Hello! We hope you all had a wonderful summer. We are excited to welcome back our returning children as well as welcoming all our new children and their families who will be joining us soon. The children are settling back into nursery life and have been busy exploring the environment. They have counted conkers, blown bubbles and built with blocks. Some children enjoyed a trip out on the minibus to the local woodland to look for signs of autumn whilst collecting sticks and leaves. We hope you are all looking forward to the year ahead and we can’t wait to share all the exciting things we get up to through this blog. If you have any questions please feel free to come in and talk to any member of the team, who will be more than happy to help.
What a year! 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. You can see from the photographs below what a wonderful time was had by all at our picnics. 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
Our duck eggs arrived this week and there has been lots of excitement as we have closely monitored their progress. We have noticed every crack that has appeared and were lucky enough to be there as they made their entrance into the world. There has been lots of discussion about life cycles and learning about incubators. There was much amusement as one duckling enjoyed walking around with half an eggshell on its head whilst we had to add extra security to the cage as the aptly name Bolt kept trying to escape!
There has been lots of block construction, some needing the assistance of chairs to reach higher. We have also explored clay, making wonderful landscapes, poured jelly, and made bubbles big enough to stand in!
Rainbow room have been looking after babies, playing football and also enjoyed moving blocks around to stand and balance on. There has been lots of football and water play, making bubbles and splashing - just look at those faces!
Wow, what a brilliant week we’ve had! We have had so much fun cooling down in this hot weather. We have made pools out of tyres, sat in buckets and had the best time just throwing it over ourselves to the continuous sound of laughter. The children have also loved using our new ladders, challenged themselves with some double decker swinging and one group of budding architects created an upstairs and downstairs in the block shed - such amazing creative thinking.
Alongside this, we have been picking and tasting our delicious peas and using the rosemary from the garden to make crackers. This led on to the tasting of other herbs. We have painted with ice and tried drawing with our feet. We have also had the best time singing songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’ at the tops of our voices. As the singing got louder, their podiums got taller, the group of singers got bigger as they made up their own actions and demanded ‘A Million Dreams’ over and over again.
And to round off the week, as we are in the midst of football fever, one of our lovely Dads came in to teach the children some football skills. They listened so well. A huge thank you to Adam for giving us his time, the children loved it.
What glorious weather! Not surprisingly, there has been lots of water play going on inside and out. We’ve made bubbles and potions, let loose with the hosepipe and enjoyed splashing in the pool. There has been lots of sensory play including polenta and peas. We explored pendulum painting and created striking artwork which provoked lots of descriptive language. The children have been practising their sewing skills and made bags and capes. We worked together to create a volcano, which has been used in lots of small world play. It has also been very exciting watching our butterflies emerge from their chysalis’ at the beginning of the week. We’ve cared for them and today, we said goodbye and set them free.
There has been lots of outdoor play this week, with a particular focus on building dens and hiding in everything from boxes to tents and tunnels. There has been lots of interest in colour mixing. This has been explored through paint and water, with some children getting fully immersed in the experience. I’m sure you will have noticed from the bags of wet clothes that have been sent home! The children have also loved using real tools at the woodwork bench. We saw great focus and concentration, perseverance and a willingness to ‘have a go.’ The children were very patient waiting for their turn and understood the need to handle the tools safely. They were also developing their fine motor skills using nuts and bolts to connect blocks together, demonstrating great problem solving skills. We are looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors in the sunshine next week.
It has been another busy week at Hampden Way. We have been very creative, combining lots of colours and different ingredients to make our own textured paints. We were also inspired by Matisse and created our own interpretations of ‘The Snail.’ Our caterpillars have arrived - we will be watching them grow and in the words of one our four year olds ‘we need to wait for the metamorphosis!’ Amazing vocabulary! There has been lots of pirate role play in the garden, making bandanas and eye patches, drawing maps and searching for treasure. The children are still enjoying seeing the world from a different perspective and hanging upside down. There has also been lots of interest in maths this week - writing numbers and sorting pom poms by their size and colour. Finally, check out the letters created using straws and pipe cleaners, totally independently - they are fantastic!
We would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all our Dads out there. Enjoy your weekend!
We would just like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you who helped to make our summer fair such a success. Whether you helped on a stall, donated a cake, bottle or toy or came along on the day we are extremely grateful. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the many smiling faces said it all.
This week there has been lots of physical challenge in the garden. The children have been climbing the tree, swinging from the branch and hanging upside down. We have been using woodwork tools and learning how to use them safely. There were lots of creations from aeroplanes and slime shooters to a doorknob. Buttons have been explored, with the children filling, emptying and sorting them. They have enjoyed transporting each other around the garden in suitcases, very proud of their ‘big muscles.’ They have also used their muscles to drag logs around the garden after working out how to tie knots and used different ways of connecting paper together to make their own books. We have also appreciated all their help in preparing for our Summer fair.