Autumn brings Diwali and Bonfire Night, plus Space and our Rhyme Challenge

We have had a very busy half term; Autumn has been a big interest for the children and they have been experiencing the changes it brings first hand. With some good weather, we have enjoyed Autumn walks incorporating environmental sounds (part of letters and sounds) and collecting of leaves. We had a story called “Leaf Man”, which then led to the children making their own pictures using leaves and other items they had collected on our walks. 

Mehndi patterns

We would like to thank Shreeja and Isha’s parents for coming into pre-school in their beautiful Sari’s and showing us how they celebrate Diwali. The children were very interested and asked lots of questions and we even got to try some lovely food! Some children made their own diva lights to take home and also got to experience mehndi patterns on their hands.

We would also like to thank the parents who helped on our recent cake stall and to all those who supported us by baking some wonderful treats and then coming along to also buy. To date we have made £76.33!

We have been talking about bonfire night and the children have shared their experiences whilst painting, sticking and using various construction materials to make things for our Bonfire Night display. In the school hall we have pretended to be fireworks and rockets shooting into the night sky and landing on the moon.



We followed on from talking about keeping safe and warm at the bonfire to making our own bread, the children enjoyed following a recipe, weighing out the ingredients and kneading the dough. The playroom smelt wonderful!

Over the next few weeks we will be following the children’s interests in space, night time and the dark.  

Our small groups for letters and sounds have been continuing with musical instruments, playing loud, quiet, fast and slow, listening to the different sounds the instruments make, also singing and following the actions to nursery rhymes. We have also introduced following a simple rhythm using the rhythm sticks.  

In our Kid Talk groups we have been using a ball to roll to one another, firstly saying the name of who we want to roll to. We have also been focusing on listening and attention, following instructions using farm animals, barns and fences and building towers.  

Letters for our REAL (Raising Awareness in Early Literacy) project will be sent out the week beginning 18th November. This is the start of our Rhyme Challenge. This will include nursery rhymes and Christmas songs for you and your children to learn together.  

We have been using the Egerton Primary School hall on Monday and Tuesday mornings where the children have joined in with ring games, sticky kid CD’s and body percussion songs.  

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club, this is now available from 7:45am until 6pm Monday to Friday. Please contact Louise on 01565 652340 or if you are interested.  We have also had quite a few children booked in adhoc which is proving successful.  

The children who have been staying for Hedgehog Club have enjoyed a wide range of activities and board games. We have visited the library where the children have been choosing books to bring back to pre-school and we also sat and read some books as well.  

We have been to Booths to get some shopping and the children enjoyed looking for the items on our list, putting them in the basket and then going to the checkout to pay.