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Leaves, Pumpkins and Halloween fun.

posted 23 Oct 2020, 05:25 by Lisa Wells

WOW what an amazing first half term at our Forest school themed Pre-school. Have a great break and stay safe. See you all very soon . 

This weeks fun ........

We're going on a leaf hunt....
The children went to explore and collect all the different colour, shapes and sizes of leaves they could find around school. The found big leaves, small leaves, yellow leaves, red leaves and also orange leaves. They watched, and caught them as they fell from the trees. 
The next day the children emptied all the leaves from their explorer belts/ bags and matched them onto a colour chart. They all did really well at matching, the trickiest colour to find was grey. Although one of the children showed us how the underside of the red leaves were grey! What a good find!

Exploring and hunting for leaves.
Colour Matching
Performing on the stage 
Pre-school Outdoor live, dancing  and singing.
Halloween Fun
The children collected pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. They were heavy, but they rolled them down the hill or used wheelbarrows to transport them. The children then sawed the top off using a bow saw and scooped out the insides. They also painted and cleaned them .  

Sawing and broom stick play

Halloween Potions.....Such good messy fun!

The Chestnut Tree story and lots of other forest school fun!

posted 16 Oct 2020, 05:27 by Georgina Bradley

This week the children have learnt a new story about a little boy and a little girl who wake up one cold, Autumn morning and decide to go and fetch some wood for the fire. On their way to the pile of wood they jump in muddy puddles, meet Mr Hedgehog and find brilliant, bright conkers. Of course, we had to re-enact the off we went...muddy puddle jumping, wood collecting and sawing and conker spotting! We also had lots of other fun along the way, tree climbing and sharing marshmallows around the fire. We have also used the hand drill this week to make a giant number line with all of the conkers we found. We have hung it up in our classroom to help us practise our counting skills.

Learning the story

Splashing in puddles
Off on our adventures
Collecting and sawing wood for the fire

Tree climbing along the way
Back to make a fire
Having fun climbing the ladder

Making Potions

Conker drilling and threading ready for our giant number line

Roly Poly, Mud and lots of sunny Autumn Fun

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:14 by Richard Hanks

This week the children learnt the early October Story. They listened to a story with songs, of two children who lived on the edge of a beautiful ancient forest:
One autumnal morning the two children got up and went out on an adventure . On their way they sat under an apple tree and sang about the apples falling in stormy weather. They did a big Roly Poly in long wet grass, met Baa Baa Black Sheep on the edge of a stream, then on their way home spied Squirrel Nutkin with his coat so brown, the loveliest in woodland town, hunting for acorns under the old oak tree. 

See if your children can remember the songs; Morning has come, Apple tree song, Roly Poly, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Squirrel Nutkin and I see the moon . They retold the story every day and sang the songs. They even went on their own adventure...

Learning the October Story, Roly Poly fun and collecting acorns under the Oak tree.
   More Roly Poly fun, balancing and climbing on trees.

The puddle outside the junior classrooms is a perfect depth for splashing in !

More story retell, and having a sit down in mud....just 'cause you can in pre-school!

Making an ambulance and using a potato peeler to whittle.

Goodbye Apple Fairy...see you in the Spring

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:12 by Richard Hanks

Well, what another fantastic week we've had at Pre-School. This week, we have received messages from the apple fairy herself! First of all she brought us a basket full of apples which we had to find. Inside each one she hid a special star, which we all enjoyed for snack. 

Apple hunt

We decided to have a go at stewing the apples, after the apple fairy told us how much she loved apple crumble...

Stewing apples and making a crumble

As a thank you to the fairy, we made her some presents, including necklaces and bunting.

Necklace threading and leaf bunting:

In her final letter to us, she told us just how important bees and wasps are in helping apples grow. She left us some pine cones to make our own.

Making bees and wasps:
Finally, we have had plenty of outdoor fun, including kite making on a very windy day!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fairies, Wands, and Puddle painting

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:11 by Richard Hanks

This week the children made their own apple fairies and hung them on the tree to keep pre school apple fairy company . They have also used a potato peeler to whittle a stick and make their own wand. The children are going to make wishes for the apple fairy and leave them outside, I wonder if she replies ? 

We had a couple of wet days, but we all embraced the rain in true Forest school style and used paints to colour mix in the puddles. Very messy but really good fun !

Forest School Fun

Apple Fairies 
 More fun outside . And tea staining, ready to write messages and wishes for the Apple Fairy 

Puddle painting and potions.
Whittling and wand making .

The Apple Fairy comes to visit Dore Pre-School

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:11 by Richard Hanks

This week our children have been enchanted by the story of the Apple Fairy who hides special stars inside each little apple baby. They now know that, if you know exactly where to look, you can find a special star inside each and everyone. After listening to the story, the children have enjoyed role-playing it themselves, picking and peeling apples, stewing them on the camp fire and making their own little apple babies from salt dough. 

Marshmallow Friday!

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:10 by Richard Hanks

What a great end to a great week...the flames flickered fast on this blustery afternoon! Have a great weekend, from everyone at Dore Pre-School.

Forest School skills

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:09 by Richard Hanks

What amazing fun we've been having learning new Forest School Skills. The children have been using the bow saw to make wood cookies, using rope to help tie a slack line, hammering in tent pegs and also nails to give their 'enormous turnips' hair !
They have also been thinking about the world around us and exploring signs of Autumn. We had a trip around the school grounds and also Kings-croft to see what we could find. It was very successful, we picked pears, blackberries and also found yellow and brown leaves !  

Hammock fun..... and busy in the mud pit and kitchen . 

WOW! trying out the bow saw!.....
After a thorough wash we had some blackberry tasting and then crushed them into blackberry paint ! 

Slack line tying and hammering!

Harvesting crops at Pre-School

posted 14 Oct 2020, 01:08 by Richard Hanks

Our Pre-School children have been busy harvesting crops this week! We have pulled turnips, picked pears and scavenged for blackberries, all from our own school grounds. The children loved joining in with our retell of The Enormous Turnip, especially the part where we all pulled so hard, that we all fell down...or at least Mrs Wells did!


posted 9 Oct 2020, 06:35 by Lisa Wells   [ updated 14 Oct 2020, 01:16 by Richard Hanks ]

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