This week our sensory garden at Nursery has been re-vamped. Terry has handmade us a new woodland seating area. As you can see,the area is an inviting environment for the children both by day and dusk – It is a perfect story or singing circle, drawing area or general group activity area. We are sure the children will experience countless learning opportunities within there.
The children have had a lovely day today celebrating the life of the patron Saint ‘St David’ and learning about the Welsh culture. Activities included dressing up in the Welsh traditional costume, making daffodil pictures and Welsh flags. Dinner was a traditional ‘Lamb Cawl’ (Welsh Stew), followed by Welsh cakes, and for tea the children enjoyed leek and potato soup with Welsh rarebit crumpets.
The children have had a busy time during the Month of May. Wise Owls pre-school enjoyed their annual parade with their home made May poles, they have also been very adventurous in the woods at Forest schools – climbing, mixing in the mud kitchen and owl hunting.
One of our parents was kind enough to bring in some chickens to visit the whole Nursery – the children were able to discover what the chickens felt like and also how to take care of them, including being able to feed them some of their corn.
The Queen, complete with her guard and corgi’s , arrived at the Nursery! The children were also so excited to receive an official letter from her majesty thanking them for the lovely handmade card they had sent to her for her 90th Birthday.
Last week the children throughout the nursery enjoyed a week learning about the Queen and celebrating her 90th Birthday.
They made her birthday cards and visited the post office to deliver them, learnt about her castle, carriage and even how to greet her.
On Thursday the children came dressed in Royal attire, enjoyed bouncing on the Royal castle and took lunch outdoors – Street party style. Cris, the Nursery cook, made a fantastic celebratory cake and the children all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her Royal Highness.
Wise Owls pre-school have been learning about their new pets – Giant African land snails (generously donated to us from ‘Just for Pets’).
They have been looking at their shapes and sizes and how we need to look after them, including what the snails like to eat. We will be measuring them and seeing how large they grow (they can grow up to the size of a tennis ball…….watch this giant space!)
Pre-schools ‘Math Magicians’ programme is successfully running… this week we have been learning about quantity and matching
numerals to objects
Last week our Rain Forest toddlers enjoyed preparing their own snack. They became particularly involved and focussed on spreading their own crackers – demonstrating persistence and concentration until their cracker was ready to eat. Well done to our independent toddlers!
Over the last few weeks our Safari babies have been exploring lots of different things, they enjoyed getting messy and investigating texture during a vegetable printing activity, and enjoyed listening to the crunching sound under their feet as they explored the icey sprinkle of snow on the outdoor play area.
They have also had lots of fun with their mini parachute and have been busy finding different ways that they can come down their mini slide.
Yesterday our Wise Owls pre-school visited the Post Office where they met a post lady ‘Jo’ and post man ‘Carl’. They posted letters that they have written to a school in Pakistan and are looking forward to the children there writing back.
The children learned about paying for stamps (counting their own money out to make their payments), the variety of colours of the stamps and where the parcels, packages and letters go to when they are collected from the post office.
The children were able to look inside the Royal Mail van and saw the big sacks of letters that the post people had collected.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Over the past few weeks the children throughout the Nursery have been enjoying Christmas related activities.
Last week Wise Owls pre-school performed their very own Nativity for their parents at the local Chapel, they did exceptionally well and we are very proud of them.
Rainforest toddlers had a very messy time making their Santa’s sleigh for their role-play area, they’ve also enjoyed making cards and presents for home.
Safari babies have enjoyed lots of Christmas sensory activities which has resulted in cards and gifts for home, they have also had fun playing in the homemade ‘snow dough’
Today the children have enjoyed a full Christmas dinner – all rooms ate together as one big ‘Firs Family’, they wore their hand made Christmas hats and sang ‘ Merry Christmas’ to Cris the cook to thank her for their lovely food.
Today the Nursery is 26 years old!
The Nursery Cook, Cris, has made the children a lovely celebratory cake for tea to mark the special occasion – yum yum!
Lest We forget!
Our Wise Owls Pre-school visited the war memorials at ‘The National Arboretum’ today. They saw statues of our brave soldiers who have helped to protect us and keep us safe and particularly enjoyed hunting for the poppies and learning about the polar bear (arctic convoys), postman (National post service during war-time) and horse memorials In honour of the fallen horses).
Safari babies have been busy making hand print poppies -experimenting with the texture of the paint on their hands.
Our parent and toddler group ‘Creative caterpillars’ have a theme tomorrow of ‘Peppa Pig and poppies’ – Hill St Health and Well Being centre 9.30am.
This week our Wise Owls pre-school are learning about Fire Safety, including – today- a special visit from a Nurse who talked to the children about keeping safe during Bonfire Night. They enjoyed listening to her and learning about First Aid.
Children in Rainforest toddler group have been on an Autumn walk, they looked at the different coloured leaves and enjoyed jumping through them and throwing them high into the air, they brought a collection of their Autumn finds back to the Nursery to continue their play and investigation.
Leading on from their topic of ‘Transport’ our Wise Owls pre-school have been on a visit to the Bass museum to learn about transport gone by, they thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Shire horses and exploring the model railway.
Safari babies have enjoyed a sensory play session with Isabel – based on the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ They investigated different textures and sounds whilst listening to the popular story.
This week our Wise Owls pre-school children have enjoyed learning about numbers and size through first hand experience of measuring the pumpkins which they have grown in the nursery garden. They also enjoyed some time in the herb garden sketching pictures of their vegetable patch.