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.
On the 20 March 19 we celebrated ‘BEEP BEEP Day’. The children participated in a range of activities to support their learning about the importance of road safety. We had puppet shows, played the traffic light game in the garden, made traffic light biscuits and made our own stop/go signs. We shared and discussed safe crossing strategies with the children at story time including remembering to walk safely, look and listen, hold hands as well as wearing a seat belt when they are travelling in a vehicle. When you are out and about as a family, remember to always talk to your children about how to stay safe when out in the local community and beyond. For road safety tips see: www.brake.org.uk/families
One little boy’s idea led on to lots of bubbles! It started with a drawing on the ground of ‘mummy and daddy having a chat.’ This led on to ‘a dinosaur with a very long leg and a short leg.’ The dinosaur had ‘a hole in its head where bubbles come out and you get trapped in the bubbles.’ This led on to lots of discussion about what it would be like to be trapped in a bubble so we decided to try and find out. We experimented with lots of different ways to make bubbles, using cake tins, string and hoops. We even managed to fit 2 children in a bubble! The children have also been looking closely at blossom, and painting what they see. They have been exploring oats in the home corner and had their own creative and exciting ideas of how to use resources in the garden, such as making their own slide and adding crates and boxes to the body boards. It has been fabulous to see so much creative thinking going on.
On the 11th March members of our staff team marched to Downing Street to deliver a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring budget in an attempt to secure the funding nurseries vitally need to continue to provide the high quality education and community support that they do. It is make or break time for nursery schools, if they do not receive adequate funding, they will close. Please give your support and ALL sign the online petition by clicking on the link below. Please share with your families and friends - every signature counts!
LET'S MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD.
OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON US.
Looking back over the photographs this week, I found it interesting to see how many children had been looking at the world around them from a different perspective - under tables, through telescopes and coloured viewfinders. They have built dens, patiently lined up dominoes and been looking after their babies in the home corner. They are becoming increasingly skilled at the woodwork bench and it has been wonderful to see so much painting and mark making going on. Outside, there have been many concoctions created in the mud kitchen and excitement as they build up speed on the skateboards - just look at their faces!
It’s been another busy week. We started with popcorn on the fire on Monday, with lots of discussion about what was happening to the popcorn and the sound it made. We made pancakes on Tuesday, the children mixed the batter and chose their toppings. We cooked them inside in the morning and outside in the afternoon and they were delicious!
We also celebrated World Book Day by reading lots of stories, some children (and staff) dressed up or had their face painted. The World Book Day campaign this year is to ‘SHARE A STORY FOR 10 MINUTES TODAY’ to get everyone sharing stories from breakfast to bedtime on World Book Day and beyond. Reading with your child now, can have long-lasting benefits for their future and because we know how busy you are, the great news is that reading together for JUST 10 MINUTES a day can make all the difference. Here are some fun and easy ways to join in:
• Find 10 minutes every day to read with your child. It doesn’t just have to happen at bedtime – reading and sharing stories can happen anywhere at any time.
• Visit your local bookshop & help your child choose their FREE World Book Day book with their £1 book token. If you haven’t received your token, please ask a member of staff.
• Choose a book at your local library to read together – join the library and start a new habit of visiting the library on a regular basis.
For lots of ideas on how you can make story time fun as well as advice on sharing stories with your little ones and encouraging a lifelong love of reading, visit www.worldbookday.com. There is a list of the top 100 stories to share to help you to discover new books and stories that you’ll love sharing together.
If you scroll down you will see the staff at Hampden Way with their favourite book recommendations. We’d love to see what you’re reading and your favourite stories, so if your child has a favourite story they would like us to share at nursery, please bring it in. A love of reading is one of life’s greatest gifts so happy reading together and happy World Book Day!
Welcome back after half term, the children have settled in well and we were spoilt with the sunshine at the beginning of the week. There has been lots of construction in the garden and also the digging of an extremely large hole! The children have been spending lots of time at the woodwork bench, showing great concentration as we introduced them to the saw and hand drills. The children have been hunting for worms and getting very excited as they made comparisons to see whose was the longest. We have been getting messy, exploring different textures including semolina, cornflour, stretchy dough and using pipettes with food colouring to create wonderful swirly patterns. It’s been lovely to see so many children accessing books independently, reading to each other and using props to retell traditional tales - however I was a little taken aback with one version of Little Red Riding Hood, where she uses her mobile phone to text to woodcutter! Have a wonderful weekend.
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.
The cold weather has not stopped the children being busy outside. They are still very interested in water and colour mixing, so they have been using spray bottles and powder paints to create some wonderful art in the garden. The children have also enjoyed exploring the snow and ice in the garden and adding colour to it. Inside, it has been wonderful to see the children using their newly acquired woodwork skills. They are now independently using palm drills, screwdrivers and hammers to join pieces of wood together, adding wooden discs, beads and bottle tops. They have taken their creations to the painting table for further decoration. We have seen a fleet of fire engines and one little boy was very proud of his creation, explaining ‘it’s a stage, the nails are the people’ - such creative thinking!