We have just completed a brilliant first half term at Alice Model Nursery. We had a trip to Stepney Farm, a wonderful party for our mascot teddy, George’s 5th birthday and we made some wonderful self-portraits.
We have read many enthralling tales from Africa and the children loved tasting the different fruits from one of their favourite stories, “Handa’s Surprise”. The children were enthusiastic and engaged in producing many props to bring this story to life, and the teachers made an amazing display with the children’s work. In the Maths room, the children worked hard to produce a pictogram of their favourite fruit from the story.
To help us to celebrate Black History Month the Iroko Theatre visited us and gave a drumming performance that many parents attended, and afterwards all of the children had the opportunity to play the “djembes” (hand drums) at the workshop. We also had the wonderful Steel Pan Agency coming to nursery to play fun tunes including even the children’s favourite “Baby Shark” on the steel pans for us. They also talked to us all about the Caribbean culture.
The children took part in a fundraising event for Barnardo’s Children’s charity in the form of a “Big Toddle” sponsored walk to our nearest park, accompanied by the steel pans music and supported by their parents and carers and all the nursery staff. The children proudly displayed the hats that they had made for our Carnival parade which was led by our sparkling zebra that we made out of different recycled materials. We were joined by residents of Beaumont Court Care Home who took part in our carnival.
A new academic year is starting at Alice Model nursery and we are all ready to welcome our new children. We had a lovely open day to meet the new children and their parents and we are all eager to support our new pupils on their learning adventure.
This half term we will focus our activities on Our Families and Ourselves. Our schedule is already very busy with many activities to choose from, and lots of new friends to smile and play with! We are already planning a trip to Stepney Farm with the children and their parents and there will be many more trips to come! Get ready! It’s going to be a full on Autumn Term at Alice Model!
We also would like to welcome our newly appointed Teacher Nazlin and our new Nursery Nurse Kerry (who has completed her training with us last July).
Our trip to the seaside was a great opportunity for all the children to have fun with their friends and observe the diverse maritime environment. We found many different shells, crabs, types of seaweed on the beach and in rock pools, and the children built several sand castles and ran around in the sunny weather on the sandy beach of Viking Bay. We spent a perfect summer's day in Broadstairs.
Congratulations to all our leavers who will receive their certificates on the last day of this Summer term, 19th July 2019.
Like our tiny caterpillars in nursery, our children have finally developed their wings and are ready to fly. Best wishes to all of you and good luck in your new schools.
We hope you will pop in to tell us all about your new adventures!
17.06.19 – 28.06.19
In preparation to our seaside trip we have read different books related to sea creatures and sea. The children’s best favourite stories were definitely The Rainbow Fish and Sharing a Shell. We looked at different fish and shells and dissected real fish such as a sea bass and a jack fish. The children showed great interest in rock pool creatures and asked many questions around different sea creatures.
In the creative area the children have been making collages, creating their own Rainbow fish with shiny scales. They have been focussing in particular on fish scales and how they shine and overlap. They also created crabs and jelly fish.
Outside the children have been making different sized sand castles and used spades and big trucks in the sand pit to carry sand around for their imaginative play. We also had a paddling pool available for the children to cool down a bit in the last few hot days.
Our Father’s Day trip to Grays Riverside Park was great and allowed many of our dads to spend some quality time playing with their little ones. The children were incredibly happy to have their dads joining in with their play with their nursery friends.
Trip to the coast
Graduation Day for the children leaving the nursery to go to their reception classes
From 3rd June to 15th 2019
Welcome back to nursery for another half term full of excitement and fun!
The children have been engaged in setting up a café in the Maths room where they enjoyed role-playing, writing menus, taking orders from customers, serving food and drinks, preparing real sandwiches and cup-cakes to serve in their shop and of course handling money. They loved using the nursery cash tills to pay bills and give change.
In the creative area the children had lots of fun in our beauty salon, using all the props available in a very imaginative way. They took on roles such as hairdressers and beauticians looking after their customers. I have seen some amazing hair-dos!
To develop our understanding of different religions at nursery we looked and tasted some dates after reading the story book Sweet Dates. We watched documentaries about Eid and Ramadan and prepared biscuits and pakoras at school in preparation for our Eid nursery party.
Our trip to the mosque was a very interesting experience which was an insight into a different culture/religion for many children and parents who accompanied them, and a way to explore the East London Mosque with a well-planned guided tour. Our group met the guide and visited the Wudu (washing room) and the Mimba (the main prayer place), learned about the Arabic calligraphy on the dome and admired the beautiful Alhambra patterns on the wall inside the mosque. Exploring different cultures and religions is a focal point to develop an early understanding of other people’s beliefs and ways of life. It’s an important part of the EYFS curriculum as helps to promote understanding, respect and tolerance in our multicultural society from an early age.
On the 14th of June we had an amazing Eid party at school. Our raffle was very successful amongst parents and children as there were plenty of prices for all ages. The children had a lot of fun taking turns jumping on the bouncy castle, decorating half-moon shaped biscuits with colourful icing and trying other edible things, and also choosing a pattern for the henna painting on their hands. We also had many other exciting activities on offer, such as face painting and jewellery making. All the children received a gift at the end of the party and it was a memorable day for everybody!
Silk painting workshop for parents on the 17th June
Caterpillars at nursery: come and observe the butterfly life-cycle with us!
The children were all mesmerised this week by the chicks that had hatched in nursery. They all had their photos taken with the chicks to go into their special books. The children continued observing the chicks and checking their weights using a scale over a period of two weeks. They recorded all the findings to monitor how much they had grown.
In the Creative area the children prepared decorations for our forthcoming Eid party. They made some beautiful lamps and banners.
We also paid a visit to our neighbouring Jewish Care Home. The children sang songs for the residents and chatted with them. We brought some of the chicks with us and the people from the care home showed us their pets.
We had many students at nursery during the last week before half term. We welcomed two pupils from Bow Secondary School who did their work experience with us, and a student from University College London (UCL) who was researching for her Masters dissertation.
We wish all our children and families a relaxing half term and to all our Muslim families a very happy preparation for Eid. See you back at nursery on the 3rd of June.
sFrom 22nd of April to first of May 2019:
It’s finally spring and we are all back at nursery to have loads of fun outdoors and learn all about the new season and the changes in the environment around us!
A warm welcome to all our new children, many of you are very young and it’s the beginning of a new path for you with blossoming friendships and exciting learning adventures through play at nursery school! We are delighted to have you at our nursery and will support you through every step until you are ready to start Reception!
We started our term observing how our chicken eggs hatched in the incubator. We observed and developed an understanding of growth and changes. We watched the chicks growing and weighed them every day over a period of two weeks. In our story groups we talked about different traditions and religions. After learning about Easter and Christianity last month, we talked about Islam, learning in particular about Ramadan and its meaning.
On the 3rd of May we went on a school trip to London Zoo and it was an amazing learning experience for all of the children.
Creative Workshops for Parents
Many of our parents have been working with our local Ceramic Artist Murude to create and decorate clay fish and vases. Murude will be coming back to nursery to engage parents and their children in several sessions of silk-painting workshops next month.
Next Trips and events:
Eid party 14th June
Trip to the East London Mosque on the 11th and 19th June
Father’s Day Trip to Grays Beach 20th June
Adults and children have been very busy in these last two weeks at nursery!
We had a fantastic cake sale on the 22nd of March and we want to thank all the numerous parents who helped baking and volunteered at the event!
We also organised an Easter Open Day to involve children and parents in different activities related to the Easter celebration. They worked together to create Easter baskets, chocolate nests, egg shaped Easter cards, decorate clay eggs and Easter bonnets.
At the end of an incredibly busy term we had a lovely Mother’s Day Trip on the 29th March to the Sky Gardens and boat trip to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. All of the mums had a wonderful day out with their children and their comments are all showed on our display in the nursery. Thank you to all parents for all your support and enthusiastic participation in all our events! Your presence and continued support makes your children’s educational adventure even more rich and special.
We wish all our families and children a lovely Easter break and see you back at nursery on the 22nd April!
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