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 30th November 2019
The Christmas excitement has well and truly begun in pre-school! The children have been writing their letters to Santa this week. This is a wonderful literacy activity that really encourages children to think about the meaning of the marks that they make. I must also apologise to our parents who will now be inundated with little pieces of paper that have been carefully cut out of our Argos catalogues; this is just too good an opportunity for scissor practice to ignore!
We have also been spending more time practising for our nativity performance and telling the story of the nativity; I think it is very important that children understand why Christmas is celebrated. Next week, the excitement will build further as we celebrate the beginning of advent, decorate our Christmas tree and welcome the arrival of a special festive friend.
Latest News 22nd November 2019
As our Autumn topic came to a close this week, the children were busy painting their clay hedgehogs, ready to take them home and let them hibernate. This week we have also been busy exploring 2D shapes through various activities including: shape matching, making our own shapes with the pebbles and practising our pencil control by drawing some as well. The countdown to Christmas has also officially begun, and this week we have been starting to learn the songs for our nativity, ready to begin practising on stage next week!
Latest News 15th November 2019
Our topic of autumn has continued this week and extended to animals and hibernation, focusing on hedgehogs. We have learned lots of different facts about hedgehogs such as the fact that a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. The children have made their own spikey hedgehogs using clay and will decorate them next week, before bringing them home. This is a great activity, not only to encourage the children to explore different materials and techniques, but it is also a great activity for strengthening and developing children’s fine motor skills.
Following on from last weeks ‘Be the Pond’ mindfulness activity, the children have decorated their own feelings fish and we now have our very own pond on the wall to remind us to just… ‘Be the Pond.’
Latest News 8th November 2019
What a busy start to the half term it has been! We have been busy exploring Diwali, learning all about how it is celebrated around the world. We have also been exploring Bonfire night, building our own bonfire in pre-school and learning all about staying safe around bonfires and fireworks. The children have created some wonderful firework pictures using paints, glitter and marbles.
We have also been exploring our feelings, imagining our minds are ponds full of different feelings, with fish swimming around. This pond can be very busy at times, so it is important to sometimes just ‘be the pond’ and let the fish swim by; this is a great tip that I think us adults could sometimes benefit from remembering.
Miss H Gallagher
Latest News 18th October 2019
We have been exploring the Harvest Festival in pre-school this week, learning all about how some foods are grown and harvested. The children have been decorating their own pumpkins using seeds, lentils and oats which has also been a good activity for exploring different textures. We now have a lovely pumpkin patch on display.
We have used some home grown cooking apples to make a delicious Dorsett Apple Cake, which we are selling at the school Harvest Festival celebration; any money raised will go towards new equipment for our outdoor area. The children had a lovely time making the cake: peeling and cutting the apples themselves.
I cannot believe we are at the end of our first half term already! I must say I have enjoyed every minute of it and feel very lucky that we are, yet again, blessed with a wonderful group of children. I cannot wait to see what the next half term brings; exploring, learning and Christmas!
Latest News 11th October 2019
We have loved celebrating Book Week with the rest of the school; the children have taken part in lots of exciting book-related activities. Our main focus has centred around the story ‘Jim and the Bean stalk,’ including making our very own beanstalk that reached so high it was taller than the door! There was great excitement on Wednesday when we returned from lunch to find a very messy pre-school! Apparently Jack had been back up the beanstalk and taken some more of the giant’s belongings and he was having a lot of trouble finding them. We found the belongings using a list he had given us and returned them to his beanstalk. We were very impressed with the efforts everyone went to for dress-up day; we had pirates, Cinderella, Mary Poppins and even a rabbit in pre-school that day. I’m sure we all agree that a great week has been had by all.
Latest News 4th October 2019
We have enjoyed another wonderful week in the pre-school filled with exciting opportunities and experiences. We managed to make the most of a glorious afternoon on Wednesday and enjoyed a lovely walk looking the changes that autumn has brought to our surroundings. We have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods and the children have used different collage materials to make their own plate of food for our display.
We had a fantastic time on Thursday morning when we joined the reception children for a visit to a forest school. The excitement began just with a ride in the school mini bus, but it was wonderful to explore and take part in different forest activities including making our own popcorn by the campfire and creating our very own forest art. A very muddy time was had by all and I’m sure there were lots of tired children who went home that day.
Latest News 27th September 2019
We have enjoyed a busy start to the term in pre-school. It has been lovely to welcome back our children and meet some new faces. Everyone has settled incredibly well; it really is a heart-warming sight to see new friendships forming. So far, we have been very impressed with all the children’s artistic skills, which they demonstrated when they painted some wonderful self-portraits. We have enjoyed some great adventures in the forest and explored the school during a walk on a beautifully sunny autumn day, as well as many other exciting activities. I really am looking forward to the year ahead, with lots of exciting times to come.
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 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 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.
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