Pre-School 2019 - 2020

Miss Hornby

Welcome to Buglawton Preschool!

Class Teacher: Miss Hornby

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Falato and Ms Sturge

“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 endevour 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 in woodwork or joinery and would like to help us please get in touch! Thank you smiley!


Autumn Term 1: 


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!



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 began 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 missplaced or not yet recieved 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 muc
  • h colder and wetter! Children must bring a suitable coat to 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



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 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 rhmye '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.

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