That year went fast! It has been a joy and privilege to be part of your children’s lives. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support, kind words and generous gifts. Although the sun did not shine, a lovely time was had by all at our family picnic. We look forward to some of you returning in September and would like to wish the best of luck to all of you moving on to Reception and hope you enjoy all the wonderful adventures that lie ahead. Have a fantastic summer, with love from all of us at Hampden Way xxx
There has been lots of bubble blowing this week = bubble paint and using straws and hoses in the water tray to create ‘eruptions.’ There have been many cakes and gingerbread men made out of play dough, which involved lots of counting and patterns. Rockets have been built from boxes and bedtime stories read. Our vegetables and wild flowers are growing well outside and Jenny’s dog popped in to pay us a visit. Lots of powder paint was mixed in the garden and luckily we had a little fireman to help hose down the mess!
It looks like summer has finally decided to arrive! The children have been enjoying lots of water play, painting with squirty bottles and investigating things that float and sink. They have been learning why it is important to keep themselves hydrated, independently accessing drinking water and washing up their cups in the garden. There has been lots of mark making inside and out. We have had our own mini Glastonbury in the garden, with such confident performances on the stage and a comfy beanbag for the spectators. After a little girl posted her letter to the Queen a while ago, we were so surprised to receive a very special reply from Buckingham Palace this week - so exciting! And it was finally warm enough to get our swimsuits on and the paddling pools out. Yay!
There has been lots of mark making this week on a small and large scale. The children have been lying down to draw on the floor, painting and using large brushes on the ground in the garden. They painted on clipboards which were suspended from string. They laughed as they moved and danced around the moving clipboards trying to catch the paper with their brushes. There has been lots of physical play and challenge, climbing on trees, standing on swings and zooming down the hill on skateboards. The children have engaged in different types of water play, inside and out, using guttering and different sized containers. Water has also been used in their role play to make porridge for their friends. The woodwork bench has been busy, with one boy independently designing and making a working guitar. Very impressive!
The weather has been kinder to us this week, so the children have been very busy outside. There has been lots of tree climbing, hanging and balancing. The children were experimenting with making ‘stomp rockets’, stamping on plastic bottles to launch their rockets into the air. This led on to children working together with the large blocks to build rockets and sea planes. They have used guttering to create waterways, adding dams and redirecting the water flow. There has been lots of painting and drawing, making music in the garden and we even took our ducklings out for a swim. It looks like the weather is warming up next week, so please remember to apply sunscreen to your children before they come to nursery and also named sun hat - thank you.
Well, we’ve been keeping ourselves busy while we wait for summer to arrive! The children have been experimenting, trying different methods of making volcanoes. They have loved handling our baby ducklings and been busy drawing what they see. There has been lots of construction with blocks, roads, railways and one little boy using different boxes to construct his own ‘Duck tours’ bus that can drive on land and in the water. There has been lots of sensory exploration with cornflour that was then transformed into dough and we have also seen lots of patterns and arrangements made with loose parts. We will be having class photos taken on Thursday 20 June, if your child is not usually in on a Thursday, you are more than welcome to pop in so they don’t miss out. Let’s hope the sun shines!
Thank you to each and every one of you - for your donations and your help on the day, we couldn’t have done it without you. It was a wonderful afternoon, full of fantastic community spirit. We would also like to say a huge thank you to Liz, who is stepping down as our Chair of governors for her many years of support, hard work and dedication - THANK YOU!!!
It’s been all about boats this week. It began with a boy building a boat out of boxes. He brought it outside to see if it would float. He tested it out. It broke, but he said that is was ok, because now he had 4 boats. This led to a discussion about materials, what happens to cardboard when it gets wet and what other materials we could use. It also led to other children bringing different objects to the water tray, predicting whether they would float or sink. Over the next few days, other materials were used to make boats including wood and plastic, using different methods to connect - tape, glue, pipe cleaners. Sails were added and the use of wind power, blowing their boats to make them move. The little boy who started this then made an incredible paper boat at home with his dad, bringing it to nursery to show his friends. There has also been painting, music, building houses, a bowling alley and we even built a tent to shelter us from the rain, with the children remembering to pump up the air bed. In true British camping style, we lit a fire and enjoyed some popcorn in the drizzly weather. We would like to thank all parents/careers for their donations for our summer fair and all offers of help. We look forward to seeing you for a fun filled fair tomorrow - fingers crossed for sunshine!
It has felt a bit like Christmas as the children have been very interested in some toy catalogues, cutting out pictures and sticking them down to make lists and collages. The children showed great scissor skills as they cut round the different pictures. There has been lots of painting, with the children painting over their reflection in a large mirror. Rainbow room have been bathing babies and squeezing oranges to make juice. We have seen lots of patterns and faces created with loose parts and had an ice cream shop, with a very orderly queue! The seeds we planted a few weeks ago have been growing well and the children planted them out in the beds this week, giving them a good water with the hose. There was a lot of excitement around a new swing, the queue was so long, we ended up painting numbers on the children’s hands and calling out the number to let them know it was their turn - great for number recognition. And one little girl wrote a letter to the queen, so we went to the post office to send it to Buckingham Palace. We hope you all have a lovely half term.
This week there has been lots of water play from using guttering to transport water, using a bicycle pump to make bubbles and creating ponds and rock pools. The rock pool sparked discussion about fishing, so we made fishing rods and the children showed great perseverance as they tried to hook the different creatures out of the water. There have been lots of physical challenges - climbing up a pole, through a ‘spiderweb’ and using a bow saw, which required great cooperation. The children have used real bricks as well as blocks, working together to build walls and houses. We also had our sponsored Huff & Puff. The children (and staff) ran, stepped, danced, jumped and shook the parachute to get their hearts beating faster. Thank you for all your support, your contributions will enable us to buy many new learning resources for the children. If you still have sponsorship money to donate, please give it to Jenny in the office - Thank you!