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!
The class have been matching underpants and exploring our underwater library.
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.
The children made delicious underwater themed bisuits and the Blue Ladies learned the bath slime and preschoolers don't mix!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
The class enjoyed trying special foods from the story and tried chocolate brioche and (decaffeinated) tea.
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!
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"
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.
Enjoying our first PE lesson in the big School Hall.