As part of our Diwali celebrations the children have been learning the story of "Rama and Sita" which is a traditional story told by families to their children during Diwali. Our children have been watching the story on YouTube and have learnt all about the main characters and storyline. Today they had a very special treat as one of our staff dressed up as the character Sita and retold the now familiar story to the children who were captivated to see it come to life before their eyes!!
This week the children have been learning all about the Hindu festival of light called Diwali. They have been learning about Rangoli patterns, which are traditional patterns made from coloured rice, created to welcome visitors to a home during Diwali. The children have been making their own Rangoli patterns at the nursery. They created them at the entrance to welcome parents and children to our nursery using powder paint and glitter.
This week the children have been using the natural resources they collected during our autumn walk to Grangewood Park to make a large scale collage. They included various leaves, twigs, feathers, conkers and acorns. Children have also been making their own smaller collages using the same materials
A big thank you to all the families who attended our fantastic International Evening this week. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed food from the many different cultures that make up THNS. Children and parents were encouraged to join in with African drumming and dancing. It was amazing to see so many of you dressed in traditional clothes from countries around the world.
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!