We get up to so much at Lady Castle Nursery! Click here to look at our gallery.
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.
This week the nursery children have been taking part in a Road Safety Week.
Learning about how to be safe on the roads and in cars – how traffic lights work, how you should hold hands crossing the road and all about the importance of wearing our seat belts.
There has been so many fun car activities: active circle times where we have been running and walking, painting our hands and hand-printing and even making delicious traffic light biscuits.
The children have been coming to nursery in bright colours, like the traffic lights, so that the cars can easily see them walking to nursery. Each child has generously donated £1 which will be donated to Brake – the road safety charity.
Even the babies got involved in road safety week! Creating a traffic light out of their hand-prints!
This week the nursery boys and girls have been listening to the story of Goldilocks and the three bears.
The children looked at all the different sized bowls and spoons. They chose a big bowl and spoon for daddy bear, small ones for mummy bear and really tiny ones for baby bear.
Misbah, Ameera, and their friends had fun feeding the bears. There was lots of talk about how full their bowls were with porridge and they all practised counting up to three. The younger children were fascinated at how you can use the spoons to fill up and then empty the bowls.
Mrs Henson sang a song about the three bears and showed the children the signs to do whilst singing.
This week the nursery children have enjoyed creating their own firework paintings in preparation for bonfire night.
To make the fireworks they used cut up toilet roll, which made a firework effect, and then dipped them in paint. The black paper was used for the night sky and adding glitter gave an extra sparkle. The children talked about all the different firework colours and the noises they made, as they painted their fireworks. A’isha said “fireworks are loud, they go bang”.
On the day of the bonfire, the children were delighted to welcome their parents to join them for a delicious pie and peas tea, and then the exciting firework display.
Deen said he had so much fun spending time with his mummy watching the fireworks.
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To celebrate the festival of light – Diwali, the children brought in their torches and battery candles.
They listened to the story of Diwali, and looked at the pictures of all the characters in the story.
After story time the children joined in the outside activities. They particularly enjoyed breaking the water balloons that were full of different coloured paint which made such brightly coloured patterns on the floor. The children excitedly shouted the colours as they popped out of the balloons.
The day was complete with a Diwali party tea!
To celebrate Halloween the nursery was turned into a spookily grand place!
All the children and teachers came to nursery dressed up as witches, black cats, ghouls and even fairies and superheroes!
The boys and girls had such fun making edible witches hats (and even more fun eating them! Delicious! ), bobbing for apples, playing in a scary swamp and dancing away to ‘I put a spell on you’ and other scary songs.
All the fun and ghostly time was finished with a party tea of witches fingers (cheesy crisps), ghoulish juice (orange juice) and spooky eyeballs (biscuits).
Working in partnership with Shonette Bason-Wood, a pioneer in Early Years, Lady Castle Nursery had a week of happiness challenges. These were messy and wet activities – Monday was Muddy Monday, Tuesday was Bubbly Tuesday, Watery Wednesday, Foamy Thursday and culminating in Fire and Ice Friday.
Parents also took part in the various challenges – mudslides, mud kitchen, walks through mud, bubble painting, blowing bubbles, water bombs, walking under hosepipes, jumping in puddles, foam painting, walking in foam and foamy faces – just some of the activities that took place.
Gwion’s parents were away in Wales for the week, and even across the miles, they took part in all of the challenges and sent daily pictures of the fun they had (and the cleaning up to do). Looks like foamy Thursday was really fun!
The final day was a special fire and ice event, where the children and parents enjoyed toasting marshmallows by the fire and feeling the ice hands. Isaam’s daddy brought some sparkles for an exciting finish to the week!
Lady Castle Nursery certainly spread the happiness!!!
The nursery children have been learning about the Autumn season and how the conkers fall from the trees when the wind blows.
The children enjoyed collecting all the conkers that had fell from the trees in the woodland area. Halima was thrilled to have collected the most conkers – she counted a total of 19! Carefully she sorted them into those which were big and those which were small.
Aisha also enjoyed her outdoor exploration. She collected so many different leaves, all with different shapes. Look how many leaves are on this branch!
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On Friday 21st October, the nursery children enjoyed a full day at Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Farm.
On the way to the pumpkin patch, they stopped to visit the farm animals, which included ducks, goats and pigs, and enjoyed checking how big they were on the pumpkin measuring chart. Then it was time to climb aboard the tractor for a bumpy drive down to the pumpkin patch to see lots of different kinds of pumpkins – red ones, white ones, green ones, square ones, tiny ones and even the BIG orange ones!
All the children chose a pumpkin to bring home and the teachers chose a really big one for the nursery. Then it was time to climb back on the tractor for a bumpy journey to the carving station, where they scooped out all the seeds out of the middle of the pumpkin, and pushed out pumpkin pieces for eyes, nose and mouth. Some children even tried the raw pumpkin with some spooky faces after trying!!
Then onto the Witches Kitchen for a packed lunch, with witches hats to count, pumpkins with rhymes on and broomsticks and cobwebs everywhere. In a special tent they sat on benches to hear the story of ‘Spookily the square pumpkin’. After this the boys and girls enjoyed climbing to the top of the hay bales – lots of laughs as they stumbled and tripped and helped each other up the soft bales.
A final treat of a bonfire lollipop from the shop ended a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Look in our gallery to find more photos of our exciting trip.