Pre-School 2020 - 2021

Mrs Ellis

Pre- School 2020 - 2021

Mrs Ellis


          Welcome to Pre-School 2020-2021

Teacher & Team

Mrs Ellis  EYFS Lead & Early Years Consultant. Owls Group Lead

Mrs Clarke  (Early Years Practitioner) – Frogs Group Lead

Mrs Roberts  (Early Years Practitioner) – Hedgehogs Group Lead


Hello everyone,

This week we have been paying particular attention to our outdoor learning environment. We have planted lots of wild flower seeds in our planters and put two strawberry plants in our tyre planter. The plants that we planted out last week have really grown with all the love and special pre-school attention that they have been receiving. Our children have taken home the magic beans that they planted and many of them really do look like Jack’s beanstalk they have reached great heights. Well done everyone!

 I almost forgot to mention the children have also planted sunflowers so they are now ready to be nurtured at home in your gardens, I wonder whose sunflower will grow the tallest? Do take some photographs of your beans and sunflowers we would love to see how they progress.

The outside exploration area has been very busy as children have been using the natural materials in a most interesting way. We observed as the children collaboratively moved the tyres around then the wooden stepping stones and finally the planks. The children explored different ways to move and as you can see from the photographs below they created a slide by aligning the planks of wood side by side. Some excellent critical thinking and problem solving pre-school!


During the week the children have been making Easter nests, most enjoyable and on our celebration day we had and Easter egg hunt in our garden. The children were convinced that they had seen a glimpse of the Easter bunny outside and said that they saw his white fluffy tail. What a lovely surprise they had when they found the eggs that the Easter  bunny had left hidden.



Children have also had the opportunity to watch our pantomime and of course we all enjoyed watching the Peter Rabbit Easter Special. What a treat!!

Here are a few more photographs of some of the super moments that we have shared with our pre-school family this week, ENJOY !!





Our new focus and project after Easter will be Under The Sea. To start our new topic we will share the story of Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham. This story is about a little fish named Stanley who lives at the bottom the sea, he is the brightest fish in the dark sea. One morning, Stanley wakes up late, and the reef is strangely quiet.  Stanley  diligently searches for his friends and meets other ocean creatures, including the Big Shark, in this underwater adventure, do not worry it all turns out well in the end. A lovely story with a PSED focus exploring emotions. Do talk about the illustrations, setting and main character of the story as well as the sequence of events.


 Over the Easter holidays you may like to take a look at the story of Bright Stanley on YouTube or better still if you have this book at home to enjoy together ( I have provided the link below).   


To continue to support our learning after Easter we will be finding out more about our oceans and how we can help to look after the beautiful fish and creatures that live in them. You may like to find out more about the different kinds of fish that live in the sea again I have put a few links to sites that I am sure you will be interested in. You could draw, paint or use collage to create your own fish.

Sea creature facts and information

Exploring the coral reef

Sea creatures,

Do have a lovely Easter time together and we hope that we can enjoy some of the beautiful spring sunshine. Stay well and we will see you all when we return.

             Love from Mrs Ellis, Mrs Clarke & Mrs Roberts. xxx


Do take a look at our Offley Primary virtual Library ( refer to files to download) Enjoy the many story books to share.


Do login into your reading eggs this is a wonderful resource and we have had some wonderful feedback from you so thank you!


                          Looking After Ourselves.

 It has never been so important to recognise and look after our families’ mental health and well-being in these very uncertain times.

 When we express ourselves we do not have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get  express ourselves.

 You will find lots of links and activities below suggested by Place2Be that can be used with children at home including activity ideas, stories and much more.

If children are worried about returning to school, then Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival and The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside can help spark some conversations, as can any books around identifying feelings (there are lots out there)

This book is aimed at 4-8 year olds and is about anxiety and worry. It is beautifully illustrated and is available from libraries or Amazon (£5.39 new).

This book is aimed at 4-8 year olds and can be used to explore young children’s feelings. A pop-up version and a colour monster activity book are also Available from libraries or Amazon (£5.35 new).

Family outdoor Activities  .

  • The Squiggle Game - Children's Mental Health Week 2021

  • Teach Outdoors


  • Cosmic Kids Yoga & Meditation 



 You will find a guide for parents from Learning book on .


Here is the link to the Toy theatre ICT website    Have FUN !

You will find the files and more to download at the bottom of this page.



PS. Just a reminder to please label everything and ensure that your child has a warm coat and please bring in your wellies.


Useful Websites 

.    Can You Do That? (Take a look)      (use your given login )


Youtube Mr Thorne does phonics. (mathematics)

youtube  Get squiggling letters (to help with pencil control and letter formation). (free resources)  (Lots of fun making and baking activities)  (mathematics)    (Science / Understanding The World)

Out of the Ark   (music)

Sticky Kids Youtube: Sticky Kids  (Fun and fitness songs)

BBC Bring the Noise  (Online music activities for age 4-7).




                                             Independence You Can Do It !

Children need to be able to develop Self-care skills for pre-school and their own self esteem.  Help your child to have a ‘can do’ independent attitude to the following…. 

  • Toilet
  • Hand washing                                                  
  • Tissues
  • Food                                                               
  • Dressing
  • Putting on coat
  • Walking rather than pram
  • Giving up dummies/comforters

Independence and a ‘can do’ attitude will help your child develop and feel confident about themselves and what they can do, which has a positive impact on all of their learning.

Giving children the opportunity to do little jobs at home, such as  laying  the table, feeding  a pet, helping with the shopping, pairing the socks or putting their own laundry away will help their self-confidence and independence.  Tidying up own toys will help prepare them for life in pre-school where they will be expected to help to tidy up their own and others toys or activities indoors and outdoors.



What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is how the Government and early years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and age 5. This is a very important stage as it helps your child get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. From when your child is born up until the age of 5, their early years’ experience should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and support their development, care and learning needs.

 The EYFS Framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents.

Characteristics of Effective Learning

There are different ways and approaches the children learn in the EYFS and as a setting, we plan, observe and assess these areas of leaning:

Playing and Exploring- engagement, finding out and exploring, willing to ‘have a go’.

Active Learning- motivation, being involved, concentrating, keep on trying, enjoying what they have set to do.

Creating and Thinking Critically- thinking carefully, having own ideas, making links and choosing own way to do things.

Areas of Development

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. There are 3 prime areas of learning (these are the core subjects in the EYFS profile). These are:

Communication and language;

  • Listening and Attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Physical development;

  • Moving and Handling
  • Health and Self Care

Personal, social and emotional development.

  • Making Relationships
  • Self Confidence and Awareness
  • Managing Feelings and Behaviour

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Number
  • Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the world;

  • People and Communities
  • The World
  • Technology

Expressive arts and design.

  • Exploring and Using Media and Materials
  • Being Imaginative

For more information on the EYFS profile, please refer to:

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