We have taken advantage of the wet weather we have had recently with powder paint, puddles and bubbles. Lots of fun was to be had with exploring colour mixing using big and small brushes to mix the colours together. We worked together to create "rainbows, and strawberries" that ended up with lots of fun splashing in puddles and singing "rain rain go away"!
Here is what we have been up to this week....
We have taken trips on our train to Cyprus, Barnet, London and Portugal taking it in turns to be the driver, ticket conductor and passengers. We had discussions about the overground and underground and differences they have and shared our past experiences on travelling in different modes of transport.
We got stuck into making our own slime, enjoying making marks and exploring texture!
And explored our gross and fine motor skills...we absolutely love the challenge our new monkey bars give us.
There has been lots of interest in our guinea pigs, Topsy and George, this week. Together we have been talking about how to care for them. The children have been helping to clean them out, brush and feed them. They have been great for supporting our new children to settle in with their calming influence.
Topsy and George require lots of love and nurturing. To support and help us to have the funds to do this successfully please remember to put your £1 weekly in the piggy bank at the front desk in Reception.
Firstly, welcome back to all our children and families, returning to us - we hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays.
The children have all settled well, especially the children who have moved up from two’s to their new environment in Emerald and Sapphire, we are very proud!
Everyone has been super busy in the first few weeks including lots of fun in the mud kitchen, playing ring games, constructing with loose parts and woodwork. We have also found a frog in our garden and put him the water tray to observe.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new children and families to our nursery community. We look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks and supporting you to settle in.
To stay in touch with nursery life please remember to check the blog regularly so that you can see all the wonderful laying and learning that is taking place at St. Margret’s.
On Friday 7th June we were very fortunate to have Barnet Fire Station Crew and engine visit us at Nursery.
The children were very excited to see them and had the opportunity to sit in and explore the fire engine. They also had the chance to squirt water from the jet hose.
They have continued their interest and made a fire engine out of large cardboard boxes and used hosing as they role play Fire Fighters in action!!! Maybe the LFB will have some future recruits amongst our children!
The children have been very inquisitive about looking at living things in our natural world.
There has been a particular interest in bird watching. The children have made paper binoculars to help them spot different species of birds that fly across our nursery garden and recorded what they have seen on tally charts.
We have also been fishing in the Livingstone pond, and found a frog in our nursery garden, which the children took time to observe and handle with care.
This week there has been lots of sensory and messy play including hand painting, cornflour, cornflour and conditioner, soapy gloop, mud, and wet sand.
At nursery your child’s clothes will get dirty but it helps to show what they have been playing, exploring and learning. Please remember to dress your child appropriately and in nothing too precious so that your child can have the best learning experiences at nursery.
In our nursery we have been growing grass seeds. The children prepared a tray with soil, sprinkled grass seed and sprayed them with water. We then left them to grow over the weekend and when we returned on Monday we were all amazed to see how quickly the grass had grown!
The children have been exploring the grass, using scissors to trim the length and using the grass cuttings imaginatively to make their own landscapes and a farmyard for the animals.
Last week we held our fundraising event – the Bunny Hop.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves hopping around the bike track with their floppy ears and wiggling their fluffy tails.
Thank you to all who came to watch, and for your efforts in supporting the nursery, so far we have raised a very generous £1548!! Your contributions will enable us to buy many new learning resources for the children to use in their imaginative play.
If you still have sponsorship money to donate please give it to Jemma in the office – Thank you.