Spring Term 2020
Another busy and exciting term with many different activities. We were pleased to welcome our new children who settled in very well and welcome back our existing children after their exciting Christmas holiday, with lots of stories to share.
The weather this winter was unpredictable. The first snow was unexpected however the excitement of snow and being able to build a snowman was a teamwork. The children participated by working together, collecting sticks, offering their hats and scarves and rolling the snow to increase it to a ball to make their snowman. One little girl enthusiastically, whilst rolling the snow, shouted out to others " come on, help me, don't up see my back is killing me". Eventually, as spring started to approach, the children planted broad beans and looked at the beautiful daffodils that they had planted during the Autumn term.
One of our other topics was 'what birds do during the winter season'.
We made some birds on a string and acted out migrating to a warmer country and also made some bird feed for those birds that do not migrate and need to find food during the winter season.
Our topic of science experiments were very popular and enjoyable in particular the melting of ice eggs to discover baby dinosaurs. The children were exploring different ways of melting ice, either salt or warm water.
Other experiments such as 'floating eggs' and 'air pressure' and the volcano was exciting and a mind stretcher for many of them.
Having made some heart biscuits and decorated them for Valentine's day, It was not long before the children were enjoying their pancakes, smothering them with chocolate spread wishing it was shrove Tuesday every day.
Our project for the second year children this term was 'Transport'. The children always enjoy making their book. We were told by one mum that her son sleeps with his project book of previous term.
The thrill and joy of children searching for eggs with excitement was astonishing. (egg hunts should be done every week)!!
We would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and look forward in seeing all next term when we will have another exciting term ahead.
As always, the Summer term flew by and the children enjoyed many activities in particular the outdoors as the weather was very kind to us. Eating and snacking outdoors is always a pleasure.
Growing was another topic and the children planted strawberries and picked the broad beans that they had planted the seeds in February and experienced how we can grow our vegetables.
Our project topic for the all day children was 'mini beasts'. The Children learnt about the body formation of and characteristics of insects. They also experienced life cycle of butterflies from live caterpillars to chrysalis and then to butterflies.
Many thanks to our parents who contributed to our topics such as music lessons and life cycle of chicks, cooking and growing.
We were also invited to go with the children and visit Aston Rowant Primary School, so that the children would get a feel of what its like going to a 'big school'. We had a lovely teddy bear's picnic followed by the children spending time, at the reception classroom playing and exploring indoors and outdoors.
The theme of Barnardo's toddle walk was bright colours. It was an extremely hot day and therefore ice lollies, half way through the walk, energised the children to continue. Most parents that could, joined the walk and we ended up having a picnic outdoors and then the children enjoyed the paddling pool.
Our annual nursery trip to Odds farm was enjoyed by everyone, adult and children alike. The start of the trip is always so exciting, 'going on a coach' sometimes more than the venue.
Sadly we had to say good bye to some of our older children as they start their next step in life and we are looking forward to welcoming our new children in September.
Explore. Learn. Grow.
The Village Hall, Bakers Piece, Kingston Blount, OXON OX39 4SW
Autumn Term 2019
Although Autumn term is the longest term in the academic year, it flew by and before we blinked it was Christmas.
All our new children settled well and our older children were excited to be back to see their friends.
We covered several topics of which one was 'people who help us'. We invited the Community Police and The fire and Rescue Services who came with their fire engine and excited the children. They first explained how to keep safe and what number to call in case of emergency. They also showed the children how they dress to keep safe and then allowed the children to use the hose in the fields and sounded the siren to excite them even further.
another topic we celebrated was Harvest festival. We visited the allotments and looked at what was growing. The children picked berries and we made apple and berry crumble.
Our project this term for the older children was 'The Animals of the World'. The children that participated learnt names of the continents and enjoyed making their book and recorded which animals belonged to which continent and their characteristics.
The children brought many different items for our nature table such as colourful Autumn leaves, conkers and one very excited little boy brought a snake's skin which was fascinating for all the children and of course the staff.
We also, as we do every year, decorated a tree in St. Andrews church and the topic was 'Five little snowmen'. Thank you to the children who worked hard, making the decorations.
Before we knew, it was time to get ready for Christmas. baking cakes and decorating them was fun. There was glitter every where, making crowns, stockings and cards.
Our Christmas party was a joy and one of the mums volunteered to face paint some of the children. It also co-insided with one of the children's birthday therefore we had a double celebration.
The last day of the term, parents were invited to our Nativity. We were proud of the children and their performance and also to see so many parents and relatives who came to support this event.
We look forward to seeing all the children to yet another exciting Spring Term.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.