We are located within Langham Community Centre on School Road in Langham,

Colchester, Essex.  Our postcode is CO4 5PA.  

Please call- 07930963638 to arrange a visit.

For term dates go to our sessions page

 

By langhampreschool, Jun 17 2018 05:49PM

On Monday afternoon many of our September leavers visited Mrs Arter at Langham Primary School with their parents as part of their transition into Reception Year. Children will be joined by Nicola next Monday afternoon when they have a further visit to Reception Class.


This week we have shared the stories ‘My Dad is Awesome’ by Nick Butterworth and ‘My Dad is My Hero’ by Dawn Richards and Jane Massey. Children have been very busy making beautiful cards for Fathers Day this Sunday.


This week children have been extremely busy (and messy) exploring in the mud kitchen. There have been lots of mud pies and ‘chocolate cake’ and some children have been noticing change as they mix to combine compost, water, sand and grass.


There has been plenty of opportunity for the children to water the garden and discuss the need for the flowers to have a ‘drink’ with the warm weather continuing. Children have been pouring and measuring when filling and emptying containers in the water tray which support both mathematical language of capacity and hand-eye co-ordination.


The easel continues to be popular with some fabulous pieces of art being produced and mark making taking place.


Following children’s interests, we have made Gingerbread men from salt dough and enjoyed re-telling the traditional tale of the Gingerbread man. We will be painting these and discussing feelings and emotions when drawing faces on our Gingerbread men.


Thank you to parents who have sent in metal tins for our music shed. The new music shed is looking great and children have been exploring sounds by tapping, shaking and banging various metal items.


Next Monday morning we will be joined by Clair Vicary who will be working with the pre-school as a Bank Practitioner, providing cover for permanent staff when required. We would like to say a warm welcome and hope that Clair will enjoy her time with us.


Polite reminder - can children please remember to bring in sunhats, sun-cream and a named water bottle.


By langhampreschool, Jun 8 2018 03:20PM

This week has been a very busy week for the children after our half-term break.


On Monday the children explored painting over wax crayon markings. They observed how the water ‘goes over’ and does not cover the wax crayons.


Children have been making delicious treats in the mud kitchen this week, including mud pies and grass cake, yummy!


We have been exploring sensory bags filled with a selection of interesting ingredients such as custard, rice with food colouring and cornflour mixed with water to name but a few. These are great for children to explore textures, colours and observe change through mixing.


On Wednesday Maria our new Pre-school Manager from September came for a visit. The children prepared their own snack, taking care to chop carefully with a knife.


Also on Wednesday we made a volcano to follow on from children’s interests. Children worked together to mix the ingredients and then watched with great excitement as the ‘volcano’ erupted in a mass of bubbles. We spoke about how the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda when mixed makes the volcano ‘breath’ out by releasing carbon dioxide. This is a great experiment to do at home and it lots of fun!


We have also been busy this week making our own mini volcanos out of foam by mixing red paint to make the lava with children mark making in the foam to form the larva flow.



By langhampreschool, May 27 2018 09:28PM

On Monday afternoon we had a visit to Langham Primary School to meet with Mrs Arter and play alongside the reception children. These visits form part of our transition programme which is intended to provide children moving on from us in September to start school an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school environment. The children had the opportunity to explore both the inside and outside classrooms which proved to be lots of fun!


Tuesday we held our Open Morning and had fun showcasing all the fun learning and activities at Langham Pre-school. Children made playdough, working together with an adult to follow the recipe, measure and mix ingredients and even experimented with colour mixing to make purple playdough!


On Tuesday children practised their skills at threading, using hoops and string. Threading helps children to develop hand-eye co-ordination and their fine motor dexterity. This activity proved very popular!


Children have been observing the effects of the warm weather and we have talked with the children about the need to drink plenty of water to help us ‘cool down’ and to stop us feeling thirsty. A group of children set up their own area outside to sit down and chat over a nice cool drink of water. We have also made sure to give plants a drink of water too!


We have continued to experiment with bubbles and exploring the concept of change by observing changes in the bubble mixture, watching as the bubbles ‘grow’ and the mixture changes when children blow the mixture through a straw.


This week our new painting easel arrived! This was purchased using money raised through fund raising events so a big thank you to everyone for their support!


Thursday was Mel’s last day at Pre-school. Children and staff had lots of fun outside with the bubbles and also had a story and songs with Mel.

Parents were then welcome to visit Mel at 1pm which was a brilliant turn out. We celebrated with cards, ballons, presents and a cake. We then took the celebrations outside where the sun was shining and played games such as 'Duck Duck Goose'. Children, Staff and parents then decided to have a water fight which everybody took part in and had lots of fun!

Thank you for all of those who attended, I'm sure Mel was very appriciative of those who came to say goodbye and for all of the lovely cards and gifts she recieved.

We all wish Mel a very happy and relaxing retirement.


A quick reminder, please can you ensure children are provided with sun-cream (ideally applied before arrival) so that cream can be reapplied as necessary throughout the day and a sunhat (wide brimmed if possible).

Please can children also have a spare set of clothing in their bags as although we have protective clothing (aprons, wetsuits, wellies) children may still ‘get messy’ when participating in ‘messy play’. Thank you.


Our next Open Morning is Tuesday 26th June 2018 so please do spread the word!

Following on from our recent successful open morning we will be holding a further open morning this week on Wednesday 23rd May. The open morning is a great way for families to explore the setting and meet with the staff. There are still a few spaces available so please be sure to mention to anyone you know who may be looking for a childcare space in September.


Next week is the half-term holiday. We look forward t o seeing you back at Pre-school week commencing 4th June 2018.


By langhampreschool, May 21 2018 10:18AM

On Monday we had a visit from Mrs Arter, the reception teacher at Langham Primary School. Mrs Arter spent time with us and in getting to know the children who will be moving up to school in September. We are looking forward to a trip to Langham Primary School on Monday 21st May to see Mrs Arter again and find out a bit more about being in Reception Class.


This week we have been celebrating the Royal wedding taking place on Saturday 19th May between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Children have been busy making a British flag and learning that the flag is representative of our country (Great Britain). The children used paint and stuck on crepe and tissue paper in blue and red to recreate the flag. The children also decorated a cake using a wide variety of media, including glitter, feathers, stickers (to name but a few). What a lovely cake they made together. During this activity children worked together and practised taking turns and listening to one another.


We have also been experimenting with bubbles and exploring the concept of change by observing changes in the bubble and paint mixture and talking about how the bubbles ‘grow’ and the mixture changes when they blow through the straw.


Following on from our recent successful open morning we will be holding a further open morning this week on Wednesday 23rd May. The open morning is a great way for families to explore the setting and meet with the staff. There are still a few spaces available so please be sure to mention to anyone you know who may be looking for a childcare space in September.


As you are aware Mel’s last day at Pre-school will be Thursday 24th May after 15+ years of service. I’m sure you will join staff and committee in wishing her a happy and restful retirement.


As the warm weather is truly upon us, please can you ensure children are provided with sun-cream (ideally applied before arrival) so that cream can be reapplied as necessary throughout the day and a sunhat (wide brimmed if possible).


Half Term reminder Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June.



By langhampreschool, May 15 2018 09:51AM

Following on from National Gardening Week last week where we planted sunflower seeds the children have continued to enjoy planting this week. We have been busy planting cress seeds and discussed that plants need soil, water and the sun to develop and grow successfully.


This week children have been practising their cutting skills by cutting out pictures from various children’s catalogues. Developing scissor skills has many benefits, children learn to use scissors correctly (and safely), develop their hand-eye co-ordination and strengthen their fine motor skills in the process.


Our registration time is proving a popular choice for role play with many children this week choosing to take on the role of ‘teacher’ taking the lead in singing our hello song with a small group of peers.


We have been enjoying the warm weather and children have enjoyed spending time playing outside and in the water tray and using water to water the garden. Children have been busy painting the fence with water which is a great activity for developing children’s core strength and gross motor skills. It also supports children’s observational skills, as they note which areas they have painted when noting the colour change in the wood as it darkens when wet and then lightens again as it dries in the sun.


Next week on Monday we are looking forward to our visit from the Reception teacher at Langham Primary School Mrs Arter who will be meeting the children and spending some time with us at pre-school. This visit is an opportunity for those children leaving us and moving up to Langham Primary School in September to meet with Mrs Arter prior to our upcoming visit the following week at Langham Primary School.


P.E sessions will continue throughout the Summer Term



 

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