We have been talking about our families, and about people who love us and care for us this week. We have made some beautiful cards and pictures for them. Have a wonderful weekend, spending time with those you love! 💚🌱💜🌻💛
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World Book Day
This week we will be bringing home our World Book Day tokens. These can be brought into any children’s bookshop and exchanged for a World Book Day title, or have £1 off the price of another book. We started creating our own books today, and think we will continue throughout the week! 📚❤📚
Pancakes, Pancakes! We all enjoyed a delicious treat today, cooked up by some of our wonderful committee members. These pancakes were the best you’ve ever tasted! 🥞🍓
The Great Outdoors
A lovely week exploring indoors and out 🍂
We have used natural materials in our artwork, had some special visitors 🐰🐰 and eaten pancakes around our campfire 😊
Chinese New Year
Gung hay fat choy! Chinese New Year celebrations have begun this week and we have been singing, dancing and exploring new stories, crafts and traditions. 🐉
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We are delighted with our Snow Mouse art projects that we finished today. We have also explored with clay today, and found the coloured water we left outside was frozen solid!
Bonfire celebrations! Singing and chatting around our campfire. We hope you all enjoyed bonfire night🔥
Hey ho for Halloween…we have had a great day scooping out the soft swidgy middles of our pumpkins and making fizzy colourful pumpkin potions! Happy Halloween everyone 🎃🕸🍂
Trip to The Farm
And on that farm we had some fun…on this hottest of days we have kept cool with the animals, enjoying a wonderful experience. Running to and hiding inside an ancient oak, rolling down a hill, splashing through a stream and bumpity bumping back to the farmyard in a tractor trailer, saying hello to cows and calves along the way! We fed baby goats with a bottle. We fed chickens and carefully collected up the eggs. We visited piglets and splashed the big sow with a hose to keep her comfortable and cool. After eating our lunch in the barn we all headed home, perhaps for a little nap!😎🌞🌡🐮🐷🐔 Thank you to Farmers Rose and Julien and to all the animals at Warleigh Lodge Farm for such a great experience.
Finding that one of our tadpoles has legs! We were able to look more closely when we observed it through a magnifying bug pot!💚🐸
Take a look at our art gallery created today! The children took up the invitation to sketch this preserved antique crocodile with such energy and curiosity. We observed its shape by looking closely and by gently touching the scales, teeth, eyes, tail. What bold pieces of work they have produced. We even had a little viewing time.💚🐊✏✏
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These feet have been loving our new balancing equipment this week! Everything from opening the box it was all in, crawling through the box, then deciding where to set up has been lots of fun for the children😊👣👣👣👣
We love books
We’ve been celebrating books this week! The children have shared with each other some of their favourite books from home, as well as using scissors glue and crayons to make their own.📚📚🌱
Fun with Sticks and Dragons
It has been another lovely week at Playgroup. We have played in our local playing field, collecting sticks and twigs that the wind threw down for us! We created all our favourite shapes with the sticks, rectangles, circles, stars…and tractors😀 We have enjoyed Chinese new year stories, crafts and music. Have a wonderful weekend Playgroup families 😊🌱
Our week begins with a beautiful burst of colour as some of us plant up the flower pot with bright primroses! Ice is being explored too. We see it melt gently in our hands and feel how it breaks when we chip away with a stone…🌼❄🌼
We were able to explore some expressive mark making earlier in the week. The children loved using wooden scraper tools to mix and create winter colour! ❄
The Elephant Tree
Happy new year Playgroup families 💚🌿
We very much enjoyed being back in each others company today. Our morning began with the lovely story of The Elephant Tree. This is a tale that always resonates with the children as they all want Elephant to find a tree that is just right. We have taken down our Christmas trees but spent a lot of time making elephant trees…bird trees….tiger trees and monkey trees! The story was retold by the children using props.🐘🌿🐘💚
Christmas Get Together
It has been absolutely wonderful for the children to be joined by a family member or friend today. We sang all our Christmas songs together and our homemade jingley bells sounded like magic💛💫🌿
Thank you to our dedicated committee and to all who supported the raffle afterwards. Well deserved refreshments were enjoyed in the park!😊🙏
The Elves Have Been Busy
These busy elves made all the shoes for the cobbler in our story today. A lovely traditional Christmas tale about kindness.
Forest School Fun
We had another morning of great forest school fun yesterday. Children spent time watching water patterns, floating and sinking different natural objects from the tiniest berry to the most enormous pumpkin, mud painting, wheelbarrow rides and a pumpkin story🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 Snack time was welcomed by all!
Exploration and Play
A few examples of the ‘real life’ resources we love to use in our exploration and play. If you are local to Bathampton and ever have any interesting items to donate, do get in touch😊
Shake Shake The Apple Tree
Shake shake the apple tree
Apples red and rosy… We have been enjoying our apple harvest at playgroup! Apple crumble at snack time and beautiful apple print art work😊🍎🍏
Opportunity to Dance!
Curtis School of Dance are starting a mini ballet class in Bathampton Village Hall from this Friday. The class is for preschoolers aged 3+ and will be from 2.15-2.45pm. To register your interest please email Deborah@curtisschoolofdance.com
This picture shows my eldest daughter when she passed her first ballet exam (a few years ago now!). She’s been dancing with Deborah since she was 3 and loves it!
Hello everyone! We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to Playgroup from Monday. Here we are in the Playgroup garden. From left to right, Rebecca who is new to playgroup and excited about getting to know everybody, Jane, Lisa and Emma. See you soon!🍁🍄🌿
New Term Starts 6th of September
We would like to extend you all a warm welcome and welcome back. We as a staff team are all very much all looking forward to starting up again and welcoming the children back to playgroup. We hope that you have all had a good summer holiday and that the children are looking forward to coming in next week. Parent Information
End of Term Celebrations
As our Summer term draws to a close, it has been a pleasure to watch our little ones grow and flourish throughout the year. We are always so sad to say our goodbyes, but what special times we have had together. Today we had fruit kebabs, fun in paddling pools, and made ourselves flower crowns to celebrate the closing of our year. 🌼🌿💛
Thank you to the wonderful community of parents and committee members who presented staff with flowers and cards.💐🥰
Bags 2 School Collection – 6 July
Help us raise money for Playgroup!
Our final bag2school collection for this year is next Tuesday 6th July. Let’s make it a bumper collection and raise lots of money for Playgroup!
Bag2school will accept clothes, shoes, towels and bedding so it’s a great opportunity to have a clear out this weekend! And you can leave your bags at the Village Hall so no trips to the charity shop 🙌
You can leave bags outside the Village Hall from 4pm on Monday or first thing Tuesday morning (before 8.30 please).
Let’s see if we can beat the March collection (pictured here) which raised over £200! All
money raised goes to Playgroup and helps us to buy toys and equipment for the children.
For a full list of acceptable items or to find out more please go to www.bag2school.com/what-we-collect
Enjoying our days of Summer play! A rainbow walk, water play and noticing the beautiful colours in nature have been favourites lately.🌾🌼🍀
It’s Hammer Time
Using a hammer and our strong arms we were able to create some hapa zome artwork today. We pounded the leaves and flowers so the natural pigments printed into our cloth. Such beautiful results!🌼☘🌿
Salad Spinner Art
Good morning Playgroup! We’ve had some requests to show you all how we made our beautiful Easter cards so here is a little tutorial.
Salad Spinner Art. You will need an old salad spinner, some paint (I watered ours down a little), thick paper or card and a small bit of Blu Tack…. Place the Blu Tack in the middle of the salad spinner base. Stick your card or thick paper down, you can cut it into any shape that will fit in the spinner. Drip some paint onto your card, we started with two colours then after each spin we added a few more drops each time. Secure the lid on and then, with a grown up holding the base, spin! This is so great for the children to really use their muscles! Stop spinning after a while and then see how it looks, you can add more colours as many times as you like to find the pattern that you love. We would love to see examples of your beautiful Salad Spinner Art!! XXCara
We are so excited to have reached 80% of our fundraising target for the year. Thank you to all of you that have contributed. Find out how you can help on our fundraising page.
A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our bags2school collection yesterday. We collected a massive 800kg of clothes which has raised £240 for Playgroup!
We will use this money to buy some climbing equipment for the children to use in our lovely garden.
Thank you all for your support 👏😍👏
Crunchy, Bumpy, Crackley Art
We have been hopping towards Spring this week, especially as we have all had our turn on a mini trampoline 😁🙃
The sun came out as we made little nests in the garden, and learned a new song to sing together.
We spent lots if time creating exciting artwork from eggshells. A mortar and pestle, lots of glue, and paint are what you need. Save your eggshell after you crack the eggs, wash in soapy water, and put in the oven for 20 minutes. Then they will be ready to crush and create crunchy, bumpy, crackley art! 🌼🥚🎨
The children found this little over wintering newt in the garden today. Their reaction was so gentle and caring towards the tiny creature and it was wonderful to witness. What a lot of observations and suggestions they made! We found a safe and sheltered place for it to continue its slumbers until Spring. It may well be a Great crested newt, which is a protected species and can live for up to 15 years!🦎
Spring is Coming
We’d like to wish you all a very happy half term. This week we had fun watching the snowflakes fall, as well as observing tiny signs of Spring too. We read and told stories about Chinese new year, and danced to traditional Chinese music. We also tried the calming effects of playing with rice using our hands and bare feet…
We played with all this bright rice today! If you’d like to dye your own rice at home simply pour some rice into a container that has a lid. Add a few drops of food colouring to the rice, put on the lid, and shake shake shake! Spread onto newspaper and leave somewhere warm to dry out overnight.
Emma has been busy making her lantern for our switch on at 5pm today. Isn’t it beautiful! Have you been busy making yours too? We’d love to see them ⭐️
Learning Songs in the Garden
We still have fresh memories of all the lovely snow that has been drifting down lately, and today we learned a new song, to sing in our own Winter garden! We used instruments to accompany us. We have made mint tea in our kitchen today, enjoying the refreshing smell! There has also been lots of mark making, building, and train track play.
We have been so engrossed in our play-based art making this term. The Wintery colours, the snow and our favourite books have often inspired us
Snow and Ice
Mark making in the snow today! We used paint brushes, sticks, paint and even our hands to create our frozen art work
Feeding the Birds
Our week is shorter right now, but we are still managing to have lots of play! We are still enjoying ice as well as making our own winter gardens from clay….and we haven’t forgotten to feed the birds!
In The Garden
In the garden, the children have been listening to the magical sounds of the wind chimes. We could hear so many other sounds when we sat and listened. A robin, a pigeon, a helicopter, even a puppy!We have also been reading The Colour Monster, and talking about how we are feeling. We made monsters from clay. What colour would your Colour Monster be?
The Heavy Bag!
We are feeling very proud of our staff member Sarah who has published her first children’s book! The Heavy Bag by Sarah Surgey is written to help primary school children put words with those emotions that weigh us down, and make us feel it is all too much. Sarah is passionate about supporting young people’s mental health, and wanted her book to be of help to parents and carers and their children. It is beautifully illustrated by Larisa Ivankovic.
We have been talking together about huge fireworks this week, how they explode, and light up in the sky. They are very noisy and go bang!! We have made Diwali diva lamps too, for tiny lights. We have listened to different sounds with musical chimes and singing bowls, and made some quiet little hibernation homes for hedgehogs. Sometimes the hedgehog wakes up…what has woken her up this time?
Bags 2 School
Thank you so much to everyone who donated a bag of clothes for our bag of clothes for our bags2school collection yesterday. There was a massive 450kg of clothes which raised £135 for Playgroup! This money allows us to buy toys and equipment for the children that we couldn’t otherwise afford. A fantastic effort, thank you so much!
Autumn Has Come
Autumn has come
Nights growing cold
Blackberries in the hedgerows
And leaves red and gold🍂🍂🍂
Mark making, storytelling and singing are some of the things we have been doing this week. Cara has brought us some amazing pumpkins and squashes. They have been inspiring our play!
Celebrating our 50th Birthday on 13th May 2017
In order to help celebrate our 50th Birthday in May we are trying to compile a list of previous staff/pupils and testimonies so we can put them in a magazine to help commemorate the occasion.
If you are able to help us with this I’m asking if you could give me a a short description
Garden project update; Lottery grant success!!
‘We are very excited to announce we have received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund, to improve the outdoor space of the Village Hall and the learning environment for the Playgroup, lots of work is scheduled to be done. Thank you to all that helped with our garden project so far, later this year we hope to add more to the ongoing project, watch this space! ‘
Extending hours from January 2016
Exciting news, From January 2016 we will be extending our hours to include a new session on a Friday morning 8:30/9 – 12pm. A big thank you to the Village Hall and Yoga group for kindly making this possible.
Warleigh Lodge Farm
On Monday 6th July the children, staff and a few parents enjoyed a trip to Warleigh Lodge Farm. The sun was shining and we were able to explore the farm with Farmer Julian and his wife. We began with a big run across the fields, then paddled in a stream and ended up at an enormous hollow tree that the children were able to climb inside. Farmer Julian thinks the tree may be around 500 years old. He then took us all on a tractor ride back to the farm. The children partook in various activities including feeding the lambs, feeding and collecting eggs from the chickens, grooming the donkeys and feeding the goats. We also saw the pigs and their piglets. We ended the trip eating our lunch in the barn and having a sing song of Old Macdonald had a farm. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
Playgroup enjoyed once again our annual visit from the Little Zoo. The children were able to see, touch and even hold a number of animals they would not normally encounter. They were delighted to meet Baby Surgess the Meerkat, Cepen the African Pygmy Hedgehog, Al Barney the Barn Owl, Sid the Royal Python, Harry the Tarantula who they all got to high five! and Dillis the 3 banded Armadillo, who delighted us all by running around on her tiptoes. The children were impeccably behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015 the Government will be providing extra funding for 3 year olds from lower income families to help them to do their very best. This is called the Early Years Pupil Premium. We as a setting will be able to claim extra money to help support your child in their learning if you are eligible to apply. more more details, please click here to for the Early Years Pupil Premium letter.
Watch this space, more details to follow!
Table Top Sale!
Our most recent fund raising event is the Table Top Bonanza! Are you interested in a table or do you fancy a bargin, then come along. We have quite a few people showing interest in having a table, and a Phoenix Cards representative confirmed, so do let me know if you would like to reserve a table.
Donations of toys and books for our toy sale are much appreciated. We will be asking for these donations nearer the time.
Sellers: A £5 donation to Playgroup for a table (any further donations optional), set up from 9am.
Watch this space, more details to follow!
Thank you also to all of you who helped out at the table top sale and to those of you who supported this event. We have booked a trip (with the money raised) to Warleigh Lodge Farm.
Our Christmas party will take place on Saturday 13th December this year. There will be lots of fun activities for the children to take part in.
Donations of toys and books for our toy sale are much appreciated. We will be asking for these donations nearer the time.
A big big thank you to everyone involved in the Christmas party, from the organising, helping out on the day, all the donations, and everyone who came along with their families and spent money!!
We raised about £250!, so we have met our target for a mobile cloakroom unit, this will help staff a great deal, thank you.
Ofsted – Good rating!
Playgroup was paid a visit from the Ofsted inspector during the last week of term and we are very happy to say that we have been awarded a good rating which is a grade up from our last inspection. This is down to the hard work and dedication from staff, committee and parents both past and present. One area we scored highly on was “having a strong parent partnership” so thank you to all those who have helped out and volunteered and thank you to anyone who was quizzed by the inspector on the day. The full report can be viewed here, click on the lastest report.
Volunteer Garden Day, please help?
One of our outdoor projects is to create a new learning area for the children at the top corner of the village hall garden.
We are having a volunteer garden day on Sunday 13th July from 12:30pm to clear the overgrown area, to see what space we have to play with!
Experienced tree surgeon, James Nash, will be advising us and I’ll be bringing a shredder, which will hopefully minimise some of the waste.
If you can get away from the little ones, even for half an hour, all help would be great and very much appreciated!!
Bring your garden gloves, secateurs, pruning saws, spades, forks, rakes, green bins and lots of community spirit !
During term 6 we were successful in receiving a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to improve the outdoor space at the Village Hall, the work has been done over the holidays, we have new steps, fences, paving areas and an area of artificial grass!!, it all looks great! we have more ideas to follow to improve it further! Thank you to everyone involved in the transformation!
Bathampton School is having an open day for prospective parents
Its a great chance to have a look round the school, meet teachers, and ask any questions you may have.
In addition, Mrs Kirby is visiting the pre school children at the playgroup on the 18th June from 9.30 onwards.
If this is your first time through the school admissions process, applications for September 2015, are usually submitted from October ’14, with a closing date, by the end of January 2015. (TBC)
The best place to look is on the BANES website, where there are links to information booklets, to help answer all questions. Click here .
Auction of Promises
We are holding an Auction of Promises on Saturday May 17th at Bathampton Village Hall. Doors will open at 7:00pm and the Auction will start at 7:30pm Tickets are £3.50, free glass of wine for every guest! If you would like to reserve a ticket, please email Chloe. Email email@example.com
We have received many generous donations from local businesses, members of the community and parents, and more are yet to come!, Thank you to all. Here is a selection of the promises up for auction!!
- 10 week Water Babies course.
- 6 month pass The Toll Bridge.
- A weekend break at Atlantic Reach, Cornwall.
- A Polka dot party kit and a personalised keepsake picture of their choice from Feather Grey.
- 2 seats on a Scarper Tour to Stonehenge. Tour includes the Stonehenge entrance fee.
- 2 tickets for a Saturday Performance at The Egg Theatre.
- Dry Arch vegetable box delivered to your door.
- Back massage from Hands on Health.
- A free term of Rugby Tots lessons including free registration fee and free kit and water bottle.
- Bottle of Champagne.
- Chimney sweep and log burner install survey from Chimney Knowledge
- One to one twitter master-class or personal social media audit from Social i.
- Baby sitting
The Auction of promises was a huge success and we reached our target of £1000, which will be going towards improving the children’s outdoor environment – more information on this new project – coming soon!
Thank you to all involved in organising the event, our generous donations from local businesses and parents, and of course everyone who attended the event and helped us raise funds!
Visit to Dry Arch
We also hope to take the children in small groups up to the dry arch to have a walk around and to do some bark rubbings and maybe some planting and to have a story there in their recycled house. We then plan to get the children involved in making a map of their walk there and also building some interesting things of their own out of junk modelling.
On Tuesday the children and staff at playgroup and a few parent helpers thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the Dry Arch. The children were told a little bit about the Dry Arch Community Growers and then set off to explore the place in little groups. They were able to water the vegetables, pick and smell and feel the different herbs growing in the rockery, meet and feed the pigs (we tried to think of names for the piglets and the most popular choices were Peppa and George!), and they also did bark rubbing. After a good explore the children enjoyed a story and a well earned drink of the Dry Arches very own apple juice. This went down well!
The children all seemed to enjoy themselves as did the staff so we will be visiting again soon.
Starting school in September?
We will also be carrying on with our special learning sessions for our pre-school children to help prepare them for starting school. These will be short sessions and will focus on letters and sounds involving stories, singing, rhymes and games. We will also practice things like putting on shoes and coats and the all important ‘sitting still on the carpet. Jill and I recently met with the reception teacher at Bathampton Primary School to discuss next year’s intake. We know you have not heard yet about school allocations but we have arranged to take the children who get a place at Bathampton down for a visit at some point later in the term in small groups. If you have any questions about this please ask. For Bathampton Primary School website, Click here.
Sports Day with Rugby Tots !
Paul Hurley Lead Coach with Rugby Tots, Bath will be leading our fun sports day event this year, In the field opposite Playgroup, we are extremely grateful for his offer, should be lots of fun! Details to follow! To find out more about Rugby Tots go to www.rugbytots.co.uk
On a hot summers day in the last week of term the children at Bathampton Playgroup enjoyed their annual Sports Day which was very kindly run by Paul Hurley of Rugby Tots. An audience made up of parents and one Ofsted Inspector watched as the children took part in a number of team activities. After a warm up they ran, jumped, weaved and balanced their way around the playing field cheered on by staff and parents. The children thoroughly enjoyed their sports day and Paul was a great hit with them. Thank you so much to him for running it for us. We are looking forward to his next visit.
We are looking forward to a visit from the Little Zoo on Wednesday 24th March. They will be with us for about an hour and will bring animals such as a barn owl, a meercat, a skunk, an armadillo, and a snake for the children to meet. We would be grateful for any extra help on this day for the hour that they are here (10.15-11.15). Thank you for all of you who helped to raise money for this visit from the last coffee morning. It should be an exciting morning.
Everyone enjoyed our visit from Little Zoo, meeting the animals and learning about them and their environments, Thanks to the Little Zoo team!
We met, Cepen the African Pygmy Hedgehog, Dillis the 3 banded Armadillo, Surgess the Meercat, Al Barny the Barn Owl, and Elvis the Skunk!’
World Book Day
On Wednesday 5th March one of our Moms will be coming in to read her book Baby Badgers Wonderful Night to the children for world book day. If any of your children would like to dress up as their favourite book character this week please feel free to let them or they could simply bring in their favourite story to share with us.
Banes Big Breakfast
Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 4th March and we are hoping to host a Porridge Morning on Monday 10th March as part of a Banes Big Breakfast initiative to promote the importance of a healthy and nutritious breakfast. More details will follow…
‘Share’ a Bear – Paddington
We will continue to welcome Paddington to playgroup. Your child will have a turn to take Paddington home and can record his stay at your house in an accompanying scrapbook. A simple recount of a family activity, maybe a photograph and/or a drawing is perfect. We look forward to finding out what fun you have at home!
For more pictures go to our NEW bear’s adventures page, click here