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 Robertson  (1:1 Class Assistant)

Mrs Gray (PPA cover on Thursday)


Week beginning 16th March 2020

Hello everyone,

One of our many phonic activities during the week is the game called- Digging for treasure n

Main purpose  To develop understanding of alliteration


Digging for treasure

Collect two sets of objects suitable for use in the sand tray. Each set of objects must have names beginning with the same initial sound. Choose initial sounds for each set that sound very different from one another. Bury the objects in preparation for the session. As the children uncover the treasure, group the objects by initial sound and each time another is added recite the content of that set: Wow! You’ve found a car. Now we have a cup, a cow, a candle and a car.

This week we have been taking particular care of our outdoor learning environment, we have used our brushes, sponges and soapy water to ensure that everything is spick and span. We had collected leaves and washed our toys and play furniture making everything sparkly again.

The Duplo construction has been very busy with children creating such wonderful models and structures. Children have been stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces. Story lines have been developed as our children built their models. I am sure you would agree a great deal of thought and effort has gone into creating these amazing models.


Our story focus is called ‘When I grow up’ this book really evokes the imagination and the children have helped to act out the story line and have shared what they would like to be when they grow up. What imaginations our children have!


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


Have a lovely weekend together and do log onto the on line learning opportunities and the files that I have put onto our pre school site such as Weekly home learning activities (found at the bottom of the page to download), number and letter formation guides.

Pre- school Home Learning

To start the week and new way of working and learning we begin our on line learning.  You will be able to access your child’s learning for the week ahead found on this site (downloadable files – home learning). You can also access learning on the site using your log in details to the website.  There will be a variety of tasks and activities that you can complete throughout the week such as discussions, sharing stories together, adventure activities and lots of  games you can do with your family.

We would love for everyone to keep in touch and we want to see how you are all doing! Our Learning Book programme is a fantastic way to share videos and photos of the activities and all of the things that you and your family have been up to so do remember to share all of your wonderful photographs and videos.


Do take a look at these websites!

www.purplemash     pathway - enter mini mash-choose your class (pre-school)-  (use in conjunction with school on line learning on our site - with personal login).   Use code "UKTWINKLHELPS" you can sign up for free one month membership.

zoo2u   (Each week they are going to choose a subject to teach and proviede live educational videos and tasks for children via facebook starting 30th March)      (use your given login )


Youtube Mr Thorne does phonics. (mathematics)

youtube  Get squiggling letters (to help with pencil control and letter formation). 


Another fabulous week, well done pre-school!

Look after yourselves and stay safe!

                   Love from the pre-school team xxxxx




  • 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.


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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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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