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!