Cake Sale

February 29, 2016

Thank you so much to everyone that donated and bought cakes on Friday. The sale was a huge success and Shining Stars managed to raise an AMAZING £130.50!!!!

We will update you with our new purchases once we have them.

Thank you once again for all of your continued support.

Weston Favell Primary School 10 year Anniversary

February 25, 2016

Weston Favell Primary school relocated from the village to this site 10 years ago!

At Shining Stars we are joining in with the celebrations with the following activities:

9.00 – 10.30 – Open Pre-school. Spend some time experiencing an every day session with your child.

9.30 – 10.00 – Singing Liz. Come and see what the children have been singing at Shining Stars.

Just a reminder our cake sale is also on Friday (26th February), we will be selling cakes to all the school children that have been made and donated by the Shining Stars parents. We are hoping to raise enough money to  buy some attachments for our very popular climbing frame!

Thank you for your support!

Shining Stars Cake Sale!!!!

February 24, 2016

Please get busy baking for our cake sale on Friday 26th February. We will be selling the cakes at 12pm, 1pm and at 3.15pm. We are hoping to raise as much money as possible! Please help!!!


Many Thanks

What a busy week!!!!!

February 12, 2016

At Shining Stars this week we have all been super busy!!!!!

We celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes and having races!! (joins in with customs and routines UW,  Recognises numerals 1 to 5 MD, Runs skilfully and negotiates space successfully PD)









We explored movement and the various ways of moving while having an end of term disco! Shining Stars had some fabulous moves! L even tried to teach her teachers the Cha Cha Slide and how to do the splits!! (Creates movement in response to music EAD, Imitates movement in response to music EAD)

















We spent a while preparing the vegetable patches ready for planting after half term. ( Notices detailed features of objects in their environment UW, Can talk about some of the things they have observed UW)


Busy Builders

January 29, 2016


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This week we have been learning to use our imaginations in the role play area and have been building all sorts of amazing things.

This week we have been learning to use our imaginations in the role play area and have been building all sorts of amazing things.  (Constructs with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources EAD)

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We thought about what we wanted to build and drew a plan.

We thought about what we wanted to build and drew a plan. (Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw LD)



This week we have been busy builders. We made a plan of what we wanted to build before using our communication skills (Uses talk to connect ideas CLD)  to help us work together to construct towers, houses, bridges and all sorts of other amazing things with the resources we could find.  ( Uses available resources to create props to support role play EAD)

A magic box also appeared in Shining Stars this week. When we put 2-D shapes inside it and said a magic word, the magic turned them into 3-D shapes. These were a cube, cuboid, pyramid, cylinder, sphere and a cone. Can you find any of these at home? (Beginning to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes MD)


December 4, 2015

I have received a request from a parent who wishes me to publish the Prayers we use at Shining Stars:

The Lunchtime Prayer

Bless us oh God as we sit together,

Bless the food we eat today,

Bless the hands that make our food,

Bless us oh God,


The Hometime Prayer

We thank you for a lovely day,

We’ve done some work and had a play,

As we go home for our tea,

God bless you and God bless me,



The Nativity!!!

December 4, 2015

This week the childrens hard work paid off with our performance of “The Nativity” the children were amazing having learnt all of the words and actions to the songs, ( sings a few familiar songs, beginning to move rhythmically EAD.)







Most of the children enjoyed the thrill of dressing up and performing on stage. We possibly have a few future stars among us!  (Creates movement in response to music EAD,  Dresses with help PD)












Space, Rockets and Fireworks!!! Whoosh!

November 16, 2015

At Shining Stars we have spent the last two weeks learning about space, rockets and fireworks. Some children created some fabulous fireworks pictures with glitter,  (Can talk about some of the things they have observed UW) these can be seen on display in Shining Stars.

We used foil and paint to make moon boot prints to hang in Shining Stars, this was an activity the children thoroughly enjoyed, we all got extremely messy, walking with paint on our boots was far more difficult than we had imagined! (Experiments with blocks, colours and marks EAD)








Our home corner became a rocket and we had such fun counting down to blast off (Recites some number names in sequence MD)  then flying to the moon and occasionally Mars.



Some children loved making control panels for their space rockets (Making the most of available resources EAD)






After listening to the story Whatever Next D put the colander on his head and said “I’m going to the moon!” (Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall LD)



This week we will start to look at vehicles and then its straight into Christmas activities and practice practise practise for the Nativity!








Singing Liz!

October 16, 2015


The children have fantastic opportunities within their Expressive Arts development when they visit Singing Liz each week…..

The session starts off with a lovely hello song, this term some of the children are even learning how to say hello in different languages! Ask your children if they know how to say hello in French or Hindi, let us know if they can remember!

m8m24Here the children are using some stretchy elastic to develop skills in singing fast and slow, this song is a particular favourite of AM’s he loves to try and sing faster each week!!

The children are also practising listening to the number of beats in their name and patterns in their songs. We use a tambourine when we are with Singing Liz and take turns listening to each other (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) The children could practise this at home by clapping – (e.g. sing – ing – Liz would be three claps) see if your child can practise with other words as well as their name this will help them when developing pre reading skills if they can segment words (Literacy Development)


We have also been singing action songs to exercise our fingers and thumbs, and using the instruments to make loud and quiet sounds!



At the end of the session, the children take it in turns to use Singing Liz’s tick tock to say good-bye – This week EO was chosen for her continual effort in trying to learn the songs and actions and JB was also chosen for his enthusiasm and increased confidence with Singing Liz this week! Well Done!


Enjoying the sunshine!

October 2, 2015

This week we have been blessed with glorious sunshine and at Shining Stars we have certainly made the most of it! 100_0911

Characteristics of effective learning: Showing high levels of energy. The children certainly showed this characteristic when climbing, balancing and racing down the slide together.









In the mud kitchen we enjoyed searching for worms, showing high levels of fascination (CEL). M said “Look I’ve found a worm, its wiggling and tickling my hand, we need to put him back now and cover him over coz he likes living under mud.” (Using senses to explore the world around them CEL)


We had a lovely afternoon on the school field using the playchute. The children had to listen to instructions, for example “if you are wearing red run under the playchute” and act accordingly.  Shining Stars enjoyed this immensely, the activity produced lots of laughs and giggles! (Paying attention to detail CEL)

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Please use our blog to prompt conversation at home with your children, if they talk about what they have been up to at Shining Stars we would love to hear about it on here.

Next we will give you an insight as to what the children have been learning with Singing Liz……..