Pre-School 2019 - 2020

Mrs Ellis

Pre-School 2019-20


Teachers & Teams

Mrs Ellis  EYFS Lead & Early Years Consultant. Owls Group Lead

Mrs Clarke  (Early Years Practitioner) – Frogs Group Lead

Mrs Maybury (Early Years Practitioner) – Hedgehogs Group Lead

Mrs Cotton  (1:1 Class Assistant)

Mrs Gray (PPA cover on a Wednesday)


Week beginning 2nd December 2019

Hello everyone,

In phonics this week…

Aspect 4  Rhythm and Rhyme.

Main purpose

To increase awareness of words that rhyme and to develop knowledge about rhyme

Rhyming pairs

This is a game using pictures of objects with names that rhyme. The children take it in turns to turn two cards over and keep them if the pictures are a rhyming pair. If they are not a rhyming pair, the cards are turned face down again and the other person has a turn. We start with a small core set of words that can then be extended.The children need to be familiar with the rhyming word families before they can use them in a game. This is an activity that you could continue at home by looking at pictures and talking about objects with names that rhyme. Have fun!

This week as you know has been filled with our wonderful Christmas Workshops and what an amazing time we have had together with so much learning through fun and engaging activities. We do so value the time you take to come in and spend a morning or an afternoon with us all here in pre-school. All the workshops have been so well attended and may I thank you for all the positive comments that you have expressed on our evaluation sheets. On the evaluation sheets you have also expressed your thoughts and ideas for more and also the themes of future workshops, so from the pre-school may I say a big ‘thank you’, a true partnership indeed! We have created so many happy memories as you can see from the moments captured below.






 Again we have been busy preparing for our Christmas concert. Not long now so we look forward to sharing our performance of ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ with you all during the week ahead.

Just a reminder that if you have not already done so could you  please bring  your child’s costume into pre-school and of course we do ask that you put names on please.

Another fabulous week, well done pre-school!

Our new story focus is 'We're Going On An Elf Chase' by Martha Mumford and Laura Hughes this is a story with a mathematical focus but is full of intrigue as the rabbit family go on a hunt to find the hidden Elves.

I will leave you with a few more photographs of our week here at pre-school, ENJOY!




It just leaves me to say have a great weekend together and we look forward to seeing you all next week.


If you have any spare time and would like to come and help in pre-school or would like to be a ‘mystery reader’ do have a word with the pre-school staff.

Mrs Ellis and the pre-school team. xxxx




  • Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school so please remember this when you are preparing your child’s lunch box.
  • Please ensure that uniforms, coats, lunchboxes ( if you could put a label on the outside of the lunchbox that would be most helpful), bags and boots are labelled with your child’s name
  • Please ensure that your child has a change of clothes in their bags just in case of any little accidents and please wash and return any clothing that we have put on at school.




                                                    The Early Years Foundation Stage 


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.



The Seven Areas of Learning and  Development:

There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. 


Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. 


These three areas, the prime areas, are: 


Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.


Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. 


The specific areas are:


Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.   Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials including books, poems, and other written materials to ignite their interest.


Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.


Understanding The World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment


Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.


Do  take a look at these websites!


Yourtube Mr Thorne does phonics.


Please remember to -

  • Put your childs name in all their belongings.
  • Do ring the office to let us know if your child will not be attending pre-school.

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