Pre-School 2019 - 2020

Miss Hornby

Welcome to Buglawton Preschool!

Class Teacher: Miss Hornby

Preschool Assistants: Mrs Falato, Mrs Sturge and Miss Painter

“1.6. Practitioners must consider the individual needs, interests, and stage of development of each child in their care. They must use this information to plan a challenging and enjoyable experience for each child, across all areas of learning and development.” Early Years Framework

Preschool is a wonderful time for your children to immerse themselves in new and exciting opportunities and experiences. We hope that by developing secure relationships with both our children and parents we can build on children's interests and recent experiences, creating a vital home-school relationship. We aim to respond to and enhance children's learning opportunities 'in the moment'. This approach ensures children's natural curiosities and ideas can be discovered with the support and encouragement of skilled practitioners and supports our whole-school vision to create curious, life-long learners.

Preschool Curriculum: 

The pre-school’s curriculum follows the foundation stage guidelines drawn up by the DFEE and is organised into 7 areas of learning. The Early Years Framework is underpinned by three vital themes: a unique child, positive relationships and an enabling environment which when effectively working together create quality learning and development opportunities for all children.

We endeavour to ensure that our practice supports and enhances these themes by responding to our learners 'in the moment' through skilled questioning and open-ended resources. Our children are encouraged to seek experiences within our provision that both inspire and challenge their learning. Children are given the opportunity to choose what or where they would like to play, rather than being directed to an activity by a practitioner. When the practitioner engages with the child, they carefully observe and enquire about the learning taking place, which in turn presents exceptional 'teachable moments'.

Our teaching team follows a three-step structure to our assessment of our learners:

1. The Initial Observation (and possibly the assessment)

2. The teaching of the appropriate next step

3. The Outcome

These assessments are recorded using our online tracking tool 'Tapestry' which can be accessed by parents/carers. Observations are linked to both the 7 Areas of Learning and Development and supported by the Characteristics of Effective Learning (playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically). 

Our Learning Environment: 

We believe that our learning environment is the 'second teacher' and work hard to ensure that our environment is enhanced following our children's curiosities. We drive this curiosity by embedding open-ended resources and 'real life' objects into our provision such as china tea sets and typewriters!

The resources within our provision provide opportunities for multiple outcomes across the 7 Areas of Effective Learning. We believe that children can still explore a theme, not through set activities but through carefully selected resources (e.g. At Christmas, loose parts, resources, colours and materials that reflect the season of Winter and the festival of Christmas are used).

We would love your help to create a Preschool PTA!

A PTA is a great way to bring together parents, teachers and your local community to raise funds and to support the school. If you would be interested in becoming part of our PTA please contact Miss Hornby or Mr. Jervis to discuss ideas further. 

We are also looking for any parents/grandparents/community members to support us in the creation of some wooden furniture to develop our Outdoor Area. If you think you have a talent for woodwork or joinery and would like to help us please get in touch! Thank you smiley!

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Our Learning Journey

Spring Term 2:


This week the Preschool children have continued their Phonics focus. In our provision, we have completed lots of phonics-based activities such as reading CVC words using magnetic letters and sprinkling flour over the top to see their shadows, initial sound bingo and writing in paint using cotton buds. 

We have also been talking about the importance of washing your hands and eating healthily. Most children can now independently apply soap before singing 'twinkle twinkle' twice then rinsing to ensure the germs are gone! Holly used the small world resources to recreate a school showing the children how to wash their hands and checking the children's temperatures with a thermometer!

Please be mindful that we do have some cases of chickenpox and tonsillitis in school and preschool at this time. It is really important to keep your child at home until the chickenpox have scabbed over to avoid spreading the virus. 

Things to remember: as an alternative to parents' evening, preschool parents/carers are invited to a Phonics workshop on Wednesday 1st April at 3pm or Thursday 2nd April at 4pm. This workshop will last approximately 30 minutes and will demonstrate some ideas and strategies to help support your child at home with phonics whilst preparing your child for their transition into Reception. Preschool children do not need to attend this workshop. Following the workshop, I will make my way back over to Preschool to share some activities that can be easily replicated at home and I will be available to chat with parents/carers who may have a concern about their child or their progress. 

Things to practise at home: washing our hands, eating healthy and making healthy choices in our lunchboxes.

This week's phonics sounds are:

The Alpaca's -          v

The Hedgehog's -         o


What a busy 'springy' week we have had in Preschool. We have been planting our very own seeds alongside sharing the stories Jaspers Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. The children have been talking about some of the things a plant needs to grow and a few children were able to write some words/sentences about the process of planting a flower - incredible!

On the art table this week the children were provided with lots of open-ended resources with a spring colour theme such as different materials and papers to collage and paints in the colours yellow, green and white. The children produced some observational paintings of the flower arrangements on the table and we were very pleased with the final results. 

As part of this week, we have enjoyed World Book Day where the children could dress up as their favourite book characters. A huge well done to Jake and Iris who won the chocolates for the Best Dressed Boy and Girl from Preschool. 

What can we practise at home? Writing our names using the correct letter formation

This week's phonics sounds are:

The Alpaca's -  ss      j 

The Hedgehog's - m     d


Welcome back to Spring Term 2. The children have loved exploring number this week and have been working really hard with their counting and number recognition. We have sung lots of songs where we have to count backwards such as 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, 5 little men in a flying saucer, 10 green bottles and 5 current buns in the baker's shop. We have matched pompoms to different numerals and searched for numbers in gloop before matching the correct amount of bugs to our jars. 

Some of the children have been speaking about fairies this week, following this interest we have created a fairyland in our small world area with lots of sparkly fabric. We have also had a fairy writing station where we have made lots of marks in a flour and glitter mixture. 

What can we practise at home? Number formation, counting forwards and backwards using number songs.

Spring Term 1:


Wow, how quickly has this half-term flown by! The preschool children have really enjoyed the snowy and windy weather and being able to explore the outdoors. Our focus this week has been around birds as we participated in our very own Buglawton Preschool's 'Big Birdwatch'. 

As a class, we have shared the story 'Owl Babies' and created a story map to help us remember the key events. It has been fantastic to see some of our children writing sentences about the story. If you look closely at our art table this week the children have been applying lots of cutting and collaging skills whilst creating their very own owls. 

On Tuesday we joined the rest of the school to celebrate 'Safer Internet Day'. We learned about how to stay safe online and all the exciting things the internet has to offer such as painting applications, watching paw patrol when we are on a long journey, listening to our phonics songs on youtube and face timing our family who live far away. 

In forest school this week Mrs. Sturge taught the children how to knot rope to secure their material into place to create tents. It was very windy and we loved watching all the leaves blowing around the school field. We used some of these leaves and twigs to make nests for the birds on our school grounds.

The Alpaca's - ll     ss

The Hedgehog's - i     n

We hope you have a wonderful half term filled with lots of fun and we look forward to welcoming you back to preschool after the break. 

Miss Hornby heart


Our week started with a fun-filled forest school session on Monday where we made mud pies for baby bear in the woods, rolled down hills, collected water in wheelbarrows and created some beautiful bark rubbings.

As we moved through the week we have had a big focus on mathematics and have worked really hard during our circle time activities to learn all about measurement with Finley the Fish by helping him to measure his friends using the language taller and shorter, matching Numecon to the correct numeral and using scales to find the biggest and smallest number of cubes. 

On Thursday we followed instructions to make cheesy-bread in Mrs. Sturge's breadmaker. Our classroom has smelt so delicious all day! We enjoyed our bread in the afternoon with some strawberry jam and butter. It was lovely to see some of the children using this new 'measurement' learning in our provision when measuring and pouring lentils and rice into a range of containers. 

As Friday was 'Number Day' at Buglawton we enjoyed a number hunt, Numecon shape pictures and lego counting in playdough. 

What can we practise at home? Number formation, looking for numbers in the environment and counting everything and anything!


The brighter and warmer weather this week has meant that we could spend longer lengths of time in the outdoors. We introduced a new class story 'We're going on a bear hunt' following the children's love of stories with a rhythm when reading. We are now able to retell the whole story without following any picture prompts or text!

As part of our outdoor adventures, we have made some honey-hoop bear feeders to try and catch our very own bear, dug for worms, explored our mud kitchen and made some natural object artwork. We particularly enjoyed exploring the musical instruments and ribbon hoops in the forest. 

During our indoor provision, we have practiced our painting, ripping and collaging techniques as we decorated our bear templates, made and explored chocolate scented playdough and used the ipads to create our own drawings on the 'Paint' application. 


On Thursday we had a quiet day in preschool so we made some green, blue and red slime! We loved watching as the texture changed when we added more ingredients and really loved it when Miss Hornby let us pour the slime all over the table so we could push it through our fingers!

The Alpaca's - ff  l

The Hedgehog's - t  p

What can we practise at home?  Follow and create a recipe together! You could even take a picture to show Miss Hornby your creations!


We had a very exciting start to our week in Preschool with a visit from the 'Unusual Menagerie' on Monday. We were able to stroke, observe and hold a variety of different animal species from Python snakes to flying squirrels and even a big white, fluffy Tanooki. The children were very brave and listened carefully to all the information about the animals, well-done preschool!

Later in the week, we continued our interest of Space by sharing the story 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers. The children were able to help me to write a set of instructions that would help Oliver to finally catch a star. Some children also worked with Miss Hornby to write a list of items they would take with them to space. These children independently chose their items and orally segmented the word before recording this on their rocket ship. 

On Thursday we were very excited to have a special visitor in Preschool. Mrs. Bonnell came to see us and bought her new bundle of joy Stanley to see us. We were very gentle with Stanley and sang him our favourite 'space' nursery rhyme 'Twinkle, Twinkle little star'. 

What can we practise at home?  Go outside when it is dark, or look out the window and talk about what you can see. Can you count the stars? Can you find the moon? Does the sky change from one night to the next?


This week the children have enjoyed reading space texts and creating solar systems within the provision. The children have explored small world astronauts and practiced their letter formation in the 'moon sand'. 

Some children have been some crazy inventors and have made parachutes and pom pom blowers using an 'I am an engineer' book with very little support. 

I have also seen some amazing construction work where children have been transporting materials around the room to create different buildings and designs such as zoos and farms. Pheobe used a new picture of Walt Disney's magic kingdom to build her own using a range of loose parts. She then used the ipad to photograph her creation! Great work Pheobe. 


We have had a big push on phonics this week. The children who will be leaving for Reception in September have been placed into two phonics groups 'The Alpaca's' and 'The Hedgehogs'. Your child will know which group they are in and below are the sounds we have covered this week. 

The Alpaca's - b f

The Hedgehog's - s a

What can we practise at home?  Let's get our fingers feeling funky! Some suggestions to develop fine motor skills are; use a baking tray and fill with rice, flour or lentils and practice making straight, curved and zigzag lines and clockwise and anticlockwise circles. Pegging socks and pants on and off the washing line. Buy or make some playdough and practice squeezing, pinching, pushing, pulling and rolling it into a sausage and ball shape. Use a pair of kitchen tweezers to pick up Maltesers and move them between bowls. 


This week it has been wonderful to welcome some new faces to our Preschool! Our new children have enjoyed making lots of new friends and exploring our resources and provision. This week we have talked about climate change and thought about different ways we can help save our planet and do our bit! We read a story called Charlie and Lola - Look after your planet, which taught us a little bit about how to recycle. 

This week our teacher-led inputs have had a maths focus as we have practiced forming the numerals 1-5 on our whiteboards, the children have been hunting for numbers within our provision too!

  • Mathematics Focus: Writing numerals 1-5, recognising numerals 1-5 and counting anything and everything (claps, jumps, stamps)!

  • What can we practise at home?  Talk about the things you do at home to help look after the planet (growing vegetables, turning the lights off when you leave the room, switching the taps off, making compost, recycling) and continue to practice number formation for the numerals 1-5.


This week we have been feeling very festive in Preschool. The children have been working really hard to learn their songs and actions for our Carol Concert next Wednesday. We have also enjoyed looking at the numbers on our advent calendar and eating the delicious treats inside. 

We had a visit from the Chronicle Newspaper this week to celebrate achieving 'good' in our OFSTED inspection. We are overjoyed with the amazing feedback we were given about the Preschool provision and the teaching and learning throughout Buglawton Primary School. 

  • Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h

This week will be our last week of Phonics sessions before Christmas. Next week we are focusing on individual readers before the Christmas break. Please make sure that if your child takes a reading book home it is handed into a member of the Preschool team to be changed next week.  

  • What can we practise at home? some animals live in cold places around the world, can you find out/talk about your favourite arctic animal? Being kind and helpful - how can you be helpful in your home?

Autumn Term: 


This week we have been working hard to practice our Christmas songs ready for our visit to Bradwell Court Care Home on Friday 6th December and our Carol Concert on Wednesday 11th December. 

Our Christmas singing has sparked lots of discussion about our own Christmas Traditions and the main man himself, Santa. Some children have been using Argos catalogues to choose their favourite presents to send to Santa in the form of a letter. This has provided a great opportunity to practice our communication and cutting skills.

Some of the children have been exploring 'I can be a chef/engineer/scientist' non-fiction books within the classroom. From these texts, the children have looked at the 'what you will need' section to gather resources from around the classroom before listening carefully to the instructions (or looking carefully at the images). 


  • What can we practise at home?  Talk about your family traditions at this special time of year, share winter/Christmas stories together, watch and sing along to the jolly phonics songs for our previously taught sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u) using the following link:


This week I have observed our Preschool children embarking on some amazing independent learning journeys within their provision. I am extremely proud and in awe of the developments our children have made in such a short space of time. 

On Monday the Preschool children went on a spontaneous walk of the local area where we looked at seasonal changes, threw 'pooh sticks' into the River Dane and discussed our local environment and homes. The children went into our local village shop and we looked at the different foods available and even bought some delicious brownies to take back to preschool to enjoy with some warm milk. On the way back home we stopped at Congleton Park where the children got to explore the play equipment (the zip wire was a definite favourite)! During our walk, the children spotted that they could see the moon AND the sun which sparked some exciting discussions and questioning "why has the moon not gone to sleep yet?"

Later in the week, we were very excited to find that the weather had started to turn our outdoor area into a 'winter wonderland'. The children had lots of fun discovering that our water beads had frozen and that Mr. Frost had delivered some exciting ice patches and frozen over our mud kitchen. 

Things to remember: 

On Friday 6th December Preschool children will be visiting Bradwell Court Residential Home to sing our Christmas songs to the residents. The children will leave at 12:30 and will return at 2:30 pm. 

On Wednesday 11th December Preschool and Reception will perform their Christmas Concert in the main school hall from 10:30-11:15. It would be great if your child could wear a Christmas/Winter jumper. If this is not your child's usual preschool session we would still love it if you can join us! Just bring your child along to preschool for 10:15 am and collect straight from the hall after you have watched the performance. 

  • Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u

  • What can we practise at home?  seasonal changes - what is happening with the weather, what do we need to wear, what do animals do in this weather? cutting with scissors - it is really fun to practice cutting playdough or jelly.


This week we have begun the process of developing our indoor provision so that children can independently access resources to enhance their own learning. It has been a pleasure to see the children creating their own small world areas using fabric and a range of natural materials.

Lots of children have been interested in making marks on paper, chalkboards, and whiteboards and are beginning to implement what they have learned in phonics into their play which is fantastic! It has been wonderful to watch the children creating Christmas lists to Santa, writing shopping lists and practicing their names. 

Things to remember: 

  • Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended our parents evening this week. It was an extremely positive and rewarding evening and I have been overwhelmed with your positive comments. If you did not manage to catch me this week but would like to, then please do not hesitate to contact me at to arrange a suitable time.
  • The weather is turning much colder and wetter! Children must bring a suitable coat, hats,
  • gloves, and wellies to each session. 
  • Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck

    What can we practise at home?  Name writing - what letters are in your name? what sound does your name start with? 


Welcome back to Preschool! We hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Autumnal break. This week the children have been very excited to begin a new Traditional Tale 'The ENORMOUS Turnip' as part of our Talk4Writing sessions. From this story we have enjoyed ordering different vegetables in accordance to size, rolling and estimating how far different vegetables will roll, vegetable printing and making turnip soup. 

Things to remember: 

  • On Tuesday 12th November and Wednesday 13th November we will be holding our whole school Parents Evenings. If you are yet to arrange a suitable time to meet with the Preschool team but would like to, then please do not hesitate to contact me at
  • The weather is turning much colder and wetter! Children must bring a suitable coat, hats, gloves, and wellies to each session. 
  • Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck

    Mathematics Focus: Measuring and ordering by size and height, making estimates

    All Together Interest Session: The ENORMOUS Turnip

    What can we practise at home?  following recipes, cutting different foods and vegetables, making shopping lists


Wow! we have made it to the end of our first Autumn Term at Buglawton Preschool. Our new starters have settled in beautifully with the great help of our returning children. This week Preschool turned incredibly spooky as we shared the stories 'Room on the Broom' and 'Funnybones'. The children have enjoyed rolling, digging, pulling and pushing with pumpkins and have even had a go at measuring and ordering them by size and weight. Another big hit this week was the water area where children were provided with measuring cylinders, funnels and cauldrons to make their own magic potions! We created some amazing colours and bubbles. 

Over the half term: Rest and enjoy the beautiful Autumnal weather! Enjoy walks in the park collecting natural objects to order and count, talk about the changing seasons and the signs of Autumn, carve a pumpkin, work together to create a delicious seasonal dish such as apple crumble or soup or collect leaves to cut and create a hedgehog picture.


I am very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Preschool on Tuesday 5th November (Bonfire Night!) 

Miss Hornby


This week we have been learning all about the post office following the Children's interest last week. We have watched and researched how the Post Office works and shared stories such as 'The Jolly Postman' and Postman Pat. 

From these stories the children extended their own learning to make porridge for goldilocks using the scales to weigh and find balance, posting letters to their favourite storybook characters through the numbered doors and creating mark making opportunities around the classroom. 

Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c

Mathematics Focus: Heavy and light.: which is the biggest? 

All Together Interest Session: What happens at the post office? 

What can we practise at home? measuring and weighing ingredients, numbers in the environment (what number is your house?) and tidying up our toys.


This week we have been learning all about 'things that go!'. Children have enjoyed playing with lots of small world vehicles, researching information online and using a range of materials to create boats, planes and trains!

We have been developing a variety of skill areas such as throwing and catching large balls, using our gross motor skills through using sponges to wash our outdoor cars, cutting and sticking and practicing our letter formation by carefully placing cheerios around our previously taught sounds. 

This week we have been practicing the nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill'. We have created our very own story map to help us to remember the words and can even use some sign language!

Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o

Mathematics Focus: Ordering by size

All Together Interest Session: Things that go!

What can we practise at home?  ordering by size (which is bigger? which is smaller?), writing our names and fastening buttons.


We have come to the end of another busy week in Buglawton Preschool where we have enjoyed spending lots of time in the outdoors. We went on an 'Autumnal Welly Walk' where the children collected a range of interesting objects that we later used on the investigation table to explore with the microscopes. The next day we used the leaves we had collected to print with. Some of the children mixed the three primary colours red, yellow and blue to create lots of new autumnal colours. 

In our provision this week we have loved the addition of 'pets!' in our home corner alongside some vet role play props and dressing up costumes. It has been great to see the children attempting to dress in the costumes independently. 

In our PE session, we developed our moving and handling skills by moving in and out of obstacles and practicing changing directions whilst moving safely. 

In phonics this week we have worked really hard on our listening skills and letter formation. We have practiced writing our weekly focus sounds 'm' and 'd' in paint pouches and glitter trays. We have also followed our sounds on paper using cheerios. 

Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d

Mathematics Focus: More and Less

All Together Interest Session: Pets! How do we care for them? 

What can we practise at home?  comparing groups of everyday objects (who has more? who has less?), getting dressed independently, climbing and moving between obstacles (perhaps a trip to the park!) 


This week the children have been learning the nursery rhyme 'Hickory Dickory Dock' as part of our 'Talk for Writing' sessions. We have been working hard to include British Sign Language Actions to support our rhyme retell. 

We have also had a very exciting visit from the 'Dental Playbox' where children were able to talk about how we look after our teeth, what happens at the dentist and even practiced their brushing techniques on some very toothie teddy bears!

Things to remember: 

  • On Thursday 3rd October the Preschool children will have a visit from Pets at Home. As part of this experience children will be able to meet some 'furry friends'! Please inform a member of the Preschool team if your child has any allergies to pets. 
  • We have begun distributing three important letters to the preschool children (local visits consent form, photography consent form and SCOPAY registration details). If you think you may have misplaced or not yet received and/or signed one of these letters then please see a member of the Preschool team. 
  • If you have missed the children's photograph opportunity this week, please do not worry! We will be providing an additional opportunity later in the year. 
  • The weather is turning much colder and wetter! Children must bring a suitable coat for each session. 
  • Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i, n, m

    Mathematics Focus: 2D and 3D shapes

    All Together Interest Session: Tractors and Harvesting

    What can we practise at home?  fastening coat zips, eating with a knife and fork and retelling your favourite nursery rhymes


Wow! September is already turning out to be a very busy and action-packed term, filled with lots of new learning and excitement. I have been extremely proud of how well the children have settled into their new setting and have quickly learned all of our routines. 

This week the children have shown great fascination in the season of Autumn and have enjoyed talking about life on the farm. We have been learning all about the different animals and why they are so important (sheep - wool, chickens - eggs). We have also completed a preschool litter pick where the children showed such care and concern for our environment. From this interest, we have started to develop a compost bin to do our little bit and help the planet!

Things to remember: 

  • Please bring a labelled water bottle for your child to access throughout the day. 
  • Children are encouraged to wear slippers inside and wellies are great to have in Preschool for those rainy days as we love being outside as much as possible. 
  • On Thursday 3rd October the Preschool children will have a visit from Pets at Home. As part of this experience children will be able to meet some 'furry friends'! Please inform a member of the Preschool team if your child has any allergies to pets. 
  • I am very aware that collection and drop off times in Preschool can be very busy and makes any kind of confidential or sensitive conversations tricky, please do not hesitate to arrange an appropriate time to meet with me to discuss any issues or concerns. 

Phonics Focus: s, a, t, p, i

Mathematics Focus: Repeated Patterns and 2D Shapes

All Together Interest Session: Come down on the farm! 

What can we practise at home?  Washing hands after using the toilet, fastening zips and shoes and remembering to use our pleases and thank yous!


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