The nativity play was a highlight of our busy Christmas term with the children looking very cute as angels, stars, shepherds, kings, and other characters. They performed beautifully, walking confidently onto the stage as the staff narrated the story. The children sang six songs, finishing off with lively actions to ‘When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’. Family and carers filled the playroom to watch the two performances on the play mat that had been temporarily transformed into a stable.
The rest of the playroom was beautifully decked out with a Christmas tree (kindly donated by Root One Garden Centre – thank you), stockings and other festive decorations made by the children. At the end of term, their craft items were tucked into the stockings, along with mini Christmas cakes that they had made, to take home. Christmas festivities also included a party with appearance from the bearded man himself, and watching the nativity play dress rehearsal at Brightwell School.
Earlier in the term, the children at Allsorts celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, by decorating sweetie envelopes with Rangoli patterns, and making candle holders out of clay. For bonfire night, the children made rockets, Catherine wheels, a pretend bonfire, and drew firework pictures. One of the most popular activities was making, and eating, chocolate-dipped breadstick sparklers. The children also loved watching an indoor firework, made from bicarbonate of soda and vinegar by Simon, the pastor at the Baptist Church in Wallingford.
Allsorts still got outside as the weather grew colder, with one week devoted to forest school activities. Trips included going to the allotments, the shop, the park, feeding Julie’s horse, and visiting a childminder’s rabbits and chickens. The children also walked to the war memorial to mark Remembrance Day. Other activities in term 2 included practising for a hand washing certificate, giving a puppet show, making Pudsey biscuits and apple crumble, digging and weeding tyres, and planting bulbs.
In January, term 3, we are welcoming seven new starters into preschool with another three due to start late February in term 4. As demand for places at Allsorts is so high this year, we have added a new afternoon session on Wednesdays, which means we are now open two afternoons, as well as five mornings.
Our next fundraising activity will be a welly walk in March, so watch out for us tramping through the village. Allsorts raised £56 at its stall at Brightwell School Fair. The preschool needs a new fridge (preferably with freezer compartment). If anyone could donate one, we would be very grateful. Please contact Julie Carr, manager, on 826387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for an extra pair of hands on a Tuesday and Friday morning from 9-12. If you would be interested in helping until the end of the summer term, please contact Julie as above or Sophie George (co-chair on 07960024449). This will be a paid role.
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