Pre-School 2022 - 2023

Mrs Rea


Mrs Till


Pre-School & Reception

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Offley Primary Academy. 




Mrs Till (Owls Class Teacher Mon, Tues, Wed am)


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Mrs Rea (EYFS Lead & Owls Class Teacher Wed pm, Thurs, Fri)



Mrs Sinclair (Frogs Practitioner)



Mrs Roberts (Hedgehogs Practitioner)



Mrs Harrop (Class Cover)



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Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team


Mrs Scrase (Teaching Assistant) - Yellow Team 


Mrs Maddox (Class Cover)


Miss May (Class Teacher) - Green Team


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Mrs Naylor (Teaching Assistant) - Blue Team


Mrs Clarkson (Class Cover)


Mrs Crutchley (Teaching Assistant)


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Mrs Taylor (Teaching Assistant)


Miss Bellini (Teaching Assistant)


The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our fantastic outdoor areas. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.



Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim to deliver the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, giving children a secure foundation.  We intend to provide the best quality learning environment for our children to be active participants in society, responsible contributors to it and capable of achieving independence.  We aim to develop the knowledge and skills that our children will need to live in tomorrow’s world.  ‘Joy in learning – a fun, challenging journey to be the best we can be!”.



Learning takes place through a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning. This includes the direct teaching of reading, writing and maths and daily opportunities for children to practice and consolidate their growing knowledge through high quality provision that promotes child- initiated learning.



Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim for our pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with both adults and peers. We strive for our children to become independent, curious learners who explore, take risks and ask meaningful questions.  We aim to ensure that our children are confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.


Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (

Development Matters - non-statutory curriculum guidance for EYFS (



A warm welcome from the Pre-School Team

Week beginning: 26.09.22

This week in preschool we have been threading pipe cleaners, practising our pouring skills, mixing colours, drawing pictures of our family, talking about body parts with the ‘Mr Potato Head’, dancing, creating collages, singing and learning about all of the other ways to say ‘hello!’ in different languages.  


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Behaviour Chart- Fingerprint Promise 

This week we have introduced our new behaviour chart. We recapped our class rules such as having kind hands and feet, looking after and respecting our toys, listening to others and to always use our manners. The children then made their own fingerprint promise – promising to follow these rules, held their finger in the air and chanted ‘I promise to follow our rules’, and dipped their finger in paint and pressed it onto paper, creating their fingerprint promise! These fingerprint promises are now displayed around our classroom rules and we are proud to say that there has been SO many children who have already moved their name onto the rainbow for following our class rules! You are all amazing 😊 If your child receives 3 rainbows within a week they will receive a special postcard to take home on a Friday.  

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Dough Disco: 

This week we have introduced our dough disco.  This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills.  We each have a special pot of dough with our names on.  We have enjoyed the “I like to roll it roll it” song and “If you’re happy and you know it!” song.  Take a look at the links below.   

'I like to' playdough action song 

Fine motor development | Playdough song | If you're happy and you know it 


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Make your own dough

If you want to make dough at home here is a really simple and easy recipe that the children can make themselves... 

Baby Lotion & Cornflour 

This easy no-cook dough requires just 2 ingredients: Baby lotion & Cornflour... Easy enough! Mix equal parts together in a bowl. There is no cooking required and children can get their hands messy while helping to make it.  If you want to add a colour to your dough just add a few drops of food colouring. Don’t forget to send us some pictures on LearningBook! 



On Friday we had our very first official PE lesson in the school hall. The children were excited to venture out of the classroom and listened well, following instructions perfectly. Our first lesson was understanding how to stay safe in the hall during PE and looking for good space. We used spots on the floor to help us stand in a good space and explored different floor patterns (walking, running, skipping, jumping, hopping and sidestepping). Well done everyone, you are all PE Superstars! 


Super Hero Friday 

The children looked fabulous in their superhero costumes. We enjoyed doing a catwalk striking different superhero poses. We also celebrated Mrs Roberts Birthday too! 

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A little reminder... 

Please could we politely remind parents that we are a nut-free school and to check labels before bringing them into school. Also please could we ask that grapes are cut up before bringing into school. Thank you for your continued support. 


Another BUSY week in Pre-School. Have a lovely weekend. 

Pre-School Team 


Pre-School Messages

  • We request that no jewellery should be worn due to the active nature of our learning. It is also a good idea to have long hair tied back at all times. We are  always on the move!
  • Please ensure all clothes and belongings are named. Jumpers, cardigans, gloves, hats and so forth easily get lost and are tricky to find if not labelled. We encourage independence from day one. Children are responsible for their own belongings.
  • It may be the Autumn Term but the weather is always unpredictable! If we are lucky enough to have some more sunshine, please ensure that you apply sun cream before your child comes to school and bring a labelled sun hat!
  • Please leave toys and teddies at home to avoid them becoming lost or stolen. Everything we will need is here at school.

A huge thank you for your continued support :-)


Useful Websites

Preparation for starting school | PACEY

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy :: East Cheshire NHS Trust

Alphablocks - CBeebies - BBC

Numberblocks - CBeebies - BBC

Counting songs - BBC Teach 


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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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