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Introduction to Little Hedgehogs from Mrs Ashmore

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Meet the Family Little Hedgehogs 'A' Team

Mrs A Ashmore - Little Hedgehogs Teacher
Miss C Clark - Little Hedgehogs Senior Assistant
Ms K Scott - Little Hedgehogs Assistant
Miss D Hills    Little Hedgehogs Assistant
Miss T Bristow     Little Hedgehogs Assistant
Miss G Burgess - Little Hedgehogs Assistant

Little Hedgehogs Early Years Talk

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Little Hedgehogs Happy Harvest

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19 October 


Last week: .  We carried on  learning the Harvest song, ready for the zoom assembly on the Monday the 19 October.  Following Mrs Garrett assembly about kindness we made bees to remind ourselves to 'Bee Kind'. We were very crafty and made  wands, pumpkins and ghosts. 

 This week: We are all looking forward to the the zoom Harvest assembly. We are going to have a look at the big pumpkin and tap golf tees into a pumpkins in Pre-School.  We will be going on an Autumn walk and making a collage and icing orange biscuits. YUM!

Story:  The Scarecrows Wedding  

Rhyme:  'Ooh said the Owl'

Dates for your diary:

Harvest: Monday 19th October. Theme Scarecrows.

Parents Evening appointments 

Appointments will be made during the day on  Thursday 22 October 

 

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week,  thinking  about the rhyming words. 

Have a go at the PTFA Pumpkin competition, try guessing the weight.  

If your child is starting school in September next year please work on any of the 'Are You Ready' areas listed below. 

12 October 


Last week: We all had an amazing time dressing up a witches, wizards and dragons as part of book week. We loved hearing the different songs and enjoyed singing the funny bones song with Mrs Morrison. via zoom.  We carried on practicing the Harvest song, ready for the zoom assembly on the Monday the 19 October. 

 This week: We are thinking about kindness and making bees to remind ourselves to 'Bee Kind'. We are going to be very crafty as we will be making, wands, pumpkins and ghosts. 

This week: Winnie the Witches Wand. 

Rhyme: 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow': Ready for Harvest next week, and 'Said the Owl'

Dates for your diary:

Harvest: Monday 19th October. Theme Scarecrows.

Parents Evening appointments 

Appointments will be made during the day on

Friday 16 and Thursday 22 October 

 

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week,  thinking  about the rhyming words. 

Go on a walk  to the woods and make an Autumn collage.  

If your child is starting school in September next year please work on any of the 'Are You Ready' areas listed below. 

5 October 

 

Last week:  We  were very busy learning the rhyme of the week ready for our Harvest performance.

Remembering our good rhyming and that 'Wednesday is our friends-day' we made fabulous  collage 'craft friends' and created  an amazing display in the rainbow room. We continued our jungle adventures sharing the story of Animal Boogie and had lots of fun dancing.

This week : We are dressing up a witches and wizards as part of book week. We are listening to the teachers telling stories via ZOOM every  and making puppets and props and wands to support our story telling. We are still working on the Harvest song and the assembly will now be on Monday the 19 October. 

Book of the week: Winnie the Witch.

Rhyme: 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow': Ready for Harvest next week, and 'Said the Owl'

Dates for your diary:

Harvest: Monday 19th October. Theme Scarecrows.

Parents Evening appointments 

Appointments will be made during the day on

Friday 16 and Thursday 22 October 

 

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week,  thinking  about the rhyming words. 

Make a  magical 'potion' at home. 

Decorate a pumpkin. 

Go on a walk  to the woods, find a stick and turn it into a wand. 

If your child is starting school in September next year please work on any of the 'Are You Ready' areas listed below. 

Write Dance

28 September 20

 

Last week  we continued our jungle adventures sharing the story of Gerald the Giraffe who Cannot Dance until he finds the right music, we linked this in with the children creating 'Coping Wheels' with a bit of help from Mrs Scott . We use the  large coping wheel displayed in Pre-School, with the children to help them develop 'coping strategies and build up resilience.  Your child will be bringing their own wheel home with them shortly so that you can use the ideas at home. 

This week we are learning the rhyme of the week ready for a Harvest performance, we are thinking about who Gerald's friend was in the story and making craft friends, this also links into are daily rhyming letter and sounds phonological awareness as we rhyme  'Wednesday is our friends-day'.  

Book of the week: Giraffes Cannot Dance.

Rhyme: Dingle Dangle Scarecrow: Ready for Harvest next week.

Dates for your diary:

BOOK WEEK: Monday 5th October. 

Theme "The Sheldwich School of Witchcraft, Wizards and Magic!"

Your child is welcome to dress up everyday. 

Parents Evening appointments 

Appointments will be made during the day on

Friday 16 and Thursday 22 October 

 

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week,  thinking  about the rhyming words. 

Draw a picture of the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow. 

Talk to your child about how to make bread. 

Go on an I spy number walk. 

If your child is starting school in September next year please work on any of the 'Are You Ready' areas listed below. 

21 September 20

 

Last week got to know all of our new friends  and had a BIG delivery we enjoyed stacking and hiding in the boxes. We  learnt how to mix different colours and discovered  the most popular one appears to be  'Pre-School brown' ha ha.  We have painted wonderful  pictures of Elmer using our new skills, they look amazing have you spotted yours one in the Elmer Art gallery?. 

This week we are carrying on with our jungle adventures sharing the story of Gerald the Giraffe who Cannot Dance until he finds the right music. Link to this all of the children are creating 'Coping Wheels' with a bit of help from Mrs Scott . We have a large coping wheel displayed in Pre-School, and we use this to help the children  identify with how Gerald the Giraffe in the story is feeling and what he does to cheer himself up - dances. Then we encourage the children to develop their own coping strategies and resilience what could they do? 

On the Little Hedgehogs wheel there are four sections and the children build up resilience by referring to it if they feel sad. They may take exercise, have a little drink, share a story or have a hug. Your child will be bringing their own wheel home with them shortly so that you can use the ideas at home. 

Book of the week: Giraffes Cannot Dance .

Rhyme: My dog went up on a rocket.

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week.

Draw a picture of your family.  

Talk to your child about the coping wheel.

Find a piece of music about dance and dance to it. Good luck and have fun. 

14 September 20

 

What an exciting start we have had to the new term with so many Happy Birthdays.

Last week we started to get to know all of our new friends at Pre-School and learnt how to mix colours as we started painting pictures of Elmer and talk about our favourite colours. 

This week we are carrying on with our jungle adventure with Elmer and learning all about  spiders in the garden jungle as we have discovered lots in the trike shed. 

Book of the week: Elmer and the Stranger.

Rhyme: Elmer counting song.

Ways to support your child's learning at home:

Share a story together each night.

Learn the rhyme of the week.

Go on a listening walk. 

Make a junk model elephant out of a milk carton. 

 

 

 

Welcome Home

 We have missed you all and hope that you all stayed safe and feel ready for the Autumn Term.

 A BIG thank you to everyone who gave us cards and gifts at the end of last term, it was very kind (you shouldn't  have but we are glad you did). We felt quite overwhelmed we are simply doing our job and it is a joy and privilege to work with your children. For the next few weeks we will be focusing on settling the children and establishing  routines. We will be making new friends playing lots of turn taking games and sharing the story of Elmer. 

 

Rhyme: An Elephant goes like this like that.

Ideas to support your child’s learning at home

1) Learn the words to the rhyme of the week.

2) Have a go at making your own picture of Elmer at home. 

 

Please feel free to take a book from the ‘Little Library’ at the Pre-School door, borrow a story sack or take

Shiny Bear on an adventure with you

R U Ready?  

A few families have been asking us what can they do at home to support their child’s transition to school so as an Early Years team we developed a list of activities to be working towards to enable your child to be more independent when they arrive in the reception class in September 21

Top Tips to Support your child’s transition into their reception class.

  1. Use a toilet.
  2. Put their coat on, do zip / buttons.
  3. Put wellington boots on.
  4. Change for PE : put their clothes on, take their clothes off.
  5. Sit and listen to a story for 10 minutes each night.
  6. Recognise name.
  7. Write name:  capital first letter then lower case, see over page.
  8. Count to 10 out of order.
  9. Write numbers 1-5.
  10. Use scissors.
  11. Thread beads / pasta onto a pipe cleaner.
  12. Know some traditional tale stories: EG: 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks.
  13. Able to play a simple turn taking game. snap, pairs, snakes and ladders.
  14. Throw / catch / kick a ball.
  15. Pedal bike /trike.
  16. Good rhymers make great readers try yo learn  8 rhymes one a month between now and September. 

Humpty Dumpty,

Incey Wincey,

Baa Baa Black Sheep,

Twinkle Twinkle,

1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a

Hickory Dickory Dock

Jack and Jill

Hey Diddle Diddle.

  1. Wash and dry hands properly.
  2. Open packets/ lids off yogurt if they a packed lunch.
  3. Hold knife, fork and spoon for school dinner.
  4. Use a jug to pour out a drink for themselves.

 

 

Remember you are your child’s first and most important teacher and every child develops at their own rate please don’t worry if your  child cannot do everything or anything on this list.  It is not that your child cannot do it, its just they cannot do it yet September is a year away .  Good luck and  have fun these are the wonder years.

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