Welcome to Bloxham Pre School
At Bloxham Pre School we provide a stimulating, happy, healthy, caring and safe environment where our children can feel relaxed, secure and valued.
We aim to provide opportunities that extend our children’s experiences to enable them to understand themselves, each other and the world around them.
We place great importance on children’s individual learning and development inspiring them to enjoy learning to achieve their maximum potential, enabling them to develop into confident independent learners not only for school, but for life.
Our Key person role is to nurture, support and extend the children’s individual learning journey, to be involved in their play, provide role models and give them the time and space to talk and listen.
In order to ensure that the children in our care receive the best possible start to their future we are committed to work in partnership with parents and the wider community. We strive to continuously improve our provision through reflective monitoring, evaluation and assessment of all working practices.
"Children are settled and happy. They show good levels of well-being and enjoyment
during their time at pre-school." Ofsted July 2019
Areas of learning
"Staff are highly effective in planning and delivering stimulating experiences that help children to make rapid progress in key areas of learning."
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Role play and other activities build self-confidence and skills to express emotions and understand the emotions of others. We also undertake work on one to one basis and in small groups where appropriate.
We work closely with the reception class staff and undertake some shared activities which improves confidence with older children and also eases the transition to reception year.
Communication and Language
Staff teach a structured programme of activities well that help children learn about letters and the sounds they represent.
This helps children make good levels of progress with their early literacy skills - Ofsted 2019
The Pre School children thoroughly enjoy exploring our extensive and highly stimulating early years outdoor learning environment.
"Staff promote the benefits of a healthy and
active lifestyle effectively.
Children enjoy healthy snacks and can spend prolonged periods of time playing and learning in the fresh air."
We help children to recognise their names, by using their own named peg and other items.
A variety of “mark-making” tools are always available for the children to use, (paintbrushes, felt tip pens etc.)
These activities help children to develop hand / eye
co-ordination in readiness for writing.
Our book corner for use onsite and to take home gives every child the opportunity and encouragement to become familiar with books, handle them and aware of their uses.
We build maths into activities throughout the day. This could be sorting activities, measuring, counting or learning about and using different shapes
Understanding the World
A safe and stimulating environment allows children to observe and experiment with a range of natural and manufactured materials. They learn to recognise differences, patterns and similarities from the world around them using a variety of materials to help children learn basic concepts such as “floating and sinking”.
The children are encouraged to look after their environment, we look at plants, flowers and insects to see how they live and grow.
We talk to the children about the community they live in, as well as introducing ideas about people from other cultures.
We look at the past through the children’s own experiences, such as “when I was a baby”. The passing of time can also be observed by looking at height charts and watching how trees change in winter.
The children have the use of our dedicated iPad to use simple computer programs and get to know how to operate them.
Expressive Arts & Design
Expressive arts and design is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each specific area is divided into early learning goals, for expressive arts and design these are:
Exploring and using media and materials - children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Being imaginative - children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through Best practice and activity ideas.