We have been adding more information and ideas to our website so that you can do lots of things at home with your mums and Dads. Everyone has enjoyed the phone calls we share, finding out about what you have been doing.
We hope you will enjoy looking at some photos of our new display and maybe you can send us some feedback!
Eid Mubarak to all our families and friends.
We all miss the children very much and we hope you are all staying at home and keeping safe. Try to make time to share a book with your children and keep an eye on our website for fun links to support your learning and have fun together.
This year March brought us a wonderful World Book Day and many plans and projects unfortunately disrupted by the closure of schools in England on the 20th.
On World Book day we dressed up as different characters from our favourite books and invited parents to come to read and share their favourite children’s books with all children. Thank you for telling stories in different languages. We had such a brilliant day.
On a different note… we had sadly to postpone our trip to the London Zoo and suspend all our exciting plans for this Spring due to widely held concerns about the spreading of Corona virus.
Before the school was obliged to close temporarily, we learnt songs about washing hands and keep safe in during this difficult time.
As the weather was grey and dreary outside we decided to turn to colours and we coloured the entire world around us! The children learned about primary and secondary colours mixing, paints and exploring the different shades and hues.
The cold weather hasn’t stopped any of us from having fun in the garden either! We have played so many different games outdoors and went on a number walk around our school.
We have been exploring ice and snow in the Understanding the World area and have played imaginatively with polar bears and penguins. We also tried painting using iced paint!
Another highlight of the month was preparing and eating pancakes together on Shrove Tuesday, 25th February.
The children built their own role-play area and created many props: they turned the Chinese restaurant into a café serving English breakfast and different kinds of foods. They loved taking orders and serving food to the guests. They also learned to recognise and handle various coins, and made delicious cupcakes with the teacher.
The children had the chance to have lunch in a proper café owned by one of our children’s parents.
Many parents were involved in a ‘Reading with Your Child’ workshop, and in a forest school workshop in Mile End park with Sufia. They also enjoyed taking part in the trip to The Childhood Museum in Bethnal Green with their children.
We welcomed many new children at Alice Model in these last few weeks. At nursery we have been very busy celebrating Chinese New Year with the Chinese performing artists, Step Out Arts and other workshops including ribbon dance, Karate and Tai chi. We also had a fantastic pop-up Chinese restaurant to role-play in.
We cooked Chinese stir fry, learned to use chop sticks and learned a great deal about Chinese culture. We also tried to build our own version of the famous Great Wall of China.
The children have also been busy learning about electrical circuits and unscrewing cd players to investigate how they work.
December at Alice Model…Where shall we start?
This last month has been so full of events and so many things have happened… that it’s difficult to remember it all. Let’s list some of the events we have organised and enjoyed.
Starting with our Christmas Open Day on the 3rd December:
It was such a lovely day and all our parents and children enjoyed making Christmas decorations and working together. There was a great joyous atmosphere at nursery. A very good start to our festive period!
The children loved decorating our 6 feet tall Christmas tree. We also read the story of The Gingerbread Man and baked tasty gingerbread to take home. The children helped to create a winter wonderland role-play area at nursery.
Our Christmas concert at our nearby care home was a real success and brought a smile to the faces of many elderly people who joined in with our singing.
We had a great Christmas party and watched a very funny pantomime on the 19th December. And last but not least we had a visit from a very special guest who gave us a present and a cheerful “Ho, ho, ho!” to start our holidays.
We have been talking about changes in the weather and the seasons at nursery this November. It’s become so much colder and the days have become shorter. The children have noticed the sun is always low in the sky. The children have been learning about making fire and cooking outdoors while pretending to be on a camp site.
We celebrated Diwali (the festival of light) by making diva lamps out of clay and decorating them using shiny paint and glitter. The children also learned about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita, and the significance of the festival of light.
We also celebrated Bonfire night on the 5th November (Guy Fawkes Night) with our own fireworks at nursery. The children had hot chocolate and popcorn while watching the fireworks. We all really enjoyed the atmosphere and were mesmerised by the display.
We had a carnival in the park with the steel pans. Residents from the local care home joined us as we paraded. We also completed a Big Toddle, sponsored walk, in aid of Barnardo’s and raised six hundred and fifty five pounds for this world-famous charity supporting vulnerable children that has its roots locally in the East End of London.
After reading The Stick man story by Julia Donaldson we all went to Weald Country Park and took part in the Stickman Trail. It was a very special day out: the Rangers guided us through the woods. Everyone, children and parents were engaged in different forest activities. We all had such a fantastic time in the park, and to top off the experience we had the chance to see peacocks and feed reindeer and deer!
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).