A £500 Magic Little Grant for Sports Coaching!

Preschool has had some great news this week – we have been awarded a £500 grant from Magic Little Grants towards the cost of continuing our weekly Sports Coaching sessions with Barry next year!

Earlier this year, we trialled a half hour sports session on Wednesday mornings run by an external coach, Barry, who also works with the children at Freshford Church School. It was such a success and the children enjoyed it so much that we committed to continuing with the sessions to the end of the year, and to meeting the cost of these from preschool funds.

Using an external coach has a number of benefits for us: we can access different sports and equipment without needing to buy or store it ourselves; it helps those children transitioning to school by providing consistency and continuity of approach; and as an all-female team we welcome a male perspective – Barry is an excellent role model.

While we wanted to continue the sessions next year, we couldn’t commit to covering the full costs and so approached some grant making trusts and bodies to see if they could help us with funding.

Magic Little Grants are awarded through the partnership between Localgiving and the Postcode Community Trust. The Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Localgiving is the UK’s leading membership and support network for local charities and community groups.

Magic Little Grants are available to all kinds of organisations and the application process is quick and straightforward. For more information on how to apply for a grant for your organisation, visit their website: www.localgiving.org/magic-little-grants/

You can find out more about Localgiving, the Postcode Community Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery at their websites:

https://localgiving.org/

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

www.postcodelottery.co.uk

Into the forest & under the stars!

This term has been full of fun and adventure. Hogwood is proving to be a wonderful woodland area to explore, and already we are noticing the children’s resilience, independence and imaginations running free during our dedicated weekly Forest School sessions! Many activities have already been explored, including den building, using real tools, mud painting with sticks, designing a rope swing and constructing an amazing bridge. The children did lots of problem solving and risk assessing as to which logs were suitable – looking at lengths and the strength of the logs. We will soon be abseiling in the forest, and having a visit from the Archers to explain their hobby to us. The rain hasn’t dampened our spirits, and we couldn’t be prouder of the children and their never ending sense of adventure and enthusiasm!

The children have been showing a keen interest in space, and this made a visit from a planetarium even more amazing! The children were treated to a wonderful night sky display, as well as lots of information about this super topic. We were so impressed with the children’s attention to detail and curiosity about their planet (and others around us) and have had fun making papier mache planets, role playing in our very on spaceship, and using the story “Whatever Next” to begin our story making adventures. There have been trips to Saturn, and different ways to travel around our own planet Earth. What fun!

We have been making full use of the beautiful environment we are so lucky to have on our doorstep, and a walk around the village, collecting natural treasures was really lovely. The children spotted – (and smelt!) lots of wild garlic, and this led to some cooking back at preschool using their foraged finds! Snipping the garlic to make some delicious wild garlic pesto helped to develop the children’s fine motor skills .  Alongside this, the leaves and flowers found were used to create stunning nature pictures which the children took great care to put together. It is lovely when ideas and themes are able to be carried through to all areas of learning in these natural, fun ways, led by the children.

With many children preparing for their transition to primary schools in September, there is a focus on supporting them for this change, with outings arranged to help ease any anxieties. Activities specifically for these children focusing on phonics, maths and their independence will also benefit them hugely. Time really does fly when you’re having so much fun!