Spring Term 2018
We encourage healthy eating at nursery offering fruit and vegetables at snack time. We are often asked for ideas for a healthy lunchbox, an example would be: a small sandwich or pot of pasta, a piece of fruit and a drink. Should you want more suggestions and ideas please take a look at the following website:
Please remember to cut grapes and cherry tomatoes in half to avoid being a choking hazard. We ask the children to eat their sandwiches/pasta first followed by their fruit. Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to heat up food. Please remember to put an ice pack in their lunch box to keep the food fresh. Thank you.
In the case of snow we always try to remain open. We will make an assessment of the risks in the morning and an email will be sent at 7.30 am should we have to close. Please only travel if you feel it is safe for you to do so, we understanding completely that everyone has different journeys and therefore varying difficulties.
Please remember to always shut the gate and lower the latch when entering and leaving the nursery playground. The gate being securely closed ensure the safety of all the children. Please check your child's peg bag for suitable named clothes, nappies and wipes. Thank you.
Food For Our Birds
We looked at pictures of birds on the iPad and then talked about the birds we see in the garden - robins, magpies, woodpeckers. We talked about why we need to feed the birds.... because they are hungry and it is cold. One of the children told us they put crumbs on the wall for the birds. We thought about why birds need water... to drink and have a bath.
We decided to make a variety of feeders to hang in the playground. One group spread peanut butter onto fir cones and rolled the peanut buttery cone in the bird seed. Another group spread peanut butter on a cardboard tube and rolled it over and over in the seed. The last group mixed seed into gelatine. They then poured the mixture into a greased muffin tin, adding a straw in the middle to make a hole. We then put them in the fridge. Once set string was thread through the hole so the feeder could be hung up. They were a little crumbly but we managed to hang a few in the play ground for the birds to enjoy. We found a small puddle on the sandpit and boat lids which we thought would be a good substitute for a bird bath. 'If it's cold, it will be frozen so we'll have to make sure the birds are ok.'
We hope to have lots of very well fed and happy birds. We are looking forward to seeing which birds visit us. One of the children suggested an eagle........ that would be a surprise for us all!
Some of the children made magic 'snow'. They tipped the snow powder into a tray and then added water. The children were fascinated to see the powder bubble and grow as it changed into snow. They loved the feel of our snow 'it's soft' and 'cold', although we all decided it is not as cold as real
snow. We then thought about which animals live in the snow - polar bears, penguins, walrus, artic fox. We found the animals in a book and in our toy box. We then added the animals to the snow. Hiding the penguins under snow drifts. The children moved the snow around with their fingers and a lolly stick to cover and uncover the animals.
Continuing our snowy theme the children made some great pictures of snowmen. They used a variety of different textured white and clear material to create the body. Tearing the material or cutting it with scissors into circles to make a round snowman. They then cut carrot noses, added scarves, hats, eyes and buttons. In cooking we even made cheesy snowmen! the children rolled out pastry and then cut around a snowman template. There covered him in cheese and added black olive eyes and buttons and an orange pepper nose. Fabulous!
What A Wet Day!
It was a very wet grey day so we put on our coats and boots and went outside. The children wrote on the ground with chalk enjoying the way the colours blended and merged in the rain 'like magic'. They used paint brushes to 'swish' the chalk around. Soon the chalk completely disappeared in the rain. The children then scooped rain from a tray and poured it down the drain pipes. They tried to catch the rain at the bottom of the pipe. Recycling the water again and again. They then poured water into the drain at the bottom of the playground. They placed our traffic cones over the drain to form a tunnel. They loved watching the water trickle down the hill.
Making An Oven
We made an oven from a box ready for our role play next week. First we cut out some black paper to cover the box. We then glued it and pressed it onto the box. As we worked we talked about what we use the oven for ... baking and cooking things. The children knew the oven was hot and they need to take care. We then made rings for the hob. We drew around a bowl to make the circles for the hob, using red paper as its hot. The children thought they would like to cook baked beans, peas, and hot chocolate on our hob.
A Frosty Morning Walk
It was a beautiful frosty morning so we decided to walk to the village green. The children held hands in twos, stopped and listened at the road and then crossed over to the green. We looked at the frost on the grass and on the picnic bench. We felt it crunching under foot and cold and crisp on our fingers. We were startled by the long shadows made by the trees and ourselves - some of the children thought they looked like monsters!! We looked for birds in the sky and spotted an aeroplane with a long white contrail. We finished off our visit at the climbing frame where the children enjoyed climbing and sliding.
Dates For Your Diary
Easter - Wednesday 28th March - all children who attend on Wednesday and our older year group will be invited to attend.
End of Term Concert - Friday 13th followed by a picnic in the playground
Please note all our concerts will be followed by tea and coffee and a seasonal treat. Only 2 spaces can be allocated per family per event as we are restricted on numbers (this includes older siblings). We kindly request alternatives arrangements are made for babies and younger siblings. We hope that this advance notice gives everyone time to prepare. Thank you.
Sports Day - Tuesday June 12th with June 19th as a reserve date in case of rain
Parents Consultation Evening - Thursday June 28th - a time slot will be allocated nearer the time
Early Years Pupil Premium
In order to improve the process for applying for EYPP and to remove and barriers to parents checking their eligibility there is now an online checking facility.
Sally Wilson, who helps at nursery every Monday, and whenever needed, also makes fantastic cakes. So if you need a cake, cupcakes or other cake goodies for a special day then Sally will be happy to discuss ideas with you. For inspiration please go to Sally's website. http://www.cakesaboutu.com