The latest news and updates from Hunter Hall pre-school. Find out more about what our tiny tots have been up to each week.
Latest News 12th July 2019
What a year! I cannot believe this is the final newsletter. It only seems like yesterday that we were welcoming our new starters at the beginning of the Autumn term and now, here we are, sending them off on the next step of their journey. I say every year but it is always with mixed feelings that I write this. Sadness at what is the end of a fantastic year and pride when I see journey each child has made during their time with us. I have truly loved every moment of this year and when I look back at the profiles of each child I am reminded of just how many different experiences and adventures each child has enjoyed, from Challenge Tuesday to Forest Friday and so many in between. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with each child and help them on their pre-school journey and I am sure that they are all ready for the next step of their learning journey.
Miss H Gallagher
Latest News 5th July 2019
We have been busy practising for sports day on the school field this week. This has also led on to discussions about keeping fit and healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle, which, I am very pleased to say is something that the children seem to have a good understanding of. All of our pre-school children seemed to enjoy their ‘moving up day’ and we have been hearing all about how they are now big boys and girls. I cannot believe that we are approaching our final week for some of our children, although I am happy to say, especially after listening to them on Thursday, that I think they are all ready for the next step in their learning journey.
Latest News 21st June 2019
Pre School News We have been thinking about the different seasons this week as we officially move into summer – although one child was quite sure it was autumn because it was windy and the sky was grey! After I convinced him it was in fact summer we moved on to explore our environment during the summer season and how it differs from other seasons.
The children have used paints to create some wonderful seaside pictures, drawing on experience of their own visits to the seaside.
We had a lovely time in the sunshine on Thursday afternoon when we joined Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 on the field for an extra P.E session; let’s hope summer really is here!
Miss H Gallagher
Latest News 14th June 2019
What a busy week for Hunter Hall pre-school children! They all enjoyed conducting a science experiment earlier in the week after a child asked, ‘How do rocks get to the bottom of the ocean?’ We used the computer to research how the rock does get there and what it is called; learning that it is called ‘sedimentary’ rock. We have used chocolate and ice cubes to see how hot lava cools and turns to stone; a very tasty experiment.
We had an exciting time exploring the circus along with the rest of Lower School, coming together for a circus-themed craft day on Thursday and of course learning some new circus skills with the circus school on Friday; I have to say we were very impressed with some of the circus outfits we saw on dress up day.
Latest News 7th June 2019
This week we have begun to explore the seaside. This topic has brought back lots of fond memories for the children and we have enjoyed hearing about all their exciting times visiting the beach with family. The children have been experimenting with paint to create their own unique jellyfish; this has been a really good activity to help the children understand that we can manipulate materials to create effects. We all really enjoyed our surprise performance of ‘The Secret Garden’ on Wednesday. What a wonderful start to the half term; I can’t wait to share more exciting times throughout the rest of the term.
Latest News 28th June 2019
The children have enjoyed tin foil painting this week and have produced some wonderful pieces of art work. It has been very interesting to see how painting on tin foil differs to painting on paper; making the colours appear a lot brighter. They have also been taking part in lots of child-led role-play activities, this week alone we had a burglary in the pre-school which meant lots of police officers; a hospital – I am very lucky to be surrounded by such caring doctors who are all very skilled in applying bandages – and a hairdressing salon. What multi-talented children! We had a lovely time on Thursday afternoon on the field with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 when Mr Hetherington and Miss Westgarth set up some exciting activities for us. There has also been lots of water fun as we kept cool in the sun – I really hope the sunshine continues into the summer holidays.
Miss H Gallagher
Latest News 24th May 2019
This week we have continued to explore minibeasts in the preschool; focusing on habitats. The children have created some microhabitats of their own and left them in the outside area in the hope that some minibeasts will come along and make a home for themselves.
We have also explored germs and how easily they spread – the children have all taken part in our glitter hand washing activity, which is a really fun way of explaining how germs spread and how important it is to wash our hands.
Of course, we have spent lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine. The children have enjoyed using the climbing frame, playing in the large sand pit, mark making using the large chalks and many other activities. We are keeping our fingers crossed in the hope that the weather continues for the half term break.
Latest News 10th May 2019
We have been busy exploring the life cycle of a butterfly this week. We have visited the caterpillars in the reception class to learn all about how they will change and grow. We have been listening to the story of the hungry caterpillar and the children have used picture cards to sequence the story independently. We have also explored how butterflies are symmetrical and used paints to make our own symmetrical butterflies.
We have also been thinking about our thoughts and how they don’t always make us feel happy; in fact, our thoughts can sometimes make us feel very unhappy. We have imagined our thoughts as bubbles and discussed ways in which we can make these unhappy thought bubbles disappear. The children have even made their very own thought bubble for the pre-school; a space where they can go to cast away any unhappy thoughts they might have.
Latest News 4th May 2019
We have been learning all about the lifecycle of a frog this week. Mollie has very kindly brought in some tadpoles for us to see first-hand how they change and grow. As part of our ‘try it Tuesday’ challenge the children were asked to make their own fishing nets, we took these to the school pond to try and catch some more tadpoles and were lucky enough to actually catch one in a sea shell! We have used egg cartons and bubble wrap to make our own frog life cycles, these are now on display in the pre-school.
We have been thinking about what to do when people are mean to us. We have likened meanness to a bug that spreads easily and thought of ways we can make the meanness melt away. The children have made a mean puddle for the pre-school. They initially decided to ‘splat’ the meanness away and into the puddle but have now chosen to carefully melt it into the puddle by asking, ‘why are they mean?’ or ‘what is making them unhappy?’ If we melt the meanness away it has less chance of splashing out and spreading again than if we ‘splat’ it away!
Latest News 17th May 2019
We have really made the most of the glorious weather this week; spending lots of time outside. Our focus this week has been mini beasts, we have been learning all about the various kinds of mini beast and where we might find them. We have used magnifying glasses to help us find them in their ‘microhabitats.’ The children have been strengthening their fine motor muscles by using tweezers to pull mini beasts out of the sand. We have taken our phonics outside by thinking about the initial sounds of some of the things we have found including; flowers, spades and ladybirds. The children have been practising their scissor skills with our ‘superhero’ cutting activity.
Of course we have also just enjoyed being outside in the sunshine and appreciating the wonderful environment in which our pre-school is based.
Miss H Gallagher
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