Spring is here!


In pre–school this week we have been talking about Spring and Easter…

We have worked together to make a chick collage using a range of materials and resources…




We have made chicks with playdough…


…made spring flowers…


…and made symmetrical ladybirds by looking at the reflection of one side for a mirror image to copy, and by counting the spots!

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We have also chosen to do the activities on the phonics table, which was focussed on the letter sound ‘b’ this week.


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Ofsted announce plans for a common assessment framework. Chief inspector Michael Wilshaw has finally announced plans to introduce a single inspection framework to help standardise education inspections.  This should make it easier for parents to compare providers and make a better informed choice. to read the full article follow the link https://www.pre-school.org.uk/sectornews/265/ofsted-announces-plans-for-common-inspection-framework?dm_i=1LR1,2W0X2,9XABY9,AGFSK,1  Follow us on Twitter ofsted




Children in our over 3’s room at Horsforth have been learning ‘All about me’  They have painted their faces, taken photos of each other, looked at the letters in their names and put themselves into height order. In the photo Cillian is being drawn around, he is the tallest in the class.  The other children have measured themselves against his cut out and written how tall they are by the side. Through the expertise of the staff in the room, the children are gaining lots of learning experiences including maths, communication, language and recognising their names!  cillian buggy


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Being 2!


Being a two year old is all about ME! I am interested in the world around me and use all my senses to explore my surroundings, everything I see is ‘mine’ and ‘I want’ everything!

I am curious but cautious with unfamiliar things, I am lively and energetic and ‘into everything’.  Being physical is important to me as I learn to control my body, running, climbing and jumping.

I am beginning to make and develop relationships with my peers and will play with a friend, my ideas are developing and I enjoy being imaginative and being challenged.

As carers is it our role to support our two year olds by observing their interactions and interests and extending these to optimise their learning potential.  Making eye contact and discussing all aspects of their lives helps them to gain understanding and make links with other known information.  We must encourage independence and allow them to make their own choices and decisions to help build their self-esteem and grow into strong independent adults.