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22 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

The Traditional Tale theme this Spring Term ended on a very special highlight as the children of Noah’s Ark, Cobham Close acted out the story of The Three Little Pigs on Wandsworth Common. Each class was assigned a house to build and the oldest class of the Nursery, the ‘Reception leavers’ (Kingfishers) were very excited as they were going to be ‘The Big Bad Wolf’!
There were three huge tarpaulin mats on the grass, one with huge cardboard rectangles covered in hay to build the straw houses, one with sticks to build the stick house and the third with foam bricks to build the brick house. The children had great fun and the parents and carers too as they tried to build a safe house for the pigs. Once this was accomplished the Big Bad Wolf class came and after having role played the story in assembly many times, they bellowed: “Little Pig, little Pig let me in”! The other children all being pigs replied loudly:” Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin, I will not let you in”! The wolves then huffed and puffed, blew down the straw house and then the stick house but when they got to the brick house, even though they still huffed and puffed the house would not blow down! The pigs saw how the wolves were all out of breath and decided to be sympathetic and not scared towards the wolves who maybe weren’t so bad after all, and invited them into the brick house for tea. Everyone agreed this was a very special outing and a fantastic way to finish a theme and also a Spring Term. We all look forward, children, teachers and parents, to the next outing to the Common soon!

16 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Dulwich Picture Gallery

On Friday 9th March, Noah’s Ark Nursery, Cobham Close met in the green, leafy grounds of the beautiful Dulwich Picture Gallery. At 10 am the children were brought into the gallery and assembled under the portrait of the Duchess of Buckingham by Peter Paul Rubens. They looked amazed as they stared in wonder at all the paintings framed in elaborate gold cornices hung on the dark red gallery walls around them. A lovely lady called Fiona, with a rug full of interesting treasures such as jewels, a fan and a quaint hat, started telling the children a story all about the Duchess who lost her jewels and was so worried as she kept fanning herself until she discovered they had been taken by a clever magpie. The moral of the story was hide your jewels or shiny objects if you see a magpie! The children were then allowed to wear the props for a while, the pearls just like the Duchess was wearing in the portrait proved popular! The children were then led to a charming Victorian cottage where while listening to Mozart playing on the Ipad they drew and painted wonderful pictures inspired by what they had seen in the gallery. After a run around in the grounds where they played amongst stone sculptures and a picnic lunch it was time to leave, I am sure the children and parents will have fond memories of such an enjoyable day! As many were leaving clutching their ‘masterpieces’ in their hands I overheard numerous plans to return to Dulwich Village soon to enjoy the great open spaces, art and fascination of this timeless suburb of London.

Maria Alessandrini

 

9 March 2018

Noah’s Ark West Side

Visit to the Horniman Museum

Noahs Ark Westside had such fun venturing to the Horniman Museum where we had a session on instruments from around the world and aquatic life. The children were immersed and inspired throughout the morning! 

 

9 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

Water Play outside

The children love spending time outside and playing with water. They derive such enjoyment exploring our water station and pouring water into different containers. They are always excited when they manage to fill all the cups they have.

7 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Planting

The children were very excited to plant beans and made references to Jack and the Beanstalk, retelling the story of Jack who sold his cow for magic beans.  From a pot of bean, the children counted out 5 each to plant in the soil.  They learnt that beans need water while they used the watering can to water their beans.    They promised to water their beans every day before home time and then leave them on the windowsill so they get lots of sunlight in order to grow.  The children waited for their turn to add soil to their cup and also took turns to water their beans.  They are looking forward to seeing the first leaves grow and will take them home to re-plant in the garden during the Easter holidays.

     

7 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Visiting the chicks

We went on a trip today to Dolphin School to visit the new chicks in the incubator. We all put high-viz. jackets on and walked carefully all the way to the school. The children showed awareness of danger and crossed the roads carefully. They understood that the chicks were babies and that they needed to be quiet and gentle. We looked at an information book showing the mother hen and talked about how the chicks had hatched out of eggs and were beginning to grow feathers on their wings. The children stroked the chicks gently and looked closely at the feathers growing.

2 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

Numbers and Shapes

Our topic this week was ‘Numbers and Shapes’. The children practised counting and played number games on the computer. They also traced numbers on the white boards. When finished they told their teacher ‘’I did it, I did it’’ and showed their work with great pride.

2 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

World Book Day

‘World Book Day’ was full of imagination and excitement! After traipsing through the snow, the children arrived dressed in all their splendour, ready to delight us with their favourite stories. Amongst the fabulous array of characters was Peter Pan, Paddington Bear, Little Red Riding Hood, a wonderfully creative mermaid / fairy princess and a beautifully bright and colourful Hungry Caterpillar!
We want to say a very big thank you to Year 6 from Dolphin School who kindly came to read to the children; you were all FANTASTIC and entertained them so beautifully. They were also very excited to meet ‘Minnie’ the Sausage Dog and listen to her owner read her latest story ‘The Wilbies Go To The Moon’. Thank you all so much, it was a real treat!

1 March 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Going on a Bear Hunt.

The parents and carers waited in the playground as the very excited children joined them to go on a bear hunt, everyone had a fantastic time acting out the famous book by Michael Rosen. It was a lovely Autumn day with crisp, clean air and stunning sunshine rays as the children crossed the road safely and walked to the common. The hunt started with the swishy, swashy grass, the children then walked through a river which the staff had prepared earlier! Then through the mud squelch..squerch…and through the forest! The highlight of the walk had to be the snowstorm made of white and blue strips of crepe paper hung from string and held up high so the children went completely through them. Finally a dark cave appeared however inside instead of a scary giant bear there was an adorable, soft cuddly bear which all the children agreed to take back to nursery and feed him some honey sandwiches they had prepared earlier during cooking. At 12 o’clock everyone; children staff, parents, carers, and bear headed back to nursery we all had rosy cheeks, and a glowing smile…….we hope to go on a bear hunt again soon!

 

1 March 2018

Noah’s Ark West Side

Noah’s Ark West Side had such fun in the snow on Wednesday. We made snow angels and snow balls!

The snow was enjoyed by all – teachers included!