Instow Pre-School

Week commencing 4th October 2021

There has been a lot of interest in making paper kites recently and our craft table has been very busy.  We have been showing the children how to fold in the corners of a piece of paper to make a diamond shape and some have then tried to do this independently.  The weather has been perfect for kite flying and the children have had great fun running around outside with their kites twisting and turning behind them.

We noticed that some windfall apples had fallen from our apple tree so we put these to good use and did some printing activities.  When the apples were cut in half horizontally the children were able to see the star shape of the core and seeds.

We have seen some lovely imaginative play – a pile of tyres became a pirate ship with poles used for oars.  The dressing up clothes have been very popular with everyone busily trying on an assortment of outfits - there were lots of costume changes!  A dragonfly was interested in our dressing up clothes too and flew around us for a while to say 'hello', which was lovely for the children to see.

We have started to learn a song to celebrate Harvest which is called ‘Mr Scarecrow’ – we hope to share this with you very soon.

Week commencing 20th September 2021

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been outside exploring more areas of the school.  The children were introduced to the ‘Trim Trail’ which is an area on the large playground with lots of balancing and climbing equipment.  There are great views of the river from here.  We noticed lots of sailing boats on the water and spotted Lundy Island on the horizon.

On the top playground there is a wooden climbing frame and slide, where the children had great fun and burnt off lots of energy.   We also explored a little further and went for our first walk to the Church.  It was a warm, sunny afternoon and we stopped for a while, lay down quietly on the grass and listened to the sounds around us. 

The children have enjoyed using the musical instruments to explore the different sounds they make.  We played a listening game, where an instrument was played behind a screen and they had to name/match the instrument being played. 

We have introduced some class rules so that we can all stay happy and safe.  We have also shown the children what to do if the fire bell rings.  They all did so well when we practiced this - well done everyone!

Week commencing 7th September 2021

There has been much excitement in the air this week as the children returned to Pre-school to start a new school year.  It was lovely to see everyone again and to also welcome some new families to our school.   Everyone has been excited and eager to explore our new home and we have been amazed at how quickly the children have settled into their new surroundings.  They have been little stars in saying their goodbyes to you at the gate – we are so proud of them.  Thank you for your help with this.

The children have enjoyed being able to play both inside and out – even in the rain!  The water play and sand play areas have been very popular.   We have also enjoyed sitting outside on picnic benches to have our snack.  We ventured out of our play area and explored the large playground on the other side of the school where the children were able to play on the bikes and trikes.  

Here are a few photos of our week.

 

19th July 2021

 

On Thursday we visited the Chapel Garden and had a lovely time playing and exploring.  The children went on a nature hunt and created some beautiful ‘sticky pictures’ with their finds.  We all enjoyed a cooling drink in the shade before heading back to Pre-school.  We were so proud of all the children in how sensibly they all walked to and from the Chapel holding on to our walking rope.  We have been learning a couple of new songs which we sang as we walked along (The Steam Train and We are going on a Picnic).  If only we could have recorded this for you as their singing was beautiful!

Today was our last day of term and we celebrated with a Pirate and Mermaid party.  We played some party games such as Walk the Plank, Sharky, Sharky and Musical Islands.  Then everyone went on a Treasure Hunt.  After all the fun and excitement, we stopped for a rest and enjoyed some party food. 

Normally, at the end of the summer term, we say ‘Goodbye’ to our older children as they leave us for Primary School, but today was a little different for us.  As you know, Pre-school is moving to the Primary School too and when we return in September we will all be together again in the new Foundation Stage Unit.  

So today, we all said ‘Goodbye’ to the Parish Hall.  The Parish Hall has been our ‘home’ for many years and we have loved our time here.  The children helped to make an ‘End of Era’ card which we gave to Sheila Moores (Instow Parish Hall Chair) to say a big thank you for the support the Hall Committee have given to Pre-school over the years. 

Lastly, we would like to say thank you to all our Mums, Dads, Grandparents and other family members too for all your support during the year.

Thank you for all your kind end of year gifts and we wish you a wonderful summer.   

5th July 2021

 

The children have been working together to create an ‘Under the Sea’ collage.  We have been finding out about some of the different creatures that live in the sea from the book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’.   We turned a large cardboard box into a submarine for some under the sea adventures, which kept the children entertained for quite a while.   Using colourful scarfs, some children dressed up as mermaids and we enjoyed watching them perform a mermaid dance.  We have also had ‘fish races’ where the children cut out and decorated a paper fish and then, placing their fish on the floor, worked out the best way to move it across the room, either by blowing it, or using a newspaper to ‘fan’ the fish along.  

The children have also been exploring shaving foam and using it to mark make by creating patterns and swirls.  We have had some great little helpers who offered to clean our playhouse.  By far the biggest excitement of the week was finding out that a few of our strawberries had turned red and were ready to eat – hooray!

Sports Day 2021

 

The weather was perfect on Thursday for our mini sports day at the Chapel Garden.  We are sorry that you could not share this event with us this year but hope you enjoy the photographs. 

Week commencing 21st June 2021

 

Here is a selection of photos to show some of the activities the children have been involved in recently.  You will see that we have been making playdough cupcakes and this has involved lots of counting skills to work out how many cupcakes were needed to fill the tray.  We made up our own version of ‘5 Current Buns’ by describing the different toppings that each cake had.  Ours didn’t have a ‘cherry on the top’ as in the song, we had Smarties, Maltesers, even Cheerios on the top!  We then had a competition to see who could roll the longest playdough snake.

One child told us about her chickens and brought in some freshly laid eggs.  Everyone had a turn at holding an egg and describing how it felt.  The children handled them very carefully and we didn’t have any breakages.

A fairy door appeared amongst the plant pots last week, which inspired the children to make fairy wands and create their own magic spells, which resulted in the adults being turned into frogs!

 

Week commencing 24th May 2021

 

At long last – a dry, sunny day, so we made the most of the lovely weather and went on a ‘Wellie Walk’ to the Chapel Garden.  Our first outing of the year and what a great time we all had as you will see from the photos.

We have all been waiting patiently for our sunflowers to grow, but the weather just hasn’t been warm enough yet for the seeds to wake up.  The children looked at pictures of sunflowers to find out what their sunflower will eventually look like.  They then had a go at painting a sunflower picture by following step by step instructions.  The children listened to the instructions really carefully and produced some great artwork.

On Thursday we all said goodbye to Sarah.  Sarah has been a valued member of the team and we wish her every success for the future – we will miss you!

Week commencing 3rd May 2021

 

One day last week the wind was extremely wild and blustery so we made kites and had fun flying them indoors and out.

As you will see from the photos, we have had some great little helpers who were very keen to paint the fence.  We encouraged them to reach up high on tip toes and bend down low to the ground using big arm movements to help with the development of their upper body and core strength.

We noticed how the colour of the fence changed and thought of words to describe the wet fence such as soggy, soaked, dripping and drenched.