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Hopscotch @ Holy Redeemer

‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take,

but by the moments that take your breath away.’



Welcome to our Hopscotch Pre-school page. Hopscotch forms part of our Early Years provision at Holy Redeemer School, led by Mrs Rachael Barker, our Early Years Leader.  We work closely with Mrs Barker to ensure that we provide a stimulating and welcoming environment where children thrive and are fully prepared for starting school.


In the run up to Christmas, learning in pre-school has been based around the Jolly Christmas Postman book. Along with the Jolly Postman, the Gingerbread man and Goldilocks and the Three Bears have made an appearance in school! The children have been helping The Three Bears to measure out their porridge, have made and decorated salt dough and real gingerbread men, have written letters and wrapped parcels for the Jolly Postman to deliver and have ridden and bounced their way around the outdoor area delivering letters! They have also decorated our Christmas Tree and collected letters, left by the Jolly Postman on our paper chain Christmas tree.

Humpty Dumpty has written to say that he will be visiting next!



This term the children and staff at Hopscotch have been on a bear hunt! 

Inspired by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s fantastic book, we have been swishing through long, wavy grass, squelching through mud, splashing through rivers, getting lost in swirling, whirling snow storms, stumble-tripping our way through a wood, feeling our way through dark caves…binoculars at the ready…and all in the hopes of finding a bear!

Then running home to hide under the covers when we found one!

There have been lots of opportunities, throughout the setting, for the children to develop other areas of their learning too. including off site during their Outdoor Adventure sessions at the Horticulture College…



Our Trip to Croome Park for the Gingerbread Trail


Click here to read our post about the trip.



What a great day we had in the snow! We found all the hidden gingerbread people around the park and even had time to enjoy the play area. 


Autumn second half term 2017


This half term we are learning about celebrations. We started by thinking about our own birthdays which can be found on the website posts. 

This week we are finding out all about Diwali – the Festival of Light. Here are just a few photographs to show you what we have done so far. 



On Friday 3rd November 2017 we started our new Forest Fridays sessions up at Pershore Horticultural College. The children have enjoyed hide-and-seek, tree painting, digging, following the fairy trail and climbing, alongside lots of outdoor opportunities to practise counting, speaking and listening and sounds.



Autumn first half term 2017

We started the year with different nursery rhyme theme for each week. Here is ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ week. We made boats, sailed them down our river, had picnics on the river bank and lots, lots more!





At Hopscotch Pre-school in Pershore, we are delighted to offer fun and exciting learning for children from ages 2 to 5, from 7:40am-6pm, Monday to Friday. The enthusiasm from our attentive and friendly staff is infectious, helping to create the fun and bright environment we are so proud of.

The vision of a group of parents who attend the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic School, which enjoyed excellent latest Ofsted results, Hopscotch Preschool is run by Holy Redeemer’s school Governors, who concentrates their efforts on delivering the very best in pre-school child care.

Currently based in the Community Hall next door to the school (but with plans to move down to the school site in the next academic year), we provide a wonderful place for our children to start their journey in education in accordance with the The Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS).  Through play we create unique children who are ready to continue their exciting journey.

Our pre-school child care is dedicated to learning through:

  • Play and story time
  • Indoor and outdoor play
  • Education through letters and sounds
  • Games

Proudly associated with The Holy Redeemer RC School, we serve:

  • Pershore
  • Pensham
  • Wyre Piddle
  • Defford
  • Wick
  • Wadborough

And surrounding areas.

All of our staff are DBS (Enhanced) checked. This helps make Hopscotch Pre-school a safe, happy and fun learning environment.

Summer Term 2017

We have been learning about transport and holidays. We have opened an ‘Ice cream parlour’ and a train station with a ticket office within the setting to help us with our learning.

All aboard!!


Spring Term 2017

We have started this term with The Gruffalo’s Child. 



We found some footprints in the snow! We measured them to work out if it was the Gruffalo’s or the child’s.
The children were then keen to measure their own feet.

We have looked at animal tracks and enjoyed making tracks outside in the snow and enjoyed lots of painting opportunities. Story retelling through small world play, role play in the Gruffalo’s cave and our puppet theatre and used animals to retell the story. This week we have also had a key focus on matching rhyming words.


Autumn Term 2016

During the Autumn Term pre-school got up to lots of exciting things. For part of the term we had a ‘Space’ theme, where the children could choose to be astronauts and man the space station! In the outdoor area we had a builders and lots of great building work went on (with due care and attention to health and safety of course: please note the use of hard hats when on site), got involved in the Children in Need Appeal and finished the term with a Christmas focus. As part of our ‘Christmas’ theme the children took part in a nativity and also set up and ran an ‘Elves’ Workshop’, wrapping presents and getting them all ready for Santa to deliver!

We had some visitors in preschool this term too. Our visiting music teacher came in and we had great fun with the instruments. She even ran a brilliant session that parents came to as well. Later in the term we had a very special visit from Father Christmas, who brought each child a present.