Hope Pre-school litter pickers

Hope Pre-school helps the fight against litter pollution! We have invested in child-sized litter picking sticks to help Hope litter picking group keep our village tidy. The children practised on picking up leaves, then looked for real litter; finding tin cans, plastic, cigarette ends, tissues and drinks cartons, to name but a few. Please help us to keep Hope tidy by taking home your rubbish and re-cycling where possible. Thank you!
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Happy Halloween at Hope Pre-school!

  [caption id="attachment_1068" align="alignright" width="300"] Pumpkin messiness![/caption] Lots of fun was had in preparation for Halloween. The children enjoyed the messiness of scooping out the pumpkin innards to make a lantern. [caption id="attachment_1065" align="alignleft" width="300"] Scissor skills[/caption] They could choose to make their own spider or pumpkin decoration to take home. Painting, sticking and cutting skills were practised, which of course included tool gripping and manipulation.   The witches den was popular, with dressing up, spell concocting and having fun scaring each other! [caption id="attachment_1069" align="alignleft" width="300"] Making potions[/caption]
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Goodbye and Good Luck!

Hope Pre-school said goodbye to our 7 fabulous leavers today! They will be moving on to big school in September. We wish them and their families well and the best of luck in the future. We also said goodbye to our fabulous deputy Debbie who will be enjoying a bit more free time from now on. We will miss you all!
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Forest fun party day

The children enjoyed a super Forest Fun end of year party in the woods! They followed a trail of stick arrows to find the hidden treasure. They decorated wooden medallion keepsakes and were presented with a photo of their Forest Fun group. It has been a brilliant year of outdoor escapades and nature experiences. The girls and boys have blossomed while exploring the awe and wonder of their natural surroundings.
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Sports Morning at Hope Pre-school

[caption id="attachment_1019" align="alignright" width="211"] Egg and spoon help[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1020" align="alignright" width="208"] Hurdles [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1021" align="alignright" width="300"] Quoit relay start[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1022" align="alignright" width="300"] Quoit relay exchange [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1025" align="alignright" width="300"] Goal shoot[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1029" align="alignright" width="300"] Goal shoot[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1030" align="alignleft" width="213"] Egg and spoon[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1031" align="alignright" width="300"] Bean bag throw accuracy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1026" align="alignright" width="225"] Hurdling success![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1034" align="alignleft" width="300"] Egg and spoon start[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1035" align="alignright" width="300"] Egg and spoon catastrophe![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1027" align="alignright" width="300"] Quoit relay enjoyment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1028" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bean bag throw [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1037" align="alignright" width="200"] Quoit relay determination![/caption]
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Snails!

Following an interest in observing snail shells at Forest Fun, we decided to make a temporary snail home at Pre-school. The home was kitted out with turf, leaves, rocks and plant pots, then watered liberally to create a damp, cool, snaily experience. Judith collected some snails on a wet Monday morning and the children helped them to move in. The children were keen to get acquainted with our snail friends, some were particularly excited by them! Nearly all the girls and boys learned how to pick one up carefully and to put it on their hand.     On the second day we found that the snails were eating the dandelion leaves so we were able to prolong their stay. We collected leaves for them and watered the turf. The…
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Brush Your Teeth

Here's another song which the children have enjoyed this week. Have fun brushing your teeth together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eqbUgsI3RQ
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Spring and Easter activities

Recently, we have been celebrating spring time with the children. On a beautiful sunny Monday before the holiday, we took them for a walk around Hope village to see what we could find! After crossing the road we walked through the churchyard to experience the beautiful daffodils, then crossed two more roads and headed to the stream near the Evelyn Medical Centre. We found humongous clumps of frog spawn! Then we went down the narrow path towards the playing fields where we found an excellent view of new baby lambs and their mothers. We spotted numbers on the sheep and lambs which the farmer had put to solve any lost babies. We then headed back to Pre-school for a well-earned rest! Spring/Easter activities continued during the week with craft -…
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All about Birds

To celebrate the annual RSPB Bird Watch and also because some of the children have shown an interest, we have been learning about birds this week. Bird Watch will take place over the final weekend in January. You can take part by watching the birds outside your home if you wish. Just register online and fill in your results! At Pre-school this week we have bird books, pictures, figures and activities available for the children to explore. At Forest Fun on Friday we listened out for bird song, described bird characteristics and built a giant birds' nest with sticks and branches. The children balanced on a tree trunk, just like the birds balancing on twigs in the trees! One of our most worthwhile activities has been making bird feeders to…
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