Welcome to Steephill Pre-School.
Spring Term 2020
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.
Please find our summary/welcome back document below.
Monday, 16th March,2020
We had an enjoyable Science week.
We used our globe to find the North Pole and looked at ten different animals that live there.
We froze water and watched it melt, touching ice. We also dyed daffodils using capillary action with red food colouring.
On Friday we made boats some using play dough and some tin foil. We made masts and used our water play tray to see if they would sink or float.
Thursday, 5th March 2020
We have had a very exciting, noisy day today. Everybody joined in World Book Day (even Mrs Latter and Mrs Shepherd)! The costumes were all lovely and the children had a fun time. Lots of books were read and the children were quite taken with Funny Bones!!
Friday, 28th February, 2020
Although it was very cold this week. We decided to wear our forest suits and use the outdoor play equipment during our PE lesson. The children had an enjoyable time.
It snowed quite hard during our Forest School session this week. The first time we have experienced snow in the forest.
Today we were treated to a taster session of short tennis. Children listened carefully to instruction, doing warm up exercises and waiting patiently for their turn.
Many thanks to Sarah Allan for taking time to spend with the children.
Have posted pictures below.
Friday, 14th February 2020
After half term we will be having a shoe interest table! They can be any sort of shoes, baby shoes, ballet, tap, coloured, high heeled, fancy, plain, laced, buckled, soft, hard, just any type. So please send a pair in. Thank you.
We have been busy this week and had lots of fun through practical games and activities. Please see photographs below.
Lastly, enjoy half term.
Friday 7th February 2020
What an exciting week we have had. A strange object was spotted in the orchard. It was in the form of a large egg in a nest. We took our magnifying glasses and binoculars out with us and went all round the school grounds trying to find this strange object. Eventually we found it in the orchard!! The children were very excited and showed lots of imagination when guessing what might be inside. Could it be a dinosaur, slime, an alien, or maybe chocolate. Those were some of the guesses. When we next checked it had started to crack open. Alas today it has disappeared. So we will never really know what was inside!!
We talked about different animals and reptiles that lay eggs. In the classroom the children cracked open raw hens eggs with a spoon. We also cracked and looked at hard boiled hens eggs.
Friday 31st January,2020
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year this week. The year of the RAT. Some of us have made zodiac masks and some lanterns. The children have followed a programme showing how families get ready for the New Year and then how they celebrate it. We have also watched a short video on the race that dictated the order of the zodiac animals.
We tasted Chinese food on Wednesday and dragon dancing to Chinese music today.
This week we have also been looking at objects that sink and float.
We used shaving foam and sand to scribe numbers and letters. The children enjoyed finding objects in a bowl of shaving foam!
Here are some photographs.
Thursday 16th January, 2020
We have had a lovely morning in forest school. The weather was bright and crisp. Children have started to make a 'bug hotel' this has involved lots of digging, gathering of moss and sticks. Veronica found a worm; our first resident!!
Please find some photographs below.
We will be making bird cake tomorrow; some for our garden and some to take home. Please help your child find a place to hang their cake, encouraging them to take an interest in birds that may visit.
Friday, 10th January 2020
First week back has gone extremely well. Your children have all settled. Behaviour has been exceptionally good, so much so, that it was not possible to choose two children for awards this week, as they all deserve them.
Please can you remember to send in trainers. Thank you.
We have had a really fun morning with our tents, exploring with the sensory ball and playing changing stations (a game of position that encourages name memory).
Please find some photographs below.
Autumn Term 2019
Autumn is upon us. We hope that you have all had an enjoyable summer break. I do try to update the website class page weekly, usually on Fridays. So keep checking in!!
Please read our Autumn summary/welcome document below. It gives information about things that we will be doing/covering this term.
Friday 13th December
The children have enjoyed an action packed week. The Nativity play was a real treat and we're sure you'll agree, the children performed wonderfully. Christmas dinners have been eaten, crackers pulled, pass the parcel played and a fantastic pantomime watched, which can leave only one thing.....
Mrs Shepherd, Mrs Latter and Miss Goodwin would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holiday and we'll see you in the new year. xxxx
Friday 6th December
Its like Santa's workshop in Pre-school! We have been busy over the last couple of weeks creating wonderful gifts and decorations to share with you at the end of term. Our nativity rehearsals are going well and we look forward to performing for you next week!
The children were very excited to discover a visitor in the classroom at the beginning of the week......an Elf! He has been sent by Father Christmas to keep an eye on things in the run up to Christmas. The children enjoy trying to find his hiding place each morning.
We are all looking forward to a packed week next week with our play, church service, Christmas dinner and pantomime. In the meantime, here are a few photos for you to enjoy.
On Tuesday 19th November Steephill School hosted an 'International Day'. The children were asked to dress up or provide items or information about their chosen country. The school chose 'Africa' as its theme for the day and we were incredibly lucky to take part in an African drumming workshop!
In addition, the lovely lunch team cooked a themed lunch for us and we all enjoyed an African chicken or chick pea curry followed by delicious mango, peaches and banana for pudding.
Friday 8th November
We've been very busy in Pre-school this week. We've been making firework rockets and individual 'bonfire' pictures using colourful autumn leaves, pastels and a little bit of sparkle. They look wonderful! Some of us also helped Mrs Shepherd to create a huge bonfire collage on our main display board.
Christmas preparations are in full swing! We're practising our nativity play and have begun our Christmas Crafts.
Friday, 1st November,2019
We hope you all had a nice two week break.
So many festivals this half term. We have looked at Diwali (Festival of lights) through role play and we listened to the story of Rama and Sita. Some of us made diva's and we have displayed them in the corridor.
We also had Halloween this week. The children made pumpkin faces to take home. We listened to Winnie the witch stories and played Halloween circle games during music and movement. Five little witches on a flying broomstick was a favourite.
Forest School was a bit chilly this week, but we were all dressed for the occassion.
A few photographs below.
Friday 11th October, 2019.
We sang happy birthday to Siya this week and we hope that she had a lovely birthday.
Where does time go, half term already.
We were lucky to have two tortoises in this week for assembly, Crusty and Tiny. They came to visit us as part of our hibernation learning. The children were very gentle with them and most enjoyed feeding them.
We made bread rolls this week and they were very tasty!!
We have just sang happy birthday to George and the children are enjoying their cake.
Have a lovely day tomorrow George.
Some photographs below.
Finally, have a lovely half term.
Thursday, 26th September 2019
What a busy week we have had. We had our first indoor P.E. session using the apparatus in the hall on Tuesday.
Wednesday we went off to Pizza Express. Your children were very well behaved, they listened to Emma's instructions and made their own cheese and tomato pizza's. We brought them back to school and ate them for lunch. All of the children ate at least two slices!!
Today we went to Forest School and had lots of fun. We were very lucky with the weather and did not get too wet. This afternoon we went down to church for our Harvest Festival practise.
I have added a few photographs below.
Friday, 20th September, 2019
It was really nice to see you all at parents evening this week.
Just a reminder, Wednesday children need to be in school for 8.45 as the bus for Pizza Express will be leaving at 9.00 sharp. The pizza's are usually cheese and tomato and we bring them back to school for lunch.
Have attached a few photographs taken this week.
Enjoy your weekend.
We had cake and sang Happy Birthday to Isaiah today. Have a lovely time.
Friday, 13th September,2019
Looking forward to seeing you all at parents evening next Thursday.
We have been lucky with the weather this week. I have posted a few photographs below.
Friday, 6th September, 2019
Your children have been busy playing and getting to know one another this week.
Not too many tears and generally they have settled well.
Next week days will be slightly more structured.
On Wednesday we will be making rocky road cakes, can you please supply an apron. Both Mrs Latter and myself hold a Level 2 food hygiene certificate.
Please remember to help your child find an item for our nature table.
I have added a few photographs below.
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.
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019
We had a lovely time at the Cyclopark this morning. Everyone was well behaved including Mrs Latter and myself!!
Will post pictures below.
This is the last posting now for this term. Please remember to send Owl and Pussy Cat clothing in tomorrow for prize giving.
School ends at 1pm for everyone on Friday.
Happy holidays! We hope the sun shines wherever you are and that you have a happy fun filled summer!
Friday, 5th July,2019
Where has the time gone! We can't believe it is nearly the end of the school year!
Sports day went really well. All the children were fantastic both in the racing and also with their behaviour. They were a real credit to you and we were so very proud of them. I understand that a video has been put on the whats app group.
So final week coming up.......with Prize giving and the FOSS fair on Thursday and church service on Friday (you are welcome to attend the church, if you would like to). School finishes for everyone at 1pm on Friday
We will be performing the Owl and the Pussy Cat at prize giving, please remember to send in their clothes. Thank you.
Here are a few pictures taken this week.
Wednesday, 26th June,2019
Hope you have all been looking after your sunflowers. The weather has not been good, not enough sunny days!! I don't think that they will do as well as last years (last years were massive). The ones that we have here at school are not even at flowering stage. So we need to have picture and measurement of your sunflowers during week 1st - 5th July for competition. Winner will be announced on Monday 8th July. Good Luck!
Next Wednesday 3rd July is sports day. It takes place during the morning for lower school. You may wish to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Can children please come in their PE kits, sun cream applied and school hats please. If it is not your child's usual day, you can either collect when you leave after sports day, or we are happy for them to remain for the rest of the day.
The mini marathon went well today. Children who took part did a great job and completed two laps of the bottom field. Well done. Don't forget to return your sponsorship forms and money. Thank you.
Mini marathon photographs below.
Friday, 21st June, 2019
I am sorry i didn't have time to post last week. It is a very busy time with reports to write, new children taster days here and visits that have to be made to their play schools.
Firstly, how fantastic your children performed at their assembly. I know they worked extremely hard to learn and remember their lines. It is always a bit over whelming when they appear and find lots of faces looking at them. They were all super stars.
We are going to perform again at prize giving.
The potatoes were harvested this week and you should all have received a small bag. The children had great fun pulling them up. Some pulled so hard that they ended up on their bottoms!
Please find an assortment of photographs below.
Friday, 7th June, 2019.
We were very lucky with the weather for our trip to Wingham yesterday. Originally we were planning to go today.
All of your children were a pleasure to take out, behaviour was exceptional. They are a credit to you all.
Everyone had a lovely time.
Will add some photogaphs below.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Amanda, George's mum for supplying us with all we needed for the children to see live metamorphosis. We all found it very interesting and we released our butterflies on Wednesday. There were four and they all happily flew away.
Friday, 24th May 2019
Half term already! Have a lovely break. A few pictures below.
Friday 17th May, 2019
Oh dear weather not so good today. The children had a busy time in Forest School yesterday morning. In the afternoon they enjoyed free play in the garden.
Have attached some photographs of yesterday afternoon below. We will be cooking on Wednesday next week, fairy cakes.
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday on Sunday Elliot, have a lovely day.
Tuesday, 14th May,2019
We joined in with Tibetan worm racing yesterday. Please find some photographs below.
Friday, 10th May, 2019
I have attached a few photographs below.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
Friday, 3rd May,2019
We had a good morning in forest School yesterday. We now have the addition of a plastic barrel of water!! Some lovely mud pies were made and generally all had a good time.
Have added some photographs below.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and see you all next week.
Tuesday 30th April, 2019
We welcomed Veronica into Pre-School today. Veronica is the sister of Howard in Lower 1 Kestrels.
It was also Veronica's birthday today. Veronica shared cakes with us all. Have a lovely birthday party Veronica.
We have had the first PE session of this term. I have put a few pictures below.
Friday, 26th April 2019
We will be performing The Owl and the Pussy Cat for our class assembly on Thursday 16th May. Each child has a highlighted script in their bag (if not in class today, then script will appear next week). Please can you help them to recite their words. We are being quite ambitious this year!
Thank you in advance.
Thursday, 25th April.
Your children have all settled back into Pre-School life.
We had a lovely time at forest school this morning, it did rain on and off but not enough to stop us having fun and doing lots of activities.
We celebrated Mivi's birthday today. Thank you for the delicious treats, we all enjoyed them. Have a Happy Birthday on Sunday Mivi.
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.