The Hollies Pre-School

Activities and Weekly Topics

About The Hollies Pre-school

The Hollies Pre-school, formerly Hollies Playgroup, was opened in September 1976 by a group of Poynton mums, who happened to be teachers, when they could not find a playgroup in Poynton where they felt their children would develop within an ordered group during the very important pre-school years.

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A safe and happy environment where children can play & learn under the guidance & supervision of our dedicated & caring staff

St James Primary School & Orphan Care - Uganda

Our special links with a school in Africa enable our children to learn about a very different culture and share 'hands of friendship'.

Holiday Clubs

Activities on offer may include nature walks, craft, baking, games, music, construction, sport, quizzes, treasure hunts and face painting!

A Dentist Visit

Looking after teeth.

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Activities and Weekly Topics

Hollies Pre-School term dates January 2019 – July 2019

7th January – 15th February
25th February – 5th April
23rd April –24th May
10th June – 26th July

Weekly topics Spring term 2019 - you can download the following as a PDF to print here.

The children will be progressing through the areas of learning by accessing a well-planned curriculum based on their play, interests, and experiences. Our theme for the first half of the term will be ‘Numbers’, whilst the second half of the term we will be exploring ‘shape, space and measure’. We will be exploring the curriculum through the environment around us, testing out our ideas through trial and error. This will allow the children to extend their knowledge and understanding of not just our imagination but using our bodies to explore all different media and sensory exploration. Staff will continue to support and respond to the children’s needs with a balance of adult led and child initiated spontaneous play.

Below is a list of planned activities for the term, but these are subject to change should the children’s interests take us along a different route. In addition to the activities planned we will also be playing lots of math board games throughout the weeks.

There may also be some extra activities or trips during the term, we will keep you updated with any additions. We are going to be using Makaton in Pre-school. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols designed to support children and adults to communicate. Lisa Hand is our Makaton contact point at pre-school. Please use the link below to access the Makaton website to find out more.

Week beginning

7th January

Hide and Seek number game, using a number line to order.
EYFS Links: recites number names in sequence.
Says the number that is one more than a given number

14th January
Number super heroes, we will be making our own super hero capes using old t-shirts.
EYFS Links: uses some number names accurately in play

21st January
Baking number cookies
EYFS Links: begins to make comparisons between quantities.

28th January
Number walk, looking for numbers in our environment.
EYFS Links: shows an interest in numerals in the environment.

4th February
Hop Scotch
EYFS Links: Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.

11th February
Number feely boxes
EYFS Links: recognise numerals 1-5.

Holiday club

25th February
Russian dolls
EYFS: beginning to categorise objects according to properties such as shape or size.

4th March
Filling containers and pouring. Transporting is a favourite pastime here; the children love to hear the noise of different media being poured from one container to another.
EYFS Links: making comparisons between quantities, estimating and using language ‘more’ and ‘a lot’.

11th March
Floating and sinking using 2D and 3D shapes.
EYFS Links: beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

18th March
Cube play, what can we make using 3D cubes?
EYFS Links: Orders two items by weight or capacity.

25th March
Looking at the ‘oval’ shape, making Easter cards
EYFS Links: noticing simple shapes in picture.

1st April
Hook a duck, we will be looking at finding and matching numbers trough this traditional funfair game. EYFS Links: Recognising numerals 1-5 and beyond.

Easter Holiday club

Please remember to label your child’s clothing – hollies tops, coats etc. and any toys they bring from home.  If you wish to purchase name labels, please speak to Rachel who will be happy to supply you with an order form. Please bring your child’s waterproof coat into pre-school, whatever the weather, as it is so unpredictable. 

Please note, if you would like to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have, you are very welcome to discuss these with your child’s Key Person.  Alternatively, please speak to a supervisor who will arrange a suitable place and time for you to discuss any issues with your child’s Key Person.   

Please remember to close the gate when entering and leaving the premises.
We look forward to an exciting Spring term.  


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