April may have been a short month at nursery with only two weeks, but it was packed with lots of activities.
Our healthy eating theme proofed very popular with the children. We, learnt about healthy and unhealthy foods. The children, identified lots of different fruits and vegetables. We learnt that some grow in the ground, like the potatoes we planted. Others grow above the ground, such as the strawberries, which we also planted and fruits grows on trees and bushes.
We, discussed the importance of eating a healthy varied diet including lots of different coloured vegetables on our plate. We, even made some rainbow kebabs with lots of different fruits and vegetables.
We furthermore, at lunchtime we chatted about the food in our lunchboxes and the importance of drinking water to keep us hydrated.
The Montessori fraction puzzle was proving very popular and the children continued playing and learning about whole, halves, thirds and quarters and even fifths. The theme continued itself during snack time, as the children started talking and cutting pears or bananas in halves, which was great fun.
In our fun science topic, we discussed the importance of washing our hands and we did a fun experiment putting glitter on our hands. We then washed them by firstly using water and secondly using soap. This, lead us to surprisingly discover that we need to wash our hands with soap and to remove all the germs thoroughly and if we don’t they will stick with us just like glitter.
In the craft area, we made some amazing healthy eating plates with rainbow-coloured vegetables and fruit. We even made some recipe books with healthy food pictures. In the book area, we read lots of books including, Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Handa’s Surprise, which made our tummies rumble.
To consolidate our healthy eating topic, we planted some tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and strawberry plants that were very kindly donated to us by Two Acres Nursery (2acres.co.uk)
What a busy month we have had at nursery. During the first week of March, we celebrated World Book Day, the children brought in their favourite books to share with their friends and to celebrate further many dressed up, we had a skeleton, cat, ninja, puppy, fairy and pirate. One of our favourite books is Goldilocks and The Three Bears. We enjoyed reading the story and having porridge at snack time. We learnt about small, medium and large and ordered some bowls and spoons according to size.
During the second week of March, our topic was Mother’s Day, we discussed how much we love our families and we learnt a very special song called “I love my Mummy” .Hopefully your child sang it to you. The craft area was very busy as well, as we made cards, flowers and some vegan chocolate hearts for Mummy. During our cooking sessions we made our chocolate hearts. We also learnt during our fun science, how chocolate melts, when it is heated and then solidifies when it cools down.
During the third and forth week we started planting some seeds to put in our raised beds when the weather warms up a little. We planted some beetroot, carrots and potatoes. Hopefully, in the summer we can all taste some home grown produce. We have also entered the Privett and Froxfield virtual flowers show and we painted some daffodil pictures and spring flowers. For fun science we discovered how a bean starts to germinate when it is placed in water, then the children draw what they could see sprouting from the bean.
For our final week, we were busy with Easter craft, we decorated some eggs to hang on our tree we made some Easter Bunnies and had an Easter Egg Hunt in our garden. The best part of the end of the term must have been our Easter, chocolate. The children were very surprised to find little chocolate rabbits hiding in the garden.
We made the most of the lovely early spring sunshine and had a picnic lunch outside. We hope you all have a safe and relaxing break we start back on Monday 19th April.
During the first week of February, we all enjoyed learning about ‘Garden Birds’. Some families joined in the ‘RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch’ and they recorded the birds they had seen in their gardens.
At nursery we made some bird feeders and hung some in the woods when we went for a walk. The children also made a hide in which to watch the birds and of course every birdwatcher needs binoculars. We made some binoculars and used them as we went for walks in the fields, we even saw a red kite flying overhead and some pheasants in the nursery carpark.
During the second week we learnt about the Chinese New Year, at snack time the children used some chopsticks to eat some noodles. We watched a short video about Chinese New Year celebrations and we danced with some streamers to a Chinese dragon dance. Before half term we also made some small vegan heart shaped biscuits to share with our families.
During the last week of February, we had fun learning all about opposites. We created a train out of chairs and drove all around. The children made some day and night pictures, we chatted about things that make us happy and things that make us sad and we learnt an opposites song. The children practiced their cutting skills and cut some short pieces of paper and some long pieces.
Outside we had a floating and sinking activity and we tried to work out if different objects would float or sink.
Finally, we have started to see signs of Spring in our nursery garden as snow drops and daffodils are coming out.
Our ‘Arctic Topic’ certainly fitted in with the weather this month, as we have been learning about the Arctic and the amazing animals that live there. We, watched a short video about the Arctic Tundra and one called a ‘Walk in the Arctic’. We, conducted a small science experiment and discovered how water turns to ice and we rescued some toy animals that were stuck in the ice. Outside we also found some ice and made footprints on the frosty grass.
The children worked together to create an Artic area display made out of card board, white paint, cotton wool and other materials with artic animals, a cave and snow.
Most excitingly, we were granted permission from Fawley Farms to take the children for our “squirrel walks” around their fields. We have enjoyed lots of long muddy walks exploring the fields and the woods, where we built a den and jumped in muddy puddles. Hopefully, you saw some of the photos on Tapestry or Facebook.
Finally, during the last week of January the weather aligned to “our topic” enabling lots of snow to play in. We headed off with a backpack containing hot chocolate and homemade bread, after all that walking and exploring in the snow, we needed a snack to warm us up.
The next day with the snow still in the garden we made some snowmen and used Miss Veronica’s hat for our biggest snowman.
We continued with our cooking activities as well and we made bear faces out of yoghurt. The children furthermore cut their own bananas or cucumbers, spooned the yoghurt into a circular cutter and made a bear face with banana cucumbers and blueberries. The best part of it all was eating it during snack time, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The children have certainly enjoyed learning about the Artic. They can name many animals that live in the Artic and they understand how these animals keep warm in snow and ice. As the lockdown continues, we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.
Another busy month at nursery. We have been exploring colours and discovering what happens when we mix the prime colours together.
We had a lot of fun making a large mail box. The children worked together to paint and decorate it, then lots and lots of letters were written and posted to Father Christmas.
We have all been busy making Christmas craft, some clay candle holders, bauble cards with buttons and sparking decorations involving lots of glitter. The children have been learning some Christmas songs, you may have heard them singing some at home.
During “Welcome Time”, we have been learning how to have kind gentle hands and how to help our friends. We have introduced some grace and courtesy demonstrations and the children have been practicing how to set the table for snack time. We also continue our PE classed and had lots of fun outside.
Finally, we finished the last week of term baking some vegan Gingerbread cookies and having our Christmas Party.
So, it is goodbye to 2020! And yes, the Christmas Holidays will be a little different this year! We, on behalf of Privett Montessori Nursery School, wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Our October 2020 Newsletter:
During October, we have been learning all about Autumn. The children enjoyed finding colourful leaves outside and lots and lots of acorns. They found so many that some may have found their way home, hiding inside coat pockets.
We learnt about the life cycle of the apple tree and cut up apples to discover and count the seeds. The children asked many questions and were amazed to learn that a tree could grow out of just a seed.
The had fun in weighing apples on scales and helped with making apple crumble. We also enjoyed tasting apples from miss Veronica’s apple tree during snack time
In our tactile sensory learning, we discovered what happens when corn flour and water mix together. It resulted in lovely slime that we felt slipping though our fingers.
We, also decorated a pumpkin and drew faces. After slicing the top, the children brilliantly worked together to scoop out the pumpkin seeds & flesh
On the last day of half term the children came in many different outfits. We had lots of spooky fun, made spiders, pumpkins, passed the parcel and danced to some Halloween songs.
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I cannot believe how quickly the weeks have flown by and as I look at the photographs we have taken during the Summer term I realise just how busy we were and how much we did and so it is not surprising that the last week arrived too soon.
At the end of April Freddie’s Dad brought some of his lambs to Nursery. He cleverly selected ones that were a few weeks apart in age so that the children could see how they grow and change. Some of the children were able to feed the lambs bottles of milk and many of them enjoyed stroking and cuddling the lambs. We had a further opportunity to cuddle some young animals when Alby’s mum brought their 5 pups to see us. They were gorgeous and so well behaved – not a single accident on our floor!
At the beginning of May, the village hall was once again in use as a Polling Station and so we moved to Roessa and Robin’s house for the day. After Yoga followed by quick drink and a snack we set off on a walk into the countryside. There were gates to climb, animals in the fields and butterflies to spot. The children smelled the wild garlic and listened to the birdsong. We collected a few bits and pieces to make natural collage pictures and after a picnic lunch in the garden, the children made their pictures, visited some lambs and had a great time rolling down the slopes. It was a really lovely day and we are so grateful to our hosts for having us.
Another highlight of the term was our visit to the Nature Reserve in Winchester. The weather was very kind to us and we enjoyed all the activities organised by Kate Barrett including a bug hunt, a butterfly spotting walk, art and craft activities and discovering the huge variety of moths that she had caught the previous evening. Who knew that beautiful leaf prints can be made simply by covering them with a piece of muslin and hitting them with wooden hammers to release the chlorophyll?
Activities this term in Nursery were very varied too. We made some very colourful pictures that brought the outdoors into the classroom by dipping dandelions, daisies and cow parsley into paint and printing onto card. We gave the children clay to explore and challenged them to make the roundest ball, longest worm and flattest pancake. This was surprisingly difficult for most of them and a reminder that we should not assume that just because our children have regular opportunities to explore dough does not mean that they can do basic things with it. A glut of sweet peas in my own garden (thanks to my very enthusiastic gardening hubby) inspired us to make paintings of them. We chose water paints for this activity and the results were beautiful. The paintings will be on display on 17th August in Froxfield Village Hall at the Horticultural Summer Show.
We planted bean seeds in pots and over the following days the children had regular opportunities to examine their growth beneath and above the soil. We also observed the growth and development of caterpillars to butterflies when we grew our very own Painted Ladies. Metamorphosis will never cease to amaze me. For the Dads this year the children made gingerbread people and they made sure that there was one for them as well as their Dads!
As usual the Summer term means lots of teachers visiting and children visiting their next schools. The children often find this time quite challenging and we do our best to minimise the disruption and some of the stress and anxiety that the children can feel by encouraging them to talk about their new schools and their thoughts and feelings.
Games Day was on the last day of term and for the first time in 16 years, we held it indoors! After weeks of dry weather it decided to rain but we did not allow this to spoil the fun and games led once again by Lorna. This term we have said goodbye to 12 children and their parents. We wish them well and hope to hear from them from time to time. We are looking forward to the start of the new school year on 9th September and to welcoming some new children and our “old” children back after the summer break. We are also looking forward to our half hour longer morning sessions which begin in September and will enable us to spend more time outdoors.
Maike’s travels abroad were too good an opportunity to miss for introducing the children to some different cultures and environments. Some of the things we learned included the huge difference in the types of homes people in different countries live in. For example, in Singapore the majority of the population live in giant skyscrapers whereas in Malaysia houses are built on stilts to keep them cool and to help keep out unwelcome visitors, mainly of the snake variety! We discussed some of the different foods eaten and although we weren’t brave enough to try bird nest soup we did enjoy some different fruit including guava and papaya. The children were fascinated that in Malaysia it’s quite usual to sit on the floor when eating but a little concerned that refusing food in this country is considered bad manners! When Maike went to New Zealand we showed the children our model of an erupting volcano. It made quite an impression. The animals of Australia were a great source of interest and we also talked about the aboriginal people and their art. We learned the meaning for some of the symbols they use and this inspired us to have a go at producing our own artwork based on what we had learned. The pictures were so colourful and interesting we decided to exhibit them in the Spring Show in March.
At the beginning of February we were treated to some light snow and naturally we made the most of it!
March was extraordinarily busy with World Book Day, Red Nose Day, Mothers’ Day and the Froxfield and Privett Horticultural Show to enjoy and participate in. Our children dressed as characters from stories and brought in their favourite books for us to share. We are grateful to the parents who came in to read some of them to the children. On Red Nose Day we provided breakfast for the children and we all enjoyed wearing our pyjamas to Nursery. Christina who worked at the Nursery a few years ago very kindly came to lend us a hand and we raised just over £100. A great achievement for a great cause.
The children spent a number of weeks making small paintings of Spring Flowers. We put these together to make Mother’s Day cards. They looked beautiful! Our Aboriginal Art inspired paintings were entered into the Spring Show and we were very proud of all the artwork which received lots of interest and praise from visitors. We were also very pleased for Freddie whose work achieved first place and for the two runners up, Iria and Jonah. In the garden we have managed to get some potatoes planted and are wondering what else we can grow this year without feeding the pigeons and rabbits.
On April Fool’s Day our children arrived to find their chairs facing the wrong way and name cards turned upside down. Not many of the children seemed unduly concerned although a couple of them did turn their chairs round and at snack time when the children take their name cards from the board, Harry very crossly commented “someone has turned my name upside down!”
Dilys’ Dad, Nick came and read Zog to us and in a very interactive session the children were able to practise their first aid skills by applying plasters and bandages to Zog and they could even listen to his heart!
In the last week of term we made our Easter Garden and despite the rain the children went looking for eggs in the garden. They found several!
We are sad to say goodbye to Louise who has been a wonderful help while Maike has been away but we are looking forward to the start of the Summer Term on Wednesday 24th April and to welcoming back Maike. I am sure she will have plenty to tell us! In the meantime, we wish you all a very Happy Easter!