Saturday 23rd July
I apologise for the late entry but I have been trying to add the photos from the last week but it is not working. I did not want the year to end without a final thank. First, to the children for all working so hard this year. Second, to all of you. Thank you so much for your support. Wellie walks and Forest School would not be possible without you! It has been a great year and it has been such a pleasure to see the children grow and mature. They are all little super stars and Mrs Elphick and I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing and happy summer holidays. Thank you also for your gifts, we are totally overwhelmed, you are all very kind. See you all in the playground in September!
Mrs Elphick and Mrs Martin
Class 1 Assembly
28th June 2016
We have been asked to paint/draw some pictures of Instow for the Community on Show, sometime in August. At first we were going to look at some pictures of sail boats and talk about what we know about Instow. But, as it was a beautiful morning we decided to go for a walk to the beach and see the boats for ourselves. The sun was shining and the children enthusiastic! Thankfully I had seen the weather forecast so we did take our coats! We sat and had snack on the wall, ran around on the beach, looked at some boats and managed to get back to school in time for lunch. And we only got a little bit wet!
Wednesday 15th June
The children enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the woods. We have been learning about how to keep ourselves safe and exploring the woodland. Today we started with the ' name game' and played 123 Where are you....? The children were able to use collecting bags find themselves some forest treasure and then we shared our finds with the group. Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us today.
Friday 10th June
We have only been at school for 4 days this week but we seem to have managed to fit in rather a lot! I am sure that you all already know that our chicks have hatched!! Well 4 out of the 7 have. We currently have 3 very lively (and cute) little chicks in our brooder and one not so lively little chick whom is currently being nursed in the office. :-( The children have all been told that he may not survive and as sad as it is, they understand that this is all part of nature. They are being very grown up about it. The chicks have been held and measured and this morning the children made a run for them out of duplo blocks. The children have each written a diary of their first week. In other news (!) the children had a wonderful first Forest School, found some dinosaur eggs in the garden and made cucumber sandwiches for the Queens Birthday this weekend. Phew!
Friday 27th May 2016
This week has been all about the Chelsea Flower Show. We had a look at some of the beautiful gardens and found ourselves on a journey which included salt streams and Evelyn Glennie, and being able to overcome the odds! The children were really inspired so we decided to hold our own 'Crow Point Garden Show'. The children worked in small teams and designed their gardens. They wrote a list of which resources they would need and drew pictures of what they wanted the finished garden to look like. The children were so excited and the finished gardens are amazing! The children then made posters and wrote invitations to children and staff inviting them along to the show. They made bunting to protect their gardens and tickets to sell on the day. As the crowds poured in (well, trickled really) class One took on the roles of curators and ticket sellers. Ticket prices ranged from 20p to £30 depending on who was selling at the time!! Everyone who visited the gardens were asked to vote for their favourite. All votes have now been counted and verified and I am pleased to announce that the winning garden was number 13 - Well done Sam and Joshua!! All children have received a rosette and a bag of sweets as a 'well done!'
We hope you have a wonderful half term. Think of those of us who will be peddling our way around London at some crazy time on Saturday night/Sunday morning! The children have made a wonderful good luck video for us which I am trying to add to the website. I am not having much luck so far but I will persevere!! But we will remember their supportive words when the pain begins!
The children's homework is to relax and enjoy the outdoors...with a little bit of reading thrown in for good measure!
Mrs M and Mrs E
Friday 20th May
This week we read the story 'Supertato' by Sue Hendra. It really captured the children's imagination and they made their own 'Supertato' using potatoes, pipe cleaners and googly eyes! They really are a very sweet bunch of superheroes! We also talked about speech bubbles and the children had great fun writing what they thought their 'Supertato' would say. We have been looking at patterns and the natural patterns that we see everyday without realising it. Homework this week is to look for patterns in our homes, gardens and local environment. This could be anything from a patterned pair of socks to a beautiful flower. With Mrs Ryan, the children have been focusing on number and they enjoyed an interesting number hunt...made all the more interesting when someone decided to walk off with one of the numbers! They have also been making their own little books about 'How To Plant A Seed'.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs M and Mrs E
Friday 13th May
Wednesday morning, all togged up, we walked down the hill to catch our coach to Rosemoor. The children were a credit to you all in behaviour, manners and listening skills. Jane was our teacher for the morning and she taught us all about seeds, pollination, sticky stigma and how to cheer up a very unhappy plant. The children each planted their own salad leaves and as a gift the class was given the now happy plant, as long as we promised to look after it in school. After lunch we went to visit Mabel's mums allotment and she showed us all the exciting vegetables she is growing. Monty would be very proud! As it was still raining we decided to visit the Brash via the woods. It was supposed to be a quick walk through but we got slightly distracted jumping in puddles, making pictures with pine cones, playing '1,2,3, where are you?' and working out how tall the trees were by looking backwards through our legs! A tried and tested method according to Mr Bloom!! (Ask Isabel's mum!) We eventually made it to the Brash where the children enjoyed balancing on the tree stumps, exploring the willow dome and investigating the mirrors that turned them upside down! The coach journey home was rather quiet! Hope you enjoy the photos.
6th May 2016
This week we have been focusing on food and where fruit and vegetables grow. We have talked lots about why it is important to eat fruit and vegetables and where and how fruit and vegetables grow. As we were clearing the compost ready to plant some potatoes the children dug up some potatoes left over from last year! The children were very excited to find such interesting treasure! On their wellie walk today they went to the church and explored inside and out. Below I have also added the photos from last weeks wellie walk...I think they were a bit warmer this week! I hope you have all had a letter about our trip to Rosemoor on Wednesday. Please make sure all money is in a.s.a.p and if you would like Mrs Gymer to make your child a packed lunch I must give her numbers by Monday. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
Mrs M and Mrs E
29th April 2016
I apologise for not adding any text to the photos last week. I thought I had but obviously not. So a quick round up of the last 2 weeks...Captain Nasty Chops threatened to invade our school but thanks to the quick thinking of the children signs were made, letters were sent to warn the other classes and treasure was made with a trail leading the deadly Pirate away from the class. Phew! We were safe! On the same day we celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday by making cucumber sandwiches. The children have each written a letter to Her Majesty telling her a little bit about themselves. As soon as they are all finished I will post them off and see what happens! In our garden we have planted grass and wild flowers and the children made bird scarers to protect the seeds. The children have also planted some purple sprouting broccoli and are being encouraged to look after them. If they are successful they will be able to bring a plant home. Some children have been very diligent about the watering...some, not so. Last friday we went on our first wellie walk. We walked up the lane from school and didn't have to go very far before we began to spot some exciting things. Ask them if they can remember where the 'hole for nosey dogs' is! We also watched the recycle men collecting the green boxes which led to a conversation about recycling. As it was raining we walked in the small stream that had been created in the road and had lots of questions about where the water goes. On the way back we measured how big the biggest puddle was and found that it was more than 19 children long! When we got back to the classroom someone asked whether the classroom was as big as the puddle so we measured again and found that the puddle was indeed bigger than the width of the classroom! Todays wellie walk was a little chilly so although we had intended to collect green items it really turned into a march to keep warm! Lots of style and gate climbing on the walk today! Pictures of todays walk to follow as we had to borrow someone else's camera. Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and happy scarecrow hunting!
Mrs M and Mrs E.