All posts by Rachel Bargewell

All about shapes!

Dear all,

We have been focusing on shapes this term, this week our shape was STARS. The children enjoyed lots of star themed activities, which was also incorporated in our Chinese New Year celebrations! The children made red flags to represent China and added yellow stars, comparing size and shape and copying a pattern.

Some of the older children explored Chinese numbers and made marks using their fingers in paint by studying pictures of Chinese numerals and copying them. The younger children also had a go at exploring mark making using their fingers and hands in paint!

We say thank you to Ewan who has been with us this week to gain work experience. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to come back! This is all credit to the children who have made Ewan feel very welcome during his time with us – well done!

For the week ahead we will be having our PE session on Monday at the school hall. Our shape of the week is now TRIANGLES which is a change to the order set in the newsletter. Some of our triangle activities include making bunting to display, paper boat making and blowing through straws to move the boats on water. All this and more as we learn through play!

This Week

Just to let you know that due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be able to go over to the main school for our PE session on Monday. However we will keep active by moving to music and engaging in action songs! On our interest table we will be focussing on star shapes this week. Incorporating Chinese New Year, linking this by looking at the Chinese flag which also contains star shapes. We have lots of Chinese New Year themed activities planned throughout the week including dragons, shakers, Chinese writing and noodles!

We welcome a student from Suffolk One College, Ewan who will be with us this week. He is working towards his level 2 in Health & Social Care and is hoping to gain experience in working with people of all ages. I am sure we will keep him busy!

The Doctor role play is proving to be very popular with all of the children, myself and the staff have this week endured a broken tummy, a teeth check, hot temperatures, a broken leg and being hungry! Thankfully we received very good care at preschool!

We look forward to another fun week!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards that you kindly gave at the end of term.

Just a reminder that we will be returning to preschool on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

This term we have a Doctor/hospital role play area and will also be focussing on shapes on the interest table, starting with the cross shape.

PE and woodland sessions will start on the following week of the 13th January 2020

We look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday morning!

Stay & Play

We have had a busy morning at preschool! Lots of Christmas themed activities! Thank you to all who were able to attend our Stay & Play session this morning – it was great to see parents having fun engaging in Christmas craft activities with their children! We are holding another two Stay and Play sessions on Thursday (12th) December – 9am-10am and 2pm-3pm. So please come along if you can. We are also selling numbered squares for a Hamper prize draw to raise funds for preschool. This will be drawn on Friday 13th December. Thank you to the committee and parents for your continued support! 🙂

Incy Wincy

This week we are focussing on the ‘Incy Wincy’ nursery rhyme, following on from World Nursery Rhyme Week. We will be incorporating lots of spider themed activities to cover all areas of learning. Monday we will be using shapes in our Incy Wincey board game. Tuesday we will be going on a spider/bug hunt in the woods. We will be making messy webs using spaghetti and noodles and also making spiders by threading pipe cleaners and using googly eyes. Just some of the fun activities webbing and weaving their way into the children’s play this week!

No PE Session at the school hall

Hello all,

Just to let you know that there will be no P.E sessions at the school hall for the next few Monday mornings. The stage is set up in the main hall for the primary school Christmas performances. Rest assured we will still be engaging in physical activity at preschool! Lots of movements to music, circle games and action songs planned! We also have the use of the ‘all weather’ play equipment on the school grounds to provide time and space to enjoy energetic play!

Have a lovely weekend!


Week Beginning 18th November 2019

This week we will be celebrating World Nursery Rhyme week! World Nursery Rhyme Week is an annual initiative that promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development. The initiative this year runs from the 18th – 22nd November 2019. To support this we will be focussing on the nursery rhyme “Down in the Jungle” Our interest table is displayed with animals to use as props to enhance the learning experience while learning actions and rhyme. We will also be providing other activities during the week to support this which will cover all areas of learning in the EYFS curriculum. Look out for print outs in your child’s book bag so you can continue this at home. Nursery rhymes and songs have a huge impact on children’s development. Children relish in listening to songs full of rhyming, rhythm and repetition. By singing songs containing these core elements it is helping boost children’s language, communications and literacy development.

Spotty Week!

This week we are looking at all things spotty! Our interest table is decorated with colourful spots and we are incorporating shape, space and measure by naming shapes, counting and promoting positional language. Tuesday at the woodland morning we will be hunting for coloured spots in the woods. Wednesday we will be cooking spotty biscuits. On Friday we will finish with supporting the Children in Need event by asking children to wear something spotty and ask for donations for this great cause 🙂