We get up to so much at Lady Castle Nursery! Click here to look at our gallery.
Today the nursery children have been fundraising for Children in Need with a theme of “People who help us”.
All the children came to nursery dressed as various people that are there to help them, including; doctors, nurses, fire fighters and the police. Some practised their first aid skills by bandaging their injured dolls and even their friends!
They enjoyed a whole range of activities throughout the day with Pudsey face-painting and even Pudsey pizza making!
The children rounded off a fun activity day with lots of dancing to different types of music.
What a fun day, and all in such a good cause – more Pudsey pics.
The children and staff really enjoyed their Fireworks extravaganza!
Parents came for a delicious tea of pie and peas before heading down to the tennis court to watch the fireworks display. What amazing colours and lots of stars and sparkle!
The children were not at all put off by the rain because they all agreed, the fireworks looked amazing!
More firework pics.
Today the children all took part in a paint party!
They have had so much fun, getting very very messy.
They explored how the different colours changed as they danced to the music. Some of the boys and girls even travelled through the paint on boards with wheels on! But what was really good fun, was rolling around in the paint.
They could not wait to tell their parents all about their party when they came to collect them.
More paint fun in the gallery.
This week we have a very busy week planned for the children in the nursery.
Today, Monday 11th November is Remembrance Day and so all the children and staff watched a programme on CBeebies about why we hold a Remembrance Day.
The programme showed the little rabbit running through the field of poppies.
The children and staff then held their two-minute silence for Remembrance Day.
This week Miss Ricordo introduced our new Parent Space, a relaxing quiet room, where new parents could sit and read through all the our nursery information, as part of the settling in process. A suggestion box is provided for parents to note down ideas and their thoughts during the sessions. Hot drinks and homemade cookies are available to make parents feel part of the Lady Castle family, as parents as partners is key!
The parents will spend up to an hour in the room, and meet with the child’s buddy (a designated key worker) who will answer any questions. After around 30 minutes, the buddy will go back to into nursery to see how the child’s is settling and even take pictures of their activities. This feedback helps reassure parents that their child will settle in and enjoy nursery time.
Towards the end of the session, the buddy will escort the parent back to the nursery room so that they can see for themselves how their child is engaged and interacting within the nursery environment.
The room is a new initiative for the nursery and staff are very excited to see how it will run through the busy settling in sessions.
On Thursday 31st October Lady Castle nursery held a Halloween disco for the children to celebrate the spooky festival of Halloween.
The children came to nursery dressed in their splendid Halloween costumes and enjoyed a day of spooky activities; including face painting, pumpkin carving, Halloween torches and of course the disco.
All the children and staff enjoyed dressing up and had a frightening good time.
Halloween pics in the gallery.
This week the nursery children and staff have enjoyed a very spooky Halloween adventure to Lancaster Farm and Animal Park in Manchester.
First the children explored the farm and met all the different animals, and even had the chance to feed some of them. Then off to pick their very own pumpkin from the farmers fields to carve into spooky, scary pumpkin lanterns.
Next it was a visit to the Haunted House. All the children were very brave as they entered to listen to the spooky tale told by a wicked witch.
The children had such fun, and even the rainy weather could not spoil their day, as they then enjoyed jumping in all the deep puddles.
More pumpkin pics here.
This week, the nursery children have been exploring different ways to use cornflour to learn about letters and colours.
First, they talked about the texture of the cornflour – how smooth and even “a little bit sticky” as some of the children described it. They also thought it looked “like milk”.
The children then used the cornflour to make marks, such as lines and shapes. Haider practised writing the first letter of his name, a big H, using the while cornflour, but he needed to write it fast before it disappeared!
Children then decided to mix colours into the cornflour. Haider chose to mix red and yellow and found it made orange!
More cornflour pics in our gallery.
This week the children decided to use the conkers that they collected from their autumn walk to make colourful paintings.
Children used autumn colours, such as red and yellow, and covered the conkers in the paint, then carefully placed them on the large tray. Miss Rhodes helped the children to tip the tray so the conkers would then roll around making some very unusual and lovely patterns. Mariam noticed the colours of red and yellow and talked about how the colours had changed to orange.
The children were proud of the patterns they had made from all the autumn colours, and especially the new colours they had created from mixing them all together.
More conker painting pics.
This week the children in the nursery have been exploring their lovely conker tree.
As the conkers fell from the tree, the children enjoyed collecting them and putting them in their buckets. Look at how many they have collected!
The teachers told them all about why we have conkers and how they grow. They talked about the different colours of the leaves on the conker tree and how they are changing, from the lovely bright green to brown.
More conker pics in our gallery.