One theme of this term has been “Ourselves”, which has involved discussions about families and our environment. The children especially enjoyed getting out and about exploring the village. Other highlights of the first term included visiting Julie’s allotment to pick pumpkins, making pizzas and eating them (!), making autumn leaf crowns, visits from Maisie’s tortoises and Charlie’s puppy, Daisy's Mr Biggles, and our moment of fame in the village: Eurovision song contest! It had been a busy few weeks and there was more to come. Most will have noticed a chill in the air towards the end of October and fittingly the topic of the second term was “Autumn” to include bonfire night, and the sights, sounds and smells of autumn.
The new school lunches have been a huge success. The children really enjoy a chinwag over a hot meal at the end of a busy morning. Thanks to Natasha and Karen Stevens for setting this up, and many thanks too to all parents who helped with sessions. The children really do enjoy having you there - as do the staff! And even more thanks are due to all of you who have been donating so generously. The Teddy Bear drop was a huge success, so many people made it along and all the teddies were very brave. Over a hundred pounds was raised. We also held a Halloween fundraiser in the pub and we will have a Christmas decoration/craft stall at the FOBS (Friends of Brightwell School) Christmas Fair on 30th November 6-8pm.
After Christmas we plan to start an afternoon session, most likely on a Tuesday afternoon. As many morning sessions are also very busy we are hoping to recruit another Early Years assistant in the very near future. If you are interested in this role/know someone who might be please contact the Pre-school.
The Pre-school is a charity and thrives thanks to the generous help of the community. We already have two amazing volunteers from the village who come in and help with the children on a regular basis. The children love having people visiting from the local community who they then recognise in their day-to-day lives. Please contact us if you would like to come in one day (no pressure for a regular slot) and perhaps do some cooking, gardening, reading, or just to be around and talk with the children; we would love you to come and join in the fun.
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