Welcome to Steephill Pre-School.
Summer Term 2019
We all hope that you have had a lovely Easter. Such beautiful weather, it was like being abroad!
Now to a new term! This school year has gone so quickly, it is hard to believe that we are now in the Summer term.
Please read our Summer summary plan, which you will find below.
Pre-School Spring Term.
'EYFS Independence Award.'
Reviewed half termly.
Thursday, 4th April, 2019
Visit to Princess Pocahontas Statue and St. Georges Church Gravesend.
We left school on the mini bus at 12.50. It didn't take long to get there and the children were very excited, singing the wheels on the bus go round and round for most of the journey!!
All of your children were very well behaved and a pleasure to take out. Mrs Pugh (who showed us around) commented on this too. They were a credit to you all. How many of you know that Princess Pocahontas' English name was Rebecca! A few pictures of our afternoon out. I think the highlight of the afternoon was the choosing and purchasing of the finger puppets!!
Don't forget to look after your sunflowers and good luck!!
Whist here, Amanda, Tracey and myself would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to next term.
Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019.
End of term is fast approaching. We have our Pocahontas visit tomorrow afternoon, church service Thursday afternoon (all parents welcome to attend church service). FOSS Easter egg hunt and egg rolling competition on Friday, (don't forget to really hard boil your egg and decorate it.) All children are welcome in on Friday morning. Whether it is their day or not. School finishes for all at 1pm.
We have started our annual "Sunflower growing competition today". Your Children will be bringing home sunflower seeds which have been potted sometime this week. I have sent a copy of the growing instructions from the seed packets. Basically you need to keep them warm inside to germinate, don't forget to water them. When they are an inch or two tall and looking strong, they need to be potted into individual pots (there is more than one seed in pot). As they start to grow they will need to be staked to stop them falling over and potted on from time to time in bigger pots. They can go outside when there is no danger of frosts. We will let you know when we put the ones at school out. Sunflowers are not required to come back into school. During July we will ask for those who managed to grow the sunflowers to send the height and a photograph in to school and there will be a prize for the tallest sunflower. Small prizes will be given to everyone who managed to keep them going. Good Luck, everyone!!!
Friday, 29th March,2019
We welcome Mivi and her family to Steephill Pre-School. Mivi has no siblings here, but she does have an elder sister.
We celebrated Arans' birthday this week. He is so proud to be four! Thank you for the treats Aran.
The children have been very busy since the beginning of January, making a special gift for you lucky mums. The gift wrapped in tissue is it. So please no peeping until Sunday.
Looking to next week.
We are going to see the statue of Princess Pocahontas on Wednesday afternoon. We will also be going into St. George's church. Mrs. Pugh a member of the parish, has kindly said that she will tell the children the story of Pocahontas whilst inside the church.
Our own Easter service down at St. Mary's is next Thursday afternoon, you are all welcome to attend.
Friday morning it is FOSS Easter egg hunt. All Pre-School children are invited into school on the last day of term, even if it is not their usual day. School closes for everyone at 1pm on that Friday.
Monday, 25th March
We joined in with L.I Kestrels and Hawks on Wednesday afternoon for an Irish dancing session. It wasn't something we had planned to do, but the opportunity arose and we took it!! A big thank you to Miss Hackett (who actually runs an Irish dance school) and Mrs Tucker for a superb performance.
Friday, 15th March,2019
We have had a go at capillary action this week, using daffodils water and red food colour. If you look at the pictures below you should be able to see that the frills/edges of the daffodils have changed colour.
Friday, 8th March,2019
We are growing three varieties of potatoes this term. Rocket, regional and maris piper. The children have made a start planting the regional and rocket. Unfortunately we run out of soil (it is amazing how much soil you need) so we have ordered more for next week.
Spring is in the air and our penguin display has now gone making way for Spring.
Children have been busy cutting and colouring baby animals and making daffodils. There has also been some "secret" sewing going on.
We have been exploring the grounds looking for different types of new growth and listening to noises around us.
We are still making bird cake, encouraging nesting in our bird boxes. Robins, blue-tits and green finches are still regular visitors to our play area.
We also celebrated Aaravs' birthday this week. Have a lovely dinosaur party this weekend.
Friday end of day jelly play. Cold, sticky and slimy, lovely!!
Monday, 4th March,2019
Just a short message. Children who learnt and recited a poem/rhyme last Thursday did extremely well. Reciting to the whole class during the morning. It was extremely hard to choose three to recite to the rest of the school. Some were more confident than others.
The three children who recited in the hall were Olivia with The Owl and the Pussy Cat, Mila with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Darcey who wrote her own poem with mummy, called My Day at Pre-School.
They all spoke out and were very clear. The judges decided that Darceys' poem was the Pre-School winner.
Congratulations to all who took part. You were all brilliant.
26th February 2019.
The weather was so good during half term. Hopefully it will continue!!
Fun in the sun!! Outdoor PE session.
We hope that you all have a nice half term. Lets hope that the weather continues to be nice and Spring like. If you are going skiing, we hope that there is lots of snow!!
See you after the break...
Maureen, Amanda and Tracey.
Wednesday 13th February,2019
We made heart biscuits today. The mixture was not as firm as it should have been! The egg that we used was very large, maybe this was the reason. So we decided to cook the mixture in one large lined tin. When the mixture was cooked, we used cookie cutters to make heart shapes. This did work but we had less biscuits!! We ended up with one each for our afternoon snack and one each to take home...
Friday 8th February, 2019
We have been celebrating the Chinese New Year this week. Learning about the Chinese Zodiac and how it came about. Everyone has made a Zodiac mask and we practised dragon dancing. The children enjoyed a short video on Chinese traditions.
Wednesday, 6th February.
Last Friday we had a visit from the police!! All classes had an enjoyable experience at different levels. We were very lucky, being able to sit in the car and play with the sirens.
We have had a lot of activity on our bird cakes at school. We hope that you have too. We have seen robins, green finches, bluetits, sparrows and a blackbird. Our bulbs are doing well, especially the indoor hyacinths.
Yesterday was Science day. We joined with Hawks and made houses for the three little pigs. It was a really good day. Children had fun and loved throwing water over the houses to see which ones flooded. Can you guess what happened to them? Yes, only the brick built houses survived!
Friday, 25th January
We hope that you have all had a chance to look at this terms Independence document. This document enables us to work together, helping your children become more independent.
We have introduced sound/word tins this term. Each child will bring home a tin containing letter/word cards. These will aid phonic sound/letter/word recognition and are for use between school and home. If you are unsure of any of the sounds, please ask we are here to help.
What a busy enjoyable week this has been.
Friday 18th Jan.
Can you save junk for next Thursday please. Cereal boxes, yogurt pots, kitchen roll tubes, etc. We will be junk modelling next Thursday afternoon. Thank you!!
We have been learning a penguin poem this week.
I'm a little penguin
Black and white
Short and wobbly
A real cute sight
I can't fly at all
But i love to swim
So i'll waddle to the water
And dive right in!
A few photographs.
Tuesday 15th January.
First indoor P.E.session this term. Lots of excitement when we first entered the hall. We had listening ears for a safety talk before we began. All were bold and tried all the apparatus!!
Please remember to send P.E. shorts in on Tuesdays. Everything needs to be named, including shoes and socks! Children often mix them up and it is hard to work out who they belong to.
Friday, 11th January,2019
Just to let you know that all of your children have settled really well. No tears!!
They have played nicely, shared and took turns.
Most enjoyed the first Forest School session of the year.
We have planted bulbs today tulips and hyacinths.
Over the next two weeks we will be looking at and learning about penguins and birds in winter. Your children will be making and bringing home bird cake to hang outside.
The beginning of another school year.
Welcome to Autumn Term 2018!
Wednesday 12th December,2018.
It is hard to believe that another year is almost over. Your children have been working really hard and having lots of fun along the way. The Nativity was, as i am sure you will agree amazing. Such little children all performing on stage to a crowded room. They were all exceptional and a real credit to you all.
The addition of the Elf on the Shelf has been hilarious!
The children love to find him in the mornings and are amazed at how he moves around the room unnoticed.
He caused great hilarity yesterday morning when they found him sitting down on top of the post box eating cake!! He then, somehow, managed to move on to some apparatus and he looked as if he was doing his exercises!! It is a very special time for young children and for us too. Pre-School is a very happy place to be and we all love it.
So today will be the last performance of this years Nativity.
Tomorrow Thursday all the children will be here for Christmas lunch followed by the Carol service down at the church.
Friday the Panto....
School finishes for all at 1pm.
Looking forward to the new term. We have six new children joining us in January. If you can make meeting on the 9th Jan. at 2.30 p.m that would be great. Welcome new parents and chat about forthcoming term events. Will add some photographs below.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year Maureen, Amanda and Tracey x
Friday 30th November,2018
Practise for The Nativity is going really well. Your children have learnt their lines and are enjoying practise performances.
We have been continuing with our Christmas crafts and the room is looking very festive! Thank you to Mrs. Knight who kindly sent in "The Elf On The Shelf". The children are fascinated by him; especially his ability to move around unnoticed!
International day was good. I will post a couple of pictures below - also some of your children taking care whilst painting their clay pots.
Friday 23rd November, 2018
Nativity practise is underway. Children are starting to remember their lines and it is coming together nicely. We are performing with Kestrels and Hawks. We have costumes. It will be just small incidentals that you will need to supply, things such as tights/socks. I will let you know individually next week.
We have amongst other things, been making some clay candle holders for Christmas.
All of your children were quite happy with the cold slimy feel of clay and loved the mess!!
Friday 16th November,2018
We have now officially started our Christmas crafts. Mrs. Latter is so excited!! If you would like to send in Christmas story books that can be read at school, then please do.
Can i remind you that all children are involved in the Xmas Nativity "Gifts for a King". Children will need to be here on afternoons of Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th December. Arriving at about 12.30 if it is not their usual day. If this is difficult because of your commitments then we will be happy to have children all day. We perform our dress rehearsal to the whole school on the Monday then to parents/family on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All are welcome to attend the Carol Service on Thursday 13th. Do come along if you can it is a really lovely service.
Pre-School children are all invited to attend Friday 14th for the Pantomime. A Christmas Carol. This is brought to us by an outside company.
School finishes for everyone at 1 pm on Friday 14th.
We have been very lucky with the mild weather. I doubt it will stay like this (although it would be nice if it did!!). Which leads me on to Forest School - you may like to invest in a cheap pair of snow boots for your child. I understand that ASDA sell them for £10. The ground becomes very hard and solid in the Forest and often children complain about cold feet. Wellie boots are not always warm enough, even with thick socks.
12th November, 2018
It's getting towards that time of year again!! Christmas!! The children have all been given their parts in the Nativity.
Please can you help them to learn their lines, i will put them in their bags.
5th - 9th November.
This week we revisted talk about firework safety. Watched Class 3 assembly about Guy Fawkes. The children really enjoyed this. We made individual firework pictures using natural materials, splash painted fireworks in the night sky and we also made rockets.
We celebrated Diwali (The Festival of Lights) this week. Making divas and rangoli patterns. We watched a short video showing how people Spring clean and decorate their homes.
HAPPY DIWALI FROM ALL IN PRE-SCHOOL!!
Attaching some photographs of celebration party that took place last Friday. Plus few other pictures.
Half term went very quickly. We hope you all had a lovely break.
Lots of fun things to look forward to this half term.
29th October - 2nd November
The children made "spooky" pumpkin faces. Lights out, blinds down, candle alight and shadows of "spooky" faces on the wall!!
Children have enjoyed Winnie the Witch stories. An apple bobbing assembly. Halloween music and movement session.
Wednesday children made Halloween cakes. We took some home and donated the rest to FOSS Halloween bake sale.
It is hard to believe that we have reached half term. We are not quite sure where the time has gone! Wishing you a lovely two week break.
Your children have been really busy and have decorated the classroom with some beautiful Autumn craft.
We have made visits to Cyclopark and Pizza Express. Harvest Festival was in the beautiful St. Mary's Church Fawkham.
Tuesday, 9th October.
We had great fun at Pizza Express. We went by School bus. We ate our delicious pizza for lunch.
Monday, 8th October.
Don't forget Tuesday children are off to Pizza Express to make pizzas tomorrow. Yum! Will load photographs later this week.
Tuesday, 3rd October. Crusty and Tiny tortoises came to visit.
Crusty and Tiny visit us every year before going into hibernation.
They were the focus of our Assembly this morning and all infant children were able to see them.
Pre-School Bakers. 21.09.18
Firstly, just to let you know that both Mrs. Latter and myself hold a level 2 Food Hygiene certificate.
We made three different kinds of bread rolls. White, farmhouse brown and cheese and tomato.
We tasted the end products and unanimously the cheese and tomato were voted the favourite!
Bug hunting in the sensory garden.
Monday 17th September.
We had fun using our magnifying glasses in the Sensory Garden.
Cylopark Visit, Friday 14th September.
We arrived about 9.30. The children were very excited to go on the school bus!!
We had snacks and a drink in the park. On the way out we bought ice lollies and sat and ate them whilst waiting for the bus to take us back to school.
Just an update to let you know date for cyclo park. This will be friday 14th September. All Pre-School children are welcome to attend for the whole day. We will travel by school mini bus leaving about 9.15 returning just before lunch.
Unfortunately, the pizza express trip on 4th October is only open to children who usually attend on that day.
Time is going so quickly. Only three more weeks until the end of term!
How are your sunflowers and runner beans doing?
The ones that we kept at school are doing well.
So to the competition for the sunflowers. Can you send pictures and height of your sunflower during week beginning 9th July. Competition winner will be announced on Thursday 12th, so make sure that you send in before 12th.
We have harvested our potatoes that we planted back in early Spring.
Today we cleaned, boiled and ate them. They were very good!
Hooray sunny weather!!
FOSS Easter Fun
We had lots of fun at the Easter egg hunt. Thank you FOSS.
Pre-School - Learn to Code.
Wednesday, 21st March. Miles' mum came into school today. She showed the children how to code a caterpillar; moving it in different directions. Thank you very much for coming, the children had a lovely time and really enjoyed it. They have been talking about brains all afternoon!!
Steephill Young Growers
On Tuesday 20th March, we visited Millbrook Garden Centre. Where we were able to sow sunflower and runner bean seeds, with the help of Chris and Lauren. A drink and snack was also provided. Thank you Millbrook!!
Mother's Day - 11th MARCH, 2018
Pre-School children have worked very hard with their sewing this term. We hope that you enjoyed the outcome!! The children started making these back in January and completed just in time for Mother's Day, (due to the fact that we lost a week with snow!!). Here are some pictures of the finished cushions.
Tuesday 6th February, 2018.
Science Day At School.
We had so much fun. The children had lots of ideas as to how they wanted to use materials available to them. I don't think that we have ever had such a quiet class!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It was very busy in Pre-School on the lead up to Christmas. All the Christmas craft, our Nativity Children From Around The World, Christmas lunch and not forgetting the Carol service down at the church!!
International Day 21st November,2017
Pre-School enjoyed listening about facts from other countries. A lovely show of costumes. They were each able to say a few words hello/goodbye and some counted to five in the language of country that they represented. It was interesting to hear the greetings in Yoruba (A Nigerian Language), Greek and Spanish. Miles spoke about Greece from the picture that he had made. Asmi and Sofia counted to five in Punjab.
They were all confident and spoke out to the rest of the school during International Day Assembly.