Football Skills for Pre-school! Be sure to sign up for the spring term 2018. £35/term. See flyer. Please email to confirm interest.
Newsletter March 2018
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Newsletter Feb 2018 (click here to download)
Key Message: If you wish to increase your child’s sessions for the summer term, we have some spaces in the afternoon sessions ( children can attend if they are already attending the morning session).Please let Cheryl know before 5th March 2018.
Dear Parents and Carers
What an exciting time we are having at Pre-school! We are learning about keeping healthy and safe. The children have been expressing their feelings and are brilliant at sharing how they feel, they have been using thumbs up, thumbs down or one of each! We have been doing lots of singing and its been wonderful to see so many children wanting to sing to the whole group; we may have some future stars!
We held a very successful health clinic role play at Pre-school and the children learnt all about keeping healthy and the effect exercise has on their bodies. Aadi’s family kindly lent Pre-school a real blood pressure monitor, you will be glad to know staff checked their blood pressures and we are all fine!
The children listened to Handa’s surprise; while eating pineapple, mango, banana and passion fruit at snack time. We have been cooking and the homemade pizza was very popular (of course it has lots of vegetables on top to encourage healthy eating.) The children have also made some very interesting sandwiches…...Yummy.
The children made a Pelican crossing and Belisha Beacons to use in the garden. Staff followed this up with a Topsy and Tim book about safety, read on the iPad. The children have been using the crossing with their ride on toys in the garden and have really enjoyed making sure we use our ‘road’ safely.
Half term week is Monday 12 th February 2018 until Friday 16 th February 2018.
After half term, we will be looking at Phonics. We will go on a Phonics hunt and be looking at ‘s’ sound.
Thank you so much for the yogurt pots that have been brought in; the children will be growing Cress and we are going to start gardening, with the aim of growing something to eat at snack time. The children have suggested that we grow strawberries, tomatoes and carrots. If anyone has any spare plants, compost or gardening tools, please speak to me.
A massive thank you to everyone that has donated something for snack, please keep healthy snacks coming!
There is now a sign-up sheet at Pre-school for Parents, Carers, Grandparents etc to attend one of your child’s sessions over the term. This is a valuable opportunity for you to see your child learning through play at Preschool, chat to the staff and your child’s key person or Buddy and share and add to your child’s learning journey; it will also mean an extra pair of hands and enable staff to offer more learning opportunities for the children.
If you wish to increase your child’s sessions for the summer term, I have some spaces in the afternoon sessions ( children can attend if they are already attending the morning session).Please let me know before 5th March 2018.
Thank you for your continued support and I hope you all have a fantastic half Term break.
Medium Term Planning Summer 2017 (click here to download)
Newsletter Term 5 May 2017 (click here to download)
Term 5 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Term 5. I hope you have all enjoyed a good break over Easter!
Easter Egg Roll The children enjoyed performing their Easter songs and rhymes and rolling their eggs down the slope in the garden. We were very proud of all the children, as they performed their songs so beautifully.
Coombe House Some of the children visited the residents at Coombe House to share our Easter songs. This was so popular, that the children were taking ‘requests’, so ended up singing many traditional songs together with the residents too. The children then finished with a Christmas song – last year’s songs remain incredibly popular!!
Chicks We also visited the newly-hatched chicks at school. The children all watched the chicks in the incubator before having an opportunity to stroke and hold them.
Easter Egg Hunt Last weekend’s Easter Egg Hunt was a great success. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Farr for letting us use their beautiful garden, Jo Haywood for organising the event, all the parents who volunteered and of course, to everyone who attended.
The children are enjoying participating in their maths activities with the researchers from Oxford University. This has now been extended to include most of our younger children too.
We will continue to support all the children in preparing them for school as the end of this year approaches. In particular, we will be supporting the children to be independent in dressing themselves and using the toilet without adult help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s key person.
The children will get the opportunity to visit their new schools – your child’s school will be writing to you with further details. In addition, for those children who are going to Streatley, Mrs Skinner and I will be organising informal visits and activities over the coming months.
We are looking for any unwanted kitchen utensils to use in the mud kitchen and also plastic water sprayers for plants. All donations gratefully received!
Dates for your diary
- End of Term 5 – May 26th
- Start of Term 6 – June 5th Parents’ Evening – July 4th End of Term 6 – July 21st
As you will all be aware, I will be leaving Pre – School at the end of Term 6. Whilst I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role, I will be very sad to be leaving Streatley. I have had five very happy years here, during which I have had the privilege of working with wonderful children, families and staff. Thank you to everyone for their kind messages of support – I really appreciate them.
In the meantime, we are currently recruiting for a replacement – if you know anyone who may be interested, please let Clare, Laura or me know.
Best wishes, Annie
Newsletter Term 4 February 2017 (click here to download)
Term 4 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back from your half term holidays! An especially warm welcome to Wolfy and his family who have joined us this term.
Cake sale A huge thank you to Susan (Freya’s Mum) for organising the cake sale at the end of last term, and also to those who baked (and bought!) the delicious cakes. The sale raised an amazing £114.50.
Our new outdoor building blocks You may remember that the Pre – School was lucky to be gifted with a large donation from Play Start Pre – School. We put this money towards a set of Community Playthings blocks, which has been on our ‘wish list’ for a long time. The children are all enjoying building and playing with this amazing resource – they have already been to South America on a bus and to the moon on a rocket!! We look forward to many exciting projects in the future....
Coombe House Last term we were able to visit the residents at Coombe House to share stories and to take along Valentine’s biscuits as a gift. We are looking forward to developing this special relationship over the coming months.
Easter Rhyme Challenge The children were so enthusiastic about the Rhyme Challenge at Christmas, we have decided to repeat this – not least as many of you have reported that your children are still singing Jingle Bells! We are picking an Easter theme, and the songs will be sent out to you very soon. For those of you who are not familiar with the Challenge, the children learn several new songs and rhymes, which they practise both at Pre –School and at home. They then ‘perform’ these to an audience.
Active Kids Vouchers We are now collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. Please bring in any that you already have, and ask friends and relatives for theirs if they are not using them. The more we collect, the more resources we are able to provide for your children!
Toys from home Please could you ensure that your child does not bring in their precious toys from home? These often get lost or broken, which causes a great deal of distress.
Interested in helping out? We welcome all offers of help at Pre–School! This can involve reading stories, sharing a skill or interest or simply coming along for a play! If any parents, grandparents or carers would like to come along and help during a session, please contact me. We would particularly welcome any storytellers, musicians, builders or woodworkers who would be happy to come and share their expertise!
Please note, Term 4 ends on Friday 7th April and Term 5 commences on Tuesday 25th April
The term dates for the academic year 2017 - 2018 will be as follows
- Term 1 Wednesday 6th September 2017 – Friday 20th October 2017
- Term 2 Monday 30th October 2017 – Wednesday 20th December 2017
- Term 3 Thursday 4th January 2018 – Friday 9th February 2018
- Term 4 Monday 19th February 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
- Term 5 Tuesday 17th April 2018 – Friday 25th May 2018
- Term 6 Monday 4th June 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Newsletter Term 3 January 2017 (click here to download)
Term 3 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year and welcome back to Pre-School!
An especially warm welcome to all the new children - Channan, Nayan, Lucy, Megan, Autumn and Thomas and their families who have just joined us.
Christmas The children all enjoyed their Christmas activities, in particular, the trip to the theatre and the Christmas party on the last day of term. Huge thanks to Susan (Freya’s Mum) for organising both of these events, and to everyone who helped with the party. We were also delighted to be able to visit our neighbours at Coombe House at Christmas, and we hope that this will be the start of a very special relationship between us. Thank you to Caroline (Betsy’s Mum) and Jo (Sophie’s Mum) for helping us on the day. Singing our Christmas songs at Coombe House.
Rhyme Challenge The children were all really enthusiastic in learning and performing their Christmas songs for the annual Rhyme Challenge. In fact, they developed such an interest in rhyme this year, that we spent many a happy hour sharing rhyming stories (particularly ‘Oi, Frog’!) at their request, and several of the children had a go at making up their own rhymes, choosing real and imaginary words that rhyme with their own names. All the children who took part in the challenge will shortly receive a certificate.
Football and music sessions Our Friday morning football sessions will re-commence this week. These run from 9.45 – 10.15 on the school field. If your child does not attend a Friday session, they are still welcome to join us. We just ask you to accompany them in order to maintain our staffing ratios. Please ensure your child brings suitable shoes/boots on the day.
Musicians from the Palmer Ensemble will continue to visit us once a month on a Thursday morning, following their concerts in Goring. The dates for these visits are as follows: 2nd February (to be confirmed), 2nd March and 6th April. We are very fortunate to be able to provide this experience for the children. Again, please feel free to come and join us if your child does not normally attend Pre – School on a Thursday.
Clothing We spend much of our day outside. Please ensure your child comes to Pre – School with suitable clothing – warm coats, waterproofs, boots, hats, scarves and gloves, along with plenty of spare clothes to change into if they get wet or muddy. It helps us enormously if you could label these clearly (and also ensures they will get back to you more quickly if they go home with the wrong child!)
School admissions Please note that the closing date for school applications for September 2017 in both West Berkshire and Oxfordshire is January 15th. If you need any help with this process, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Interested in helping out? We welcome all offers of help at Pre – School! This can involve reading stories, sharing a skill or interest or simply coming along for a play! If any parents, grandparents or carers would like to come along and help during a session, please let us know!
Maths Research In partnership with researchers at the University of Oxford, we have been invited to take part in a study investigating the development of children’s early mathematics skills. The researcher would like to work with those children who will be starting school this September. This is, of course, totally voluntary and your consent will be sought beforehand. Further information will follow shortly.
Dates for your diary
February 2nd – Palmer Ensemble (to be confirmed)
February 10th – End of Term 3
February 20th – Start of Term 4
March 1st - Parents’ Evening March 2nd Palmer Ensemble
Medium Term Planning Spring 2017 (click here to download)
Newsletter Term 2 November 2016 (click here to download)
Term 2 2016
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Term 2 – ‘The Glittery One’! The children have settled back in well after the half term break, and we are all looking forward to the exciting term ahead!
We go outside in all weathers, and as the weather is rapidly getting colder, please can you ensure that your children arrive with suitable clothing – coats, hats, scarves and gloves, wellies, waterproofs if you have them and plenty of changes of warm clothing for when they get wet and muddy! As you will have seen on our medium term plan, we are supporting the children to learn to put on their outdoor clothing independently.
You will shortly be receiving a ‘Next Steps’ sheet from your child’s keyperson. These will explain the steps that we are working towards with your child at Pre – School, and some ideas of how you can support these at home.
Applying for Schools
If your child is due to start school in 2017 you will need to begin the online application process. If you live in West Berkshire, please visit:
For those living in Oxfordshire, please visit:
You can apply for schools in any area in a single application.
The deadline for school applications in both West Berkshire and Oxfordshire is January 15th 2017. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any further advice or support.
If you would like any additional hours after Christmas, please can you let me know as soon as possible. I will be handing out forms this week. Our numbers will be increasing next year, but we will be able to accommodate some extra hours in the afternoon. Please note, our Tuesday morning sessions are full.
Thank you for completing the ‘password’ forms. These will enable us to improve our safeguarding practice. There are still a few forms which have not yet been returned – please could we have these as soon as possible? Please let me know if you need another one. The ‘Going home’ book has been replaced with a form. The person collecting your child will also sign the form when they collect your child and we will note that they have shown us ID and given the password.
The children are all enjoying our cooking activities, and we are looking forward to baking Christmas cakes with them in the next few weeks. If anyone has any cooking equipment or utensils that they are happy to donate, we would be most grateful. In particular, we are looking for a cooling rack (ideally a tiered one), measuring spoons and spatulas.
The Rhyme Challenge
The children will be taking part in the Rhyme Challenge this year. This involves learning a selection of songs and rhymes which they will ‘perform’ for you at the Christmas party. Details will follow shortly.
9th December. Theatre trip to see ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ at Nordern Farm
Friday 16th December. Last day of Term 2 and Christmas party. Details to follow shortly.
Term 3 starts Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Medium Term Plan Autumn 2016 (click here to download)
Medium Term Plan Summer 20 (click to download)
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and welcome you all to the start of the Spring Term. The children have all settled in to Pre - School very happily. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all the children and families who have recently joined us and to Lisa, our new staff member.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped at the Christmas Shopping Night and Christmas Party, and particularly to Vics (Archie’s Mum) and Susan (Freya’s Mum) for organising these. Both were really special occasions and a wonderful way to finish our year together at Pre – School.
No nuts or sesame seeds, please.
A reminder that we have a child with a severe nut and sesame allergy, so please ensure that you do not include either of these in your child’s lunchbox.
Thank you to all those who have completed and returned the ‘Next Steps’ sheets that we handed out last term. These help us to work together more effectively with you and to build a better picture of your child’s development. If you have not yet handed your sheet back, it is never too late!
Dressing for the weather
We like to go out in all weathers, so with the temperature set to dip, please can you ensure that you send your child to Pre – School with coats, hats, boots, scarves and gloves and plenty of changes of clothing (including spare socks!!) as well as footwear to change into. Please can you label these wherever possible. As a ‘next step’ all the children will be working towards putting on their coats and boots independently.
All parents, grandparents and carers are invited to come in and read stories with the children at the end of a session. Please speak to any member of staff if you are interested.
A final reminder to all parents with children due to start school this September – the closing date for applications is this Friday - January 15th.
Medium Term Plan Term 2
The children have shown us that they are interested in:
The children have shown us that they are interested in:
Using this knowledge and the next steps for each individual child we will be working towards:
Area of learning
(Personal, social and emotional development)
PD (Physical Development)
CL (Communication and Language)
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
These Learning Intentions:
To share experiences with others
To be able to co-operate with routines and boundaries.
To develop mark – making skills.
To be able to dress and undress independently.
To listen attentively to stories.
To understand and follow instructions.
To use language to share ideas and experiences.
To enjoy a variety of stories, songs and rhymes.
Children to be able to give a meaning to the marks they make.
To gain confidence in counting.
To develop understanding of shape, space and measure.
To be able to explore and describe their natural environment.
To be able to use the digital cameras.
To construct with a purpose
In this way:
Introducing our youngest children to group time
Adult led group activities such as cooking.
Working and playing together - eg building dens, setting up building sites and home corner role play.
Supporting children to join in at tidy up time and help set up at snack time.
Provide a wide range of mark-making experiences in both indoor and outside environment.
Encourage children to put on coats and boots independently.
Supporting children to choose and listen to stories in groups and 1:1
Adult – led activities such as cooking, planting and playing simple games.
Set up a nature - themed interest table.
Encourage children to talk about their photos from home.
Provide a combination of ‘favourites’ and new stories, songs and rhymes.
Provide a wide range of opportunities and resources for mark-making. Support children to talk about their marks.
Singing number songs and rhymes.
Provide opportunities for counting in everyday activities.
Play counting games.
Provide opportunities to explore shapes in both indoor and outside environment.
Provide opportunities for children to explore concepts
such as more/less and heavy/light in both play and adult – led activities.
Encourage children to bring in natural objects for the interest table.
Look for signs of autumn in the garden and woods.
Provide opportunities for all children to take photographs.
Rotate construction materials. Support children to think about what they would like to make and the materials they might need.