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!
The children have been painting on different textures, using lots of descriptive language. They enjoyed using brushes and rollers to mix different colours together to see what would happen. There has been lots of block play - making bridges, towers and enclosures. There was a birthday party in the home corner, with lots of cakes being made for each other. Children have been creative with collage materials, using small pieces of wood on their pictures and one little boy used straws, filling each space with a different colour, to create a beautiful rainbow piano. The children are always fascinated when they make slime, seeing what happens when they mix their ingredients together, watching the slimy substance form, before they squeeze and stretch it in all directions. One little girl really wanted to show her picture to her grandma, informing us that she lives very far away, so we took a trip to the post office - we are sure grandma will be very happy to receive it. Please remember we have our sponsored Huff & Puff next week where the children will be taking part in physical activities to raise money for new garden and music resources - please try and fill in those sponsor forms. Thank you!!
We have had such a wonderful week outside. We hung a rope ladder and it was lovely to see the perseverance as the children tried and tried again to reach the top. They have painted tyres and their faces, made potions, a car wash and decorated trees with chalk. We found children excavating for dinosaurs using spades and brushes and they were delighted to find bones the following day, where they worked together to rebuild a skeleton. On Tuesday, we cooked sea bass on the fire. There was lots of discussion about the fish and where it came from, using lots of descriptive language as they handled the raw fish. They asked questions - ‘Is it alive because it’s eyes are open?’ and discovered fish have tongues as they took a closer look inside its mouth. The atmosphere was brilliant as we listened to calypso music as the fish cooked. We observed the changes and helped to prepare the fish for eating. The children demolished the lot and were keen to look at the skeleton that had been left behind.
We started a project this week which also incorporated some large scale collaborative art as we began to construct of our new stage. There was great teamwork as the children helped measure and join the pallets together using the drill. We added some fabric and instruments and the children have been singing, drumming, dancing and making lots of music together. Please leave a comment below if you enjoy seeing what we’ve been up to and we hope you all enjoy a lovely long weekend.
Welcome back! The children have started off this term by starting to plant some seeds in the garden. They have worked hard, clearing beds, filling pots and sowing seeds. There has been lots of discussion about what the seeds need to grow and all the pots have been watered. They have used vegetable peelers to whittle sticks in the garden, climbed ropes and been growing in confidence as they jump onto the crash mat. They have been chopping and squeezing citrus fruit in the water tray, using lots of descriptive language as they made juices and soups - it smelt delicious! The children have been exploring different paint techniques, from using rollers and tyres to flicking paint and walking through it. There has been lots of talk in our hospital, as the children took on the roles of doctor, nurse and patient. They have been learning new words such as ‘syringe’ and ‘stethoscope’ and been fascinated by the skeleton. We have talked about all the different bones in our body and thinking about what would happen if we didn’t have them, and if it didn’t move - it was bandaged!
This week there has been lots happening outside from camping out in the sandpit and enjoying hot chocolate whilst sheltering from the rain, to creating enclosures for our guinea pig, Poppy. The children climbed the tree and tried to climb to the top of the rope. There has been lots of colour mixing with pots, buckets and coloured water, making ‘spicy strawberry cake’ in the mud kitchen and digging deep holes in the sand. We have started to talk about Easter, decorating eggs, hanging them from our Easter tree and talking about the different sizes and patterns. We hope you all enjoy a wonderful Easter break and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 23 April.
There has been so much going on this week! The children have been creative at the woodwork bench, using boxes to build robots, painting inside, outdoors, making their own slime and a big tub of ‘perfume’ in the garden. There has been lots of interest in animals - the children have fed the fish, built an enclosure for Poppy, our guinea pig to run around in and been using their imaginations in the garden, using gravel as bird seed. We have had a few visitors too - Jenny’s dog popped in for a visit, butterflies were spotted in the garden and also a cat. The children were very kind and made a toy for the cat to play with. The children were also very busy making wrapping paper. They wrapped many bunches of daffodils, practicing their knot tying skills. It was lovely to see all the hugs and kisses at the Hampden Way flower shop as the children collected their Mother’s Day flowers. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Hampden Way.