Pre-School 2018 - 2019

Mrs Ellis



Week beginning 11th March 2019


Hello everyone,

As you are aware this week has been our ‘science week’ and what a very interesting and exciting week we have all had. Frederick’s mummy and daddy came into pre-school to share their love of Iceland and showed us some wonderful photographs of their visits and shared some amazing experiments WOW! Frederick’s mummy and daddy showed us how to create a volcanic eruption using lemonade and  Mentoes, we explored how to make a paper fish travel across water using washing up liquid and how to produce our own rain clouds, BRILLIANT!



 Kirsty who is our dinner time supervisor also shared with us that she is also with the St John Ambulance as a trained First Aider; she explained the many items that she keeps in her bag to treat children and adults when they are feeling a little unwell. Our children especially enjoyed using the bandages to treat imaginary sprained wrists and ankles, what fun!




Miss Greystone and Mr Shaw have also joined us this week and Miss Greystone took the children out on a bug hunt, as you can see by the photographs the children had a lot of fun exploring, we found 6 worms, 4 beetles and a fly!



Mr Shaw demonstrated what a chain reaction is using the domino rally game. The children were fascinated and could not wait to have a turn themselves in building one. A big ‘thank you’ to Mr Shaw and Miss Greystone!



We must say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all our volunteers in school we really do appreciate your time given and of course as you can see our children really do gain so much from the range of experiences and wonderful skills shared and gained.

During phonics we have been working on Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting. The main purpose is to develop oral blending and segmenting of sounds in words. One of our activities has been using familiar objects with names that contain three phonemes ( e.g. leaf, sheep, fish, soap, sock, bus).Using a sound talking toy  we ask the children to listen carefully while it says the names of one of the objects in sound-talk so they can help it to put the sounds together and say the word. The toy then sound-talks the word, leaving a short gap between each sound. We encourage the children to say the word and identify the object. All the children can then repeat the sounds and blend them together.

Some of our runner bean plants have started to shoot and with great excitement the children are tending to them and watching for any more signs of growth.

We have been extremely lucky to have Samuel’s mummy in pre-school again both to help and spend some time with us all and to be our mystery reader. We all enjoyed the story about Paddington Bear, a firm favourite with us all!


Again 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.

Enjoy your weekend together and we will see you all next week!


The pre-school team xxx



Call Out !

We are getting extremely low on children’s spare clothes so if you have any spare trousers, pants, socks or tops that your children do not need or have grown out of we could make good use of them for you. Thank you again for all your continued support.




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.


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