A week by week account of a typical year at our nursery. These activities are typical of what we do throughout the year. At the end of each week we post an update on our Facebook page showing what we have done that week.
It has been a busy and emotional week! After the end of year party on Monday the children have been choosing their favourite activities - water, bubbles, big blocks and treasure maps and today we had a surprise visit from a pony called Dolly! We have said goodbye to our older children who are moving on to school; it is always sad to say goodbye but we hope you will all keep in touch and we know they will all be brilliant at school. Thank you so much for all your lovely gifts, cards and kind words - we really appreciate them. Have a lovely summer and we look forward to seeing the children returning in September.
This week we have been making things for the graduation on Monday which you will see on the day. As well as that we have been using treasure maps to search for things outside, writing in coloured rice and building a pirate ship! Have a great weekend and we will see you at the party on Monday. ?
Apologies for the late update this week...we have been trying to keep cool by playing with water and using problem solving skills to move it around. We also used some construction equipment to develop fine motor skills. The children enjoyed making their shakers and using them to play along at singing time
Apologies for the lack of photos this week! As well as sports day we have been making the most of the weather by playing with water and talking about volume and capacity. Indoors we have been working on hand/eye co-ordination with activities such as tap a shape and pencil control. We have also been counting up to ten, twenty and sometimes as far as fifty!
We have had an exciting day today! The first of our butterflies has emerged; earlier in the week the cocoons were transferred into the net and the children have been watching all week. They were delighted to see our first butterfly. As well as this we have made world cup flags and trained for sports day. We asked the children what they would like to cook this week and they chose iced biscuits.
Our first visit to the care home was a big success! The children who went behaved beautifully and impressed everyone with their confidence, friendliness and manners. They built lego towers for the residents to knock down with balls, had a look in the garden and met a lovely lady who is 101!
This week we had a slight hiccup when our caterpillars didn't arrive as ordered...they are now definitely on their way! We still talked about growing and changing and made butterfly cakes. We also looked at different kinds of animals and pets and how to look after them. Today the children had a visit from Lola the dog - they loved meeting her.
This week we have been looking at caterpillars and butterflies. We have read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and used some of the foods featured in the book to make caterpillars on a plate. The children also made butterflies by painting and folding paper to make a print; we looked at symmetry and patterns. After half term we have some caterpillars arriving for the children to look after and observe.
This week we have been thinking about how things grow and change. The children have helped to remove the dead plants from the planter at the front of nursery and planted summer flowers. They have each planted a sunflower to keep at home and look after. They used their writing skills to put their name on their sunflower diary and write a label for their plant pot.
This week has all been about sharing and being kind. The children have worked in groups at activities and games that involved sharing resources, taking turns and helping each other. The different groups worked together to produce two amazing cakes, negotiating and voting for what colour to make the icing. Quote of the week from one of the children: "Teamwork is what works!"
This week our activities have been based around the book "Billy's Bucket" which is a big favourite with the children at the moment. They have sorted and categorised fish and buckets by size and colour and used hand/eye co-ordination to throw balls and fish into the buckets. As well as this they designed their own buckets and made healthy fish and chips. Great fun was also had with the new hoops and tunnel donated by one of our parents.
This week we have continued to weed and tidy outside. The bubbles made a return by popular demand - I'm not sure who had more fun today - the children or our two Ellies!. The children initiated a craft session making masks and claws for role play which enabled them to develop their planning, creative and cutting skills. We also made cheese straws.
This week we have spent lots of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather. The children have raked and swept up leaves, weeded, played with water and sand and used different methods of blowing bubbles. We even had a snack time picnic today. It's lovely to be back after the Easter break and we are looking forward to a busy and productive Summer Term!
This week we have enjoyed lots of Easter activities...making cards, Easter cakes and boxes to take it all home in. The children were amazing hunting for eggs outside. We also found time to investigate water beads and kinetic sand! We return to nursery on Monday 16th April - hope you all enjoy the holidays
This week we have been thinking about Sport Relief; we have built obstacle courses indoors and outside, worn sporty clothes and been very active. We have also talked about sports and activities that we like to do. The children have investigated sports equipment such as swimming floats and protective clothing for horse riding. We also made healthy fruit kebabs. Thank you so much for your sport relief donations.
This week the children have made Mother's Day Cards and decorated and planted a pot as a gift for their Mum. Outside they have created new role play games around Peter Rabbit, devising characters and making up stories and today they made soup using water, sand and leaves which they named "Stinky Soup"!
We have been having a great time writing and drawing on long rolls of paper, developing fine motor skills playing with slime and making biscuits in the shape of initial letters.
Next week for World Book Day we will be dressing up as book characters (Thursday and Friday), reading favourite stories and making our own books.
Lots of love and laughs this week! We made Valentine's cards for people that we love and read "Guess how much I love you". We also made and ate pancakes and had a great time mixing and flipping them. When we come back after half term we will be introducing Jolly Phonics and developing writing and pre writing skills.
Well it's been an eventful week! The heating is now fixed and the phone seems to be as well..we still managed to investigate weight and volume with lentils, peas and pasta and practice throwing and catching. Next week our activities will be based around the book "It's the Bear" and will include an indoor picnic and making blueberry pie.