We get up to so much at Lady Castle Nursery! Click here to look at our gallery.
It was such a rainy and very wet day that the nursery staff decided to build a den outdoors for everyone to shelter from the rain.
The nursery children enjoyed helping to construct their den and were delighted when the staff said they were going to light a fire. But first they all talked about fire safety, and what everyone could do to protect themselves.
Children collected water in jugs, and they helped place the cones around the fire to stop anyone from getting too close.
Later they all enjoyed Jaffa cakes and listened to the story of ‘Good Knight, Bad Knight’ about a fire-breathing dragon who came along and Bad Knight saved the day!
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Today the nursery children have been on a Nature Hunt to find lots of interesting things to use for their nature art.
The children collected the items in their brightly coloured buckets and managed to find so many different things of all shapes and sizes; leaves, twigs, flowers and small stones. The children then enjoyed placing them onto the sticky canvas to make bright, colourful, and very interesting, creations from nature, with so many different colours and textures.
Eliyah, who is four years old, decided to throw mud onto the nursery’s finished picture and exclaimed “it’s like sprinkling nature glitter!”
During their hunt, the children realised that some of the items collected were not from nature at all and so they had a discussion about the importance of not dropping litter. A group of children decided to use their bucket as a litter bucket, making sure to empty the contents into the bin when they had finished.
More pics of our Nature Hunt in the gallery.
Today the nursery children invited all the members of their family to celebrate Father’s Day with a delicious feast.
Miss Ricordo made a homemade potato, pea and paneer curry and Indiya’s mummy, Sheena made a chicken masala.
The children also enjoyed bhajis, samosas and tasty pakoras.
The mouthwatering feast was followed by a bowl of gulab jamun and ice cream!
The children agreed, it was a perfect way to celebrate such a special day with their daddies!
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As the school year draws to an end, our busy bee children are preparing to move up to primary school and their first year in reception.
Dance rehearsals have already begun for the end of year graduation performance, when families and friends join us to celebrate their children’s time in Lady Castle Nursery.
The children have been working very hard, perfecting their dance skills and learning a range of moves, including the very popular knee slide, which has now been included in their routine.
Parents, family members and friends can’t wait to see their end of year performance.
More rehearsal pics in our gallery.
This week the nursery children have been enjoying the Very Hungry Caterpillar story by Eric Carle.
They have enjoyed hearing about all the different foods the caterpillar ate on each day of the week. The children have also been taking part in a number of activities to show what they had learnt from the story.
First, they used the story stones to show the order in which the caterpillar ate the different foods, and had to really concentrate to remember what foods came next. It was also a good opportunity for them to practise their counting – with 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums….. as well as thinking about all the different colours of the foods.
Then the children followed these activities by using their own fruit to print the sequence of foods the caterpillar had eaten, using the different coloured paint.
More pics of their activities can be found in the gallery.
This week in nursery, the children have been looking at the different foods they enjoy eating that are healthy and those that are unhealthy.
Miss Allatt has been helping them put the different foods into the correct category and thinking about how are they ‘healthy’ for our bodies or ‘unhealthy’.
The children shared what their favourite foods were and talked about how important it is for their bodies to grow and be strong, by eating the healthy foods.
Miss Allatt said the children were fantastic at identifying which was healthy and unhealthy and had all enjoyed identifying each of the food groups.
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Today the nursery children and staff enjoyed a trip to Ponderosa Farm to visit all the farm animals, and even some exotic ones too.
They looked at the lemurs, fruit bats, raccoons, and meerkats, as well as the very cute chinchillas, guinea pigs and rabbits.
The nursery children also said hello to alpacas, donkeys, goats and even a few reindeers, as well as slimy snakes, big spiders and creeping lizards.
The babies particularly loved the sing song time in the sunshine, as they walked around the large pond filled with so many fish.
After exploring the farm and time in the indoor play gym, the children climbed aboard the pirate ship and built sandcastles on the Ponderosa beach.
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Today is National Sibling Day!!!
To help the children celebrate the day, they invited their siblings, cousins and friends to join them for a day of activities and fun in Lady Castle Nursery.
The nursery children enjoyed showing their visitors round their nursery, and talking about all the exciting and interesting activities they did every day.
They visited the messy corner where the children enjoyed all their messy hands-on activities, such as painting, water games and learning in the sandpit. They also spent time in the home corner where they liked their role playing games and then on such a lovely day, the outdoor area for lots of activities and exploration.
The visitors tried all the activities themselves, even taking time to try a tune on the piano. At the end of the day, they all certainly agreed that Lady Castle Nursery was an exciting and fun place to learn. More pics of the day here.
This week our focus is on movement, with many activities centred around the sand pit.
We have noticed that many of our nursery children have a trajectory schema, which means simply that they really enjoy movement. They like to move themselves and they also like to watch movement and making movement happen.
The children have really enjoyed pouring the sand through the various objects that were hung over the sandpit, and looking at the lines the sand has made as it passes through the holes.
Further pics of our activities are in the gallery.
Today the children have been enjoying their very own Mother’s Day celebration, with a very special afternoon tea.
The children were delighted to welcome mummies, daddies and grandma’s for a delicious tea of homemade sandwiches, scones, butterfly buns, millionaire shortbread, tea, coffee and juice!
A special thank you to Alison, Gemma and Gemma’s mummy who prepared the tea and baked the delicious scones and cakes.
Everyone agreed, it was a lovely way to start the weekend!
More pics in our gallery.