Taw Autumn Term 2021


This week the children have been learning all about why we celebrate Christmas. We have been reading the story ‘The first Christmas’ and the children have loved dressing up in nativity themed stories. The children acted out different parts of the nativity throughout the week.


The children have really enjoyed playing in our toy ‘Santa’s sleigh’ and pretending to be father Christmas. They have also been ‘elves’, wrapping up presents to send in our ‘post office’. 


We had a very exciting visitor today. Father Christmas came into Pre-school to deliver some presents to the children. They loved it!
This week the children have joined in with lots of different festive activities.
The children have: 
  • Baked Christmas biscuits
  • Painted Christmas wrapping paper
  • Made Christmas cards and decorations
  • Decorated the Christmas tree


The children have been getting excited for Christmas this week.

They have been writing cards in the post office role play area and posting their cards in the post box they made.


They have made a Christmas decoration that will be available for you to purchase at the singing celebration on Tuesday 7th December from 4.30pm.


We have an advent tree in preschool where the children add a decoration every day to the tree. By the end of term, it will be fully decorated.

Our word of the week is Nocturnal. The children have understood what this means and what animals are nocturnal.


This week the children have

  • Made shadow puppets.
  • Made a bat picture by drawing round template and using their cutting skills.
  • Made bread in the shape of a hedgehog.
  • Used language of size to describe objects eg. tall, small and long.


We started this week with a visitor who came to talk to us about Diwali, the children enjoyed dressing up in a sari and listening to why Diwali is celebrated.

This week the children have made Diva Lamps with clay and Indian Barfi sweets with coconut. The children have really enjoyed learning about a different culture.


On Thursday the children learned about remembrance day and observed a two-minute silence. They made poppies to display in the classroom.


This week has been all about bonfire night. The children have made firework pictures and made marks in a tray of glitter. The have made rockets out of toilet rolls coloured tissue paper.

We have also built a bonfire out of loose parts and role played putting the fire out and talked about fire safety. The have learnt a new song ‘Build a Bonfire’

We have read a non-fiction book about bonfire night and why we celebrate this.

The children are very excited about seeing the fireworks this weekend!


This week we have been reading the story ‘Stick Man’. They really enjoyed listening to the story and joining in with it. Our word of the week is ‘Journey’ and the children have been sequencing the order of events in the story. The children collected some leaves and sticks from the forest school area to make their own Stick Man. They worked really hard to put their Stick Man together and decorate it. The children then used their own Stick Man to act out different parts of the story. The children also did a Stick Man cutting activity where they had to try and glue stickman back together again.


Our role play area this week is a ‘Tesco’ supermarket with shopping baskets, a till and real branded packaging. The children have loved pretending to be shopkeepers and customers.


We would love the children to bring in their favourite book from home to share with their friends at circle time.


This week has been all about fruit! The children have been tasting exotic fruits such as figs, avocado, mango, kiwi and pomegranate. Most of them tried them and we described what the taste and look like. “it looks like a cucumber” “the avocado stone is like a golf ball”

We have also made smoothies with banana, blueberries and strawberries, the children did a great job of cutting the fruit and enjoyed drinking the smoothie after!

Lastly the children juiced oranges and lemons and voted which tasted better.

Our story of the week was Supertato. The children made super veggie masks and used them in their role play.

We would like to invite parents in to preschool on Monday 11th October at 2.30pm to talk about how we teach letters and sounds in the early years.


This week our word of the week is Harvest and we have been reading ‘Oliver’s vegetables’. The children have been learning all about Harvest and where their food comes from. On Tuesday some of the children went to the local church to take part in a service celebrating harvest.

They have loved playing in the role play shop with real vegetables. The children have been practising sorting fruit and vegetables into two groups. The children have also worked together to make bread and vegetable soup this week. They got to try the bread and vegetable soup during snack time.


Monday 11th October at 2.30pm we would like to invite all parents in to the Pre-school to find out more about how we teach phonics- Letters and sounds.

This week we have been continuing to learn about the children’s interests. We talked about the children’s pets and they enjoyed making animal masks. The dentist came to visit this week and she spoke to the children about the importance of cleaning their teeth. We have been talking about which foods are good and bad for their teeth. 


Next week the children will be going to the church for the harvest festival. We have been learning the song ‘Dingle dangle scarecrow’ for them to perform. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions adults cannot attend but it would be nice if they could sing the song to you at home.

All about me

Over the past couple weeks we have learnt a lot about the children’s interests and their home lives. They have enjoyed lots of fun creative activities. The children have been painting, drawing, dancing and playing instruments.

Welcome back to the autumn term! It’s been lovely to see the children back in preschool and welcome new starters.


This week our word of the week is Home. We have been getting to know each other and talking about our houses and families.