Garden Room

Garden Room is our mainstream classroom which offers provision for 52 three to four year olds and 16 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   12.15 pm – 3.15 pm

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 £3.00, where your child is able to have lunch with us from 11:30-12:15, this must be provided by parents

– Additional sessions for £10.50, enabling your child to stay for whole days

– After-school club for £3 per session from 3:15-4:00 pm

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.