Pre-School 2019 - 2020
WELCOME TO OFFLEY PRIMARY ACADEMY PRE-SCHOOL !
Teachers & Teams
Mrs Ellis EYFS Lead & Early Years Consultant. Owls Group Lead
Mrs Clarke (Early Years Practitioner) – Frogs Group Lead
Mrs Maybury (Early Years Practitioner) – Hedgehogs Group Lead
Mrs Robertson (1:1 Class Assistant)
Mrs Gray (PPA cover on Thursday)
Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:
• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper
• Nurse – teaching children first aid
• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime
These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email firstname.lastname@example.org or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.
Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020
Week beginning 20th January 2020
We have all been extremely busy this week in phonics as we move onto Aspect 5 Alliteration.
■ To listen to sounds at the beginning of words and hear the differences between them.
One of our activities this week has been using our sound box. We used a collection of objects with names beginning with the same sound. We then created a song, such as ‘What have we got in our sound box today?’ and then showed the children the objects one at time. Emphasis was put on the initial sound (e.g. s-s-s-snake, s-s-s-sock, s-s-s-sausage)
Try these ideas at home.
Ideas for home – Use imaginative play such as ordering a meal at a café, place an order such as ‘sizzling sausage’ or ‘ juicy jelly’ or chunky chips’ for instance.
Share books together with alliterative rhymes and jingles.
During mathematics this week we continue to recognise numbers, matching objects to the number seen and then having a go a writing the number down. Fabulous work!
We have been further developing our ICT and mathematics skills by using the interactive white board to count out the ugly trolls.
We have been writing birthday cards to Jess the cat as it is her birthday.
Children had great fun exploring the effects of frost and ice!
Another fabulous week pre school, well done pre-school!
I will leave you with a few more photographs of our week here at pre-school, ENJOY!
At home do share more traditional stories with your children to support our spring project and the enjoyment of sharing books together.
We are getting extremely low on both boys and girls socks and pants so if you could help in any way it would be much appreciated, just to cover any little accidents, thank you.
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.
Mrs Ellis, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Maybury and Mrs Roberts xxxx
- Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school so please remember this when you are preparing your child’s lunch box.
- Please ensure that uniforms, coats, lunchboxes ( if you could put a label on the outside of the lunchbox that would be most helpful), bags and boots are labelled with your child’s name
- Please ensure that your child has a change of clothes in their bags just in case of any little accidents and please wash and return any clothing that we have put on at school.
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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