Pre-School 2019 - 2020

Mrs Burton

Mrs Burton

I am extremely excited about starting my third year as Pre-School Teacher at Rode Heath. I am passionate about Early Years education and feel honoured to welcome new parents and their children. We have had two highly successful years and this year we are fortunate enough to have two new Teaching Assistants to add to our already dynamic team!
I have been teaching in Cheshire for over ten years now and have enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career teaching children from Pre-School age, right up to Lower Key Stage Two. As an experienced EYFS teacher I pride myself in placing each family’s needs first and strive to make learning fun and exciting for each individual.
I am passionate about the arts and have a varied artistic background in music, visual art and drama. I am a classically trained vocalist and hope to join a local choir and continue performing in the future, right now I am focussed on the continually developing Pre-School and of course my family!
Outside of school, my two little boys keep me very busy. We spend most of our time outdoors on trails around the local woods, exploring natural habitats, playing football and adventures at the park. As a family we treasure the precious time we get to spend together and especially enjoy story time.

Mrs Soutar

Mrs Soutar

Mrs Soutar – Pre-School Teaching Assistant
Hi I’m Karen. I live in Holmes Chapel with my husband Duncan and three lovely children- Izzy (10) Harry (8) and Emma (4). I’ve spent the last 10 years looking after my children and child-minding other peoples! I love the fun and unpredictability of working with Pre-Schoolers and enjoy seeing them progress and master new skills.
I’m looking forward to starting a new year at Rode Heath Pre-School and meeting all the parents and children.

Mrs Moss-Brookes

Mrs Moss-Brookes

Mrs Moss-Bookes – Pre-School Teaching Assistant
Hi I’m Lisa. I’m extremely excited to be part of the Pre-School team at Rode Heath. During the Last few years I have enjoyed being a stay-at-home mum to my three young children. Prior to that I taught in a Primary School and thoroughly enjoyed working within the Early Years.
Outside of school my three children keep me very busy and we love exploring new places and enjoying exciting days out together.

Miss Jackson

Miss Jackson

Miss Jackson, Pre-School TA and Deputy Lead Manager of All Stars
I am very excited to be starting my first year at Rode Heath Pre-School. I will be taking on the TA role in Pre-School on Thursday's and Friday's and I am so looking forward to leading the team at our fabulous All Stars breakfast and after school clubs.
I have had many years working with young chilldren and recently started working with children with additional needs. Also, I am a qualified 'Relax Kids' Coach which enables me to teach children to learn to manage their emotions through play.






Continuing the Learning Journey at home…


Pre-School Termly Newsletter –Spring Term 2 2020

Please see below for any diary dates or additional information

Each week we will enjoy activities based on these themes:

Vehicles, travelling, the Fire Service, Pets and Vets, Doctors and Nurses, At the Dentist. Mother’s Day

Phonics Phase 1: Aspect 4– ‘Rhythm and Rhyme: We will enjoy singing and acting out lots of different types of rhymes. The children will be able to build a stock of rhymes through hearing them repeated over again. The children will share books that have rhyming phrases and will enjoy listening to rhymes and inventing their own. We will play with words and create new rhymes together. We will also enjoy performing rhymes to our friends using our new puppet in theatre and dress up as a nursery rhyme character.

Rhythm Time: This term our children will enjoy taking part in Projects 5 and 6 of our programme called' Write Dance'. It is a movement-based programme designed to develop children’s gross and fine motor co-ordination using ribbons. We will focus forming circles using both anti-clockwise and clockwise directional movements. Pat-a-cake encourages large and small circular movements with the whole body and ‘Little Sun’ helps children to use pointe fingers to make circles in the air. This is then linked to forming letters in the ‘Cog Family’.  We will also be learning traditional nursery rhymes and new songs that have actions and rhyming phrases so that we may develop our listening skills and tune into the rhythm in words and rhyming pairs.

Literacy and Story focus: Each week every child will have the opportunity to take part in a group reading session. There will be a new story each week that is linked to the weekly theme so that we can explore new vocabulary. This term the children will explore non-fiction texts which will develop their understanding of print carrying meaning, we are particularly interested in learning about ‘People who help us’ and we will explore a variety of places of work and discover how people help others in the community. We will also share lots of rhyming stories and encourage the children to practise saying rhyming words at the end of phrases and sentences. Our mark making will link to the anti-directional movements practised in rhythm time and we will explore letters that are formed in the ‘Cog Family’ such as; o,a,c,d and ‘g’ and we will practise saying these sounds as we make our marks.

Mathematics: We will enjoy lots of different challenges in maths this term. Learning to problem solve independently and work together to solve problems will be one of the skills we will be focusing on. Starting with our role play mechanics and car wash, we will look at money, explore vehicles and play matching pairs, build tools such as ladders and create obstacle courses. We will learn how to share out nuts and bolts and measure length using a variety of ways. We are also practising counting irregular arrangements of objects and counting up to 20.

 Understanding the world explorations and investigation: This term we will explore the theme of ‘People who help us’ and will investigate the roles and different services that our families are part of in our local community. We are excited about our visitors to the classroom such as Firefighters, rabbit owners, nurses and a dentist. We will act out in our Doctors Surgery and chat about our pets at home and how to best look after them. We will also begin our new gardening project to plant and grow fruit and vegetables specifically eat at afternoon snack time.

British Values: This term we will look at the important services in the community and especially those that keep us healthy and safe. We will experience first-hand using a hose and sitting in the drivers seat of our visiting fire engine, and will pet rabbits and ask questions to our visiting nurse. We will learn the importance of hygiene and how to keep our body healthy and clean and how to wash our hands thoroughly and when to wash our hands, for instance after we have sneezed or if we have blown our nose. We will be learning about a healthy mind to, practising yoga and ‘Relax Kids’ methods to help keep calm and content.

Diary dates or additional information:

Coronavirus – please see leaflet displayed in the cloakroom. If you require any further information please see a member of staff, or look out for the memo with advice we have been given from the government.

This half term we are celebrating our much loved pets and animals in the family. We would love to display photos of your much loved pets, please drop them into your child’s book bag and we will discuss them at news time.

A huge thank you to family members and friends that have volunteered to come and spend time with our children and to talk about their job.

Mother’s Day Craft Session will take place in Pre-School 10:30-11:30 on Thursday 19th March. All Welcome, please sign up in the cloakroom.

We are now looking for family and friends to help us plant and tend to our small Pre-School allotment, please let us know if you are free to help. Thank you!





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Rode Heath Primary

Heath Avenue,

Main Contact Person :
Mr Carl Leech
SENCO Contact Person :
Miss Hayley Scott

Tel: 01270 314414
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