Last week..

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Lots of fun with water last week.  We added grapefruit, lime, lemon, rosemary and mint to our tuff tray.  We used an array of utensils to explore; using whisks, spoons, sieves and jugs to experiment.  We could talk about the actions we were taking also the sensory side of things such as the smell of the herbs and fruit.  

We had a ‘Big Draw’ morning inside (lots of activities outside too) with big sheets of paper looking at some mathmatical language (smaller, larger, taller, shorter etc).  There were opportunities for the children to draw whatever they liked, copy from books, write their names, mark make and experiment.  This was a really popular activity and the children reacted well to laying or sitting on the paper. 

Issy worked with some children looking at ‘dissolving’ using warm water, salt, sugar and sand.  The children tested which dissolved and which didn’t.  They wore their lab coats and glasses to role play as scientists too. 

We made playdough, with the children following along with the recipe and the quantities and adding lavender and a touch of glitter too (or fairy dust).

We also collected our first crop from the garden, radishes, lettuces and strawberries. 

Covid Update

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Dear Parents, 

As you may already be aware the number of covid cases within our area has been rising. Some schools are starting to become affected and are having bubbles and whole schools closed.  There has been one local school (not within the village) reporting 17 cases so far.  We have done so well to come this far without any incidents within preschool and we are really hoping to be able to finish this term. All preschool staff are taking regular covid tests to help keep us all safe.  

We are asking parents to ‘err on the side of caution’ if your child is feeling unwell.  All children who have a high temperature or continuous cough or loss of smell and taste should be kept at home and book an official test via the gov.uk website.  Families should follow the current guidelines for household/bubble’s isolating. 

Thank you so much for all your support and understanding over the last 18 months.  We feel truly so happy to have such lovely parents. 

The Preschool Team

 

This Week

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Here are some more pictures from this week.

The Den at the bottom of the garden created by Esther this week. 

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We are looking after our plants and what our plants need to grow.  We have radishes, tomatoes, onions, carrots, beans, marigolds, beetroot and lettuce. 

We have been pressing flowers.

We had the dolls house out which is always a favourite with the children. 

We developed making cups of tea and coffee into learning about where tea and coffee come from.  We got tea bags and opened them to watch the water change to tea.  We also used some coffee beans from the cupboard.  We used our senses to touch and smell them.  We improvised and used a brick to take it in turns to grind the coffee beans.  Lots of very engaged children. 

Sorting dinosaurs in to colours.

Enjoying the shade.

πŸ‘’Hats and Suncream β˜€οΈΒ 

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We’ve been having a great morning outdoors in the sun looking for bees, butterflies, snails, woodlice and spiders.  πŸŒ 🐝 πŸ¦‹ πŸ•· 

Please could we ask that children have a named hat and have had suncream applied before preschool. 
We’d also like to say a big thank you to the Miller family for donating a huge tractor tyre and grass.  It’s made a lovely little quiet corner for looking at books and talking. 

**Next week is going to be’Sports Week’ we are going to be looking at moving in different ways, and how physical activity affects us. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. **

Flying to Italy for Pizza

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The morning before we broke up for half term we had a visitor come to talk about being a Pilot.  We all checked in for our flights handing our tickets to the check in staff.  If the children wanted they even had a chance to try on a headset and uniform. 

Once we arrived in Italy we tucked into our pizza that we’d made earlier.