Sherington Pre-school
  Pre-school News - August to December 2008

  22 December 2008

December has been a busy month full of festive fun and learning. The children had been working on lots of craft projects, each taking home a personalised paper sack filled with Christmas goodies, thanks to the hard work of all the staff and helpers.

The Nativity play on Wednesday 17th was a wonderful show. We were worried about Jo T's voice holding out but she managed to sing and sparkle in her usual way. The children also sang beautifully and seemed to enjoy being on stage. The following day was the Christmas party, with a visits from Toddlertime with a parachute to play under and Father Christmas with a sack full of gifts. The children had a fabulous time.

Congratulations to Kerry as she passed her NVQ level 3 in December. She worked really hard to get everything done in the short time they gave her so "very well done".

Jo and Kay passed their food hygiene course, so well done to them too.

The work on the outdoor play area is ongoing, with approval being given for a grant to install an awning. This will provide shelter and allow us to work outside more of the time.

In January we welcome Gemma, Millie and Jack J and hope that they enjoy the themes of Puppets and Clowns and then Dinosaurs.

Fun on Friday starts on 9th January - 12.30 - 3pm.

A very happy and healthy New Year to everyone!

  23 November 2008

Fun on Fridays from January

After the Christmas break, we will once again be holding sessions on Friday afternoons (12.30-3.00) for the children who are due to start at school in September. Please contact pre-school if you are interested in your child attending these sessions.

Christmas car raffle

The pre-school is once again selling raffle tickets for the Milton Keynes Community Foundation car raffle. The prize this year is a new red Volkswagen Scirocco. The tickets cost £1 each and make excellent stocking stuffers.for family and friends. Please let us know if you would like to purchase tickets from us.

Write Dance

Jo and Kerry have been on a Write Dance course. The course itself was great fun and Jo and Kerry are looking forward to working with the children to implement this enjoyable and expressive mark-making method. The idea behind Write Dance is that it helps teach children to write by creating large movements as they move to the music using their gross motor skills in the air or on large pieces of paper. We will be learning the songs as we go along; if you would like further information about the new songs that the children are singing at home, feel free to ask any staff member.

Jacket potatoes at ‘big’ school

The pre-school children visited Sherington CE School on 12 November for the morning and enjoyed a jacket potato lunch. All of the children enjoyed mixing with the older children, many of whom are former attendees of Sherington Pre-school. Thank you to the school for making us feel so welcome (as always!).


Thanks also to Ro, who regularly makes sure that our outdoor play area is kept clean and tidy.


  22 October 2008

Gardening equipment
Outdoor equipment

As mentioned in the previous issue of SCAN, the pre-school children are spending a lot more time outdoors as part of the new national curriculum for early years education. Given the increased emphasis on the outdoors, the pre-school was very pleased to recently take delivery (free of charge) of a large amount of new outdoor play materials, including all-in-one playsuits for rainy days, from Milton Keynes Council. Some of the gardening equipment that was donated is shown in the photo.

Themes for the next term

The children really enjoyed our recent themes (especially Teddy Bears – see below for more). The themes in the run-up to Christmas will be Opposites, Healthy Eating and Christmas. Pre-school re-opens on 3 November.

Visit to the Bear Factory
If you go down to the Centre today…

The pre-school visited the Bear Factory in Central Milton Keynes as part of our Teddy Bears theme. Eighteen pre-school children plus a few of their siblings attended and all of the children made their own bear. We also had a pre-school bear made; she is blue and sparkly and birthday girl Anya had the honour of naming her: Elizabeth Sparkle. We all had a wonderful time on our visit!


The pre-school held its annual general meeting at Sherington CE School on 20 October. The school’s deputy headteacher Colin Storey gave a very interesting talk on outside play and we watched a short inspirational video about the types of activities that can take place outdoors in an early years setting. At the meeting we welcomed two new members to the pre-school committee: Sharron Wright is the new secretary and Karen Davies will help with fundraising.


  21 September 2008

Welcome back!

We would like to welcome everyone to pre-school, especially our new starters: Jess, Ria, Jodi and Beatrice. After half-term, some new boys arrive to join the new girls: Robbie, Jack, Ryan and Loui.

Drawing and a worm!

Early Years Foundation Stage

We are adapting well to the EYFS, the new government guidelines for education from birth to five. Interested parents can ask at any time for more details about the principles behind the new guidelines. In line with the EYFS and, as you can see from the pictures above, we will spending a lot more time outdoors.

Themes for this term

We had a ‘welcome’ theme for the first two weeks of term. Our next themes are Harvest, Space and Teddy Bears.

Fundraising: Big Toddle

Many thanks for your generous fundraising. Our Big Toddle on the last day of term raised almost £200. While most of the funds will go to support the very necessary work of the Barnardo’s charity, pre-school will get a percentage of the funds that we raised to use in pre-school.

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place at Sherington CE School on Monday 20th October 2008, 7.30pm to 9pm. Colin Storey will give a presentation on 'The Importance of Outdoor Play'.

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