Monthly Archives: October 2018

12th October 2018 – Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a wonderful week we’ve had!

this week in our adult led focus was all about birthdays and growing up. Children told us how old they were and represented them with balloons on paper with scribing numerals on each balloon. We had some interesting replies such as ‘I’m a hundred, I’m five and I’m hundred ten!’ there is a small display on their work by the carpet area, please have a look. The children also made a simple birthday cake (rice crispy cake) and decorated with 100s and 1000s. We’ve represented the numerals with our fingers, jumps and steps. A very numerous week we’ve had.

On Tuesday and Thursday, the children went to big forest school. We explored the environment and found a horse and pirate ship which has led to lots of pirate soup being made and riding the horse to the beach for an ice-cream. The children also looked at autumn through sequencing the leaf colours and looking through special picture frames. We used the leaves, conkers, feathers, sticks to make a leaf person. A message from Kate ‘The children have been super confident in exploring forest school, please ensure you provide Wellies and a coat. Thank you.’

On Wednesday afternoon music time the children sat on chairs as though in a bus and sang songs on their journey.

Friday we’ve been in the mud kitchen, making mud cakes and potions, and in the afternoon we played sound lotto, practising our listening skills.

Dates and Reminders

Fundraising Update:

Thank you for our volunteers so far for our fundraising events, we still need volunteers for the Craft fair on 24th and 25th November. We have several activities lined up for this event such as making reindeer food, decorating a Christmas star and a lucky dip. We are looking for donations towards our lucky dip. Please ask family and friends if they have any small toys (good condition) they can donate. You can drop them in the box at preschool after half term.

Our fund raising committee have decided to postpone our raffle until our Quizco Night on 30th March, however we will be having a Christmas Hamper Raffle to be drawn at the Christmas Play on 13th December at 2.45pm. Further details will be out soon how you can help.

  • Don’t forget the photographers here on Tuesday. Have you booked your slot?
  • Don’t forget to bring your child’s interest and look what I’ve been doing forms. We are making a display in Preschool.
  • The children really enjoyed planting last week and we would like to do it again. Do you have any extra bulbs or winter flowering plants we could have?

Next week we are exploring what the children want to be when they grow up.

Please remember it half term from the 22nd– 26th October. Term 2 starts on Monday 29th October.

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff.


5th October 2018-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a busy week we’ve had!

A big thank you to Sophia, Ollie and Alan’s families who have donated some winter flowering pansies and bulbs.

  • Our adult led focus was keeping ourselves healthy. We had an activity to promote pencil control following the lines on the page of a drawing of a toothbrush. We named parts of the body in group times, had lots of hand washing, talking about germs, where germs live and how to keep clean. All supporting the children to develop a greater understanding of keeping ourselves clean and healthy.
  • PE was all about running races from hopping to skipping to jumping. The children had fun using the space to gain confidence in moving in a range of ways.
  • Forest school this week was celebrating spots birthday, children revisited previous activities to make sandwiches, cake and tea. We played party games and sang happy birthday. The Tuesday afternoon group went on the mini bus, we visited the forest school site and the train station. There was lots of singing ‘the wheels on the bus.’
  • Music session on Wednesday was all about party games, children sang and danced to musical chairs, musical statues and the hokey cokey.
  • On Friday our mud kitchen opened! It’s a lovely addition to our garden and the children loved it. Thank you to Woodcote Garden Center for supplying bark and soil for our mud kitchen at a discounted price. We do need some more top soil if anyone has some to spare? In the afternoon the children planted bulbs and flowers in the pots at the front of preschool.
  • The children have been listening to the story the fish who could wish. We asked the children if they could wish, what would they wish for…have a look at our display.
  • Have you seen the Public Health Poster about flu immunisation, helping to protect everyone every winter?

For more information visit

Dates and Reminders

Please can you fill in and return your volunteer forms, thank you for the parents who have volunteered so far but there are lots of events that need your support so please ensure you return your form as soon as possible thank you. We urgently need volunteers for the event at the craft fair in November, can you help?

The sign-up sheet for the photographer is outside preschool on the easel. There are lots of spaces so make sure you get your slot. The photographs are simply stunning, he’s such a great photographer.

Don’t forget to bring your child’s interest and look what I’ve been doing forms. We are making a display in Preschool.

Our drop in for parents and carers returns next month

Muffins for Mums on Monday 19th November from 9-11 am

Doughnuts for Dads on Wednesday 21st November from 9-11 am

Gingerbread for Grandparents and Carers on Friday 23rd November from 9-11 am

Please let us know if you’re coming, a sign-up sheet will be going up nearer the time. It’s a great way to see what we are doing and what we’ve been up too.

Next week we looking at birthdays and growing up there will be lots of counting, making cakes and blowing out candles….

Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Preschool staff

28th September 2018- Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Dates and Reminders

We have had a few children ill last week. Just to ensure no further transmission of this infection can you please abide by our policy of 48 hours since last episode of sickness and diarrhea or just diarrhea or the starting of antibiotics. Please inform your child’s key person or Supervisor of any illness as we have children who attend the setting who have low immune system. They do not have the ability to respond normally to an infection so we need to be aware of any illness. The nature of the environment means bugs are spread very easily. If your child needs calpol or a similar medicine, then they really should not be at Preschool. They recover much quicker at home.  Please ensure you contact us to inform us if your child isn’t attending the session, this is important due to health and safety regulations which we need to adhere too.  Thank you.

Fundraisers for The Autumn Term

To ensure our fundraising happens we will be looking for volunteers to help


  • The photographer will be in on Tuesday 16thOctober. A sign-up sheet will be going up soon for you to book your slot. Chris from Darmanin studio takes wonderful photos and they are great for Christmas presents. The preschool receives a percentage of all orders. – We need volunteers to help coordinate the orders/or help on the day for a couple of hours.
  • The children are busy drawing pictures of themselves or their hand prints for our annual Christmas t-towel another great Christmas present – We need a volunteer to coordinator the orders.
  • We have a table at the craft weekend of 24th/25thNovember- We will need volunteers to help on both days for a couple of hours, a sign-up sheet will be going up.
  • Christmas Party is on Tuesday 11thDecember- We need a couple of volunteer or help set up/clear the table for the Christmas party.
  • Christmas concert Thursday 13thDecember- We will be having our annual Christmas raffle. Raffle tickets will be coming home for you to sell to family and friends.

Each event has its own crib sheet to follow so it easy and simple to volunteer just let staff know which event you would like to help with. Thank you

  • Snacks donations as the weather is turning colder the children are eating more. Maybe we could have a loaf of bread or a packet of muffins/crumpets to fill their hungry tummies.
  • Have you bought in a baby photo to go with our display?
  • We would love to do some planting with the children do you have any extra bulbs or winter flowering plants you would like to donate?
  • Do you have any top soil or wooden utensils for our mud kitchen?

Our adult led focus this week was exploring and investigating our feelings and emotions. Children made faces out of paper plates looking at their facial features. We played games in group time. We looked at cards with different facial expressions such as happy, sad, angry and afraid and posted them into the correct box. We asked the children what made them happy and sad.

PE we played the game duck duck goose….lots of fun and rolled the ball to each other calling out their friends name first. We practiced our ball skills throwing and bouncing the balls with some control.

In Little Forest School this week we celebrated Moon Day with Kate. A Chinese festival celebrating the Harvest moon. Children had the story of the moon cake and we looked for shapes and objects around the grounds that were round and finished off with a mud picnic making mud cakes, wood sandwiches and water green tea. A message from Kate ‘The children were brilliant looking for round shapes around the grounds. For each round shape the children were given a token to pop in the bag. We counted the tokens aloud. We had found 32 round shapes in the environment.’

Our music session we played ring games such as the hokey cokey and farmers in his den.

On Friday it was all about Mathematics! The children drew around themselves on big pieces of paper and we measured them to see how tall they were.

Next week we are looking at health and hygiene. How we keep ourselves safe and healthy.

See you Monday

Kind regards

Preschool staff