Welcome to Pre-School at Park Hill Primary School! This year we have moved so that we have two separate classes which are called Acorns and Oaks. Our Acorns class is for 2-3 year olds and Oaks is for 3-4 year olds. We share a large outdoor area which we will often use together. Come and check out our new Quarry area with diggers or make some Gruffalo crumble in our Mud Kitchen!

Pre-School is such an important stage (we think the most important stage!) for children to learn personal, social, emotional and communication skills which will then enable them to develop early reading, writing and mathematical skills. Physical development is also very important within Pre-School. There will be lots of opportunities for them to strengthen their writing muscles, including ‘Funky Fingers’, ‘Dough Disco’ and ‘Write Dance’. We use a variety of teacher led and child initiated activities to enable pupils to develop a love of learning through exploration and creativity – all of which happen through a play based approach.

We use the indoor and outdoor environments to access the 7 areas of learning throughout the day, whatever the weather! Our aim is to help the children to become passionate and enthusiastic learners and equip them with skills that they will build upon throughout their school lives. Pre-School really is the best place to be! Please excuse any mud or paint on their clothes – it is just a sign of how much learning they have done!

Communication and language

In order to become effective speakers and listeners we will be learning to sit and listen to an adult or our friend. We will join in with nursery rhymes and start to fill in missing words. We will start to use a variety of words and sentences and these will develop during our time in Acorns and Oaks. Talking to our friends as we make food in the sand and mud kitchen really helps to develop our language skills. We will both ask and answer questions and show an understanding of how and why we use things. As part of our early phonics skills we will be thinking about the different sounds which we can make and hear and using our voices to make sounds. We will also listen carefully to different sounds and start to describe them.

How can you help me at home?

Through modelling talking in sentences, describing what you are doing and what we can see and by extending my vocabulary…if I can say tyrannosaurus-rex then I can say anything!


In order to grow and become healthy we will be learning to move in different ways and balance. We will learn all about building towers and making marks; making connections between our movements. We will develop our gross and fine motor skills through activities such as climbing, building, threading and writing. Our climbing frame and trapeze outside really help to develop our gross motor skills. We will be developing likes and dislikes with food and drink, becoming more independent in our feeding. We will also become more independent in our toileting needs. We will develop an understanding of the need to be safe and how to use tools safely.

How can you help me at home?

Through encouraging and supporting my independence in both feeding, toileting and dressing. Provide me with opportunities to climb, dig, scoop, make big marks using different materials (chalk, shaving foam, paintbrushes and water, mud etc.) Provide me with opportunities to build towers, thread large beads, using plastic tweezers and using pencils and crayons.


In order to become readers and writers we will begin to have an interest in books and start to have our favourites. We will enjoy looking at books on our own and learn to do this carefully. We will start to join in with key parts of stories and start to answer questions about them. By the end of Oaks we may be able to recognise our name and other logos and signs. We will start to make marks and then begin to give meaning to our marks. We will make big marks outside in a variety of media such as gloop, shaving foam and mud. Some of these marks will then turn into letter shapes and we may start to write our name by the end of Oaks. As part of our early phonics work we will learn to rhyme words, listen to the initial sounds and start to orally blend words (learning that c-a-t says cat!) During the summer term of Oaks we will start to follow the whole school scheme of Read Write Inc. – you can look at the website for more information: www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

How can you help me at home?

Read, read, read! If you read a book a day to me by the time I am 5 we will have read 1825 books! Help me to give meaning to my marks by asking me about my squiggles, wiggles and pictures. Point out familiar logos when we are out shopping and encourage me to recognise the letters in my name. Help me identify rhyming words in stories – Julia Donaldson stories are great for rhyming!


In order to become mathematicians we will begin to know that things exist and start to become more accurate in our use of numbers. We will count objects and start to recognise numerals. We will learn to compare groups of objects, saying when we have more or less. We will also start to represent numbers through pictures, marks and then by writing numerals. We will learn about colours and shapes and start to talk about the size of objects. We will start to describe the position of objects and say where things are in relation to each other. We will start to think about measurements in the water and sand outside.

How can you help me at home?

Model counting by helping me to learn to point to each object as we count them. Look for numerals in the environment on front doors, car registration plates, buses and in shops. Talk to me about the colour, shape and size of things that we see.

Understanding the world

In order to become geographers, scientists and historians we will explore and link objects, matching the correct parts together and start to talk about the immediate and then further environment around us. We will go for walks outside to see what changes we can see. We will play indoors and outdoors with different small world animals and environments, such as farms and jungles. We will then start to talk about the changes at different times of the year and how and why things happen and work. We will have an understanding of our immediate family and then start to think about how people are different and that people might celebrate different events. We will also start to use different forms of technology: making toys work, using computers and operating simple equipment.

How can you help me at home?

Talk to me about what we see when we are out and about – what is the weather like? What season are we in? Talk to me about different events which we celebrate. Play games including technological toys or toys where I have to press different buttons to make something work.

Expressive arts and design

In order to become artists, designers and actors we will learn to use different materials including crayons, paint and collage materials. We will create our own buildings using different building resources. We will move to music and sing songs, we will also learn to create our own music. We will make our own recipes in the mud and sand kitchens outside. We will take on different roles in our role play area and act out things that we have seen.

How can you help me at home?

Sing songs with me, adding in instruments…even just pots and pans! Let me get messy and creative by painting pictures and using playdough. Help me make sense of things I see by role-playing…maybe I can be a chef, a builder, a post-person, a doctor or a firefighter!

We could even make some playdough together…2 cups of plain flour, 2 cups of water, 1 cup of salt, 2 sachets of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon  of oil and some food colouring…microwave for around 5 minutes or heat it on the hob! Make sure it has cooled down before we play with it together! I wonder what we will make today?

Personal, social and emotional

In order to become a confident person and friend we will be learning to separate from you without support. We will be learning to express our own emotions and start to think about how people are feeling. We will be learning to play alongside others and then with others; taking turns and interacting. Waiting to use our favourite bike or car really helps us with these skills! We will develop the skills to wait for our go and understand the needs of others.

How can you help me at home?

Through modelling taking turns and reinforcing that everyone is different and unique and through encouraging me to play alongside other children that we may know.