Pre-School 2018 - 2019

Mrs Ellis



Week beginning 12th November 2018

Hello everyone,

This week we have been busy writing a recipe for our pumpkin soup. With our recipe at hand we made a beautiful pumpkin soup that everyone enjoyed eating after our weekly nature walk. It was just what we needed.

Our children have been most inquisitive as they cut open and investigated what was inside a pumpkin. We looked closely with magnifying glasses and used our senses to explore further.

On our nature walk this week as we continue to investigate autumn we have been out and about exploring the school grounds. On our nature walk we took a closer look at our shadows and talked about the length and size of them. We noticed that many of the trees that we say last week have shed many more of their leaves. We also found a bug hotel, so we all took a closer look. Next week we are going to make our own so that our small bugs can find a warm and safe place to spend the winter months.

This week has been anti bullying week and Monday we all wore odd socks to support this very important topic. Throughout the week we have used role play, scenarios and puppets to explore this theme and emphasised the importance of kindness to each other. It was so lovely to hear children outside playing with the puppets and books acting out the very scenarios that they had seen previous and in some cases children had developed and acted out their own thoughts and ideas, wonderful!

As we learnt more about Diwali, the festival of light, pre-school have been creating their own Rangoli patterns using seeds and beans and pasta then arranging them and pressing them into salt dough. Our children have also been busy further developing their scissor skills as they have decorated and used their scissors to create beautifully decorated lanterns.

During phonics we have been working on Aspect 3: Tuning into sounds and Listening and remembering sounds. Main aim is to distinguish between sounds and to remember patterns of sounds.

In mathematics we have been consolidating our work with number recognition and matching quantity to the number.

Just to remind you on that 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.

Could I just say a big thank you from all the team for supporting the children in need charity and on Friday we all wore something with spots on to show our support. We had an exciting day and ended the afternoon dancing and following Pudsey bear dance steps.

Our stars of the week are Krissy (owls), Ella (frogs) and from hedgehogs Amelia many congratulations to you all. Keep up the good work!

Again could I remind you to bring in wellingtons for your children as we intend going out on nature walks each week. Could you please leave the wellingtons at school please and again please put names in everything.

Letters have been sent home regarding our Christmas play, The Jolly Christmas Postman. If you have any queries at all do not hesitate to ask a member of the Early Years Team.

The pre-school team wish you all a good weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week. xxx


Can you help?

As you may be aware we are further developing the courtyard area of our learning environment. We would like to create a stage area so that our children can use it to develop their creativity and imagination skills, so if you have any wooden decking left over from projects please inform a member of staff as we would be most grateful and of course put it to good use.

  • If you have any odd rolls of wallpaper left over from decorating again please bring them into pre-school as we use it in our mark making and printing activities.

Thank you for all your 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.


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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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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