Just to say thank you to all the parents for your gifts, they are absolutely lovely and great surprise. Sorry not to be at the end of year celebration ?? but I wish you all well on your next adventure to your new schools in September and for those returning in September I am sure you will have a blessed time with Auntie Sue and Auntie Susan xx Auntie Ann
Followed by a celebration tea party for Auntie Sarah with a real rock band and dance crew
We had a very special and fun morning at Playgroup this morning to celebrate all the hard work and fun times we have had with Auntie Sarah and Auntie Ann, as they are leaving after this term.
The Playgroup Pirates have been busy designing their ships this morning. Ship ahoy! Arr!
Our lovely preschoolers exploring Gordon Rigg Garden Centre this morning
Children enjoying the new climbing frame, very excited children.
Our topic is mini beast, we’ve been looking at spiders, snails, butterflies and caterpillars
Looking for dinosaur, using our imagination
The new climbing frame has arrived this morning, it has a climbing wall, ladder and a slide. The Aunties have been busy putting it together ready for you all to play on in the morning xxx
Easter Egg Hunt
A spot of Easter baking by our little chefs today
This morning Paul (Auntie Ann’s hubby) came in to Playgroup to play his guitar for the children. All the children had a go at playing the guitar themselves and had a great time. Thanks Paul
Well done kids
Some of our older children have been practicing forming letters. Here are some fun letter forming ideas you may like to try at home. Please share pics of your creative letters
Some of our children showing their lovely valentines pictures. Have a lovely and fun half term, we look forward to hearing all about the half term fun on Monday 25th Feb
Aunties let loose in Uppermill! Wishing all our children and parents a happy Christmas and a blessed 2019. See you all on Tuesday 8th January 2019 x
A big well done to the Playgroup team and all the children today. Your nativity was fantastic! You all looked lovely in your costumes and you sang so beautifully. We are all very proud of you x x
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The playgroup children had a lovely time at their annual Christmas trip to Gordon Rigg’s Garden Centre yesterday. Here they are looking very festive.
The children have been working very hard to bring you this year’s Nativity. We would love to see you there
I have a little poppy
As red as red can be
To show that I remember
Those who fought to make me free.
The playgroup children have had an exciting bonfire night themed week of activities. Great fun had by all!
‘Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot!’ Have a great bonfire night tonight and stay safe
Combinations of vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, food colouring, water, balloons and washing up liquid produced science and smiles at Playgroup this morning.
A big thankyou to Paul Goodwin for coming and turning our Playgroup children into little scientists!
This morning our playgroup children have made and painted some fabulous clay hedgehogs and helped them to find a cosy, leafy place to hibernate.
They have also learned some crispy, crunchy words to use as they walk through the autumn leaves.
Here are a few Autumny craft ideas to do at home with your little ones
On Friday, the children raised £30 for Macmillan Cancer Support by decorating cakes and selling them at their coffee morning. Well done playgroup children! We are very proud of you
This week we have been singing about the 5 little hedgehogs hiding in the leaves. Here are the words so you can join in with your little ones at home.
This month our playgroup is joining with Newbold Baptist Church in a food collection project to help people in our local area. This is a project that the children will be able to get involved in, teaching them how to care for people around them. Thankyou for the food donations that have already been brought in
To welcome the new season, this week the children have been learning a new Autumny song
A fun filled first day back at playgroup this morning! A big welcome to all our new starters and to our big boys and girls who have done lots of growing over the Summer holidays.
Children enjoy a range of activities which supports different areas of learning. For example, children enjoy making marks and patterns in trays of glitter, acting out a shop in the role-play area and using a variety of tools in the play dough area. Mathematics is promoted well. Children park their bicycles in numbered bays and are encouraged to count out loud. Staff encourage children and constantly reflect on how they can engage children in learning, based on their interests. They discuss the different properties of vehicles as children consider similarities and differences.
The sun is peeping out and we can play outside!
We are learning about planting and growing in the warmer weather!
All children are progressing well in their learning and development. They are active learners who enjoy choosing resources and leading their own play. They are confident, independent and have very good social skills. Children are well prepared with the key skills they will need for future learning.
The first day of Spring!
Staff teach children about rules and boundaries, good manners and caring for one another. For example, children enthusiastically help to set up the snack area, carrying plates filled with warm toast and jugs of milk. Older children help younger children and there is a great sense of family and belonging. Children's behaviour is superb. Healthy lifestyles and the wider world are promoted. For example, children visit the local garden centre and local supermarket to buy food for snack.
The playgroup is an extremely warm and friendly environment. Staff are excellent role models and nurture the needs of children extremely well. The love and care shown to children is first class. Children are extremely settled and have built close attachments with staff, laughing at their jokes and enjoying being in their company.