A fruitful Autumn term at Ascott Preschool

Ascott preschool blackberry walk Oct 18It’s been a wonderfully energetic start to the academic year at Preschool. We’ve loved hearing what children did over the holidays and welcoming lots of new starters. Early in September we enjoyed a Saturday morning picnic at the playing fields, which was a great opportunity to get to know the families who have joined us this year.

Getting outdoors
We have made the most of some beautiful autumn weather by getting out and about with the children in the village. After reading Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson, the children designed and wrote their own postcards and we walked to the post box to send them home. We have also been out to collect blackberries, which we made into crumbles along with apples brought in by a parent.

Harvest Festival celebrations
In October, we walked to Holy Trinity Church for a special Harvest Festival. The children took donations for the local food bank to the altar and sang harvest-themed songs. We also went through a ‘secret door’ to view the bell that had been brought down from the tower for repair.

Reading, crafts and cooking
We have been having great fun getting to know Marianne from the Wychwood Library. She has visited several times, reading delightful stories and leading craft activities. The children have been busy in the kitchen making dinosaur-shaped biscuits, vegetable soup and bread. And we held a week of ‘sharing breakfasts’ which was very popular with the children.

Special visitors
We were lucky to have some unusual visitors to the car park one Friday in October. A huge lorry arrived, and two beautiful horses emerged along with a smart carriage. This was the transport for a wedding at the village church. It was really exciting.

Looking ahead to Christmas
The children will soon be getting ready for the Christmas concert by learning some new songs. We are looking forward to visiting the church again, when we will hopefully get a chance to ring the newly reinstated bell. We are also told a special somebody might find time to fly over from Lapland for a visit to Preschool… ho ho ho!

If you would like to find out more about Ascott Preschool visit our website www.ascottpreschool.co.uk (note this is a new web address), or contact Pauline via email (ascott_pp@btinternet.com) or phone (01993 832671).

December 2018 – January 2019