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.

 

This Week – 06-06-2011

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WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK?

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


AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social + emotional – making relationships
Communication, language + literacy – language + communication
Problem solving, reasoning + numeracy –  shape, space + measures
Knowledge and understanding of the world – exploration + investigation
Physical development – movement + space
Creative development –  developing imagination + imaginative play

PLEASE HELP – the list is in the lobby for parents able to help us with the shopping or washing for this half term.
We would appreciate large toy animals and play pet bowls, beds  etc for this weeks home corner, thank you.

ADULT LED + FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:

  • Natural collage pictures
  • Display of the growth of a seed to a tree
  • Leaf printing
  • Measuring, weighing, drawing around and looking at properties of shaped objects
  • House and garden pictures
  • Linking sounds and letters – using magnetic letters
  • Circle games

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner –. Farm house and shop – digging, separating plants, selling fruit and veg, kitchen area
Creative – sunflower paintings on easel, free access to art trolley
Construction  – new large construction blocks combined with cars, farm and animals.
Various  –        quiet book corner with shape games and puzzles,
Water with natural materials, brio train track, pirate
ship and sea-life, dolls house, coloured and sparkly
water, sound and aroma blocks, green gloop with
sticks for mark-making, laptop.

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Free access to large choice bag 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
Choice trolley.

Sharing suggestions–  home grown plants and/or fruit and veg for possible tasting, pictures, books, stories related to plants, farms and growing, tractors, gardening tools.
Please remember that anything that interests your child and that they will enjoy sharing with the other children will be suitable.

This Week – 23-05-2011

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WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK? 23.05.11

THEME  – PRINCE’S + PRINCESSE’S – THIS WEEK FOCUSING ON
George and the dragon.


AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social + emotional – self confidence + self-esteem
Communication, language + literacy – language for thinking
Problem solving, reasoning + numeracy –  numbers as labels and for counting
Knowledge and understanding of the world – time
Physical development – movement and space
Creative development –  exploring media and materials

PLEASE HELP – the list is in the lobby for parents able to help us with the shopping or washing for this half term.
We would appreciate newspaper and kitchen roll tubes for this weeks activities, thank you.

ADULT LED + FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:

  • Making salt dough dragon caves – looking at shape, texture, colour/shade, painting black and grey
  • Creating a paper mache dragon – looking at shape, change, body parts and features, colour.
  • Elastic band boards and tap tap.
  • Super duper sorting dinosaurs with number cards – look at colours, numbers, simple calculating, lining dinosaurs behind, side by side, in a circle etc
  • Pre-drawn dinosaur missing features e.g. legs, tail, eyes, teeth etc for children to add and decorate dinosaurs.
  • Going on a dragon hunt – using actions from the bear hunt story – acting out as a group and ending at the dragon cave.

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner – Dragon cave – dark den decorated with leaves
made by the children.
Physical play –balancing beams + cones making a track for larger
toy vehicles – look at up/down, in/out, round and
round.
Various –        quiet book corner with shape games and puzzles,
Sand and letter shapes, large construction blocks
with cars, animals, dinosaurs, and wooden brio,
programmable toys, prints and patterns in paint
using vehicles, dinosaurs and marbles, choice
trolley.

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Free access to large choice bag containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
Using material to create a second dragon cave and extend indoor play outdoors
Cars and ride on toys, small climbing frame.
Sand in tray
Large and small tyres.
Books, cushions and mark-making  in sheltered area

Sharing suggestions–  castle, knight and dragon toys and clothes, stories with dragon’s, items related to St George and St george’s flag.
Please remember that anything that interests your child and that they will enjoy sharing with the other children will be suitable.

 

What we are doing this week March 21

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THEME  – LOOKING AFTER OUR WORLD

AREAS OF LEARNING
Personal, social + emotional – behaviour + self-control
Communication, language + literacy – language for thinking
Problem solving, reasoning + numeracy – calculating
Knowledge and understanding of the world – communities
Physical development – health + bodily awareness
Creative development –  creating music + dance

PLEASE HELP –

We will be recycling/swapping toys, if your child donates an unwanted toy/game they will be able to select another from our recycling area, thank you for your support as we discuss the importance of minimising rubbish.

We would like to increase our selection of natural and sensory materials please, shells, bark, pebbles, sandpaper, soft and squashy materials and objects.

ADULT LED + FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:

  • Growing our own bean plants
  • Creating our own 10 green bottles and poster using recyclable materials
  • Creating 3D modelled robots
  • Building and playing with marble run

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner –garden centre, selling gardening equipment, plants
and flowers, pricing them, till, money and receipts
Physical play – small rainbow parachute with stars for balancing,
catching etc.
Various  –        painting flowers, textured collage, cars + garage,
Exploring new play foam, building area with tools,
stepladder and bricks, using scissors.

OUTDOOR PLAY:

  • Free access to large choice bag containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
  • Musical instruments.
  • Soil in tuft spot with farm tractors
  • Paintbrushes and water.
  • Cars and ride on toys, small climbing frame.

Sharing suggestions- anything to do with gardening and gardening equipment, photographs of playing in the garden, home grown plants etc.  Please remember that anything that interests your child and that they will enjoy sharing with the other children will be suitable.

Spring Newletter 2011

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March 2011 Spring Newsletter

OWLS CLUB:

As you may be aware during the summer term we run a club for the children moving on to school in September – the owls club, from 1.30 – 3pm.  Due to the higher numbers this year we are hoping to run this on 3 afternoons a week – days to be confirmed.  To ensure all children interested have the opportunity to join the club, we will ask that you select a maximum of 2 afternoons for your child too join, would you please let Tina know if you would like to put your child down and how many afternoons for.  Thank you.

PARKING:

We appreciate that parking is difficult on church lane, particularly with the temporary loss of our driveway, however there have been complaints from nearby residents who unfortunately have been unable to access their own properties so please take care when parking and park around the green when possible, thank you.

SPRING TERM ENDS  –  Fri 8th April

SUMMER TERM BEGINS – Weds 27th April.

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What we are doing this week – Feb 28

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WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS WEEK?
28.02.11

THEME  – WORLD BOOK DAY


MAIN AREA OF LEARNING   –  PHYSICAL

  • Movement and space
  • Health and Bodily Awareness
  • Using Equipment and Materials

PLEASE HELP –

  • We would like to invite somebody who sells books to come in on world book day – Thurs 3rd, to sell books to the children and families at 12.30 and 1.30 pm.
  • We would like resources for example car manuals for our garage role play area in the garden.
  • We would also like to increase our selection of natural and sensory materials please, shells, bark, pebbles, sandpaper, soft and squashy materials and objects.

ADULT LED + FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:

  • Completing – My First Poem with key person
  • Turn taking game – the Hungry Caterpillar
  • Letter and number magnets and magnet boards
  • Puzzles including story related – the gruffalo, the hungry caterpillar, bob the builder and nursery rhyme
  • Cutting and collage using old magazines and cards

FREE PLAY ACTIVITIES:

Home corner – Library, borrowing and lending books, making and laminating our own library cards, stamping
Tactile play –    water and plastic bottles, laminated pictures of story characters to decorate with play dough
Physical play – balancing beams, bikes and trikes, free outdoor play
Creative play –free access to easel, creating our own story books, decorating a large gruffalo for the display
Small world –   castle and fairy tale house, wooden storycharacters, Disney characters and princesses

OUTDOOR PLAY:

Free access to large choice bag containing creative, imaginary and physical resources and equipment
Choice trolley – containing play cleaning equipment, cars and road mat, and chalk boards with chalks
Garage to repair cars – tools, car parts, tyres, clipboards and mark-making tools, car manuels and leaflets
Bikes and trikes

SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES – WE WILL BE TRYING TO HOLD A BOOK SALE ON THURSDAY AT 12.30 AND 1.30PM IN AID OF WORLD BOOK DAY.

OUR RECYCLING STATION THIS WEEK WILL BE SOLELY TO RECYCLE GOOD QUALITY BOOKS – SELECTING ANOTHER IN EXCHANGE.