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Welcome to Steephill Pre-School.


  • Where we aim to enable each child to learn through a rich, warm, safe, secure, caring environment.
  • Offering a wide and varying continuous provision both in and outside the classroom.
  • We engage in activities that allow children to learn independently and at their own pace.
  • Giving children opportunity to experience wonder/awe/magical and spiritual activities.
  • Learning is fun with a balance of child/adult led activities.    

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.

Picture 1 One potato, two potato....
Picture 2 Planting potatoes
Picture 3 Growing sunflowers from seed
Picture 4 Capillary action..
Picture 5 Dyeing daffodils...
Picture 6 Using play dough....
Picture 7 to make our boats.
Picture 8 Carefully folding our boats..
Picture 9 they were all different...
Picture 10 we made masts.....
Picture 11 and were ready to go...
Picture 12 will they sink?
Picture 13 or will they float....
Picture 14 Here are the tin foil boats...
Picture 15 and here are the play dough boats...
Picture 16 Oh no they look as though they are going to sink..
Picture 17 This is really cool!!
Picture 18 They feel soggy....
Picture 19 Oh no! they have all sunk...
Picture 20 These look good...
Picture 21 Wow! Mine is floating...
Picture 22 Blow them, look they are moving...
Picture 23 Mine is coming...
Picture 24 It was good fun!!

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!!   

Picture 1 Anna
Picture 2 Mr Funny Bones
Picture 3 Witch
Picture 4 Minnie
Picture 5 Sky
Picture 6 Cat man
Picture 7 Space man
Picture 8 Red Riding Hood
Picture 9 Gruffalo
Picture 10 Elsa
Picture 11 Lilly Rabbit
Picture 12 Dinosaur
Picture 13 Waiting for a story
Picture 14 Funny Bones book
Picture 15 Dinosaur book

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.  

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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.



Picture 1 Practising forming letters in sand,
Picture 2 Practising forming letters in sand.
Picture 3 Using play-dough to form the letter 'p'.
Picture 4 Using play-dough to form the letter 'p'.
Picture 5 Stick writing in dirt and mud.
Picture 6 Stick writing in dirt and mud.
Picture 7 Forming the number 5.
Picture 8 Show and tell. Building confidence.
Picture 9 Show and tell. Building confidence.
Picture 10 We log in to our EYFS programmes.
Picture 11 Lots of different programmes.
Picture 12 Using the outdoor apparatus
Picture 13 Using the outdoor apparatus
Picture 14 Outdoor apparatus
Picture 15 Outdoor apparatus
Picture 16 Hey, look at me!!
Picture 17 Outdoor apparatus.
Picture 18 Finding five plastic insects in set jelly.
Picture 19 It was cold...
Picture 20 and very sticky!!
Picture 21 Using shape cutters in jelly.
Picture 22 It smells nice...
Picture 23 Jelly play..
Picture 24 Finding lots of insects..
Picture 25 Here i come, i am the Gruffalo..
Picture 26 Hello i am Spider Man..
Picture 27 I am Moana...
Picture 28 I used my wand to cast spells...
Picture 29 Look at me, i am a good fairy..
Picture 30 Hello, i am Piglet...
Picture 31 I have my crown on.I am Elsa...
Picture 32 Good friends...
Picture 33 l really like this shiny skirt...

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.

Picture 1 Making sure Mrs Brimstead was safe in her office!
Picture 2 Checking everywhere...
Picture 3 the sensory garden...
Picture 4 hum.....
Picture 5 Look over here....
Picture 6 something small...
Picture 7 taking a break....
Picture 8 Found it at last....
Picture 9 Wow....
Picture 10 It looks big....
Picture 11 Keeping a safe distance....
Picture 12 There is a red light flashing....
Picture 13 That means it might not be safe.... hide in here!
Picture 14 Hens egg..
Picture 15 Here you are.. can we break it open?
Picture 16 Hard egg .. cracked .. it smells..
Picture 17 It is cold..
Picture 18 Pass it to me...
Picture 19 Cracking open with a spoon ..
Picture 20 Cracking open with a spoon
Picture 21 Hit it hard....
Picture 22 We made this together.

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.


Picture 1 What will sink and what will float?
Picture 2 What will sink and what will float?
Picture 3 Fun with the foam!
Picture 4 This is so cold!
Picture 5 I like it!
Picture 6 Making a mess!!
Picture 7 Freedom in the field!
Picture 8 It was very windy!!
Picture 9 Look what i have found!
Picture 10 Chinese food tasting
Picture 11 We all joined in and
Picture 12 ate it all!!
Picture 13 I liked the noodles!
Picture 14 We wanted more but we had eaten it all!!
Picture 15 Dragon dancing
Picture 16 Dragon dancing
Picture 17 Dragon dancing
Picture 18 Dragon dancing
Picture 19 We had fun!!

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.    

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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.

Picture 1 Changing stations
Picture 2 Changing stations
Picture 3 Changing stations
Picture 4 Changing stations
Picture 5 Sensory ball in blackout tent
Picture 6 Blackout tent
Picture 7 Blackout tent
Picture 8 Blackout tent
Picture 9 Building the railway
Picture 10 Building the railway
Picture 11 Building the railway
Picture 12 This is real fun in here!!
Picture 13 Let me in!!
Picture 14 Peeping out of the Princess castle!

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

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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 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.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Mrs Duggan created a wonderful Christmas scene for us.  Thank you Mrs Duggan!
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International Day


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.



Picture 1 A beautiful African dress!
Picture 2 A wonderful African top.
Picture 3 Very Smart!
Picture 4 Here's my drum!
Picture 5 Group picture!
Picture 6 We sorted the animals to find the ones from Africa
Picture 7 Donald, our instructor, setting up the drums
Picture 8 Waiting patiently!
Picture 9 The drums were almost as tall as us!
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Picture 11 Look at us!
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Picture 19 I've got my own drum too!
Picture 20 Learning about Shango the 'God of Thunder'
Picture 21 Using the big drum
Picture 22 My turn.
Picture 23 I have a drum like yours Donald!
Picture 24 Group picture
Picture 25 Thank you Donald! We had so much fun!

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. 


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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.    


Picture 1 Making a pumpkin!
Picture 2 Making a pumpkin!
Picture 3 Sharing and working together.
Picture 4 Hunting for pumpkins in FS
Picture 5 Hunting for pumpkins in FS
Picture 6 Hunting for pumpkins in FS
Picture 7 Hunting for pumpkins in FS
Picture 8 Hunting for pumpkins in FS
Picture 9 Wow you climbed really high!
Picture 10 So did you!!
Picture 11 Such good tree climbing!
Picture 12 Amazing!!
Picture 13 Hiding mouse in the tree!
Picture 14 Good knot tying!!
Picture 15 Off with stick to stir magic potion!

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.  


Picture 1 Good swinging on the bar!
Picture 2 She went right to the top!
Picture 3 In and out of the circles.
Picture 4 Off the end of the bench
Picture 5 I can do that too!!
Picture 6 Feeding Crusty
Picture 7 Feeding Tiny
Picture 8 I'm not too sure!!
Picture 9 Kneading dough...
Picture 10 It's very hard...
Picture 11 i'm not sure about this!
Picture 12 I am making two white rolls..
Picture 13 So am i ..
Picture 14 I would like to make the brown ones ..
Picture 15 Finished brown and white rolls.
Picture 16 They were very tasty!!



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.

Picture 1 This is quite high!
Picture 2 Look at us!
Picture 3 I am climbing to the top!
Picture 4 Watch me swing!
Picture 5 All enjoying!
Picture 6 i love to climb!
Picture 7 Take my picture Mrs Shepherd
Picture 8 We are going to try and put our feet on the bar!
Picture 9 Fun...
Picture 10 Fun.. Fun....
Picture 11 Pizza Express
Picture 12 Stretching the dough..
Picture 13 Spreading the tomato paste..
Picture 14 Adding the mozzarella cheese..
Picture 15 Enjoying the end result.
Picture 1 Forest School - base camp!
Picture 2 Looking for treasure!
Picture 3 Looking for treasure!
Picture 4 Team activity!
Picture 5 Team activity
Picture 6 Quick, mud pies are over here!
Picture 7 Playtime...
Picture 8 This is my favourite bike!
Picture 9 This fire engine is new!

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.















Picture 1 Playing number games.
Picture 2 Do you think this one fits in here?
Picture 3 Memory game - well done you got it right!
Picture 4 Oh dear, i have blue hands!
Picture 5 me too!
Picture 6 Dog likes to watch me paint!
Picture 7 I like using scissors.
Picture 8 you can cut out the pictures!
Picture 9 I am making a necklace!
Picture 10 Shall we draw numbers in the shaving foam?
Picture 11 It is very messy!
Picture 12 Happy Birthday.

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.

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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.



Picture 1 Walking the baby!
Picture 2 Sharing big cars!
Picture 3 Wait for me!
Picture 4 Sand play.
Picture 5 Balancing parts of the body, tummy!
Picture 6 Balancing parts of the body, elbow!
Picture 7 Balancing parts of the body, one foot!
Picture 8 Pony tail on blue circle!
Picture 9 Recipe for exercise - large play field!
Picture 10 Look, i can blow this!
Picture 11 I can do that too.
Picture 12 Chasing Veronica!
Picture 13 Look how high i can bounce!
Picture 14 Really George did kick a ball!
Picture 15 Painting outdoors.
Picture 16 Good brush work.
Picture 17 I like to use blue!
Picture 18 Making faces on the computer.
Picture 19 Craft, flying fish for outdoors!
Picture 20 Look, green sand!
Picture 21 Fun with Mr Potato Head.
Picture 22 Diggers in the side sand.

Summer Term 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

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!




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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.

Picture 1 We decided to dress up..
Picture 2 What fun in the play house..
Picture 3 We had tea in the garden...
Picture 4 Outdoor play
Picture 5 Outdoor play
Picture 6 Outdoor play
Picture 7 Outdoor play
Picture 8 Outdoor play

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.

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Picture 3 mini marathon
Picture 4 mini marathon
Picture 5 mini marathon
Picture 6 mini marathon
Picture 7 mini marathon
Picture 8 mini marathon

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.

Picture 1 Making fathers day cards
Picture 2 Making fathers day cards
Picture 3 Water play
Picture 4 Papier maiche caterpillar egg
Picture 5 Olivia loves gardening,
Picture 6 Here we go ....
Picture 7 pull...
Picture 8 searching for potatoes!
Picture 9 Our crop... some were so tiny!!
Picture 10 We had great fun...
Picture 11 laughed a lot as it was not easy to pull them up!
Picture 12 Washed boiled potato tasting yum!
Picture 13 Practising our letters.
Picture 14 Forming letter 'z 'and colouring work sheet.

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.   



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Picture 2 Metamorphosis
Picture 3 Metamorphosis
Picture 4 Metamorphosis
Picture 5 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 6 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 7 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
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Picture 20 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 21 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 22 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
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Picture 25 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 26 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 27 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 28 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 29 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 30 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 31 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 32 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park
Picture 33 Fun at Wingham Wildlife Park

Friday, 24th May 2019

Half term already! Have a lovely break. A few pictures below.

Picture 1 On Wednesday we made fairy cakes....
Picture 2 we each had our own mixing bowl...
Picture 3 weighed out ingredients and mixed the...
Picture 4 sugar and vegetarian spread..
Picture 5 then we beat eggs....
Picture 6 in cups ....
Picture 7 with a fork ...
Picture 8 more egg beating....
Picture 9 it was quite runny...until we added flour...
Picture 10 Aran iced his cakes. We made six each.
Picture 11 George built a train track...
Picture 12 with Ayla..
Picture 13 apparently the dinosaurs...
Picture 14 wanted to walk on the tracks.

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.

Picture 1 Concentrating...
Picture 2 Sharing with friends...
Picture 3 Sink and float...
Picture 4 Front of house in the restaurant!!
Picture 5 Treasure hunting in the walk in sand...
Picture 6 More hunting for treasusre...
Picture 7 Building a sand castle!!
Picture 8 Using little fish moulds...
Picture 9 Team work!!

Tuesday, 14th May,2019

We joined in with Tibetan worm racing yesterday. Please find some photographs below.

Picture 1 Tibetan worm racing!!
Picture 2 Tibetan worm racing!!
Picture 3 Tibetan worm racing!!
Picture 4 Tibetan worm racing!!
Picture 5 Tibetan worm racing!!

Friday, 10th May, 2019

I have attached a few photographs below.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Picture 1 Craft work.
Picture 2 Craft work.
Picture 3 Craft work.
Picture 4 Craft work.
Picture 5 Craft work.
Picture 6 Busy Bees
Picture 7 Busy Bees
Picture 8 Busy Bees
Picture 9 Busy bees

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.  

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Picture 14 Forest School and Base Camp
Picture 1 Early Year ICT
Picture 2 Early Years ICT
Picture 3 Aran finishing his Pre-School friend picture.
Picture 4 At last the outdoor sand is open.....
Picture 5 Making sand castles and... .
Picture 6 sharing and taking turns!!

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.

Picture 1 Celebrating Veronica's birthday..
Picture 2 We sang Happy Birthday...
Picture 3 We had some yummy cakes.
Picture 4 Happy Birthday Veronica!
Picture 5 PE in the hall
Picture 6 PE in the hall
Picture 7 PE in the hall
Picture 8 PE in the hall
Picture 9 Bench work
Picture 10 Bench work
Picture 11 Bench work
Picture 12 Bench work
Picture 13 Bench work
Picture 14 Bench work

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.  


Picture 1 Mivi brought in some treats for us to....
Picture 2 celebrate her birthday.
Picture 3 We all sang "Happy Birthday". Enjoy Sunday.



Spring Term - 2019 
Our termly document with dates and information. Please read.

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.

Picture 1 Sorry she is sideways!!
Picture 2 This is spot where it is said she lays.
Picture 3 No idea what the lights are!
Picture 4 Some kind of reflection......
Picture 5 Odd...!!
Picture 6 The wall depicting the story.
Picture 7 There is a small tapestry too!
Picture 8 Lots of people had an input in this work.
Picture 9 Outside by the statue
Picture 10 Saying thank you and farewell to Mrs Pugh!
Picture 11 Look at all these Princess Pocahontas
Picture 12 finger puppets....
Picture 13 and there are more!!
Picture 14 Sowing our sunflower seeds.
Picture 15 Giving them a nice drink,
Picture 16 A beautiful painting.

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.




Picture 1 We had chocolate buttons...
Picture 2 and we sang Happy Birthday to Aran.

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.



Picture 1 Miss Hackett and Mrs Tucker lead the way!
Picture 2 Here we go... counting our steps!
Picture 3 Listening to instructions,
Picture 4 Sequencing movements.
Picture 5 We did really well.

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. 

Picture 1 Daffodils
Picture 2 Carefully adding food colour!
Picture 3 Stop! that is enough Elliot!!
Picture 4 Capillary action

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!!  

Picture 1 Getting ready to plant.
Picture 2 We have planted regional potatoes.
Picture 3 We have planted rocket potatoes.
Picture 4 They need lots of water....
Picture 5 lots and lots....
Picture 6 I think this is enough now!!
Picture 7 Making a duck.
Picture 8 We had cup cakes...
Picture 9 and we sang Happy Birthday to Aarav.
Picture 10 Cold....
Picture 11 Sticky...
Picture 12 Slimy...
Picture 13 We enjoyed jelly play,

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. 

Picture 1 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 2 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 3 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 4 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 5 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 6 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 7 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 8 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 9 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 10 Outdoor PE session - fun in the sun
Picture 11 Dinosaur bath time
Picture 12 Dinosaur bath time

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...

Picture 1 We all used an electric hand mixer.
Picture 2 It was quite hard creaming the butter..
Picture 3 Now we have added the golden caster sugar...
Picture 4 The mixture has turned nice and pale.
Picture 5 Cutting our heart shapes...
Picture 6 Remember only two!!
Picture 7 Can we eat the bits that are left?
Picture 8 These are yummy!!
Picture 9 Really yummy...
Picture 10 We enjoyed what we had made!!

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.    

Picture 1 Elliot a scary dragon!
Picture 2 Dragon dancing.
Picture 3 Dragon dancing.
Picture 4 Darcey made a tin foil boat. We put it in water
Picture 5 to see if it would float. It did...
Picture 6 a piece of paper floated and a plastic bear sank!


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! 

Picture 1 He visits us lots during the day!
Picture 2 The hyacinths are doing well.
Picture 3 This is not the same one..
Picture 1 Mark making using shaving foam.
Picture 2 Messy, messy mark making.
Picture 3 Finding camels in beans and spaghetti......
Picture 4 Really messy!!
Picture 5 Inside the police car!!
Picture 6 The police officers were very nice.
Picture 7 Making a house out of straw.
Picture 8 Building a house of bricks.
Picture 9 This looks a bit like the dome.
Picture 10 Finished.
Picture 11 Finished.
Picture 12 We made all of these!
Picture 13 We made all of these...
Picture 14 and we made all of these!!
Picture 15 We threw large bowls of water at them.

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.

Picture 1 Steephill artist!
Picture 2 I can paint a rainbow!
Picture 3 Real concentration.
Picture 4 Im painting a lion!
Picture 5 Making bird cake - we melted lard.
Picture 6 Mixed bird seeds cereal and sunflower hearts!
Picture 7 This bird mix smells funny!
Picture 8 We hope the birds like their cake!
Picture 9 Ribbon dancing to classical music!
Picture 10 Elliot sweeping the floor movement!
Picture 11 Snake dancing!
Picture 12 We also danced with pom-poms.
Picture 13 Pepper Pig cake for Olivias' birthday.
Picture 14 EYFS ICT programme.
Picture 15 Good mouse control.
Picture 16 Unifix number session.
Picture 17 How many have you got?
Picture 18 This is my blackbird!
Picture 19 Where do penguins live?
Picture 20 At the South Pole!
Picture 21 But polar bears live at the North Pole.
Picture 22 Junk modelling session
Picture 23 What are you building?
Picture 24 What a gluey mess we made!
Picture 25 Will you play doctors with me?





​​​​​​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.




Picture 1 Mila putting finishing touches.
Picture 2 Xaria working on her penguin.
Picture 3 Nia likes to choose very loud instruments!
Picture 4 Musical instrument session.
Picture 5 Elliot loves making music!
Picture 6 Quiet time - practising letters and sounds.
Picture 7 Quiet time - practising letters and sounds.
Picture 8 Quiet time - sounds/tactile letters.
Picture 9 Quiet time - sounds/tactile letters.

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.   

Picture 1 look at me!
Picture 2 this is how you do it!
Picture 3 climbing higher.
Picture 4 on the bar!
Picture 5 taking turns with friends.
Picture 6 in and out of the circles!
Picture 7 a cheeky grin!!
Picture 8 wow! all the way to the top of the ladder.

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.


Picture 1 Fun in the forest.
Picture 2 Fun in the forest.
Picture 3 Fun in the forest.
Picture 4 Fun in the forest.
Picture 5 Fun in the forest.
Picture 6 Fun in the forest.
Picture 7 Fun in the forest.
Picture 8 Fun in the forest.
Picture 9 Fun in the forest.
Picture 10 Fun in the forest.
Picture 11 Fun in the forest.
Picture 12 Fun in the forest.
Picture 13 Fun in the forest.
Picture 14 Fun in the forest.
Picture 15 Fun in the forest.
Picture 1 Celebrating Darceys' birthday.
Picture 2 We all had unicorn cakes.
Picture 3 Planting a hyacinth to grow indoors with bare root
Picture 4 One for the classroom in soil.