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7 October 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

Transport is our current theme and the children are absolutely engaged with all they can make and do. We have had an array of activities to explore and find out about, not least finding out how we can transport ourselves to help the environment!

One of the favourite activities was our scientific rocket experiment, where we watched the reaction when vinegar and bicarbonate of soda were mixed in a special rocket. The rockets exploded high in the sky so quickly, the children were enthralled!

Other activities have been a transport hunt in the local environment, collages, role play and exploring how to make different modes of transport with construction materials.

7 October 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Our Five Senses

The children at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close have spent the week discovering their five senses. On Monday sight was explored by making binoculars; the children were really proud to use their own binoculars in the outside area to do a spot of birdwatching! On Tuesday the feely box was filled with different textures for their sense of touch – the children guessed they were feeling a conker by touching its hard and shiny surface and were amazed at how clever they could be, to know what they were touching without looking at it! On Wednesday, when we explored our senses of taste and smell, the children had fun being blindfolded and tasting sweet sugar and sour lemon juice, to name a few, and trying to guess what they were tasting. Not surprisingly sugar was guessed quite easily while lemon and ginger powder produced some funny faces! They also smelt herbs such as rosemary and sage. On Thursday they used their last sense of hearing to identify various everyday sounds; their ears are working wonderfully as one of the youngest children even heard and identified a violin! What a wonderful week celebrating our five senses!

 

17 September 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

What a brilliant start to a new school year at Noah’s Ark Westside.  The Tiggers and Piglets have enjoyed moving up into their new classes, joining in with an array of activities and helping the new children to settle in.  Our new Roos and Kangas have settled in beautifully and are beginning to investigate their new environment with gusto.  The children have been creating pictures of their families, joining in with amazing role play games in the construction yard, baking cheesy pastries and creating transport using different construction amongst other things!

17 September 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Our New Grass Outdoor Area

The outside area at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close has been transformed into a soft, green adventure garden. The new grass was laid during the summer holidays and the area is so much more welcoming and comfortable to play in. The children have enjoyed sitting in the grass while building using foam bricks; they are also very happy to land on the soft grass as they come down the slide. Walking on stilts is fun as the grass cushions any fall! There is also a boat ‘Pitt’s Punt’ anchored on the grass, which the children have enjoyed sitting in, telling stories about real or imagined adventures sailing in the sea! Washing babies in the water tray has also proved popular as well as the sand in the mud kitchen.

The children are all excited to have their turn to play in the lovely bright green outside garden play area!

10 July 2019

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Graduation and Leavers Ceremony

Wednesday 3 July was a lovely celebration of all the children’s achievements through the year. The children worked really hard making the crowns and learning new songs. They all sung with enthusiasm and were very proud to receive their certificates and leavers also received their good bye present. We are all proud of every single child. Well done children of Noah’s Ark, you are all super stars!

10 July 2019

Noah’s Ark Westside

What a fabulous time we had at Bocketts Farm; the sun came out (the first time it hasn’t rained for three years!) and there were smiles all around. Our day began with an animal handling session, where the children observed a goat being milked, and learned how to use one finger to carefully stroke a chicken, rabbit and guinea pig. It was lovely to see how confident the children were, especially around the goat, who was extremely big and friendly! We then enjoyed visiting the animals in the Big Barn, feeding some very hungry lambs. We also got to see the sheep being shorn- just in time for the hot weather! This was followed by a bumpy tractor ride around the fields where we saw ponies and sheep and if you looked really hard you could even spy London! Next came lunch and finally one of the highlights was the Pig Race; it was all very exciting, and we all cheered for a different coloured pig. It was a close call but the red piglet came in first, getting to the prize of being first to the lunch trough!

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!