4 December 2006
As we near the end of this long autumn term, the focus is invariably on Christmas, though we try hard not to get the children too excited too early in December. We will have an informal Christmas performance on Wednesday 13th December at 11 am, and would like to invite all parents, carers and friends to join us. This is often the first time many children will perform in front of an audience, and it can have unexpectedly comic consequences!
Term ends with the children's Christmas party on Thursday 14 December. An entertainer, lots to eat and drink and hopefully a visit from someone special will be the highlights.
All at Sherington Pre-school wish you a very happy holiday season. We return on Thursday 4th January with two new children - Teagan and Georgina. Our numbers are growing, and we would like to remind you to let us know if your child will turn 3 during the next year.
As I write at the beginning of the half- term holiday, I reflect that 7 weeks is a long time in the life of a 3 year old. The children who began at pre-school in September have learned so very much, become happy and settled in their new environment and formed wonderful relationships with new adults and children. These are tremendous accomplishments for us to build on. We look forward to welcoming Evyn after half term, and hope that he will settle in just as quickly.
Our car boot and tabletop sale was a great success, and we thank all the stallholders and helpers for their support in raising £270 to spend on new equipment for the children. We plan to hold more of these events, so watch for the date of the next one!
At our AGM on 9th October, Colin Storey of Sherington School spoke on "developing the pupil voice in a very small first school." His account of a play project that involved the children in planning and evaluating their play and acting as mentors to younger children was thought-provoking and highly relevant to the way we work with the children.
The out-going committee stood down at the AGM, and we would like to thank Angela Phillips and Lara Bruce for their dedication, hard work and continued support. Our new committee members are Paula Noble, Hayley Marlow, Catia Farr, Jackie Rogers, Miranda Koss, Sharon Jones and Angela Phillips, who has agreed to stay on to manage our self-evaluation project. We are especially pleased not to lose her expertise and enthusiasm! The new committee will meet on 1 November to determine roles and responsibilities and to plan for the year. Already a few fund-raising projects are underway, as we have Christmas cards and calendars on sale. The children thought it very strange to be doing Christmas artwork in October!
Watch out around the villages for the smart navy and white Sherington Preschool t-shirts. The children love the sense of identity they bring, and those with older siblings at school are proud to have their own "uniforms." S.H.
Three weeks into term, all of the children (and adults!) at pre-school have settled happily back into the daily routine. We're pleased to welcome Bryony, who started during the past week.
Our current topic is Food and Harvest. We'll be looking at healthy food and where it comes from as well as the people who produce it. The children will be tasting and cooking with a range of ingredients, some of which they won't have tried before. These activities are a fun and interesting way into every curriculum area, and are our small contribution to the national debate.
Our AGM will be held at Sherington School on Monday 9 October, and all those with an interest in Early Years education are welcome. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing committee for their support and hard work. For much of the year, it was a very small committee, but they worked with admirable professionalism and enthusiasm. One recent piece of good news is that they have secured over £900 in funding from the Milton Keynes Community Foundation for us to revamp our storage cupboard. This may not sound like a glamorous use of funds, but when staff have to create a nursery classroom from an empty room every morning, efficient storage is essential! It will also allow us to use funds from other events to purchase more exciting equipment for the children.
Our next event will be our Car Boot and Tabletop sale on Saturday 7 October. Requests for tables and pitches have been flooding in, and we look forward to seeing you all there!
We plan to hold an Open Day in November, but we welcome visitors at anytime!
We hope that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed their summer holidays, and look forward to many exciting stories from the children when they return to pre-school. Children often relate events from a unique perspective, and we always enjoy the opportunity to share that 3 year old point of view.
At the end of the summer term, 3 hard-working committee members (Lara, Angela and Paula) took a stall at the Newport Pagnell Carnival. Undeterred by the windy weather they displayed their wares under the gazebo thoughtfully lent by Paula Rowe. Lucky Dip and Hook-a-Duck
proved as popular as ever and they sold nearly all the bric-a-brac. Thank you very much to all who donated items. The team were offered a ride around the field on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike, but thankfully were just too busy! It was such an enjoyable day (even for the dogs that were drinking from our Hook-a-Duck pool!) and with your support we raised £60 for new equipment.
Pre-school restarts on Tuesday 5 September and we look forward to seeing all the returning children and to welcoming Alexander, Mackenzie, Ivo and Eleanor for the first time.
We also welcome new committee members Carla, Jackie, Catia and Sharon. We are indeed fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and hardworking committee!
On our return, our topic will be 'All About Me', which gives the children an opportunity to talk about themselves and how they relate to the world, and gives us a way to get to know the newcomers quickly.
The autumn term is normally quiet after we lose a year group in July, but this year we have more children on the register than for some years. If your child will turn three during this next academic year (September 06 - August 07), do come and visit pre-school to see what we have to offer. Or telephone Sue Herbert on 01908 613985.
We have all been enjoying the better weather, and have been able to undertake many of our activities outside in the play area. The outdoor environment and the benefits of fresh air and active play are important aspects of the foundation stage, so we try to make the most of our opportunities. Our topic for most of June was digger, dumpers and tractors, which worked well outdoors. Peter Cook very kindly arranged for a tractor from the farm to come to Pre-school, and it proved to be one of our most popular visitors!
The children have also enjoyed taking part in the Flower Festival and the Scarecrow competition, creating a flower display for the church and a pre-school sized scarecrow on a tricycle. Events like this help the children to feel part of the community - and they're great fun!
Summer term ends on Wednesday 12 July with an informal performance for family and friends. We will be saying goodbye to Clare, Aaron, Alice, Douglas, Kobie and Jay, who are moving on to Sherington School, and to Andrew and Eleanor, who will go to Cedars. We wish them all the very best in their new schools.
Going back to our highly successful Easter Fayre, our grateful thanks go to Karen Tumbull, our former Chair, for her personal fundraising efforts. The sale of her delicious homemade cakes and bric-a-brac items on e-bay brought in £150! Well done!
We hope that everyone enjoys the summer holidays, and look forward to the new term, beginning on Tuesday 5 September. If you have any queries about pre-school during the holidays, you can contact Sue Herbert on 01908613985.
1 June 2006
Welcome to Charlotte, Natasha, Jamie and Jessica who started preschool at the beginning of this term. All seem to have settled in well and made many new friends, and now join in with all of our routines and activities.
During this summer term, the older children have enjoyed their Friday visits to Sherington School. Our shared activities with class 1 have included pond dipping (only one child managed to step into the pond, but he was so delighted to change into spare school uniform that the whole experience was very positive) and games on the field. More visits are planned, and by time the children start school in September, they feel quite at home.
We have been enjoying our topic on Fairy Tales, and pre-school has been full of beautiful princesses and handsome princes. Opportunities for storytelling allow us to explore many different issues with the children, and they all love the familiar stories.
We're making the most of any spring weather by moving activities outdoors, and the children make the most of the chance to run and shout. Many thanks to Ro Smith who works so hard to mow, sweep and generally maintain our outdoor play area.
30 April 2006
Spring term came to a fun filled end by our annual Easter Fayre being a huge success. Despite the cloudy skies people turned out to support this fund raising event and were very generous indeed. The pre-school made over a staggering £700!!!! This will go towards buying new equipment.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all parents and members of the community who donated their time and efforts in organising and helping on the day and for donating prizes and gifts for the stalls. Thank you.
Also without the following companies we would not have been able to hold such a wonderful raffle: Sherington Virginia Stores, The White Hart, Activity World, WH Smith, Boots, Gullivers Land, Mead Open Farm, Sainsburys, Alban Hill Nursery, Frosts, Tesco, B & Q, Gambado, Simply Sweets, Peachy Feet, The Entertainer and HSBC.
With the start of the summer term the children will be learning all about plants, gardens and creepy crawlies!!! Hopefully with the change in the weather the children can become explorers and discover what the great out doors can unfold for them and enjoy the natural environment!!
Dates for your diary:
An Open day has been arranged for Wednesday 24th May during session time (9.15 - 11.45) so that members of the community and parents can
come and see how we run. It will be an informal event with members of the committee and staff on hand to answer any questions and show you around. If you have a child who will turn 3 before the end of the year then they are eligible to attend our Pre-School and this is an ideal opportunity for you to come and see what we have to offer. Parents of children already at Pre-School and members of the local community are also welcome.
3 April 2006
It's hard to believe that this term is nearly over, but by the time you
read this, we'll be into the Easter holidays. In recent weeks, our topic has been animals. This is always a great favourite with the children, and opens up many possibilities for sounds, craft, role play, counting and language
development. We've also enjoyed visits from a variety of pets!
We have been granted funds to spend on ICT (Information and Communications Technology), and have been looking at some excellent software aimed particularly at the Foundation Stage (3-4 year olds). We're grateful to the Youth Club, who have offered us the use of their computer in the Village Hall, and would love to hear from anyone who'd like to come in and do some computer work with the children. If you're interested, please let us know on the numbers below.
Our Open Day was a lovely event, and we enjoyed meeting all of our visitors. Thank you to all of our friends at Sherington School for coming along and taking part. We hope to have another Open Day during the summer term, but in the meantime please feel free to come along for a visit at any time. Children may start at pre-school at the beginning of the term when they will turn 3, and then become eligible for Nursery funding the following term. If you have a child under 3 and would like to discuss your Early Years options, please get in touch. Our number during session times is 07866 409169. At other times you can phone Sue Herbert on 01908 613985.
18 February 2006
The children have been studying the topic of weather and have experienced cloudy and cold conditions in great detail!! Everyone therefore was delighted to see a few days of sunshine before the half term break.
For the rest of the Spring term we will be increasing our programme of visits and activities with Sherington School. Mrs Bourne, Mr Storey and Mrs Ravillious will all be visiting the pre-school, whilst our older children will have the opportunity to visit school for activities such as pond-dipping, out door games and IT activities. This is a beneficial experience for the children as they become familiar with a school environment, and have the chance to use resources we don’t have within our setting.
Please note that children turning three this year will be eligible to start at the pre-school, either after Easter or in the September. We would like you to feel welcome and come for a visit and discover what we have to offer both you and your child.
Dates for your diary:
March 2nd - Open Day. 9.15 – 11.45am Members of the community and parents can come and see how we run. It will be an informal event with members of the committee and staff on hand to answer any questions and show you around. There will be information about the Foundation Stage, transition from pre-school into school and news about Nursery Education funding.
- Easter Fayre - Saturday 25th March between 2 - 4 pm at the pre-school. This will be a fun family afternoon outing with a wide range of stalls on offer to both entertain and indulge. From the tasty cake stall to the Name that Teddy. There will also be a grand raffle and monies raised from this event will go towards updating our equipment. We are also grateful for any volunteers on the day to help run stalls. Please contact the pre-school if you wish to offer your services. Any donations of cakes should be brought along on the day and delivered at 1pm. Please state if any contain nuts.
- Donations of the following items will be gratefully welcomed:
- Books, toys, videos and DVDs
- Good quality bric-a-brac
- Cakes and sweets
- Prizes for the raffle - tickets now on sale in the village shop!
- Please contact Angela Phillips (Tel: 610665) or Lara Bruce (Tel: 612394) if you can help. All monies raised will go towards buying new equipment for the PreSchool.
Thank you for supporting your local community pre-school.
5 February 2006
The beginning of the new term has been a huge success with the children settling in very well after the excitement of the holidays.
For the remainder of the Spring Term the children will be continuing their learning in Action Rhymes, but also in the Weather, Shapes and Animals. Fun packed sessions have been put together so that children of all abilities will gain from these topics.
Please note that we currently have 5 places available on our register for new children to attend until we are at our full capacity.