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This week the children have enjoyed meeting people from ‘Out in the Aire’ and taking part in outside woodland activities. First the children had to warm up with their own mini assault course before going on a present hunt in the woods to find where Santa had left all his presents.
Then they made their own Christmas decorations using some very special tools; drills, hammers and even potato peelers. They also used other materials such as cotton wool, chalk, ribbon, string and of course plenty of glue.
The best part of the day though was eating delicious toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate!
Thank you Miss O’Grady for organising such a fun outside day.
Since this exciting activity day, Miss Ricordo has helped them built their own outside den to sit in.
More pics in the gallery.
To support the Children In Need fundraising day, the boys and girls in the nursery, along with all the staff, dressed in characters from their favourite book or film.
Miss Cooper thought it would be fun to have a storytelling activity and encourage the children to make up a story of their own.
So the children read lots of stories to start to get ideas and to use their imagination. Miss Cooper helped them along, prompting them with “once upon a time….
What wonderful stories…. and even some beautiful drawings they would like to go on the front of their storybook.
This week the children have really enjoyed playing outside with Miss Rhodes and her spaghetti worms in the slimy chocolate mud.
First, the children had to dig around in the mud to find all the hidden insects and bugs using their spoons and spatulas.
At first it felt very slimy and very funny on their fingers, but soon they were all really enjoying feeling how squelchy and slippery the spaghetti felt.
Lots of outdoor messy fun – it was like playing with real slimy, muddy worms!
This week the children were delighted to invite their families to join them for a pie and peas bonfire night tea, with all the nursery staff.
First everyone had to make sure they were wrapped up nice and warm to go outside.and watch the exciting firework display.
Lots of bright colours and sparkles as the fireworks lit up the sky and plenty of “ooh’s and aah’s” from everyone as the fireworks shot right up high into the sky! What an exciting evening.
Then back inside for a nice warm meal of pie and peas.
This week, with Halloween near, the children have been very busy in their cooking club making spooky spider pizzas with Mrs Blades.
After carefully covering their pizza base with tomatoes and cheese the children carefully added the vegetables to turn them into spooky spiders.
The tomato made the head and carrot sticks made the spooky spider legs.
Pop them in the oven to cook – they were delicious to eat!!
More spooky spider pics in our gallery.
Today the children and staff have been celebrating the festival of Diwali.
Children have been making patterns on the ceiling with their torches, and watching the different coloured lights and the shadows they made.
They have also enjoyed making their Rangoli patterns with Miss Rhodes; gluing and sticking the brightly coloured shapes to the beautiful patterns and talking about all the different colours they were using.
Many children came to nursery in their special party clothes and had fun dancing at their party disco. They day concluded with a special Diwali candle-lit party tea.
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Today the children have been taking part in an exciting outdoor Phonics Hunt which has been organised by Miss Simpson.
The children looked for each of the letters, which are found in Phase 1 and 2 of the Jolly Phonics Scheme, which were hidden in the trees and bushes in the surrounding woodland area, in the grounds of the nursery.
Ephraim and Eesa recognized all the letters and were able to name many words beginning with each of the letter sounds. Well done Ephraim and Eesa.
When all the letters were collected the children enjoyed counting how many letters had been found.
The children then brought their letters inside the nursery and used a whiteboard pen to carefully trace over the letters, really concentrating and practicing their fine motor skills.
Mrs Staley created some squishy, stretchy slime for the Messy Room today. The children could not wait to roll, pull and really stretch the slime mixture.
Some of the boys and girls enjoyed taking it around the different areas of the nursery, whilst others enjoyed throwing it and stretching it out. Some of the slime even ended up in the children’s hair!
They loved the slime as it felt squidgy without being sticky and it had a lovely sweet smell!
The Play dough tools were really handy to cut out various shapes and roll with rolling pins and rolling cutters.
(Lady Castle Slime Recipe: Mix PVA glue and Almat (liquid detergent gel from Aldi) until you get your slimy mixture to the right consistency.
This week the outdoor area was transformed with colourful trays and water walls, with the mud kitchen cleaned ready for extra muddy mess! Also, the construction corner was filled with a wide range of bricks, all of different sizes and in a variety of colours.
One of the trays was filled with shaving foam so the children could enjoy making their maths shapes, such as a triangle and a circle. Adyaan really enjoyed experimenting and getting very messy. He loved feeling the slushy mess with his fingers and smelling the lovely fragrance of the shaving foam.
Ayrah particularly enjoyed making triangles and circles with her fingers in the foam, and even put some on her nose!
The children were pleased when the swimming pool re-opened this month after closing for maintenance and a new boiler! Miss Turner and Mrs O’Grady-Sharples have been very busy putting plans together to get the children back into their swimming lessons.
The first few lessons have been concentrating on building confidence and having fun in the water. Some of the children have enjoyed sliding down the chute and laughing as they landed in the deep end, whilst others have had fun watering the swimming pool and their feet!
Baby Bee, Zahra, has become so much more confident in the “big bath” that she no longer requires a swimming ring, only arm bands; a magnificent achievement for such a young swimmer who only turns two next month. Well done Zahra!
As the children start to grow in confidence they will begin working towards the new ASA Discovery Duckling Awards – perfect for babies, toddlers and pre-school children who are new to swimming lessons. They are ideal for gaining water confidence while staying close to adult support.
As the children start to move by themselves in the water they will then move onto the next stage of learning to swim – the Duckling Awards.