What we have been up to…

April 29, 2016

It’s Friday already!

We’ve been up to our usual fun and learning at nursery with various activities and resources to explore.

Here’s a bit about what we’ve been up to…..

There was lots of fun in the garden when we put on our wellies and splashed about in paint, who say’s wellies are just for muddy puddles! There were footprints everywhere.

The children have been creating with bendy straws, they made propellers for helicopters and one child made a steamer which makes clouds. He told me in lots of detail what it did and was proud of his own “invention”.

Beebot has been on a letter adventure, helping the children to match upper and lower case letters and to spell their names. The children love pushing the correct buttons to control Beebot and see where they can make him go.

Some of the children also typed their names on the computer, they got to choose the colour font and used their letter skills to find the correct keys on the keyboard.

The children have also made a letter train with lower and upper case letters which can be seen on our kitchen window.

We’ve been doing a lot of number activities this week, continuing with simple addition and subtraction. The children have also been looking at “counting in their heads” and not physically having to point to objects to count them. There have of course still been plenty of opportunities for the younger children to be counting various objects and actions.

It’s great when what you have been working on with the children is then spontaneously used by them. An example of this was a conversation I over heard… We had a pack of sellotape on the side, one child counted that there were five, he then noticed that there was space for another, so said “there were six but now there are five” and another child stated “that’s means that one has been taken away”. It might not sound like much but it shows that they are understanding concepts and adapting them to various situations, which is a big step in learning and a definite !wow” moment.

On Monday the children made yummy fruit kebabs for their snack, they counted how many of each fruit they wanted, made patterns with their fruit and threaded them on to the sticks. Fruit is far more fun to eat when it’s on a stick.

Yesterday the children went to the woods in two groups, the first group went to feed the ducks, they came back excited to tell me about what they had seen. The second group went on a bear hunt in the woods. They used their imagination to travel through mud, rivers and forests, they found the bear (Demi!) and made it back to nursery.

The younger children have been playing turn taking games such as catch, rolling balls and knocking down towers. They have also been playing with “real life” objects such as phones, purses and bags. Lot’s of touch and feel books and pop up books have been read and lots of music danced to as well as plenty of noise with musical instruments. The children have also enjoyed pouring activities with the sand and mark making with paint.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about your child’s week and that you have a lovely weekend. Don’t forget that Monday is a bank holiday so nursery will be closed. Let’s hope the sun come out for us all.

What we have been up to…

April 22, 2016

We hope you’ve had a lovely week. Here’s a bit about what we have been up to….

Yesterday we celebrated the Queen’s birthday by making crowns and Union Jack flags, we spoke about the Queen and the children were impressed that she was celebrating her 90th birthday! Some were a bit disappointed that we didn’t have a cake for the occasion! 

We have been looking at the birds in our garden and pictures of some common garden birds. The children then drew their own birds, some copied pictures and some drew more exotic birds such as flamingos and toucans. Sadly as hard as we look we haven’t seen any flamingos in our garden :(

The children have also been looking at different shapes. We have used the chalks in the garden to draw various shapes as well as creating pictures with different shapes. The junk modelling box has also been raided quite a few times to make various creations with different shapes. My favourite this week was a huge monster truck with tiny triangle wheels.

In the hall this week we have been using our imagination, I have had a magic wand that changes the floor in to different things. Such as an ice rink, thorny forest, lava pit and quicksand. The children weren’t sure what quicksand was so we watched a video of a stick disappearing in to some. 

With the older children we have been focusing on counting, adding and subtracting. the abacus has been a great resource for this along with the compare bears and dice. We also had a great game of skittles in the garden where the children were working out how many skittles they had left by counting how many they had knocked down. Maths really is something you can fit in to everything and children are like little sponges and love to work things out and challenge themselves. Many adults are wary of maths and giving your child experience and opportunity with numbers in everything you do should give them the confidence to tackle number problems as they get older. Setting the table, counting the stairs, counting how long something takes and endless other things are simple ways t develop maths skills. We love hearing parents ideas about things you do at home so please do share with us :)

We’ve also managed to get plenty of time in the garden this week, the younger children have been using their climbing skills to master the big slide and steps. There have been lots of ball games played, chalk drawn on the floor and we even had a picnic tea one day, hopefully we’ll be able to do this lots more in the coming weeks.

I now have some different news to share with you all. There is going to be a change in staffing over the next few months. Hayley and Demi are both leaving childcare to go and train to be hairdressers. We will of course miss them very much but see this as a great opportunity for some fresh ideas and faces to join us. We will of course make sure children in Demi and Hayley’s key group have a smooth transition with their new key person and Lulu and I will be here to carry on as we always do with supporting the children and providing fun activities for them all. If you have any questions or concerns then please do speak to us. Demi and Hayley’s last day will be towards the end of June and I will give you an exact date nearer the time. We wish Hayley and Demi all the best in their venture and perhaps in a year or so they can come back to do some nursery haircuts! If you know of anyone who may be interested in a job with us then please direct them to this advert: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/childcare/jobs-2/childcarejobs/childcarejobdetails.htm?id=7492

Moving on, we have had a case of chicken pox in nursery, it is currently “chicken pox season” so please look out for signs and symptoms which can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chickenpox/Pages/Introduction.aspx We ask that children are kept off of nursery until all spots are scabbed over and children are well in themselves. This is to help control the spread of the infection.

Don’t forget that our charity Dance Wiggle is coming up soon on 12th May. We are doing very well so far with sponsorship. One little girl in particular has raised an amazing amount, she’ll need to do a lot of wiggling! Our fundraising page is : https://www.justgiving.com/The-Orchard-Childrens-Nursery?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20160422_70371

We all hope you have a lovely weekend

What we have been up to..

April 8, 2016

We hope you’ve all enjoyed the past two week. I know many of you have been on holidays/day out and special visits. We love hearing about these from the children and really appreciate the photos that many of you send in to support these chats.

So this week at nursery….

We have been a little bit quieter as a few children are still off on different adventures, that doesn’t mean we’ve had any less fun though!

We have been to feed the ducks, this was on a very windy day and the bread kept blowing back at us. We decided to find a sheltered spot but when we got there, there were no ducks! We decided we’d have to quack really loudly to encourage them over. This was a slight success as one goose came over. He left with a very full tummy! Some of the children thought that the ducks were babies as they were smaller than the swans. We had a chat about different types of birds and ducks and said that perhaps next time we go to the lake there might be some ducklings.

Whilst in the woods we also played a running game- I described something to the children that they had to run to, we had signs, trees, bushes, fallen logs but their favourite was, guess what? A pile of horses poo!

There has been lots of creativity going on this week from drawing, to collaging, to cutting and sticking and then of course everyones favourite junk modelling.

We have also added lots of new sand to our big sandpit in the garden, the children have enjoyed hunting for numbers in the sand and building sandcastles. The water tray has been out in nursery, we added washing up liquid and the children enjoyed seeing how many bubbles they could make.As well as racing boats and using funnels and watering cans to pour.

Next week all the children will be back to nursery and we look forward to lots of stories about what they have all been up to.