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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Cold outside

Cold outside

This week we have been looking at stories with Arctic animals in and books about being an arctic explorer. We have thought about the winter season, comparing it to the books we have been reading. The children explored the school grounds using a map using their senses...

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy new year to you all. We have had very enthusiastic children back this week and new children join our group.  We have been busy exploring our senses around gingerbread and the winter season. This half term we are exploring stories starting with the traditional...

Thank you Geoff the chef!

Thank you Geoff the chef!

This week we say a fond farewell to Geoff the chef! All of the children and staff will miss his big smile and great cooking! We wish you all the best for your retirement!

Nativity Week

Nativity Week

What a fantastic week we were super busy with some very excited children. I am sure you will agree they were all fabulous in our nativity performance. For those who weren’t able to make it, you can view it on the news post The Road to Bethlehem. Thank you to our...

Santa Hat PE Challenge

Santa Hat PE Challenge

LETS GET IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT!!! Can you take a picture of you and/or your family on a festive walk/scooter or bike ride ride or doing any kind of sport whilst wearing a Santa's hat? Please send all pictures to PE@st-clares.lancs.sch.uk House points will be awarded...

The Road to Bethlehem

The Road to Bethlehem

This is such a special time in school, the way our youngest children retell the Birth of Jesus is so humbling.  I have been so proud of our children from Little Saplings, Rowan, Willow, Hazel and Beech.  They have been truly amazing in the way they have sung, danced...

The beginning of Advent

The beginning of Advent

Little Saplings have been learning about Advent, preparing for Jesus’s birth. We thought and talked about how we prepare for our birthdays Christmas and how our families have prepared for our younger siblings to be born.  Together we lit our first candle on our Advent...

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness. We are blown away by your 'Be a Star' Toy Appeal donations. These will really help lots of less fortunate children living in our community. The Student Council  

Aliens, underpants, plants and flowers

Aliens, underpants, plants and flowers

In our exploration of space this week we went looking for living things. We found (using our imagination) plants, flowers and aliens who loved underpants! We learnt about gravity when travelling to the moon and used our knowledge during our PE session. The children...

Maths Week 2021

Maths Week 2021

What super mathematicians we have here at Saint Clare’s. It was a pleasure to speak to so many children throughout the week about their love of maths and who inspires them to try their very best. We place a great emphasis on having a growth mindset approach to...