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,

Due to our most recent government directives as you are aware we are now to revert to on line learning opportunities as well as being in school to support children of key workers during this time of a national lockdown. We will use the format that we have used before as this worked extremely well as we received many positive and encouraging messages from you regarding this. We are most grateful for your comments as this informs our way forward and of course we very much value our parent partnership as you are aware. The zoom meetings we organise in a way so that you have opportunities to join us on varied days of the week and also at different times  of the day so that you have a range of opportunties to join us. We fully understand that you may be juggling home learning as well as your work commitments and again we thank you for your time and commitment.   We are all in this together and together we look forward to much better and happier times ahead.

Do look at our pre-school website (class page) as I will be updating it regularly and putting information and learning on there for you to share along with learning activities to down load and much more. Remember that you also have your reading eggs logins and that you will be invited to zoom interactive learning sessions and will receive fun learning challenges on Learning book as well as story sessions.

I have added the home Learning activities for you to enjoy and you will find this on the files to down load or to view and then to follow. These you will find at the bottom of this page.

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing stories by the very well know  author Julia Donaldson. This week our story focus will be The Gruffalo's Child, again another wonderul story for you to share. Do talk about the illustrations, setting and main characters of the story as well as the sequence of events. Do take a look at it on YouTube if you have the opportunity or better still have a this book at home ( I have provided the link below).



During this project we will be looking at and enjoying more stories from Julia Donaldson.  We will be sharing and learning more about,  The Gruffalo's Child, The Smartest Giant, Super Worm, Monkey Puzzle and Zog.

Again do check your emails for Zoom invites that we will be sending out to you each week and do take a look at the story session that we will read and share via Learning Book. Please add your wonderful photographs to Learning Book as we do love to see all your learning and of course we will add these to your child's ongoing learning and development.

We hope that you and your family stay safe and well and that very soon we can all return to our pre-school family when it is safe to do so. xxx


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




 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 as the weather has turned cooler.


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)




                                             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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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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Tel: 01270 685 355

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