A big thank you to the parents who gave up their time to attend our Gardening club with their children. You all worked very hard harvesting potatoes we'd grown, clearing the old vegetable patch and planting tulip bulbs.
This week our children and parents went on an exciting autumn walk through Grange Park. We observed the changes to the trees in autumn, listened to the nature sounds and collected lots of leaves, sticks, acorns and conkers which we brought back to nursery to explore further next week.
Sports Day at THNS! Children at THNS enjoyed taking part in speedy superhero races, the great bucket and water challenge and wheelie races. We were grateful to be able to use the field at Whitehorse Manor. Thank you to staff and families for supporting the children today.
This week the children had a very exciting experience! On Wednesday we went over to Whitehorse Manor Primary School and watched a play about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. After the performance, the children were encouraged by the actors to participate in a drama workshop, where they learnt how to act out different fairy tale characters. We all had a fantastic time watching the story that we have been learning about from a book come to life in front of our eyes!
Over the last two weeks we have been very excited to welcome ten fertilised chicken eggs to the nursery. The children have been predicting which egg might hatch first and some tally mark surveys were carried out by the children. Then last Thursday egg number seven hatched with the other soon following. The children have been fascinated to watch the pipping and hatching process. This week the children have all had the opportunity to handle the chicks and today we said goodbye to them as they were taken back to the farm. This has been a very interesting and informative experience for the children.
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.