We get up to so much at Lady Castle Nursery! Click here to look at our gallery.
Today the nursery staff and children welcomed a very, very special visitor – Santa Claus.
Santa spent time meeting all the children and especially enjoyed listening to their beautiful singing, as they practised their songs for their Christmas production of ‘the smelly sprout’.
After watching the rehearsal, he then spent time with each of the children as they took their turn telling him what they wanted for Christmas.
The children are now looking forward to their Christmas trip to Cannon Hall Farm, where they will meet Santa again, this time with his elves.
More Santa pics in the gallery.
Today all the children and staff came to nursery wearing their Christmas jumper to raise money for the Save the Children charity.
So many lovely festive jumpers with penguins, snowmen, elves, Santas and plenty of Rudolphs.
Children took part in Christmas activities including making their very own Christmas cards and calendars for the New Year. They sang and danced to Christmas songs as well as rehearsing for their Lady Castle Christmas play ‘the smelly sprout’.
The children were also reminded to be kind to each other as we get closer to Christmas and were delighted to receive a special message from Santa himself, ahead of his visit on Monday. More pics in the gallery.
Children in the nursery have been learning all about the number one so they are able to recognise the number one and can understand what ‘one’ means.
They have enjoyed lots of fun activities to support their learning and have particularly enjoyed singing and ‘digit dancing’ to songs such as One Direction’s ‘one thing’, which helped them practice forming a number one, hopping on one leg, standing proud like a number one and making a long number one using their bodies.
Children then searched the nursery to find ‘one’ item to bring back to the group.
The children have also used chalk to mark the number one on the ground, and bright red paint to carefully write the number on the nursery floor with their fingers. What messy fun!
More photos from our ‘one’ activities in the gallery.
This week the children in the nursery have enjoyed making their own slime.
First they had to get all the ingredients together and put them in a big mixing bowl. Then mix them all together and watch it turn into slime.
The children, and even many of the staff, just loved exploring how the gooey slime felt, running it through their fingers and seeing how it could change into different shapes. Pawel thought it felt like water, and Haniya loved the stretchy feel. Four-year-old Zahra exclaimed ‘look, it’s so stretchy’.
More gooey pics in the gallery
If you want to make this at home, here are the ingredients to make Lady Castle Slime: PVA glue, food colouring, shaving foam (optional), contact lens solution and Aldi Almat bio washing detergent. Mix together in a bowl to make the slime.
The children in the nursery have made the most of the wet weather this week with lots of rainy day activities.
They have had such fun jumping in puddles, listening to the raindrops on their heads and using the brushes to make bubbles on the floor.
And the fun did not end when the rain stopped – they made their own wet weather with their own hosepipe!
More rainy day pics in our gallery.
Today the children and staff have been raising money for Children In Need.
They have all come to nursery still in their pyjamas! Lots of fun activities including having their faces painted and making Pudsey Bear ears.
Then they all enjoyed their own disco with the children even choosing their own music.
At the end of the day, the children sat down for circle time to learn all about the children they would be helping as a result of their fundraising efforts.
More photos in our gallery.
On Monday 5th November children and staff celebrated bonfire night.
During the day the children joined in with various bonfire themed activities including making their own fire works with paint.
Later in the day, parents were invited to join them for a delicious pie and peas supper. Some children also brought along brothers and sisters who had since moved on to primary school to join in the fun.
After supper it was time for a firework display: fountains of light and sparkle, rockets that made a loud bang and lit up the sky with sizzling shots and explosions. The children were thrilled to see all the beautiful colours and sparkles.
A special thank you to Ms Muranka and Miss Ball for being our firework controllers and making sure we stayed safe and for providing such a splendid display.
More photos in our gallery.
On Friday 2nd November, Lady Castle children and staff enjoyed Halloween fun at York Maze.
First stop, all aboard the ‘Ghostamania’ tractor ride – under the creepy web with all the giant spiders, past the slimy snakes and look out for the scary crow who likes to eat all the corn and chase children – luckily they were all saved by the friendly skeleton.
Then off to the ‘Haunted House of Cornfusion’ with a whirling bridge, upside down room and even a mirror maze. After a lovely picnic lunch in the barn, it was time to master the maze and tackle the Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt. With several wrong turns, and getting lost quite a few times, everyone eventually managed to find the exit.
With all that walking it was nice to sit down and watch the spooky ‘phantomime’ about the wicked Baroness who lived in York Castle.
Finally, they all enjoyed a run around the ‘cobstacle’ course made of corn corns, with lots of jumping and falling on the jumping pillow – a huge inflatable trampoline. Then sliding down the fast bumpy slides and exploring the sand, water and construction site.
What an exhausting day full of a-maizing memories. More pics in our gallery.
This week the nursery children and staff have been celebrating Halloween.
Children and staff dressed up as some very scary characters, with witches, pumpkins and even some spooky spiders.
The week has been filled with frighteningly fun activities; making gingerbread ghosts and zombies, face painting scary masks and spooky spiders, making chocolate ghostly treats including chocolate skulls and of course carving their very own pumpkins.
The children have particularly enjoyed a very thrilling game of hide-and-seek in the Lady Castle Haunted House and have had to be very careful in the sand pit with all those bats, spiders and creepy snakes.
A particular highlight has been the Halloween disco with a game of musical bumps, followed by a super delicious Monster tea.
What a spookily fantastic week!
More photos in our gallery.
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.