Spring Newsletter 2014

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Welcome back

Term dates – Tuesday 7th January – Friday 4th April 2014.

Half term –  Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2014.

We would especially like to welcome our new starters –
Elsie
Theo
+ Gabriel

As you know we had to say a sad farewell to Rebecca at the end of the Autumn Term, which is really the end of an era with Rebecca having been involved in the initial setting up of the setting, and then returning to us in recent years.

We will however be welcoming a new member to the team shortly, and we are sure you will help us to make him or her feel very welcome.  We will give you more details as soon as possible.

SESSION HOURS:
Our sessions run from 9.30 until 12.30 Monday to Friday with an optional lunch club until 1.30 (no need to pre-book lunch).
AFTERNOON CLUBS:
Our afternoon club for all children will run every Weds from 1.30 – 3 (prompt pick up necessary please), and our owl club for children preparing for schools will resume in the summer term on Monday afternoons.  If you are interested please speak to Tracey or Tina.

Working together:

Following the success of our last ‘Gardening day’ we would like again to invite you to join us, during our Rainbow week (our sponsored wearing colours week – more details to follow), which this year will be the 3rd – 7th March –  to provide, help us to plant, and to care for a variety of spring plants in our garden.

We would also like to develop this further with your help – so if you have a local garden that could do with some tlc, then please speak to Tina and we could join you during a session, for digging, weeding and planting.

Other activities during the spring term include:

Chinese New Year 31st January – we will have a Chinese banquet with the children.
Valentines day 14th February – please join us for a cuddly, friendship based morning.
St David’s 1st March and St Patrick’s day  17th March– if you would like to join us to share related stories, information, cooking activities please speak to Tina.
World Book Day – 6th March – we would like to invite parents/carers to join us to read stories and books throughout the week.
Mothers Day –30th March – the children would like you to return at 12.15 for cake, drink and a surprise.

Easter – our easter party and easter egg hunt to include parents, carers and siblings will be on Friday 4th April.

Therfield CookBook

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Thank you to everyone who has already supplied a recipe for the Therfield cookbook – we have some wonderful recipes in the book already.

The recipes can be your own creations/your favourite chef’s creation and can be for starters main course, desserts, drinks etc – it is your cookbook – you decide what goes in it!

You can add your recipe either by uploading  it at www.theschoolcookbook.com (access code a10d1193) or by sending to me.

Please upload or send all recipes to me by the end of October .

The cost of the cookbook is £8  – a bargain for a Christmas gift – Only  70 days and counting to go …. We need  a minimum of 50 recipes and 50 orders for this cookbook to go ahead – so …. Just a few more recipes needed ….

All proceeds from the cookbook will be shared between the school and pre-school.

Many thanks, Tracey Hensman
Thistledown, Police Row, Therfield

287612

[email protected]

Shaken not Stirred Event

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The Friends of Therfield School and Pre-School invite you to the ‘Shaken not Stirred’ event at Therfield Village Hall on the 17th November 8pm till late.

Tickets are £10.00 per person and includes Cocktails, canapes, dancing and roulette.

You can contact Tracey on 287612 or Emma on 241820 and Sarah on 256956 for tickets.

Shaken not Stirred Event

 

This Week-06-06-11

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WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK?

6th September 2011

THEME  – OUR PRE-SCHOOL – settling in, getting to know the staff and our peers, reviewing and learning our golden rules, becoming familiar with the routine and taking part in our favourite activities, playing with favourite toys etc.

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner –  Home corner – kitchen equipment, table and food, seating area, props such as tv remote, laptop, telephone
Creative  – free access to block paints, chalks and painting at the easel, mark-making at the art trolley
Construction  –large construction blocks
Various  –        quiet book corner with children’s favourite puzzles, water and bubbles, dolls house, cars + garage, brio train, farm + animals, laptop, flour and water (messy play), gloop and dinosaurs, magnets, threading, compare bears for sorting and matching

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Free access to large choice bag and choice trolley containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
Large and small tyres, quiet construction /puzzles in shelter.
Small chalk boards with various colour chalks
Large plastic bricks and tools

FOCUS PLAY – OWLS

Group time – introductions, handshakes, talking about things we want to do at pre-school
Creating a fruit tree – a permanent display board to add names of children coming to the café.  Also drawing, cutting and decorating fruit for the tree.
Studying fruit, leaf, bark and fruit rubbings
Lego and small animals – building them enclosures.

FOCUS PLAY – FLEDGLINGS

Group time – introductions, handshakes, talking about things we want to do at pre-school
Small world play – dolls house, dinosaurs, space toys, cars + garage, animals etc.
Constructing with plastic and wooden bricks
Leaf, fruit and bark rubbings
Painting and decorating fruit shapes with collage and textured material.

Please note to incorporate children new to pre-school into our sharing we have had to make some changes so please see the list in the lobby to confirm your child’s day for sharing.  This involves the children bringing in an item from home to show other children, encouraging social interaction and verbal communication, increasing self-confidence and helping the children to make links between home and pre-school and to feel a sense of belonging.  For this week please support the children in selecting an item/toy that they are particularly able to relate to and will enjoy sharing.

This Week-04-07-11

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WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK?

THEME  – GROWING + CHANGING – focusing on ourselves.

AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social + emotional – self-care
Communication, language + literacy – reading
Problem solving, reasoning + numeracy –  calculating
Knowledge and understanding of the world – designing + making
Physical development – health + bodily awareness
Creative development –  being creative – responding to experiences and expressing ideas

PLEASE HELP –
If any parents feel able to join us for 10-15 mins prior to home time – 12.15 or 1.15 and share details of their career experiences with the children, (props welcome) it would be greatly appreciated – please see Tina.  Don’t forget you can ‘pop’ in Wednesday during our open day to see your child in play if you would like to.   On this day we will be opening the doors for the OWLS at 9.25 for their parents to attend a meeting at ‘big school’.

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner –  Home corner with kitchen, living room + baby areas.
Creative  – life size paper chains, pipe cleaner family, hand painting, face portraits, cutting and gluing people pictures
Construction  – new large construction blocks combined with children’s choice, cars and people.
Various  –        quiet book corner with people + multi-cultural puzzles  baby bath, dolls house, farm + animals, cars + garage, laptop, office area, magnets, sorting money, flash cards, play dough, smell and sound blocks, and musical instruments.

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Work shop with tools and tool box, measuring equipment, clipboard with plans, mark-making tools.
Free access to large choice bag and choice trolley containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
Cars and ride on toys, small climbing frame.
Large and small tyres.
Books, cushions and duplo building bricks in sheltered area

Sharing suggestions- baby and family photographs, baby dolls, toys and equipment, books relating to our bodies and how we grow, anything related to parents/various careers.
Please remember that anything that interests your child and that they will enjoy sharing with the other children will be suitable.

FOCUS PLAY – OWLS

Creating a display board and area for work and models to be displayed at home time.
Creating labels for our toy boxes with photographs.
Preparing the lunch area – clean surfaces and equipment, hand washing etc.
Working on calculating skills using food to be shared out equally.
Discussion about healthy lifestyles
Book corner looking at information books and first reading books.

FOCUS PLAY – FLEDGLINGS

Using a choice board to decide what they would like to do during focus play including outdoor play.
Games that include numbers such as Whats the time Mr wolf, Skittles and hopscotch.
Story corner reading 1-1 and small groups with props, and number songs and rhymes.
Construction activities using wooden blocks.
Looking at the effects on our body of active play such as breathing faster, how to look after ourselves ie rest, healthy eating, hygiene.

This Week-20-06-11

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THEME – GROWING + CHANGING – This week focusing on lifecycles.

AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social + emotional – dispositions + attitudes
Communication, language + literacy – linking sounds + letters
Problem solving, reasoning + numeracy – numbers as labels + for counting
Knowledge and understanding of the world – place
Physical development – using equipment + materials
Creative development – exploring media + materials

PLEASE HELP – we would like some help with the shopping for the rest of this half term if possible. If you have any information leaflets/ books on caring for pets or cuddly animal toys that we could borrow it would be greatly appreciated. Please show us your support at the fete this Saturday afternoon, 25th June.

ADULT LED + FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:

Owls – (pre-school age)

  • Group discussion based on
    lifecycles.
  • Matching letters + sounds
  • Making + measuring caterpillars
  • Creating hungry caterpillar
  • Creating individual animal, caterpillar and butterfly masks
    for the fete.

Fledglings – (nursery age)

  • Circle time – our favourite things.
  • Nursery rhymes + rhyming
    strings
  • Making bugs with play dough
    using paper or play foam.
  • Bug hunt in the garden
    storyboard
  • Creating individual animal
    caterpillar and butterfly masks for the fete.

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner –. Pet shop – selling pets, accessories, info on caring for pets etc.
Creative – sponge painting caterpillars, hand painting butterflies, decorating lifecycle pictures
Construction  – new large construction blocks combined with children’s choice, animals, Indian reserve and tools.
Various  –        quiet book corner with lifecycle puzzles, water and sand with caterpillars, butterflies and frogs, dolls, cars and garage, laptop, pirate ships, play dough and animal cutters, programmable toys, cooking animal biscuits, threading +sewing, compare bears for counting, matching and sorting.

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Large paper attached to the fence to add wildlife pictures, painting, drawing including butterflies, flowers, pond with frogs etc.
Puppet show and animal puppets.
Free access to large choice bag and choice trolley containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
Cars and ride on toys, small climbing frame.
Large and small tyres.
Books, cushions and mark-making  in sheltered area

Sharing suggestions–  anything to do with butterflies, caterpillars, frogs, tadpoles including clothes, toys, books, headbands, hungry caterpillar story and props, photographs from last years fete.
Please remember that anything that interests your child and that they will enjoy sharing with the other children will be suitable.