Pre-School 2023 - 2024

Mrs Burton

Mrs Burton

Ms Burton Pre-School Teacher:
I am extremely excited about starting my eighth year as Pre-School Teacher at Rode Heath. I am passionate about Early Years education and have enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career teaching children from Pre-School age, right up to Lower Key Stage Two. I have been teaching in Cheshire for 17 years now and as an experienced EYFS teacher I pride myself in placing each family's needs first. I am passionate about the arts and literature have a varied artistic background in music and drama. Outside of school, my two not-so little boys keep me very busy, we spend most of our time outdoors exploring and playing football. 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 (16) Harry (14) and Emma (10). I've really enjoyed working with our fantastic team for the last 6 years at Rode Heath and before that I spent 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.

Mrs Moss-Brookes

Mrs Moss-Brookes

Miss Moss-Pre-School Teaching Assistant:
Hi I'm Lisa. I'm extremely excited to start my sixth year at Rode Heath Pre-School and to be part of this dynamic team. Before I came to Pre-School I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mum to my three young children. Prior to that, I taught in a Primary School and thoroughly enjoyed teaching in Early Years classrooms. 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 afternoon Lead and Deputy Manager of All Stars club:
I am very excited to be starting my 6th year at Rode Heath Pre-School. I will be leading at Pre-school on Wed/Thurs and Friday afternoons and I am so looking forward to leading the team at our fabulous All Stars breakfast and after school clubs, for another successful year. I have had many years working with young children and recently started working with children with additional needs. I am a qualified 'Relax Kids' Coach which enables me to teach children to learn to manage their emotions through play.

Miss Belcher

Miss Belcher

Miss Belcher All Stars and Pre-School assistant:
Hi I'm Kerry, I live in the village very close to school with my partner and daughter Chloe (5) who currently attends Reception class. I'm based in the All Stars breakfast and after school club. I've spent the last two to three years gaining my Early Years Practitioner qualifications at Rode Heath and now I can assist in Pre-school and help the youngest children to transition into club. I am always there to help each child and support them and their families, both early in the morning and into the evening.



Welcome back SummerTerm 2024


Our topic for SummerTerm 2 is Pond life and Who's egg is it? Please see our topic web attched below for further informationWe have planned lots of lovely learning experiences and are excited to begin the next stage of our learning adventure together. Each week we will discover new information about different reptiles and birds that lay eggs, their habitats and how they hatch and grow. Plaese look out for information about our 'hens eggs' arriving in Pre-School on Monday the 10th of June and keep up to date update on your Child's Learning Journey as they hatch and grow.

Each child will have the opportunity to take care of our chicks, feeding them and caring for them.


Routines, Reminders & Messages

  • Chicks eggs arrive in Pre-School Monday the 10th of June, please complete the consent box on Scopay and donation when it goes live on Monday 10th of June
  • Pre-School Graduation/Leavers Celebration - Thursday the 4th of July at 2:15pm. You will recieve further information about this via letter, all Pre-School children going up to Reception are invited to take part.
  • Graduation Photos- Look out for the letter and order form for your child's Graduation photo, we will be dressing each child in a hat and gown for the photo!
  • Move-Up Days - The children going to Reception in September will be spending some time with their new teachers this half-term.  They will visit on Wednesday 19th June, 26th June and 3rd July.  All visits will take place during the school day
  • Book Bags- Last few weeks taking a new book home to read. Please look out for the memo when we will be requesting books back and ensuring all news books are shared and returned to you.
  • Phase 1 Phonics- We will be learning about how to 'blend pure sounds' together to create each word we have segmented. We will learn how to blend them togther to say the word. Each week I will add a list of words that we have been practising in our sessions, you will find this in your child's news and phonics book
  • Tapestry If you are new to Rode Heath Pre-School then please look out for an email with instructions on how to get started. As always, please let us know if you have any problems..

Our Learning Journey

Week Commencing : Monday 17th of June 2024

'This week we will explore... What does a chick eat? 

Untitled design (1).pngCommunication & Language:

This week we will discover a variety of new rhyming words and phrases through the story of 'Five Little Chicks' by Nancy Tafuri. We will practise saying these rhyming phrases containing words such as: Peep and eat, bug and shrugsquirm and worm, and so on. We will practise finishing the repetative phrases of the story such as...'Peep, what can I eat?'. We will also enjoy learning about the life cycle of a chicken and the practise saying scientific names of each part. 

We will ask questions about the chicks that have arrived at Pre-School and talk about the Brooder Box  and how it will keep our chicks warm while the chick's grow, eat and drink. We will make plans to build a safe play area for them and think about what food we can prepare to feed them. We will share rules about how to keep them safe and how to hold them carefully and to keep ourselves clean.

Physical Development.jpgPhysical Development:

This week we will create our own rhyming page, cutting around the pictures from our rhyming game using the words hen, pen, ten. We will focus on control to cut curved lines, turning our paper and checking the  the position on our hands and fingers. We will also enjoy creating chicky playdough, snipping and rolloing to create tiny chick faces and feaathers

This half-term we will practise moving to music as we get ready for our leaver's performance called 'Croak'. Each week we will listen to a different piece of music that depicts how frogs move, bees and dragonflies soar and ladybirds dance.  We will sing new songs and learn new actions. We can't wait for you to see it!


This week we will enjoy the story 'Five little Chicks'by Nancy Tafuri. We will focus on the information we collect from the story and what we have learned about what chicks need to eat and how to keep them healthy. We will learn how to write our names using handwriting pencils in our name writing booklets and start at the top left-hand side of the page. We will even try a new challenge-sounding out 'CVC' words, tracing them and writing them down next to the correct picture such, pen, dog, cat and tap, how exciting! I'm very proud of everyone for all their amazing progress with mark making and letter formation. Well done!

Phonics tree.png Phonics:

This week we will have lots of fun practising the sounds that letters make in our CVC words, so our game this week called 'happy chick' will use our favourite book Hen's Pens to serach for the pictures that rhyme. We will practise segmenting like this p-e-n then blend back together  as we match the word to our picture cards. Please see the list of words provided for you to have fun with at home. Don't forget to pretend to be Metal Mike the robot to help you to 'sound talk' each word like this : h-e-n, then blend slowly like this.....h....e...n to 'stretch out' the word first before repeating once again, 'hen!'

Our rhyming words are: hen, pen, den, ten, men

clipart-numbers-Math6 (1).jpg  Mathematics:

This week we will explore what comes beore? We will practise counting along a number lines including using the song 10 green bottles. we wil  identify what comes before the number that they know. Can we count backwrds numbers form 5? what about counting backwrds from 10? 

 globe.png   Understanding the World:

This week we will continue to learn about our hens eggs and discuss how the chicks actually hatched out of their eggs. We will ask questions like;What happened inside the egg? What part of the body helps the chick to crack the egg. We will talk about the life-cycle and what will happen to the chick's feathers as they grow.

ead.png   Expressive Arts & Design:

This week we will enjoy comparing textures to discover the body parts of a chick and how we can use paint and crafts to make a chicks wings, legs and beak.


Our door is always open, please contact us for help at any time.  At busy times, please telephone to leave a message or email and we will respond as soon as we can.

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Rode Heath Primary School

Heath Avenue, Cheshire, ST7 3RY

Main Contact - Mr John Frankland

Tel: 01270 314414


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