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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Welcome Back!

All  being well, Hope Pre-school will welcome children back after the Christmas holiday from Wednesday 6th January. We hope you've all had a restful Christmas break and that you are all well.    
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Christmas Celebrations

The Pre-school children have really enjoyed the traditional Christmas activities in the last week of term, before breaking up for a well-earned Christmas holiday break. Christmas crafts such as making Christmas cards, decorations and pictures and singing carols and Christmas action songs had everyone involved in the festivities. At the beginning of the week we all sat down for Christmas dinner, freshly prepared that morning while the children were playing. Crackers were pulled, hats put on and gravy poured. All the children tried the hot festive fayre and there were quite a few clean plates. One even asked for more! On Thursday it was the Christmas party which all the children attended. The bouncy castle was great and had some of us entertained all day! We had disco lights, music…
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Seasonal activities

The children have been enjoying some autumnal activities in Pre-school over the week. We made bread (under strict covid safe measures!) to eat with our pumpkin soup. Pumpkins are not just for decoration! Spooky activities for Halloween included watching a pumpkin being carved and helping to clear out the seeds! We had story time with Room on the Broom and Funny Bones. We danced the Skeleton Dance along to Dem Bones and we made ghost puppets on a stick! The children excitedly told us about dressing up for Halloween. We enjoyed eating jacket potatoes at snack time last week and we have watched firework displays on the laptop. Some of the children have made chalk and pastel pictures of the fireworks. The weather has been mild and last Forest Fun…
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Building Physical skills

  Over the last few weeks we have given the children lots of opportunities [caption id="attachment_935" align="alignright" width="300"] Making peg patterns.[/caption] to practise both large and small physical skills. There have been mark making opportunities to create pictures, paintings, models and a variety of crafts. Some children have made super hero capes and story masks for The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and on STEM Tuesdays they have created books about themselves and pom pom [caption id="attachment_933" align="alignleft" width="300"] Making a super hero cape.[/caption] drop models. We have built apple boats and bridges out of junk materials. We are getting the children to think, explore, create and make links between their experiences. On a Thursday afternoon we have learned printing skills; printing with [caption id="attachment_936" align="alignright" width="300"] Hand printing a tree![/caption] vegetables,…
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Activities in the Sun

Over the last two weeks we have taken advantage of the lovely sunshine to enjoy lots of outdoor play activities in the fresh air. Please may this kind weather continue! We have introduced some new resources in the yard to create more variety in our outdoor play. These include a "water wall" which combines funnels, pipes, water wheel and channels on which the children can explore how water behaves when it is manipulated. As you can imagine, this has been a huge hit with it's combination of messy and investigative elements! The children have experimented with transporting the water, pouring it, watching it's journey, catching the water and re-channeling the flow. This has promoted discussion and co-operation during their play.   We also have a new small world area in…
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Party day!

The Pre-school children enjoyed a fabulous end of year party! The children came dressed up and played on ride on cars, bikes and scooters, they chased bubbles, had fun with balloons, danced and climbed the climbing frame.We played musical bumps, musical statues and pass the balloon under you legs and over your head! Snack time was enjoyed by all. The children tucked into healthy snacks like carrot, cucumber, houmous, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, apple and grapes. They also really enjoyed some treats: crisps and homemade biscuits and chocolate cupcakes!  In the afternoon we said goodbye to our lovely leavers who will start school in September. We will miss them but wish them the best of luck in the future.  
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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Hurray! The rain stopped falling and off we went, with our backpacks on our backs, looking forward to our Wakes Week Teddy Bears' Picnic. We used the walking rope to walk to the footpath then it was a short distance to the river. Everyone climbed the stile that led to the footpath. We came across some Jacob sheep enjoying the juicy grass, but they didn't stay with us! All the children had brought packed lunches to share with their teddy friends. Some of us sat on a tree trunk, others on picnic blankets. After eating, there was exploring and dinosaur chasing games! It was fun running up the bank, along and down again. Some of the children spent time viewing the river. The teddies and cuddly toys really enjoyed their…
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Pre-school sports morning

Despite a rainy outlook, we had a super morning on Hope sports field practising running, jumping and throwing events together. The children worked hard to learn the different rules, such as starting on "Go," keeping going even when knocking a hurdle down, not holding the quoit on your head, working together in a relay team and clapping everyone to say "well done!" We have budding footballers who aimed well to score goals, great throwers throwing bean bags into hoops of a matching colour, fab balancers who kept their potato on their spoon even when running, good runners who sprinted together, super hurdlers who could run and jump and cooperative team players who ran and passed the quoit to their partners. All the children were very happy to earn their super…
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