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16 May 2018

Noah’s Ark Westside

Snail Hunt

The Rabbits enjoyed venturing out into their playground to go on a snail hunt during a very wet time outside. They were so excited by their findings and were able to talk about where snails live and why their shell is important.

16 May 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

Grandparents’ Morning

On Monday 14th May we had our Grandparents’ Morning. The children were so excited to show their Grandparents around the nursery. The all had fun playing outside in the glorious sunny weather and they enjoyed decorating a picture frame together with their Grandparents. One of the Grandfathers said that our nursery is ‘’fabulously happy place’’. What a wonderful day we all had.

16 May 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

On the Farm

The children have been learning about the Farm through many fun creative activities this week at Noah’s Ark Cobham Close. They captured experiences with paint while cork painting sheep and carrot painting! They were very excited to make their own farm landscape and planned thoughtfully about where all the animals and their babies would live; a pond for the ducklings and goslings, soil which represented mud for the pigs and their piglets, seeds for the chickens and cockerels and grass and hay for the cows, calves, horses and foals. The language used while planning and making their farm landscape was impressive as the children have during the previous weeks learnt many farm animal baby names! After making their own individual farm landscape they played happily using great imagination with the small world farm animals. They interacted and communicated very well together and many animals visited several farms as they played in pairs. It was wonderful to see how all the previous learning about the farm came out naturally, I had to laugh as I heard a cockerel crowing “Cock a Moo Moo” a wonderful book which had been read during Assembly!

 

30 April 2018

Noah’s Ark Endlesham Road

School trip to Kew Garden

Friday the 16th March was an exciting morning for all the children and the teachers as it was our trip to Kew Gardens. The sun was shining gloriously and the atmosphere was buzzing as we all got there ready to embark on a great adventure. The Ladybirds and the Bumblebees took a journey of discovery into the beautiful world of plants and flowers around them. They had an interactive story of a king and a queen who had extraordinary treasures being brought to them. The Butterflies and the Dragonflies went on an exciting hunt to explore the Hive, Palm House and the Princess of Wales conservatory, with a variety of plants and animals to discover on their worksheet. Afterwards, it was the older class who had their special session while the little ones enjoyed the hunt. We had a great lunch together and the fun continued in the Climbers and Creepers area Thank you Parents and carers for all of your support on the day we hope that you enjoyed the fun too.

30 April 2018

Noah’s Ark Westside

The Tiggers ventured to Wandsworth Common to explore all the wonderful spring growth that had taken place. Using magnifying glasses and a good eye, the children were able to spot the roots of the trees and budding flowers all around. We listened to the environmental sounds around us and had fun playing chasing games around the trees. The Tiggers were able to count up to 20 trees in sight . 

       

27 April 2018

Noah’s Ark Cobham Close

On the first week back to Nursery after the Easter holidays the children were full of tales of exciting places they had visited and wonderful memories with family and friends. The weekly cooking lesson, linked to the new topic ‘On the Farm’, also taught the children one of their EYFS goals; to eat a range of healthy foods and understand the need for variety in food. They were all so excited to make their creative vegetable tractor! With their teachers’ supervision, they cut carrots and cucumbers into baton size pieces and made cucumber circles for the wheels. They then hollowed out two peppers, the tractor and the trailer and then filled them with the carrots and cucumber pieces, using cocktail sticks to hold things together. To finish the design off the cucumber circles became the tractor and trailer’s wheels. As you can see from the photos the result was worthy of any gourmet cooking magazine and maybe junior Masterchef! They then had a delicious healthy snack time as all the vegetables, dipped in humous were eaten with great relish! On the hottest April day for seventy years, with the sun streaming through the windows, munching on a delicious snack, it was almost as though they were still on holiday having a picnic. What fun!

 

 

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.