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27 January 2020

Noah’s Ark West Side

Chinese New Year

The children at Noah’s Ark Westside have been finding out about Chinese New Year this week. There have been many activities to explore and the children have thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in them. We have made Chinese lanterns, painted dragons, had a go at Chinese dancing and listened to the instruments they use. A highlight was cooking their own stir fry for snack and eating together; the children were brilliant at trying new flavours and textures. One of the children brought her own Chinese pig that her Daddy had brought back from a trip to China to share at Show and Tell. So much fun!

27 January 2020

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Fathers’ Morning

On Thursday 7th November the children at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close welcomed their daddy or special visitor to their classroom. Many held their daddy’s large hand tightly as they beamed with delight while showing him where to sit. The day started with decorating a picture frame and having a cuddle while taking a special photograph with daddy. Then it was time for baking! The children showed their special visitors their cooking skills as they mixed the ingredients to make a ball of dough. Then each child, with their daddy or special guest, used a rolling pin to roll out their ball of dough and used a cutter to make a gingerbread man like the traditional tale, one of their favourite stories!

What a special morning and how excited the children were at the end of the morning to bring their biscuits home to show daddy the cooked gingerbread man safely in their bags – he couldn’t run away like in the story…..… yummy!

20 January 2020

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On Thursday 10th October Noah’s Ark Cobham Close went on our first trip of the academic year to the London Transport Museum. The sun was shining as we met in Covent Garden before going into the museum to learn all about the history of the city’s transport. First we sat down with one of the workers at the museum, who told us all about the different types of transport in London. We were able to hold a real steering wheel, put on a bus driver’s hat and pretend to toot the horn! We also talked about the different sounds that we hear in London, not only those made by transport, but the sounds we can hear from animals too. We had a great time making the noises of each animal! Next we made our own London Underground map together by colouring in tracks between the stations. This helped us learn that there are different underground train lines and they all have different names.
Finally, and best of all, we went to explore the whole museum. There were all sorts of new and old buses, trains and even horse-drawn carriages. Some of them we could climb into and sit down on the seats, pretending we were off to Camden Town or Knightsbridge for a spot of shopping at Harrods! The favourite exhibit was the moving model train that we could run alongside and see if we could beat to the other end of the museum. It was a fantastic trip and we loved it. Thanks to all the mums and other helpers that made it such an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

14 November 2019

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The children at Noah’s Ark Westside have been investigating colours and shapes around the world. The pinnacle of this was a wonderful and informative visit to the British Museum. We entered into the Great Court, already spying triangles in the amazing glass roof. The trip then went on to exploring the African exhibit, hunting for colours and shapes. We looked at the elaborate designs of different objects from Africa, with torches to seek out specific detail and using shapes as clues. We then went down to the Education Area and created our own African bracelets using glue and shapes.

17 October 2019

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Grandparents’ Morning was a lovely time with Grannies, Grandads and other loved ones all coming together to spend time with the children to play and have fun. The children had been looking at traditional tales and so the focus was on the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. They had baked gingerbread men previously and so the order of the day was to decorate our delicious biscuits and then create a gingerbread collage house using lots of materials.

7 October 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!