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.