Welcome to the pre-school page
Welcome to Holy Innocents Pre-school page, our names are Ms Eldridge (Pre-School Manager) and Mrs Gregory (Pre-School Assistant Manager). This is just a small part of all of the exciting things we do, we think you will enjoy sharing the journey with us and the children.
2019 Autumn Term 1 Planning
Week 1: The children have all really settled in well, especially the children that have joined us this September. To continue to help the children settle in our topic this term is "All about me" the children will be making self portraits that can be seen on our lovely welcome board in the pre-school. They will be bringing in special boxes from home to help them get to know their new friends and bringing in their favourite books from home to share with everyone.
Our Pre School welcome board
The children enjoying talking with their new friends whilst playing with the pizza dough.
Week 2: We asked the children to bring in special boxes from home with some items and photos that are important to them so they can tell us all about their homes and families. The children really enjoyed standing up and showing us what they had brought in and who the people was in their photos.
The children sharing their special boxes with their friends.
Week 3: This week the children brought in their favourite books from home and shared them with the other children.
We also became explorers and walked to our beautiful nature area, the children spotted lots of living creatures in our pond and enjoyed looking for all of the ripe fruits and vegetables in the vegetable garden.
Exploring the nature area and enjoying the lovely weather.
Week 4: The children used mirrors to look at their reflections and make pictures of their faces. They talked with their friends about all of the similarities and differences they could see. We also talked about emotions and how they was feeling, they made their face plate pictures to express the emotions they was feeling.
We had lots of fun with some foam messy play using our hands and different objects and shapes to make marks and some fun hand painting.
Week 5: This week we talked about sharing, taking turns and being kind to each other. The children did really well and showed us some really good team work.
Week 6: This week the children explored physical movement, they used spacial awareness, balance, and over and under movements. They enjoyed their PE lesson where they completed the assault course that was set up for them. The children used these skills in their own play during outdoor play where they set up their own balance beam using the bricks.
Week 7: This week we continued to explore our physical development, so we wrapped up warm and ventured up to playground. The children used large balls to kick, throw and catch. We used the hula hoops to roll and chase after, all that running around kept us nice and warm.
As sadly the weather has started to get colder the children practised putting on their own coats and trying to do up their own zips/buttons. They all did really well and was really proud of themselves.
Autumn Term 2: This term our topic is "Festivals and Celebrations". The children will be talking about Diwali, Fireworks and how to stay safe, Remembrance Day and of course the exciting lead up to Christmas we have lots of fun things to look forward to with the Nativity, Christmas jumper day and the Christmas party, but we will also be talking about the true meaning of Christmas and why we celebrate it.
Week 1: This week the children have learnt about the Diwali Festival of Light, we have talked about the Hindu culture and what the celebration means. The children made Diwali lamps and Rangoli Patterns and we made firework pictures with splatter paints which was great fun.
Week 2:This week the children talked about fireworks and how we can keep safe. They made their own rocket pictures using triangles and rectangle shapes and they made firework pictures using chalks. We have also been talking about Remembrance day and making poppies that are looking beautiful on our classroom display board.
Today was "Be bright be seen" day, promoting road safety and all of the children in the school were able to design their be bright be seen shoes and wear them to school. One of our preschool children designed his own shoes and was very excited to come and show them to us.
Week 3: Even though Winter has definitely arrived and the weather has turned chilly the children have been putting on their coats, hats and gloves and still enjoying outside play. They have been doing lots of running, jumping, riding bikes and playing football to keep warm. Here is some pictures of the children enjoying some physical activities.
Week 4: This week the Pre-school took delivery of a lovely new bookcase, this means the children can now see and enjoy a wide range of books. The children enjoyed reading the books together and telling each other stories. We will be talking with the children about how we look after books, how books have a beginning, middle and end and how books can give us information and tell a story. We will be using props and pictures from books to help the children make up their own stories.
Week 5: This week marked the start of Advent, and pre-school have been given a beautiful nativity display. We have been talking with the children about the true meaning of Christmas and how we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
You may have noticed over the last few weeks the children have been singing Christmas songs at home, this is because they have been practising their songs for the KS1 nativity. Well this week all the practising paid off and pre school joined Reception, Year 1 & 2 and did us all really proud and took part in two fantastic performances. We hope you all managed to come and see them, here is some pictures of our pre school angels.
Well done Pre School you were amazing!
Week 6: The children have been looking at 2D shapes and what shapes we can see in the pre-school. We have been using the wooden puzzles to look at different shapes and how we can make them fit. We have also been making all sorts of Christmas arts and crafts including Christmas hats for our party next week.
Week 7: We are all starting to feel very excited about Christmas and we have been enjoying doing lots of Christmas activities. On Friday it was Christmas jumper day for the whole school and pre-school all came in looking amazing.
Week 8: So we have come to the last week of our longest term, the children have been amazing and made us very proud. We celebrated by having a Christmas party which I think we all thoroughly enjoyed. We had some musical entertainment from Jolly Dinosaurs and a special visit from Santa.
Spring term 1: We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and wishing all a very happy new year!
We not only welcome back all of our pre-school children but we would also like to welcome and introduce our new Pre-school assistant Mrs Vinay.
This term our topic is "People who help us". The children will be looking at the roles of different important figures in the community, and we will be having visits to the pre school from Polices officers, a nurse, Fire Fighters and their fire engine and a dentist.
Week 1: The Pre School had some new children join us this term, we are pleased to say they have all settled in really well and it was lovely to see all of our original children playing with them and making them feel welcome.
The children enjoying their music lesson with spencer the bear.
Week 2: This week we have been talking about police officers and their role, what they may look like and what transport they use. The children have talked about who they should tell if they was lost and how to call 999 if they had an emergency.
The children made Police hats to wear.
At Holy Innocents we are extremely lucky to be situated on such beautiful grounds, so the children get to experience all of this, this week we have introduced forest school in the pre school, the children will go in small groups to explore our nature area, vegetable garden and pond and join in with lots of forest school activities.
The children enjoying the forest school activities, bark rubbing, collecting sticks, wood and leaves to create insect habitats.
Week 3: This week the children have been talking about, Doctors, Nurses, Hospitals, Ambulances and Paramedics and all the different roles they have to keep us healthy. We explored what they may look like and what transport they use. We also had a nurse come in to pre-school and talk to the children about her different roles which was really good fun!
The children dressed as nurses wearing aprons and gloves and was able to put bandages on each other and listen to each others heartbeats through stethoscopes.
This week we also celebrated Chinese New Year and we was lucky to have one of our children's parents come into the pre school and tell the story of why it is celebrated. She also made lanterns and fish with the children which we was able to decorate the pre- school with. A big thank you to our parent helper we all really enjoyed it!
Week 4: Continuing this terms topic "People who help us" the pre-school children enjoyed a visit from the Fire Brigade. The children got to sit in the fire engine, try on the hats and even spray the hose. Not only did we have really good fun, the children learnt about how dangerous fire can be.
Week 5: This week we had a dentist came to visit us in pre-school. The children talked about what is good and bad for their teeth and how they brush their teeth at home to keep them healthy. They was able to practice teeth brushing with a giant tooth brush which was good fun.
A big thank you to Dr Ogretme the Dentist (and parent)for coming in to talk to us and for the children's goodie bags they were all very excited to go home and use their new tooth brushes and tooth paste.
Week 6: Here at pre-school we are lucky enough to have our own music lesson each week, which we all really look forward to. Keeping in with this terms topic "people who help us" we have been learning a song about fire officers, the children have been learning the signs as well as the words to the song. This week we added instruments which was really good fun, and the children did such a good job.
We hope you have enjoyed this term as much as we have. Have a lovely half term break.