Week Beginning 13th November 2017…

Week Beginning 13th November 2017…

Frozen fruit fantastic fun…

Drawing and painting just got a lot yummier when the Gibbons used frozen fruits to paint with. Dipping the frozen berries into assorted colours and creating beautiful delicious masterpieces and were able to eat their edible paintbrushes after, what result! The Gibbons visited the farm at the Small World area, however this week it was based around sensory feels. Playing with animals amongst the different textures of grass and soil and wood and rolling pine cones around their farm land, the Gibbons loved feeling the various consistency’s. From a sensory farm to a sensory wall, there were sandwich bags filled up with various liquids from hair gel to oil and difference reams. The Gibbons felt and scrunched the different bags and left their marks in the bags using their hands. Finally, the Gibbons did what they do best and made a lot of noise, using pots and pans and wooden spoons and started their own musical drumming band. The music sessions were very loud, but the Gibbons absolutely loved it.

‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’…Train tracks and horses on snow and with trees covered in the white dust, the Baboons had a magical Small world to create a Winter Wonderland theme. They played in the pretend snow and got themselves covered and made marks in the snow with the trains and horses. Digging for bones, the Baboons explored the soil and found some dinosaur bones amongst the soil. They made footprints in the soil pretending to be roaring, great big dinosaurs back from extinction. At the Reggio Emilia Area, the Baboons have been threading pasta and spaghetti through playdough and making prints from the various pasta shapes. Lastly, the Baboons have been counting caterpillars and matching the caterpillars with the same number of spots to number that mirrors it. And just as we expected our clever Baboons, with only a little help, were able to match correctly the caterpillars to the numbers…Well done Baboons.

 Have you been to the countryside?…

 The children played in the county side this week over at the Small World, turning the and blowing to make the windmills go around and around. The children spoke about how the weather is changing and now it is more windy and cold. They also discussed the different animals they would find in the countryside and placed them over at our Small World Area. From peace and quiet in the country to loud noisy cars, the Gorillas have been using their favourite cars to print with on the paper. They also painted different cars and designed their own cool fast cars that they think would win the race. Looking in the mirror t themselves, the Gorillas made different drawings and models of themselves at the Reggio Emilia Area. Using the assorted coloured wool and lentils and beans to match their hair and colour eyes, the Gorillas created some amazing self-portraits. One of the focuses of the Gorillas this week has been on Tidy up time, and they have been doing an excellent job making their way up the rainbow round the pot of gold. Collecting marbles for good behaviour and when they reach the top of the jar, they all had a party to celebrate with special raisins.

 

Farm Life. Week Beginning 6th Oct 2017…

Farm Life. Week Beginning 6th Oct 2017…

 A bunch of hungry caterpillars…

The Reggio Emilia Area was turned into a Hungry Caterpillar themed world with real fruit and veg and caterpillars painted on stones. The Gibbons read the story with the adults and helped feed their caterpillars when they were hungry (and themselves). Printing with peppers, broccolis, and other various vegetables, the Gibbons splattered paint onto the appear with their eatable painting brushes and edible stamps and created some lovely fine artwork. Rolling out playdough and shaping it to make iced buns the Gibbons have been pretend cooking in their home corner baking some lovely scrumptious treats. Shaking, drumming and dancing to the beat of the drums, the Gibbons have had some band practise this week creating a whole lot of noise coming from their room. We think they might need some more practise before they turn professional….

Baboons go camping…

Have you got your sleeping bags ready? The Baboons have, and they imagined going camping at the Small World Area with their torches and blankets. They imagined toasting marshmallows at the campfires, singing songs and telling scary ghost stories. Acting like monkeys, bunnies and roaring lions, the Baboons played a game of animal dice and role played the different actions they thought the animals would do. From acting like animals to painting them with stencils, the Baboons painted over the animal figures and were amazed with their finished piece of assorted colour outlines of animals. The Baboons went to Middle farm this week and had a great laugh looking around exploring the farm. They all got to see their favourite farmyard animals and watch their feeding times and to finish off with an exciting adventure in the haybale stack maze.

Gorillas visit the farm…

All week, the Gorillas have been visiting Mile Oak farm in the mini bus with the staff. They met all the different animals such as horses, donkeys, ducks, turkeys, chicken, cows and sheep. They laughed as the big rooster chased them and Nadeem around the farm and they enjoyed copying the different animal noises. Finishing of their trips with a picnic at the farm before coming back to nursery to tell others about their cool fun trip! If they weren’t at the farm, the Gorillas were at the allotment watering the onions and garlic bulbs. They harvested the kale and brought it back to the nursery for our lovely chef to use in their lunches this week. In between the gardening and harvesting, the Nature kids built a tent with branches, sticks and leaves with large sheets of cover for their shelter. They talked about camping holidays and how they were so much fun! With the trips to the farm this week it only seemed right that the Small world was a farm animal themed and the Gorillas loved building them homes from the sand and straw and feeding them like they witnessed at the farm. Keeping healthy and fit, the Gorillas have been doing Gymnastics as well yoga this week in the dance room. Jumping, roly-poly’s and stretching were just some of the fun moves they have been doing.

Spooky Going’s On. Week Beginning 30th November 2017…

Spooky Going’s On. Week Beginning 30th November 2017…

Thank you to all who came dressed up for Halloween this week, it was a fantastic week and we even made the Argus! Enjoy the blog photos and have a lovely weekend. Please don’t forget to check your child’s Tapestry account.

Pumpkins and Potions…

Carving pumpkins and spooning out the gooey, wet pumpkins seeds (and eating them), the Gibbons created some spooky looking pumpkins to decorate their room for Halloween and boy did they do good! Some helped the adults carve a ‘G’ for Gibbons and others helped master scary faces to spook the rest of the people as they walked past their room. Putting fake candles inside to light up their finished products the Gibbons were very happy with themselves. Moving onto potions class, the children mixed jelly, paint and salt to make a special potion to cast over anyone and everything. spooning the mixture and mixing with their hands the Gibbons resulted in being covered in their potion themselves…(obviously). Finishing off their spooky activities with skeleton bones, sticking body shaped paper with cotton wool buds and black glue to decorate their room Halloween style. Using potatoes to stamp pumpkin faces onto paper with orange paint, the Gibbons created some lovely stamps to take home aswell as the rest of their Halloween themed artwork this week.

Remember, remember the 5th of November…

The Baboons came in this week in some great costumes and we almost didn’t recognise some of them. In their spider and skeletons costumes, the Baboons had a glow stick party dancing along to their favourite tunes and Halloween inspired songs. Getting involved in the Halloween themes, the Baboons made paper plate ghosts, sticking eyes and mouths to created various scary faces to hang around the conservatory. They drew around ghosts with coloured chalk and around their hands turning them upside down to create funny shaped spooky ghosts. What’s that smell…it’s the Baboons potion of pretend spiders, cats and eyeballs mixed into green and red jelly in big pots cooking ready for the witches and wizards to eat for their supper. From Halloween to Fireworks night this weekend, the Baboons have been talking about the fireworks they hear they night and even creating their own from toilet roll dipped in paint splattering onto the paper in a pretty firework effect….BOOOOM!!!

Watch out the Gorillas are casting a spell…

If you haven’t already seen our Instagram post, please check it out. The Gorillas for one time only made a special treat for desert of Cheesecake. The Gorillas called it ‘Union Jam’ as the jam and blueberries were decorated in a union jack style. Up at the allotment, the children were exploring the woodchip that was laid down and planted garlic bulb and investigated how their red onions were getting along from last week. The Gorillas came in dressed as all sorts this week for Halloween from skeletons to pirates to mermaids to Octonaught. They all looked fantastic and they got stuck into Halloween by carving their pumpkins with the adults. They decorated pumpkins in the Reggio Emilia area with seeds and lentils and even used the pumpkins seeds from the pumpkins they carved. The children role played in their outfits trick or treating around the room finding different objects for ‘sweets’. After Halloween the children came into nursery and spoke about the other people they saw in costumes when they went trick or treating and said Halloween was their favourite time.