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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!

15 October 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

The children really enjoyed our trip to the Horniman Museum on Friday 5th October. We had a teaching session on ‘Puppets Around the World’. First our guide introduced different kind of puppets to the children and some brave volunteers did a little puppet show of the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ whilst the rest of the children helped to tell the story. Afterwards the children and their parents or carers explored string, finger, hand, stick and also shadow puppets which was enjoyed by all. After our session we headed to the aquarium where we saw lots of different kinds of water creatures including jelly fish, frogs, fish or starfish. We then had lunch together with all our friends. What a fun day we all had, both children and adults.

15 October 2018

Noah’s Ark Westside

We have had a very exciting focus on transport and there have been many varied activities.  Our favourite was definitely the trip to the London Transport Museum, where the children and families were able to explore different types of transport used in London over the ages, including horses and carts to trains and buses.  We greatly enjoyed climbing on some of the buses and trains to experience what it was like.  There was a Focus Session where the lovely ladies at the museum sang songs, played games and drew maps with us.  Following this, back in the nursery, Colin the cyclist came to visit us to show us how bikes work and what we need to wear to keep safe when we cycle.  We even had a turn on his bike to see if our legs where long enough!

10 October 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

We have been exploring our Five Senses at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close this week. The week started off on Monday with Hearing sounds; the children listened to many familiar sounds and identified them while playing a board game in pairs. There were squeals of laughter as they identified the sounds of a loo flushing and a powerful sneeze! On Tuesday it was Sight and the children made binoculars, which they decorated with stickers and feathers, then enthusiastically took them to the outside area to spot wild birds! The binoculars soon became the focal point of many imaginative games as the children looked up to the sky with their binoculars and exclaimed ‘A storm is coming!’ So they all rushed into the den – how wonderful that a piece of rolled up card can spark so much imagination and interactive fun together! On Wednesday the Feely Box came out and the children bravely took turns to Touch an object, describe its texture and guess the object e.g. the pine cone felt prickly, the felt soft, the stone smooth and the sandpaper rough like mummy’s feet! On Thursday the children took a blindfolded Taste test; the sugar tasted sweet, the crisps salty and the lemon juice sour. All the children deserved their special stamp for identifying all the different tastes blindfolded! On Friday it was time to Smell herbs and flowers, such as rosemary and lavender! The children have definitely enjoyed learning about and using all their Senses this week and what a wonderful way to finish the All About Me topic!

10 October 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

The children loved learning about People Who Help Us.  The highlight of the topic was the visit of the fire crew from the Tooting Fire Station.  The children loved sitting inside the fire engine, trying on the fire helmet and practising using the hose while squirting water.  The fire men were very impressed that all the children knew the number 999 and how well they were behaved while waiting for their turn.

28 September 2018

Noah’s Ark Westside

This week the children at Westside have been looking at the story of Noah’s Ark. They had great fun reading the story and creating re-enactments in the Imagination Room using boxes, bricks and animals, retelling the story with puppets in the Book Corner, painting rainbows and making animal biscuits.

We have also been looking at number 1.  The children took turns hiding a secret in their hand and their friends had to guess which hand had one secret in and which one had none.  They also had a turn at writing their representation of number 1 on the board in assembly.  They were all eager to be the one at the front!

 

 

21 September 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close has had a wonderful week where we learnt all about our bodies and drew and decorated two life-size models. The week also had a ‘Bake Off’ theme where all the children put on their baker’s hat to make ‘A Gingerbread Man’, which is one of their favourite stories. They also decorated him with icing pens! We also had a fun science experiment in assembly using fresh yeast. The children discovered how the yeast reacts when first mixed with water and flour, then followed by kneading and resting in order to rise. They were fascinated by the process and then happily tucked into the warm, fresh bread. Yum, yum! We definitely have a few future bakers here at Noah’s Ark, so watch out The Great British Bake Off!

7 June 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

Sports Day

On Tuesday 22 May we had our Sports Day. The children took part in 5 different races, starting with the running race and finishing with the obstacle course. All the children loved showing their skills such as balancing, throwing, running, climbing and kicking a ball to their mummies and daddies. There was a lot of team spirit as the children cheered on their friends. Mummies and daddies also had their races which they truly enjoyed. After the races the children were rewarded with a medal as they were all winners and had so much fun. We finished the exciting morning with a picnic together in the glorious sunshine.

21 May 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

The Royal Celebration

On the eve of the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Noah’s Ark Nursery, Cobham Close decided to have a Royal Celebration. The children arrived either dressed as a prince or princess or in union jack colours red, white and blue. The teachers were also wearing red, white and blue and the nursery was decorated with bunting and union jack flags, the atmosphere was very festive. The children were free to wander in a freeflow mode between the classes where activities ranged from making crowns and tiaras using gems, glitter and pom poms to painting in union jack colours. There was also designing the bride’s dress and colouring in a royal cake, every activity linked to the Royal wedding. At snack time there was a special treat as cooking was preparing a royal feast made up of finger sandwiches with a choice of fillings of smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, the children happily buttered their sandwiches and chose their fillings and as they tucked into a very royal snack time you could hear lots of chattering about princesses, weddings and the Queen! The parents were also involved as each class had been given a cake made by one of the parents based on a cake recipe of victoria sponges, strawberries and cream. The parents did a marvellous job each cake was superb and thoroughly enjoyed by the children. I am sure that in years to come the children will remember what a lovely morning they had at nursery to celebrate a very special and significant Royal Wedding!

 

16 May 2018

Noah’s Ark Westside

Growing and the Lifecycle of the Butterfly

At Noah’s Ark Westside we have been looking after caterpillars that are soon to form their cocoons and be released as beautiful butterflies. We have been looking at the topic Growing and the Lifecycle of the Butterfly.