LET'S MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.
OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON US.
On the 11th March members of our staff team marched to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring budget in an attempt to secure the funding nurseries vitally need to continue to provide the high quality education and community support that they do. It is make or break time for nursery schools, if they do not receive adequate funding, they will close. Please give your support and ALL sign the online petition by clicking on the link below. Please share with your families and friends - every signature counts!
LET'S MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.
OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON US.
Looking back over the photographs this week, I found it interesting to see how many children had been looking at the world around them from a different perspective - under tables, through telescopes and coloured viewfinders. They have built dens, patiently lined up dominoes and been looking after their babies in the home corner. They are becoming increasingly skilled at the woodwork bench and it has been wonderful to see so much painting and mark making going on. Outside, there have been many concoctions created in the mud kitchen and excitement as they build up speed on the skateboards - just look at their faces!
It’s been another busy week. We started with popcorn on the fire on Monday, with lots of discussion about what was happening to the popcorn and the sound it made. We made pancakes on Tuesday, the children mixed the batter and chose their toppings. We cooked them inside in the morning and outside in the afternoon and they were delicious!
We also celebrated World Book Day by reading lots of stories, some children (and staff) dressed up or had their face painted. The World Book Day campaign this year is to ‘SHARE A STORY FOR 10 MINUTES TODAY’ to get everyone sharing stories from breakfast to bedtime on World Book Day and beyond. Reading with your child now, can have long-lasting benefits for their future and because we know how busy you are, the great news is that reading together for JUST 10 MINUTES a day can make all the difference. Here are some fun and easy ways to join in:
• Find 10 minutes every day to read with your child. It doesn’t just have to happen at bedtime – reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time.
• Visit your local bookshop & help your child choose their FREE World Book Day book with their £1 book token. If you haven’t received your token, please ask a member of staff.
• Choose a book at your local library to read together – join the library and start a new habit of visiting the library on a regular basis.
For lots of ideas on how you can make story time fun as well as advice on sharing stories with your little ones and encouraging a lifelong love of reading, visit www.worldbookday.com. There is a list of the top 100 stories to share to help you to discover new books and stories that you’ll love sharing together.
If you scroll down you will see the staff at Hampden Way with their favourite book recommendations. We’d love to see what you’re reading and your favourite stories, so if your child has a favourite story they would like us to share at nursery, please bring it in. A love of reading is one of life’s greatest gifts so happy reading together and happy World Book Day!
Welcome back after half term, the children have settled in well and we were spoilt with the sunshine at the beginning of the week. There has been lots of construction in the garden and also the digging of an extremely large hole! The children have been spending lots of time at the woodwork bench, showing great concentration as we introduced them to the saw and hand drills. The children have been hunting for worms and getting very excited as they made comparisons to see whose was the longest. We have been getting messy, exploring different textures including semolina, cornflour, stretchy dough and using pipettes with food colouring to create wonderful swirly patterns. It’s been lovely to see so many children accessing books independently, reading to each other and using props to retell traditional tales - however I was a little taken aback with one version of Little Red Riding Hood, where she uses her mobile phone to text to woodcutter! Have a wonderful weekend.
Here are a few of the things we’ve been up to in the last week of this term. Our new children are settling in well and it’s been lovely to see them growing in confidence. We’ve had bubbles, booby traps in the sand and fish in the mud kitchen this week. We have been looking closely at daffodils and painting what we see. The children have enjoyed climbing and balancing in the garden. Thank you for all your support this term as we try and secure funding for the future of nursery schools. Whether you wrote to our local MP or signed the petition, we are very grateful. Please read our spring newsletter that you should be receiving soon, which has details of an online petition to sign. Have a wonderful half term, with love from all of us at Hampden Way.
And just to end the term, I’d just like to share these photos of one boy, who worked tirelessly for an hour and a half to build this amazing ‘lava making machine.’ The lava making machine was all his own idea and as he worked, he found ways to solve problems, such as building a staircase to reach higher. He tested his ideas, checked that his tower was stable. He absolutely had a plan, he worked decisively and with purpose, knowing exactly what he needed to do to reach his goal, checking and changing strategy as needed. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to watch him working with such focus and determination. Fabulous!
We have had a wonderful week celebrating Chinese New Year. We have peeled and chopped vegetables to make a stir fry which we all enjoyed together as we worked out how to use chopsticks. We have made decorations for the nursery and watched a traditional dragon dance. This inspired us to make our own dragon. We got very messy as we worked together painting boxes, glueing tissue paper and stapling fabric to create our wonderful dragon. When it was finished, we recruited some drummers to follow our dragon as it danced and paraded around the garden. We would also like to thank one of our lovely parents for kindly finding the time to come into nursery, to talk to the children about Chinese New Year. They really enjoyed listening to the story and hunting for the hidden red decorations around the room. Please leave a comment below, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Again, the cold weather has not deterred the children from venturing outside. We have begun to create a digging area, with the children working very hard to turn over the soil. This led to the discovery of many worms, with the children picking them up to get a closer look and creating homes for them. There was some discussion over why a coat pocket may not make the best home for a worm! We have warmed ourselves by singing around a fire and had a special treat of hot chocolate. We have been colour mixing with powder paints and brooms, explored many different methods of smashing ice and used vegetable peelers to whittle sticks, with the children showing great focus and concentration.
The cold weather has not stopped the children being busy outside. They are still very interested in water and colour mixing, so they have been using spray bottles and powder paints to create some wonderful art in the garden. The children have also enjoyed exploring the snow and ice in the garden and adding colour to it. Inside, it has been wonderful to see the children using their newly acquired woodwork skills. They are now independently using palm drills, screwdrivers and hammers to join pieces of wood together, adding wooden discs, beads and bottle tops. They have taken their creations to the painting table for further decoration. We have seen a fleet of fire engines and one little boy was very proud of his creation, explaining ‘it’s a stage, the nails are the people’ - such creative thinking!
We would like to welcome all our new children and their families who have joined us this week. The children are settling in well and have been exploring their new environment. It has been very busy in the garden this week despite the cold weather, with water being an area of interest for many children. They have been using paint to mix different colours, pouring, transferring and transporting water around the garden. They have been very interested in the flow of water, tipping it down slopes and steps to see what happens. They have used guttering and made their own slopes using tyres and a large half pipe, even using the large cone as a giant mixing bowl. We lit a fire to keep ourselves warm and dens to shelter us from the rain. The children have been thrill seeking as they rock themselves faster and higher in the hammock and used the body boards in different ways - travelling on their backs, fronts and using ropes to try and make themselves go faster. We are looking forward to more new friends joining us next week.
Welcome back! It has been lovely to hear all about what the children have been up to over the holidays. They have enjoyed being outdoors, using the ropes, ladders and swinging in the hammock. There has been lots of construction using blocks and Mobilo, with one little boy making an impressive transformer - a dinosaur that turns into a vacuum cleaner and when you turn it upside down, it’s a sledge! A puppet show was built and hands have been painted. The children have been problem solving and working together to create watches and masks, which have been used as props in lots imaginative role play. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of new friends to Hampden Way next week and we would like to wish you all a very happy new year.
We ended this term with Christmas parties and sing-a-longs. We had party games including pass the parcel and musical statues. We enjoyed party food, balloons, dancing and a visit from Father Christmas. The children have sung their hearts out all week and it was wonderful to see so many parents, carers and families come to watch the sing-a-longs. We were very proud of each and every one of the children. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cards, kind words and generous gifts, we are extremely grateful to you all. Merry Christmas, with love from all the staff at Hampden Way! xxx