Over the Easter break, you may have noticed cardboard eggs hanging around the village – they were part of the Allsorts Easter Egg Hunt. Families with preschool children set out to hunt down the eggs whenever it suited them over the Easter weekend. They then handed in their entry forms to go into a raffle to win a real chocolate egg.
Before the Easter weekend, the children made special biscuits, hot cross buns from salt dough, Easter bonnets, and cards. The children have also recently been having a lot of fun making mud pies and grass soup in the toy kitchen in the garden, splashing in puddles, trying out tennis, climbing trees and making dens. With the onset of spring, they have been looking at the lifecycles of frogs and butterflies, planting seeds, talking about baby animals, drawing tulip pictures, and making chocolate seed cakes.
Activities are also ramping up to prepare the children moving up to school in September. On a Tuesday morning, they are joining reception class at Brightwell School for weekly PE sessions. Older children from Brightwell School have been coming into Allsorts to read stories at lunchtime, and, in term 6, the Pre-School children will be going into school for their official settling in sessions. The children moving up are also practising their letters and numbers in small groups at Allsorts. It has become easier to split the children into groups now that the lobby has been cleared of cloakroom pegs, creating more space for a quiet break-out area.
The cloakroom pegs were moved to the decking during a gardening working party when family members and staff sorted out the garden areas and did odd jobs. Thank you to everyone who came along, including the WI. The garden looks much smarter, and the peg move makes drop-off and pick-up times less of a squeeze.
Families and carers also got together in March for a social event – a lunchtime picnic when adults were invited to join the children for lunch and a chat with each other. Thank you to the staff and everyone who came along and made it a success.
Our next social event is a fundraising pub quiz, and is open to anybody whether connected or not to the Pre-School. Allsorts will be running the Quiz Night at the Red Lion pub on Monday 9 June, by kind permission of the landlord, Mark. Money raised from entry fees to the quiz and a raffle will go towards Allsorts’ project to revamp the garden.
Allsorts will also have a stall at the Village Fete on Saturday 5 July, as well as holding its own sports day in July, including a raffle. If any local businesses are able to offer prizes for the raffle, we would be very grateful.
If you are able to donate prizes, or are interested in your child coming to Allsorts next (academic) year, please phone 826387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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