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Welcome to Pre-school Nursery 2020 - 2021

Our wonderful Pre-school Nursery is run by a qualified teacher and experienced nursery staff.  We have a fantastic setting with free flow indoor and outdoor provision and we work very closely with the main school to support transition across the school.

Teacher - Mrs L Smith
Supported by Mrs K Clift 

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Our next intake will be in September 2021

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Converting

Summer 1 ~ Week 1

We have had a great first week back. We have continued our learning about spring by exploring our minibeast collection. We have also been inspired by one of our pupils who is looking after some tadpoles at his house. We read ‘The Teeny Weeny Tadpole’ and learned about the life cycle of a frog. We have also found some tadpoles in our school pond which is at the top of the field. We are looking forward to watching them grow. We enjoyed our first dance session with Miss Katie, it was a lovely morning so we danced outside in the fresh air. It was a great way to start the day. We ended our week by celebrating St George’s Day. We read the story of St George and the dragon and talked about the history of St George. We then had great fun dressing up, building castles and painting our own flags. 

Spring 2 ~ Week 7

This week we have been learning about the Easter story. We enjoyed taking part in the Easter Experience where we visited the seven stations of the cross and learned about what happened in the final days of Jesus’ life. We made our own Easter Garden and looked at why we had added each feature and what it represented. We had Easter egg hunts around the garden and found all of the eggs that had been hidden. We also spent some time painting daffodils and investigations them up close by using a magnifying glass. 

Spring 2 ~ Week 6

This week it was all about learning from home. Every day we had different challenges to complete and we also attended the whole school assemblies at 2.30pm. We had the chance to use the Jotter video call App and it was lovely to speak to the children and see their little faces. On Friday morning we all joined together for a Zoom PE session. We got the chance to show our parents what we do in school! 

Spring 2 ~ Week 5

This week we were very lucky to have a visit from a Boa Constrictor and two bearded dragons. They came into school as part of our topic of ‘Why don’t snakes have legs?’ We saw the snake climb one of our nursery trees, we saw it using its muscles to move along the floor and Mrs Williams was very brave and held the snake around her shoulders. We also saw the bearded dragons up close and saw how they rotated their legs to move. We asked lots of questions and found out lots of interesting information about these reptiles which really helped us in our learning. 

Spring 2 ~ Week 4

 This week we have been growing plants. We received some seeds from the Innocent, Big Grow scheme and some potatoes from the Grow your own potatoes scheme. We spent time this week plating and watering them and the seeds will need a lot of looking after to grow string. We will need to keep them in our greenhouse and water them regularly. 

Spring 2 ~ Week 3

This week was our last Early Talk Boost session. This is a 9 week programme where children use their communication and language skills to boost their understanding. We have had great fun playing games, singing songs and reading stories about Jake and Tizzy. 

Spring 2 ~ Week 2

This week we took part in the #LetsCount Census project. We walked around our school looking for Spring flowers and counted how many of each flower that we could find. We used a tally chart to record our results and then displayed the information on a bar chart. We completed lots of maths activities throughout the week and on Friday we had to come into school wearing a number!  

Spring 2 ~ Week 1

We started the term with a Book Week. We focused on Traditional Tales and read a story every day. On Monday we came into school to find our home corner had been trashed! There was porridge all over the floor, broken chairs, ruffled beds. We read the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and we soon had our suspicions about who had done such things! On Tuesday we read The Gingerbread Man, we even had our very own Gingerbread Man who escaped from the oven and ran around the school! We had to run fast to catch up with him! On Wednesday we read The Three Little pigs and during our Forest school session we used, bricks, sticks and straw to build houses for our pigs. On Thursday we read Little Red Riding Hood and thought carefully about healthy and unhealthy foods. On Friday we read Jack and the Beanstalk, we all planted some beans and put them in the window to see what would happen to them. 

RSPB Wild Challenge Bronze Award Winners

We are very proud to announce that our Pre-school children have been awarded the RSPB Wild Challenge Award as part of our commitment to learning about nature and appreciating the world around us. This award involves completing a variety of tasks to ‘help nature’ and ‘experience nature’. We have done this through making bird feeders, creating animal homes, composting, planting, exploring different types of weather and observing animals and plants in nature.  We had a campfire and toasted crumpets and drank hot juice to celebrate. During our campfire it started to gently snow around us. It was a beautiful moment and will be a special memory for our children. ❄️

Spring 1 ~ Week 7

This week, the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. We read the story ‘Cleversticks’ written by Bernard Ashley. The children have loved playing in our Chinese Restaurant. They have been waiters, chefs, customers and cleaners. We have also been enhancing our maths learning about capacity by making and investigating coloured rice. The children filled a variety of containers and tubs and talked about full/empty and heavy/light. There was lots of dragon dancing in pre-school with our handmade Chinese dragons. We also talked about Valentine’s Day and made cards for people we love and had a great time pouring, mixing, stirring and creating in the, always popular, love potion messy tray! 

Spring 1 ~ Week 6

Our Book of the week was The Gruffalo’s Child. The children enjoyed learning about different animal tracks and used our small world tray to retell the story. It was also the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch so we made lots of bird feeders and took them down to Forest School. We packed our birdwatching equipment, warm clothes, binoculars, waterproofs, wellies and bird ID cards and went off to Forest School. The birds loved our feeders! We saw a collared dove, wood pigeons, great tits, long tailed tits and robins. The children stayed so quiet and loved watching the birds land on our feeders and eat the seeds. 

Spring 1 ~ Week 5

This week we were very lucky to have snow! We spent a lot of time playing in the snow, building snowmen, sledging, making frozen bubbles and making snow angels. Our book of the week was Big Bear, Little Brother, we found out about animals that live in the Arctic and then completed the blubber experiment to investigate how Arctic animals stay warm. 

Spring 1 ~ Week 4

This week has been all about ice exploration. It has been very cold outside so we went out to search for signs of frost and ice. We found so many interesting things and experienced the coldness of the frost and ice. We were fascinated by the ice balloons and the patterns that we could see inside them.

Spring 1 ~ Week 3

This week we have been learning about the composition of numbers up to 5. We have played lots of games to develop a deeper understanding of numbers. We also used whiteboards to record our scores and we even tried to write down the numeral. The children have enjoyed working in our new Message Centre and applied their phonic knowledge during our memory game. 

Spring 1 ~ Week 2

This week the children have been reading Elmer and the snow.  We talked about our own experiences of snow and the fun things that you can do in it.  The children talked about building snowmen, making snowballs, going sledging, making snow angels and slipping and sliding on the ice.  We are really hoping for more snow so we can make snowmen on our big field!  On Tuesday the children had great fun exploring ice, we used lots of words to describe the ice such as cold, wet, freezing, dripping, slippy, smooth and then explored the small world ice area trying to free the polar bears who were stuck in the ice.

Spring 1 ~ Week 1

It was lovely to welcome all of our Pre-school children back into school on Monday.  We loved seeing your photographs and hearing all about your adventures over Christmas.  We have had some new children joining our St Stephen's family and they have settled in well and are quickly making new friends.  We have particularly enjoyed the flurry of snow during the week and hope to get some more soon!

Spring Term

This term our children are thinking about 'Where does snow go?'  'Why does snow melt?' and 'How can we keep warm?' Explore these questions and more in this project about winter.  We will be thinking about:
• cold weather
• snow and ice
• melting and freezing
• keeping warm

Christmas fun 

We have had so much fun to celebrate Christmas at the end of this term.  We had a great time learning about the true meaning of Christmas and reading the Nativity story.  We retold the story in our Nativity role play area and in our Small World Nativity play.  We learned songs to help us tell the story and then performed the Nativity story on the big stage.  We recorded the performance so that our families could watch it at home.  We enjoyed working in the Santa's Workshop Role Play and played at being 'busy little elves'.  The children designed toys, made toys, painted toys, wrapped toys and put them under the tree for their friends.  We had a great 'Panto and Party Day'.  We watched Jack and the Beanstalk and had lots of giggles at the funny characters.  We then enjoyed some fabulous dancing and party games in the afternoon.  We were very lucky to receive a visit from Father Christmas who had brought us some presents.  We are so thankful to him for that.  On the last day of term we also had a visit from The Grinch, that was a bit scary!  He joined us as we were doing our Daily Mile but luckily Father Christmas was passing by so we came up with an idea to scare The Grinch away by chasing him around the playground.  It was great fun and we managed to melt the ice around The Grinch's heart to save the day!

Autumn 2 - Week 4

This week we have been celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week. Every day we have been learning a different nursery rhyme. We have used props to act them out and to sing along with. We have used puppets to put on performances. We went on a nursery rhyme Hunt to Forest School and we have even changed the words to some of the songs and made our own version. We have loved nursery rhyme week and are very proud to be World Nursery Rhyme Week Ambassadors! 

Autumn 2 - Week 3

This week we have been learning about Diwali, the Festival of Light. We opened up our Chatterbox and explored the artefacts that were in there. We talked about Rangoli patterns and created our own using paint and chalk. We made diva lamps by moulding clay and shaping it, we then painted and decorated them. We also learned about Remembrance; we made large suncatcher poppies to display in the big playground, we made fingerprint poppy paintings and we drew and cut out our own poppies to wear. We also had the chance to look at some real medals which was very interesting. We finished the week by dressing up in spots and crazy socks for Children in Need. 

Autumn 2 - Week 2

This week our Book of the week was ‘Don’t Hog the Hedge’. The children have been learning about hibernation and which animals settle down for a long sleep in winter. We have also had a busy week with more firework fun and we enjoyed using the firework glitter mark making and firework play dough. We also had great fun making our firework pictures. 

Autumn 2 - Week 1
Our Book of the week is Pumpkin Soup. We have been using pumpkins in our mud kitchen, we scooped out the seeds, chopped, stirred and mixed the soup. We took our pumpkins to Forest School and hammered golf tees into them. This really helped the children develop their hand eye coordination as they had to figure out how to hold the tee with one hand and use the hammer with the other. The tees kept jumping out of the pumpkin so the children had to show resilience to persevere with the task. We also had lots of creative firework fun.

Autumn 1 - Week 8

This week we have had a ‘Healthy Eating Week’. We started the week with our very own pumpkin patch which we had set up in the nursery garden. The children were able to choose their own pumpkin, put them in the wheelbarrows and pay for them at the till. We tasted porridge, like Goldilocks, and chose From different toppings such as bananas, raisins, jam and syrup. We also learned about Harvest and talked about all of the things we are thankful for. We made Harvest bread by mixing our own dough, rolling sausages and plaiting them together. They were delicious! To celebrate the end of our rainbow topic we ate food from every colour of the rainbow, this was a good way of tasting new food. We tasted tomatoes, peppers, oranges, melon, apple, blueberries and beetroot. We also played a great outdoor relay game where we had to take the unhealthy food off the dinner plate. We sang “we don’t want this on our plate, we want food that makes us great!” 

Autumn 1 - Week 7

This week we read The Monkey Puzzle. We talked about the babies of different animals and how some babies look like their adults but some creatures don’t. We have been working on comparing and sorting objects according to different features and have completed some excellent maths investigations. 

Autumn 1 - Week 6

This week we have been reading Elmer. We have talked about how we are all different and unique and that our friends love us for who we are. We have been continuing our work on sorting and comparing objects according to their colour and pattern. We had a huge job sorting out all of the wellies when someone threw them all over the carpet! 

Autumn 1 - Week 5

This week we have been reading The Rainbow Fish. We talked about how to be a good friend and how sharing our things can make other people happy but can also make ourselves feel good as well. We had great fun making friendship handprints, painting our hands, shaking hands with a friend and making a new colour. It encouraged lots of talk about how it felt with paint on our hands and how it felt slippy when we shook hands. We have also spent some time In maths sorting things Into different groups. We looked at some fish and talked about how the fish were different, spotty, stripy, pointy nose, long thin tail etc and made lots of different groups. The children then carried this on in the areas of continuous provision. We ended the week with a little gardening in our allotment. We are trying to get rid of the weeds (again) so that we can grow lots of nice plants. Watch this space! 

Autumn 1 - Week 4

This week our Book of the Week was The Invisible String. This is a beautiful book which explores the idea that everyone is connected by an invisible string.  It doesn’t matter how far away your loved one is, you are always connected. We made love heart kites and added different lengths of string on. We have been using lots of comparative language such as long, longer, longest. We put three love hearts in size order, made a love heart chain and drew the people who we love on them. We particularly enjoyed making love heart biscuits. They filled our classroom with the most delicious smell on Friday! 

Autumn 1 - Week 3

This week our learning was based around The Worrysaurus. This is a lovely book which explores the feeling of being worried about what is going to happen. The children talked about things that they got worried about and we talked about what we could do to let the worry butterflies out. We enjoyed making apple and blackberry pies with the apples from our tree. We also found out about a famous artist called Picasso. We looked at paintings from his blue period and pictures from his rose period and compared them. 

Autumn 1 - Week 2

This week our Book of the Week was The Colour Monster. The children enjoyed learning about how colours can reflect feelings and talked a lot about the different emotions in the story. We have sorted coloured objects; fed shape monsters; painted colour monsters; made blow paint monsters; wrapped coloured yarn and elastic bands around our own colour monster; used mirrors to look at our faces and expressed the different emotions in the story. We also enjoyed our first visit to Forest School, we looked for colours in nature; found lots of bugs and then spent some time being ‘green’ (calm and quiet) And listened to the sounds we could hear. We heard birds, leaves rustling in the wind, children’s voices, cars and then we were lucky enough to hear a helicopter! When it flew over we could see that it was a chinook.  The children were amazed at how big it was! We enjoyed making Emotion Potions and exploring what happened when we mixed bicarbonate of soda with vinegar. The children used lots of language when they described what had happened such as “its like a volcano, it’s fizzing, look at that big bubble, it’s overflowing, it’s made a new colour!” This led to lots of independent potion making in the water area. 

Have a go at playing the Shape Monster game by clicking HERE

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 Autumn 1 - Week 1

Welcome to our new school term.  We are looking forward to welcoming everyone into our Pre-school this week.  For the first few weeks of the term we have carefully selected these three books and planned lots of fun, exciting work around the stories.  We have based our planning around emotional literacy to allow our children time to reconnect with us, each other and the general day to day school routine.  These books will allow the children to explore their emotions and feelings, will develop their emotional vocabulary and will give them the tools to understand and describe how they are feeling.   Watch this space for more information; follow us on Twitter and please ensure you access your Tapestry account for lots more information.

You can listen to The Colour Monster HERE

You can listen to Patrice Karst read her own book, The Invisible String HERE

You can listen to The Worrysaurus HERE