Welcome to all our new families that will be starting in September, and welcome back to our families that are already with us.
We start back on the 4th of September, remember to check your start dates that were giving to you on the open afternoon.
We are all very excited to welcome you all to Cholsey Pre-School. Looking forward to seeing you all.
Change 4 Life
Feelings and emotions
We have been working hard with the children to look at feelings and why we feel different feelings and ways of expressing them. We have looked at ways of expressing ourselves when we are angry or frustrated and what that might feel like when we feel the emotions. Many comments were made by the children about their tummies having funny feelings and they didn’t know why their tummies did this when they felt a type of emotion. We have supported each child to try and help them understand the reasons why this happens.
We are encouraging the children to ‘use their voices’ to talk about how they feel, especially when they are playing, it’s important the children can express themselves to each other as they develop their play skills.
Practising ICT Skills
The children have been using iPad’s to make pictures of themselves, selecting and choosing stickers and trying to place the right face parts onto their faces. They had a lot of fun doing this, while learning new skills. We have Supported and extend the skills children develop as they become familiar with simple equipment.
School Primary School Fete
Cholsey Primary School have their school fete on Saturday 22nd from 11.45-3pm. Pre-School will be doing the Slushie machine and Auntie Val is doing a teddy and book stall. If your not busy come on down and have a look around. It will also be a lovely chance to see and be a part of a school event for those families who will be starting at Cholsey in September.
Forest School with Mrs Stanley (Part of our transitions/School readiness)
The children had so much fun going to forest school today with Mrs Stanley the foundation class, forest school leader. The children had an opportunity to experience new skills, have fun and take risks, all the children challenged themselves fully with the outdoors. The children lit a fire and made popcorn which they all loved.
Thank you Mrs Stanley we can’t wait til next week.
We have been taking part with the remembrance of the D-Day celebrations. We have been learning what D-Day is and why it is being celebrated, we listened to music from that era and listened to some stories from some of the people who experienced the second world war. Some of the children have been really interested and have been asking lots of questions and drawing pictures.
Please check out the change 4 life website, they have some really good ideas for lunch boxes and healthy meals. Don’t forget to get your children involved with preparing and choosing what goes in their lunch box. They are more likely to eat it if they helped make it.
Today we were so excited to find some strawberries growing from our strawberry plants. We have been looking after them really well. We have been protecting them from slugs and bugs, watering them and singing to them. The hard work has paid off as the strawberries are growing.
Wow very important Visitor
Gabrielle was the lovely lady who first founded Cholsey Pre-School but was known as Cholsey Play group over 50 years ago. This was such a special visit for us because this lovely lady started off the journey which has been managed over the 50 years to where it is now. Gabrielle was very impressed with the children and how they learn, and what she found incredible was the array of resources we have to inspire the children. She told us all when she started, she started of with one box of bricks. She also couldn’t believe that we don’t get any funding or government help and everything you see is from fundraising. We were comparing what it was like over 50 years ago to where it is know. Gabrielle also commended us on the hard work we have to do even before the children arrive and what we have to do before we leave in the evening.
We were very privileged and honoured to have Gabrielle at Cholsey Pre-School, we can’t wait to see you again soon. Thank you for coming and inspiring us all.
Your school lotteryLottery Prizes – Tech Bundle – Buy your ticket before May 24th! If you haven’t already registered for a lottery ticket, then please consider buying one as the funds really help support the pre-school. There is a guaranteed winner every week plus this month there is a bundle of tech up for grabs! All you need to do is visit this website, search for Cholsey. Tickets are £1 per week.
Today’s group time we tried a meditation session for the children. We wanted to try and see if having some calm and relaxing time would help support the children with emotions and how they fell about things they come across on a day to day basis, with making positive choices. Children can learn patience, kindness, acceptance, and generosity from meditation. Meditation strengthens children’s relationship with their inner selves, their mind/body connection, and development of their own personality—all of which make them better able to lead more positive lives and make positive choices for themselves. Well done everyone for joining in and concentrating and for having a go.
The children had lots of fun making their own obstacle course, selecting resources independently. The used a timer to try and see if they could beat the time before it ran out. They used construction pieces to build and balance, stack and used a various collection of resources. The children were able to demonstrate their gross motor movements well. We had a range of skills and movements such as slithering on the ground to go underneath a plank, rolling through a net, crawling through a tunnel, running, jogging, walking, jumping in and out of hoops, tip toeing through a rope ladder. The children had to use their arms to pull themselves through objects. Many different ways of moving was demonstrated. Well done everyone.
May Day Celebrations
Every year we take part in the May Day Celebrations. We perform our May pole dancing to the community of Cholsey. The children have been busy practising at Pre-School for a couple of weeks, they were all so excited to take part. It was so lovely to see some of the previous years children and their older siblings that had also attended Cholsey Pre-School take part. Well done to all the children and staff for all their hard work. It was a fabulous event.
The importance of outside play is massive. Some of the children set up a water flow activity, they were interested in trying to watch water travel along some guttering. They had managed to use the resources themselves to angle the guttering to make the water flow. The children while supervised were accessing water from the tap and filling up a bucket to use down the guttering. The were trying to work out how to get the water from the bucket to the guttering. They found some cups and watering cans to transport the water from one to the other. The children were measuring the water level within the cups “how much can I put in my cup” “look mine water is up to here” “Wow mine is on number 5″ They were also estimating how many cups it would take to fill up the water can, “I think 3 cups, 1,2,3,4,5,6″
We are always looking at ways to support children we being healthy, we decided this week to look at healthy foods. For snack today we made are own healthy wraps for snack time. The children could choose what fillings were healthy and make their own snack using only the healthy options.
Trip to the National History Museum
We hope you all have a lovely Easter and enjoying spending time together. Please send in any photos of your Easter fun. We can’t wait to see you for term 5.
“Which one is the tallest?” He points out the tallest tower. One of our children trying to see how tall he could make the pegs get before they fell.
We had a lovely time at the Earth Trust lambing. We were able to meet the sheep and the lambs, see the pigs and piglets and some chicks that had just hatched. We did some brilliant listening and learnt about keeping safe. Lots of us milked a cow and mucked out the sheep pen. The sun was shining which meant we could also climb the hay bales, we jumped and pulled ourselves up using many skills. We had a massive learning experience, even travelling on the coach was amazing and some children had never experienced that before. Well done to all the children, they all behaved beautifully, you should all be proud of your little ones growing independence and confidence.
This week we have been reinforcing the rules and boundaries of Pre-School along with our British values, how do we expect to be treated, how do we treat others. How do we want other people to feel. This has been very interesting and the children have really been talking about how they like to feel and how their friends should treat them. We have observed the children reminding each other while in play, communicating by using their voices to express their feelings and sorting out their own disagreements. This has been a wow moment for some of the children. Being able to understand feelings of others and how they feel is so important, to be able to express this to a friend is incredible.
We have had lots of fun using the iPad to create pictures of ourselves, we had to select stickers to place on our faces to produce a picture. This was lots of fun, it did take a lot of skills using our fingers and co-ordination. We had to think hard what to do and what to press. We then printed our own pictures using the printer by ourselves. We were also taking photo’s and printing them. We used the ipads this week to find out information about volcanoes, what is a volcano? what’s inside? how does a volcano erupt? Bee-bot Bee-bot has been travelling around the Pre-School. We have worked out routes for him by going left, right, forward and backward.
Portrait pictures by Mei
Well done Mei, we love the portraits.
We learnt about the festival of colour and produced art work with our hands and feet. We painted our feet and hands in paint and made colourful prints. We talked about winter ending and spring starting. We also learnt about positive friendship. We learnt who celebrates Holi and when and how it’s celebrated. We had lots of fun.
Today we all tried hard to practice our catching a throwing of large balls. We worked on our gross motor skills and our co-ordination skills. We had to watch the ball very carefully to see who’s turn it was to catch it. We also did some brilliant listening to instructions and focused our attention on music and what movements we had to make. We have all been trying hard to put our socks and shoes on and off by ourselves. When we first started doing P.E in September, we found this quite hard, now many of us are able to do this by ourselves. It shows with repetition and practice we can achieve anything.
Your school Lottery
We have launched a lottery for Pre-School to raise money. Tickets are £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all tickets sales are donated to our Pre-School. There is a guaranteed cash prize to someone on our supporter list every week and a further chance to win £25,000 in a separate draw every week. Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results are posted online. To start supporting, visit: www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/play Search for Cholsey Pre-School-Supporters must be 16 years of age and over.
Please don’t forget our skittles night which is on the 29th of March. It’s for all the family to enjoy as social time while having fun. There will be a buffet and a chance to win a fantastic prize. If you are interested then please email the Pre-School. Tickets are £10 for an adult and £5 for a child. Watch out for the leaflet in your red pockets. Everyone is welcome.
We are encouraging and teaching the children about making healthy choices. We are looking at where food comes from and looking at choices we make. Supporting children with this at any early age will set foundations for their future. Being able to have healthy choices benefits them in many ways, it helps with; Concentration Physical development Learning outcomes Behaviour Cognitive Development Long term Future health. We started to send out recipes to support this with lunch and meal ideas, we also shared with everyone a leaflet for healthy lunch boxes and nutrition. If anyone would like anymore ideas or help with making health choices, please let me now.
World Book Day
We have loved celebrating world book day today. We have all dressed up and enjoyed a range of stories, and looked in depth at how books are structured. We have shared are favourite stories with our friends and learnt new stories. We also made up our own stories and role played them.
This afternoon the children are investigating ‘Polymers’, different types of plastic. Professor Lucy helped the children to do a science experiment and really look at what plastic is and what happens to it in the environment. The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt some very interesting things, I am sure you will hear all about it at home.
Well done to everyone that took part in the class-a-thon and to everyone that donated money. We are very grateful for all the support. When we know the total of the amount raised we will let you know. Thank you everyone.
What are the benefits of doing puzzles?
Puzzles are an important educational learning tool for children as they provide many skills and mental learning benefits and opportunities,
- Cognitive Skills
- Problem Solving
- Fine Motor Development
- Hand and Eye Coordination
- Self Esteem
Puzzles help to develop basic skills such as shape recognition, concentration, goal setting, patience and a sense of achievement, which will stand children in good stead for school. Puzzles help develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills because of the precise nature of matching each piece exactly.