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 April 2017 – July 2018

Monday 16th April – Friday 25th May
Monday 11th June – Friday 27th July

Weekly topics Summer term 2018 - you can download the following as a PDF to print here.

Each fortnight we will be looking at one letter within our first stages of phonics. The first term we will cover s, a, t, p, i, n. We will be learning the letter sound and matching the sound with an object from home using our chatter bags. You do not need to fill the bag; one object is fine. We will also have a tray reinforcing the letter sound of the week for the children to look at. Please encourage your child to go on a treasure hunt in and around your home to discover items that relate to the letter sound of the week.

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 ‘Our Environment’, whilst the second half of the term we will be exploring ‘Transport’. We will be exploring how we travel, through role play, sensory, creative activities such as mark making; we will also be reading lots of amazing stories and singing songs and rhymes linked to our theme. 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.

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

16th April, Letter /s/

Making paper bricks
We will be collecting newspapers to soak and mould to a house brick shape, they will then dry out so the children can use them in the coming weeks to make a wall outside, who knows, they might even make a den if we can collect enough newspapers!

23rd April, letter /a/
Recycle centre
The children will be exploring what happens in a recycle centre, we will be re-creating our own recycling centre in our role play area.  Can the children describe the difference between the different media they find and sort the items into the correct boxes?

30th April, letter /t/
Water Cycle
We will be investigating all about water!
We will be making rain gauges.  How much water can we collect.  Can we record our results? How will we do this?  Maybe outside we could make a dam. What is a dam? How do they work? 

7th May, letter /p/
Junk models
Let’s see what we can make with our recycled items? Can we find any unusual items to turn into fun toys? A robot, an alien, a house, or a boat?

14th May, letter /i/
Visit from the paper shredder, making recycled paper
What happens to our paper when it’s been used? Can we use it to make other things?

21st May, letter /n/
Litter picking in the community.
We will be teaching the children why it is important to use the bin to dispose of rubbish.  How can we all help to keep our country clean from rubbish?

Half term

11th June, letter /s/
Choo choo … all aboard!
Welcome to the hollies train station, where are you travelling to? We will be looking at train time tables and buying train tickets.  We will be making trains, not just ordinary trains though -  these ones are made from fruit!!!!

**** Special Day Alert – Father’s Day.  We will also be making a card for our Daddies or Special Person.

18th June, letter /a/
Town, cities, and villages, what can we see?
What can we see along the way? Tesco, Marks and Spencer or the church?

25th June, letter /t/
Beep Beep, tickets please….. The wheels on the bus go round and round.
All about buses.  How big will the bus be? How many seats do we need.  Where are we going on our bus journey?

We will be jumping on board our big red bus, but we need our tickets first, the children will be using their creative skills to make tickets for your day at the Hollies.

*** Fun bus visit, we are hoping to have the big red fun bus for the children to play on. This will be on the weekend of 30 June/1 July (TBC) and will include other activities for the children to enjoy. We will be treating this day as a fundraising day, with a BBQ and other items to purchase. Dates to be confirmed later in the year, we are very excited about this and hope you an all make it. Siblings and family members are welcome too, the more the merrier!

The day will also be a good opportunity for parents to come together before some of our children leave us for big school and for others to have an opportunity to get to know each other

2nd July, letter /p/
Animals, animals everywhere!
We will be using the hollies tractor to go to the farm, what animals live at the Hollies farm? They are everywhere!! Where are they hiding? Can you find them using their foot prints? Can you recognise their sound?

9th July, letter /i/
Bumpy bump, it’s a tractor ride………
What does he tractor do? Will we see the tracks? Can we recreate the tyre tracks the tractor makes?

16th July, letter /n/
All about holidays……
This week we are talking about holidays.  Where are we going? How will we get there?  What do we need to pack? Have we got a passport?  Maybe we could make a passport…

Date to remember - Saturday 21 July – end of term party Further details to follow

23rd July
Ding a ling a ling a ling goes the bell…. ‘it’s school time!’
This week it’s the Hollies tradition of dress up in a school uniform, the children enjoy this activity, they feel very proud and look so grown up!

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.


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