This week, to help support and raise awareness of mental health issues, both parents and staff at THNS have been engaged in the art of Mindfulness! Thanks to our Mindfulness expert, Sue Bolton, those families who attended reported many positive effects that the workshops have had on their ability to fend off the stresses and anxieties of modern day life. A huge thank you to all of our families and staff members who supported the workshops and Mental Health Week as a whole!
A big thank you to all our parents who participated in Den Day raising money for Save The Children. You all created some amazing dens with your children using boxes and materials. The children had a lot of fun building and playing in their dens, they also gained valuable construction skills from this experience.
This week in Ladybird class the children have been playing with shredded paper in a tray and have enjoyed looking for objects that have been hidden in there. The children were using their sense of touch to feel amongst the shredded paper and thoroughly enjoyed tossing it up in the air as part of their cause and effect investigations. They have all had so much fun doing this and I'm sure they took home some of the shredded paper inside their clothing.
Following on from the children's interest in weddings last week, the children have been dressing up in bridal dresses and suits. They have been in role as attendees at a wedding ceremony as both guests and bride and groom. They have been learning new vocabulary such as bride, groom, bridesmaid, best man, ceremony, invitations and wedding cake. One of the children commented, "I need to say my vows." As the children have been role playing getting married, they have walked around the garden while others have been calling out, "Congratulations!"
This week the children had the opportunity to experience a real life circus performer. We were very happy to welcome 'Ella the Great' and her mini circus to the nursery. The children watched her perform a variety of circus acts including plate spinning, juggling, tight rope walking and even saw her riding a unicycle! After the performance the children were able to have a go at some of her circus tricks.
A huge thank you to all parents/carers who have already donated Easter-themed prizes and who have bought a ticket for our fabulous Easter raffle! Tickets are 20p each to enter the "small prize" raffle and £1 each to enter the "large prize" raffle. All proceeds will go back into buying resources for the nursery. Raffle tickets will be drawn on Friday 5th April. Please see Faye, Jenette or Chris to buy a ticket. As they say, you've got to be in it to win it!
A big thank you to all our parents/carers who spent time with their child in nursery today for 'Sharing Success Day'. It was lovely seeing so many of you sharing your children's Learning Journeys with them. This event is a marvellous way to strengthen our parent/nursery partnerships and celebrate the successes of your children.
Today the children and staff at THNS have been raising money for Comic Relief by dressing up head to toe in RED and throwing down some interesting moves on the dance floor! A huge thank you to all of our families for their contributions so far. Please keep the donations coming in and we will update you all very soon on how much we managed to raise in total!
We all had great fun dressing up as our favourite book/tv character to celebrate World Book day. This special event is a really lovely way to foster children's interests in books and early reading skills.
Over the last two weeks, following on from the children's interest in babies we have set up a role play Baby Health clinic. The children have been learning about how to care for a baby. Today Charlie's mum (Amy) brought her seven month old daughter Ruby into nursery. All the children gathered round to watch Amy bathing Ruby, they watched and listened to Amy explaining how to bath a baby and the equipment needed to do this safely. They also had the opportunity to ask any questions about babies.
This week, following on from the children's interests in babies, we set up a 'Baby Clinic' role play area. The children have been introduced to this theme by watching educational video clips of parents bringing their babies to a clinic to have a check up and to be weighed. The children have been learning new language relating to this such as, stethoscope, thermometer, weighing scales, examine and injection. The children have used the props provided to re-enact baby clinic scenarios in their role play.