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Chestnut Class (Preschool)

Welcome to Chestnuts!

Pre-school is run by the Lead, Mrs Trigg and her assistant Mrs Betty. Mrs Trigg is in Pre-school every day of the week and Mrs Betty works Monday - Thursday mornings.

We are forest school based during the mornings and then in our room and outdoor area during the afternoons. We use the online journal Tapestry to take observations of the children’s development and sharing them with you and we also use the schools Instagram account for sharing photographs of our learning.

 A typical day looks like this:

8.45 - 9.15

9.15 - 11.30

11.30 - 12.00

12.00 - 1

 1- 2.30

2.30 - 3.00

Arrive, register and get ready for forest school

Outside in our forest school area. (snack @10.30)

Back into classroom, story, singing and ready for lunch


Activities in classroom and outdoor area

Snack, storytime, singing and getting ready for home.

 Our Curriculum

In Chestnuts we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our curriculum is organised thematically, using a book or traditional story as our inspiration. We plan activities linked to the book as well as planning to follow children's interests.  A theme usually lasts a fortnight, which allows children enough time to become familiar with a text (especially if they are part time attenders). 

Our themes for the Summer Term are:

 Autumn term 1  - Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales

  • Rapunzel
  • Chicken Licken
  • Pinocchio
  • Cinderella

 Autumn term 2 - Traditional Tales/Fairy Tales

  • The Ghanaian Goldilocks
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Princess and the Pea

If you have any of these stories at home, feel free to read them with your child during the weeks that we are focusing on them.

We will also be focusing on a different nursery rhyme each fortnight, to build up the children's repertoire during their time in Chestnuts. 

Autumn Term 1

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Autumn Term 2
  • Old MacDonald had a Farm
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Humpty Dumpty