We had a busy last few days of term. There was lots of collaborative construction using blocks, lego, magnetic shapes, marble runs, mobilo, sand and paper. The children were fascinated by the ice they found in the garden, working out lots of different ways to crack it, using great descriptive language to describe it, exploring it with their hands and looking through it. Sticks were used to create letters and wonderful patterns and lots of stories were shared. Sensory play involved cooking in the mud kitchen and using soap flakes to create milkshakes and ice cream, again involving lots of descriptive language and making links to their own experiences. It has been lovely to see all our new children settle into nursery life and we look forward to seeing you all after half term.
We have had another lovely week and are enjoying getting to know all our new children and families. We look forward to meeting with all new parents soon to discuss your child’s settling in.
The children have been exploring many different interests this week. They have been practising their caring skills as they bath and dress the babies. We have also had some very interesting science experiments – including exploding volcanoes and balloon rockets!
The children in Rainbow room have been enjoying the story of the Billy Goats Gruff and have been practising their ‘trip trapping’ across the bridge.
The weather has been very changeable this week, we do go outside everyday and kindly request that your child has suitable clothing for the rain – boots and a waterproof coat.
Don’t forget to sign up for the fabulous Parent Workshops coming up and to take the fun maths homework over the weekend.
It has been a noisy week at Hampden Way, with the children exploring lots of different ways of making sounds indoors and out. They have explored different instruments from a guitar to a piano and outside have been making music at our sound wall and using sticks to see what sounds different objects make when we hit them! Oded played his guitar which resulted in a big singalong, with lots of dancing. All the children have been helping our new friends settle in. We have been climbing and jumping in the garden, playing football, rolling balls and even sticking a big stick into holes we have found - just to see what happens!
It has been another busy week at nursery and our new children are settling in well. The children have enjoyed lots of sensory experiences from making music and blowing bubbles to exploring tea, coffee and paint. We have looked at shapes on the light box and matched them in the block area. There have been some wonderful structures created with blocks, creations with tape and boxes and even a story train made from chairs, which have all involved lots of planning, cooperative play and listening to each others ideas. The children have baked chocolate cookies and were independent in making toast, using knives to spread butter and jam. Outside there was lots of fun being had on the body boards. The children connected them together, encouraging each other when they felt a little unsure and working out how to go faster.
In Rainbow room, the children have enjoyed lots of small world play, from Peppa Pig, boats in the water tray and parking cars in their box garage. There has been role play with babies, buggies and cooking with play dough. The children have also been busy constructing with magnetic shapes and blocks – just look at that wonderful drum and those lovely glasses!
We are so happy to have our garden back and the children even more so. They have loved being outside exploring the garden. There is already so much imaginative play happening, from chocolate factories in the sandpit to concocting spells in the mud kitchen. Kites were made and flown in the wind, worms were found and we saw so much cooperation, whether constructing with blocks or giving each other a helping hand on the swing. We are looking forward to welcoming our new children and their families to Hampden Way next week. Happy new year!
We began the week with hot chocolate by the fire and ended it with a snowstorm! The children had a wonderful time making party hats, playing games, dancing and enjoying party food, with the highlight of the day being our very own snowstorm in the garden. I am sure you will agree that the children performed beautifully for their families at our Christmas sing-a-long (some louder than others) and we are very proud of every single one of them.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our families this term for your patience during the building works, for your support and kind words during our Ofsted inspection and also for all the wonderful Christmas gifts.
Thank you and Merry Christmas from all of us at Hampden Way.
The children have been busy this week creating crowns, cutting up catalogues to compile their Christmas wish lists and lots of talk about what Santa might bring. Sleighs have been created out of blocks and chairs and there has been lots of sensory exploration using play dough, glitter and rice, all in bright colours with sparkles to prompt lots of descriptive language. We have seen lots of patterns being created at the light table, on the projector and one group of children spent a very long time arranging matchsticks into a variety of patterns and shapes. The children have loved hiding out in the ‘ice cave,’ sharing books and chatting to each other. Oded brought in his ‘Hanukkiah’ and lit the candles to teach the children about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights and we have been very busy practising our Christmas songs ready for next week.
This week we have made salt dough decorations, started to decorate our Christmas tree, posted letters to Santa and had more collaborative construction – a beautiful snowman and a block sleigh, with children aboard singing ‘Jingle Bells.’ Alongside this has been lots of mark making and maths. There has been large scale mark making outside - on the walls, ground and even lying along a log. We all loved the sensory experience of the water beads and how they bounced down the guttering. The children worked well together, problem solving as they constructed marble runs and filled Numicon boards. Numbers were ordered and written onto dice, which were used to make up their own games, which involved counting claps and jumps. All the children looked brilliant in their Christmas jumpers and we would like to say a huge thank you for your generosity donating to the charity Crisis.
At Forest School, the dragon had left the children a note, thanking them for their help last week. The children found a key tied to a tree, which unlocked secret underground tunnels. There was lots of excitement as the doors were unlocked. The children, armed with torches, headed in and surprised us with their bravery and ‘can do’ attitudes. They emerged from the tunnels with an immense sense of satisfaction and pride in themselves, with an almost visible boost to their self-confidence and self esteem, which was wonderful to see.
In Rainbow room the children have also been decorating their Christmas tree. They have been exploring ice and engaging in lots of mark marking with paint, pens, even in flour and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of glitter!
Wow, what a busy week! It was so hard to choose what to share that there is a bumper crop of photos to show what we’ve been up to. The week started with boys in the garden, having their own idea to make a river. They shared ideas, worked together and problem solved as they dug trenches, built bridges and experimented with different volumes of water in their river.
The children had also been enjoying the story of ‘Rainbow Fish’ so we provided real fish to explore. They looked closely at the scales and fins, weighed them and fed them. There was shopping and a burger café in the garden, water play, blowing snow bubbles and even a trip to the shop to buy some hot chocolate which was made on the fire. The children really listened and were brilliant at following the ‘fire rules.’
In Rainbow room there has been painting, creations in the mud kitchen, sharing books and enjoying the story ‘Owl Babies.’ They have been exploring the sensory experience of ‘cloud dough’ feeding dinosaurs and role playing in the home corner.
The week ended on the first day of December with the construction of the most magnificent Christmas tree I’ve ever seen. The boxes were piled, the love of tape continued and began to hold it all together. Over the morning every child visited, adding their own little piece to make it a truly collaborative tree. We heard countless cries of ‘I need scissors’, ‘I need tape,’ as they carefully balanced on chairs to reach the top and found a variety of things to add to the tree. It is beautiful. The countdown to Christmas has officially begun.
The children are really enjoying their Forest School sessions and are growing in confidence every week. When they arrived this week there was lots of excitement as they found a letter from the fairies, explaining that a storm had damaged the dragon's home and they needed some help. The children worked together, planning and making decisions, working out how to rescue the dragon and build a new home. There was an abundance of imaginative role play alongside some critical thinking as the children predicted how many children could fit on a tree stump.