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Sport Relief 2020

What fun we had celebrating this years Sport Relief, the whole school came in wearing their sports gear and donating £1. Year 3 had thought up their own sports activities and games that Pre-School joined in with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 taking part in. 


A splash of colour

We have been busy planting up spring bulbs and plants into old welly boots that needed recycling to add a splash of colour outside our Pre-School. They are looking better and better with each extra sunny day...

Chinese New Year

Railway Children Pre-School had great fun finding out about Chinese New Year customs this year and fell in love with the idea of dragon dancing and the new year lion dances. This inspired us to create our very own dragon costume and work together to make our own performance.

Outdoor Learning

At Railway Children Pre-School we love being outdoors, and making the most of the beautiful area that we live in. Spring term has already been very busy with plenty of learning and listening walks, discovering the local stream and local footpaths. We have enjoyed lots of outdoor crafts and have recently made lots of bird feeders and fat balls which we have put up around the school garden for us all to enjoy the local birds. We have also been busy making our own binoculars to help us find the birds for the RSPB Big Birdwatch and have learnt how we can use mark making to help us count by creating our own versions of tally charts on our whiteboards.

Wassail, waisail, waisail!

Railway Children Pre-School have been busy learning the wassail song alongside Reception in our music lessons and got to join in and perform at the Stogumber School Wassail up at Beacon Field Community Orchard, even the sun was shining for us to 'toast' the trees.

Joint music lessons with Reception Class

Pre-School really enjoy joining up with the Reception class for our music lessons with Mrs Napper. We have been learning lots of new songs and actions and did so well that we then joined up with the Whole School Christmas Service at Stogumber Church singing some of the songs we have learnt this term.

Christmas fun at Deane Close

Pre-School enjoyed some festive cheer at Deane Close Community room on 11th December 2019, making paper garlands and Christmas crafts and performed some Christmas tunes to the residents. We also enjoyed a lovely performance by the hand bell ringers.

Baking fun

Pre-School enjoyed borrowing the Stogumber Reception classroom and kitchen to make some rather tasty fairy cakes. We had great fun learning about measuring along the way.

Visit to Deane Close Community Room 14th November

This was our first trip to Deane Close Community Room to visit the older residents of Stogumber in Deane Close. We were made to feel very welcome and the children really enjoyed sharing stories and games with the residents on their coffee morning. We are now looking forward to this being a regular monthly visit.

Our local Police Community Support Officer visit 11th November

Library Outreach Visit to Preschool 4th November

Our local library outreach officer reading the Wonky Donkey story to our Pre-Schoolers on our first visit. As the children really enjoyed our visitor, we have now arranged a regular visit once a month.

Fun with making Pumpkin Hedgehogs October 2019

Friday 18th October - Outdoor fun!


Great fun today making leaf boats and floating them down the stream, we may have got a little wet in the process...

Friday 18th October


Look what we have been making today... some super wands inspired by our story this week: Room on the Broom

Messy Tots visit Pre-School Tuesday 8th October

Reverend Angela and the Church Messy Tots session came over from their normal venue of Church House Crowcombe to Railway Children Pre-School this afternoon. We had lots of fun and look forward to our next sessions on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.


Railway Children Pre-School out and about, enjoying exploring our new surroundings in Stogumber...


Railway Children Pre-School move to Stogumber


We are excited to announce that over the school summer holidays Railway Children Pre-School moved over to our new location in the Village Hall next to Stogumber Primary School.


Here is a snapshot of our new setting interior...


Here is some feedback we received at the end of summer term 2019 from a valued parent:


We would like to take a moment to say a unimaginably massive thank you for the absolutely fantastic early years provision you have given our daughter over her time at railway children.

I work in a lot of settings and am yet to find any that is as focused, structured, supportive, fun! Or that is run by two such amazingly committed practitioners as yourselves. You should both be extremely proud of the way you have enabled children to access the world, social community, and education. Early years is often a poor partner to primary education and shouldn't be, it is arguably the most important part of a child's learning experiences, it sets the roots for the future.


We would like to thank our parents for their commitment to working in partnership with us and supporting us to offer such a wonderful, caring and stimulating experience for their child.

Leavers Party July 2019 - Pirate Day at Dunster Beach

Forest school. 18.10.18


Today in forest school we joined in with the older children. We played with the mud kitchen and made natural thing pictures. We also cooked marsh mellows and had fun eating them.

Forest School. 20.09.18


Our forest school session today was all about seeds and habitats. We had been out earlier to collect sycamore seeds and leaves. We looked at the sycamore seeds and watched how they fell when dropped. In the afternoon, we made paper helicopters and tested these down in the forest school area. We also saw rabbits holes while exploring.

Forest school



Today was our leavers party. For this, we traveled to Blue Anchor from Stogumber Station on a steam train. It was a lovely ride through the countryside to the beach. We had a lovely few hours on the beach, playing on the sand and in the water. We had our lunch and then walked to get an ice cream. We then traveled back to Stogumber Station. More photos in the gallery

Leavers party 19.07.18


Today, Katy brought in some Sweetpeas for the children to paint. They did some lovely pictures

Painting flowers



School sports day at Stogumber school. Please see gallery for more photo's



Today we helped to plant the trough's at the front of the school. We enjoyed planting the plants and then watering them.

Pre -School vegetable patch

25.05.18 Forces March through Crowcombe Village.


Today we went to watch the forces come through the village. We sang songs and waved our flags. 

Forces march. 25.05.18

Forest school. 24.05.18



Today, we received a delivery of polydrons. We couldn't wait to start building with them. Thank you PTA.


A new toy

Royal wedding picnic tea party and biscuit decorating. 18.05.18


Today we had a picnic tea party to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry & Megan Markle. For our party we enjoyed eating cakes.

In the afternoon we had another picnic after decorating biscuits. Yum Yum.

Royal wedding activities

Thursday 17.05.18.


Today the first of our replacements toys arrived at the setting. It is a water play toy called Aqua Play. The children enjoyed watching it being made up and then playing with it. A big thank you goes to the PTA

Aqua Play

Willow star making. 15.05.18

Our sponsored walk to Crowcombe Play park. 14.05.18


Today we completed our sponsored walk from Crowcombe School to Crowcombe play park. We were accompanied by some older children and parents. The children did really well walking there and back.

While at the play park, we replaced materials on the bug hotel, searched for bugs and insects and played on the play equipment. 

Thank you to the parents who helped us on our walk today.

More photos in the gallery.

Sponsored walk. 14.05.18

During the week (30.04.18 - 04.05.18), the children have been busy planting sunflowers seeds to help brighten up the gardening area. We will be keeping a diary of how they grow.

Today at Preschool we made pizzas.  We were given a pitta bread and helped to put the tomato purée on. After we put our toppings on. Katy put our pizzas in the oven to cook so that they were ready to take home and eat. Yum yum

Pizza making. 4.05.18

Preschool crafts

Easter activities 22.03.18


Today we made some Easter baskets, cards and chocolate nests. We all enjoyed making our crafts.

Today Pre-school joined in with the school to complete an Easter egg hunt. We collected stickers as we searched for the eggs. When we returned to our room, we found a basket of eggs waiting for us. A big thank you to Kate McCrimmon and PTA for organising the Easter egg hunt.



Today we had slime out for the first time. We enjoyed playing with it and exploring what we could with it. We found out that we could stretch, pull and flatten the slime.

Experimenting with slime



Pre-school enjoying dressing up as their favourite characters.

World book day 2018



Today we had the first falling of snow while at Pre-school. We had lots of fun exploring and feeling the ice and snow to talk about how it feels.

Snow. 27.02.18

Today in forest school, we made clay faces and placed these on a tree. We also played with the mud kitchen and explored the area. Some children found musical instruments by going round with a stick and tapping things. See more photos in gallery

Forest School. 08.02.18

Preschool theatre Trip to see the Snowmouse


Preschool visited the local theatre to watch the Snowmouse. The children enjoyed exploring the garden room, where they made snow angels on the floor. They all sat beautifully throughout the performance. We even had the staff at the theatre comment on how well behaved the children were.


Well done everyone


Comic Relief 2017


For Comic Relief, we took part in a number of activities during the day. We coloured in Pudsey's and made our own masks

our activity for comic relief

Teddy Bears picnic at Stogumber school. 10.11.17


Today we visited Stogumber School for a Teddy Bears picnic. While we were there, we took part in many activities, these included: building bear houses, dressing a teddy bear colouring activity and reading and watching the story of we're going on a bear hunt. After Breaktime, Mrs Chrystall played the DVD of the bear hunt and when this had finished, we got ready to go outside and go on a bear hunt. We made a circle and acted out the story.

After lunch, we played inside until it was time for our picnic. We all sat around in a circle and ate our picnic. During our picnic, Mrs Chrystall's bear 'Hector' decided to go for a walk and it was up to preschool and year R to find him. We found him hiding by the rabbit hutch.


Preschool would like to thank Mrs Chrystall and year R for inviting us to spend the day with them.


Teddy Bears Picnic




Since returning from the half term break, we have been busy making paper fireworks and poppies for our pre-school displays. We have had lots of fun making and decorating them.



Our Trip to Katy's garden

Monday 3rd November 2017


On Monday, Pre-school went on a walk to see Katy's garden. While we were there, we saw chickens and had the opportunity to feed them.

We also collected apples to use for Apple printing and leaves to do some leaf rubbings.


See Gallery for pictures.

New music sessions with Mrs Napper