Monthly Archives: May 2019

17th May 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

What a fun week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus was ordering different size triangles, using mathematical language to describe the position and making a Mr Rush on a lollipop stick. Lots of sticking, drawing and talking!

We were lucky with the weather on Monday and took PE outside, we played the very popular duck duck goose game, listening to the different instruction to move to different areas of the field. Plus, lots of running!

In our music session the children chose a singing card and something out of the surprise box.

At Forest School this week we looked for triangular brick in the spider’s web, climbing in and out of the web very carefully so not to wake the spider. There was lots of sharing using the trolley to collect different size pine cones and using the maps and pirate’s ship. On Thursday we stayed on site visiting little Forest School where we played fruit salad game, made potions/perfumes and soup, all had a go at leaf bashing and played the sticky weed game. A message from Selina ‘The children had great fun at Forest School carefully climbing into the spider’s web to collect different shapes, lots of interest in the maps and pirate’s ship and making soup. Please ensure the children have long sleeves tops and wellingtons, the stinging nettles are very vicious at the moment. Thank you’

On Friday we had a technology day, playing with the new bee-bots, programmable floor robots. Learning about programming, control and using directional language. We have new rules for them and the children were very good at telling the rules to each other. We used the sand timer to share the very popular silver bee-bot.

Dates and Reminders

  • Have you picked up an orange beaker by mistake? One of the children has lost his sippy cup.
  • Thank you for all your help last Sunday at the Hairy Legs manning the bouncy castle.
  • Friday 24th it’s Topsy Turvy Day a little celebration to say goodbye to Charlotte Smith who will be greatly missed. Children         and staff can dress up in pyjamas, clothes on back to front or the wrong way round, we’ll leave it up to you. We will have a         little tea party at the end of the day with yummy party snacks, if you would like to join us please let us know. 
  • Can you make sure your child has a named sunhat and drinks bottle please, it been very sunny this week, thank you.

Next week we are looking at rectangles, the colour green, Mr Grumpy and Little Miss Calamity.

Don’t forget we finish for half term on Friday 24th May, it’s half term the week after and we are back on Tuesday 4th June.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

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3rd May 2019-Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Just so you are aware we’ve have a couple of incidents of sickness this week. Yuk! Please remember to follow our health policy of 48 hours after the last bout of sickness and please can you let us know if your child’s been sick. Thank you.

What a busy week we’ve had!

Our adult led focus this week has been Mr Strong and Little Miss birthday. Lots of small brush painting and colouring! We have continued to look at 3D shapes during group time and the children are amazing. They are starting to recognise shapes all around them, naming them correctly and describing their individual features.

In PE this week we had an obstacle course. Climbing, jumping, balancing and rolling. The children are getting very good at changing independently after PE (even if their t-shirts or trousers are around the wrong way) they are doing it themselves! Brilliant!

In our music session this week we had musical bumps and musical statues and choosing to sing their favourite song.

Forest school- this week we went to Big Forest School at Withymead on the mini bus. It was such great fun to be back there again. The children learnt some new rules about our fire circle and we practised them again on Thursday. A note from Selina ‘Please make sure the children have welly boots even if rains not forecasted. They help protect the children against the nettles. They also need an extra pair of leggings/tracky bottoms, a long sleeved top and a warm fleece. Thank you.’

Friday we had lots of outside play and stories.

Dates and Reminders

  • The sign-up sheet for the hairy legs is on the easel outside preschool, please volunteer to help, so far we have just one parent.
  • As you all know we are due to close in July so we are starting to sort and dispose of all the resources. We are starting with broken older toys first. How you can help, we need each family to take a black bin liner of rubbish home. If you see a bag at the front of the building, please feel free to help yourselves and take it away. Thank you for all your help and support.
  • As the weather is getting warmer please ensure your child has a named hat and drinks bottle thank you.

Charlotte Smith will be leaving us at half term to take on a new role at a local nursery. Thank you Charlotte you have been a real asset to preschool and we will miss you. We will be having a Topsy Turvy Day with a Goodbye Tea Party on Friday 24th May for Charlotte. More details to follow, if you would like to join us wishing Charlotte a fond farewell please speak to Debbie or Denise.

Next week we are looking at circles and cylindrical shapes, its Mr Happy and little Miss sunshine.

Don’t forget its bank holiday on Monday, we will see you on Tuesday.

Kind regards

Preschool staff

Closure of Goring and Cleeve Preschool

Dear Parents and Carers

It is with sadness that we need to inform you that the outcome of the pre-school charity members vote is to close the pre-school at the end of the Summer term (the last day will be 24th July 2019) and dissolve the pre-school charity soon after (once any obligations have been met).

The committee would like to thank everyone that attended the meeting and the members that voted.

The pre-school will remain open and we will aim to run the administration and day-to day operation of the pre-school as normal (including activities such as PE and Forest School) until the last day of term, Wednesday 24th July.

For parents and carers who require childcare after this date, your local authority Family Information Service can help you find alternative childcare. The details for Oxfordshire and West Berkshire are as follows:

Oxfordshire: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/familyinformation 01865 323332

West Berkshire: www.westberks.gov.uk/fis 01635 503100

We will keep you up to date on the process, but please contact the committee if you have any questions regarding the closure of the pre-school. The volunteer parent committee would like to thank you for giving us and our staff your ongoing support at this very difficult time.

Many thanks,

The Pre-school Committee

committee@goringandcleevepreschool.org.uk