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Summer Blog 19th July 2019:

This term has certainly been very busy once again; we have enjoyed visits from the Police (PCSO Chris) where the children were able to go inside the Police car, try on hats and jackets and find out about how the Police are there to help us.

The post lady Carole came to visit and the children were again able to have a look around the post van and find out how the letters and parcels make their journey from the post box to our letterboxes.

Mitzi came to talk to us about her job as a paediatric nurse. The children were able to try on uniforms and look at name badges, during our hospital role play the children made their own badges to wear.

Some of the children were also very keen to have some dressings applied to their arms.

We would like to thank all our visitors for taking time out of their busy work days to come and talk to us, the children certainly enjoyed finding out about different occupations and vehicles.

Some children have helped Jess (Jack’s Mummy)  and the staff decorate our flower for display in Wall Wood, the children enjoyed choosing different materials and bottle tops to decorate. Please go along to Wall Wood (on Tatton Street) to see the lovely display from other pre-schools and schools.

The older children have been attending their inductions at various schools over the past few weeks and it has been lovely to see them come back and share their experiences with us all, they have certainly enjoyed going! We have also had visits from Reception teachers and teaching assistants from the majority of schools our children are going on to attend.

Our caterpillars have been a source of interest also this term, we measured them daily and watch them grow before they wrapped themselves up snuggly in their cocoons, we waited patiently and were thrilled when two of them turned into beautiful butterflies. They are almost ready to fly the nest and we are sure the children will be delighted to watch them leave.

The staff are busy getting the end of term reports ready for their key children, these will be available to view on FAMLY.

We will finish our normal sessions on Tuesday 23rd July.

Pre-school will re-open on Wednesday 4th September; we hope all our children and families have a lovely summer.

Summer Half Term Blog:

This half term has certainly been busy once again; we have welcomed back some familiar faces and also some new families. All the children have settled into pre-school wonderfully and are enjoying a wide range of activities and visits to the school hall.

The older children enjoyed taking part in their own May Day for parents and other members of their families. For the first time in a long time we had to do one of our May Days inside due to the rain! Our thanks go to Mrs Hooper for the use of the school hall on the Wednesday afternoon.  The younger children provided the music and those that wanted to danced around the May Pole (we even had some parents join in too!) They are already looking forward to next year when it will be their turn to dress up as different characters.

We have started our ‘Mini-Olympics’, the children are enjoying going to the school hall and using the larger equipment. This will include large balance beams, climbing on and jumping off and landing safely, jumping two feet together through hoops, crawling through tunnels and choosing to do log or forward rolls. We are also including fine motor skills activities (cutting station, dough gym, pegs and threading pasta). Can we please ask parents to return the sponsorship forms by the end of term, every little bit helps!

REAL Project – Parents are currently getting involved with the REAL project and enjoying our environmental print hunt around the town. We are going around the town in small groups to places of interest; we are also arranging visits from the Police and Dental Hygienist for the beginning of next term.  Can parents please return the forms (available in the foyer) by Friday 14th June for a chance to win a book token.

On Thursday 6th June at 7:30pm we will be holding an Open Evening for the parents of our younger children and for the parents of the children joining us in September.

We held our first Open Morning on Saturday 18th May which was a great success; thankfully the weather cooperated and stayed dry so everyone could take advantage of the garden.

We finish on Friday 24th May and pre-school will re-open on Wednesday 5th June, we hope all our children and families have a lovely break.

Blog January 18th 2019:

Happy New Year, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Welcome back after the Christmas break which seems so long ago now! We have some new families and some families coming back with siblings and we look forward to getting to know them all this term.

Some children have chosen to make calendars this week, we have been looking at pencil and cutting skills, talking about what season their birthday falls in and decorating the pictures accordingly. We are also going to be looking at Winter this half term and the changes this brings.

We will be looking at birds and how to help them find food. We would appreciate if you could bring in any food so the children can make bird cakes (bird seed, cake etc.) but no nuts or bread please. We will also be making our own bird hide so we can watch the birds in our garden and use a list to mark which ones we have seen, we will also use ICT and books to help identify them. Our Winter frieze will also start over the next week or two, we are hoping the children will draw and paint their own bird pictures for the tree.

We are continuing to go to the school hall for dancing, ring and action games which the children are really enjoying.

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

 

Autumn Half Term 2018:

It has been a very busy start to the new school term; firstly we would like to thank all the parents that turned up to our AGM or volunteered prior to the AGM to join the commitee. It was a very successful evening and we were able to form a committee from both attendees of the AGM and parents who had put their name forward but were unable to attend. The first committee meeting was held on Tuesday 16th October at pre-school, the next meeting will be Tuesday 13th November at 7:30 again at pre-school. The committee are always looking for any volunteers to help with cake stalls or upcoming Christmas fund raising. There is a WhatsApp group for fund raising, please mention to Andrea, Louise or any staff if you are able to help in any way big or small, it is always very much appreciated. 

We have completed our REAL project on early writing (display is in the foyer), this has included lots of different activities to promote early writing. We have used ribbons in the school hall and in the garden, using our gross motor skills to make lines and circles, ‘painting’ the fence using large paintbrushes and pots of water, ‘Write Like A Superhero’, using light sabres. Then using conkers, paint and large tins the children rolled the conkers around the tin to make different patterns, this used elbow and shoulder movements.

The next phase will be the Rhyme Challenge; this will begin next term and will include nursery rhymes and Christmas songs for you and your children to learn together. 

We have been using the school hall on Monday and Tuesday mornings where the children have joined in with ring games, sticky kid cd’s, body percussion songs and used the large equipment to balance, jump and roll. 

We have continued with our Autumn walks looking for signs of Autumn, collecting leaves, conkers, horse chestnuts and anything else of interest. Whilst walking we are listening for the different sounds in our environment. Small groups for letters and sounds have been focusing on musical instruments, playing loud, quiet, fast and slow, listening to the different sounds the instruments make and following a simply rhythm. 

We have started our Autumn frieze where we are focusing on kind hands, talking about the golden rules of pre-school and seeing how many ‘kind hands’ will fall from the tree!

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

 

WELCOME BACK!

Welcome back to both our returning parents and those leaving their children with us for the first time. Our returning children are all settling back in to the pre-school routine and seem happy to be back!  Our new children are beginning to settle well and they are enjoying a wide range of activities and getting to know new friends. This term we will be talking about All About Me, looking at similarities and differences, people who are important to us. We will follow the children’s interests in these areas and see where it takes us!

We will start to go to the school hall when the children are happy within the pre-school environment (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings) for dancing, ring and action games which the children really enjoy.  This term will also see the start of our yoga sessions with Paula; these will take place in the afternoon. 

A couple of important dates for your diary!

We are holding a social evening at the Freemason’s Arms on Thursday 13th September at 8pm, parents who are new to pre-school as well as those returning for a second year can come along and meet other parents and find out more about the work of the Committee. We look forward to seeing many of you there. 

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at pre-school on Thursday 20th September at 7:30pm. This is an important meeting where we report on the previous year’s achievements and discuss future issues for pre-school. We also select a new Management Committee to run the pre-school for the next academic year. We request that at least one parent per family attends the AGM if at all possible. 

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

 

EGERTON PRE-SCHOOL HONOURS FAMILIAL HISTORY ON THEIR OWN 14TH ANNUAL MINI MAY DAY PROCESSION

EGERTON PRE-SCHOOL CROWNS THEIR VERY OWN MAY QUEEN, ALIVIA JACKSON, 154 YEARS AFTER HER GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER, ANNIE SARAH POLLIT WAS CROWNED KNUTSFORD’S FIRST EVER ROYAL MAY QUEEN

KNUTSFORD based Egerton Pre-School, on Bexton Road, will be honouring family history this May Day, by crowning Alivia Jackson, the great great great great granddaughter of Knutsford’s first ever Royal May Queen, Annie Sarah Pollit. 

To celebrate the OFSTED Outstanding rated pre-school’s very own 14th annual May Day procession, Alivia Jackson will be crowned May Queen by the pre-school’s crown bearer. The procession will also be led by the traditional man on the horse, followed by Jack O’Green, a wedding party and Maids of Honour, to name but a few of the characters.

Many of the children taking part have siblings walking in the real procession, and are excited to be able to celebrate this community tradition themselves at their pre-school. They are able to act out their experiences through play, enabling them to develop and learn.

Both parents and the older pre-school children have enjoyed this tradition for almost 15 years. Parents are invited to come and watch the procession in the beautiful garden surrounding the pre-school, as the children pass through the grounds, and the parade culminates in a traditional Maypole dance.

The children are even invited to sand the playground before the parents arrive, adding yet another colourful dimension to this celebratory reenactment.  

Andrea Jackson, Manager, says:

“This wonderful tradition is our very own take on Knutsford’s May Day. Our families are able to experience their very own piece of pre-school history and enjoy an important experience from both an educational perspective and traditionally, helping our pupils to learn about the community in which they live.

“We are proud and pleased to be able to crown Alivia as our May Queen this year, it feels a very poignant moment in both our and her history.”

Egerton Pre-School Knutsford is rated OFSTED outstanding and is currently accepting registrations for September 2018. The pre-school is set within a beautifully purpose landscaped garden and accepts children aged from 2 and a half years to school age. For more information about the pre-school, please email enquiries@egertonpreschoolknutsford.co.uk

Children at Egerton Pre-School Knutsford celebrate May Day with their own procession and maypole dancing.

May at Pre-school

We started off the term with our fundraiser Mini Olympics which the children all enjoyed taking part in, they showed off their balancing, climbing, jumping and crawling skills as we used the large equipment in the school hall and also the alfresco in the pre-school garden. A big thank you to all the families that sponsored the children. 

We have also enjoyed celebrating our own ‘Royal’ May Day this term, the older children all dressed up and walked the procession in the pre-school garden for parents, grandparents and the reception class and their teachers. The younger children enjoyed dressing up on practise days and playing music for the older children. They are looking forward to taking part in their own ‘Royal’ May Day next year at pre-school. 

We have continued to look at initial sounds during our small groups for letters and sounds. We also have been playing listening games and continuing our environmental walks in the garden and on the school field. We are also looking at shapes and numbers, playing shape and number hunts in the garden and playing lots of number/shape games encouraging turn taking. 

This term sees the third part of our REAL project which is Environmental Print, letters are being sent home explaining the fun way of noticing print in the environment. The forms for the Environmental Print Hunt are in the foyer, please help yourself to one and return to pre-school by Friday 8th June. There will be stickers presented to the children to celebrate the end of the event and all forms returned by 8th June will be entered into a draw to win a book token. 

Over the coming weeks we will be looking at People Who Help Us and road safety, we will be arranging visits which will include a post lady, fire and police. If any parent would like to come along and chat to the children about their job of helping people the children (and staff) would love to hear from you. 

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested. 

Letters and sounds

2 March 2018

This term we have been looking at the initials of our names, looking at how our initials are formed and their sound. Our small groups have been focusing on letters and sounds, using words that rhyme and some words that don’t rhyme, working as a group to find the odd one out. We have also been using different mediums to mark make, shaving foam, coloured sand and chalk.

Before half term we continued with our Spring walks, listening to the different sounds in the environment, can we hear any birds? What other sounds can we hear?

We had pancakes for snack on Shrove Tuesday, the children helped to make the pancake mixture in the morning and then in the afternoon Sarah demonstrated her pancake making skills to the children (she even tossed and caught the pancake!)

We also celebrated Chinese New Year, we decorated our own Chinese Dragon and then took part in dancing in the hall to Chinese music using our own dragon head with capes. We learnt all about Nian and how the villagers scared him away with loud noises and how they decorated their houses in red. We made our own lucky red packets (with some chocolate coins inside). We retold the story of how each Chinese year got their name, the children were very interested in which animal was going to win the race.

This term we will be again taking part in the REAL project and a story bear will be coming home with a book for one sleepover, to listen to you and your child share the book together. Please pop a photograph on your child’s Tapestry and share your thoughts on the story.

We will of course also be talking about Mother’s Day and Easter and hopefully an Easter Egg hunt in the garden.

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

19th January 2018

Happy New Year, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Welcome back after the Christmas break which seems so long ago now! We have some new families and some families coming back with siblings and we look forward to getting to know them all this term.

We are looking at Winter and the changes this brings, we are also going to look at birds and how to help them find food. We would appreciate if you could bring in any food so the children can make bird cakes (bird seed, cake etc.) but no nuts or bread please. We will also be making our own bird hide so we can watch the birds in our garden and use a list to mark which ones we have seen, we will also use ICT and books to help identify them. Our Winter frieze will also start over the next week or two, we are hoping the children will draw and paint their own bird pictures for the tree.

We have started to the go to the school hall for dancing, ring and action games which the children are really enjoying.

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

Christmas!

1 December 2017

We have introduced the lovely story of the Nativity using our special dolls this week (November 25th). We are now moving on from telling the story to encouraging the children to dress up as the characters and play the story.

Every child will be able to enjoy this activity, doing as much as he/she feels comfortable with, this way every child should at some time, play the people they would like to. The children will also enjoy making props for their Nativity and the Nativity frieze.

Nativities:

The older children (starting big school September 2018) only will perform the Nativity to their parents. The younger children (starting big school September 2019) will have the chance to show off their acting skills to an audience next year.

Older children’s parents (starting big school September 2018) are invited to watch their Nativity in pre-school on:

Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Monday 18th at 2.30pm, there are limited spaces for parents whose children attend Thursday only, as we will be joined by reception children.

If your child does not attend on a Thursday, Friday or Monday they will be invited in to take part on Friday 15th as this is a smaller session. Please see your attached sheet on your Arrangements for Parties and Nativities letter.

You will notice that we will begin decorating the play room for Christmas, we will have a Christmas workshop for the children to access, this will include making some friezes for the wall, Christmas cards and a lovely surprise which we have started this week! Ssssshhhhhh!!

Christmas Parties:

Pre-school finishes for the Christmas break on Monday 18th December at 3:00pm, however on Tuesday 19th December we will hold two Christmas parties, one between 9.00am – 11am and the other between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. A list has been attached to your Arrangements for Parties and Nativities letter; please fill in the reply slip and return to pre-school as soon as you can.

Presents for your own child need to be brought into pre-school BEFORE the party day, please make sure they are clearly labelled with your child’s name and are no more than £5.

REAL Project:

You all should by now have received the rhymes we are learning for our Rhyme Challenge which is part of our REAL project.

The Rhyme Challenge includes some of our Christmas rhymes and some well known nursery rhymes.

Once you feel your child knows each one confidently please tick them off the list in the foyer at pre-school.

You will then be invited in on your child’s last session before Christmas to see them receive their certificate.

Autumn half term…

21 October 2017

 

We have had a busy and interesting half term. The children have enjoyed lots of autumn walks where we have been looking for signs of autumn and listening for environmental sounds.

We have been using the parachute in the garden playing games and enhancing the children’s listening skills. We have also been looking at birthdays during the autumn and adding to our birthday frieze, whilst also looking at families and family trees. Many thanks to those who shared some lovely family pictures for our wall.

The children continue to enjoy going to the school hall where we dance, sing, play ring games and also do some body percussion.

Small groups are also continuing and we are enjoying playing dominoes, snap, shape and lotto games, following rhythms with musical instruments and playing music quiet, loud, fast and slow.

Paula has been in to continue her yoga sessions which all the afternoon children are enjoying, we have been finding out about Diwali and the story of Prince Rama and his wife Sita, making diva lights and looking at mendhi patterns.

The children have also been making hedgehogs using salt dough for the body and spaghetti for the spikes.

After half term we will begin introducing our kindness tree, talking about kind hands in pre-school, being kind to our friends and introducing the Golden Rules within pre-school.

We hope you have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you all in the week beginning Monday 30th October.

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

Autumn term at pre-school

 

We have continued to enjoy our autumn walks through pre-school and onto the school field, looking at the different colours of the leaves and looking out for conkers and chestnuts and anything else we happen to see on our walks. We have also been listening out for environmental sounds and singing some lovely songs!

We have been making hand prints using some lovely autumn colours; we are using these for our Kindness Tree. Every child will have an autumn hand print ‘leaf’ on the tree and we will be looking out for kind and helpful hands throughout the sessions. We will also be talking about the golden rules of pre-school (being kind to our friends, helping to tidy, no running in the playroom, just a few of our golden rules)

We will be finding out about Diwali, making divas and salt dough/clay hedgehogs using spaghetti, also listening to the story of Rama and Sita.

We are still hoping to add to our family frieze, if you haven’t already sent a family picture in could you please bring in one photograph for us to display on our wall. This will give us a good talking point with our key children!

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

This week at preschool…

2 October 2017

 

Our children are continuing to settle back into the pre-school routines and all our new children seem to be settling nicely.

Paula has started our yoga sessions in an afternoon, the children are all enjoying taking part, they are listening to the story ‘Yoga Babies’ and then trying out some of the yoga positions and using the extension ball for breathing.

We have been enjoying the garden, going on walks and looking at the changes that Autumn brings.

We are looking at our names and initials, playing games in small groups, rolling the ball to one another and saying our friends name before we roll. This is helping the children learn everyone’s name and build up relationships with adults and peers.

At group time we have been clapping out the sounds in our names and seeing how many claps our name has.

Next week we will be looking at birthdays and seeing which season we were born in, we will start with our Autumn birthdays using balloons and hedgehogs on the playroom doors.

We would really like to see our children’s families, could you please bring in one photograph of your family for us to display on our wall. This will give us a good talking point with our key children!

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to both our returning parents and those leaving their children with us for the first time. Our returning children have all settled back in to the pre-school routine and our new children are settling well and enjoying a wide range of activities and getting to know new friends.

We have been going to the school hall for dancing, ring and action games which the children really enjoy. This week will see the start of our yoga sessions with Paula; these will take place in the afternoon.

We have also had our AGM which was very well attended by a number of families; we have an eager committee who would welcome anyone interested in joining the team to help fund raise.

We are continuing with Hedgehog Club for our three year olds; this is available on certain days, please enquire if you are interested.

Summer Fair:

 

The summer fair held at pre-school at the weekend went brilliantly, and it was great to see so many of you enjoying the stalls we had on offer, the delightful drinks and the fantastic food!

 

The weather held out for us and there were some incredible goals on the penalty shoot out, 100% success rate on the treasure hunt, some very happy raffle winners, many rats were splatted and there was some amazing face painting!

 

Thanks to everyone who helped, baked, organised and attended. We will keep you posted with the fundraising total.

Summer Blog:

 

So far this half term has certainly been very busy once again; we have been looking at People Who Help Us in the community and have had some lovely visits from the Police, Doctor, Hygienist and Post lady. The children have enjoyed listening to how they do their jobs, have tried on Police and Post uniforms and even had a sit in the Police car and Post van. The Doctor explained about our hearts and exercise and the Hygienist showed us how to brush our teeth and we talked about healthy eating.

To promote the REAL project strand for early writing we have followed these visits up with lots of role play based around different occupations, we have provided our children with lots of different opportunities for mark making and writing. These have included making appointments for the hairdressers and doctors, writing out prescriptions for the patients at the doctors and in the hospital, representing numbers for the medicine.

We have been continuing with our dough gym and have been using the ribbons in the school hall to aid our gross motor development. The children have also enjoyed using water buckets and large paintbrushes in the garden to ‘paint’ the fences, tree house and anything else they could find! We will be using shaving foam and coloured sand to encourage the children to mark make in different ways.

Parents could follow this up at home by letting their children see them write, encouraging them to make their own shopping lists, write birthday cards or invitations for picnics or tea parties. Draw treasure maps or road maps, adding signs. When you are out and about look at the different writing around like food signs in the supermarket, advertising on buses and lorries, signs in shop windows.

Our caterpillars have arrived and we have enjoyed measuring them every day to see how much they have grown, we have also been listening to caterpillar stories. We hope we get some butterflies later in the term as they are already cosy in their cocoons!

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday. This has been opened up to our 3-4 year olds until 4.30pm on an ad hoc basis.

Half Term Summer Blog:

 

This half term has certainly been very busy once again; we have welcomed back some familiar faces and also some new families. All the children have settled into pre-school wonderfully and are enjoying a wide range of activities and visits to the school hall.

The older children enjoyed taking part in their own May Day for both the reception and year 1 classes; we also had some parents join us on these days as well as performing for other parents on Tuesday 9th May. The younger children provided the music and danced around the May Pole, they are already looking forward to next year when it will be their turn to dress up as different characters.

We had a lovely surprise visit from Ellie from Tatton Farm who very kindly brought along some lambs, the children enjoyed watching them run around our garden and some children had a stroke of them before they left to go back to the farm.

We had a very successful open evening on May 8th for our current younger children and those who will be joining us in September. We would like to thank those members of the committee who gave up their evening to host the event.

We are currently doing our ‘Mini-Olympics’, the children have all enjoyed going to the school hall and using the larger equipment. This has included large balance beams, climbing on and jumping off and landing safely, jumping two feet together through hoops, crawling through tunnels and choosing to do log or forward rolls. Can we please ask parents to return the sponsorship forms by the end of term, every little bit helps!

REAL Project – Parents are currently getting involved with the REAL project and enjoying our environmental print hunt around the town. Also we are going around the town in small groups to places of interest; we are also arranging visits from the Police and Dental Hygienist for the beginning of next term.

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday. This has been opened up to our 3-4 year olds until 4.30pm on an ad hoc basis.

We will finish on Friday 26th May and pre-school will re-open on Wednesday 7th June, we hope all our children and families have a lovely break.

Half Term Spring Blog:

This half term has certainly been very busy once again; we have been looking at the areas of Reading, Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure.  We have enjoyed finding out about rhyming, reading rhyming books and playing rhyming bingo. We have also played number bingo and had shape hunts in the garden as well as playing lots of shape games.

We have been sharing our favourite stories and some parents came along to read to us, a HUGE thank you to those parents who took time out of their day to share stories with the children who certainly enjoyed having someone different reading to them.

We have been looking at different ways of mark making, providing lots of opportunities and resources to ‘write’ during role play, we have also been using sand trays and shaving foam to draw shapes, our initials, wriggly lines, straight lines.

The children have enjoyed practising yoga with Paula leading the activity in the hall and in the pre-school garden. The children have been listening and have enjoyed trying out lots of different poses and games each week.

Most of the children were happy to make a Mother’s Day card each choosing their own materials and thus each one being unique. At Egerton Pre-School we don’t believe in product over process.

We will be offering the children lots of opportunities to make Easter crafts over the next few days, these will include Easter cards, Easter nests, decorating eggs along with Easter stories – ie. Greg’s My Egg, Little Lumpty, Spot’s First Easter.

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

We will finish for Easter on Thursday March 30th and pre-school will re-open on Tuesday 18th April, we hope all our children and families have a lovely Easter break.

Spring has finally arrived!

We were unable to use the school hall today so with a quick improvisation the children and myself set up in the garden, it was so nice to be outside without coats on! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful outdoor space and weather permitting this would be our preferred area to practice yoga.

The children love to be in the garden within nature and as we began, as we always do, by quietly sitting with our eyes closed, we all suddenly noticed how loud the birds were singing. With big smiles on their faces the children took a few deep breathes to relax and have a little think about how we are feeling today, we had happy, tired, good and I feel like flying with the birds.

The children are so good at this now and always impresses me at how well they sit and quickly become relax and focused. If the only thing you have time to dUntitledo with your children either at the start of the day (difficult, I know all to well!) or at the end of the day before bed, then this would be a great practice to do together as it provides opportunity to empty and still those busy little minds.

As we were in the garden with went with a jungle animal theme as prompted by the children. We explored our imaginations while practicing poses as birds, trees, snakes, tigers and bears. Well done little yogis, lots of listening, concentration and great following direction skill building as well as physical development.

Yoga blog

Another wonderful yoga session this week in the school hall, lots of dancing, poses, giggles and smiles and that was just from the staff, they are definitely getting more flexible!

This week was very similar to last week’s class as I am interested to see what, if anything, the children had remembered from the week before. They didn’t disappoint, I only had to say the pose and most of the children went straight to it showing me their excitement that they had remembered. So I turned our musical yoga statue game around on them. As the music stopped the children ran back to their mats and quickly put their hands up to suggest a pose…DOWNWARD DOG! Amazing, I hope this is an activity that we can continue after my degree is complete as myself and the children are learning and developing lots of skills.

Namaste.

Paula.

yoga

 

Half Term Spring Blog:

This half term has certainly been very busy, we have been exploring Winter using books and technology, drawing and painting our own pictures of polar bears, penguins and other arctic and Antarctic animals.

We celebrated Chinese New Year, making our own dragon head and using it for dancing in the school hall, learning about Nian and making our own lucky red packets.

We have also been building using different construction materials (wooden blocks, duplo, lego, building bricks, 3D junk models)

The children also enjoyed making biscuits, weighing and measuring their ingredients.

Looking after the birds has been an interesting activity, the children made bird feeders to take home and also some to put in our pre-school garden, we talked about helping the birds to find food during the winter months when the ground was hard. We did some bird watching from the tree house, keeping a tally of how many birds we saw, this was followed on by making salt dough and making our own birds. We used books and tablets to find out about the different species and colours of the birds.

Discovering shapes has also been an interesting activity, shape hunts in the garden, looking for shapes in the environment and drawing and cutting out shapes.

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Yoga sessions

Our Yoga session took place in the school hall again this week and as it was so successful the sessions will continue this way. The school hall provides the children with the freedom to move around and express themselves as they feel.  Your children were amazing this week and reassured me that yoga is a wonderful activity to do in the early years foundation stage, they inspire me each week.

We had a great session on Friday as we began with some relaxing breathing to centre and calm ourselves. We then warmed up by stretching high to the sky like giraffes and bending low to touch our toes. I was very impressed with the children’s stick insects (plank) and their brilliant interpretation of snakes (cobra) and frogs

I intend these sessions to be fun and expressive so they are not quite like a yoga session that us as adults would attend. The children enjoy movement through space but it is also important to have their own personal space too. This week I introduced mats, but they weren’t confined to them. We used all the positions that we have been learning to play a game of musical yoga. The children and adults were encouraged to dance around the room to music, when the music stopped they all had to get back to their mats and copy my position. When the music started again it was off to dance again, the children had some seriously good dance moves! Their memory skills are growing each week.

Once the game had finished we sat down and without me prompting a few of the children noticed that they were warm and their hearts were beating fast. This was great for them to recognise the changes in their bodies that exercise makes. As we sat to do relaxation we focused on our hearts as they slowed back down while we took some deep breathes in to smell a yummy chocolate cake and then slowly blow the breath away to blow the birthday candles out.

Thank you little yogis,

Namaste.

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We are back in the swing of things at Pre School and embracing the cold winter weather. Our yoga sessions have begun again on Friday mornings and the children have got straight back into it, I am amazed by how much they have remembered. Our session is currently taking place in the school hall in a larger group, but I may do some smaller groups too back at Pre School. Today we spent some time concentrating on our breathing while feeling our chests expand, we were beautiful butterflies, hissing snakes and crazy cold cats.

Thank you to all of you who have filled in the Yoga questionnaires and given consent for your children to be part of my research study. I am over whelmed by all of your kind, supportive and encouraging words. I am very excited to see where this study will go. Many, many thanks, I will keep you all updated and please feel free to find me with any questions.

Namaste

Paula

Chinese New Year

We have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year, we told the story of Nian and the children re-enacted the story decorating the foyer in red and playing musical instruments loudly to frighten Nian away.

We decorated our dragons head ready to dance in the school hall, we used red cloaks and danced to Chinese music. We had a Chinese restaurant where we tried very hard to use chopsticks and take orders for food.

We finished off the week making Lucky Red Packets, the children counted out coins and made Chinese number symbols on the front of their packets, they also had a chocolate coin inside!

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Welcome back after the Christmas break which seems so long ago now! We have some new families joining us and we look forward to getting to know them all this term.

We have had the excitement of snow on our return and some of the children enjoyed playing outside making snowballs. We will continue to look at Winter and the changes this brings and also talk about Chinese New Year.

We have been going to the school hall for dancing, ring and action games which the children really enjoy.

We are continuing with our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Monday – Friday for our older children going to school in September 2017. This is available from 8am Tuesday – Friday with a 5:30pm finish on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Yoga blog!

18 November 2016

Wow we had a great yoga session today in preschool. The children are really taking to this activity, so much so that children came to me asking to be part of the session without me even mentioning it. I am so proud of you all.

To begin with we sat quietly with our eyes closed and focused on our bodies and minds. We had a think about how we were feeling today and there were some very interesting comments. As adults we all experience many feelings daily and children are no different. Yoga is not only for strength of body but our minds to. This activity can help children cope with conflict, manage and express feelings positively.

After, we practiced poses up high in the mountain then down low forward bending to our toes. We had a lovely cool down with some chilled music, lying on the floor listening to our breathing while relaxing our bodies. We really had to try hard not to fall asleep, I think I struggled the most!

Namaste yogis

Settling back in to pre-school

7th November 2016

We have been settling back into the pre-school routines and welcome the families of Noah and Finn as they start their pre-school journeys.

We have been talking about bonfires and fireworks, making some wonderful pictures for our bonfire display and remembering the noises that the fireworks made.

The children were very interested in the poppies that the staff wore and this started a discussion about them, we had a chat at group time and the children were keen to make their own poppies to take home as well as paint some wonderful pictures of poppies.

Some of the children have been playing in their own band and we have followed this on by small music groups, encouraging the children to use different musical instruments and play quietly and loudly, fast and slow, seeing how the sounds can be changed.

We are continuing with our autumn walks and listening to the different sounds as we walk along.

Our yoga journey so far

28 October 2016

Its been a busy first half term and your children have been a credit to you all having settled into new routines or getting back into old ones, one being our amazing new yoga sessions. Their enthusiasm inspires me.

Today we had some fun with a Halloween theme. We were spooky houses and trees, owls, skeletons and pumpkins with some very spooky sound effects! We ended by practicing sitting in a crossed leg position, listening to our breathing while feeling our chests move up and down.

I am happy to say that we are going to continue our yoga sessions next half term.  The children have fully embraced this new activity and have really enjoyed taking part, we have had a lot of fun. During the last few weeks I have introduced yoga to the children in a fun, relaxed interactive way.  We have listened to stories, played games and role-play.

Next half term I will be introducing a 6 week challenge to the children, this will take us up to Christmas where at the end the children will receive a yoga diploma certificate. We will be practising new poses, which require a little focus, concentration and balance with a bit of relaxation too. These are all great life skills to gain and I am sure a lot of fun too!

 

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26 October 2016

With autumn well on its way, we have been looking at how the season is changing and noticing what is happening in our preschool garden. All week we have been collecting colourful leaves, conkers and apples. We noticed that if we sit still and quiet in the garden that we can hear, feel and see the leaves falling around us. This is a very simple 30 second activity but one that the children really enjoy. To be able to sit still, relax, appreciate our environment and just breathe is a great skill to have in our busy world.

As always the children amaze me with their enthusiasm and involvement during our yoga session.  We shared our ideas about what happens in autumn in small groups and incorporated yoga poses around an autumn story. This week we became autumn trees with falling leaves, full moons high in the sky, farmers on tractors harvesting food and spikey hedgehogs getting ready to hibernate.

Namaste,

Paula

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Our play this week

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We have enjoyed shop role play this week, using the tills and money, mark making and taking turns. The children really enjoyed interacting with each other in this way.

Following on from the children making cakes in the playdough and sand, we have been making fairy cakes; everyone loved weighing and mixing the ingredients and then icing their cakes. We also enjoyed stories about making cakes, remembering the ingredients we used in our own cakes.

We have also had great fun playing a Kim’s game; placing objects on a tray and then remembering which one had been taken away.

We made some clocks to help the children understand the preschool routine, the children really focussed on cutting out their clocks and deciding what time they wanted to show.

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11th October 2016

We are very excited to tell you that we have started holding our very first yoga sessions. These sessions will take place every Friday so if your child starts talking about downward dogs and crazy cats please don’t be alarmed! Yoga is a great activity to promote balance, agility, co-ordination and focus while having lots of fun with our friends.

Today we introduced the Mountain, Tree, Downward dog and Cat poses which funnily turned into crazy cats! We had so much fun with lots of giggles, I will be keeping you updated each week on the blog and can’t wait to see what next week will bring.

-Paula

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Autumn learning

3rd October 2016

We have been enjoying the last of the warmer weather and spent a lot of our time outdoors this week. It has been lovely to watch the changes in the garden and we have been talking about Autumn.

We have been collecting conkers, pine cones and leaves and then making some lovely collages and weighing using scales. We will also be going on lots of Autumn walks over the coming weeks.

 

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Autumn term starts!

September 27th 2016

The new school year has brought with it some exciting new changes and the pre-school team has been busy enjoying a fantastic start to autumn with our children.

We are making the full transition into ‘planning in the moment’. Finding those ‘teachable moments’ and enhancing children’s play and capturing their spark or interest in the here and now will be our main focus this year.

Adapting our environment to enable children to have much better accessibility to learning resources and materials will allow for more spontaneity and enhance their learning and development.  Only by enabling the environment and playing alongside our children, stretching their thinking, modelling language and finding ‘teaching moments’ can we ensure that our children are reaching their maximum learning potential.

Our maintenance officer has made a start on relocating the mud kitchen in the big woodland garden. This will extend the area and add resources to enhance the children’s play. At a later stage we plan to add a digger and truck play area with mud and small stones.

We have also started our Hedgehog Club; this is currently held Tuesday – Friday for our older children (those starting school in September 2017). The club is available from 8am – 5:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday with a 4:30pm finish on Thursday and Friday.

There is so much going on, we are really looking forward to a very exciting autumn term!

 

Making Bug Houses!

May 30th 2016

One of the activities that we had on offer in the fabulous pre-school garden today was making bug houses. The children loved getting stuck in and learning all about the mini beasts! Bug1

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Imaginative play

25th May 2016

Some of the activities our children have enjoyed over the summer term so far include playing with our ice cream shop where we had mixed mint, strawberry, coconut, chocolate and vanilla ‘ice cream’ for them to play with. The ice cream was made out of cloud dough and we used sticks for chocolate flakes and glitter for sprinkles.

Our could dough is made from cornflour, hair conditioner and food colouring.

We also developed ‘small world’ play in our ‘tuff spot’ (builder’s tray) at pre-school which was very popular with all of our children.

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