Children in need

November 23rd, 2019 by

What a day we had!! We were dressed in non uniform. We started the day with Joe Wicks for the Big Morning Move. Then we painted toast for snack some was yellow!

North East Bikers against bullying

November 23rd, 2019 by

The school children organised an Anti-Bullying play, wrote to BBC, North East Bikers against Bullying and Liz Twist MP to launch our new Anti-Bullying charter which will be taken to London in March by the School Council.

Pre school had the chance to sit on some of the North East Bikers bikes! They were very noisy!!

Hand washing

November 23rd, 2019 by

With all these winter bugs we practiced our hand washing skills – well done Pre school

Play dough

November 23rd, 2019 by

Playdough is something else that helps develop our fine motor skills. Manipulating the playdough strengthens our muscles too – by rolling, pushing, patting and squashing it.

Mark making

November 23rd, 2019 by

Using paintbrushes, pens and pencils


November 23rd, 2019 by

We build up our muscles with lots of different activities

We love building!

November 23rd, 2019 by

The children seem to love building, using lots of different resources

Autumn walk

November 7th, 2019 by

On Wednesday we went on an autumn walk, out of school and into Byermoor. The children saw “flowers” “apples in the tree” “some berries” “leaves, they were green”  and they jumped in puddles – “the puddles were muddy”

Bonfire & Firework snack

November 6th, 2019 by

We made firework biscuits, mixing our own brightly coloured icing – delicious!

Bonfire & Fireworks art

November 6th, 2019 by

The children have been making firework pictures using lots of different resources. They used crayons, paint, chalk, sponges to paint with and splash painting outside.

We asked the children about fireworks how they look and sound. “They bang and they make sparkles with different colours” “you see them outside in the sky when it’s dark” they are.. “colourly” and “sparkly”
Sounds – “bang”

We also spoke about safety with fire works “you have to stand back because they might hit you”

Amazing Art

November 4th, 2019 by

The whole school have come together for Art Day! In Pre-school we looked at land art using natural resources such as conkers, berries, coloured leaves, twigs and pine cone. We painted autumn trees, did bark rubbings and made our own autumn leaves. When the display is finished in school I will post a photo!



November 4th, 2019 by

This week the children have had lots of spooky activities in Pre-school. We’ve scooped out pumpkins, made some Halloween art, read stories – favourites seem to be – Peppa’s Pumpkin Party and That’s not my bat!

Autumn painting

October 19th, 2019 by

We’re are still having lots of fun painting with our leaves, sticks and cones ….

Sunny autumn days

October 19th, 2019 by

We like to spend time outdoors, wrapped up with our hats on to keep warm.


October 19th, 2019 by

The children seem to have a keen interest in building – it might be a tall tree house or a tower – but they’re always safe – wearing their hi vis jackets, safety goggles and hat!! There’s always lots of talk – how high can we build it, what shapes can we see, is it big or little, how can we make it taller.

Space Rocks!!!

October 11th, 2019 by

Space rocks in our water tray!!

We watched for changes – first to the rocks then the water.

They fizzed, smelt lovely and looked like a rainbow.

What do we do at Pre-school?

October 11th, 2019 by

Here are a few photos from this week….


Autumn walk

October 11th, 2019 by

This week the children went on an autumn walk – collecting leaves and twigs for our craft area. Thank you to parents who have sent in autumn treasures for us to use for our ‘amazing art day’.


Fitness Friday

October 5th, 2019 by

The children love Mr Evans’ visits. This week we practised sitting in a space then running with giant steps – some children said it was like being elephants and dinosaurs! Then we used quiet steps – like mice. Next the children moved in different ways – walking, running, jumping, galloping, side-stepping. Well done to you all.

Number play

October 5th, 2019 by

The children have been using our magnetic numbers – to trace numbers, developing their fine motor skills!

Library box

October 5th, 2019 by

The children love looking through our library box to choose stories to share at home.

Reception building works

October 5th, 2019 by

We’ve been watching the workmen and trying to guess what they are building Some children thought it could be a bouncy castle but now some are thinking a roller coaster!!!

Trikes and Scooters

September 30th, 2019 by

Today we took our trikes and scooters onto the yard.

Indoor play

September 27th, 2019 by

We are still exploring the classroom, making friends, taking turns and sharing.

Autumn arts & crafts

September 27th, 2019 by

We have been using autumn colours in our painting, we’ve decorated leaves for our display and next week we’re going on an autumn walk.


September 27th, 2019 by

The children seem to enjoy being outdoors!

Footy stars!

September 23rd, 2019 by

It’s great having so much space to run around.

Nursery rhymes in the sun

September 21st, 2019 by

One of our favourites – The farmer’s in his dell

Making biscuits

September 21st, 2019 by

We made some delicious biscuits for snack – we loved getting messy!! We measured out the ingredients. We mixed them all together. We patted and rolled, then we all chose a cutter.

Exploring Forest School

September 17th, 2019 by

We are learning the routine of staying safe in forest school. We have been practcing sitting around the fire circle. We did our sound map – where we close our eyes and listen for sounds. We climbed trees and fixed the willow fence.

Soft Play!

September 17th, 2019 by

Fitness Friday with Mr Evans!

September 14th, 2019 by

On Friday, we met Mr Evans. During our session we ran, listened to instructions, jumped onto coloured spots and had lots of fun – even if we were a bit tired afterwards.

Introduction to forest school

September 11th, 2019 by

This term we have our forest school session on Tuesdays. The children put on their showerproof trousers, wellies and hi-vis jackets and off they went. Anne explained to them all ‘how to be safe in forest school’. They sat around the fire circle for a sound map – this is where they close their eyes and listen to the sounds they can hear. Then explored the area

Hall time fun

September 11th, 2019 by

The children love choosing things to do for themselves. They ran, skipped, jumped, bounced, rolled!!



RSPB visit to Little Hearts

May 11th, 2019 by

We’ve had a super busy exciting morning. Jill from the RSPB came into Pre-school, as part of the schools Outreach programme (in association with Aldi).
The first activity was ‘Sensing the world’. We had our colour spotter sheet and our special bag and off we went. We explored all of the schools grounds looking for natural things that were different colours. Next we looked for things we could smell.
Our next activity was ‘wild habitats’. Again we explored under, over, inside, down below and up looking for mini beasts. We had bug viewers, magnifying glasses and a paint brush. The paint brush we used to be gentle moving the mini beasts. We were very careful putting them back. We found a spider, ant, ladybird, woodlice, slugs, snail and a beetle. We worked together in pairs to look for the mini beasts. What a great morning.

Our plants

May 3rd, 2019 by

Our seeds are growing well – we’re taking care of them, making sure they have water and sunshine to help them grow.

Woodland Perspective for Platinum Award

May 3rd, 2019 by

We loved exploring the new area in the forest school. We talked about safety and what we can do and future plans including the bird hide. Our next activity for our Woodland Trust Platinum award is ‘Woodland Perspective’. So this week we started working towards this. Armed with our leaf spotting sheets we searched for different types of trees and leaves. We looked high and low!! We compared leaves to the images on the sheet. Good spotting Pre-school!!!

The Stick Man visits Forest School

May 3rd, 2019 by

We had a visitor in Forest school this week – The Stick Man decided to visit us but the children had to find him first!! He had lots of cuddles once we found him. Someone even found Mrs Stick Man!! Then some children looked for sticks to make their own. They then compared sizes to our Stick Man. Some even decided to change their Stick Men into Scarecrows and put them in our digging area.
The Stick Man and The Scarecrows Wedding – two great stories.


March 27th, 2019 by

This afternoon we used open ended resources and gave the children a CHALLENGE!
They were asked to use the resources to make anything they could think of – using their imagination and teamwork.
Some of the things the children made were, “a slide” “a road” “owen” “a house” “a bed” “an aeroplane” “a place for the aeroplane to land” “a train station” and a “choo choo train”
Everyone got a certificate at the end of the challenge for taking part and doing a fantastic job.

Day 10 – Chick update

March 27th, 2019 by

Today we have been comparing the sizes of the chicks as they are growing everyday, so we decided we would measure ourselves and our friends helped to hold the metre measuring stick.

Terracycle – Recycle Plastic to make your School Fantastic!

March 25th, 2019 by

We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!

Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.

The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.

There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.

Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.


Big Clean Up by Little Hearts and Reception

March 25th, 2019 by

This week our Little Hearts and Reception teams took to the yard to begin our clean up. Armed with litter pickers, the children and staff made a fantastic start trying to help clear our yard and field area. This is the first of many clean ups that will be happening over the coming weeks. If you would like to help us in this then please let us know. For our final big clean up (Thursday 4th April) we are opening our invitations to parents and families who are free from 11am. All you need is a sturdy pair and shoes and a pair of thick gardening gloves. We look forward to seeing you there!

Big Clean Up

March 24th, 2019 by

We joined with reception class for the Big Clean Up. We walked all around the school grounds looking for and picking up rubbish. Well done to you all. Even when we’re on holidays we join in too!!! Thank you


Living eggs

March 24th, 2019 by

We have hatching eggs in Pre-school. We have watched and waited patiently for our eggs to hatch – and now we have 6 chicks!!!


Spring is here

March 24th, 2019 by

We started our spring cleaning! We tidied up the flower beds and planted some new flower seeds. We cleared up the other beds too – and planted some potatoes.

Red Nose Day 2019

March 24th, 2019 by

For Red Nose Day we have had a cupcake challenge, pin the nose on Mr Tumble, pass the parcel and treasure hunt. We had to look for shiny, red, noisy and round things. Then for snack we decorated biscuits with red noses and had strawberry milkshake and strawberry jelly.

Forest School

March 8th, 2019 by

Pre-school are revamping the forest school area and this week we received two very kind donations. From The National Trust at Gibside we received some tree stumps and from the Tulip family some wood chippings – thank you very much.
Anne, has some fantastic plans for forest school and this afternoon the children began helping with some changes. They helped to prepare our new path into the fire circle. They helped to dig up the grass and flatten the ground where they had been digging. Other jobs to do include planting new willow into the existing fence, repairing fence posts and creating a bird hide area.
Well done to you all

World Book Day 2019

March 8th, 2019 by

Our chosen story for World Book Day was ‘Pirates in Pyjamas’. We all came dressed in our pyjamas. We had a busy morning making pirate hats, paper plate pirates and joining in with a parade in school. We had a ‘Book Swap’ where everyone brought in a book to swap with their friends – well done Pre-school for sharing your stories. Then during the afternoon the children could make treasure maps, design a pirate flag and lots of other pirate activities.

Road Safety

February 14th, 2019 by

We had a walk up into Byermoor to practice road safety as some children had been talking about holding hands to cross the road and not to run.The children showed a good understanding of stop and go. We had some road signs to help us too. Wonder if the children can spot road signs when they’re next out with their families. They were able to wait next to the kerb and they knew
“you don’t cross the road behind a parked car”
They looked left and looked right and even managed to find a horse!!
Well done to you all.

Valentines Day

February 14th, 2019 by

For Valentines Day we made biscuits. The children mixed and patted dough, cut out into shapes including hearts. They made pink icing, then added marshmallows and Love Heart sweets
Happy Valentines Day from Little Hearts

RNLI visit

February 8th, 2019 by

This morning we had a visit from Tom & Elliott from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). They talked to the children about their job roles as ‘lifeguards’. We watched a video about real life rescues and even saw a dog being rescued. The children answered lots of questions. We danced to the ‘Hold Tight, Hand Up’ song. Some children volunteered to be dressed up in the uniforms and some of the equipment lifeguards use to keep us safe.


January 23rd, 2019 by

There’s been lots of talk about birds this week as we are taking part in RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We’ve been curious to know where birds live, what they eat, why are they different colours. The children have made indoor bird boxes and paper plate birds. Some have drew birds and their houses too.

Soft Play

January 23rd, 2019 by

Soft play fun – we love how the children make up their own games

Builders, Engineers, Designers, Architects, Surveyors of the future!!!

January 23rd, 2019 by

Fruity snack

January 18th, 2019 by

Children love helping and doing things for themselves. So some prepared snack and even tidied up. They made a delicious fruit salad, washed down by yummy strawberry or banana milkshake.

Amazing art!!

January 18th, 2019 by

This years group of children seem to love anything to do with arts & crafts. Today they decided to create some masterpieces. They made their own drawings. We had a “treasure map” “peter rabbit pulls a dirty carrot” “big flower and treasure map” “mammy and daddy” “the blue is the sky and the grey is the stars”

First Snow Day of 2019

January 17th, 2019 by

We walked to forest school to find the snow. Next we went onto the yard. The children said “its like a penguins home” and they walked like penguins. Look at us…  “penguins walk sideways”
We made patterns with our wellies in the snow, made snow angels, played on the bikes and scooters and threw snow into the air.
Some children didn’t have gloves, so had to wear socks on their hands, otherwise they would have stayed in – they thought this was very funny
The snow was ‘crunchy’ and ‘bumpy’.
They made a snowman, called ‘Fifi the rainbow snowman’ it needed a small carrot  and two eyes.

1st snowfall of 2019!!

January 17th, 2019 by

We were super excited to see the snow falling and couldn’t wait to get outside.

Please remember mittens and hats, the children love outdoor play but they need to be warm too.


Crumpets & Toast!!!

January 17th, 2019 by

Today for snack we had crumpets and toast or ‘Trumpets and toast’ as Pre-school called it.

The children said it ‘tasted nice’, ‘feels soft’, ‘I like jam’, ‘I like butter’, ‘mines melting lovely’

Just what we needed on a cold wintry day



Blustery Byermoor

January 16th, 2019 by

What do you do on a windy day in Byermoor? The children decided to fly kites but first they had to make them. Then they had lots of fun running with them, then flying them.

Spring clean!!

January 16th, 2019 by

We’re having a little change around outdoors, starting our spring clean!! Look at our super strong helpers …

Outdoor play

January 11th, 2019 by

Pre-school children are so full of energy and they love outdoor play.

New Year, New term

January 11th, 2019 by

Welcome back to all of our children and families. The children have come back into Pre-school full of energy and ready to start the spring term. Some children have had a keen interest in all things trains! They wanted to make a train track and a station…

Christmas Party

December 13th, 2018 by

Little Hearts and reception class had their Christmas party today. We danced, laughed, played party games and ate party food (Thank you to Janice & Danielle our kitchen staff). It was lovely seeing the two classes together having lots of fun.
(Sorry for the blurry photos but we can’t stay still while we’re dancing!!)

Christmas Enterprise Fayre

November 29th, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas craft fayre. The children did really well helping out on the stall. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon – we did

Odd socks to Pudsey

November 16th, 2018 by

We started the week with Odd Socks Day and ended it with Children in Need …..

Peter the scarecrow

November 9th, 2018 by

After listening to the story Megs Veg and seeing a scarecrow, the children had lots of questions about scarecrows. They did a scarecrow dance, acted being a scarecrow, then decided to draw one. “What does the hat sit on – A head. A scarecrow has a hat on his head, lips, 2 eyes, a scarf, 2 legs, arms, knees and hands. It’s made of straw”

We used straw and  glue to stick it on our scarecrow – “The glue is like whipped cream”

Weather Monkey

November 9th, 2018 by

The weather in Byermoor can change drastically from one day to the next. Yesterday was sunny but today is freezing cold. Mr Naughton often says “Byermoor has its own weather system”. Yesterday some of the children wanted to dress our weather monkey. They named him Jack. They gave him a sun hat, sunglasses to protect his eyes from the sun and crocs on his feet. We think he looks great – but definately not dressed for todays weather.

Bonfire Night

November 6th, 2018 by

We hope you all enjoyed bonfire night whether you were at an organised display or in your garden. The children have loved telling us all about the fireworks they have seen – the colours and the noises. Yesterday they made some very colourful pictures – and added their own sound effects – Bang, Pop, Woosh, Ooooo!!! They knew we only see fireworks at night, when it’s dark.

Autumn leaves fun….

October 31st, 2018 by

Forest School

October 17th, 2018 by

We’ve had five weeks practicing around the fire circle, but this morning we had our first fire. The children’s listening was fantastic and they knew how to keep safe. We toasted marshmallows and had apples & bananas dipped in melted chocolate – “the marshmallows were yummy and nice”. The fire was “red & orange” and it made a “popping” sound. How do we stay safe? – “We have gloves on. Turn away and close our eyes if the smoke gets in our eyes”

Autumn Friendship tree

October 12th, 2018 by

With our wonderful autumn leaves we made a friendship tree.

Mr Evans

October 12th, 2018 by

Mr Evans visits us on Friday mornings. Today was his birthday. Mrs McCarron kindly let us give him a present out of her treat box. The children had lots of fun listening to and following instructions. Then going under, over, on top of and next to the benches.
Happy Birthday Mr Evans!

Musical instruments

October 12th, 2018 by

Using conkers, rice, pasta and leaves we made musical instruments – we had to check sizes to make sure they fit into our bottles.

Forest school

October 11th, 2018 by

In forest school yesterday the children continued to explore the area. They were using some of their senses such as sight, touch and smell. When they were feeling the grass they thought it felt crunchy and soft, warm, cold and sticky. It smelt nice – someone even spotted a massive snake (don’t worry it was just a stick). They talked about different grass they could see and that daddy cuts the grass.

Autumn art

October 11th, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who collected leaves, conkers, sticks etc. The children have had great fun looking at and using it all. Thy sorted it all into groups, they looked at colours and sizes too.

Non uniform Day

October 5th, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who donated to CAFOD for our Brighten Up Day. The children all looked fab in their bright clothes

PE fun!!

October 5th, 2018 by

This morning we had lots of fun playing the traffic light game with Mr Evans.




October 5th, 2018 by

On Thursday we went on a walk to look for signs of autumn. We collected leaves and sticks. We found leaves in the forest school. They were red, yellow, green and brown and because it’s autumn they had fell off the trees.

I will write but ……

October 3rd, 2018 by

Here we are making marks, using paint brushes & pens, using how fingers to build and construct, and looking at words and letters.

Forest school

October 3rd, 2018 by

This afternoon in forest school, some of the children used loppers to cut the willow. They fixed the established willow, using cuttings to make the fence. They used tools to make a hole in the ground to put the willow in. They added soil and water to help it to grow. Then the remaining willow was put in a watering can, with water, to keep it alive. Well done Pre-school – you had a busy afternoon.

Parent lunch

October 3rd, 2018 by

The children loved sharing lunch time with their grown ups today – they even made sure they ate all of their lunch before having a pudding!! There will be other opportunities to come into school and have a lunch with your child as the year progresses.


Autumn walk

September 28th, 2018 by

On Thursday Pre-school children had a walk to explore Byermoor. We put on our hi-vis jackets and set off. It was a lovely sunny day. We talked about what we could see.

Some children looked at the different coloured leaves falling off the trees because it is autumn. They talked about not eating the berries on the trees because the birds eat the berries. They even spotted a tractor ploughing the fields and an airplane high in the sky.

Forest School

September 26th, 2018 by

Today the children visited forest school. They visited in three separate groups. Before the even get to the forest school we talk about what clothing we should wear. The children have wellies, waterproof trousers and yellow hi-vis jackets to wear
We have a forest school friend and the children have named him Sam. He comes with us and we help Sam to stay safe while we are there. We practised toasting our marshmallow sand how we should sit holding the toasting stick.
We talked about what it will be like when there is a camp fire in the forest school, how to stand and how to be safe around it. We need to be careful ‘because we will get burnt and its very hot’

Welcome to Pre-school

September 23rd, 2018 by

The children have been with us three weeks and they are settling really well into Little Hearts. They have had a tour of the school to visit places that will become familiar to them. They have had PE with Mr Evans. They have enjoyed soft play. They have been introduced to forest school. They have had a non uniform day to raise vital funds for Jeans for Genes. They are staying for lunches and having school meal as well as packed lunches. They have made (and ate) biscuits They have explored indoors and outdoors. They have visited church for a look around and for a welcome mass. They have took part in a fire drill.

WOW – and it is only three weeks into the term.

Well done Pre-school


July 3rd, 2018 by

Healthy Teeth

June 26th, 2018 by

Following on from our healthy eating week, we have been looking at how to keep our teeth healthy. We talked about using a toothbrush to clean our teeth and how you can get different sizes. Some children ‘switch on their toothbrush’. We discussed why we clean our teeth – ‘if we didn’t they would be dirty and fall out’. We counted how many teeth the children have and how many an adult has. If we eat too many sweets our teeth will go black and rotten. We clean our teeth in a morning and at bedtime. A brace is used to keep your teeth straight.
They then listened to stories about visiting a dentist.
Well done Pre-school – you know how to look after your teeth!!!

Forest School

June 21st, 2018 by

Today in forest school, the children have been very busy. They have used tools to fix the willow fence. They have been leaf and flower spotting, as well as bug hunting. They made mud to jump in muddy puddles, then made delicious looking mud pies. Just before lunch, they spotted a huge black rain cloud!!!

We’re going on a bear hunt

June 20th, 2018 by

Following on from our story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ we had our own bear hunt in the forest school today. We went through long wavy grass, a deep cold river, thuck oozy mud, a big dark forest, a swirling whirling snowstorm, a narrow gloomy cave – and we found a bear!!!! “We’re so lucky, we found a bear”

We have lots of names for the bear – Sophie, Emily, Emmy, Teddy, Ted, Jessica, Tizzy and Terry!!!!!

Healthy Eating Week

June 16th, 2018 by

Last week we had our healthy eating week. As well as our delicious pick & mix fruit sale, here are some of the other activities we did.
We looked at foods and decided if they were healthy or non healthy.
We picture matched lots of different foods.
We did exercise to keep us healthy, with a health & fitness DVD.
We had a food quiz.
We made a picture collage of healthy and non healthy foods.
We had a food tasting session.


June 13th, 2018 by

The children wanted a waterfall!!! So they got guttering, cable reels, tyres, giant dishes and a watering can – and they got their waterfall.

Fruit Sale

June 13th, 2018 by

Thank you to EVERYONE who supported our fruit sale today – either by donating fruit or children buying a cup.
Tomorrow Pre-school are doing food tasting – all part of our healthy eating week

Favourite things to do

June 10th, 2018 by

Exploring sand/water, building, role playing, exploring, painting – all things we love to do in Pre-school


Outdoor play

June 10th, 2018 by

We like to climb and balance!!!

Forest School

May 20th, 2018 by

Forest School – in the sunshine. The children love exploring!!!

Royal Wedding

May 20th, 2018 by

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend – celebrating the Royal Wedding, enjoying the sunshine, spending time with family.
On Friday we celebrated the Royal Wedding by making flags and crowns. We decorated biscuits with red, white and blue icing, we had a delicious picnic lunch and spent lots of time outdoors.

Apple tree

May 8th, 2018 by

Plant Pots

May 8th, 2018 by

This morning we made plant pots using newspaper. We talked about sizes – more and less. They planted sunflower seeds in their pots that they had labelled.

Fun Run

May 4th, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Lenten fun run this morning – either by joining or cheering us on. The children all did fantastically well – we couldn’t keep up with them! Miss Barrass got us started with a brilliant warm up, then off we went. Well done to everyone.
Thank you for the sponsor money that has already been sent in, any remaining, can this please be sent in next week. Thank you

Jack & the Beanstalk

May 3rd, 2018 by

We planted beans in trays in the classroom and today we planted them outside in the forest school. We listened to the story ‘Jack & the Beanstalk, sitting around the fire circle we spoke about the story and the characters. We talked about what would help our beans to grow.


May 3rd, 2018 by

We have been using the iPad today to explore quantities – more and less. The children loved using the iPads to explore numbers in a fun, different way.


May 1st, 2018 by

We are looking after our seeds by watering them – can’t wait till they grow!!

Forest school

May 1st, 2018 by

In forest school today the children were looking for ‘treasure’. To each child, treasure was something different. It was flowers, insects, grass, leaves,sticks, worms, buttercups!!! The children all collected their own treasure.

A visit from Clarks

April 30th, 2018 by

Today we had a very special visitor – Emma from Clarks in the Metro Centre. As you will know we have a shoe shop – the children love trying on different shoes, wellies, slippers. Emma came in today and measured all of the children’s feet. She put them all at ease and explained what she was doing. She left us lots of things for our shoe shop – shoe boxes, tickets, price labels, magazines. Thank you to Clarks, Emma and Tara for organising this.


April 26th, 2018 by

We visited church today. We looked at different patterns and shapes. We talked about how we walk into church and how we sit. Well done Pre-school

Summer fun

April 22nd, 2018 by

What a difference the sunny, warm weather makes. The children have loved exploring outdoors and the forest school.

Easter Eggs

March 29th, 2018 by

Today was our Easter egg competition – well done to all the children in Pre-school. The eggs were ALL amazing. Our winners were 1st – Kai, 2nd – Daisy, 3rd – Lenny


Easter egg hunt

March 28th, 2018 by

Yesterday we had a Easter egg hunt.
The children looked for numbered eggs and put them in the correct numbered pot. Next the children looked for eggs – there was lots of problem solving as there was only one chick and one egg for each child. They had to share to make sure everyone got them. Then the Easter Bunny surprised us all by leaving chocolate eggs.

Outdoors in the sun!!

March 26th, 2018 by

After a busy morning of mass, then the penny challenge it was nice to get outdoors this afternoon and enjoy the sunshine!!


Penny Challenge

March 26th, 2018 by

Today was our annual Lenten Penny Challenge. The sun was out and the yard was packed with children & staff eager to get started with their line of pennies. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, parishioners and family members who came to support and help us. Father Dixon was judge for the best/longest line – Congratulations to year 4!

Outdoor fun!!

March 25th, 2018 by

Soft play fun!!

March 25th, 2018 by


March 25th, 2018 by

Last week some of our indoor activities included: matching pairs game, water play, painting and drawing some of our favourite places to visit

Forest school

March 13th, 2018 by

Forest school – the children have had a lovely muddy afternoon. They have had lots of fun ‘squelching in the mud’, climbing up trees, playing in the mud and playing hide & seek.

Fun in the snow

March 12th, 2018 by

In Pre-school the children have enjoyed playing in the last remains of snow. They’ve built with it, climbed up and painted it!!
They had lots of fun experimenting with colours
“Red & yellow make orange” “I’ve got green & red. It’s making brown” “Its made a rainbow”

World Book Day

March 12th, 2018 by

On Friday we celebrated World Book Day and Rainbow Day. The children had some fantastic costumes and lots of colourful clothes. During the morning we had an assembly. Then in the afternoon we visited Miss Wise & Miss Barras (Reception class), Mrs McCarron (year 1) and Miss Bray (year 2) for lots of crafts relating to different stories. What a busy day…..


February 25th, 2018 by

Indoors we like to paint, play in the water, sand, build

Outdoor play

February 25th, 2018 by

The weather is really cold but we still spend time outdoors. So please make sure your child has a warm coat, mittens/gloves and a hat.Here is a snapshot of some of last weeks outdoor play.


February 25th, 2018 by

We finished off our volcano experiments in the forest school

Hunting for treasure!!!

February 25th, 2018 by

We wrapped up and visited the forest school hunting for treasure. We talked about using metal detectors and keeping safe. Then we went exploring – we found lots of metal – coins and cutlery.


February 6th, 2018 by

Some children were making volcanoes in the sand and they wanted to know more!!! So we looked on the internet at volcanoes then we decided to make our own…..
“It shoots lava out” “It’s hot” “Fire, lava and smoke comes out” and “It smells like bread”

Big Garden Birdwatch – Day five

January 26th, 2018 by

Our final day of the Big Garden Birdwatch with the RSPB. We finished the week with a lovely walk around the school grounds, using our binoculars. What did you see? – “birds, birds nest, car and lorry” What was the birds nest made of? – “sticks, eggs, mud, straw and worms” Where will we hang our bird food? – “in the tree”


Big Garden Birdwatch – Day four

January 25th, 2018 by

Day 4 – Big Garden Birdwatch. Today we have made binoculars.
“We need two together to make binoculars, not one”
What do we use binoculars for -“To look for things”, “To look for the nest”, “We looking for animals”, “See birds” and “I’ll find birds at my house”

Big Garden Birdwatch – Day Three

January 24th, 2018 by

Day 3 – Big Garden Birdwatch. Today’s activities were a matching game, looking at sizes of birds and dot to dot. Some things we are observing about birds :
“That’s a robin, Its got a red face” “Eagles look for food” “Snap – that’s the same blue tail” “The feathers look blacky grey”

Big Garden Birdwatch – Day Two

January 23rd, 2018 by

Day two of Big Garden Birdwatch – paper plate birds. Continuing with our birdwatch we spoke about where birds live ‘in trees’ and ‘they sleep in nests’. What do birds look like ‘they have eyes, wings and feathers’. Why do they eat worms – ‘because they are hungry’

Big Garden Birdwatch – Day One

January 22nd, 2018 by

Day one of Big Garden Birdwatch – we made bird feeders using orange skins, yoghurt pots and pine cones. We talked about why we feed birds and what food birds eat.
When making the food we talked about how it felt, how it smelt and what it looked like. This is what the children said “It felt squishy, hard, warm and sticky” ” It smelt like cheese, ice cream, crackers, butter” “The lard looked like butter and glue”

Learning through play

January 19th, 2018 by

Learning through play – developing our fine motor skills through mark making and building

Foggy walk

January 14th, 2018 by

Friday morning was very foggy and the children couldn’t see the school field. We wrapped up in our coats, hats and mittens put on our wellies and off we went for a walk. We practised road safety by looking both ways. We found some flowers that were wet and felt soft. We listened to different sounds such as birds, cars and dogs. We spotted a bus. Then the fog started to clear and we could see much better.

First week of 2018!!!

January 14th, 2018 by

Our first week back – Happy New Year to you all!! We’ve come back bursting with energy and great imaginations. We’re loving super heroes- making masks and back packs!, making dinosaur and animal worlds, painting, birthday cakes with playdough, water play, parachute play and so much more.

End to 2017 Celebration

December 21st, 2017 by

Once again can I thank all of Pre-school staff for our recent Ofsted OUTSTANDING rating. As well as thank you to our families (past & present), Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School and most importantly all of our Little Hearts children.

Christmas Celebration party

December 21st, 2017 by

Last Thursday we had our Christmas Celebration party. We had dancing, games, food and lots of cakes. We played musical bumps, pass the parcel, musical statues and Christmas corners.

Christmas biscuits

December 21st, 2017 by

We made delicious Christmas biscuits!!!

Mr Dixon

December 21st, 2017 by

Today Mr Dixon has dyed his hair rainbow colours with the help of Beth and Caitlin from Little Hearts. (They really didn’t hold
back!) All donations for this will go to the Mesothelioma UK Charitable Trust. You can donate cash to the school office.
The children watched as Mr Dixons hair changed from white to multicoloured – thinking he looked like a colourful unicorn.

Christmas Bear

December 21st, 2017 by

Maria from Whickham library came today too. She brought a special visitor – Christmas bear. The children all sat and listened to the story “Is it Christmas yet?”. They got to throw snowballs too. Thank you Maria for the gifts you gave the children

Mrs Claus

December 21st, 2017 by

We were outside singing songs – then what a surprise!!!
Mrs Claus visited us today with Fudge, Marble and Humbug, her Christmas goats. The children were super excited seeing them. Thank you to Animals About Town


Melissa and Clarissa!!!

December 12th, 2017 by

Today the children got to meet Melissa and Clarissa the donkeys who were here visiting for the school carol concert. The children all stroked them and watched them eating their dinner – some even sang Little Donkey!

Snowflakes in Byermoor!!!

November 28th, 2017 by

Ice cubes

November 23rd, 2017 by

Lots of ice play in the water tray. The children love exploring different colours, textures, smells. They had great fun holding the ice cubes and watching, feeling them melt.
some comments were “It’s freezing like my fridge at home”
“It’s ice and it’s made of water”
“When we hold it it turns to water”
“My hands are cold when I touch it”

Plant-a-thon round 2!

November 23rd, 2017 by

Absolutely massive thank you to the two parents that came to help us plant some more of our trees today, even in the pouring rain. Katie (REC), Grace (REC) and Daisy (Little Hearts) have each been given 5 dojos for their parents hard work. Thanks again to everyone that has been involved, whether that was by digging holes or my donating bulbs. It’s great to have such a supportive family community.

Lots of thanks,
Eco council

Letters & sounds

November 20th, 2017 by

Another letters & sounds activity was matching sounds. The children listened to sounds and patterns and tried to copy them using their instruments.

Our interests

November 20th, 2017 by

Following the children’s interests …. one little boy introduced a new game to Pre-school called rumble shake – there was lots of giggles as the characters bounced up out of the ring

Nursery Rhymes

November 20th, 2017 by

We love singing nursery rhymes with our friends and sharing stories …

November 20th, 2017 by

Last week we had our first open fire of the year. Over the last few weeks the children have been practising how to stay safe around the fire pit, in preparation for having the fire lit. They all listened very carefully to Anne as she explained the safety rules and what to do. They toasted marshmallows and cooked popcorn.
The children were asked “what did we use” – wood and hot flames when it was burning.
“How did we keep safe” – fire gloves so you don’t get burnt. If smoke blows in your face, out your hands on your face and close your eyes and turn away.
“What will we use to put the fire out” – water
“What is coming off the fire when water is added” – steam, smoke
“Why is the wood black” – it’s burnt

Letters & sounds

November 20th, 2017 by

Animal sound lotto was our letters and sound activity today…

Family Book

November 20th, 2017 by

The children love looking through our ‘family book’. If you have already sent photos – thank you. If not please email ( or send in no more than 6 photos to be added to our family book.

Children in Need 2017

November 20th, 2017 by

Thank you for your kind donations for Children in Need – we raised £24.00. On Friday we had a treasure hunt around school – looking for Pudseys footprints. We followed them all over school, until we found Pudsey and some chocolate teddy bears!!! For lunch, we had a teddy bears picnic with all our favourite soft toys.

World Kindness Day and World Nursery Rhyme Week

November 13th, 2017 by

This morning, we used our talking monkey to talk about kindness and added our thoughts to our kindness tree. We’ve also sung ‘row, row, row your boat’. Thank you for all your kind donations for our non uniform day.

Milk crates

November 10th, 2017 by

The children built a tractor out of the milk crates….

Letters and Sounds

November 10th, 2017 by

Transport lotto for letters & sounds. We listened to the sounds for police car, motorbikes, helicopter, fast train

New school field

November 10th, 2017 by

We have been exploring the new school field and playing around the trees