September & October 2017

New Playground

Those of you who can remember, we had decking at the back of our Pre-School, as well as an old plastic ‘dome’ climbing frame.

Thanks to all the fundraising done over the last few years, we were able to install a brand new ‘safe’ surface and climbing frame over the summer.

With the new climbing frame, the children are naturally taking risks and extending their physical play.

They also enjoy using the colours and different areas on the surface as part of their imaginary play e.g. the blue area used as a ‘river/road/walkway’.

Learning Through Nature

This half term we started spending one session a week in nature.

Initially some of us (children and adults) were a bit apprehensive and ‘scared’ to do things.  However, after third session, it was amazing to see how the children have adapted their learning. 

Children, who initially didn’t want to take ‘risks’ were climbing over/under objects.  They were going in the stream without asking to hold hands etc.

We:

  • used clay and natural objects to make various things e.g. tree fairies, people, hedgehogs etc.
  • used peelers to peel carrots so that the animals could have some food
  • experimented with natural objects to see which items floated/sunk, would fly away in the breeze
  • made a bridge with large sticks and branches for the troll and Billy Goats gruff
  • used flints to make sparks to help us start a fire
  • used hammers to hammer pegs into the ground and spades to dig holes
  • used sticks, mud, flowers and leaves to draw pictures and ‘colour’ the pictures. We also made crowns.
  • enjoyed splashing, pouring and damming up water in the stream
  • learnt about all the animals and found some ‘holes’ where they live.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Many of our children’s parents/carers/family and friends, joined us for our coffee morning.

We raised an amazing £117.24 of which most of it was gift aided, which meant raising even more than that for this amazing cause!

Other Fun 

Look at all the other fun we had this half term.

Summer Term 2017

Growing and Minibeasts

We planted our seeds in spring and watched them grow.  We also then planted out the little seedlings.

During this summer term we cared for them, watched them grow and……….. gobbled them up.

We used herbs to taste, smell and mix into our potions.

We learnt that there were some flowers you could eat but….. you ALWAYS MUST ask an adult before picking and/or eating anything!

We also ‘grew’ some caterpillars.  We had three different sets so we could see the caterpillars and chrysalis and butterflies all at the same time.

We used the digital microscope to look at the plants and minibeasts we found.

We also looked after our planter in the Jubilee community garden. We loved eating all of the berries which were ripe.

We have learnt such a lot!

Our Visit to North Hall 

We visited the Caterpillars at North Hall.  Caterpillars is a baby & toddler group which meets every Wednesday morning, during term time, at North Hall in Loxwood.

They invited us to join them as they had a visit from the West Sussex Sensory bus.

We had a chance to play in the playground, walk around the field and orchard, play in the Sensory bus and have lunch at North Hall.

Michellé now wants to fund raise to get more sensory toys as we enjoyed it sooooooooo much!

Shape Space and Measure 

We learn’t a lot about shape, space and measure this term without realising we were doing it!

Rugbytots

Our Tuesday afternoon group did Rugbytots each week this term.

It was astounding to see how the children’s overall physical abilities and spacial awareness improved.  There was also an element of competitiveness in their play, however at the same time teaching the children that they did not always win.

Coaches Luke and Matt were AMAZING.  They also commended our children on their good behaviour.

We look forward to doing Rugbytots again next Summer.

Our Visit to Big School 

We (Bright Sparks) went to visit Miss Calvert, our new teacher at Loxwood Primary School.  We enjoyed playing with all the new toys and getting used to our new classroom.

Annual Outing to South Water Park

We had a fantastic time at Southwater Park.

With our parents and carers, we enjoyed the morning playing in the park.  For snack we ate lollies, which made us very sticky. 

After lunch, we all went to the water and swam, splashed and got stuck in the mud just like Silly Dilly Duck.

 

Class of 2017 

Our 2017 graduates performed three plays for everyone:-  The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Little Red Hen, and The Enormous Turnip.

Afterwards they graduated, receiving their graduation certificates and a little present.

The graduates surprised the Pre-school team with not one, but two presents.  A lovely cushion with an apple tree printed on it, and each child’s name was written in an apple.

We also received a whiteboard with the Loxwood Village map on.  Now the children can mark where their houses are.

We will miss the class of 2017!

Sports Day and Family BBQ 2017 

What a fabulous day we had!

We first did our races, with our families and friends cheering us on.

A fourth stooge joined the three stooges – they were really, really silly –  especially the big orange one.  We think she might be from a different planet!

Then our families and friends were invited to join in with the races.  If you thought we were competitive, you should have seen the adults!  They stopped for no-one and knocked down 2 children in their quest for victory!

After we finished we had a BBQ giving everyone time to relax and eat lots of delicious food.

Thank you Pete, Sophie, Becks and Jenn, for suggesting the BBQ!  Everyone loved it!

 

Other Fun This Summer Half Term

Look what else we got up to this Summer half term.

Other Fun March & April 2017

We love playing hairdressers.  The adults brought in their real hair equipment and let us wash and play with their hair! 

We had a Mother’s Day breakfast to show our mummies how much we love them!  And guess what we didn’t give them BACON BUTTIES!!!!! (and some ‘girly’ food).  They loved the food and the presents we made them.

We also got a new lunchtime trolley.  We had to ‘read’ the instructions on how to build the trolley.  There was also something called an Alan key we had to screw everything together.  We also had to take the nuts and bolts out of the old trolley so that we could throw it away.

Now that it is warmer and not so muddy we are also able to enjoy playing on the school field more.  Thank you, school, for letting us use your field!

Easter 2017

We learned about why Christians celebrate Easter.

We did lots of Arts & Craft activities decorating eggs and crosses, threading Easter eggs, painting colourful crosses on the fence seeing what would happen when we mix colours. 

Karen from Tesco’s Farm to Fork project also came to visit us again……… we love it when Karen visits, this time she had lots of fun things for us to do and taste.  Yummy!

Spring 2017

When we came in one morning there was a BIG owl and two robins waiting in our tray.  They brought lots of seeds for us to plant.

We planted our seeds in seed pots. Then every day had to check if it had enough water and if anything had started growing.

We also had to do some weeding in our planters.  After the weeding, we had to loosen the soil and found many earth worms.  They are good for the soil.  We wondered what else we could find so we looked for insects with our magnifying glasses and our digital microscope.

Once our seeds started growing we had to water them every day.  We measured them with rulers to see how much they have grown.

When they were big enough we went to the Community Garden to plant our peas, Nasturtiums and some sunflowers.  Our other vegetables weren’t ready yet.

After the Easter holiday, we went back to check on our plants in the Community Garden.  Graham, who runs the Community Garden was kind enough to put netting over the plants so that the birds couldn’t eat them.

We watered them and drew pictures of our plants.  We always love going to the garden.

We have also started planting our beetroot, carrots and peas in our Pre-School planters.  Unfortunately, the frost and slugs got to some of our vegetables so we can’t plant them.

We can’t wait for summer to start eating the vegetables.