Pre-School 2021 - 2022

Mrs Ellis

Pre- School 2020 - 2021

Mrs Ellis


    Welcome to Pre-School 2020-2021


Teacher & Team

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

Mrs Clarke  (Early Years Practitioner) – Frogs Group Lead

Mrs Roberts  (Early Years Practitioner) – Hedgehogs Group Lead


Hello everyone,

In phonics this week….

 Aspect 1: General sound discriminationinstrumental sounds

These activities promote speaking and listening through the use of musical instruments (either purchased or made by the children). They do not replace the rich music provision necessary for creative development in the wider educational programme

Main purpose

■ To use a wide vocabulary to talk about the sounds instruments make.

Story sounds As you read or tell stories, encourage the children to play their instruments in different ways (e.g. Make this instrument sound like giant’s footsteps, … a fairy fluttering, … a cat pouncing, … an elephant stamping). Invite them to make their own suggestions for different characters (e.g. How might Jack’s feet sound as he tiptoes by the sleeping giant? And what about when he runs fast to escape down the beanstalk?). As the children become familiar with the pattern of the story, each child could be responsible for a different sound.

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What a surprise we all had at the weekend when it began to snow, so of course Monday morning we all went outside to explore this beautiful snow covered landscape. Our children were intrigued by the footprints that they made and had great fun matching the wellington prints created. The children investigated the snow using their senses and observed closely as they made hand prints in the snow to see what would happen. We also tried to make a small snowman and as you can see the children did a great job.

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On our mathematics table children have been using their subitising skills as they knew without counting how many twigs they had in their pots.

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Our children have been busy creating their own stickman with dough and natural materials, what a super job they have made.

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Here are a few more photographs from our very busy week and from the very popular soup making activity that our children have asked for again.

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Next week our story focus is We’re going on an elf chase. This book is beautifully illustrated and really creates that sense of excitement and going on a journey of discovery together with friends and family. Enjoy finding the elves and counting them as the rabbit family go on their walk. I just know that you will all enjoy it.

Do take a look at the yoga and meditation video with Jamie. Have Fun.

Another fabulous week, well done again pre-school!

Love from Mrs Ellis, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Roberts. xxx



Do take a look at the videos and resources below.

   Starting Primary School - The BBC have put together some articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.


  Hungry Little Minds - Ideas for activities to support children from birth to five.


Tiny Happy People - Activities and rhymes to support child development from birth to five



Do take a look at our Offley Primary virtual Library ( refer to files to download) Enjoy the many story books to share.


                          Looking After Ourselves.

 It has never been so important to recognise and look after our families’ mental health and well-being in these very uncertain times.

 When we express ourselves we do not have to be a great artist or a wonderful dancer. It’s not about being the very best at something or putting on a performance. Let’s encourage each other to find lots of different ways to get  express ourselves.

 You will find lots of links and activities below suggested by Place2Be that can be used with children at home including activity ideas, stories and much more.

If children are worried about returning to school, then Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival and The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside can help spark some conversations, as can any books around identifying feelings (there are lots out there)

This book is aimed at 4-8 year olds and is about anxiety and worry. It is beautifully illustrated and is available from libraries or Amazon (£5.39 new).

This book is aimed at 4-8 year olds and can be used to explore young children’s feelings. A pop-up version and a colour monster activity book are also Available from libraries or Amazon (£5.35 new).

Family outdoor Activities  .

The Squiggle Game - Children's Mental Health Week 2021

  • Teach Outdoors


  • Cosmic Kids Yoga & Meditation



 You will find a guide for parents from Learning book on .


Here is the link to the Toy theatre ICT website    Have FUN !

You will find the files and more to download at the bottom of this page.



PS. Just a reminder to please label everything and ensure that your child has a warm coat and please bring in your wellies.


Useful Websites 

.    Can You Do That? (Take a look)      (use your given login )


Youtube Mr Thorne does phonics. (mathematics)

youtube  Get squiggling letters (to help with pencil control and letter formation). (free resources)  (Lots of fun making and baking activities)  (mathematics)    (Science / Understanding The World)

Out of the Ark   (music)

Sticky Kids Youtube: Sticky Kids  (Fun and fitness songs)

BBC Bring the Noise  (Online music activities for age 4-7).



                                             Independence You Can Do It !

Children need to be able to develop Self-care skills for pre-school and their own self esteem.  Help your child to have a ‘can do’ independent attitude to the following…. 

  • Toilet
  • Hand washing                                                  
  • Tissues
  • Food                                                               
  • Dressing
  • Putting on coat
  • Walking rather than pram
  • Giving up dummies/comforters

Independence and a ‘can do’ attitude will help your child develop and feel confident about themselves and what they can do, which has a positive impact on all of their learning.

Giving children the opportunity to do little jobs at home, such as  laying  the table, feeding  a pet, helping with the shopping, pairing the socks or putting their own laundry away will help their self-confidence and independence.  Tidying up own toys will help prepare them for life in pre-school where they will be expected to help to tidy up their own and others toys or activities indoors and outdoors.


The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)                        

A parent’s guide to the EYFS.

What is the EYFS?

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) was originally launched in 2008. It is the statutory framework for all early years providers in England but it is held in high regard worldwide. 

 The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage sets the standards that all early years providers must meet.  Early years providers in England who provide care and learning for children from birth to the end of reception class must comply with the EYFS Statutory Framework.

 Ofsted regulate and inspect all early years providers against the safeguarding and welfare requirements and areas of learning to determine how well children are kept safe and healthy.

Changes from September 2021

From September 2021 a revised EYFS will come into force. The key messages about the reforms include:

  • Reducing practitioner/teacher workload and needless paperwork to allow for more quality time and interactions with the children
  • Improving the outcomes of all children and addressing/reducing the disadvantage gaps
  • The importance of workforce knowledge and professional development to inform assessments.  Reflect upon the need to assess every child’s development against ‘check lists’, saving formal steps of assessment for when they are necessary
  • Making early learning goals in the reception year clearer and more aligned to Y1 curriculum.


What do the changes mean to me as a parent/carer?

The safety of your child and the quality of the education provided will not change. You may not see any changes in terms of the activities and opportunities on offer to your child. However, you may notice that we are not physically recording as many observations and assessments of progress.  Please be reassured that we will still be supporting your child’s development and responding to their interests.  We will be using our professional judgements to assess your child’s development during our daily interactions and activities. 


Our curriculum

The 7 areas of learning and development within the EYFS have not changed, these are:


  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


The prime areas of learning form the essential foundations for healthy development and future learning. Once a solid start has formed within the prime areas we continue to build upon these skills, opening to explore more learning opportunities within the specific areas of learning.

These 7 areas are the basis for our curriculum. Careful thought is given to inform our enabling environments (indoors and outdoors), to provide resources, activities and learning opportunities to meet each child’s unique requirements. Ofsted call this ‘curriculum’. 

Our curriculum is very flexible and responsive to follow children’s interests. At Offley Primary Academy we support each child’s unique developmental journey and following their interests and fascinations.

 Young children learn through play.  The EYFS refers to the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  These are:

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

The Characteristics of Effective Learning  tell us about how each child learns not what they are learning. We look for things such as what engages or motivates a child, problem solving, resilience, changing strategy etc.

Play is essential for children’s development; it helps to build their confidence as they learn to explore, relate to others, set their own goals and solve problems. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.

The new curriculum gives us the opportunity to spend more time interacting and playing with the children. This means that we will not be completing as many written observations and putting them on Learning book. This does mean that we will know your children very well.

Examples of really significant learning will be shared on Learning Book, along with group observations and we will still use it to communicate important information.

Developing children’s language and vocabulary

There is a new focus on early language and extending vocabulary.  We will do this by:

  •       Providing a rich language environment where we have quality learning conversations and interactions with the children.
  •       Reading a range of stories, poems, rhymes and non-fiction texts.
  •       Teaching new words and vocabulary.
  •       Having a selection of core books, that children become familiar with and grow to love.
  •       Modelling language that promotes thinking and challenges children, as well as adding language and new ideas.
  •       Offering open-ended questions to encourage more thinking and longer responses, e.g. “I wonder what would happen if…?”

What can you do to help your child?

  •       Chat, play and read to and with them.
  •       Encourage them to be independent, e.g. use a knife and fork, dress themselves, zip up their coat, put their shoes on.
  •       Play board games with them.
  •       Engage in action rhymes, e.g. The Wheels on the Bus, Row row row your boat..
  •       Expand on your child’s vocabulary by adding a word when in conversation, e.g. your child says “I’ve got a car” and you reply “yes, you have a red car.”

Oral health

Promoting oral health has been included in the EYFS. This is because good oral health habits need to be formed from the earliest age. Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it’s still a serious problem among young children. We will promote oral health by talking about healthy foods and drinks that help to grow strong teeth, and those that do not.

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