Alderley Edge Pre-school

 

What we have been up to this term!

Summer 2019!

Planting & growing! Now the weather is getting warmer we have enjoyed learning all about plating and growing, we have successfully grown our own cress heads, planted and observed sunflowers and broad beans! We have been learning about how we can help the seeds to grow! 

Butterfly Life Cycle - We have been really lucky to experience another real life cycle, we have 10 caterpillars arrive in the summer term, we spent time observing them move and looking at their features! We saw them grow... some even doubled in size over night! We were able to observe them making their cocoons and had to wait very patiently for them to break out into beautiful butterflies! Our butterflies then enjoyed some lovely fruit and we kept them for a few days before releasing them onto the field after our stay and play session! 

Trip to BroadLeaf Forest School Centre! Our forest school class went out on a full day visit to our forest school leaders base camp! This was a fantastic opportunity and the children got to spend a full day at forest school, exploring a large woodland area, climbing trees, campfire cooking, imaginative play in a fairy garden, exploring in the mud kitchen and making hammer natural prints. 

Squiggle whilst you wiggle! Our favourite song this term has been Proud Mary for our 'round and round' actions, the children have been gaining confidence in these sessions and extending them by introducing their own movements for each of the actions. We have been developing the mark making session by encouraging some letter formation with the letters that link to the action. 

Yoga - This term we have been doing most of our yoga outside on the field and also in the woods! We have learnt lots of new positions including the 'shark, cat, dog, plank, the dancer' 

Sports Week - All children took part in our yearly decathlon challenge to raise money for our woodland area! We all had the opportunity to have a turn at 10 different sports! On the last day all of our parents were invited to come in and cheer on our children in their groups to complete 5 of these sports! Even our parents had the opportunity to have a turn! 

School readiness - All our school leavers have received their very own school readiness packs! What you will find in the pack - ‘I spy a mud pie’ leaflet, Sunflower seeds, Blank story stone, Library application, Play dough recipe, Supermarket explorer, phonics game, Nature hunt pack, Getting ready for school checklist. The ideas behind the pack have come from the leaflet ‘I spy mud pie’, this leaflet has been designed by local Pre-School leaders and the reception teachers. Children are often pushed to learn to read and write before they are ready, the list of activities and ideas included show that children need to be ready for school in a variety of different ways! By having a go at some of these activities and spending quality time with your child over the next few months this will help to support your child’s school readiness in a fun and enjoyable way!

Staff Training - this term we have all really enjoyed and benefited from some in house fire lighting training delivered by Broadleaf Forest School! This has had a huge impact on our woodland sessions, we have been able to broaden our opportunities for all children and we have definitely enjoyed toasting lots of marshmallows this term! We have also set up with a new training provider - Early Impact and two staff members have been on the Literacy, language and mark making and fine motor and early mark making courses which were extremely practical and effective courses that have influenced lots of new ideas! 


Spring 2019!

Ducks, what an amazing experience! We feel so lucky to have been able to see first hand the life cycle of a duck, the children got to watch two of our ducklings push their way out and hatch! It was fantastic! We then got to keep the ducks for another week and had lots of fun playing with them on the field, giving them baths, teaching them to swim and even handling them! We are going to miss them now they have gone back to their farm! 

Interactive Whiteboard & Technology - This term we have been updating our technology resources and focusing on improving the opportunities available to promote each child's learning and development in this area. We have been extremely fortunate to have been donated a range of resources from our parents to develop a whole technology area which now includes micro phones, calculators, cameras, phones, head phones and listening devices. We have also been very fortunate to be able to have an interactive whiteboard installed for the children to use! 

World Book day! We celebrated world book day and all of our children were invited to dress up as their favourite character on a day of their choosing and bring in their favourite book to share with us! We had some fantastic costumes, and lots of children keen to share and re tell some of their favourite books!

Chinese New Year, this year we celebrated the year of the pig! We enhanced some of our continuous provision with Chinese symbols to promote mark making, chopsticks and noodle messy play and a range of Chinese foods to taste and smell!

Healthy Food Week - We are always being asked for advice around what a healthy balanced diet for children means?! We decided to plan for and enhance our environment all around a healthy lifestyle. We set up sports activities focusing on our bodies and how exercise is important for our health! We felt our heart beats and tested to see how we could make it go faster! We also did lots of healthy food tasting with a variety of fruit and vegetables even making veggie faces! We then looked at sugar and different foods and drinks and how much sugar they have in them! 

Forest School - This term we have been building fires from scratch, having ago at lighting fires using a flint and steel, making bow and arrows, making our own garlic bread with wild garlic, making woodland lanterns, making pancakes, making love heart hand warmers and also playing our favourite games 123 where are you and Mr Fox!

Welly Walks! This term the younger children have been going on our welly walks on a Tuesday morning, we have been on shape and colour hunts, listening to the bear hunt then following our own bear hunt trail,  exploring how different animals move and sound.

Staff Training - This term our staff team have completed a wide range of training courses including, fire lighting,SENCo new to the role, Characteristics of effective learning, promoting positive behaviour, school readiness cluster, safeguarding awareness, fine motor & early mark making, Designated safeguarding cluster and Tier 1,2 &3 Autism awareness training. The staff are encouraged to regularly review their personal and professional development, they are encouraged to share interests, carry out peer observations and discuss training opportunities during staff supervisions. We work hard to ensure that the training we attend is then used to support and develop our practice.


Autumn 2018!

Dental Play box! We had a visit from dental play box this term, we learnt about how long we should brush our teeth for, different types of foods and what foods are not good for our teeth! We all had a turn dressing up as dentist and checking out our puppets teeth giving them a brush!

Animals take over! We had a very exciting visit from lots of exciting woodland themed animals this term! We met a hedgehog, two owls, snake, rabbit, rat, frog and a giant snail! We all got to have at turn to either touch or hold the animals and learn all about them and how to look after them!

Forest School! This term we have been making our own bird houses and bird feeders, elder twig pencils, natural Christmas tree decorations and learning our fire safety rules and have begun to learn about fire lighting.

Halloween party! This year the children asked for their own pre school Halloween party! Dressing up was optional, we had some fantastic costumes! We had party food and played spooky games!

Welly walks! This term our welly walks have been on a Tuesday morning, we have been on a Gruffalo trail, woodland animal home hunt, listened to woodland stories and been on a weather sounds walk.

Spanish! Monday morning is Spanish! Kidslingo come out to lead our sessions, we have been learning about our emotions and how to say how we feel in Spanish! We have learnt colours and numbers, also looked at key words linked with Halloween and pirate topics. 

Shelter! Our children have loved watching our shelter being built! Now it is up and ready to use we have been going out there for small group activities on a daily basis! What a fantastic shelter we now have!

Sports - our younger children have been using the hall for some sports and movement activities on a Monday morning! They have loved learning to move like different animals, playing turn taking games, building and following simple obstacle courses. 
Thursday afternoon our older children take part in sports on the playground or field, we have been learning key skills linked to familiar sports including football, basketball and hockey.

Visits to the care home - some of our children have been visiting Cavendish Care home over this half term! We have built a lovely relationship with the staff and residents of the care home, our children have enjoyed sharing familiar activities on their visits and have loved having chats with the residents!