Instow Pre-School

Week commencing 29th March 2021

 

We have spent a lot of time playing and exploring outdoors because the weather has been so lovey this week – Spring has arrived at last!  We have also been learning some Easter/Spring songs and have recorded them to share with you.

 

Happy Easter Everyone!  Pre-school will return on the 20th April. 

 

Spring in My Toes

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Somebody is Waking Up

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The Easter Bunny

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Week commencing 22nd March 2021

 

Over the past two weeks we have been doing some science activities.  We have used magnets to sort a variety of materials into two groups, magnetic and non-magnetic.  We have made sensory bottles and found out that some objects float and some sink and we have learnt how water turns to ice which then turns back to water again.  The children were given a challenge to free all the frozen objects from the blocks of ice.  It was hard work chipping away at the ice, but with lots of perseverance (and a little hot water) everything was rescued.  

 

For Comic Relief the children wore red/brightly coloured clothing.  We suggested the children cut out a large red nose and then gave them a selection of craft materials to turn their red nose into a funny face.  One child decided to attach a lolly stick and make a puppet, other children joined in too, so we decided to get out the puppet theatre and the children put on their own puppet shows.  We saw lots of lovely imaginative play.  We also raised £18 for Comic Relief, so thank you everyone for your donations.

Week commencing 8th March 2021

 

Last week we celebrated World Book Day.  The children enjoyed coming to Pre-school dressed as their favourite book characters.  We shared stories throughout the morning and the children told us about their favourite stories from home. 

We have had some amazing imaginative construction play as you will see from the photos below.  We’ve also enjoyed some great water play whilst introducing words such as empty, full, half-full and estimating how many small cups of water it would take to fill a larger container.  The younger children have been colour matching and the older children have been playing with the ‘number truck, working on their number recognition and matching number to quantity.

We had time to go on a very fast and bumpy bus ride to the beach – our bus drivers definitely needed ‘L’ plates!

With Mother’s Day looming this Sunday we have been busy making cards and the children have told us some lovely things about what makes their mummy so special – we hope you all have a lovely day.

Week commencing 22nd February 2021

 

We have had a busy time at Pre-school over the last few weeks with lots of space themed activities.  We listened to a CBeebies story on the iPad called ‘Miss Mouse Goes to Space’.  In the story, Miss Mouse goes on a very exciting journey to the International Space Station.  The children were interested to look at pictures of the space station and also enjoyed watching clips of rockets blasting off from the launch pad.  We talked about the special clothes we would need to wear if we were going into space and made a list of the things we would take with us on our journey.  We then went on a trip into space and did some ‘dancing on the moon!’.          

As the children were really engaged with this topic, we decided to have a go at making rockets from junk modelling materials.  We made straw rockets where the children blew through a straw to launch their rocket in the air to see whose rocket could go the highest and travel the furthest – this was great fun and we counted from 5-0 many, many times!

We have also used rocket activities for the children to learn and order the letters in their name and for colour and number recognition.

 

Week commencing 25th January 2021

We made a friend for our polar bear – Say hello to our emperor penguin. 

We found out some penguin facts such as, where they live and what they like to eat.  We learnt that their babies hatch from eggs and baby penguins are called chicks.  We also discovered that penguins have wings but can’t fly.

The children stood next to the penguin to see who was the tallest/shortest.

We then played a game where we all pretended to be different animals and practised moving our bodies by waddling, hopping, jumping and slithering.    

We have also had fun playing with shaving foam by pretending that it was snow.  The children used some great descriptive words to describe the foam such as sticky, fluffy, cold and 'like a cloud'.

Week commencing 18th January 2021

It was lovely to welcome the children back to Pre-school to start the Spring term.

Our morning arrival routine has changed slightly due to lockdown and parents are now dropping their child off at the front door.  We have been so impressed with how easily the children have adjusted to this new routine and have been happy to say their goodbyes at the door.

Our learning has been about ‘winter’ and how winter-time is different to summer-time.  The children created some lovely artwork using ‘cold’ colours.  We have also learnt a little about polar bears such as where they live, what they like to eat and how they keep warm.

One morning there was a loud knock on the door and in walked a polar bear.  He was only a little bear, so we thought he must have been a polar bear cub.  The bear cub told us that he was feeling very chilly and needed a coat to keep warm.  The children set to work and painted a white coat for the little cub.

The following day we went on a ‘Polar Bear Hunt’ and after we had put on our warm clothes and boots, we set off on our adventure.  We walked through thick, crunchy snow and cold, slippery ice. We swam through freezing cold water and tip toed to our ice cave.  Inside, quietly hiding we found the polar bear….aaagh!!

Later, when the children were playing in the ice cave, they put a line of chairs in front of the entrance and explained that the chairs were a door to keep the polar bear out.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Week commencing 14th December 2020

We hope you have all had the opportunity to watch our nativity, Whoops-A-Daisy Angel.  If you haven’t seen it yet we suggest you pour yourself a coffee, sit back and enjoy the children singing some festive songs. 

Well done to all the children for your lovely singing and for remembering the actions to the songs.

During this, our final week of the term, the children have been enjoying lots of Christmassy art and craft activities.  We cut out a large Christmas tree from cardboard and the children made baubles and paper chains to decorate it.  We have also made Christmas party hats and clay Rudolph models.

Abbi played some Christmas songs and nursery rhymes on her recorder.  The children joined in by shaking shakers in time to the music and singing along.   We played a Christmas themed version of' Who’s taken the Giant’s keys?’, which we decided to call ‘Who’s taken Santa’s keys?’  We have also been very active playing party games, such as musical bumps and statues.  We have enjoyed some party food and a delicious Roddy the Reindeer chocolate cake which one of the children brought in to Pre-school to share with his friends.  All in all, a very busy week. 

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.  Have a lovely time with your loved ones. Stay safe and we will see you all in the New Year.  Pre-school re-opens on Tuesday 5th January 2021. 

Week commencing 7th December 2020

At this time of the year, we would usually be inviting you all to join us for our Christmas nativity performance.  However, this year with the current social distancing rules, this just isn’t possible and things have to be done slightly different.  We didn’t want you to miss out though, so for a few weeks now the children have been learning the songs and actions to this year’s nativity performance called 'Whoops-a-Daisy Angel'.   We recorded this performance over three mornings so that all of the children could take part if they wanted to.  It will be posted on the school’s website during the last week of term.

To give you a sneak peek at what we have been up to, take a look at the pictures below.  As you can see, the children enjoyed dressing up in the festive costumes.  They all did so well with the performance, bearing in mind some of our children are just 2 years old. 

We will let you know when the recording goes live and we hope you enjoy watching it!

Week commencing 23rd November 2020

Everyone loves playing with water so this week the children have had fun mark making with water then waiting and watching as their pictures disappeared - Magic!

It is great to see the children's concentration and engagement when involved in any art and craft activity and yesterday we created some bright, feathery, Thanksgiving turkeys. 

We have been busy learning the songs and actions for our Christmas Nativity called 'Whoops a Daisy Angel', which we hope to film and share with you in a couple of weeks time - fingers crossed!

 

Week commencing 9th November 2020

We have had a busy time at Pre-school over the last two weeks and we have enjoyed playing outside in the late autumn sun.  The children have created some fantastic firework pictures and we have talked about fire safety.  We have also been finding out about Diwali, the Festival of Lights and have had a go at making our own lanterns and rangoli hand patterns.

We have been encouraging good listening and turn taking skills by playing with the Giggly Wiggly ball and have also played a game of ‘Who’s Taken the Giant’s Keys?  The children really enjoy this game and it encourages them to use their communication and language skills.  They love being the giant who falls asleep with the keys to his castle under the chair.  The giant is then woken up by someone taking the keys and has to guess where the noise came from by asking ‘x have you taken my keys?’.

Today everyone dressed up for Children in Need and wore spots/stripes/pyjamas and Pudsey wear.  We played a Pudsey Hide and Seek game and gave the children clues to follow to find the bears that were hiding around the room.  The children did some great Pudsey artwork too. 

Week commencing 19th October 2020

We started the week by having a good tidy up of all the fallen leaves in our outside area.  It was a very windy day though, so no sooner had we swept them into a tidy pile the wind came and scattered them around again! To help us in our work we sang our Autumn song called ‘Autumn Leaves are Falling Down’.  It was a fun way to start the day and the children were great little helpers. 

With Halloween looming, we thought we would find out about pumpkins and then have a go at making our own Jack O Lantern.  We found out that you need to be very strong to lift a pumpkin, but everyone was eager to have a go.  We also discovered where they grow and, having cut around the stem to create an opening, we found out what was inside - lots of seeds and orange pulp.  Some children wanted to put their hand inside to feel the slimy seeds and pulp.  For those that were not so keen to get their hands messy, we scooped the contents into a zip lock bag for further investigations.