Garden Room

Garden Room is our mainstream classroom which offers provision for 52 part time three to four year olds and 4 part time two year olds. The environment is rich, airy and inviting, with high quality resources which are accessible at all times.

Children attend on a part-time basis of either five morning or five afternoon sessions per week.  There are a limited number of 30-hour places available.

Session times are:

Morning      8.30 am – 11.30 am

Afternoon   12.30 pm – 3.30 pm

30 hour sessions  8.30 am -2.30 pm (a variety of lunch options are available)

We also offer ‘wrap-around care’, this includes:

– Breakfast club for £3.00, where your child is able to arrive from 8:00 and breakfast is provided

– Lunch club for £5.00 (parent to provide packed lunch or purchase a school lunch for £3.00)

– Additional sessions at £5.00 per hour

– After-school club for £2.50 per session from 3:30-4:00 pm

 

Super Slow Snails- A Research Project

As we were tidying our garden in preparation for the winter we found some snails.  The children in the group  handled them carefully and showed great interest so the adults decided to turn this interest into an Investigative Research Project (IRP)  We started by discussing with the group what they wanted to find out about snails.  The children wanted to know what snails liked to eat, how they ate and how they moved and the project began.

As we were going to be watching and learning more about the snails we decided to make them a cosy home and thought about what they would like.  Children collected leaves and small twigs and lined the bottom of a glass tank before placing the snails carefully inside. Then we decided to try feeding the snails some fruit and chose apple and banana.  We cut the fruit up into pieces and watched to see which, if any would be eaten.  After watching closely it was clear that the snails enjoyed eating the banana but didn’t even try the apple so we knew snails liked to eat banana.  Next we made snail soup, blended lettuce, and painted it on the inside of the tank.  We watched the snails move up the side of the tank and begin to eat the soup.  Children watched with interest and we used the iPad and books to learn more about how a snail ate.  We learnt that snails have lots of tiny teeth.  We used magnifying glasses to see if we could see the snails’ teeth but they were far too small.   As we watched the snails eating the soup we talked about how slow they were moving and again used the iPad and books to find out information about how they moved.  We learnt that a snail has 1 big foot that it travels on and we watched the foot move as it was stuck to the inside of the tank.  We looked at the silvery trail the foot left to show where the snail had travelled.  The children also enjoyed looking at the different snail shells and knew the shell was the snails ‘home’.  Although some of the snail shells had different coloured shells they had one thing in common, the spiral shape on the shell. The children explored this by drawing their own spirals.  Once we have completed our research and answered all our questions we made sure to return the snails to the garden where we had originally found them. We learnt a lot about snails and thoroughly enjoyed our 1st Investigative Research Project. We displayed our learning so that other children could find out about snails too.

 

Lunchtime in Forest School

 

This term we are very excited to be trialling having lunch in forest school with some of the children who attend 30 hours.  On Wednesdays we plan to extend the session enabling children to enjoy their forest school experience all day.  On our first session we ate our packed lunch around the campfire and chatted to our friends.  One little boy enjoyed it so much he commented ‘I hope I can do this again another day’.  Over the coming weeks we plan to invite more children to enjoy this experience and plan to cook our own food on the campfire.  The children are already thinking about what they would like to eat and beans on toast is a popular choice.  We’ve thought about how to keep warm on colder days too and have hot water bottles covered in knitted jackets, blankets and hot chocolate at the ready!!

 

Forest School…

This half-term we have had an amazing time at forest school. The children have been exploring the forest and have continued to develop their love of outdoors. The children have been climbing, balancing and taking risks. Some of the children have shown a great interest in the fairy garden and have been developing and building their own fairy houses. This has moved on to receiving and sending letters to the fairies. We also have some special visitors in our bog garden… frog spawn! The children have been observing changes and using books to find out more.

 

Our Visit to Westvale House Care Home…

Every year at Christmas time some of the children from of Nursery visit Westvale House Care Home. Above are some picture from this years visit. The children love going to see the men and women here and are always welcomed with open arms. The children bring toys and books and share these with all of the residence. Before the children left they sang Christmas carols for everyone. It was a lovely visit enjoyed by everyone.

 

Pumpkins…

In Garden Room the children have been exploring pumpkins for Halloween. We have grown and picked our own pumpkins in our nursery garden. We wondered what was inside the pumpkins? We cut one open to find out. The children talked about what it felt like and what it smelt like. The children said it was “cold”, “wet” and “slimy”.

Then it was time to carve! Some of the children had carved pumpkins at home so were able to tell the other children what we needed to do and give some simple instructions. Under the guidance of a member of staff the children scooped out the inside of the pumpkin, drew on pumpkin faces and then used some tools to cut out the shapes they had drawn.

Later in the session the children shared their carved pumpkin with all of their friends and looked at the pumpkin all lit up using a dark room and a tea light. They were so excited! what fabulous pumpkins they were.

Mad About Mushrooms…

In Forest School, something amazing has happened! The children discovered an enormous mass of toadstools! They were so fascinated and went hunting for more mushrooms in and around the forest, finding lots of different types! We talked about how they look and smell, and how to keep safe around them by not touching or eating them. Back in nursery, Harvey shared the exciting news! We brought some of the mushrooms into the classroom so we could have a closer look with magnifying glasses, and started doing some observational drawings of them. We also used the Ipads to find out more about the mushrooms, such as where they come from! It is so magical!

 

Garden Room visited Stockley Farm…

Everyone had a fantastic time visiting Stockley Farm! The children had the opportunity to meet lots of different farm animals and find out all about them. The children were able to get up close and stroke most of the animals and also feed some of them. We had a ride on the tractor and it took us to the special surprise… the giant birthday cake! The children were a credit to the Nursery and behaved so well, they all listened to the grown-ups with care and respect. What a fabulous trip!

The Dream Project

One of our mini projects this year has been about ‘The Dream’! Some of our Garden Room children had the opportunity to visit ‘The Dream’. The children walked right to the top of the hill where they found the statue towering above them. The children’s faces showed that of awe and wonder as the gazed upon the structure that they had discovered. We spent the day talking about the statue, drawing pictures, taking photographs and exploring the area. The children noticed a door at the back of the statue… we wonder what might be behind the door…

When we got back to Nursery the children created their own representations of the statues using materials of their choice. Some children wanted to manipulate clay and some children chose to create box models. They looked carefully at the pictures they had taken to recreate smaller models.