Pre-School 2018 - 2019

Mrs Ellis



Week beginning 7th January 2019

Hello everyone,

 Our first week back we have welcomed a few more new children to Pre-School and may I say they have come in beautifully and started to settle extremely well into their new surroundings and routines.

As I mentioned in my last update this week the children have been learning about the traditional story of Goldilocks and the three bears. We have been busy listening to the story and acting the story out in our puppet theatre.



During phonics we have been working on Aspect 5: Alliteration. The main purpose is to explore how different sounds are articulated and to extend understanding of alliteration. One of the activities this week has been mirror play, this involves children looking at themselves in the mirror, making faces and copying movements of the lips and tongue.

In the mark making / writing area the children have been writing birthday cards to Goldilocks as she has celebrated her birthday.


We have been on a nature walk around our grounds to look closer and observe the effects of our cold weather and frost upon are landscape. We noticed how the frost covered everywhere white and the ground was extremely hard to walk on. The children looked closely at the effects of heat from their hands on the frost, observing how quickly the frost disappeared once warmed. This effect was also noticed by our children in parts of the grounds where the sun had melted the frost away. Super observations pre-school!

Our rhymes of the week have been When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears and I ‘am a little teapot short and stout. If you would like copies of these rhymes do not hesitate to ask for one.

We have also been very mindful of ourselves and our wellbeing and to support this we have been doing a little yoga and meditation, we all found this very relaxing and calming.



Just to mention that if you have any spare time and would like to come and help in pre-school or would like to be a ‘mystery reader’ do have a word with the pre-school staff we would love to hear from you.

Enjoy your weekend together!


The pre-school team xxx




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  • Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
  • Add food colouring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
  • Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
  • Add the glycerine (optional)
  • Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
  • If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right





The Early Years Foundation Stage 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.



The Seven Areas of Learning and  Development:

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. 


Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. 


These three areas, the prime areas, are: 


Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. 


The specific areas are:


Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.   Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials including books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.


Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.


Understanding The World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment


Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Do  take a look at these websites!


Yourtube Mr Thorne does phonics.


Please remember to -

  • Put your childs name in all their belongings.
  • Do ring the office to let us know if your child will not be attending pre-school.


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Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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