Our Topic this Term is Lets investigate – January 2018
This term we are doing lots of finding out in nursery. We will be exploring a variety of new sensory experiences, looking at changes through freezing and heating, and carrying out our own science experiments. We will be super Scientists.
Library Visit 2018
Every Friday groups of children from our Nursery have been visiting the local library. In the library there is a special area just for children. As well as books, there are opportunities to play games and dress up.
Light project – Gala Theatre 2017-2018
The following children and staff took part in Durham Local Authority’s Light Project from June 2017 until October 2017. This involved 3 visits to Easington Barn, an arts and education centre where we worked alongside our partner school, Westlea Primary School, engaging in a range of challenging and inspiring activities led by artist and early year’s educator Nicola Balfour. The focus of the project was ‘Light’, inspired by a campaign shining a light on all that’s great about the county. We continued this work in nursery with exciting and creative activities around Festivals of Light.
The work that was produced was displayed in The Gala Theatre Art Gallery in January 2018 with a special celebratory evening to launch the event.
The Light Project was a fabulous experience enjoyed by staff and children alike, which gave fantastic opportunities for children to explore new environments and deepen their knowledge through a range of exciting and engaging activities. The children were very proud of their finished work and this display provides a lovely collection of their experiences and memories to be shared with parents and friends.
Children in Need 2017
To help raise money for Children In Need we came to nursery dressed in spotty clothes. We had a teddy bears picnic and what a surprise we had when the real Pudsey Bear came to see us.
Bonfire Night 2017
To celebrate Bonfire Night we had a real fire in our sandpit. It was really exciting and we learned all about the story of Guy Fawkes. We made our very own ‘guy’ using old clothes and newspaper. We had a special treat for snack……delicious hotdogs! Yum! Yum!
We have been doing lots of fun activities. Some children enjoyed dressing up as witches; we had fun carving out pumpkins some children also hammered tees into pumpkins
Barn Visit 2017
Some children from nursey went to the visit ‘The Barn’ in Easington, as part of the light project. They did lots of activities such as, making shadow puppets, playing with torches, going to the seaside and exploring the woods. Nicola came to nursery to do some follow up work with some of the children they did some painting on silk.
Off We Go September 2017
All of the children have been in nursery this week for the first time without their grown-ups. There have been a few tears from children (and mammies!) But the children have done really well! They have enjoyed exploring the nursery, both indoors and out, and are getting to know their keyworkers and class teachers Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Henry.
The children are settling in really well to nursery and are enjoying exploring all the opportunities and experiences on offer. Our topic for this half term is ‘Off We Go’ The children are starting to get to know their new friends and learning rules and routines. They are all very busy, having lots of fun and engaging in lots of new learning experiences.
Out and about 2017
This half term our topic was, “Out and About.” We have had lots of fun going and about not only in the nursery, but in the wider community.
Some children visited, ‘Lickety Split,’ where they enjoyed eating ice creams
Mrs Fallow and Mrs Graham took a group of children and their babies to ‘Costa Coffee’.
Many Children have had fun playing in the nursery garden with the maps, torches and binoculars, looking for places to pitch tents.
Some children went on ‘boat rides’ around the Marina
Throughout the term, children have visited the shops in Byron Place and Church Street to purchase various things.
We enjoyed tasting snacks from around the world.
We have finished our topic with a two week Beach Schools Project, which both staff and children have thoroughly enjoyed.
Lets Investigate 2017
This half term we have been finding out and investigating in nursery. We have been exploring a variety of new sensory experiences, looking at changes through freezing and heating and carrying out our own mini science experiments
We have made gloop, gellibaff, instant snow and the wonderful flubber.
We have experimented with mixing colours, froze and heating things and made our own paint.
We have been super scientists!
We had lots of fun on our very special Polar Express Day. We all came to nursery wearing our pyjamas……….even the teachers! We did lots of fun things, made our very own Polar Express train and had hot chocolate and cookies for our snack. We finished the day watching some of the film and we even all got a special bell from Santa, because we ‘all believe’!!
Our topic is ‘Celebrations’. We returned back to nursery on Halloween and had lots of nice spooky things to do. We fished skeletons, spiders and pumpkins out of the water tray and also found some hidden in the autumn leaves. We made witches hats and had spooky smoothies and tangerine ‘pumpkins’ for snack. The end of the week was Guy Fawkes so we made splatter pictures and fireworks. We also had sparklers and sat around a fire in the sand-pit singing firework songs. We celebrated remembrance day by having stories to explain why we celebrate it.
We made tissue poppies and special biscuits to take home. This week we had lots of parents and grandparents come into nursery to help us plant spring bulbs. For Children in Need we will come to nursery dressed in our spotty clothes and donate some money to Pudsey Bear, you never know he may even pay us a visit! We are looking forward to all of our Christmas activities and treats, we will be going to the Gala Theatre to see ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and performing our Christmas Concerts for our Families. We will finish the term with our Christmas parties and ‘Magic John’, if we are really lucky we may have a really special visitor!
Let Get Started 2016
All the children have settled in really well to nursery and are enjoying exploring all the opportunities and experiences on offer. Our topic for this half term is ‘Let’s Get Started’ and the children certainly have! They are starting to get to know their new teachers and friends and learning rules and routines. They are all very busy, having lots of fun and engaging in lots of new learning experiences.
Let’s Investigate 2016
This half term we have been finding out about everything in the environment, using our natural curiosities. We have found out what happened when we mix colours together, found out what happened to our hands when we held chocolate, explored what floats and what sinks and have had fun being super scientists!