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21 June 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

What a tasty, fun and colourful week we have had finding out about the topic ‘Children Around the World’. The children have joined in with an array of activities including creating and cooking pizzas from Italy, where the children cut vegetables, spread tomato paste and sprinkled various toppings on. We created African necklaces by painting and using sequences and threading; there were so many beautiful patterns created! Our favourite activity was a Chinese game called “Lucky Laugh”, where the children were blindfolded and had to stick eyes and a mouth on to a blank face. This resulted in many laughs and giggles!

 

12 June 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

What a wonderful event – Grandparents’ Morning on 17th May was enjoyed by all! The children were thrilled to have their special visitors join them in being creative for the morning. There was an array of activities to participate in, the main two being a plant pot to decorate in readiness to plant flowers the following week and a picture frame with different themes across the classes.

The children enjoyed completing the activities using a range of skills, including cutting, sticking, arranging shapes, mixing colours and generally having lots of fun!

22 May 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

What a great start to the Summer Term.  All the children thoroughly enjoyed the topic about The Farm.   They all enthusiastically engaged in a wide variety of activities.  The children loved making farm trays and playing with them afterwards. Some were feeding their animals while others watered their plants.  The children loved making scarecrows using felt, hay and feathers and making tractors using recyclable materials.  As well as art activities, the children loved playing with different farm sets such as the felt farm.  The children were very proud showing their creations and sharing their experiences about the farm with their friends.

22 May 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Butterflies

There has been much excitement and anticipation at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close over the last few weeks as a special gift arrived in the Summer Term – a package containing real live caterpillars in a jar filled with their food! The children have been coming to nursery and heading straight to the caterpillars to watch them grow and turn into cocoons! The children have learnt about the lifecycle of a butterfly and seeing it come to life at nursery has undoubtedly reinforced their learning. They admired the cocoons hanging in the special net and were thrilled as the butterflies hatched one by one and flew around the net, demonstrating their beautiful coloured wings!

On Friday 17th May the whole nursery walked over to Wandsworth Common, where the teachers led the children to a special landscaped area with flowers and trees and asked the children if this was a suitable place for their butterflies to live in. They all agreed the butterflies would be happy there and as the teachers explained that the butterflies would always stay close to where they are released, they happily chatted about coming over to see them on their way to and from nursery. They watched with pride as the butterflies they had grown in nursery flew freely out of the net to be reunited with nature!

22 May 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

We have had a busy start to our Summer Term with lots of exciting activities. The children were very excited to meet our caterpillars and watch them form into chrysalis. We have yet to see the butterflies emerge and all are extremely excited! Some of the children painted butterflies while investigating different patterns; there were some beautiful designs created.

Following on from this we took part in different shape and pattern activities, including a sweetie colour science experiment, shape collages and buildings. Some of the younger children embarked on a pattern hunt around the nursery, using magnifying glasses to find and match different patterns. There was extreme delight each time they found a new pattern and matched it to the hunt sheet!

Baking chocolate chip cookies has been a well anticipated activity! The children listened beautifully as they followed the recipe instructions, watched the scales, poured the ingredients and moulded their cookie shapes. It is safe to say they will disappear quickly!

29 January 2019

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

On Friday the children from Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road enjoy visiting Balham Library. They walk in pairs holding hands with their partner. We practise road safety when crossing road. In the library children enjoy listening to stories read to them by the librarian. After story time they love choosing a book to take back to nursery. We read the books throughout the week and return them the following time we visit. They are always excited when the book they choose is read in the classroom.

29 January 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Mothers’ Morning

On 23rd January the children walked into nursery with beaming smiles, holding tightly onto their mummies’ hand, as today mummy was staying at nursery and being proudly welcomed into their classrooms. After following the children’s instructions on where to sit the morning began with decorating a beautiful plaque with a special poem. The children chose from a variety of resources such as shiny, red hearts, wooden flowers and coloured foam shapes to decorate the plaque. The mummies watched proudly as the children used their glue sticks with skill to decorate the plaque. Once finished they led their mummy to all the different areas where they like to play; the soft blue playdough proved very popular and having just finished the “Winter” theme, there were many jolly snowmen being made with mummy. Mothers’ Morning was also a chance for the mummies to have a chat with their child’s teacher and ask questions, such as where they could buy glue sticks to use at home and the recipe for the perfect playdough. As the special morning came to a close and it was time for all the mummies to go down to the church for a refreshing cup of coffee, the children returned to their routines and they all agreed that the morning had been full of fun and excitement and that the poem on the plaque, “My mummy she’s the best, from her head down to her toes. She’s warm and she is soft, smelling sweet just like a rose” described each of their mummies perfectly!

18 January 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

The children had a such lovely time finding out about ‘People who Help Us’. They got very involved in lots of different activities and discussions, ranging from small world role play with the fire station and police station, larger role play using the doctors, fire engine and babies role play, to a very exciting visit from the fire service. This involved two firefighters showing us the equipment they use and letting us wear their helmets. We then took turns to see the real life fire engine, It was so exciting! We saw the ladder, where the water comes out and the flashing lights amongst other things. Some of the the children got a chance to sit in the driver’s seat and hold the steering wheel.

23 November 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

The children at Noah’s Ark Nursery, Cobham Close have been getting up close to nature on their weekly nature walks! On the first nature walk the children walked to Wandsworth Common wearing their high vis jackets and the teachers brought a tray with magnifying glasses and a mat to sit down on together in the woods. The children gathered together and were told to find small sticks to search carefully among the Autumn leaves for Minibeasts; with great excitement they looked with their sticks and found worms and centipedes and used the magnifying glasses to inspect them in detail. A teacher then turned over a log and minibeasts scattered in all directions! They managed to catch the slow snail and add her to the centipedes and worms in the tray. It was then time to go back to nursery, where the children practised their fine motor skills as they drew the minibeasts in the tray in their classrooms. The second nature walk’s focus was on picking leaves from the trees to give ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ some food. Back in the wood area of the common the children picked the different coloured and shaped leaves and brought them back to nursery to use for their craft work based on one of their favourite stories by Eric Carle, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. On the way back to nursery the children spotted a curious squirrel, who seemed to be following them, jumping from branch to branch and tree to tree all the way back to nursery! What a wonderful way to learn, immersed in nature. The children are all looking forward to learning on their next forest adventure!

17 October 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

V&A Museum of Childhood

On Tuesday 9th October Noah’s Ark Cobham Close arrived at the V&A Museum of Childhood. It was a beautiful sunny Autumn day and the children were very excited as they assembled together in the Museum gardens with their special adult; mum, dad, grandparent or nanny. The day started with a special book being read out aloud on a smart board, ‘Lost in the Toy Museum’ by David Lucas. The children were captivated by the adventures of Bunting, the old toy cat, who when the lights go out in the Toy Museum finds himself all alone and follows the trail of clues through the museum to find his friends. After the story the children were allowed to play with different toys from past and present childhoods set up on various tables in groups of four; they enjoyed going round the room trying all the different games. There were teddy bears having a picnic using a beautiful tin tea set, a magnetic puppet theatre where they acted out familiar tales such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’, wooden building blocks, trains and dolls’ houses. The children interacted very well together and were sad to leave when it was time to meet up with their adult again to go and explore the museum. They explored all the areas of the museum, amongst the favourites were the train set where if you added 20p the trains would come to life and chug along the tracks around a model village, the robot who moved different parts of his body by carefully matching the cogwheels together, the sandpit and the rocking horse. After a picnic lunch in the bright dining room downstairs, where exciting stories were swapped and parents chatted happily together, it was time to go home. I am sure the children will treasure the memories they made on a special outing to a museum which celebrates what one might argue is the best time in a person’s life and the one most relevant to them – childhood!