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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.
In partnership with Shonette Bason-Wood’s ‘Spread the Happiness’ theme, the Nursery held a Chocolate Cake Day today, Friday 27th January – an important day for happiness levels.
Miss Ricordo agreed to bake the Chocolate Cake and many children enjoyed watching her and even helping out. Of course the best part was getting to eat it!
There were so many very messy, happy faces after eating Miss Ricordo’s delicious Chocolate Cake, and the magic must have been working because many staff and children had very smiley faces for the rest of the day!
This month we have welcomed many new children to the nursery and are particularly pleased to see how quickly they have settled.
Prior to starting nursery, the staff visited all the new children to get to know each one personally in the comfort of their own home. The visits also enabled staff to meet all members of the family and get a better understanding of each child’s community and home life. Children even had the chance to play with some of the nursery toys before they come to nursery for their short play session.
Certainly we find these visits help children settle more easily into nursery life, and create an early bond with families and the key person and buddy staff. On their first session, children are more comfortable in their new surroundings – many recognise their key person and buddy and often we hear “You came to my house”.
As with all the staff, the nursery children have been happy to welcome the new intake and everyone has enjoyed exploring the nursery, and in particular the new smart touch screen TV. This includes a new painting program that allows the children to all draw simultaneously and is proving to be very popular.
It has been a pleasure to welcome back our nursery children and we look forward to building friendships with all the new ones.
Ms Muranka. Head of Lady Castle Nursery
As we come to the end of 2016, we look back on a very exciting year.
Starting with significant praise for our nursery – an Ofsted report that recognised how we are ‘committed to providing a high-quality service for families’, then awarded ‘Employer of the Year’ for our apprenticeship scheme, gaining the accreditation for paediatric first aid care with the Millie’s Mark and of course our Duckling Awards for our budding swimmers.
Whilst we have welcomed new members of staff, we have seen the further development of those firmly established – two members of staff being accepted on to a new foundation degree and a further two completing their first year of the degree.
We have enjoyed a calendar of exciting trips including; the York Maze, Scarborough, Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Farm and the Sundown Adventure Land, and we have celebrated many festivals and events; from Chinese New Year, Easter, Eid, Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night, and finally our Christmas celebrations with Santa.
We are very excited about what can be achieved in 2017!
Have an enjoyable break and we look forward to hearing all your exciting news in January. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Ms Muranka and all the members of Lady Castle staff
On Wednesday 14th December, the nursery children and staff enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch, with Christmas crackers, and lots of festive songs to sing along to. Then it was time to dance to all their favourite party songs.
Then on Friday a very special visitor came to the Nursery.
All the children were sat on the carpet listening to a story when…. what was that jingle outside? When the teacher opened the blinds there was Santa, going into his grotto!
All the children were delighted to spend time with Santa, to tell him what they wanted for Christmas and also talk about what they would be doing over the festive holidays.
Santa brought a gift for all the children and even a special gift for all the teachers too! Hajra dressed up like Santa, Mariam gave Santa a big hug and Zahra ……. well she is still deciding if Santa is nice or not!!
This week the busy bees have been looking at the shape of numbers and learning how to form their individual shapes.
Miss Ricordo showed Inaaya and Misbah, how to make the shape of each of the numbers in the air, using a stick. This was really good fun, especially as they made the movements to the beat of some of their favorite songs.
Then Miss Ricordo gave them each a bowl of bright white paint to dip their stick into, like a paintbrush, and form the number shapes on the ground.
They enjoyed this activity and were soon confidently forming all their numbers.
This week the children have been very busy creating various Christmas decorations, ready for the fairies that are coming over the weekend to transform the nursery.
The children took turns to add their bright green hand prints to make a beautiful Christmas Tree. They loved the feel of the green squishy, slimey paint on their hands and counted as their fingers made a pattern.
Once the tree was formed it was time to add the decorations, with brightly coloured paint. They carefully painted on lots of decorations using their finger tips.
Some of the children then used their new skills to make a very festive holly wreath, counting, one, two, three…. how many hand prints they had used.
The fairies are going to be absolutely delighted when they see what the children have made! See more photos in our gallery.