We welcomed many new children at nursery this month and they are happily settling in with their key person and making new friends.
During these last two weeks the children have been engaged in many different activities.
In Expressive Art & Design the children have been experimenting with colours and different painting techniques, using stamps, rollers, sponges and toothbrushes to create their masterpieces!
In Understanding the World the children have been involved in making their own play-dough, measuring the ingredients and using food colouring and natural flavouring. The children also made their own pancakes at nursery to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, measuring the ingredients for the pancake mix.
In the Maths room the children have been planting various different seeds such as runner beans and cress seeds. They watched the seeds growing over a period of two weeks and then measured the plants using different non-standard methods. They also used the cress they had grown to make cress sandwiches.
In the nursery garden we also have been planting bean seeds, daffodil bulbs and fruit trees. The children read the story Jack and the Beanstalk in their groups and looked at different bean seeds, counted them and planted them in pots, learning how to care about plants in general.
Following our space role-play, we went to visit the Science Museum. Our trip was a great learning experience. The children had the chance to look closely at space rockets, space shuttles, astronauts’ suits and food, and even a small piece of the Moon. We also checked out the play area at the museum and we all had a lot of fun!
Dates for your diary:
We are organising a cake sale at nursery next week Friday 22nd March!
Next Trip: Mother’s Day Trip on the 29th March to the Sky Garden and boat trip to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Get ready mums and dads!
The children showed interest in Space-themed books and stories, so we decided to build a Space Rocket/Space den in nursery. We named all the inflatable planets and dressed up as astronauts and aliens to role-play and acted out the stories we had read at group time.
The children also made lots of related crafts such as spaceships using cylinders and cones, and aliens using cuboids and shredded paper.
The children had access to complex climbing equipment and learned to balance on the planks. The children have been very interested in mark-making on a large scale and we have provided a wide range of opportunities to practise this outdoors.
Expressive Art and Design:
The children have been observing early-blooming daffodils in our unusually warm month of February, and have been painting, drawing, and talking about the seasons, seasonal changes and weather in general.
We played different Maths games and some of the children came up with very original ideas about sorting and building. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day by baking and decorating heart-shaped biscuits and writing cards for our parents and carers.
The trip to Chinatown was a real success. We learned about Chinese traditions, stopped and looked at Chinese vegetable stalls and different Chinese shops. We stopped at a Chinese bakery and tasted some delicious Chinese cakes made with rice, green tea and soya beans. The children had also the chance to admire a real Chinese dragon at the fire station in Soho.
Our next trip: Science Museum in South Kensington to look at real Space suits, astronaut food and spaceships. We are looking forward to finding out more about life in Space!
Chinese New Year Celebrations at Alice Model Nursery School
We had a special week of celebrations at Alice Model for the Chinese New Year. The children were very busy creating a Chinese dragon for our parade around the nursery and thoroughly enjoyed watching the Step Out Arts group performing a Lion dance and Ribbon dance. The children were also engaged in Martial Arts workshops and a Ribbon dance workshop with the performing artists.
We also had a taste of Chinese stir fry and Chinese tea after turning the nursery food hall into a Chinese restaurant. The children were thrilled to receive lychees, fortune cookies and a lucky envelope to take home for the weekend.
Trip to the Natural History Museum
Following our two weeks of bird watching at Nursery, the Children went to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington where they admired the wide variety of birds on display and asked lots of questions about birds, insects and eggs - both general and specific.
The children also visited the dinosaurs section of course and admired the huge models and naming them.
Thank you to all the parents and carers for taking part in the trip and supporting their children's learning! It's great to see your enthusiastic involvement in our numerous trips and outings!
We are getting ready to go to visit Chinatown in Soho on Wednesday 13th February
Happy New Year!
A new year has dawned and the children are back at Alice Model even more inquisitive and eager to explore and investigate than before! We have welcomed many new children at Nursery and they are settling in very nicely, getting to know their key persons and getting along with their new friends.
The children have shown a keen interest in bird watching in the last two weeks and we have nurtured and extended their interest at Nursery. In the nursery garden the children have been using binoculars to look at the different birds which have been flying around outside our school. They also have been making bird-feeders using pine cones and seeds.
In the Expressive Art and Design area the children have been very busy making bird gliders, naming the different birds and describing the main features of the most common birds. They have also been experimenting with water colours and crayons to draw their favourite birds.
In the Understanding of the World area the children have been looking at real birds such as pheasants, and describing their features and looking closely at their feathers and the difference between a male and a female pheasant. They have also looked at different sized birds’ eggs using magnifying glasses. The children were amazed by the ostrich egg and compared it to the quails’ eggs, ducks’ eggs and some blue eggs from chickens.
Trips and Visits
To broaden further the children’s understanding of birds’ habitats, we organised a trip to Mudchute Farm and Millwall dock where the children, accompanied by their parents, had the chance to look at many different birds and nests. The children absolutely loved watching the pheasants, parrots, blue birds and the various colourful ducks and geese. We all were in awe admiring the magnificent swans freely gliding around the expansive waters of Millwall Dock.
We are looking forward to visit The Natural History Museum Thursday 24th of January where we will look at anatomy of birds and discover fascinating facts and information about how birds have evolved through the ages.
Christmas is always a special time at Alice Model Nursery. It’s time to celebrate together with all families and friends and to get involved in craft making and creative activities, singing and learning about other religions, cultures and traditions.
At group time we have been learning about the Christmas Story and Christian faith and traditions. We also have read the story of the Gingerbread Man and baked some delicious gingerbread men. The children decorated their biscuits with icing, sprinkles and raisins.
In Expressive Art & Design (EA&D), the children used glitter and paint to decorate some beautiful candle holders for their parents and carers as gifts for Christmas, and helped to decorate a 7-feet tall Christmas tree.
In Understanding the World (UtW), the children created some beautiful decorations out of salt dough. They used cutters and dried their creations in the oven and then used pearlised paint and glitter to make their creations lasting and shiny!
In the Maths room, the children played different board games with the teachers to develop understanding of measures and shapes. They also had the chance to decorate mini Christmas trees using baubles and tinsel. The children loved counting the baubles before hanging them on their mini trees. They also compared the length of the tinsel strings, learning the related vocabulary.
Outside the children had the chance to try different climbing frames, play racing games with bikes and scooters and make hot chocolate with their teachers to keep warm.
We also had a fantastic open day and saw many parents getting involved and supporting their children decorating shortbread and gingerbread men, creating original Christmas cards, face painting and many other activities.
The Christmas Party was a real success, topped by the arrival of Santa Claus at Nursery. Our last day before the Christmas holiday was an unforgettable day!
The last day of term, 21st December 2018, was also the day our wonderful Deputy Head at Alice Model, Deirdre Dixon, retired after 13 years of dedication to the Nursery. We are going to sorely miss her warmth, kindness, insightfulness and her support. We all sang lovely Christmas songs for Deirdre to say goodbye and wished her a very happy retirement.
Following our recent trips, the children have been enjoying role-playing indoors and outdoors, creating lots of craft to support their play.
Recently, children have visited the Tower of London and shown interest in constructing a shop in the Maths room. They have been role-playing buying and selling items from the shop. Children have enjoyed making various items to sell in their shop, especially making crowns with colourful jewels. Some children have enjoyed dressing up as knights, princesses and the Queen’s guardsmen’s.
In the nursery garden the deck was turned into a forest and the sand pit into a Gruffalo cave as a follow up to our trip to Thorndon Park (the Gruffalo’s Trail).
Back at nursery the children loved taking turns in wearing the Gruffalo’s and the mouse’s costumes. They played imaginatively using cut-outs of the story’s characters, recalling the story events and repeating refrains. We also learned how to climb and jump in different ways in the nursery garden following the Gruffalo’s foot prints.
Expressive Art and Design
The children have also been very busy painting their own winter landscapes for our Winter Gallery after reading different Christmas stories. They look amazing!
Trips and Visits
We also have been on another adventure to forest school, learning about different mini-beasts and Nature changes during winter time.
November has been a very busy month of learning in the nursery
On Monday 5th we had a magnificent firework display in the nursery. The children loved the different colours of the sparkles and asked lots of questions about fireworks and the tradition of bonfire night. They also painted their own fireworks!
In the Maths room we celebrated Teddy's 5th Birthday, preparing different shaped sandwiches, baking cupcakes and measuring ingredients for a Victoria sponge cake! The children counted candles and balloons and looked at different 2D shapes. They also counted cups and plates and cutlery to set up the table for our fantastic birthday party!
In the Expressive Art and Design area the children were very engaged in building towers using different materials and decorating tea biscuits with red icing in the form of poppies for the centennial Remembrance Day on 11th November 2018.
Trips and Visits
On Friday 9th November we had a fantastic day out visiting the Tower of London. All of the parents were involved and spent an amazing day out with their children. The children were very interested in the Crown Jewels and the ravens. They loved exploring the different towers and looking at the knights’ armour.