What have we been up to this week


Week commencing 29th April – letter b –  We made bees and butterflies this week as we looked at the letter ‘b’ Our role play home corner was a hive of activity with lots of cooking, cleaning and childcare to be done.  To fit in with our theme of growing the children have all planted a sunflower seed ready for our Sunflower Growing Competition.  They learned that their seed would need lots of sun and water to help it to grow big and strong.    Our Green Bod children used their number skills this week by carefully matching the correct number of bugs to numbers.   It was quite tricky but they were all brilliant!

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Week commencing 8th April – EASTER! –  It has been a really busy week with lots of lovely Easter and spring activities to enjoy.  We made bunnies and decorated Easter egg pictures with lovely patterns.  We made Easter chicks, chocolate crispy nests and even baby chicks hiding inside eggs!  To round our week off we had our annual Easter Bonnet Parade and  the sun shone for us as we paraded around.   We finished off our day with with an Easter egg hunt in our Pre-school garden.  Our Green Bods had lots of fun dropping boiled eggs and raw eggs.   We were able to talk about where eggs come from as well as the different parts of the egg and explore the lovely squishy egg mess afterwards!  Happy Easter Everyone!

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Week commencing 1st April  – letter h – Mums and Female Carers Week –  To celebrate Mothers Day we invited in mums, grannies, aunties, sisters or any other special person to come to play (although they are welcome any time!)  We transformed our role play area into Holy Trinity  hairdressing salon where we could pamper our mums or friends with a new hairdo!   We got out our hairdressing doll heads so we could do a little practice before venturing to the real thing!  We made some yummy bread roll hedgehogs, practising our snipping skills with scissors to give them lovely prickles.  We were able to see how they changed from squishy dough into bread rolls when they were baked in the oven.  We even made happy hands and helicopter pictures too.    Our Green Bods discussed all the different types of houses that people live in.  They then had to carefully cut or snip around an outline of a square, stick it down onto some card and then and then draw a picture of the kind of house they may like to live in.  We had some fabulous pictures!

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Week commencing 25th March – letter r – We have been busy making our lovely Mothers Day cards this week at Pre-school and we are sure you will agree they look fantastic!  We had fun with lots of lovely messy activities and painted some wonderful rainbow pictures.  Our Green Bods drew some beautiful pictures of their mummy this week for our display.  We talked about the shape of her face, the colour of her eyes and the length and colour of her hair.  We also thought about how we look different from our mummy and our friends.

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Week commencing 18th March – letter e –  We made Elmer the Elephant pictures and elephant ears this week as we explored the letter ‘e’   We made Shamrocks  covered in cress seed to celebrate St. Patricks Day and learned about how St. Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland by joining in our own snake hunt . We put out lots of junk to just explore in our own way or build models with.  The children enjoyed learning about shape and space by fitting boxes and tubs inside each other or filling containers with different sized objects.  One of our children even made a box of electricity using blue wool!!!   Our Green Bods played a favourite game this week called Noisy Neighbour.  We were trying to relax in our garden but our neighbour was making so much noise!  We had lots of fun trying to guess what they were doing  – cutting the lawn, playing with the dog or even putting up some shelves!

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Week commencing 11th March – letters c & k – We merged these two letters this week as they both make the same phonic sound even though they look very different!  It was our annual Charity Cake Bake Week this week.  Every year Pre-school chooses a charity that is close to our hearts to raise as much money as we can.  This year it was SITraN who are based in Sheffield Hospital and conduct research and support families who are affected by Motor Neuron Disease as well as other neurological conditions.  We put on our aprons and washed our hands and produced some wonderful cakes to sell.  We were really grateful to our wonderful parents who donated cakes and bought them too!  We managed to make an amazing £210!!!

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Week commencing 4th March – letter o – It was a busy week this week as we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and World Book Day too!  We made yummy pancakes to eat at our snack table and tried some different types of healthy toppings.  On World book day we all came in dressed up with our favourite books to share with or friends.  We also managed to make some feathery ostriches and octopus with lots of legs.  Our Green Bods had a go at number sequencing by sticking on 8 wiggly legs in the correct number order.  They were really good too!








Week commencing 25th February – letter g – We started our new term with the letter g which could only mean Goldilocks and the Three Bears!  We set up our role play area with Mummy, Daddy and Baby bear as well as a big, little and tiny bed, chair, bowl and spoon!  We made gruffalo masks, sparkly golden goldfish and enjoyed getting messy with flubber and gunge!   We talked about St. Davids day and we all took a daffodil home.  Our Green Bods did a spot of predicting where we had to try to guess how many marbles we could hold in our hand.  When we had guessed we dipped in our hand and counted how many we could actually hold.

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Week commencing 11th February – We decided to abandon our letter of the week this week and move it into Spring Term 2.  The children had been helping to make a new display based around the story of the 3 little pigs.  They had been so enthusiastic we decided to have a week based around the story.  We made a role play with pig houses and props and had a tuff spot with straw, sticks and bricks as well as the odd piggie and wolf where we could re-tell the story our own unique way.  As it was Valentines day on Thursday we made some love bugs to take home to give to someone we loved.  Our Green Bods explored rhythm in the spoken word by clapping out the names of their friends and then sang a new rhyme using our rhythm sticks to tap out the rhythm as we sang.

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Week commencing 4th February – letter ‘d’ –  As our letter of the week was ‘d’ we set up our role play area as a doctors this week with big teddy as the poorly patient who needed lots of bandaging, injections and medicine!  When teddy was tired we practised our skills on the staff and our friends too!   We made some lovely colourful ducks and dinosaurs and made a dinosaur world in our tuff spot where we could explore lots of different natural materials and use our imagination to build stories around the dinosaurs as they stomped around in their new environment.  As it was Chinese New Year (year of the pig)  our Green Bod talked about the festival in their Knowledge and Understanding groups and made some lovely Chinese lanterns.  All of the children made dragon headbands and joined in with some Chinese dancing too!!    We even had time to fit in colouring in some dragon pictures to build on the new ‘How to tame your Dragon’ film.  Our Green Bod Children made their own dotty dinosaurs.  We threw a dice, counted the spots and had to think about how many stickers we then needed to stick onto our dinosaurs.  They were brilliant at it!

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Week commencing 28th January – letter ‘m’ – We made mice and multi coloured muffins this week as we looked at the letter ‘m’.  We used the letter m to make some marvellous mice where we had to carefully add on lines for their whiskers and circles for their eyes and in their ears – great for pencil control.  The children chose the colours they wanted to use for their muffins so not only did we get pink and green we had blue and yellow and purple and pink!   As we were cooking we decided not to do our small group activity this week and concentrated on talking about ingredients, weighing and measuring and what happens when we put our mixture into the oven.









Week commencing 21st January 2019 – Letter n – Our focus was on the letter n this week so we made nests for baby birds and played with slippery noodles in our tuff spot.   We dug for numbers in our sand pit and made lots of lovely noise with our musical instruments.  We also had to use our noses to explore all of the interesting smells we set up in our tuff spot. We set up our role play area as a hospital where we could be doctors or nurses and help to make our friends feel better.  Our Green Bods practiced their number skills by matching numbered busses  to their correct garage.  They did really well!

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Week commencing 14th January – Letter ‘i’  This is a tricky one because ‘i’ can be ‘i’ nsect and also ‘i’ce.  To reflect Letters and Sounds we decided to use ice in conjunction with Winter and focus on the letter sound of ‘i’ as in  insect in our phonics groups.  We have been looking at ice melting and re-freezing in small groups as well as playing with ice in our tuff spot with our arctic animals, igloos and some shaving foam snow!  We made polar bears, snowmen and some beautiful glittery shaving foam and paint pictures on silver foil.  Our Green Bods were introduced to recording number in a fun game of skittles.  Setting up our Holy Trinity skittle alley meant that we had to record our individual scores using marks and then after 2 turns add up our total score to see who had won!

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Week commencing Tuesday 8th January  –  We eased into our new term and New Year gently!  We set up our role play home corner and played lots of fun games outside in the garden to keep us all warm.  We had great fun with squidgy shaving foam and got creative exploring our craft trolley to produce our own unique works of art.     Our Green Bods had a circle time to share their news about what they did with their families over the holidays and what presents Santa may have brought them!

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w/c 17th December 2018 – Our last week of 2018 at Pre-school demanded glitter, tinsel and sparkles!  We continued with our Christmas activities and made some fabulous creations.   Our Nativity play was a smash hit with all of the children looking wonderful in their costumes and singing all of the songs with gusto!  On Thursday we had our Christmas party with lots of fun games and party food and even a surprise visit from Santa!   Wishing everyone a peaceful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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w/c 10th December 2018 – Christmas definitely arrived at Pre-school this week as our role play area magically turned into Santa’s Grotto full of presents to wrap, cards to write and lots of Christmas dressing up!   We began to make our beautiful Christmas cards and some unique Christmas decorations to decorate our room and to take home.  Our Green Bod Children began to practice their Nativity play ready for our performance next week.  We even had a Christmas inspired tactile tuff spot!

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w/c 3rd December 2018 –  As Christmas is now on its way we put up our Christmas tree and began our Christmas stocking Advent calendar this week.    On Tuesday we went off on our annual Post Box Walk where the children posted Christmas cards to their homes.  On the way we met a friendly elf (courtesy of one of our children’s grandads!) who chatted to us for a while before having to go off to get on with his work!   We even managed to fit in a spot of Scottish Dancing with Tracey to celebrate St. Andrews Day!  We got out our playdo and collage so we could explore different media and make our own creations!   Our Green Bod children began Dear Santa Letters where they talked about what they would like Father Christmas to bring them as a present and then drew him some beautiful pictures!  We are sure he will be really impressed.

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w/c 26th November 2019 – Letter of the week is ‘p’ – We began decorating our Christmas cakes ready to take home this week and we are sure you agree they look wonderful!  We added ribbon and chose the decoration we wanted on top before carefully cutting it out of icing and adding a dash of edible glitter!  We made some pirate plates and  gathered together some plant pots of different sizes, dipped them in paint and made some patterns – very messy but great fun!  Our Green Bods played a letter ‘p’ kims game this week where they had to use their observation skills to spot which item had sneakily been removed from the tray of items when they were not looking!  they were really good at it!

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 w/c 19th November 2018 – Letter of the week is  ‘t’  –  This week we looked at the letter ‘t’ by making furry teddy pictures and some fantastic stripy tigers!  We got out our trains where we could use our problem solving to carefully slot the tracks together, negotiating with our friends as we made the line get longer and longer!    All of the children wrote their names on Christmas tags ready to attach to their Christmas cakes.    Our Orange bods made marks for their names forming letters where they are able but the main focus was on holding their pencil correctly.  Our Green Bods used their name cards to try to form some or all of the letters of their names correctly.  They all did brilliantly!

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Week commencing 12th November 2018 –  Letter of the week is ‘a‘  –  This week we put on our aprons on, washed our hands and began making our yummy mini Christmas cakes.  The whole of Pre-school smelled wonderful as we mixed and stirred, chopped and baked.    As we were so busy we  kept our creative activities simple  but we made some fantastic Alien headbands!  We added playdo to our Role play kitchen together with real cooking utensils where we could make our own delicious cakes to sell to our friends.  Our Green Bods will be uses the baking activity to concentrate on weighing and measuring and using the associated language for weight and capacity

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Week commencing 5th November 2018 –  Letter of the week is ‘s’  –  We began our letter of the week starting with the letter ‘s’ so we  made snails, spiders and snakes and to celebrate Bonfire night we made some super rockets to Wooooosh up into the night sky.   We got out our dark den together with torches and glow sticks and torches so we could explore the dark and how our eyes adjust when we introduce light.  We had great fun using our Asco and tweezers to perfect our fine motor skills.  It was really tricky trying to get the counters into the egg boxes but we got really good at it!   Our Green Bod children will be had a circletime where we took turns to tell our friends what we had been up to during the half term holiday.  We had been to the seaside, the park and even on an aeroplane!   During our Knowledge and Understanding we talked about  Rememberance Day and why we wear poppies.

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Week commencing 22nd October 2018 – For our last week of this half term we looked at Black and White.  We got out our dark den and some black and white animals to hide inside.  We made black and white cats, black and white sheep and used different collage to make wonderful patterns.  We even had a go at some golf ball rolling using white paint on black paper and black paint on white paper as a contrast.  Our Green Bod children finished their work on colours for Knowledge and Understanding by going on a walk in their small groups to see what colours they could spot in the local environment.

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Week commencing 15th October 2018 – We have had lots of fun mixing colours this week.  We have used vehicles,  our hands and even our feet to mix up lots of different primary colours to see what happened!  We made some wonderful colour monsters using different colours each time to make orange, green and even purple!  We made each monster unique by adding eyes, carefully counting them out as we went along.  We had a really messy week who says this is learning!!

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Week commencing 8th October 2018 – We made yellow paper plate chicks and played with custard coloured flubber as we moved into Yellow week.  We made some tasty banana muffins carefully weighing, chopping, mashing and mixing the ingredients together.  A noisy neighbour was getting our Green Bods very cross this week.  As they tried to sleep the neighbour was stomping about, making tea, noisily eating cereal and yawning!  We had to try to guess what sound they were making before shouting out “Be Quiet Noisy Neighbour!”  They were really good at guessing the noises.

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Week commencing 1st October 2018 – We were exploring the colour green this week and there were lots of lovely things to do!    We mixed frozen peas with cornstarch gloop to explore with our hands so we could talk about how the mixture changed as the peas defrosted.  We made some lovely trees by gluing and sticking real leaves to tree pictures, we also made some lovely glittery leaves which we are sure you agree look beautiful.    We even had time to make some wiggly caterpillars using circles, adding on a face and some legs.   Our Green bods had a fun game using the small parachute.  We had to listen carefully to what we were going to do before waiting for “Ready, Steady, GO!” before shaking the parachute quickly, slowly, up or down.  We had to listen again for “!, 2, 3 STOP!” We were very good at following the instructions and we even took turns to instruct our friends.


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Week commencing 24th September 2018 – There were lots of Blue activities on offer this week.    We had water play on offer all of this week where we could fill and empty containers and try to guess which could hold the most or least water or even the same amount!  We were able to fill water bottles with glitter and blue water and watch what happened when we shook them up to make glittery snowstorms. We explored blue paint poured onto foil to make patterns with cars or our fingers where we could try out our emergent writing skills.   Our Green Bod children talked about how we are different from our friends by studying themselves in mirrors.  We also discovered we all have one mouth, one nose, two eyes and two ears!

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Week commencing 17th September 2018 – Its been all things Red this week as we begin our work on colours.  We made some fantastic red rockets and made patterns on paper using red bricks dipped into red paint  we even made some beautiful paper plate red poppies.  We played treasure hunt games, seeking out red objects from around the rooms and garden.  Although the weather has been mixed we have made the most of our Pre-school garden, collecting the conkers and leaves that are littering the ground and round on the bikes.  Our Green Bod children have been meeting Red.  We talked about how we can get stickers for being Kind to our friends, being Careful with the toys and being Safe when moving around Pre-school.  If Red bod is very impressed he may even choose someone to go home with for the weekend!

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Week commencing 5th and 10th September 2018 – The beginning of a new academic year and we have begun the half term by digging out all of our old favourites.  We have been keeping things familiar with playdo,  sand, glue and stick and natural materials with a few dinosaurs thrown in!   We have had our role play kitchen where the children have been busy cooking and making tea for their friends. The children have been learning the names of their friends and those of the staff by playing fun turn taking games as well as exploring the setting and learning routines.   Our Green Bods have been introduced to the friends they will be with in their small group activities.





Week commencing 16th July  – A very, very busy week this week to round off the end of yet another academic year.  On Tuesday we all went off on a trip to Conkers Activity Centre.   The sun shone and we all had a fantastic time.  We had a teddybear hunt, went off on a train ride, had lunch before going off on a non-barefoot walk and a play in the playground before returning to Pre-school.   We rounded off the week with our end of term picnic for all off the children and their families and it was wonderful to see so many of our children and parents enjoying the sunshine  in our garden.  We wish all of the children who will be moving on to school or other settings a fond farewell and look forward to seeing some old and new faces when we return in September.

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Week commencing 9th July – A busy week this week as on Tuesday our Green Bods performed their leavers play of Anansi the Spider and the Mossy Rock!  They all did brilliantly and the spiders they had all made to decorate the room looked fantastic.  At the end they got a huge and well deserved round of applause from all their friends and family who were watching. We made some lovely multi coloured fairy cakes later in the week and they were very yummy. As we move towards the end of term we set up a role play school.  We had  with uniforms from our local primary schools together with some picture books of the classrooms and staff kindly produced by some of the teachers. Our Green Bod children were able to use this to talk about their feelings about moving on to reception in September and our Orange Bod children had a few fun sessions to discover what it will be like to be a Green Bod.

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Week commencing 2nd July – We needed to change things around a little to accommodate our upcoming Conkers trip so we began practising our leavers play this week with our Green Bod Children.  The weather continues to be hot and sunny so we are doing lots of exciting things outside.  We added a ball pit to our slide which as well as being great fun to slide into helped us so some adding and subtracting, colour recognition and tidying up!  We turned our tuff spots into a construction site with diggers and different media to move around and combine.  We were busy making props for our leavers play too this week but we have to keep things under wraps until next week to keep the surprise!

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Week commencing 25th June – We had such a great time playing pirates last week that we continued it again this week.  We added some water play with guttering, watering cans, whisks and containers where we could explore filling and emptying and testing different containers to see if they held more or less liquid.  Things were a little fishy in our tuff spot where we had some different types of sea creatures for us to look after!








Week commencing 18th June – Dads and Male Carers Week – This week we welcomed Dads, Grandads, Uncles, Brothers and all other male carers into our setting (as well as female carers!), although we are always reminding members of our Pre-school family you are welcome to come and play any time without the need to be invited!  We decided to make our visitors feel welcome by making them walk the plank!   We set up a pirate den complete with a pirate chest where we could store all of our looted gold coins and other treasure.  To support our role play we made eye patches, pirate hats and telescopes and no pirate would be complete without their parrot!!!     Pirates do not always have time to eat a healthy meal so we made them pitta bread pizzas with lots of healthy ingredients such as tomato, sweetcorn, pineapple, cheese and tomato paste.   Our pirates had their pirate boat in the garden with lots of other resources to help them run, climb and scramble to keep them fit and healthy.  Our Green bod children used our Samsung tablets to take pictures of their best friends at Pre-school.

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Week commencing 11th June –  Our role play was transformed into an X Factor stage this week complete with lots of fantastic and outrageous dressing up and accessories together with musical instruments of all kinds.  We could entertain our friends on our own or even work together to form a band.  We made our fathers day cards this week too and as we are kicking off the World Cup we decided to continue with the football theme and make England football shirts.  We even decorated our garden with all the flags of the World!

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Week commencing 4th June – We started Summer Term 2 with aliens and space.   We made some tasty star biscuits, some wobbly alien headbands and some brilliant rockets.  We built a large rocket outside and decorated it with planets and stars so we could take off with our friends into outer space!  The weather has been wonderful so we have been spending lots of time running around outside too!  Our Green Bod children practised their phonics skills by matching letter sounds to objects.  It was a little tricky but they all did brilliantly.






Week commencing 21st May – letters p,i,n – After all the fun of last week we had another fun week this week with lots of lovely messy and tactile activities.  The sun has shone so we have spent most of our time out in the garden riding the bikes building with the guttering to make water flow and  playing lots of fun games such as duck duck goose.  The sun has shone so we have spent most of our time outside in the garden!  Our Green Bods made their very own individual family trees.  First they had to think about who was in their family then draw each person onto a leaf and carefully stick it down onto their tree.  We even had a visit from Ofsted this week!  You can find out how we got one by following the link to the report online!


Week commencing 14th May – letters s,a,t – We had a right royal knees up this week to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle.  We had our own royal role play with our dressing up and our own Pre-school throne!  We made royal plates and princes and princesses out of shapes.  On Friday we had an afternoon garden party.  We were so lucky that the sun shone for us and we were able to have our cucumber sandwiches under the marquee to protect us from the sun rather than the rain!  We played games and had lots of fun!  Our Green bod children used their fine motor skills to build fabulous models using duplo!
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Week commencing 7th May – letter l – We had a really busy week this week as our Tuesday and Thursday children went off on looking and listening walks.  We had our check list to see if we could spot some of the items on there such as an ambulance, flowers and roadsigns.  We spotted lots of them as well as hearing sirens and very noisy buses!   We made ladybirds and lions and did lots of letter writing to post in our Pre-school post box!

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Week  commencing 30th April – letter f  (4 days) –We made  lovely colourful flowers and played with ooozy flubber this week and had lots of fun.  We even had a real fish from the fishmonger to explore!  We got out our water play where we filled and emptied containers and discussed why some things floated and other things sank to the bottom.    Our Green Bod children used their cutting skills to cut out a picture of a fish and decorated them with beautiful patterns