The wet winter combined with some warm spring sunshine provided perfect conditions for our sponsored welly walk on Saturday 2 March. The children had great fun splashing in puddles and paddling down a stream as they tramped round the village with their families. After removing soggy socks back at the preschool building, the children and adults were rewarded with tea/squash and cakes, and entered into a welly throwing competition, which involved some pretty impressive boot chucking.
The sponsorship money raised is going towards revamping the outdoor play area at Allsorts. We have been very fortunate also to receive a grant from Oxfordshire County Council for £4,000 to put towards this area. The plan is to create a safe, exciting and stimulating outdoor learning environment. We would be very pleased to hear from any landscape architects in the parish who would be keen to volunteer and help design this space, so that it can be used for formal and informal learning. Likewise, we still need to raise further funds, so any donations are welcome. If you can help, please contact us on 826387 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The children have recently been out digging the garden ready for spring planting, which fits in with Term 4’s theme of growth. They have planted some vegetable seeds indoors also. As part of the growth theme, the children have been thinking about baby animals, and bringing in photos of themselves as babies to make a collage.
The theme for Term 3 was books. Each week, a book inspired a range of weird and wonderful activities including: making owl ice cream and log pile house dens (The Gruffalo); baking space rock cakes (Aliens Love Underpants); pretending to be African animals (Handa’s Surprise); drawing cloud and rainbow pictures (The Weather Monster); and making witches stew (Winnie the Witch).
Our seven new starters after Christmas have settled in well, and we welcomed three more in February. To cover the increased number of children per session as the academic year progresses, three new members of staff (Nic Frost, Natasha Fuller and Rachael Hill) have joined the team on a temporary basis until the end of this summer term. If you are interested in your child coming to Allsorts next (academic) year, please contact Julie Carr, Manager (email: email@example.com, tel 826387) to look round or book a place.
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