Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

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St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Nurturing hearts and minds

We had the balance bikes out this morning, linking to our transport story sack. We also had lots of different vehicles on our road mat, and built our selves a boat to sail to a hot island. We discussed the different types of transport in the story, from trains to hot air balloons. Over the past few weeks the children have been finding their names for self registration, we have started looking at the letter sounds in their names too. 

It's been a long time coming after the year the have had, but St Mary Magdalens pre-school was finally able to start after Easter. 


We have have fun making our own sandwiches, not as disgusting as the ones in the story we read about the disgusting sandwich.


In Chicken Licken we looked how the characters faces changed and made our own with own with dough.


Each week the children meet the reception class staff, helping with transition in September. Its wonderful to see how well the children have settled into our school family.

After reading how disgusting the disgusting sandwich got in today's story we lput together instructions on gow we could make a sandwich. The children did a great job of making thiet own. We sat in a circle and had a little picnnic with our delicious sandwiches. 

Look how brave our budding climbers are, continuing on from last week the children used the larger climbing equipment. Our story involved counting and recognising numbers, we had a good try at recognising numbers and ordering them. 

Welcome back after half term, this week's story Be aware of the bear, told us what happened after Goldilocks left the three bears house. We had Mrs Di Franco with us this week she showed the children how to use there gymnastic skills on our climbing equipment. As you will have seen the children made their very own crispy cakes. 

We got to use the school computer suite this week, the children used a mouse to explore Poisson rouge, a software programme we use in school. Whilst reception class were out we had a look around next year's class room, playing with some of the exciting things in Mrs Bradley's classroom.

Next week is half term. See you all Monday 24th February. 

We explored the garden looking to dinosaurs, we took our dinosaur eggs pictures and coloured them in. The children also worked together to build a giant alphabet puzzle. 

We focused our morning on the story Chicken Licken, we talked about how the animals felt and what their faces would have looked like, recreating them with playdough
We had fun in the garden, finding things which may have fallen on Chicken Lickens head.

We hope you all had an amazing Christmas the children helped to take down our christams tree last week, a big thank you for that. We have spent this week having a look at our numbers not only counting but looking at the digits, seeing which we can recognise. Well done the hard work counting down in the garden this week. 

Our last week before the big man arrives. The children decorated a couple of ginger bread men and used their fingers to make angel cards to give to those they are thinking of at Christmas. We hope you all have a good Christmas and a happy New Yaer. And we see you back on Monday 6th January. 

This week the children watched key stage ones nativity performance. We also so started looking at that our numbers one at our numbers one to five.

Following on from last week we have been counting bears, our story involved counting ten things bear was playing with, we had to find bears in porrage oats using spoons, helping with our fine motor skills, cut out bears and stick them back together, some great scissor skill from preschool.we also had a few bear matching games to play with. 

Our story this week had us talking about rainbow jelly and the colours of fireworks, the children had a great time zooming around making their own fireworks stream behind them. Mrs Bradley kindly made us some jelly which we had to collect spiders, we counted how many we had to find. 

It was lovely to see the children back after hafl term, we looked at the story I love you monkey, many of the chilrden really enjoyed dressing as our monkey, we used chalk to draw animal pictures together. We had a nice trip to the garden as it changes with the autumn colours. 

This week we looked at the book How to catch a star, we then had a go at fishing for out own star, thank you for bringing wellies in, the children love going down to the garden, and it is a bit wet down there. We have been looking at ordering some of our numbers. 

We had great fun this week looking at The Gruffalo, the children wore masks and cut out characters from the story to stick on our group picture of the eep dark wood, we also balanced our way through yhe deep dark wood, which was very tricky. 

Our story sack this week was the three little pigs, we had great fun huffing and puffing, we make a large chalk picture together of our pigs houses. The children got a little soggy in the garden, but we had fun splashing in some small puddles and painting on the floor using flower heads. We all had a go at using the hoops, seeing how far we could get them to roll across the hall. 

We had great fun playing with musical instruments today, along side reading Giraffes can't dance. The children are settling very well. 

What a wonderful first day we had at preschool, we enjoyed our first story sack, Commotion in the ocean, looking at animals which live on the land and in the water. We went for a play down in the garden which all the children enjoyed. I am sure our preschool will settle into our fantastic school community. 

Our final day at preschool, we watched reception class present a show of all the amazing things they have learnt this year, I'm sure preschool cannot wait till September. 

We spent all our time outside in the glourious sunshine today, we talked about the importance of wheels, building with lego and geting the balance bike out. 

Each week we have seen how the caterpillars have changed, this week we worked with reception class and released the butterflies in the school garden, the butterflies sat for a long time on our flowers, we got to have a good look at them. 

Our story today was little red riding hood, we looked at how kind she was looking after grandma and the kind things we do for our grandma's. Just like red taking food we made our own cheese and ham sandwiches, making a list of all the things we would need. We then got to eat them in the garden. 

We read all about wizards this week, making a list of interesting items to go in our couldren, to make our spells work we needed wands, great wizard work pre school. 

This week's story was all about counting to 10, we working in the garden finding numbers andd matching the correct amout of stones to the numbers. The children did some great work, they will be so amazing in their year R class. 

Today we spent some time in the reception class. Getting ready for our new start in September, we practice a few sports day games, a couple of our chicks had returned for a special visit just for pre school. 

We have some new arrivals here in school, we had a guess at what might be hatching from our eggs, Fingers crossed we will find out on our return to school. 

Our stories this week all rhymed, monkey puzzle had lost his mum, and butterfly helped him, the children had a try at finger painting a symmetrical butterfly, one or two children didn't like the finger paints. We are not back now until Monday 29th April 2019

Have a lovely Easter. 

We had a great morning in the garden, searching for hidden numbers and mathing them to the correct amaount of spots, we played on the equipment, and used letters to make our name sounds. We then had a go at hop scotch, great hopping preschool. 

New start time from now on. We start at 9.00am. 


The children are busy working on farm pictures from this week's story book, We also had a visit from the present year R. 

Our jungle book story helped us think of ideas for our painting, the children mixed paints to investigae diffrent colours. We then went and did some monkey climbing on the outdoor equipment, some brilliant climbing from the children. Last week the whole school celebrated world book day, the children are binging home books which they can keep. 

Here are the children with our little Miss Muffet spiders, we also had a chat about pancake day, and the start of lent. Last week we worked on a group picture linked to Rumble in the jungle, and looked at which animals need to go on land, in the sea or up in the air. 

This week we read Preposterous Rhinoceros, we make a story sequence, and looked at how we give our code a pillar instructions. 

Our disgusting sandwiches went down a treat, although the children don't fancy the idea of eating badgers slugs. Great cutting out by the children today. 

This week preschool were reading a book about transport, we had a go on the balance bikes, great riding by all the children.

We read some nursery rhymes this week, and made ourselves and rowing boat to sit and sing in, we payed some counting games and made 3 little pigs houses. Well done everyone on finding their names this week. 

We are now introducing the children to their names and encouraging them to find their name cards. We are looking at the sounds and letter shapes in their names, and we played games to remember our friends names. We drew some pictures of our favourite Christmas presents. 

This week the children used the school library, and had a great time looking through books. We made some interesting snowmen pictures, as well as decorated our Christmas biscuits, and sent home our Christmas cards we made last week. Jenni and I hope you all have a great Christmas, we will see you on the 7th January 2019. 

This week we did some number work, using the dice, we started making our angel Christmas cards, with messy finger paint. We also got to visit the school library. 

This week the children decorated the school Christmas tree ready for the school fair on Wednesday, it would be great to see the children on the evening. We read using my words and the story of the nativity. 

We had a read of scaredy boo, a monster who was scared of everything, but found a friend to help me, we made monster faces, we also played some number finding games this week  

This week we read the book giraffes can't dance, we made musical instruments and danced in the garden.

Pre school sessions 

Please note that sessions now run from 9am-11am-not as detailed below...