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PAST NEWS - Sept 19 to July 20

Wk beg Monday 15th June - Welcome back

Its wonderful to be back at Pre-school.  There has been hot sunshine and wet rainy days, but its been lots of fun!

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Friday 6th March - A night with Candy Couture

Thank you so much to all who came along to support us or donated to our raffle and auction or took part in the quiz. Thank you to the committee and staff for all their hard work in the preparations and on the evening. The biggest thank you goes to Candy Couture who sang and entertained us all evening!!

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Thursday 5th March - World Book Day

Happy World Book Day.  We had lots of children (and all staff) dressing up as their favourite book character. Ranging from Cinderella, Goldilocks, Firemen, Peter Pan, Gruffalo's, a Dinosaur and a Penguin!

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w/e 14th February - Valentines Day

We ended the first half of spring term with some Valentine's day celebrations-working together to make decorations and some 'Rocky Road' to share with our families.

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w/e 31st January - Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese New Year, the year of the Rat.

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Bringing maths and some festive cheer to the outdoor environment with a parcel station. Parcels were weighed and delivered to the correct address. Extending mathematical language skills, number matching and recognition in a practical way.

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w/e 6th December

We lit a fire pit in the garden and had warm chocolate milk for snack to keep us warm. We sang around the fire; London's Burning, as we have been learning about keeping safe and fire safety. We sang in a 'round' and were accompanied by Mrs Martiello on the recorder. We also sang some of our Christmas songs. What a lovely afternoon 🔥

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Catching rain and observing ice in the garden, leading to lots of discussions on weather and seasons. Skittles to keep warm and decorating the Christmas tree inside 🎄

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w/e 20th December

We had a fun and festive last few days of term with a successful concert and Christmas party .

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Sunday 1st December

We held our annual Crafty Christmas Event at Pre-school this afternoon.  5 crafts were available to make these were reindeer food, decorating Christmas cakes, snowman bags, making a Christmas Tree card, and creating an 'it's me' Christmas snow globe!  Lots of fun was had by all who came and we would like to thank everyone who came along and made this event such a success.


We sold fun chocolate quiz sheets before and on the afternoon for a chance to win a chocolate hamper. All monies raised will go towards pre-school funds 🎅🏽🎁☃️❄️

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w/e 29th November

We've been making mini Christmas cakes! All ready to be decorated at our Crafty Christmas on Sunday afternoon between 2-4pm at pre-school. The one we tasted was delicious!! 😋 Please come along and support us. 5 crafts, for £5 on the door, there will be glitter tattoos, a lucky dip and lots of yummy refreshments.

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Just some of the ways that we support Literacy through play at pre-school. We scribe and act out stories, learn to handle books carefully and turn the pages. We look at different types of texts including magazines, recipes and catalogues. We like to sequence stories and guess how they may end. We write for purpose, using labels to name our pictures and models. Our outdoor environment is rich in print and mark making tools too.

w/e 15th November

Following one of our children's interests in ball games, we made a pool table to use outside. Firstly we needed to measure the tables and then work out how to attach the pockets. We then thought about finding some suitably sized balls and cues. The whole experience led to lots of maths, understanding of the world and personal and social development.

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We made poppies using a variety of different materials and used them to decorate pre-school.
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Lots of outdoor learning this week. Clearing the leaves in the garden and making cement to build walls and enclosures. We made sure our chickens were well fed in the cold weather. Inside, we acted out the 'Whatever Next' story which led to lots of geographical investigations and discussion
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We held our Autumn Term 'Open Classrooms on evening this week.  Thank you to all parents and carers who took the time to come, it’s great to work in partnership with you all.
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w/e 1st November

We made Diva lamps, lit them and listened to the story of Diwali.

We made a map of the garden to help with our directional and positional language.

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We played rugby and made England flags for tomorrow's Rugby World Cup Final. Come on England!

Half Term - Halloween Trail

A lovely time for a halloween trail followed by a cuppa at 'O for Coffee'!

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Half Term - Sponsored Pool Tournament

Full swing at the pool competition organised by Josh Martiello and supported by Santander, raising funds for our new building. 36 of Josh’s colleagues have turned up to raise money for us! Thank you very much to all who donated for the raffle and auction.

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w/e Friday 18th Oct

Our Halloween Trail will be up around the village from today and will stay up until Monday 28th October inclusive. Clue sheets are available at Oakley Post Office and a prize awaits you at 'O for Coffee'. Please support us this half term and have fun! All funds will go to our new building fund 👻 🦇 🎃 🧙‍♀️

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w/e Friday 11th Oct

As part of our Harvest Celebrations, we took our collection of food to the Bedford Food Bank.

Thank you for your kind donations.

Our chickens; Jessie, Elsa and Dora were able to wander 'free range' for the first time this week and the children thought about how to look after living creatures and be kind to others. 


We enjoyed a visit from Mrs Searle's dog, Coco,too. What wonderfully caring week.

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w/e Friday 4th Oct

Another exciting new addition to our outdoor environment... a great big tractor tyre, kindly donated by Windmill Christmas Tree Farm at Stevington. It was VERY heavy and the children enjoyed watching it being rolled down to a space in the garden. They will begin to use it for climbing and hide n seek. What a great resource to develop their risk taking and all areas of their development, specifically their physical development.

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The children helped to clean the tyre, using scrubbing brushes and compared it to the size of the toy tractor wheels.  When it was clean the children decorated it themselves with chalk!

The arrival of the tractor tyre encouraged the children to create tyre marking pictures outside.

What fun!

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w/e Friday 6th Sept

Welcome back! 

New Chickens

All our new starters are settling well, including these three new additions to our flock... Dora, Elsa and Jessie.

Fairy Garden

We have enhanced our outdoor environment with a new enchanted fairy garden and are excited to see the imaginative play that it inspires! 

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