Pre-School 2020 - 2021
Our Learning Journey
Summer Term 2:
Wow! What a busy term we’ve had! I can’t believe we’ve completed a full year. The children have made incredible progress this term. I am incredibly proud of everything the children have achieved throughout this year.
We started the term off by exploring Dinosaurs. We read the story ‘How to grow a dinosaur’ and planted our very own dinosaur seeds in the adventure playground. We couldn’t believe our eyes- when we watched back on our CCTV and saw that a dinosaur had been to visit during the night.
Whilst in forest school, we found some footprints, we followed these and discovered eggs. We brought the eggs inside and made a nest for them, we discussed what they might need. The children suggested wrapping them in a blanket to keep them warm. The children took great care of them and we watched to see them hatch. We had two baby dinosaurs!!
We ended the term, by celebrating all the children’s successes. Some children will be leaving us this term to begin their adventure in big school. We wish them all the luck in the world as they continue on their journey through education.
I wish you all a lovely summer and look forward to welcoming some of you back in September along with some new faces.
Miss Coen xx
Summer Term 1:
Well, what an amazing term we have had! The children continue to amaze me with their progress- I am so proud of everything they have achieved this term!
In Phonics, our groups have been working really hard, with some children beginning to confidently segment and blend cvc words. We have also been concentrating lots on our letter formation in order to master writing our names.
In Maths, we have been concentrating lots on subtilising, in order that the children are able to recognise numbers in all different forms. They have really impressed me with how well they have done with this!
Our topic for this term was ‘Growing’, we have planted herbs, vegetables and beautiful flowers in our outdoor area and it is really starting to look lovely. We also have been looking after some caterpillars and learning about their life cycle.
Here are some pictures to showcase all our of learning this term- I can’t quite believe we only have one half-term left till the Summer holidays- I’m excited to see what we get up to!
Spring Term 2:
Oh, what a lovely term we’ve had! We have had lots of fun exploring our topic ‘Under the Sea’. We’ve made lots of beautiful art work and learned all about the different creatures which live in the Ocean.
We’ve been blessed with some lovely sunny days so have been exploring the outdoors lots, we’ve got our very own Bug Hotel now- we can’t wait to see what creepy crawlies we find!
The children have been working extremely hard on their Phonics and Maths. I am very proud of them all!
Here are some fabulous photos to showcase our learning. I can’t wait to see what the children get up to after Easter!
Spring Term 1:
We welcomed some new children to Pre-School in January, so we began the term by looking at friendship and what a good friend looks like.
Following the child's interests, we have spent the rest of this term looking at lots of different types of animals. The children have been exploring what animals live where and how we can help to look after animals.
We have also been lucky to have quite a lot of snow, so we have spent lots of time outside exploring, constructing, and having lots of fun!!
The children have worked particulary hard this term on their maths and phonics- I am very proud of them all!
Have a lovely half term,
Miss Coen x
Autumn Term 2:
We have been enjoying learning all about Winter and celebrating Christmas over the past couple of weeks in Pre-School. We've been making Christmas Ice Decorations, writing letters to Santa, and wrapping parcels. We were even lucky enough to get a visit from Santa at Pre-School!!
I'm so proud of all the children over this past term, they have settled in really well and I look forward to making new memories in January!
Have a lovely Christmas.
Miss Coen x
This week we had a letter from a Superhero arrive at Pre-School. He asked if we could spend the week training to be Superheroes as he was looking for new recruits for his team! I can confirm that all children are now qualified Superheroes.
In Forest School, we used our superpowers to make bird feeders!
What a fabulous week! The children have been learning all about ‘Light and Dark’. They have loved exploring our dark den and finding out all about animals which are nocturnal. The children have even made their own clay hedgehogs, light and dark pictures and their own shadow puppet show!
We also had our school disco this week, the children loved showed off their best dance moves!!
It has been lovely welcoming the children back into Pre-School this week, I am so proud of how well they have settled back in. We’ve had a busy week, celebrating Bonfire Night. We have been learning about what happens on Bonfire Night and how to be safe around a fire. We even had our own bonfire in the forest and toasted marshmallows!
Autumn Term 1:
We’ve had a lovely week in Pre-School. We have been reading a variety of stories this week. After reading ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, the children decided they wanted to make their own potion and see if they could use it to make their own magnificent broomsticks. The magic potion worked!
I hope you are all have a lovely half term!
Miss Coen x
This week we have been exploring Autumn. The children went on a Woodland Walk and found lots of different autumnal objects to make their own Autumn Crowns. We discussed where pinecones, acorns and conkers come from and why the leaves change colour!
Next week, we will continue to explore Autumn and the events which happen throughout this season through a range of stories.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Coen x
This week we have been looking at people who help us. We have learnt all about the police force, the fire brigade and postal services! The children particularly enjoyed writing their own letters and posting them!
Next week, we are going to begin looking at Autumn. Can you collect any autumnal items over the weekend?
Miss Coen x
Wow! What a busy week we’ve had in Pre-School this week. We have been looking at how we take care of our bodies. The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the role play area and pretending to be dentists and doctors. It’s great to see the children using what we have talked about in circle time in their role playing.
The children have enjoyed this week so much, I have decided to follow their interests and continue to look at people who help us next week!
Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Coen x
In Pre-School we have been looking at our bodies. We have painted self-portraits and discussed what we look like and what makes us unique. The children loved looking at themselves in the mirror with their friends and discussing what made them the same and different.
Next week, we will be looking at how we look after our bodies and our feelings. How about having a look at how we take care of ourselves over the weekend?
Miss Coen x
This week we have been looking at Space and the Solar System. On Monday, we had a rocket land in Pre-School and an astronaut had left us a video message asking us to look after it for him! The children were very excited to have a go inside the rocket and fly into space. We discussed what we might see in space and have made our own mini rockets! I have been so impressed with the children’s imaginations and creative play.
Next week we will be looking at our bodies. How about having a look at the parts of the body over the weekend?
Miss Coen x
This week we welcomed the Pre-School children in for their first full sessions. I am very proud of how well the children have settled in. They have adapted so well to their new environment, rules and the pre-school team.
For our learning this week, we have been looking at the Earth through the story of ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have been creating Earth Marbling art work whilst discussing what the green and blue represent.
Next week we will be continuing our learning through the story ‘Here We Are’, but will be adapting this to look at space and the Solar System. How about having a look at what planets make up the Solar System at home this weekend?
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Coen x
Absence from School:
IMPORTANT - If you are off school due to illness or isolation, then our school learning will be available on Tapestry. Please refer to the email details that were sent out of how to access your child's Tapestry account.
“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 through a variety of topics and '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.
Welcome to Pre-School!
Class Teacher: Miss Coen
Preschool Assistant: Mrs Falato
We are all really looking forward to welcoming your children to Buglawton Pre-School. We can’t wait to get to know all the children and their parents/carers to support the transition into school.
To begin our journey this year, we will be completing a whole school project based on the book ‘Here We Are-Notes for Living on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers.
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:
The Preschool offers a bright and large indoor space with direct access into an inspiring outdoor area, allowing free flow throughout the day. It is our aim to ignite a child’s natural curiosity. 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.
What does a day in Preschool look like?
Please see the Social Story about Preschool to read through with your child here.
Our usual Preschool day begins at 8:40am with our morning session ending at 11:40. Our afternoon session begins at 11:50am ending at 2:50pm and includes lunch.
From September our Preschool drop off and collection times will be slightly different to reduce the amount of people on site at any one time. Our day will start at the usual time of 8:40am with our morning session ending at 11:40. Our afternoon session will begin at 11:30am ending at 2:30pm and includes lunch. All drop offs and collections will take place at the Preschool gate where you will be welcomed/dismissed by Miss Coen or a member of the Preschool team.
Although spaces are filling up fast, from September 2021 we will have availability Monday through to Friday, where we will be offering both full day and half day sessions. Our preschool day begins at 8:40am with our morning session ending at 11.40am, our afternoon session begins at 11:50am until 2:50pm and includes lunchtime.
A 15-hour funding allocation entitles your child to the equivalent of 2 full days and 1 half-day (either morning or afternoon) in our setting. You can of course choose to increase these sessions by 'topping up' your child's hours.
For all enquiries for September places please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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