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,

We have had another busy week here at Pre-School, where does the time go to? When we reflect on those first few week here at school then we have come a long way and the children have settled into their routines of the day wonderfully. So a big WELL DONE to all our children and of course our parents who have worked with us and supported each other in these not so normal times.

In phonics this week we have been playing a game called –

 Describe and find it

For this activity we set up a farmyard. We describe one of the animals but do not tell the children its name. We say, for example: This animal has horns, four legs and a tail. We ask the children to say which animal it is. We then ask them to make the noise the animal might make. When they are familiar with the game we let individual children take the part of the adult and describe the animal for the others to name. This activity can be repeated with other sets of objects such as zoo animals, toy sets based on transport (e.g. aeroplane, car, train, bus, boat) and musical instruments. It can be made more challenging by introducing sets of random objects to describe and name. Have a go at home!

Main purpose

To further develop vocabulary and children’s identification and recollection of the difference between sounds.


We had great excitement this week as the children received a letter from the fairies asking for their help. The fairies asked if the children could write a birthday card for one of their fairy friends of course our children were only too eager to help the fairies out!

Our children have been using the fairy wands that they had made to write letters in their own names in the fairy dust, magical!

We have looking carefully at the still life autumn pumpkins and carefully drawn what we have seen, I am sure you will agree our children have done incredibly well.

In mathematics this week we have been recognising  numerals and matching the correct amount of spiders to the number on the web. Children also recognised numbers on the pumpkins and attached the correct number of pegs on the pumpkins. Well done Pre-School!


Outside in the courtyard children have been using their hammers to hammer golf tees into the pumpkins this is a great activity for further developing hand and eye co-ordination skills and strength in the upper body especially hands and finger strength.


I will leave you with a few more photographs of our week here at pre-school, ENJOY!


Just to wish you and your family all a very safe and happy half term together. Do go out and enjoy this beautiful autumn season and all it has to offer. When we return our project will be entitled let’s investigate autumn and our overarching question will be, how do we know it is autumn?


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

WELL DONE !  To all our Pre-School children.


PS. Just a reminder to please label everything please and please ensure that your child has a warm coat as the weather has turned cooler.


Useful Websites for Starting School 

Please take a look at the website below for advice and guidance on your child starting school.

https://www.phonics ( Early Years Mathematics)



                                             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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Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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