Pre-School 2019 - 2020

Mrs Ellis

Pre-School 2019-20


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 Cotton  (1:1 Class Assistant)

Mrs Gray (PPA cover on a Wednesday)


Week beginning 11th November 2019


Hello everyone,

In phonics this week….

Aspect 4  Rhythm and Rhyme.

Hello everyone,

In phonics this week….

Aspect 4  Rhythm and Rhyme.

Main purpose

To increase awareness of words that rhyme and to develop knowledge about rhyme.

One of our daily activities this week has been…..

Songs and rhymes

During our daily singing sessions we involve children in experimenting with their voices. Simple nursery rhymes, such as ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’ provide an opportunity for children to join in with wheeee as the mouse falls down. We use this opportunity to find related words that rhyme: dock, clock, tick-tock. We then substitute alternative rhyming sounds to maintain children’s interest and enjoyment.

 During our Anti Bullying Awareness week on Tuesday we all wore odd socks and celebrated what makes us all unique. Our odd socks day symbolises that we are all different and that children should be themselves, accepting each other and to celebrate difference. We used our circle time to talk about ourselves and what makes us unique.


This week we have been using puppets to retell our story focus ’Ouch.’ This story is about a hedgehog who is desperate to get on with settling down to hibernate but an apple falls down from a tree and sticks to his prickles. Of course he cannot hibernate with this apple on his back as he is unable to climb into his warm nest of leaves. As the story progresses other objects such as a leaf, a pear and nuts to name a few become stuck to his prickles. It is a wonderful story full of repeated refrains so do ask your children to tell you the story of ‘Ouch’ and how the hedgehog is able to get rid of all the objects from his back and settle down to a winters sleep.


During our Mathematics we have been sorting out socks, talking about the patterns and shapes that are the same as and the ones that are different and why. Children have had the opportunity to count out the socks and peg them on the line, counting to 20 and beyond, finding one more and one less than a given number. So many learning opportunities to be gained and those are just a few.  A great deal of learning and fun has been gained from this activity.



We have been lucky to have Isla’s nanna in pre-school to be our mystery reader. She read one of our favourite books called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ one of Isla’s favourite books and ours also. A big thank you to Isla’s Nanna.


We have been out and about on a nature walk, we wrapped up warm and went to look for changes. We noticed a lot of changes in our outdoor environment. Many of our trees in the wild wood have lost their leaves now. We saw bushes with a great deal of red berries on them, we know that the berries are not for us but for the birds as they get ready for winter. We made noises as we walked through the leaves together and we listened carefully as we heard the wind blowing through the tree tops. On our walk we saw the sheep in the bottom field and as a challenge we looked for the biggest leaf we could find. What great fun we had!



This week as part of the Children In Need appeal we took  part in the BBC  Joe Wicks keep fit workout. Such a busy week.!

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




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!

Mrs Ellis, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Maybury 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.


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  • 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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