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Spring Term 2021
Busy In The Mud Kitchen
It was very busy in the mud kitchen. The menu was very extensive including shepherd's pie, pizza and cupcakes. It looked delicious. We talked about our recipes and how we would cook our food. The train slide made a handy improvised oven. There was much measuring, counting, mixing and cooking, during which we learnt that shepherd's pie contains onions.
As it was a rainy day and we were in our wet weather gear we thought some bubbly water play would be fun. The children used their skills to scoop up buckets of water and then pour the water down the drain pipes creating a trickling waterfall. They jumped and splashed in the bubbly water - which was tremendous fun! They floated objects in the water flow - discovering which would float and which would sink. Making the most of the bubbles they washed some of our cars too!
There was lots of discussions about ice this week. How do we make it? Why does it disappear or melt? Can we make it into ice again? What animals live in the cold and on the ice? After collecting some rain water the children were asked how we could now turn it into ice. One child answered 'mummy makes ice by putting water in a cup and putting it in the garden!'
We then held an ice cube or a slither of ice in our hands. Which one will melt the fastest? We watched both begin to melt and decided that the slither would melt first. Realising that ice melts quicker on something warm rather than something cold, a hand rather than a table. We also noticed there are lots of small bubbles in the slither of ice.
Finding lots of Arctic animals stuck in the ice we discovered that putting something warm on the ice made it melt faster. We blew on our hands to make them warm, after trying this for a bit it was decided to ask for some hot water, as this would be quicker!
Numicon And Counting
The children spent time chatting and counting using Numicom (wooden boards with holes which are a great resource to support counting) and small world characters. They selected boards, counted holes, filled the holes with small world characters and counted again. Some children chose to fill the holes with one type of animal or person or using specific colours. We talked about numbers and many of the children told us how old they and their siblings are 'my sister is 9 and my brother is 11.' Another child remarked that she liked being 3 as she was now old enough for 'spooky, scary stories.'
We chatted about house numbers using the number cards to create the numbers, such as '3 and a 6 is 36.' A child observed that we didn't seem to have a number 1 or 4 card so using paper, he created these and then put the numbers in order.
Enjoying board games. Great for number recognition, counting skills, turn taking and playing cooperatively with others.
Making Snowy Play Dough
We gathered the ingredients for our play dough:
1\2 cup salt
1 cup flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup of hot water
As we wanted white play dough to represent the snow we did not add any colouring. The children helped to measure out all the ingredients, commenting when the cup measure was full/empty/ half full. They then mixed it before an adult added the hot water. Once it was made the children were given their own piece to play with. They enjoyed the warm, soft feel of it, squishing, squashing and moulding it. They made some great igloos for our Arctic animals plus polar bears, seals and sharks. Even a few sausage rolls and fajitas!
Cauliflower And Broccoli Cheese
The children cut and tore up their broccoli and cauliflower into small florets, using a knife and their hands. They tried a little of the raw vegetables 'mmm it's good and crunchy', 'it is like apple', 'or strawberries' were some of the comments. They grated some cheese and mixed it with a dollop of creme fraiche, which they spread over the cauliflower and broccoli (which had been steamed for a few minutes by an adult) making sure everything was covered. Finally they grated over a little more cheese and put the lid on. We hope you enjoyed it for your dinner.
Washing Our Hands
We all wash our hands lots and lots at the moment. We chatted about washing our hands. Why do we wash our hands? 'Because of germs', "'because of the virus' were some suggestions from the children. We asked - when do we wash our hands?' Before we eat snack and lunch', 'after the toilet', 'when our hands are dirty'. We talked about singing 'Happy Birthday' when we have put the soap on our hands, scrubbing the soap all around our hands and in between our fingers, to wash away the germs. We then played a little game, individually with the children. They were asked to put a selection of cards depicting the stages of washing our hands into the correct order. We were very pleased that all children showed a good understanding of washing their hands.
Drop Off And Pick Up Procedure
As a reminder: Parents/carers will be asked upon arrival if their child has any Covid 19 symptoms and a note will be made of their response in the register. Children will be welcomed to nursery at the gate Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the Nursery. Parents are asked to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule at drop off and pick up. Please wear a mask, if possible. Children will be taken inside to wash their hands. Their hands will also be washed before leaving the nursery. We will bring the children out to you at the gate. Thank you for your cooperation. Please click on the following link and refer to the flow chart for more information on what to do should you or anyone in your household have symptoms.
COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents and carers (Setting version).pdf
As, unfortunately, parents and carer can not enter the nursery at the moment the following is a picture of our noticeboard with information and contact numbers.
Please follow government guidance and stay home if anyone in your household, develops a temperature or cough, isolating for 10 days. Symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
Please follow social distancing advice and keep your distance to protect all those who are most vulnerable.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
For further information please click on the following link:
Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:
Tiny Happy People
The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop you child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.
Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need. Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding.