There’s Music In The Air – Week beginning 26th June 2017…

There’s a drumming noise coming from the Gibbon room…

Because normal drums are old hat these days, the Gibbons used tin cans to practise their drumming skills on and listened to the different sounds made by using various kitchen utensils like wooden, metal and plastic spoons. Tapping and bashing away, making as much noise as they could, the whole nursery could hear their band practise in full swing – don’t mind us Gibbons as long as you are happy! The Gibbon went on animal hunt to find all the several animals hidden around the room. Some were hidden shredded paper, some were inside boxes and behind furniture.  And when the excitement of the shredded paper outweighed the enjoyment of the animal hunt, the Gibbons interest swayed towards to throwing the shredded paper up in the air with gay abandon.  Well why not!  Spending more comfortable time outside now the weather conditions have cooled off slightly, the Gibbons did some water painting on the ground using assorted colours of paint and brushes to showcase their impressive artistic skills. Throughout the week, the children spiced up their playdough by adding cinnamon and herbs and making the playdough into fragrant animal shapes. Rolling the playdough out to a snake and adding lentils as eyes and spaghetti as a tongue, the playdough snake creatures were fascinating, inventive and some even a little bit disturbing.

 Sunny Sunflowers…

Using their creative and art time wonderfully, the Baboons used wiggly scissors to cut out petals, sticking them onto black paper. Adding a felt middle for a finishing touch, the Baboons created their own sunny sunflowers and stuck them around the conservatory to brighten up the room. Role playing is always a big hit in the Baboon room, and this week the children were using flour in the kitchen area to make their breads and cakes etc. The pretend cooking ended up in a flour fiasco with the flour going all over the children, staff and the room, which made everyone laugh lots! Even though the weather has been a bit cooler this week, compared to last week’s scorching weather conditions, the Baboons made ice cream and smoothies using the gooseberries and berries from the allotment. They added honey to the ice cream to soften the bitter taste of the gooseberries and banana and other fruits to the smoothies all for a delicious treat in the afternoons. Making sand castles over in the Small World Area, the Baboons pretended they were taking a trip down to visit the beach. They cut out small felt towels for their little dolls to lay on and sunbathe on the sand. They pretended the sea was big waves splashing around and then changed to calm for a nice relaxing swim. Whilst ‘being at the beach’, the Baboons talked of how it made them feel and it were happy when they are at the beach. They expressed their emotions of feeling happy and trilled to be at the beach.

Secret Garden…

One of our friendly neighbours up at the allotment who has had their allotment for 27 years invited the Nature Kids to go and explore. Their patch was like a secret garden with bushes and trees, multiple pathways like a maze and various sculptures around. Walking around spotting several types of beautiful butterflies and wild flowers, they Gorillas took pictures with help from the staff on their tablets so we can make a book of animals, insects and flowers that we see up there back at nursery. When arriving back to our allotment, we caught a glimpse of a fox exploring another neighbouring allotment. The Gorillas drew pictures of the fox and the secret garden. In the afternoons, the Gorillas played a game of hide and seek whilst learning phonics and discovering words beginning with ‘s’ and ‘t’. The Gorillas did well in this game and before heading back in the mini bus with Tony, they picked some cherries from a tree to being back to their friends at nursery. Aswell as being back cherries for everyone, the Nature Kids also picked lavender and other smelling plants and weeds to put into sensory bags as presents for the Gibbons to use in their rooms.  When it wasn’t their day to go up to the allotment, the Gorillas that stayed at Nursery had an equally amazing time from focusing on phonics, exploring over in the Small World Area based on a farm this week and colouring trolls in Reggio Emilia. Using the billy goat gruff story, they were reading last week, the Gorillas have been colouring their own different sized trolls and using their own imagination to determine how scary they want their own trolls to be. The pre-schoolers this week have been visiting their schools they will be attending in September, and after visiting their new school, they brought in booklets and pictures to show their friends and the staff.