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!
We would like to welcome all our new children and their families who have joined us this week. The children are settling in well and have been exploring their new environment. It has been very busy in the garden this week despite the cold weather, with water being an area of interest for many children. They have been using paint to mix different colours, pouring, transferring and transporting water around the garden. They have been very interested in the flow of water, tipping it down slopes and steps to see what happens. They have used guttering and made their own slopes using tyres and a large half pipe, even using the large cone as a giant mixing bowl. We lit a fire to keep ourselves warm and dens to shelter us from the rain. The children have been thrill seeking as they rock themselves faster and higher in the hammock and used the body boards in different ways - travelling on their backs, fronts and using ropes to try and make themselves go faster. We are looking forward to more new friends joining us next week.
Welcome back! It has been lovely to hear all about what the children have been up to over the holidays. They have enjoyed being outdoors, using the ropes, ladders and swinging in the hammock. There has been lots of construction using blocks and Mobilo, with one little boy making an impressive transformer - a dinosaur that turns into a vacuum cleaner and when you turn it upside down, it’s a sledge! A puppet show was built and hands have been painted. The children have been problem solving and working together to create watches and masks, which have been used as props in lots imaginative role play. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of new friends to Hampden Way next week and we would like to wish you all a very happy new year.
We ended this term with Christmas parties and sing-a-longs. We had party games including pass the parcel and musical statues. We enjoyed party food, balloons, dancing and a visit from Father Christmas. The children have sung their hearts out all week and it was wonderful to see so many parents, carers and families come to watch the sing-a-longs. We were very proud of each and every one of the children. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cards, kind words and generous gifts, we are extremely grateful to you all. Merry Christmas, with love from all the staff at Hampden Way! xxx
We have had a lovely week, wrapping presents and making Christmas decorations. There was a team effort creating our beautiful Christmas tree out of boxes. We painted, added glitter, ribbons and even made holes in it to add branches so we could hang lights and baubles. There is now a cosy fireplace in our home corner, which has sparked lots of role play and sleigh building. The children were so engaged as they mixed ingredients together to make slime, we heard so much wonderful descriptive language. Snowmen have been made from sparkly play dough and we saw lots of mark making in the frost outside. Next week we are looking forward to our Christmas party on Thursday and our Christmas sing-along on Friday - 10.45am and 2.45pm. See you there!
And so the Christmas countdown begins! The glitter and sparkles are out and the children have wrapped presents, created decorations and painted boxes for our snow cave. There has been lots of mark making - writing labels, lists and letters to Santa. We have thought about the wildlife as the weather gets colder, with the children making bird feeders to hang around the garden. There was also lots of interest in our new small tyres - rolling them down ramps, adjusting the height to make them roll faster with the children using their legs to create tunnels.
Rainbow room have been busy creating salt dough Christmas decorations and making pizza. We would like to say a big thank you to Philip, one of our lovely parents who came in to talk the children about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
We ended Friday afternoon toasting marshmallows on the fire, followed by a wonderful sing a long. A big thank you to Melis, another one of our lovely parents who came in and played the ukulele while all the children sang along. It was so much fun!
The children were very excited to decorate our Christmas tree and we would like to thank all of you for your kind donations of decorations and items for our Christmas fair, which will be taking place at St Margaret’s nursery next Friday, 14th December, 3-5pm. Hope to see you there!
There has been lots of collaboration going on this week with children working together to build roads and railways. The children have enjoyed lots of water play, adding teabags and making ‘solutions.’ They added powder paint to the rain in the garden, painted tyres and along ropes. We have seen lots of imaginative small world play, with cows being flown to the moon and the children have created different enclosures for their animals. Rainbow room are loving their new water tray and have been very busy bathing their babies. On Tuesday, we took over the Instagram account of Alistair Bryce Clegg, an early years consultant who was recently on the Channel 4 programme ‘Old people’s home for 4 year olds.’ We had some lovely comments, we particularly love the one that says ‘I want to visit this nursery, it looks epic!’ Well, we certainly think it is, so, if you would like to take a look and have Instagram, just search for abcdoes. Have a great weekend!