Welcome to everyone to Little Saplings, My name is Mrs Ronson and I will be working with our children with Miss McCann. We are excited to have our first preschool group join us at Little Saplings and are looking forward to sharing a great year with you all.

Through the activities and organisation of the classroom, our children will be active participants in their learning selecting resources and materials, planning from their interests and current knowledge. Through talking with our children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in their learning journey.

‘Goals for preschool’

The most important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners.  We want children to become independent, self confident, curious learners who can work well with others.  We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives.  We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas.

Our curriculum identifies goal in for areas of development:

Social/Emotional: to help children develop independence, self confidence and self control, follow routines, make friends, learn what it means to be part of a group and how we can help and support our communities and world around us.

Physical: to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing, and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing and writing.

Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, making patterns, using materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.

Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, beginning  to understand the purpose of print and begin mark making for a purpose.

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A magical day at Beacon Fell

A magical day at Beacon Fell

What a great day we have had on our trip to Beacon Fell. We climbed to the top of the world to look at everything far and wide even bumping into Hazel class! We used directional language and the arrows on sign posts along with the help of a magic fairy that shone on...

How can we…….?

How can we…….?

How has been the word used most this week. For our preparations for travel we have explored lots of modes of travel thinking how we could best get to different locations from to London to see the queen, Nigeria to see Granny and Gramps and back to India to see the...

Blessed Sacrament Procession 2022

Blessed Sacrament Procession 2022

What a wonderful afternoon for our Blessed Sacrament Procession. We are so proud of the children for their wonderful singing and the reverence shown by all. Thank you to all that joined us.

Summertime fun

Summertime fun

We have loved hearing about all of the fun our children and families have had over the half term break. We have started thinking about our new topic ‘where in the world’ with exciting ways we could travel to places near and as far as travelling to the moon! To prepare...

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday: Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost; that day when the Holy Spirit that Jesus had promised, came and filled the disciples. In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear how the disciples were waiting in fear in the upper room when the spirit came as wind...

A trip to London to see the Queen

A trip to London to see the Queen

This week in Little Saplings we have journeyed to London on our big red bus. We looked at all the sites recreating them with different media throughout the week even making a large castle den that managed to protect us from the rain. We imagined what we would do if we...

Saint Clare’s Celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Saint Clare’s Celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

What a great day!  We had such fun marking HRH Queen Elizabeth's 70th Jubilee today.  The Royal Variety Performance made us all smile, our Royal Picnic was perfect and then finally our Playground Proms.  I know that she will be delighted as we were to have marked this...

Exploring weight & pattern

Exploring weight & pattern

This week Little Saplings have continued thinking about ways of measuring. We have been exploring weight working out which items are heavier and lighter using our scales. We have used multi link to balance the scales counting how many cubes were needed to weigh the...

Jim, Jack, the big bad wolf and a Beanstalk!

Jim, Jack, the big bad wolf and a Beanstalk!

WOW what a week of measuring we have had. After hearing various versions of the traditional Jack and the beanstalk we have been busy measuring in lots of different ways. We have measured lots of different parts of our bodies using strings of beads, multi link cubes,...

Exciting times

Exciting times

There has been a lot of buzz this week in Little Saplings. Our lettuce and herbs are growing well in the garden and being cared for well by the children. We have started exploring the number 10 finding different ways to show sets of 10 and hunting for the numeral...