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.
After watching the Royal Wedding, we have been very interested in castles. We have used them in small world play, dressed up as princesses, arranged jewels and had Royal tea parties including cucumber sandwiches. We have drawn pictures and made up the most wonderful stories about them.
‘There is an underground castle. Do you know who lives in there. A little princess. There is a little door which is how you get in. It’s quite tricky to get around the slippery tunnels...’
We painted boxes and had the idea to make a castle. We drew plans of what we wanted it to look like. We used a glue gun to connect the boxes. Together we glued, painted, glittered and decorated our castle. We planned and problem solved. We made secret rooms, ladders, guns and flags. We are very proud of all our hard work.
Outside we are continuing to look after our plants, watering and preparing a bed for them. The children are still enjoying the ropes and swings and have enjoyed blowing bubbles, trying to make them bigger and bigger. Thank you to the parents that attended our Ready, Steady, School workshop. We hope you enjoy the long weekend and look forward to seeing you all after half term.
It has been another fun filled week at nursery, with so much going on outside. We are loving the warm, dry weather. There has been lots of physical play, using the mats and soft blocks - jumping and moving in so many different ways. The children have been very creative - making swings from rope and see-saws from blocks. We've added a rope ladder and made a rope bridge, which uses all our muscles to hang on to! We have squirted water, made petal potions and Royal wedding cupcakes. The children have been mark making outdoors - writing letters and making chalk outlines of themselves. Our biggest creation this week began with a boy and a roll of tape, which ended up as the most wonderful spider web - this continued for two days as the children worked together, problem solving and role playing, using lots of fabulous positional language, 'you need to go under', 'climb over that bit!' Please remember it is our Ready, Steady, School workshop on Wednesday, with lots of valuable information if your child is moving on to Reception this year. If you would like to attend, please sign up on the classroom doors. We hope you all have a lovely weekend.
We have been spoilt with so much good weather this week and the children have been very busy outside. We have been using our muscles to dig over the soil in preparation for our seedlings. It’s been very exciting as our seeds have started to grow and lots of children have been involved in watering and caring for our new plants. We have blown bubbles, created swamps, fairy potions and mud pies. The children have been challenging themselves, leaping from different heights, in different ways onto the crash mat whilst learning the very British skill of how to form an orderly queue. We have also been mixing - oil and water, sand and powder paint, to see what happens and been finding out about bugs and mini beasts. A big thank you to the parents that joined us for the maths workshop this week. The next workshop, Ready, Steady, School is on the Wednesday 23 May at 9-10am, 1-2pm and 7-8pm, it would be lovely to see you there. There are sign up sheets on the classroom doors.
Rainbow room have also been very excited as they discovered mini beasts under a log - worms, wood lice, beetles and even a centipede. The children have also enjoyed lots of climbing and jumping. There has been lots of mark making, sharing stories with each other and time for a little nap in the shed!
We have dealt with all types of weather this week and it was lovely to end the week with some sunshine. There has been lots going on outside with children creating castles out of blocks and using them to balance on and jump from. We have been washing clothes and hanging them out to dry, problem solving as we worked out how to stop the washing line from falling over. We have started planting this week, all sorts of vegetables from peas to pumpkins. The children have been looking closely at the differences between the seeds as they planted their pots. We are looking forward to seeing if our plants grow - watch this space!
We have also been getting very messy indoors, mixing and exploring the texture of powder paint. The children have wrapped boxes, continued with their shop role play, made gingerbread men and one little boy has even written his own song. We hope you enjoy the sunshine and have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
This week the children’s fascination with snails has continued. We brought some inside to have a closer look at, using lots of descriptive language and using iPads to discover new facts. We are beginning to notice signs of spring, looking at blossom and exploring different painting techniques such as printing and blowing the paint through straws. The blossom also inspired lots of children to create their own drawings of flowers, with children bringing in petals and flowers they had found on their way to nursery. The children have loved the shop role play area, buying their food, exchanging money and taking it home to ‘put in the fridge.’
We had a visit from Kim Lambden, who is giving us lots of ideas for fun physical activities inside and out. The children ran through scarves and wrapped themselves up in them. They were horses, using the scarves as reigns. We used blocks and worked out lots of different ways to balance on them to encourage weight bearing activities, we pulled each other along mats using hoops and stretched Lycra, using our muscles to make it as big as we could.
Along the same theme, we also had our sponsored Huff & Puff sessions. We all took part: running; jumping; stepping; dancing and using the large parachute. There was lots of enthusiasm and excitement as we raised our heart rates and got our bodies moving. Thank you all for your kind donations to this event, if you are yet to do so, please hand your donations in to the office.
We ended the week with a visit from one of our brilliantly brave parents, who came in to share her experience with the children of running the London Marathon. They loved hearing all about it, trying on the medal and particularly what happens to your feet after a 26 mile run! If you would like more information on Denise’s brave marathon journey or to donate, please visit her Just Giving page. Well done Denise, truly inspirational! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/denise-colbert1
A warm welcome back and also a big welcome to our new children and families joining us this summer term. What a glorious week we have had in the sunshine. We have been very busy in the garden, climbing, taking our shoes off to feel the sand between our toes and enjoyed lots of water play. We have had buckets of ice which have been used in different ways - from eating it to painting it! The children have been fascinated by the snails they found in the garden. They have built homes for them, named them and even numbered and raced them. We have been doing lots of physical play such as jumping up and down to pop the large bubble wrap, swinging, doing cartwheels and using body boards. We have also introduced a burst of physical activity after we have tidied up. Children inside are dancing and the children outside are running - as are the staff so no one is missing out!
Please remember it is our sponsored ‘Huff & Puff’ next week. Red room on Wednesday, Yellow Room on Thursday and Rainbow Room on Friday. Please ensure your children are dressed appropriately and remember to bring in your sponsorship donations. We will be having lots of fun engaging in different energetic activities to promote getting active and having a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for your support.