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Duck Race

 What is the duck race?!
The Duck Race is Roundabout preschool’s biggest annual fundraiser. Everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to sharing a really fun afternoon with you! We have a range of stalls for the children to play at, including a decorate a duck competition, hook a duck, lucky dip and much more! This year for the first time, we are giving every preschool child a voucher which will entitle them to one free go on one stall. We hope you come along and join in the fun! 
The main event is when we fling the ducks!
Ahead of the day we have ducks ‘on sale’ at preschool and also around the village. This means that people pay £1 to put their name against a duck. The ducks are then all flung from a giant catapult and the furthest ducks win a prize.
This year we have some fantastic prizes up for grabs including vouchers for Palfrey & Hall, The Filling Station, Ruby & The Angel, Simply Stylish to name a few.
You can buy as many ducks as you like to increase your chances of winning!
We will also have a raffle on the day with more brilliant prizes, refreshments on offer as well as a burger van for those who are a bit hungrier!
We really appreciate your support at this event and use the money raised to pay for the summer trip for the children. This year we will also use the funds to begin the transfer to online learning journeys using Tapestry.
It is a real community affair!
We are lucky to have the local fire service helping us on the day to fling the ducks as well as bringing along the fire engine! We also have a tractor visiting which the children can sit in. A number of other groups in the village also run stalls on the day, including Rainbows, Guides and Debenham Parent and Toddler group. This makes the Duck Race an essential event, not only to show your support for the Debenham community but to find out more about what is available for your children locally.
The committee and preschool staff look forward to seeing you there and sharing an exciting afternoon with you and your families!

 

Caterpillars!

We had a special delivery of Caterpillars at Preschool. One of our families kindly brought them for us.

The children were able to study the caterpillars and noticed that they are already moving and eating a lot! We will be monitoring them each day and are looking forward to observing the transformation!

Woodland Walk

Keeping with our Garden theme, we went for a woodland walk to give opportunities explore and investigate our natural environment.

The children had buckets to collect their findings, such as leaves, twigs, bark etc.. These were used for the next session to make collages – creating a woodland display based on their own first hand experiences.

The children showed good listening skills, following instructions when talking about safety when collecting items outside.

The children were encouraged to think about what we find in soil – animals such as worms, and stones, seeds, plants and roots – using their senses to investigate and explore, learning descriptive language.

 

Wecome Back!

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and look forward to welcoming you back for the Summer Term on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

This term our theme is ‘Garden Centre’. We have lots of activities planned and cannot wait to post pictures of the children having fun in the coming weeks – watch this space! 🙂

 

EGGS-tremely Grateful!

A huge THANK YOU  to the Faulds family for all of their help in enabling us to have the eggs and watch them hatch at Pre school!

It has been a great success and I will treasure the lovely reaction from the children as they were able to see first hand the chicks hatching and growing.

We will miss the chicks but we know that they have now moved to a loving home where they can roam around and spread their wings!

Thank you again for your expertise and providing the resources – An amazing EGGS -perience!

 

 

Stay and Play

We have had a busy but fun week with the Stay and Play sessions. We also held a toddler Stay and Play where we welcomed Liz and the toddler group to preschool on Tuesday morning. Parents/carers and children engaged in lots of  Easter activities; Making bunny ears, Easter baskets, chocolate crispy nests and a colour matching egg hunt.

Most importantly we hope that you enjoyed spending time with your child, seeing first hand some the activities your child accesses while at the setting. Providing them with lots of learning opportunities while exploring and playing.

Thank you very much to the parents/carers and to Liz for joining us. We hope to have more Stay and Play sessions again soon. 🙂

Egg-ucating

The children have been enjoying watching the chicks hatch and grow.  We have six chicks now and they are doing very well, eating and drinking a lot! Thank you to the Faulds family who are kindly looking after them over the weekend to return on Monday.

There will be no PE session at the hall this week as we have our Stay and Play sessions. We look forward to seeing you at Stay and Play and hopefully it will give you an insight to how the children learn and have fun through play while at preschool, following the Early Years Foundation Statutory Framework.

A special visit

Just want to say a big thank you to Peter Wilson from the Debenham Veterinary Practice who kindly visited us today with his very excellent assistant, sharing lots of interesting facts about animals and the amazing things that vets do to help them. They also brought a friendly dog with them called Ida. (I hope that is the correct spelling!?)

The children had the opportunity to listen to Ida’s heart using a stethoscope. They learnt that vets look after all kinds of animals and were shown some of the clothing they wear to perform operations – scrubs, face masks, hats and gloves.  This was great to support and extend their learning from the vets’ theme corner the children have been engaging with during this term.

We are so lucky to have lots of amazing people in Debenham who are willing to share experiences and talk to the children about their local community. Thank you! 🙂