Barlow Pre-school
Barlow Pre-school

Barlow pre-school
Millcross Lane
Barlow
Chesterfield
S18 7TA

Tel. 0114 289 9046 

9.00am - 12.00pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Tuesday 9.00am - 3.00pm
Forest School - 12 - 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Breakfast club 8.30am - 9.00am Mon - Fri

 Email: barlowps@yahoo.co.uk

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  HOMELINK SPRING- SUMMER TERM 2017

To reinforce the children’s learning at Pre-school

Theme: Spring, Looking at patterns, natural, fingerprints, leaf printings, footprints. Patterns we find in Nursery rhymes and stories, patterns we can see and make in sand and water and mathematical patterns.

  

  • Talk to the children about the different seasons and the changes that we can see, hear, feel and touch. Look at seasonal sequences
  • Go outside to enjoy the weather, explore the garden looking for signs of new life, do bark and leaf rubbings
  • Enjoy playing out in the rain, April showers and enjoy jumping in puddles looking at the patterns it makes.
  • Enjoy reading stories, repetitive phrases in stories are the best, see if the children can notice the pattern.
  • Look at the different patterns on soles of footwear- what and why? Follow a trail of footprints.
  • Play “I went to the market”……….. enjoying remembering all the different items.
  • Make fruit kebabs, looking at the patterns you make with different types of fruit.
  • Look at life cycles, tadpoles (we will be covering caterpillars next team)
  • Play dominos with your children, noticing the different patterns
  • Sing Head, shoulders, knees and toes to encourage following a sequence.
  • Sing and join in with ring games such as “In and out the dusty bluebells”
  • Enjoy painting, maybe try some butterfly painting.

 

                       

     What will the children have an opportunity to learn?

 

  • To gain an understanding of different seasons and the changes that happen, and to understand the sequence of seasons.
  • To develop an understanding of different celebrations we take part in and enjoy British traditions and values.
  • To develop good social skills, and improve relationships with other children.
  • To join in with ring games, learning how to take turns, notice the patterns of the songs and rhymes.
  • To explore and use different media and materials to take bark, leaf and vegetable prints
  • To explore and see the different patterns that occur natural in the environment,
  • To look at symmetry in your painting, repeating patterns and designs.
  • To listen to others and follow a sequence of words, remembering and reciting.
  • To notice their unique patterns for example fingerprints, handprints and footprints.

 

 HALF TERM WEEKLY PLANS

Monday 24th April to Friday 26th May 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BAKING WEEK - SEE VOLUNTEER ROTA ON DOOR

 

 

WEEK

W/C

AREAS OF FOCUS

PRE SCHOOL

FOREST SCHOOL

 

 

 

1

24/04/17

Personal, Social and Emotional
Self-Confidence/Self Awareness

Literacy
Reading

Spring time

Natural Patterns/ fingerprints

Welcome back to Forest School

123 Where Are You?Fire safety

 

 

 

2

01/05/17

CLOSED MONDAY For May Day

04/05/17

Closed for polling

Communication and Language
Listening and Attention

Maths
Numbers
 

Spring Time

Patterns we find in our Environment

Leaf printing/ footprints

Campfire with toasted Marshmallows

Staying safe around the fire

 

 

 

3

08/05/17

Physical Development
Health and Self Care

Understanding the World
People and Communities

Spring time

Patterns we find in stories/finger rhymes

Fairy Crowns and Pirate hats

 

 

 

4

15/05/17

Literacy
Writing

Physical
Moving and Handling

Spring Time

Patterns we can make

Sand and water/ raindrops in water, puddles

Leaf bashing

Making flags

 

 

 

5

22/05/17

Maths
Shape, Space and Measure

Communication and Language

Understanding
 

Spring time

Repeating patterns that we can make/symmetry, comparing, sorting patterns, and threading

Mud monsters

 

 

 

 

 


Newsletters and Notes to Parents

CLOSED Monday 1st May - May Day

CLOSED Thursday 4th May - Polling

 

Government launches new schemes to help with childcare costs

Are you looking for support with childcare costs?

Childcare Choices brings together all the government childcare offers in one place for the first time. The new Childcare Choices website makes it easy to find out what’s on offer.

Use the Childcare Calculator at www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to see what offers are available to support you and your family.

As well as current schemes, Childcare Choices introduces Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hours – two new offers that are coming in 2017.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website today at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

 
 
 
 

‘Every Child a Talker’ at Barlow Pre-School

As part of our commitment to supporting children’s early communication and language development, Barlow Pre-School is taking part in the national ‘Every Child a Talker’ (ECAT) scheme, which, in partnership with parents and families, aims to support early communication skills including listening and attention, speaking and understanding.

Early communication and language skills provide the building blocks for future development, and can have a considerable impact on a child’s learning and development throughout their childhood.

Through the ECAT scheme, we are looking forward to working with parents and families to further support children’s communication and language development. With this in mind, we will be providing ideas for games and activities that you can try at home as well as providing some fun activities that children can bring home from pre-school.

At pre school we have introduced the chatterboxes as part of the new incentive Every child a talker (ECAT).

This is to encourage a two way communication of language between adults and children. Children love stories whether it in is book form or from there own imagination.

The chatterboxes have been created with this in mind, each box contains a story book with relevant toys so that the children can recreate the story through play engaging and interacting with their parents.

We are also in the process of creating play bags with familiar toys and equipment in from pre school so children can continue their play and development at home, these are to include a music bag, block play bag, a gardening bag and many others. 

 

Here are some simple and fun activities that you can try at home.

 


Do you want to get involved?

Please see the volunteer rota at Pre School if you are able to help out.

Thank you

 


 

Ofsted Links

The Common Inspection Framework - education, skills and early years September 2015

Inspecting Safeguarding - In early years, education and skills setting

British Values in Schools