and sound recognition and used the tapping sticks. The older children played the dotty dinosaur shape game and in language groups they played “silly soup”

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Next week we will continue to look at shapes and the children have chosen to have a hospital in the role play area.
You can now get your tickets for the Halloween party and also every family should of received a book of raffle tickets for the amazing Halloween draw. Please support us with our fundraising events.

Week Commencing Monday 26th September, 2016

We have had a fun filled week enjoying lots of different activities. Our role play area was a hairdressers and the children enjoyed doing each other’s hair and also the staffs. They also had little cardboard people in there to decorate, they enjoyed looking in the mirror then drawing their colour eyes and hair on them.

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In the messy tray we had teapots, cups, and saucers with tea bags and then later in the week we had water beads with various size containers with big tweezers. Great for fine motor skills. For our forest school activity the children enjoyed making faces using natural resources, these were really good and they used stones, straw, leaves and twigs. We have had a variety of weather this week but the children have enjoyed it, all from splashing in puddles to planting flowers in our planters.

 

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We are very organised and all the children have used their feet to design their Christmas cards. We can’t wait to get them sent off ready to be made into cards. They also practised cutting by making hair for their cardboard people.

In music the children listened to instruments that were hidden behind a screen then having to guess what they were, they then had fun playing the instruments and even ended the session having a dance. In small group work the two year old’s practised drawing circles and lines and playing with the sensory bottles. In language groups and small group work the children played rhyming pairs, this is always very tricky but the children enjoy just making up silly words that rhyme which is great. We finished off the week by making gingerbread men and using icing tubes to decorate them.

 

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Week Commencing Monday 19th September, 2016

We have had a very busy week doing all the art work for our calendar, lots of hands and footprints have been done and the results are amazing.  We think it will be the must have for every household this Christmas.

The role play room was a castle and the children loved dressing up and making crowns.  King Humphrey the bear had tickets and silver coins to grant access to his castle and the children loved this as a number game. In the messy tray we had corn flour with mark making equipment and also coloured rice with funnels and pots. The messy tray is always very popular amongst the children and great for their fine motor skills.

The children had fun with a forest school activity, they all made wrist bands with items they had collected from the field. In music the children discussed different sounds and whether they liked or disliked them, and whether they were loud or soft noises. They then played instruments loudly and softly  In small group work the language group children played the popular “red dog, blue dog” game and the two year old’s looked at big books and used the stacking blocks.  For small group work the children played the metal Mike sounds game.

The outside area has had bikes and the petrol pumps, we also had the large building bricks out and some amazing constructions were made.
We finished the week off making jam tarts and the children loved rolling balls and then using a wooden dobber to make a dent for the jam to go in.

It was lovely to see lots of parents join us for the Teddy Bears Picnic on Friday.  It gave the new committee a chance to introduce themselves and ask for all parents to help support the fundraising team.  We are aiming to raise five thousand pounds this academic year and really need every parents help with this goal. A big thank you to Krystal and her team for working so hard to organise this event.  The children enjoyed bringing their teddies in and eating all the delicious fruit, vegetables, cake, and homemade gingerbread teddies.

Week Commencing Monday 12th September, 2016

We continued our theme of “All about me ” and talking about our Preschool. In our role play area we had the dressing up the dolls and home corner. The children really enjoyed the dressing up and were pretending to be kings and queens.
In the messy tray the children enjoyed mixing sand and foam together, this created a lovely texture. We also had farm animals in compost with weetabix straw bales.
The weather has been great this week and the children have had lots of fun outside. We have used the AstroTurf area with the big balls and we also had a treasure hunt on the field. The children found bark, moss, twigs, leaves, and even an egg shells.
In the craft area the children enjoyed painting their hands for print shapes and they also had fun with stickers. They all enjoyed using the scissors and cutting along a sticker.
In small group work the children had fun with the busy boxes and in the language groups they played the nursery rhyme game.
Our two year old group worked on coordination and played with the latch board and locking box. They also had fun with treasure baskets and looking at themselves in the mirror
It is our AGM on Monday 19th Sept at 8pm in the Pavilion, we are hoping to see lots of parents. It is so important to have support from all our parents, without everyone’s help we would not have a Preschool.
We are also looking forward our Teddy Bears Picnic on Friday 23rd Sept, this is a chance for parents to get together and meet the committee.

The children have shown an interest in kings, queens, and princesses this week so next week we will have this in our role play as it is important to follow the children’s interests.
We will also be busy in the craft area preparing our hand and foot print calendar, and this will be available to buy later in the year for you all to enjoy.

Week Commencing Monday 5th September, 2016

It was lovely welcoming back lots of familiar faces and also our new starters. Everyone has settled in really well after their home visit and we have been learning lots about our new Preschool this week. Unfortunately our forest school is still out of action due to some dangerous trees but we all had a lovely nature walk around the field.  The children enjoyed collecting dandelions and a selection of other plants.

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The role play area has been set up as a home corner with dolls, this is particularly helpful for new starters as it reminds them of home and they can take part with activities that they see done regularly. The messy tray has had a variety of things in it this week including ice cube shapes with animals, salt with glitter, play dough with beans, little sticks, and even cereal to make pretend cakes.

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In the garden the children have had fun with the water tray and enjoyed blowing bubble snakes from bottles. We have a big chalk drum that the children have drawn on and as always the bikes have been out.

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In the craft area the children have been cutting out pictures of the Preschool and making collages also they have been painting on the easel and helping themselves to all the craft materials in the towers. In our small group work the two year old’s have been looking at pictures of the staff and playing a guess who game also using sensory bottles and the song bag.  The language group has used the mystery box and other group work has included a game with bugs in jars and dogs in kennels.

The Preschool has started using an online progress and monitoring system which all parents should be able to log on to.
This enables parents to receive pictures and observations of their child each week. Parents are able to make comments back and this helps with the home and Preschool link.
If you are having any trouble with this new system please talk to Debbie or Tara. The staff are really enjoying it and we hope the parents will too.

Our theme this half term is “All about me” and next week the children will be talking about themselves and getting to know each other better.
We have the Welcome Teddy Bears Picnic on Friday 23rd September and more information will follow about this event.

Week Commencing Monday 11th July, 2016

Our theme this week has been “teddy bears picnic” and the children have enjoyed bringing their bears in and taking part in bear activities.IMG_0955
The role play room had a picnic blanket in and teddies sitting around.  We had real apples, pears and oranges and the children pretended to make smoothies.  They enjoyed sorting the fruit into baskets and talking about sizes and colours.
At the craft area the children made teddy treasure boxes, Teddy bear masks and made some lovely hand print flowers.IMG_0944
It was a lovely windy day on Monday and the children enjoyed running around the field with scarf kites and catching bubbles.  The Geo blocks were outside and the children finished making constructions to go into our Simplex scrap book.  Simplex are our amazing sponsors and they kindly donated these amazing building blocks.  The children have spent many hours of fun building with these bricks.
In the messy tray we had the bear hunt.  The children were able to move play figures through the dark wood, in the stream, through the tall grass, into the snow storm and finally get to the cave.
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We also made cups of tea using real milk and tea bags. This provides the children the opportunity to practice pouring.
In music the children enjoyed joining in with the “teddy bears picnic” song and also had fun usin the instruments.
In small group work, the children worked with the compare bears adding to groups and taking them away. In the language groups the children played shark attack and the mystery box and the two year olds enjoyed counting with the real fruit.
All the transition visits are now complete and on Wednesday we will be finishing the term with our leavers graduation ceremony.
We hope the sun shines for our pool party and wish everyone a very happy summer holiday

Week Commencing Monday 4th July, 2016

It has been another fun week at Pre-school.  Our theme has been “Holidays” and in the role play area we had a train.  The children were able to buy tickets before they boarded the train, we also had engineers to mend any problems as we didn’t want our train getting delayed.  Our train went to London on Thursday with Clarey.
In the messy tray the children had fun with water marbles and numicon.  They enjoyed putting the water marble into the frame then counting and matching the number of water beads with a number stone.  Lots of great counting went on and the children had to use their  fine motor skills to balance the water beads in the frames.  We enhanced the play the next day by adding shaving foam and the children then mixed the water beads and made pretend ice creams.
We have had several craft activities this week including sand pictures of castles and decorating their own paper ice lolly and putting them on a stick.
In music this week the children enjoyed interpreting music rhythm to paper, particularly enjoying fast and slow.
In small group work the older children had fun with a “feeding the shark game” and the two year olds played with  texture puzzles, latch board and picture dominoes.
We finally managed to have our Sports Day on Friday morning, the sun shone and the children and parents all enjoyed joining in the races.  The morning ended with an ice lolly and of course a golden medal for everyone.
We welcomed some of our new starters on Friday morning and they were able to meet their key worker and collect packs ready for September.sportsday
Its our last full week next week and we have decided to go with the theme of “Teddy bears picnic”.  I am sure the children will enjoy bringing their teddy bears to school.

Week Commencing Monday 27th June, 2016

IMG_0879IMG_0874IMG_0878We have continued with our theme of Superheroes this week and been lucky enough to have Martial Art world visit us.  They ran two sessions with our children, playing superhero games.  The children had to get on islands to avoid Captain Hook catching them whilst pretending to be Tinker bell, Peter Pan or the Lost boys.  We played another great Superhero vanishing game and the children had to guess who had disappeared.  The children were amazing at listening to instructions and all love getting into “guard” and then moving on to “Guard, change”  At the end of the session the children all got a sticker and a chance to go along to Martial Art world to join in their Ninja classes.IMG_0867IMG_0868IMG_0866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our role play room turned into a Superhero café and the children had fun pretending to make food for each other.
Outside the children had fun with an obstacle course, the big tyres were out and planks were laid along them for tractors to drive over.  The spray bottles and big brushes were using for mark making and the diggers were also in the gravel.
In the messy tray we had moon sand with little pots and spoons also we had the sea life creatures with sponges and pipettes.
In small group work the two year olds had the musical instruments out and in language groups we used the rhyming tubs.
We are still focusing on supporting our children who will be leaving us to go to Primary school.  We all chatted together about any little worries they may have about big school.  This was a lovely moment and lots of the children shared a worry and we were able to talk about it.
Our theme next week is “Going on holiday” hopefully this will make the sun come out and we can start to get the paddling pools out.
We look forward to welcoming our new starters on Friday afternoon to meet their key worker and collect their welcome back.
We are going to try Sports Day on Friday so hopefully the sun will shine and the children will enjoy the races.

Week Commencing Monday 20th June, 2016

It has been a real mix of weathers again this week.
The children have all been talking about Super heroes.  In the role play are we had a super hero den with pictures of super heroes  on the wall.  They had capes and masks that they could pop on and mission cards to look at.
We have all been talking about how Super heroes help us and are kind and caring.

In the garden there have been a variety of activities from rainy day dens to water trays with funnels and  tubes.  The bikes have been popular as always and they had the guttering to roll the cars down. With the  issue of a tree coming down in our woodland area we have been struggling to use the Wherwell school site, it has lots of stinging nettles and it has no boundaries for our little children and they are used to knowing our rules of staying within our area.
During the summer holidays the woodpecker will of finished nesting and we will be able to sort the old trees out and look forward to getting back into our area in September.
The children have enjoyed making super heroes out of lolly sticks and making masks and headbands to wear in their role play.
The two year olds have been blowing bubbles, stacking the animal blocks and doing animal puzzles. The Language groups this week have been playing Greedy gorilla and this is good for communication and language and listening and attention.
In music the children enjoyed listening to classical music whilst blowing bubbles and repeating familiar songs.

We are all looking forward to our visit from Martial art world next week and the children will be dressing up as Super heroes and taking part in some fun activities.

Week Commencing Monday 13th June, 2016

It’s been a real mix of weathers this week and the children have enjoyed it all.  They have been outside splashing in puddles and then enjoying the water tray in the sunshine.

It was a real shame that our Sports Day had to be cancelled today due to the bad weather, we will hopefully find another slot before the end of term to run this popular event.
The role play area was a sports shop and the children had fun playing with all the different activities in the sports shop.  They could compare bat and ball sizes and throw balls into various size baskets using different size balls.
The children had fun doing some sawing with Sue on a 1-1 ration and then making holes in wooden discs with gimlets.  They could then thread these and make them into necklaces.  This was a real favourite among the children.
In the messy tray the children had great fun with porridge oats pouring them into various size containers and they even discovered how great it was to throw them.  They then helped the staff with the little dustpan and brushes to clear up!
In music this week the children used the instruments to copy Kate’s rhythm, they are using the instruments with increasing control and really listening for a rhythm.
The two year olds had fun with coloured bean bags and playing “I spy” whilst the older children are working on school transitions.  It is lovely to see the reception teachers come into our setting to meet the children who will be joining them in September.
All the children have enjoyed making fathers day footprint cards and adding special finishing touches to them to make them individual.

We are looking forward to our Fundraising football fun day with Arsenal coaches on Sunday there will be a bouncy castle, barbeque and bar for all those dad wishing to enjoy Fathers day.
For the next two weeks our theme will be “Superheroes” and we are really excited about our visits from Martial Art world on 27th and 29th June where they will be running Superhero sessions.

Week Commencing Monday 6th June, 2016

This week we have been talking about being healthy.  The role play room was a doctors surgery and the children enjoyed making each other feel better.  In the messy tray we had spaghetti with plastic fruits in it, we also had the water tray with various size brushes and sea creatures.
The children had fun foot printing this week making  the first part of their fathers day cards, they will be finishing it next week.
The children also enjoyed making oat playdough flower pots and cutting fruit out to go in a bowl.
It has been lovely outside this week, we went into the woodland and collected leaves and did some tree identification.  The children enjoyed threading the leaves that they found onto a string.
In the language group the children enjoyed using the mystery box and also blowing bubbles.
We also had the parachute out on the grass and the children enjoyed singing songs and taking it in turns going under it.
We had the wooden funnel rack out and the children enjoyed pouring water and sand through this.

Next week we will be talking about different sports and we are finishing the week with our Sports day.  The children will all enjoy races and then end the morning with a medal and an ice cream.

Week Commencing Monday 23rd May, 2016

This week we have been talking about mummy and baby animals.
The role play room had lots of soft cuddly toy animals and the children were able to pair mummy and baby animals up.  We had carry cases and bandages in case they were unwell.

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We went down into a different part of the woodland to explore the new area that we will be using until the trees over our part have been made safe. The children enjoyed finding the dens that the older children had made and stepping across the fallen trees.  Of course we managed to find plenty of insects even an ants nest.

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The children had fun this week mixing coloured paints in plastic wallets, they made bee foot prints and also matched mummy and baby pictures.IMG_0681
In the messy tray the children had a beach scene and also marshmallow spread mixed with new potato.  We finished the week off with the favourite making cups of tea.
In our small group work we have been talking about lobster facts as the children have been very interested in a plastic lobster that we have. The two year old played a matching game and worked on a together picture. We have also been using props at story sessions and the children have enjoyed helping to tell the story and think about we can make stories our own.IMG_0696
The weather has been lovely and we have enjoyed playing with  water down the guttering  and we also had the hurdles out for the children to jump over.  We enjoyed running on the big field, going to the park and also playing parachute games.

When we return after  Half Term we will be talking about being healthy and this will lead up to our sports day.

Week Commencing Monday 16th May, 2016

This week we have been talking about the life cycle of a human.
Our role play area room was a home corner with a baby changing area and Clarey brought in her photo album of her baby/adult years and the children and staff enjoyed looking through this.
We did a joint craft and mathematical development activity, all the children were measured with string and they had to draw a face for the end of the string.  It created a great display and talking point for the week, who is the smallest/tallest, who is two or three, colour of eyes and hair.
All the children had fun making birthday cards for the queen ready to display in the church and the week finished off with monster hand prints.
The children took part in small group work music playing instruments and singing nursery rhymes, it was lovely to hear and the children really enjoyed this.
In the messy tray the children had ready mix sponge cake with baking trays, cake tins and spoons then later in the week we had shaving foam with different colour paint and glitter in it.
unfortunately we have had a few issues in our woodland after a large branch came down from one of the poplar trees.  These are very old and the tops need to be lopped but woodpeckers are nesting in them so it is impossible to do until August.
Wherwell school have very kindly allowed us to use some of their woodland and Sean and Jamie made a new pathway for us to gain access to it.  We will sort the new area out and hope to be back in the forest school by the middle of the week.
We have still enjoyed lots of outdoor activities the children helped Sue tidy our planters and re plant the tomatoes we are looking forward to eating all our home grown produce.
Small group work has included a sharing story in our language group, the two year olds have enjoyed stacking blocks and doing puzzles.  We are starting to talk about transitions with our school leavers in preparation for them starting school.

Our theme next week is mummy and baby animals.

Week Commencing Monday 9th May, 2016

The children have been learning all about the Life cycle of the caterpillar this week.  Clarey came dressed up as a caterpillar on Thursday and the children all made caterpillar bracelets.  The craft has been an assortment of hand print caterpillars and  butterflies and we discussed symmetry.
The role play area had a tent in it and the children had fun making a long caterpillar together.  They cut circles out and decorated them then finally made legs for it.  In the messy tray we had foam blocks and golf tees, the children used hammers to tap the tees in.
The children really enjoyed making tea in the messy tray with real teapots, tea bags and milk, they always ask for this, a favourite messy tray activity.
In small group work the older children have been counting and matching and a few children have been talking about adding groups together. The two year olds had fun with sensory bottles, sizing people, staff pictures on lids and the locking box.
In the language group the children used lycra to play games and sing songs.
Really unfortunately a big branch has come down in our woodland area and made our site unsafe.  We are awaiting a tree surgeon to come along and lop the branches from the polar trees.
Caroline Noakes our MP visited Pre-School today and we talked over the effects of the free government 30hrs childcare and the effects it will have on rural committee run Pre-Schools.  She left us with a better understanding of the struggles that face us.

Week Commencing Monday 2nd May, 2016

We have loved the sunny weather this week at Pre-School.  The children have had so much fun with water outside, they enjoyed using spray bottles, painting the patio and also making a tube run across the fence that they could pour water down.
In the forest school we made wild seed bombs with the children.  They enjoyed mixing wild flower seeds in soil then throwing them.  Hopefully some lovely wildflowers will start to grow.  The normal mud cakes were made and the children also talked and did some bird spotting.  We are lucky enough to have a few different birds visit our forest school and it is great for the children to match them to pictures and find information about them.
We have been talking to the children about the life cycle of a plant this week and the role play room was a garden centre.  The children enjoyed making flowers to sell in the garden centre and using the tills and shopping baskets.
The older children talked about opposites this week and the younger children enjoyed dancing with props and undoing padlocks.
In our language groups the children used the Nursery Rhyme soundtracks game.
The messy tray had water beads in it and the children enjoyed putting them in number grids using tweezers, this was great hand eye co-ordination.  They also had the flubber out this is a great malleable material that the children can cut up, squeeze, roll and use cutters with.
There has been some lovely craft activities this week.  The children enjoyed painting and printing with leaves.  They made some amazing flowers using cheerio cereals and also hand print flowers.
Next week we are learning about the Life cycle of a caterpillar and are looking forward to Clarey becoming a caterpillar once again.  We will focus on the story about “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and also cover days of the week.
Next Friday we are looking forward to welcoming Caroline Noakes MP.  We will show her our amazing Forest school and our fantastic Pre-School and all our activities.
Many thanks to all the parents who came along on Bank Holiday Monday to the Wherwell playing fields fete and Fun run. Also all our parents that helped run the children’s area and especially our Clarey.

Week Commencing Monday 25th April, 2016

We have had a busy week learning all about the life cycle of a turtle. This was a special request from the children as they love our Tiny Tim turtle song. They have learnt how a turtle lays it’s eggs on the beach then become hatchlings juvenile before a turtle.
We have made lots of turtle crafts using paper bowls, cd’s and even a hand print turtle.
We had great fun in the forest making a nature reservoir. We used gimlets to make holes in sticks and have made an amazing musical hanging creation.
In the role play area we had a beach scene with balancing bricks leading to the sea. Clarey and the children made turtle enclosures. We have taken pictures of these for our Simplex building competition.
In music this week we have been working on spacial awareness through music & movement.
The messy tray had spaghetti worms in mud and the children used tweezers to get them out.
We have had small group work and the two year olds have been looking in the mirror, pulling faces and also looking through picture books. The language group have focused on the game “red dog, blue dog” with the older children working on letter recognition and sounds.

Week Commencing Monday 18th April, 2016

We have had a lovely time in our forest school this week. We have used gimlets to make holes in sticks and we will be hanging these up to make musical instruments.  The children enjoyed using the pump to get water out of the barrel and then making moss, stick and grass cakes.  We have enjoyed looking at our wormery and seeing the patterns that the worms have made.
We have continued our theme of water and our role play area was turned into a seaside.  Clarey came in wearing her flip flops and summer clothes and the children enjoyed swimming in her sea of imagination.  She even awarded certificates for the swimming, something the children were very proud of.
The children all worked on a large aquarium together making fish to hang down and they also had fun blowing bubbles in paint for bubble painting.
In the garden the children have enjoyed using the foam rollers and paint brushes to paint water on the patio and our fence.
In the messy tray the children enjoyed the sensory experience of corn flour and washing up liquid, it makes a foam and the children had sea life creatures in this.
In our music this week the children all took turns of playing the triangle and they learnt a new song and we have also had focused small group work.
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from the police with their police van.  The children loved hearing the siren and sitting in the back of the van.
It was lovely sharing the children journals with their parents on Wednesday night and all the parents read and commented on their progress checks.  All the parents also got the opportunity to look through our forest school journal and see what we get up to each week in our forest school.

Week Commencing Monday 11th April, 2016

It was lovely to see all the children after our Easter break.  Our theme for this Half Term will be water then leading into planting and then life cycles.
We have started with Water and in the role play area we have had a launderette.  The children have enjoyed loading the washing machines then pegging the washing out on a line.  Using pegs is great pincer grip practice and good eye hand coordination.
The children were also able to match coloured pegs and sort them into correct piles.
In the messy tray we had coloured water with pipettes and number stones and then later we changed it to a pond with frogs and sponge lily pads.
We have had a real mix of weathers this week and the children have worn waterproofs and splashed in puddles and then had sunglasses on and been painting the patio with water and watering the plants.  In the forest school the children had great fun collecting worms to put into our home made wormery, the sun was shining and the children also used the pump to get water out of the water barrel and make delicious mud pies.
The children have had fun at the craft table this week, they have made washing lines, cake case umbrella pictures and fish using celery printing for the scales.
The older children did some rhyming tub work and the younger children practiced pegs and sorting.

Week Commencing Monday 14th March, 2016

We have been enjoying getting ready for Easter at Pre-School and the children have enjoyed making baskets ready for the egg hunt on Wednesday.  We also made nests for our Mr Owls and used sticks, moss and dried leaves, all the children are aware that the woodland animals need this to keep warm.  We found lots of bugs hiding beneath the logs and looked them up in reference books.  The children particularly enjoyed finding a centipede and finding out all about how many legs they can have.
The children all helped Sue to make Easter biscuits, they all rolled out the biscuit mixture, chose a cutter then decorated the bunny or chick with a chocolate button eye, they were delicious.
In the messy tray we had a dinosaur nest with coloured eggs, inside each egg they found different coloured cornflour slime.  They enjoyed rolling this and opening the plastic eggs is great for fine motor skills.  We also experimented with pipettes and dropping coloured water into the milk and washing up liquid mixture.
In the role play room we had our tent and set up an outdoor area with chicks, rabbits, insects and flowers.
In the garden the children had fun with an abacus on the fence and we also played throwing bean bags into a hoop.
The children had fun tapping a beat in music and tapping out the beats in their names.
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We are looking forward to our Easter egg hunt on Wednesday in the woodland and we also have a name the bunny and how many eggs are in the jar contest.  That is our last day of term and we are all looking forward to our Easter break then returning refreshed for our Summer term.
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Week Commencing Monday 7th March, 2016

Our theme has been Spring this week and the children had great fun in the woodland looking for forest treasure.  When we first arrived in our woodland and sat in our tree stump circle we asked the children what treasure was.  The children told us a variety of things from sparkles to jewels.  We then all sat together and thought about what a woodland treasure would be.  The children came up with feathers, stones, sticks, leaves and moss.  We then all had great fun collecting these items and sharing them with their friends.
We also collected a bag of sticks, leaves and moss to make nests for their own Mr Owls next week.
The children have done a variety of crafts this week including cress seed heads, potato spring flowers and paper plate birds along with their own creations.
In the messy tray the children once again enjoyed making tea and pouring it into cups and outside they have the sand tray.
The role play room was turned into a garden with spring flowers that they could place into containers, insects with bug identification books, a garden den and wind up chicks and bunny rabbits.  Lots of activities that help fine motor skills.
The children continued to sing Spring songs in music and also did lots of movement to the music.
In our smaller group work our two year olds had fun with clean paint, this is where paint is poured into clear bags and the children can have fun squeezing and pushing it. The older children worked on estimating, we had several jars filled with different items and the children first guess the amount in the jar then have great fun tipping the items out, counting them and seeing if they are correct.
In the language group the children used the mystery box this helps with communication, listening skills, shapes and colours.
We have a busy last full week making Easter crafts and our Mr owl nests.
We will be singing Humpty Dumpty as our nursery rhyme of the week and learning another 3 makaton words.

Our last day is Wednesday 23rd March and we will be finishing the term with an Easter egg hunt  and some Spring songs.  A mail will be sent out with further details.
Session allocation has begun for September so I urge all parents to have a good think about their child’s requirements as new children will be joining us and we have lots on the waiting list.

Week Commencing Monday 29th February, 2016

We have had a fun filled book week.  With World Book Day being on Thursday the children have been bringing in their favourite book in and telling their friends all about it.
The role play room was changed into a library and we had the hand puppets out and the children did shows to each other.IMG_0162
In the messy tray we mixed corn flour with shaving foam and this created a lovely texture.  We also had fun with scissors using straws, magazines, colour charts and plastic strips all that could be cut up.  Some children enjoyed ripping the paper others enjoyed snipping.  This is good pincer grip and using scissors is important.IMG_0163
The older children made stories using the story stone.  They were able to choose between camping, alien and birthday party story stones.  We had some lovely stories one in particular was all about a butterfly that got burnt on the camp fire then the ladybird came to rescue him.  The children really enjoyed this activity.
In language groups the children had fun with music soundtracks this helps with communication and language also listening and attention.
The two year olds also enjoyed sharing their favourite books and they read the big book “Dear Zoo” together.
We sang some Spring songs in music and the children loved bouncing like bunnies and cheeping like chicks.
We had fun in our forest school, climbing trees and making delicious mud cakes.
We have seen many types of weather this week and on Wednesday the children thought it was great to see the staff running out and collecting hails stones in cups.  They were all really brave with the thunder and lightening.
The staff all dressed up on Thursday and they re-enacted  the story of the three little pigs.  Clarey came dressed up as a banana with her cook  book and made the children banana custard.

Our theme next week is all about Spring

Week Commencing Monday 22nd February, 2016

This week we have been talking about building.  The Pre-School is lucky enough to be sponsored by a local company, Simplex.  On Monday morning a few employees from Simplex came along to present the children with some Polydron House builder bricks.  They explained to the children how they made engines work and showed the children a working engine.  The children then enjoyed building with the bricks and eating cakes with the parents that came along.
We talked about the “Three Little pigs” and what they used to build their houses.  The children had fun cutting pigs out,  sticking them on lolly sticks and then re telling the story.
In the messy tray the children had fun using playdough as cement and making buildings adding various craft materials.  We also had coloured gravel and funnels.
On Thursday we took a group of children into the woodland and a couple of the children and Sue wore a sock over their Welly book.  The idea of this is to see what grows from the sock.  Sue now has them on the window sill of her conservatory seeing what happens.  The children are very excited to see what will grow on the sock.  We filled the bird feeders up and worked together creating an animal house with sticks.  The mud kitchen proved to be exciting as lots of our pots had water in them that had turned to ice.
We have enjoyed looking at buildings in different countries and re creating them with our wooden blocks.
The two year olds have been working with the treasure basket, screw pole and reading about the three little pigs.  In the language groups the children had fun guessing what was in the mystery box and matching it to the card.
The older children played a maths game using counters in a treasure chest.
In music we promoted our British values by talking about friends and tapping out the beats in our friends names,  along with singing a song.
Next week is world book day and we are looking forward to the children bringing their favourite books in to share with us and their friends.   The children are also invited to come along in fancy dress, so it should be an exciting week ahead.

Week Commencing Monday 8th February, 2016

We have had a real mix of weathers this week and the children have enjoyed this.  The windy weather brought lots of fun with the children using scarves as kites and we blew balloons up and let go of them to see how far across the field they would go.
On Thursday we played a game in the fog seeing how far the children could see Sam for before she disappeared.
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In the role play area we have had a café this week, the children have enjoyed making lists, waiting on tables and pretending to cook food.  The snack table was a restaurant and the children used a knife and fork to eat their snack they have also practiced spreading butter and jam on toast too.  Some of the children made pizza and they wrote a list of ingredients that they used. They were able to choose different topping .
In the messy tray the children had tea pots with cups and saucers, real tea bags and milk.  This is great for the children to practice pouring and using real equipment is even better.IMG_0112
In music this week the children enjoyed tapping and banging to create sounds and moving rhythmically they also sang Tommy thumb and had faces drawn on their fingers.
We have been singing 5 little ducks with the children this week and have done craft activities such as cutting ducks out to go on a pond and making handprint ducks too.
In smaller group work we have been playing a memory game with the older children, the two year olds have been doing chunky puzzles and in language groups they have played red dog blue dog.
Outside we had great fun with crates, tyres, scarves and planks and the children made all different vehicles from cars to buses to planes and boats.  They had warm fleecy blankets to put round themselves to keep warm.IMG_0110
It is Half Term next week and we are looking forward to our Simplex presentation morning the Monday we come back.  We will be singing our builders song and building constructions from our bricks.

Week Commencing Monday 1st February, 2016

We have enjoyed another parent visiting us this week to talk about her “Occupation” .  We were lucky to hear all about being a Tailor, the children got the chance to feel different fabrics, see what a pattern was like, look at zips, pins and tape measures.
The children have been amazing listening to the talks and shown real interest.  They have enjoyed thinking of questions to ask at the end of the talks.
In role play we have had a Beautician and the children have enjoyed having their finger nails painted, faces painted and even foot massages.  We had an appointment book with a telephone for the receptionist and of course a till with real money for paying the bill.
The craft table had lots going on too, the children made Baa Baa black sheep with a sponge as this was our rhyme of the week.  They also made beauty bags and enjoyed cutting out items for the bag, drawing round their hands then painting the nail part and finally we started our love heart cards.  The children always have access to stickers, scissors, glue and lots of craft materials for their own creations.
In small group work the two year olds have had fun with the song bag, the older children have been talking about big and small and in language groups they used the mystery box and matching cards.
The messy tray had porridge oat playdough with loose oats and pots and pans then later in the week we had the water tray out and had fun with the funnels and various size containers.
Clarey ran an information session for all the parents about mark making to early writing, she had attended a really great course and we felt parents would benefit from sharing the information.  We hope everyone who came along found it informative and a big thank you for coming along.
We have one more week until we finish for Half Term.

Week Commencing Monday 25th January, 2016

We have been continuing with our theme of “Occupations” and this week we were lucky enough to have a doctor visit us.
The children all enjoyed listening to our doctor and a few were brave enough to use the stethoscope and also have their ears looked in.
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We have been over to our forest school a couple of times this week and the children had fun collecting sticks to make shapes.
The mud kitchen is always a very popular activity in our woodland and they enjoyed using the hand pump to get the water out of the barrel.  A few children started playing hide and seek and this was good fun.
The messy tray had some “gak” which is a malleable material in it and we added dried pasta to it.  Later in the week we had birds nests and the children had tweezers to feed the birds worms.  This helps with their pincer grip.
The two year olds have been building towers and using peg boards.  In the language groups they have been playing shark attack and the older children played the shape peg game.
Next week we will be talking about a beauty therapist and our role play area will be transformed.
We are looking forward to Clarey our parent coordinator running a coffee morning about mark making to early writing next Friday.

Week Commencing Monday 18th January, 2016

Our theme this week has been Vets and we were lucky enough to have one of our mum’s come in to talk to the children about this.  She showed the children lots of animal pictures, x rays, various pet foods and bandages.  The children were fascinated and they enjoyed asking our vet lots of questions and telling her about their pets.

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Our role play room was a vets and we had lots of unwell cuddly toys that needed making better.
In the messy tray we had soap flakes and the children used whisks to beat this to a firm consistency,  then they had fun making ice creams and filling pots. Later in the week we had various cereals with animals, tweezers and tractors.IMG_0030
The playdough had pots of herbs with it and the children enjoyed cutting the herbs and rolling them into the playdough to make it smell nice.
We have also been talking to the children about 2D shapes and we all enjoyed a frosty shape walk around the field this week, spotting shapes in our environment.IMG_0050
The older children have been finding shapes in the mystery box, naming then drawing round them.  We also learnt a new song about a circle and we will learn the square song next week.
Other group work has included using the sound CD, ladybird lotto game, treasure baskets and moving to music.
Tara has continued to have fun with footprints this week doing dogs, we have had shape puppets, shape men and a vets bag.
Next week we are looking forward to another parent visiting who is a doctor.

Week Commencing Monday 11th January, 2016

We have had an enjoyable week with the children and we managed our first trip of the year into our forest school.  The children enjoyed filling the bird feeders, looking at the signs of winter, climbing trees and playing in the mud kitchen.  It was very cold and we were all pleased to be wrapped up warmly.
Our theme is “Occupations” and this week we have been looking at mechanics.  Our role play area was a Garage and the children had tools, a petrol pump and cars to mend.

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In the messy tray we had frozen dinosaur eggs with hammers and a jelly stone nest.  The children enjoyed chipping away the ice to reveal the dinosaur inside, we did have to use some salt to help the process.  We have also had our water tray out this week and the children have enjoyed emptying and filling containers and using funnels.IMG_0002
In music this week we talked about the names and different sorts of instruments, we sang a colour song and passed round different coloured crayons.
Outside we put registration plates on our bikes, played parking spaces and also made tracks with rubber matting and a tyre round about.
The children have also enjoyed the craft activities, they have made tool belts and tool boxes and we finished the week off making foot print cars that looked fantastic. The children have also enjoyed lots of bubble wrap painting on it and popping it to develop their pincer grip.IMG_0014
In small group work this week the children have played red dog, blue dog and sound lotto in language groups.  The older children have been playing metal mickey word blending game and also using the rhyming tubs. The two year olds have been looking at picture books and listening to different sounds.
We are looking forward to next week when we have one of our mum’s visiting who is a vet.

Week Commencing Monday 4th January, 2016

Our theme this half term is “Occupations” and the children have had fun talking to each other about what their parents do.  We have a great wall display showing all different occupations and this has started lots of lovely conversations between the children this week.
In the role play room we have had the dressing up clothes out and the children enjoyed pretending to be  different people.
In the messy tray we have had sand foam and the children enjoyed this consistency filling pots and mark making.  We have also had glittery lavender salt and the children enjoyed making marks with the cars.
We have been playing “silly soup” with the children and this is all about rhyming words and in language groups we have played with the mystery box.
In music this week the children talked about “beats” and practised this with tapping sticks and songs about occupations.
In craft the children made fireman hand prints, hats and various colouring and cutting sheets.
Thanks to all the parents that have offered to come along to talk about their profession.  We look forward to our doctor and vet visiting us in the next couple of weeks.
Many thanks to all the parents for our Christmas gifts, it is lovely welcoming all the children back to Pre-School.
Forest school sessions will start next week so please remember warm outdoor clothes and in particular gloves.

Week Commencing Monday 7th December, 2015

Christmas has arrived at Pre-School this week.  We have had a wonderful time and had two trips out this week.
We all went on a coach to the Lights in Andover and watched Snow play.  We were lucky enough to be in the front few rows so we had lots of child participation.  The children were able to get up and stick snow onto Mr White’s coat and also throw snowballs.

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Two of our children were also taken up on the stage to help clear up the snow.  The adults didn’t get away with it either both Sam and one of our mums had to help Mr White and Mr Green out.
On Friday we had our annual church service at St Mary the Less in Chilbolton.  Susan and Charlotte told the children the Christmas story and then we played pass the parcel and finished the morning off with a cake and a balloon.

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The children have been busy making Rudolph pots this week in craft and in the messy tray we have had lavender salt with glitter.
In our small group work we have covered sensory bottles and chunky puzzles with our 2yr olds and in our language groups we have used the mystery box and sung nursery rhymes.  With the older children we have been working with a rhyming word puzzle.
Outside in the garden we have enjoyed playing in the sand and had fun rolling balls down the guttering.  The puddles were great fun and the children enjoyed dipping paint brushes in them and painting the fence.
We are looking forward to our show next week and finishing the term with our Christmas party and hopefully a visit from Father Christmas.

Week Commencing Monday 30th November, 2015

Christmas has finally arrived at Pre-School and the children have been making owl Christmas cards and tree decorations.
In the role play area we have had a post office and all the children have made a letter to send home with their address on it.  They also had fun wrapping presents and posting them in our red post box or putting them in the sack and delivering them in the post van.
In the forest school a group of children went down into the woodland to fill the bird feeders and rake some leaves up.

The messy tray has had lots going on in it.  The week started with Oaty play-dough,  the children were able to use the scales to measure oats out. and mix it all together.  We also had foam with purple paint and Arctic animals and finished the week off with polystyrene blocks, hammers and golf tees to bang into it .
In the garden the children had fun with the construction box and the battery drills.  They enjoyed mending the bikes, fence and the wooden table.
They also had the petrol pump out with the bigger bikes.
In our small group work this week we have been talking about emotions and playing animal bingo and singing songs.
The two year olds have been talking about sizes and using the mirror and talking about reflections.
The children are busy practising seasonal songs ready for our Christmas show on the 17th December.
We are looking forward to our trip to The Lights in Andover on Thursday and our Christmas service at St Mary’s the less on Friday.

Week Commencing Monday 23rd November, 2015

This week the children have been learning all about Hibernation.  In forest school we made houses for little animals using leaves, moss and sticks.  The children continued to enjoy using the rakes and jumping into piles of leaves.  In the role play room we had a cosy area and also sleeping bags with the children to hibernate in.
In the messy tray we had some slime and the children enjoyed making patterns and it was a lovely sensory experience. We have also had water beads and the children filled pots and played making pies.

 

Some lovely adult led activities have been going on,  the children enjoyed making brown bag homes for woodland animals.  We used paper plates to make sleeping bears and the children enjoyed cutting paper to cover the plate.
In our small group work we talked to the older children about mixing colours and the first letters of their names.  The two year olds talked about parts of the body using flash cards and played with the treasure basket.  In language groups the children worked with the mystery box, matching objects to the cards and counting them.
The children have continued to enjoy free flowing between inside and outside, riding on the bikes, playing in the sand and balancing on the bricks.

 

Our Makaton words for the week have been bear, sleep and feathers.
We are looking forward to starting our Christmas fun next week.  We have lots going on including a trip to the Lights, our Christmas show, Church visit and we are ending the term with our Christmas party.
Many thanks to all the parents that went to the clothes sale we have made £800 and still more money is coming in.
Our wonderful cookbooks are now on sale, these are a perfect Christmas present and will raise valuable funds for our Pre-School.

 

Keep shopping in ASDA and putting the green tokens in our pot, you must remember to ask for the tokens at the checkout.

Week Commencing Monday 16th November, 2015

This weeks theme has been “Keeping warm” and the children have had fun in the role play area trying on warm clothes and wearing scarves, gloves and hats.
Our Makaton words this week have been Yellow, cold and gloves, so many of the children remember these signs each week which is amazing.
At the craft area the children have enjoyed taking part in adult led activities such as woolly hat paper plate pictures, mitten pictures and handprint mittens. They have also had great fun accessing all the free flow craft items and making their own creations.

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Despite such a wet windy week we did manage to get one visit into our forest school.  We made a fire together and all the children helped to collect sticks for this.  We then boiled some water and all the children had a hot chocolate whilst sitting on the wooden tree stumps.  We talked about the colour of the fire and all the risks involved in making a fire.  The children enjoyed raking the leaves into piles and jumping into them.  Outside the children enjoyed using the guttering to roll balls and cars down we also had mud with tractors in it and carrots to plough up.

In our small group work this week the two year olds have been playing a pairing sock game and joining in with disco playdough.  The language group included  playing animal bingo and singing a nursery rhyme.  The older children have been using the mystery box with shapes in.

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The messy tray had different types of sugar in it and the children enjoyed feeling the different textures and using funnels and pots with this.  They also had fun with treasure boxes and the various contents.
The children helped Clarey to make magical sparkly reindeer food on Friday and this will be on sale at the Wherwell and Chilbolton Christmas fairs.

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Emma Moore came along on Thursday to take photographs of the children, they all  loved having their photo shoot done.  Emma is amazing with the children and she was throwing balls and playing with the cheeky monkey so we had lots of smiles and laughs.   The photo’s will be able to be viewed by late on Monday hopefully.
We had a very successful clothes sale on Thursday night with lots of top end branded clothes.  If you didn’t get a chance to come along there will be other opportunities to take a look at what is left.  Thanks to everyone who has supported our fundraising events the Pre-School relies heavily on this.
Our cookbook is finally ready and you can buy your copy for £10.  Many thanks to Georgie Abbott and Erika Brennan for all their hard work it looks amazing.

Week Commencing Monday 9th November, 2015

This week our theme has been all about the birds and the children had great fun making bird feeders by threading cheerios onto string.  We all hung them in our forest school and will enjoy going down next week to see if the birds have enjoyed eating them.
The children enjoyed raking the fallen leaves into piles and jumping in them.  We have also been looking at the trees each week and the children can see the effects of autumn.
In the craft area we enjoyed making feather collage, pine cone owls and hand and footprint birds.  The messy tray had some wonderful chocolate gloop in it and this was a wonderful texture for the children to be creative with.
The role play area had a bird spotting dark den in it with torches and binoculars and the children made bird seed birds and  number worms.
Our small group work this week has focused on a nursery rhyme game and a game with letters on lids.  For number work the children enjoyed playing a fishing game.  The two year olds played building towers with blocks and with our lock box and finding items behind the various doors.
Next week we are talking about keeping warm.

Week Commencing Monday 2nd November, 2015

What a wonderful Autumnal week it has been and we haven’t let the rain put us off.  We had great fun in our forest school collecting fallen leaves for a leaf wreath and singing our new song all about the leaves falling down. The children enjoyed running round the playing fields throwing leaves in the air, kicking them and jumping in the piles.
In the role play area we had our tent and a camp fire.  The children enjoyed creating a tree with Clarey and sticking all sort of wonderful bits on it, including football stickers.   Clarey herself came into Pre-School dressed as a tree with a bird nesting in her hair.

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The messy tray has contained mashed potato, coloured gravel with funnels and pots, autumn leaves with woodland animals and water with syringes.  The messy tray is always a great way for children to learn about different sensory experiences and improve fine motor skills.

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In our small group work this week the children have played with our stacking pyramid, played with the mystery box and talked about emotions.

 

We have almost completed out Christmas cards ready to be sent off for printing.  This year the children have made foot print penguins and it was funny to watch the children that had ticklish feet taking part in this activity.  We have also had fun splatter painting firework pictures and leaf printing autumn leaves.

 

Our theme next week is feeding the birds.

We will be holding an Early Years foundation stage coffee morning at 9.30 in Wherwell school hall.  This is particularly interesting for all new parents to enable them to find out about the curriculum that we follow with their child.  All welcome.

Week Commencing Monday 19th October, 2015

Another busy week at Pre-school and the children have had fun with pumpkins.  They enjoyed scooping the seeds out then as the week carried on we added different textures.
Our theme this week has been “Our body” and the children enjoyed singing “head shoulders, knees and toes” and “Do your ears hang low”.
At the craft area the children used leaves to make a hedgehog and scissors to make a body picture.
The role play area became a doctors surgery and lots of fun was had with bandages.
In our small group work this week the younger children played with sensory bottles and had fun with the jam jar lids with staff pictures on them.
In language groups the children all played the game “red dog blue dog” and our three makaton words this week were eyes, nose and ears.

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In our forest school this week the children once again enjoyed looking at the signs of Autumn appearing throughout our woodland.  They all made a forest wristband or leaf mobile by collecting fallen leaves.  The session ended once again with the children finding a leaf and standing on a tree stump to watch their leaf flutter down.  This is an amazing way for children to really see the changes in nature and all our children are really benefitting from having the forest school as part of their regular routine.

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We are all now enjoying a week of Half Term and re-charging our batteries ready for the build up to Christmas.
When we return we will be looking at more signs of Autumn, feeding the birds, hibernating animals and keeping warm.
Lots of these will link into our forest school and we have lots of great outdoor fun planned.  Please remember to send your children in with boots and warm clothes especially gloves.  We provide waterproofs for all the children .

Week Commencing Monday 12th October, 2015

Our theme this week has been “Things I like” and the children have enjoyed sharing their thoughts with friends. Sam’s favourite thing is wearing her pyjama’s so on Thursday we had a wear your PJ’s to school day and we did craft related to this. We all enjoyed reading the book “Llama Llama red pyjama”.

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The woodland has been lovely this week and the children are enjoying looking at the signs of Autumn appearing in our forest school.  The children enjoyed mud painting and bark rubbing and also collecting fallen leaves. They  stood on a tree trunk threw the leaf  into the air and watched them flutter down. We also enjoyed woodland music.
In the messy tray we have had lots of different learning opportunities, gravel with funnels and pots and we talked about different sizes.  Flubber with arms, eyes and accessories and water with seal life creatures.
The children had fun painting hands and arms and making them into Autumn trees.
In small group work we have played a nursery rhyme listening game and the older children have been discussing feelings.


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The two year olds have been playing with stacking blocks and this is great to help fine motor skills.
The role play area was a castle and the children had crowns and a throne to sit on.

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Our makaton words for the week were Chocolate, Teddy and friend.
Our theme next week is “Our body” and we have an inset day on Friday

Week Commencing Monday 5th October, 2015

This week we have been talking all about our Pets.  We have had a visit from Clarey’s dog Pippa.
In the role play room we have had a vets surgery and the children have enjoyed bandaging the animals up and making them feel better.  They also made some great paper bag pet puppets and did a little puppet show.
Due to the bad wet and windy weather we have only been able to access the forest school once this week,  but we still had great fun on our wobbly singing bench, climbing the trees and making music in the woods.

 

We are always outside whatever the weather and the children put the waterproofs on and their welly boots. They played on the bikes, with the big balls and in the mud kitchen. The messy tray has had “Gak” in it, this is a great malleable material and the children enjoyed moulding it and adding different textures to make their creations.
The children have worked together this week to create a wall display about all of us being the same.  Every child made a fish and decorated it whatever style they chose.  On the board we made a sign saying how “In our Pre-school we all swim together”
Reverend Dave came along to visit us on Friday and we had a lovely chat talking about how the Pre-school can add to the community.
Our three Makaton words this week have been cat, dog and rabbit.
It was lovely to see so many parents join us for our parent social this week in “The White Lion ” pub
We will be holding an Early Years foundation Stage Coffee morning on Monday 9th November at Wherwell School at 9.30am.  This will give us the chance to explain about the framework that our Pre-School uses.

Week Commencing Monday 28th September, 2015

It was lovely to see so many faces today at our welcome Teddy Bears picnic, the sun shone and the children played.  This gave the parent’s a chance to meet our new committee and chat to one another.

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We had a fantastic week in our forest school making boggits and climbing the trees.  The children sat on our wobbly bench and sang songs then we listened to the sounds in our woods, the trees rustling and the birds singing.  We will be following the children’s interests and be looking at music in the woods.
In the messy tray we have had our farm scene again but this time we had potato’s, broccoli and carrots growing in the fields and the tractors ploughed the fields up.  We had jelly in the messy tray and the children loved this sensory experience and also baked beans with tweezers and pots. In small group work we have been using our mystery box and encouraging the children to talk and name items that they pick out.
We have been talking about our homes this week and Clarey made a big house and the children had fun cutting home items out from magazines and sticking them into the correct rooms in each house.
Next week we will be talking about “Our Pets”.

Week Commencing Monday 21st September, 2015

It has been a week of many different weathers and the children have enjoyed them all.  Splashing in puddles and riding bikes in the rain and enjoying the water tray, woodland and play park in the sunshine.

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It was lovely to finally take some children into our forest school on Wednesday.  We spent time going over the rules of forest school, showing the children the boundaries and of course meeting our very own “Mr Owl”.  The children really enjoyed climbing on the Elder trees, finding our magic fairy door and finding bugs under the log seating circle.  Sue has spent ages preparing the forest school and getting stinging nettles cut back, the woodland if full of green at the moment but the children will enjoy watching the signs of Autumn starting to appear.  We have some great focused activities planned for the next few weeks.

This week we have been talking about “Our family” and the children enjoyed making family trees with hand prints and cutting out little people to put in a house.  The children enjoyed sharing information about their families with their friends and we heard all about family members, pets and even one child’s hoover who plays a major part of his family life.

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Lots of small group work has gone on as usual this week, our younger children share quieter moments together and focused activities planned by our two year old coordinators.  We support all the children with any additional needs such as speech and language,  additional languages or even if a child is shy.  The children have all loved the staff faces on jam jar lids and enjoyed learning their needs this has been great for the new starters.

The children enjoyed joining in with Kate and Humphreys music.  More action songs were covered and  playing the instruments with Humphrey on his guitar.
The children enjoyed collecting leaves from the field and also making apple pies.
In the messy tray the children have enjoyed playing with water beads and we also had a farm with Weetabix fences and different sensory experience pens for the animals to go in.  We even had an area for the tractors to plough the fields.

We  are continuing to try to learn 3 new Makaton signs a week and this week were boy, girl and dog.
Next weeks theme is “Pets”.  We are looking forward to our “Welcome picnic” next Friday when parents will be able to get together, meet the committee members and talk to other parents and staff.
Please keep your favourite recipes coming in for our cookery book.

Week Commencing Monday 14th September, 2015

This weeks theme has been “all about me” and the children have enjoyed looking in mirrors, doing hand prints, self portraits and the colours of me in a rainbow. The children always enjoy selecting items from the craft towers to make their own art and craft at any time they even found some boxes to make special this week.
In the messy tray we had oat dough with loose oats that were different colours. The children used pots, rolling pins and cutters in the oats. We have also had sand mixed with shaving foam the children had the fairies in with this.
In the garden the children have been able to access the mud kitchen, water tray and sand pit. Even in the pouring rain the children are outside in their waterproofs splashing in puddles and riding bikes.
unfortunately we haven’t made it into our woodland this week but hopefully weather permitting we will be in it next week.
The small group work has continued with our older children working on pencil control and pattern tracing where our little ones have been threading and using the snap beads all helping to build their pincer grip.
We have been over to the park and children are able to climb on the large equipment this is important to strengthen muscles.
Our makaton words for the week were mummy, daddy and school.
One afternoon the children made pizza and we are looking forward to making apple pies when we have collected our apples from Wherwell school. We visited the schools chickens today and saw they had laid 4 eggs.
Next week we will continue with the theme and cover “My family”

Week Commencing Monday 7th September, 2015

It has been a busy week at Pre school welcoming our 16 new starters.  They all had home visits last week and the key carers agreed a settling in plan.
Outside the children have enjoyed playing in the sunshine.  We have had lots of water play this week enjoying our new funnel stand, different lengths of guttering and our plop bucket.  The children have enjoyed riding on the bikes and the didi cars.
The popular mud kitchen has been in use lots this week. In the messy tray the children have enjoyed playing with flubber.  This is a malleable sand that the children enjoyed making ice creams with and filling pots and moulds. Lots of cutting and sticking has occurred on the craft table and the children have been using the easel for free painting and also doing their hand prints for their journals. The role play room was a home corner and the children enjoyed playing with the dolls and cooking each other dinner.
Dancing Claire returned on Tuesday and she was very impressed with the children’s moves.
Our theme for this half term is “All about me” then we will be talking about Harvest and Autumn.
The forest school sessions will begin this week and each child should have one session each week in our woodland.

The pre school are lucky enough to have a new committee that are committed to raising lots of funds for the Pre school this academic year. If you are available to help out please see Sam or any of the committee.  All functions need lots of help so as many parents that can help us would be great

 

Week Commencing Monday 13th July, 2015

We have all enjoyed the last full week of Pre school.  We have continued our topic of “Summer holidays”.
We had an airport in the role play and Clarey appeared with her tea trolley to serve refreshments on board. We have enjoyed playing on the field this week, Sue took groups out to play tennis and they had fun with the hoops and big balls.
Mel set up an obstacle course with a throwing game that the children enjoyed taking part in. The messy tray had corn flour and this is always great fun to play in, we also had different pots with tweezers and various beans great pincer grip. The small group work has included name pegs, bottle letter lids and number cups whilst our two year olds had fun making music with pots and pans and used the sensory basket.
We are now all really looking forward to our leavers party next Wednesday, we are having a Hawaiian themed event and we all hope the sun shines for this, the morning will finish with our presentation to our school leavers.

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Pre school re-opens on 1st September.
We would like to wish everyone a happy summer holiday and a big thank you for all our gifts and kind words.

Week Commencing Monday 6th July, 2015

Our theme this week has been “Summer holidays” and we have had fun making sandcastle crafts and paper aeroplanes and flying them on the field. We also made hand print crabs with googly eyes.
The messy tray has had a beach scene with shells, water and sand and we also had water beads this week with pots and spoons then we added shaving foam to this.  Great messy fun, With the mud kitchen and water outside.
Our older children made some CVC word apple trees and played rhyming word games with Clarey.
The children have also taken part in smaller group work such as number cups and word pegs.  Our two year olds have enjoyed throwing and kicking a large ball and looking in the mystery box.
Outside the children made a bus and enjoyed taking tickets and stopping at the bus stop to collect each other. We had the builders tray out with bubble mix and used hoops to make giant bubbles.  The children had fun with Stacey washing the dolls and dolls clothes, they pegged them out on the line when they had finished, good pincer grip.

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We are busy getting ready for our leavers party and looking forward to spending this last full week with our school leavers.

Week Commencing Monday 29th June, 2015

What a hot week we have had and we have made the most of being outside with the paddling pool and sprinkler.
This week we have been looking at where our food comes from and in the role play we have had a farm shop with an allotment.
At the craft table the children enjoyed cutting and sticking food pictures from magazines, they made finger painting fruit trees and cut food out that comes from France.
The older children enjoyed making paper chain letters, they read and wrote out CVC words they also used the compare bears for some counting fun.  They also used the geo board with rhyming words and joined them with elastic bands.
Groups of children played with the kinetic sand and they used the dinosaur shapes and also cut the same up.
Our younger children had fun sorting coloured pasta and exploring the treasure basket.
In the messy tray the children enjoyed cutting raw and cooked spaghetti.  Then we had a beach scene with sand and water and sea life.
In the forest school some of the children made a mud face using sand and bits found around our area then they had fun sprinkling fairy dust.

Week Commencing Monday 22nd June, 2015

We have had a very busy week and been talking about looking after our teeth.  The children had plastic teeth in the messy tray with toothpaste and also the plastic animals. Our Dentist Clarey appeared on Thursday with tooth activities.
The children have enjoyed the garden this week, they have had the guttering out with water and ping pong balls.
Some wonderful mud creations have been made in the mud kitchen and we finished the week off with a car wash.  The children parked cars in the numbered parking bays and then paid for their wash.
Our butterflies also came out this week and the children and staff especially mummy Sue were really delighted.  We set them free by our planters and it was lovely to see one of them come back again later in the week.
Small group work continued and our little ones practiced puzzles, scissor control and mark making whilst the older children played with letter rainbows.
Our forest school open afternoon was fun and it was lovely to see the parents enjoying the woodland with their children.  everyone met Mr Owl and had fun taking part in making Boggitts, leaf prints, animal homes and camouflage face paint and capes.

A big thank you to Sue for all her hard work organising this.
With the lovely weather continuing we will be looking at getting the paddling pool and sprinkler out next week.

Week Commencing Monday 15th June, 2015

This week at pre-school we have continued with our theme of being healthy.  On Friday we had our sports day and it was lovely to see the children all taking part in different races such as running, hoop, beanbag and hat races.  The best part is when all the competitive parents join in and race with their children.  Lots of healthy children and parents.  The children all  had an ice cream and a medal at the end of the morning.

More photos to follow but here is just one to start with!

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It was lovely to meet all our new September starters after sports day.  It gave the key carers a chance to meet the children, talk to the parents about September and very importantly meet the other parents.  All the children are given a welcome pack with photo’s of the setting and their key carer, this enables the parents to share this with their child at home.

More small groups were taken into the woodland for tool work this week and they are loving using a bow saw, loppers and whittlers, obviously all with appropriate adult ratio.
The children enjoyed making their Fathers day cards and hopefully all the daddy’s will like them.
In small group work this week the older children did ping pong letters and the two year olds did colour matching and talked about the rainbow fish book.  They also made doodle cubes in role play and had fun mending the wooden car with our drills and tool box.
The messy tray had rainbow jelly cubes in it and this proved fun pouring and mixing the cubes.
Outside we  had a bubble station and the children enjoyed blowing bubbles and we turned this into bubble tennis which we all enjoyed. The children have enjoyed collecting the strawberries that are growing in the planters and watering our tomato and pumpkins.
We are looking forward to our forest open afternoon next Friday and if you would like to join us please make sure you sign the list.

Week Commencing Monday 8th June, 2015

The children have been looking at different vegetables this week and our Clarey dressed up as a carrot and did carrot art.
The children made foot print carrots, painting the toes green for the top. They have also made peas in a pod and celery flower prints.
We read the story book “Just one you” and we set up an outdoor display of all the decorated cobble stone fish that the children made.
We had fun in the messy tray.  The children had a sticky mess playing with Jellies with vegetables in it then we had sand dough with sea life animals to enhance it.

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The mud kitchen has been in the garden this week and the children had fun balancing planks along tyres.  They did a great job making different obstacle courses and using poles to help them balance .
In Small group work this week the children have been working with the rhyming tubs,  making peg words, letter lids and fly swatting numbers.
The children also enjoyed doing some vegetable identification colouring sheets.
In forest school on Thursday one of our mummy’s came along to do some ID and talk about stinging nettles.  We sang lots of songs about the various woodland species and then collected Elderflowers on the way out.  When we got back to Pre school we all worked together to make Elderflower cordial.
We will be taking 4 children into the woodland at a time to do some tool work.. The children enjoyed using a bow saw and the big loppers to cut down some Elder branches.  This is lovely wood for the children to whittle and they all had a turn of this.
We are looking forward to our Sports day next Friday at 10am and then meeting our new September starters at 11.30.

Week Commencing Monday 1st June, 2015

This week the children have been talking about different fruit and where they come from.
The role play room has been a fruit and Vegetable shop with real vegetables and money in the till and they made shopping lists.
Clarey dressed up as a banana and made banana people.
Mel had fun with the children doing water melon painting.  The children painted the outside of a water melon then rolled it along a large strip of paper.  After plenty of rolling the children washed the melon off and we cut it up for the children to try.
Also during craft this week the children made strawberry hand painting, fruit printing people and blueberries in a basket.
The high winds stopped us getting into forest school at the start of the week but we had fun playing leaf bingo down there on Thursday.  We are looking at ID in our woodland and the children loved finding different shape and coloured leaves.  We will continue this over the next couple of weeks making leaf puppets, doing leaf punched shapes and also learning about stinging nettles.
Sue and the children planted our pumpkins and tomatoes this week and some pretty flowers in one of the planters.  We have left the other planter full of soil so the children can use this for our mud kitchen, a really popular outside activity.
The tyres always provide lots of fun and the children have enjoyed mark making with chalks on them.
We will be starting to run races on the field next week in preparation for our sports day.  We are not competitive but work as teams, having fun and being fit.
We are busy preparing all our older children for their transition to Primary school, with lots of reception teachers being able to come along and visit us which is lovely.
Pre school is now full for September 2105, apart from a Friday.  We will be looking at increasing the Friday hours in September but will need to see if parents would like this option.

Week Commencing Monday 11th May, 2015

The children have really enjoyed our theme this week of “people who help us” particularly when a paramedic came along to visit.
The children enjoyed bandaging each other up, playing with masks and looking at Mel wearing the uniform.

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In our role play we made an ambulance and lots of patients were in the back from children to Teddy bears and dolls.
Clarey’s police outfit didn’t arrive in time so we didn’t have our usual Thursday entertainment.
It was Renee’s last week with us so she made the most of doing as much art as she could.  The children made lasagne stained glass windows that looked amazing, some of these will be on display in Wherwell church later in the month.  They also made Picasso faces and had an amazing time doing a Jackson Pollock style painting on the field.  This was using paint, syringes and various other tools to make patterns on a sheet this will also be in the church.  The children had fun painting on umbrellas then taking the print from them, they enjoyed sitting under it whilst others painted on top.IMG_0465In small group work the children did some bear cave counting, build a snowman and Mr Snappy.  In the messy tray we had edible sand that is made from wholemeal flour and oil, this made fantastic sand castles.
We are all very sad that Renee is leaving us but look forward to her leaving party with the children  and also to her returning as bank staff where we can have more craft fun.
If your child attends on a Tuesday, you will have heard of Dancing Clare. Each term we request a voluntary contribution of £10 from Tuesday parents to go a little way to funding this valuable resource.  If you would like to help keep Dancing Clare, please pass your contribution to Sam or one of the team.

Week Commencing Monday 4th May, 2015

This week we have been talking to the children about stranger Danger.  We read a “Never talk to strangers” book and  then asked children questions that are stranger related.
Renee did some wonderful printing techniques on foil with the children and we had lots of wonderful works of art.
They also made polystyrene picture frames and stuck magazine cuttings round them.
Ice cream cones were created using egg boxes with cotton wool and a shaking of glitter, they looked delicious.
Small group work has included making patterns with beads, number scoop game and playing shark attack.
We have been unable to get into the forest school this week due to the high winds, it can be dangerous with falling branches.  We look forward to the weather being better next week.  Our saplings have grown big enough now to be planted and we have also purchased a fire pit for some marshmallow toasting at some point.
In the messy tray the children had great fun with blue rice with diggers and pots to fill.  We also did some toothbrush painting in the tray.
Clarey found it hard to dress up this week but we look forward to seeing her return to her fancy dress costumes next Thursday for our theme “People who help us”
On bank holiday Monday it was lovely to see lots of Pre school children and their siblings playing and joining in with the Wherwell sports Fete.
It was a lovely warm day and we ran out of ice creams.  Pre school ran the children’s area and we raised £208.00, many thanks to all the parents that came along to help us.  We look forward to choosing some new equipment.

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If your child attends on a Tuesday, you will have heard of Dancing Clare. Each term we request a voluntary contribution of £10 from Tuesday parents to go a little way to funding this valuable resource.  If you would like to help keep Dancing Clare, please pass your contribution to Sam or one of the team.

 

Week Commencing Monday 27th April, 2015

We have had a lovely week and really enjoyed getting all the children into our woodland.
We introduced the children to our woodland area by playing 1,2,3 where are you?
All the children made clay boggits and this made the children look around the wood for  items to push into the clay.

The theme this week was road safety and we were lucky enough to have some new road signs.  In the role play area the children practiced crossing the road on our zebra crossing.  The bus stop had children queuing ready for our bus to arrive.  The children enjoyed putting the cones around the patio and playing with the stop and go sign.
Clarey dressed up as road safety rabbit and very sensibly had her helmet on and high vis vest.

The children enjoyed making traffic lights for craft then spent most of the week making fantastic constructions out of junk boxes using various tapes and glue.  Some amazing things were made.

In our small group work the children made upper and lower case traffic, word spoons and worked with the peg number line.  They also played the game trash or treasure and toothy words.

The water tray was outside and the children had fun with syringes and squirty bottles.  This is fun for the children watching how far the water can go.

Next week we will be talking about stranger danger and getting lost.

Please note that there are 3 Inset days (Monday 1st June, Friday 19th June and Wednesday 22nd July 2015).  However, parents and all children are invited to attend Sports Day on Friday 19th June 2015 and the Leavers Graduation Party on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.  

 

Week Commencing Monday 18th April, 2015

It was lovely to welcome all the children back after their Easter break and hear all about their time off and their adventures.
This week we have been learning all about St George and the Dragon.  The role play area had a cave where the Dragon lived (or in our case an inflatable lobster!) and the children enjoyed playing with swords and shields.  They found the story really interesting and it really came to life on Thursday when Clarey came into Pre-School dressed as St George and bringing her Dragon (remote control dinosaur) with her.  The children were amazing using the remote control and spent the morning feeding and talking to our friendly dragon.  At story time the children asked St George some questions which was very interesting. The messy tray contained Rainbow oats and the children had fun filling and emptying containers and playing with fairies and elves in it.

Friday afternoon was great fun when all our school leavers came along for a play afternoon.  All our maths and letter resources were on display and parents and children played the games together.  It was so lovely to stand back and watch parents engaging with their children and seeing how fun learning can be.  We are going to compile a list of useful information for all parents with children going to Primary school.  We will also look into lending the resources out to the older children.

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Our theme this half term is Superhero’s which is very popular amongst the children.  Our superhero’s will be helping the children learn about Road safety, People who help us, Danger around water and stranger danger.

The forest school starts next week, Sue has spent 5 days doing her practical side of the level 3 qualification and we are now able to take all our children into the woodland for one session per week.  Sue and Sam will be working together on this. We will begin with our introduction to the Forest School area and most importantly ensuring the children know and follow our rules. Each week we will have a different planned activity.

Our forest area is prone to stinging nettles so waterproof trousers and boots will need to be worn.  Sue has been strimming the area but this is an on going task.  If anybody can help with this please chat to Sue or Sam.

Week Commencing Monday 23rd March, 2015

This week we have been looking at the life cycle of a frog.  Mel and Debbie have been to the local pond and got some frog spawn out.  The children have loved looking at the frog spawn starting to change.
Debbie made life cycle frog paper plates and the children enjoyed learning about how it went from frog spawn to  tadpole to froglet then finally a frog. The children also started making their Easter bunny cards.
In the role play area we had a pond scene with our five little speckled frog.  The children enjoyed feeding the frogs delicious bugs and using the little nets to catch the pond life.
In the messy tray we used tapioca to create a frog spawn effect and had number stones and pots with this.
For small group work this week we played a letter and number swatting game using fly swats.
They also played a feed the monster game and a frog counting game. The children enjoy joining in the small group work.
With the lovely weather we had made full use of the park and also playing outside on our bikes and in the sand pit.

We finish on Thursday next week and we are looking forward to seeing if the Easter bunny will come into our woodland area.  Each day groups of children will go and look for any chocolate eggs.  They can then go into our Easter baskets that the children have decorated.

Funding forms are being sent out and this is free 15 hours funding for any child the term after their third birthday.
From all the staff at Chilbolton Pre school we wish you all a lovely Easter and look forward to welcoming all the children back on week beginning Monday 20th April.

Week Commencing Monday 16th March, 2015

We have continued to talk about life cycles this week and we have all planted peas in pots.
We based our role play room around Jack and the Beanstalk and re told the story with the children’s help.
In our messy tray we had Ooblec which is a cornflour mixture, the children loved pouring this mixture into pots and using spoons to scoop it up.  We also froze large ice blocks and the children painted on them using watercolour paints. On the craft table the children made life cycle of a bean pictures using pinto and green beans, they sequenced pictures of Jack and the beanstalk and cut the characters out and placed them on lolly sticks.  The children experimented with different art techniques again this week and used scrapers to create spotty dotty paintings.
In small group work the children made paper plate words and  played I spy names.  we also worked on shapes and sizes and whose baby cards.
It was lovely bright weather  when we went down into the woodland.  Mr Owl had told us that the Grufallo had been into our area and the children had to follow his footprints to try to find him.  They all really enjoyed following the tracks and afterwards they had great fun in the mud kitchen making Grufallo pie. The children enjoyed filling the bird feeders and climbing trees.  They were very busy watering our 30 saplings and two larger trees that we planted last week.
Next week we will be talking about the life cycle of a frog and we finish our term the following week with Easter fun and crafts.  Hopefully the Easter bunny will make an appearance in our woodland.

Week Commencing Monday 9th March, 2015

We have had great fun with our theme this week of trees. We began the week by planting our saplings into pots and taking them down into our woodland area.  Whilst we were down there we played with our mud kitchen and climbed trees. The children enjoyed filling the bird feeders and checking the bug hotel and ladybird house.
We joined Wherwell school to plant our two larger trees.  We have bought a Hawthorn tree that the children named Hugo and a Maple tree that we called Molly.  Some of the older children helped our little ones dig the holes, collect the compost and water the trees.
Our smaller group work this week has covered bottle top words, alphabet cars, touch and feel matching game and a frog counting game.
Our children have all enjoyed making their mummies special cards and some lovely finger print clay necklaces.
Hopefully all the mummies will enjoy these gifts.
We will be continuing our life-cycle theme and next week will be planting peas and talking about how seeds grow.

At present the September admissions are now being organised.  Wednesdays are already full and other sessions have limited places left. Priority is given to our current children and then we go down our waiting list.
Confirmation of days will be mailed soon to all new starters.  During the last few weeks of school we invite all our new starters to come along one afternoon and meet their child’s key person.  At this point we will arrange a home visit for our first week back in September, where the key carer will discuss the individual child’s settling in needs.

Week Commencing Monday 2nd March, 2015

We have had a great week of books and book related activities this week.
It was World Book Day on Thursday and all the children were invited to come into pre-school dressed as their favourite book character and bring their favourite book in.  They enjoyed sharing their books with friends and telling us why they liked that book the best.
Clarey came dressed as the Very Hungry Caterpillar and we re in acted the story using flash cards.  The children also completed some sequencing sheets on the book.  Being able to sequence and retell a story is part of the EYFS.
The children also made some great hand print caterpillars with Debbie and some size sequencing sheets.
Small group work has continued this week.  They have played “Teeth” letter and phonics recognition game, a crossing the river game and also the dinosaur and tummy ache board games.
The sun has been shining and we have been to the park and also to the Forest school.  We took a ladybird and hedgehog house down into our forest school and the children helped to fill the bird feeders.
In the messy tray we had sticky sand and the children also enjoyed playing in the water with pots and pipettes.  This helps with developing their pincer grip.
Our welly boot rack finally arrived this week and all the boots fitted beautifully onto it.  The big box that it came in provided many hours of fun outside also our other new didi car arrived.
We will be starting to look at life cycles next week and we will start with the tree.

Week Commencing Monday 23rd February, 2015

It was lovely welcoming the children back to pre-school on Tuesday after their half-term break.
When children and parents arrived on Tuesday they will have seen our new Marquee.  Many thanks to the team of parents that arrived on Saturday morning to help put this up.

The reason we have bought the Marquee is to allow more free flow on to the patio in all weathers.   On Thursday we really made the most of it as, while the rain poured down the children remained dry.  We obviously do have waterproofs for all the children but we do find they like to keep wandering inside and outside and sometimes it stops them going outside if they have to put on all the outside clothing.  In the Summer the patio is also a real sun trap and we usually make do with a couple of umbrella’s but the Marquee will give much better shelter.  Of course we will continue to make the most of our other wonderful outdoor spaces – the field, woodland and play park.

Sue will be completing her level 3 forest school training at Easter and then between her and Sam forest school sessions will be run for all children.  Every child will access the woodland at least once a week.  Until then, Sam will run two forest school sessions per week.

The children have enjoyed helping their key workers stick their photo’s into their special journals this week.  This is a lovely opportunity to share special moments together and is a fantastic language opportunity as children re-live events. 
Next Thursday is World Book Day.  The children will be able to dress up and we will have a library in the role play area.  We will also be asking the children to bring in their favourite book to share with us.  Don’t forget to name any books that come into school!

We are looking forward to joining Wherwell school in a few weeks time to plant two new trees in our woodland.  We also have some smaller saplings to plant and look after.

Week Commencing Monday 2nd February, 2015

The snow this week gave all the Tuesday children a great chance to use all that outdoor space we have.  We all had great fun running round the playing fields, being snow angels and making our snowman that we called Steve.  When we all went back inside all the children had hot chocolate to warm up.
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We have been looking at winter to spring this week and the children have enjoyed colouring spring flowers that are beginning to appear and sponge painting some lambs. Renee is also having fun each week teaching the children various types of art technique and this week it was watercolour.
In our smaller groups this week the children have looked at matching straws, bigger and smaller, rhyming cards and a find the shark game.  The two year olds have been using the choosing box and focusing on colours and big and little.
The messy tray became an outdoor garden using various coloured beans, ladybird stones, number pebbles and flowers.
We are looking forward to talking about “love” and “hearts” next week before we break up for half term.
A couple of reminders for parents.  Dancing Claire has invited all Tuesday parents along to watch her session on 10th Feb.
Also Monday 23rd February is an inset day so we return to school on TUESDAY 24th February.

Week Commencing Monday 26th January, 2015

This week we have been talking about camouflage.  The children had their faces painted on Thursday and played hide and seek in the role play room with the camouflage netting.  We also used the camouflage netting and stepping stones to make an assault course.
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We read the book the “Mixed up Chameleon” and the children enjoyed talking about colours. During a craft activity the children had to put different colour paint into a clear pouch with a Chameleon drawn on it.  They were able to see the colours mix together.  They all loved this activity.
As always we spilt into smaller group work throughout the session and the children had fun this week with a Rhyming Geoboard. We also have been talking about our emotions by using puppets and our emotion cubes, the children have made some lovely faces.
In the messy tray we had clean soap one day and then we have also done lots with pincer grip using tweezers and pipettes.
We have had the balls out and practiced throwing and catching.
Thanks to all parents who attended the EYFS information morning, it was lovely to see some new mummies and a daddy whose children are all due to start with us in Sept 2015.
I have lots of forms coming in ready for the September 2015 admissions period.  If you have sent me your form you will be on my list but places will become limited soon.We are continuing our theme of “If you come down in the woods today” and next week we will be looking at “from Winter into Spring”
We will be going on seasonal walks this coming week.

Week Commencing Monday 19th January, 2015

This week we have been looking at other woodland animals and insects.
In the role play are we had the camouflage net up over the climbing frame and the children had pretend insects to play with.
We all went down into our forest school area on Thursday and worked together to create a bug hotel.  Even though it was very cold the children helped to collect leaves and twigs.  We hope our woodland insects enjoy our hotel. 
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The children watched  a little Robin and we hung one of our bird feeders up for it.
The children have enjoyed some small group work this week including a game of number cups and feed the  monster which is a word game.
In craft the children have enjoyed making hedgehog houses and also squirrel’s in toilet roll trees.  On Wednesday they made some soap sculptures that was good fun.
In the messy tray the children played with mung beans, chick peas and bicarbonate of soda all mixed together and another day they enjoyed coloured rice, noodles and sugar cubes with artic animals.
We will be continuing our theme of “If you go down in the woods today” next week by looking at camouflage.
Our EYFS information morning will be held on Wednesday from 9-10am at Wherwell school.

Week Commencing Monday 12th January, 2015

We have had a great week bird spotting.  In our role play area we have had a tree with laminated birds.  The children had fun looking at the birds and marking them off on a sheet.  We made bird feeders to hang in their gardens and they also took a bird spotting sheet home with them.
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The children have made birds nests with little birds made of feathers.
In the messy tray we had flour,oil and chocolate powder.  This made a lovely mixture that the children could roll out, use cutters and fill pots with.
We didn’t get into the forest this week as it has been really windy and cold.
Hopefully we will get into the forest school next week to build our bug hotel and get our hedgehog house situated.
We will be continuing with our theme “If you go down in the woods today” We will be looking at other animals in our woods.
Remember our EYFS information morning on Wed 28th January at 9am at Wherwell school hall.
The staff will be going on lots of training this term including Learning through play, behaviour courses, inclusion conferences and refreshing Paediatric first aid qualifications.
If you would like to get your child’s name down on our waiting list please ring for a visit, our application forms are available for downloading on the web site.

Week Commencing Monday 5th January, 2015

It was lovely to see all the children return after the holidays and hear all about their Christmas stories.
Our theme this term is “If you go down in the woods today” and we started off talking about the cold.
One morning we went for a frosty walk and ended up in our woodland playing on the tree trunks and climbing trees.
The children listened to the birds singing and we looked at how lots of the trees had lost their leaves.
In the role play room we made an igloo and had camp fire which the children pretended to cook on.
The messy tray had blue rice and clear beads to look like ice with artic animals in it and then we put snow in there another day with diggers and cars.
The older children had fun using word dominos and finding words in bottles of rice.
They also made the capital letter that starts their name using rice and name snowmen in craft.
Even though it has been cold and wet the children have made the most of getting outside riding bikes and
using the drain pipes to roll cars down.  The mud kitchen continues to be great fun.
Next week we will be looking at winter survival and focusing on birds and helping animals when it is the winter.
We hope the children will join in some bird spotting at home as well as in our woodland.
If you would like your child to attend pre-school please ring to arrange a visit.  We have no free sessions until Sept 2105 and these places are filling fast.
If you have a child starting primary school this September you need to have made your application by 15th January.  You can do it on-line https://oneadmissions.hants.gov.uk/CCSEnterprise_Admissionsonline_LIVE/ .
We will be holding an EYFS information morning on Wed 28th Jan from 9-10 at Wherwell School hall, if you are on our waiting list or thinking of sending your child to our pre-school you are welcome to join us.
Please contact pre-school to let us know if you will be attending.

Week Commencing Monday 15th December

We have all had a fantastic last week to term.
The children decorated snow flake tree decorations that looked beautiful.
We did a show to all our parents called “Frosty the snowflake”, it was lovely to see all the children joining in with the songs and Christmas dances.  After the parents all enjoyed mince pies and the children had star biscuits.
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We finished the term off with a party yesterday.  Magic Dan came along and did an amazing show with a rabbit appearing.  The children all had Christmas snack boxes then the morning finished with a visit from Father Christmas.

From all at Chilbolton Pre school we wish all our parents a very Merry Christmas.

Week Commencing Monday 7th December

We are nearly at the end of term and the children have been very busy.
They have been making plastic bottle cotton wool snowmen and been busy playing with sticky sand in the messy tray.
In the woods the children were busy bug hunting and playing in the trees.  They have some little fleece blankets that they cover themselves up with when they start to feel chilly.  Sam’s assessor visited this week to watch a forest school session and we are pleased to say that she has passed her practical side.
Due to the children’s interest in the woodland owl we had a visit from the Hawk conservancy on Friday and the children got to meet a tawny owl.  Some were brave enough to hold Troy the owl, he was gorgeous and he joined the children for an owl story at the end of the session.
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We had our annual visit to the church this week where Susan and Charlotte put on a lovely nativity and finished the morning off with balloons, cakes and pass the parcel.  We have been doing this for over ten years now and as always it is the most magical start to anyone’s Christmas and a huge thank you goes out to both of them.
Next week the children will be making stars to decorate our hall ready for our Christmas show on Thursday.  They will be performing Frosty the snowflake and of course we will be including a little “Frozen” part in the finale.
The tem end with a party on Friday with a visit from Magic Dan and hopefully as we have been really good Father Christmas will come to visit at the end.

Week Commencing Monday 1st December

We are still working on our Christmas crafts, this week has been fir cones decorated with pom poms.  They are fantastic to hang on the tree. We have also made some woodland craft activities, finger painting hedgehogs and hedgehog houses from paper bags.
The messy tray has had playdough with oats in it  and birdseed around.
At forest school we did printing on calico squares using the leaves and we also collected special sticks. On Thursday we took all the children down into the woods to meet our Mr Owl, they all loved climbing trees and doing various activities.
Our small group work has included making maps, working with coloured pegs the mystery box and everyday sounds.
We finished the week off with a trip to the Lights in Andover to see “Santa’s little helper”.  The children enjoyed the journey on the coach and the show was fun.  Sam was even lucky enough to be part of the show as a reindeer!
Next week continues to be busy with our Church visit, key carer open evening and our visit from a real owl on Friday.

Week Commencing Monday 24th November

We have started our Christmas preparation this week and made our Santa advent calendars, we have all taken cotton wool balls home to put on his beard.
In the forest school we made homes for our woodland animals, we talked about whether the homes would be up high or down low and they used some lovely language.  The children love playing in the woodland area, climbing trees and playing in the mud kitchen.  They also enjoyed making music by hitting hanging wood with sticks.
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In the messy tray we had bread crumbs mixed with oil and flour.  The children enjoyed playing with the diggers in this then another day used the spoons and pots.
The dark den has also been out, this is always a favourite and they used the torches.  In role play we had Dens and also our continued “Frozen” game that the children play.  They were lucky enough to have some t shirts and writing boards all with the “Frozen characters on”
The small group work has covered Rhyming games and the choosing box.

Week Commencing Monday 17th November

It has been the second week of Sam’s forest school training programme.  This week the children have been going back over the boundaries and forest school rules.  They enjoyed collecting forest treasures to put onto their wrist bands.  We talked about the different colour leaves that were all around and as usual they had great fun climbing in the Elder tree and seeing Mr Owl.
The messy tray has had lots going on, we had tapioca with glass beads and pots, then we had coloured cornflour that is always amazing to play with it.
Outside the children have had their waterproofs on and enjoyed splashing in puddles, riding bikes and playing in the mud kitchen.
The small group work has consisted of large dominoes, board games and what’s in the bag.  The two year olds have been looking at under, on top and in.  This was great fun with cardboard boxes.
The children enjoyed making monsters out of foam trays and creating their own “Frozen” pictures.
Our wonderful Clarey adapted the story “Mrs Bumbles hat” to “Mrs Clareys hat”.  The children enjoyed helping Clarey add items to her hat by drawing, cutting and sticking.  The hat looked amazing at the end of the session.
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Week Commencing Monday 10th November

This week our theme has been Blue.  The children have played with blue playdough and looked at blue books in the book corner.

In the messy tray the children enjoyed playing with clear water beads in a glue type liquid, we enhanced this activity one day with cold animals and another day with pots and spoons.
Even though it has been a very wet and windy week the children have still been outside each day with the bikes, balls and hoops.  Obviously splashing in the puddles has been a must.
We started our forest school programme with the older children this week.  The children absolutely loved it. 
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We sang a song walking over to our woods then found our little owl who was sitting on a branch as we entered the forest school site.  The lesson plan for this week was letting children explore the area and them becoming aware of the boundaries.  After climbing trees and a bit of bug hunting we played 1,2,3 where are you?   This involved the children hiding in groups and then swapping over returning to base camp  after each time.  Our little owl watched us and at the end of the session the children all stroked him.   The children will be going into the woodland every week now to build upon this first session.

Meeting the owl has created lots of interest with the children so we are arranging for The Hawk conservancy to bring an owl along to visit the children one morning.

We have also been asked to name one of the Wherwell schools chickens, so have a chat with your children and let us know. We will start to visit school to see the chickens soon.
The two year olds have been reading and doing lots with  the “Brown bear” book and the older children have been making stories up with props.
Parents are being asked to sign up for our Progress check evening on 10th December.  This is a chance to look at your child’s journal, read and comment on their progress checks and discuss a target with their key carer.  If you are unable to make the evening please make an appointment for another time as this is so important.  Home/pre school links are very important.Next week we are moving on to” GREEN” and we will be returning to the woodland for session number two.Places are now being filled for September 2015, so arrange a visit and get the application form in ASAP to avoid disappointment.
 

Week Commencing Monday 3rd November

We have had another fun week at pre-school.  Our theme is colours this half-term, and we have begun with red.  The children had a good time playing in shaving foam it was drizzled with red colouring and the majority of the children walked away with red hands.  It was a good way to learn the colour red!
The children have had lots of other items in the messy tray this week including moon sand which is great for construction and also real oranges and tomatoes with body parts .
In the role play area we had a red shop then moved on to our red pop up tent.  All the children love playing in the tent and buying items from the red shop to wear in it.

Our new mud counter arrived this week so more lovely mud pies have been made.  This will be taken down to our forest school area this week. The children enjoyed putting together our balancing bricks and walking across them, we made it really long and practiced putting our arms out to help us balance.

On the craft table the children had the chance to make cardboard jam sandwiches and spread red paint on it for jam. They rolled objects in red paint to make apple pictures and also made ladybirds.

We do lots of small group work with the children and this week that has included rhyming tubs and the mystery box.  Clarey has also read her big books with our older children, they love using our teachers pens.

Mel my Deputy has gone away for the next ten days to Daytona Beach in Florida to watch her daughter Jenna take part in the Tumbling event at the World Age Games.  We are all very proud of Jenna and wish her the best of luck.  We will miss Mel at pre-school too. Thank you to all the parents that helped raise money  by making cakes etc to help Jenna on her journey.

 Week Commencing Monday 27th October

It’s 1/2 term this week but we are back on Monday 3rd November.

Week Commencing Monday 20th October

Our theme this week has been “People who help us”.
The children have been making doctors bag’s with all the accessories in also police cars.
We have also had a little Halloween theme running through with pumpkins in the messy tray and the children also had Gio pumpkins, this was great for eye hand coordination.
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We have made the most of the sunny days and been over to the play park where the children are all becoming really great with their climbing.
Our wonderful Debbie has done an amazing job getting all the Christmas card art work ready to go to printing over half term.  All orders have now been sent off, we have a deadline to follow so sorry to any parent that haven’t returned theirs.  Hopefully all parents will enjoy sending the foot print snowman cards off to all their family and friends. Our theme for after half term is colours and part of this will be mixing colours.

The mud kitchen continues to be a huge success with all the children and we have been adding conkers to our mud pies this week.
The staff have done an amazing job over the last six weeks with home visits and settling in so many new children, lots of which are two year olds.  They are all happy with their key carers and enjoying their time with us as we are enjoying having them and seeing their own little personalities develop.
The Pre school is full now and I am taking applications for September 2015.  I do have a waiting list but doubt if I will have any changes for this academic year now.
In the next couple of months Sam will be assessed by her tutors for her level 3 forest school qualification. They come into our forest school area and watch her teach some sessions.  Lots of the equipment is arriving too and this is really exciting, We still need lots of parent helpers to come along and help pull nettles up from the roots.  The children love to get among the trees ready to climb them and this is where the nettles grow and cannot be reached with the strimmer.  Please let us know if you can help.

Week Commencing Monday 13th October

The children have had a busy week and have enjoyed playing with the new toys that have arrived.
We have bought some lovely construction toys with money kindly donated to from Trout n’About. The large construction enables children to work together and create constructions that they can climb in to and add windows too.
We have also loved our new light panel, we have different colour items to lay on the panel and the children love making patterns on this.Clarey our parent coordinator enjoyed seeing lots of parents and children at the Wherwell open morning this week.  We have strong links to the school and work closely together.
We have also had a fundraising cake sale to help raise funds for Mel’s daughter Jenna (see photo in last weeks report below) to go to the World age games in America next month.   Sam is also asking for people to sponsor her overnight camp out this weekend to help this cause.
The overnight camp out is towards the forest school qualification that Sam is taking.  She will hopefully get her level 3 and then regular weekly woodland trips can be taken by all children in our setting.  Our aim is that every child who attends will spend 2 hours per week in the woodland. Exciting times to come.
Our theme this week has been “Our body”.
Clarey’s nail bar that has been open most days this week .  As well as making all the children look gorgeous it has really helped with colour and pattern. Clarey had so many different colour nail polishes that the children could choose from.
In the messy tray we had sand mixed with shaving foam and the children also enjoyed making teeth from playdough and beans.  We have sung “head, shoulders, knees and toes” and Dancing Claire did dances related to bones and the body.
As normal we have run our small group work with all our children.

Week Commencing Monday 6th October

It has been a real mix of weather this week and the children have enjoyed splashing in puddles as well as riding bikes and going to the park in the sunshine.
Our older children enjoyed a little French lesson using puppets on Monday and it was a great hit with them.  They all came out being able to say “bonjour”.
The children used sugar cubes to create their initials and this proved a very popular activity.
Our theme has been “Things I like”  and the children have enjoyed having a hair dressers in the role play. They talked about hair styles that they liked.During the weekly Dancing Claire session the children have been practising little routines and it ends with a little “Frozen” dance, the children enjoy using streamers and singing along to this popular Disney song.
We have smaller group work that goes on during the week.  We have 2 yr olds activities, language groups and then our 3 plus children.  We have been making playdough shapes, long snakes, short snakes fat and thin ones.  Some of the snakes even had googly eyes on them!It was lovely to see so many  mummy’s at the parent social.  Hopefully it gave everyone the chance to have a chat and get to know each other better.Our theme for this week is “The body” so we will be singing lots of “Head, shoulders, knees and toes”.
We are holding a cake and good quality second hand toy sale this week trying to raise some money for Jenna Barrett, our Deputy Mel’s daughter.  She is a very talented young lady who is amazing at tumbling and has recently become British Champion in her age group.
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This incredible win has qualified Jenna to compete at the World Age games in Daytona next month.  We are all very proud of her achievements and wish her the best of luck. Please bring donations of cakes in on Thursday please. The sale is on Thursday from 2.30-3.30pm at the pavilion.  Please come and buy a cake!

Week Commencing Monday 29th September

Well we have had a really busy, fun week.  Our theme has been pets.

The role play room has been a vets with lots of cuddly animals.  They have been bandaged, plastered and well cuddled so they all feel better. They have all had fun with the dressing up clothes and even the staff have joined in much to the children’s delight.  Clarey decided that she loved dressing up too so she bought a few of her old clothes in!

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At the craft table, we made concertina dogs and sponge painted fish for craft.  In our messy tray we have had water beads, the children love using spoons and tweezers and filling pots.  They feel lovely to play with and even better to squash!

The lovely sunny weather has meant that we have been to the park lots this week.  Lots of climbing, running and sliding has been going on.

On Thursday, we were so lucky to have a fire engine come along.  The children had an amazing time sitting in the back and they even got a chance to squirt the hose.  Walking back into Pre-school they saw the flashing blue lights and even had a hoot as the engine left.  How lucky we were!

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The mud kitchen has been up and running this week and we have had some delicious looking mud pies being made.  Even the odd worm or two has been found!

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Next week we are talking about “things I like”.  Please ensure you all check your child’s book bag for letters and of course lovely works of art.

Remember the parents social evening on Thursday 9th at 7.45 in the White Lion pub please come along and join us.

Week Commencing Monday 22nd September

The children have had an enjoyable week. We have had fun in the play park and the children have practised climbing.  They all enjoyed getting on the train (wooden one) with Mel and going to Marwell Zoo.
Our theme this week has been our home and some lovely blackboard houses were made by the children. They cut furniture from magazines to stick on to the houses too.
In our messy tray we had potion making, the children mixed shampoo, fabric conditioner and of course sparkly bits all together it created a wonderful smell.
In our new white builders tray we had sparkly sand and the children created marks in this with paint brushes, cars and scrapers.
Our small group work has covered estimation using Lego bricks with the older children. In our other groups they have used instruments to make loud and soft noises and played a colour matching game.
Outside we have been lucky enough to start getting some of the new toys we ordered.  The children used our mud kitchen shelf and mixed mud with grass, sand and petals.  It was lovely to see this.
The big bricks also came out for children to build houses and we had some very tall towers to be knocked down.

Next week we will continue our “All about me” theme but talk about “PETS”.
We aim to have a vets in the role play area.

If you have any lavender, rose petals or herbs in your garden that the children can use to cook with in our mud kitchen please can you bring them in.  This then becomes a great sensory activity too.

Very exciting news Mel’s daughter became British champion in tumbling last week.  We are thinking of ways we can raise money to support her going to Daytona Beach next month to compete in the World Age Games.  If you have any ideas or wish to help please see Arte (Savannah’s mum) or Rosie (Esme’s mum).

***Forest school update***
Sam has one last module to attend at Itchen Valley and this includes an over night camp out, (very chilly) then a two day outside first aid course.  Her tutors will also be coming in to assess Sam’s teaching.
Then she has until January to complete all the course work.
After the teaching assessments have been completed we will start to access our forest area.

We have bought waterproof trousers for all children but they will need warm clothing.
Sam’s aim is that every child will access forest school once a week.

Week Commencing Monday 15th September

We’ve had another really fun week at pre-school.  The children have enjoyed talking about their families.  Our photo board is full of family pictures that the children love to show to one another and it is a great topic of discussion – thanks for taking part.
Lots of our new children started this week and all were really happy and settled.  Some of these children have just started with shorter sessions to ensure they feel comfortable in our environment and always leave pre-school with a positive experience wanting to come back.
We have had great fun using our puppets to talk about family, sharing and being kind to each other.  The children love this and are always totally absorbed in the puppets.

In the messy tray the children have been experimenting with cornflour and also the water tray is always a favourite with filling and emptying containers.
The children have taken their painting outside this week and have enjoyed mixing sand with watercolours and painting sticks and stones.  They loved this so much that we will be going off on a woodland walk so children can collect a treasure from outside then paint it.  Children love to lay on their tummies to do this activity.

After half term we will be organising an Early Years Foundation stage coffee morning straight after drop off in Wherwell school hall. This is a great way to learn all about the curriculum we follow and how we do this in a fun way.
We will also talk about key carers and your child’s journal which shows their time with us.
Clarey our Parent  coordinator will also be there.
The forest school programme will also start after Half term, Sam is about to start module 4 of this exciting course, only one last module after that which involves an over night camp! If you are interested in helping on the woodland committee please let Sam know.

Our recent newsletter is on the website so please ensure you have read this as we have a parent social night arranged and it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible.

We are looking forward to another exciting fun week.  This week we will be talking about our homes.

Visits for September 2015 are already starting .  We are full until then.

Week Commencing Monday 8th September

We have had a really enjoyable time back at pre school.  All of our home visits have now been completed and we are looking forward to all our new starters coming in this week.
Our theme is “All About Me” so we would love all the children to bring in pictures of their family and pets to go on display.  The children have loved looking at the pictures that have already come in.
We have been looking at ourselves in mirrors and drawing pictures, also cutting faces out of magazines. We have even added eyes, hair and clothes to our blow up alien called Robin.
The children have enjoyed going to the park and playing outside on the bikes.  A large cardboard box bought many hours of entertainment this week.  The children decorated their house all by themselves and loved the cardboard sofa’s too.
Dancing Claire has returned on Tuesdays and this is always a popular activity with the children.  Lots of miming, following simple routines and of course pointy toes, being careful the crocodile doesn’t get them.
We have welcomed our new member of staff Ali to our team and she has settled in really quickly.

If you would like to come along to look around our wonderful pre-school please call and we will be delighted to arrange a visit. We are now taking bookings for September 2015.

Week Commencing Tuesday 3rd September

It is lovely to welcome back our children and meet our new starters in their homes.  This really helps with the transition between home and pre-school and starts the bond with their key carer.

Our theme this term is “all about me”.  We are asking the children to bring in pictures of their family, home and pets.

This week, the children have enjoyed playing in the role play room it has been set up as a home area. The return of the sunshine has meant the children have been enjoying the outside area playing on the bikes and in the sand. Making marks on the patio with water also proved a fun activity.

Next weekend is the Wherwell playing field Prom night and our Pre school is one of the local charities to benefit from this so, please support this event (see post for details). We are also looking for donations for the raffle such as wine, chocolates and toiletries.

We have also been one of the chosen charities to benefit from Trout n’ About and with the money given to us we will be looking to get some equipment for our forest school.
The woodland committee did an amazing job cutting back all the stinging nettles in our forest school,  now we can once again make use of this great area.

Week commencing Monday 14th July

We have had a lovely week both in the sunshine and in the cool shade of our woodland and the children have really enjoyed our Teddy Bears picnic theme.  Our 3 Makaton words were  Teddy bear, Tea and cake.

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One morning we took our snack down into the woodland and the children enjoyed sitting on logs eating this. The children have been able to climb on our fallen trees and have particularly enjoyed climbing in the overhanging Elder tree.  Some children chose to make leaf sticks and spent a long time choosing different leaves to thread on to a stick.  These looked lovely. The children also played hiding seek, which helps them to learn our woodland boundaries.

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Matt Farmer (Daddy to David in Wherwell Reception) has very kindly made us a wonderful wooden sofa and a coffee table to match.  Next week we will hopefully look for some bugs as well as, of course more practice climbing trees.

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On the playing field, it was lovely to see the children running into the sprinkler and jumping into the paddling pool this week.  A truly magical sound hearing children laugh!

Indoors we have made teddy bear handbags and in the messy tray we have had oat playdough with coloured oats.

On Friday, we were lucky enough to have a little concert from Wherwell School Reception and Year 1 children.  We thoroughly enjoyed this and we all joined in with some action songs.

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Small group work this week has consisited of emotions for our 2 yr olds .
For the older children they have Used the rhyming tubs, made lego word families and a game of roll the dice then draw.

We finish on Wednesday next week and are looking forward to giving our leavers a magical send off with Dan the magician followed by a picnic lunch. Please collect all bags/ boots etc. on your last session.

Many thanks to the committee for your support and a huge thanks to the hard working staff who make our setting so wonderful.

Week commencing Monday 7th July

This week the children have been enjoying the theme “the zoo”. Our role play area has become a zoo with soft toys and of course a cafe selling ice creams. The children have enjoyed making masks and producing their own bits of craft by helping themselves to the resources on the craft trolleys.  There have been lolly sticks on the playdough table and they have been making cages for animals too.

We do Makaton and introduce 3 new words to the children each week.  This week the words have been Baboon,tiger and hippo.

The children have enjoyed picking, shelling and eating peas we have grown in our raised bed.

We went down into our woodland area to explore where the big trees have been cut down.  The children enjoyed climbing on the logs.

The sun shone for our sports day on Tuesday and we all had great fun and had an ice lolly and a medal at the end.


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On Thursday afternoon we were invited by Wherwell Primary School to watch their Sports Day.

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Next week is our Teddy bears picnic.  The children will be entering the woodland next week to go on a bear hunt (weather permitting).  Please ensure all children have long trousers and boots or trainers.

Some of the children from Wherwell school will be coming over to do a concert for us.



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