Sunny crisp mornings, walks in the meadow and bird watching, the perfect way to keep those winter blues at bay and get the children outside despite the cold weather.

The beginning of term has been a hive of activity and enthusiasm at pre-school, as the children have settled in after Christmas. We have been learning about winter animals and making all kinds of creations from whacky walruses to pesky penguins, rescuing creatures from the icebergs and recognising letters in our sparkly winter seascape.

We’ve had the letters P, Q, R and S to focus the children’s minds for ‘Show and Tell.’ Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and even the puffins and penguins made appearances in both ‘Show and Tell’ and our craft activities in our first week back.

We’ve enjoyed some Arctic animal yoga to calm our minds and relax our bodies and then woken back up again by bouncing Prancing Penguin on our wonderful parachute.

A highlight of our month has been getting involved in the ‘Plant a Tree for the Queen’s Jubilee’ initiative. With the support of the North Waltham Village Trust, we now have three new trees on the meadow to nurture and cherish.

The Big Garden Bird Watch has been introduced to the children as they’re encouraged to keep a look out for our feathered friends and if they would like to, they can report their findings to the RSPB who use the information to monitor hour are garden birds are faring.

The final week of January sees us preparing to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger…we’ll have to wait and see what excitement and cunning crafts that brings about!