Welcome to Steephill Pre-School.
Autumn Term 2020
It is so nice to see the children back after the summer break and looking so happy too.
We have two new children who joined us this week Carter and Summer. Three other children came for their taster day today and will be joining us over the next couple of weeks.
All of your children appear happy and settled.
I hope that you managed to read the Welcome back doc. sent to you by e-mail. We have today put a hard copy into your child's bag.
I will post some photographs next week.
Enjoy the weekend.
Friday, 11th May 2020
From a cold start this morning, what a beautiful afternoon it has turned out to be.
We have just come in from the field where the children have been running around and blowing bubbles. Much excitement, everyone loves a bubble wand!!
We have been looking at Harvest this week, Libby brought in an abundance of things that she found in the park. Libby showed and talked about it to her peers yesterday. Today for show and tell she kindly shared, letting others show some of her finds. Thank you Libby. Don't forget to find something for the nature interest table, could be something as simple as a corn on the cob, apple, tomato. It is nice if the children bring something to show and join in.
Now that we are using Tapestry, there will not be that many photographs to post in future, as they are taken on two different devices.
We had two new children join us this week. Rhea and Amar. We welcome them both into our Pre-School.
Please find a few photographs below.
Summer Term 2020
In these unprecedented times, everything seems so strange. We hope that this finds you all safe and well.
We have some sort of normality back in Pre-School. The children who have returned all seem happy and glad to be back with their friends.
Please find a few photographs taken since we have re-opened.
Wednesday, 8th July, 2020
We have had two sports mornings and two parties to enable all children to take part in both sports day and end of year party.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all fourteen of our children moving on to Reception, every good wish for the future. We look forward to welcoming Libby, Pippa, Eiliyah and Maddison back in September.
It has been a real pleasure to have taught all of your children this year and we will certainly miss those who are moving on.
Enjoy the Summer break.
Maureen, Amanda and Tracey.
Please see photographs below.
Friday, 26th June, 2020
Another week, they seem to be going so fast. It is lovely to see more and more children returning to school.
The children have had great fun making bracelets this week. Lots of good hand-eye coordination, some made two or three.
We are planning to have some fun activities/celebrations next Friday and the following Tuesday, for end of year. Hopefully these two days will mean that every child gets a chance to join in.
Please find some photographs below of children being children!!
Friday, 19th June, 2020.
It is nice to see most of the children back at school now. They have been getting on well, with only a few scraps!!
Please find some photographs below.
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.