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Things are hotting up in Preschool - to keep us cool, Mrs Sam made an ice cream parlour! The children have been mixing up some amazing flavours for everyone to try.

This half term our learning topic is People Who Help Us. To get us off to a flying start Mrs Linda made us a fabulous Doctor's surgery. The class have had fun treating a variety of injuries and the children have been sporting many new plasters and bandages!

The school snails Hide and Seek came back from their half term break this week. The children were excitied to notice how much they had grown!


We also had another exciting visitor as Mrs Sam brought George the tortoise to visit the class. The children learned to feed and carefully stroke George - they even gave him a bath!

Preschool took delivery of new outside play equipment just before half term. The children have had so much fun exploring it and it has been exciting to watch even the more timid children grow in confidence as they jump from block to block. Some of the pieces also have windows that allow us to set up scenes of interest for our adventurers to discover.

Week commencing 16th May - Octopants

The class have been matching underpants and exploring our underwater library.

Check out our under water library! It has a special selection of underwater story books for the children to enjoy.

Our book for the week commencing 9th May is Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

The class started making their under sea creatues for the class notice board and searched the sand for sea turtle eggs and played a lobster claw tweezer game.

Our book for the week commencing 3rd May is Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson

The children made delicious underwater themed bisuits and the Blue Ladies learned the bath slime and preschoolers don't mix!

Our book for the week commencng 25th April 2022 is The Rainbow Fish

This is the first book for our theme for this term - Under the Sea.  


The children will make their own Rainbow fish, make under water window stickers and practice fish based counting.

The Farm Shop and Cafe is open in Preschool. The class are exploring real vegetables, weighing, serving and sorting them. They are also enjoying a mystery - the pineapple has disappeared!

 As part of our science week, the class got 5 hungry caterpillars for the children to watch grow. The class got to see them at all the stages except the final one - as the term ended just before the chrysalides started to hatch. Here are some pictures of the caterpillars, chrsyalides and the butterflies. We also manged to get a video of the final butterfly hatching. 


The painted lady butterflies have now been released and are making themselves at home around the village.

The tiny caterpillars when they first arrivedThey ate steadily and grew quicklyThe caterpillars form a 'j' shape and attach themselves to the top of the cupOnce fully formed, we transferred them to the butterfly habitat and waitiedOnce hatched they find  a place to pump up their wingsWhen the sun warms the flight muscles, they spread their wings. They feed on sugar water from cotton budsReady to fly!

Week commencing 4th April - Our book for this week is What the Ladybird heard by  Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.




The story is all about listening and this week the children will be exploring differnt listening skills with sound games, instruments and making loud hailers!

Week commencing 28th March - Our book for this week is We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury


The weather provided everything needed for a good bear hunt - including a some swirling, whirling snow storms!

Suggested home activities

Talk about the weather and seasons, there is so much to see this time of year and observing the seasonal changes are a great way to learn.

Week commencing 21st March - Our book for this week is Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field


The class will be exploring matching and rhymimg activities 


Week commemcng 14th March - Our book of the week is Walking through the Jungle by Julie Lacome.


The children explored animals sounds and jungle habitats with grass and, wood and water in the tuff tray.


This is just some of the fun that we got up to this week exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Week commencing 7th March - 

It's Science Week!

This week we will be exploring all manner of exciting concepts and experiments to enhance the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths curriculum.The children will be building and designing with blocks, mecanno and spaghetti and marshmallows. Watching and helping (safely) with chemistry experiments - melting egg shells, combining coloured oils, making walking rainbows and Skittle rainbows and of course exploding soda with Mentos! They will use hammers to extract the iron from Cheerios, magnets to explore space and balloons to explore jet propulsion.


And if in our spare moments we will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and start growing some hungry caterillars of our own. All the while practicing our Nursery Rhymes in time for our special concert.


Do try this at home! Encourage the questions "How?" and "Why?" you might be surprised what you learn - if any of our experiments sound like fun, let us know and we can let you know what you need !

Week commencing 28th February our book of the week is - 10 Little Dinosaurs


Try this at Home - This book combines counting and rhymes, why not sing some rhyming and number songs like One, Two Buckle My Shoe?

Week commencing 14th February - Happy Valentines Day! This week the children will be writing their own stories and using their imaginations in their play.

Week commencing 31st January our book for the week is - Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg and Allan Ahlberg


Try this at home - play a 'hunt the thimble' game. The pictures in the story all have person to find and allow the children to practice their observational skills.

Week Commencing 31st January

Book of the week -  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!

Weeks commencing: 17th  and 24th January 2022 (Due to Covid)

Traditional Tale: Little Red Riding Hood


Dressing up and role play in "Grandma's House"

Making Paper plate wolves

Paint stamping Grandma's basket of treats


Nursery Rhyme : Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them,

Give a little clap, clap, clap,


Open, shut them, open, shut them,

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap,


Roll them, roll them, roll them, roll them, 

Roll them just like this,


Shake them, shake them, shake them, shake them, 

Blow a little kiss!


Activities for Home

Have a pretend tea party (or a real one if you fancy)

Play "What's the Time Mr Wolf" - a great way to practice counting skills

We have also added below some Little Red Riding Hodd Colouring and Story Sequencing Activities to print


Welcome Back!

Our topic this Term is Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes. Each week we will read and enjoy activities linked to a different traditional story and learn a Nusery hyme for our Nursery Rhyme Challenge.

Week comencing 10th January

Traditional Tale - The Three Little Pigs

Activities include - Exploring straw, sticks and bricks for building

Using stick puppets and maks to act out the story

Making and decorating pig masks

Making play dough pigs

Nursery Rhyme - Old MacDonald had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm,  E-I-E-I-O

And On that farm he had a cow (pig, horse, dog, duck etc) E-I-E-I-O


With a moo moo (oink, neigh, woof, quack etc) here

And a moo moo there

Here a moo, 

Three a moo, 

Everywhere a moo moo

Old MacDonald had a farm,  E-I-E-I-O





Week commencing 6th December - Our book this week is Stick Man

To support our Stickman theme this week, the children will be making their own Stick Man to bring home and exploring the different places that Stick Man sees on his adventures.


Perhaps your child would like to find more sticks at home to start a stick family!


We are practicing some special songs at school this week - listen out for some singing at home!

Week commencing 29th November - Our story this week is Ridiculous by Michael Coleman

This week the class were learning about hibernation and how animals manage when the weather turns colder. It was nice of the weather to provide us with some real snow to get everyone in the mood!


If you have pets at home, you could help your child to think of any changes that you might make to help them keep warm and safe in cold weather.

Week of 22nd November - Our book this week is The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The class enjoyed trying special foods from the story and tried chocolate brioche and (decaffeinated) tea.

15th November 2021 - Our book this Week is :

At school we will be learning about opposites, tracing and counting dinosaurs, cutting out dinosaurs and learning some dinosaur songs


Activities to try at home -

Practice opposite words – Up/Down, In/Out, On/Off, Big/Small, Short/Tall

Dinosaur Action Song
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, stomp the ground!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, make some claws!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, ROARS!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, big and tall!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, scary and small!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, shake the ground!

Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit back down!

Remembrance Day

Today in preschool whilst the older children in the school marked the 2 minutes silence for Remembrance Day, we watched a little animation on Cbeebies called "Poppies"  


W/C 8th November - Our book for this week is The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley.

To support our learning the children will be exploring art and snack with a variety of apples and will make their own clay hedgehog to keep. If you enjoy cooking, this is a great time of year to try baked apples for a yummy treat.

The children will be learning this apple song, ask them to show you the actions -


Way up high in the apple tree,

Two red apples smiled at me.

I shook that tree as hard as I could, Dooowwwwwwwn came an apple,

Mmmm, it was good!

Today we learnt about Diwali, the children had fun making and decorating Rangoli patterns, we lit our Diva lamps and tasted some Indian foods at snack time. We also learnt a Diwali song   Twinkle Twinkle, Diwali Light

                                                                                             How you sparkle in the night

                                                                                             Lets celebrate Di-wa-li

                                                                                             Everyone you and me

                                                                                             Twinkle Twinkle Diwali 

                                                                                             Shining bright for all to see.

Room on a Broom

Five Minutes Peace

Handas Surprise

Enjoying our first PE lesson in the big School Hall.