Sunnylands Nursery Highlights
Sunnylands Nursery continues to flourish and has welcomed lots of new children as well as a new member of staff, Miss Oldham, who undertook some of her training here previously. With all our places filled for this year, we are now taking applications for places from September 2017!
The children have experienced a wide variety of play and learning activities. This school year’s many different celebrations started with the Harvest Festival, when the children were encouraged to look at and taste new fruits and vegetables. Mrs Jordan supervised the chopping and peeling, before making soups and kebabs with the children for them to try. Mrs Constable worked with them to make bread rolls, which were eaten with lashings of butter and jam. Not much was left!
Scarecrow Day was lovely and sunny. Lots of Worzel Gummidges and Aunt Sallys arrived at Sunnylands Nursery that morning to learn traditional songs and dances, including ‘Oats and Beans and Barley Grow’ and the great favourite ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’. Scarecrow stories were ;istened to avidly and autumn-themed creative work was assembled.
In November we welcomed a number of parents to ‘Come and Play,’ and as usual, the grownups were more nervous than the children! But they soon joined in with a typical day’s activities.
‘Incy Wincy Spider’ was the ballet hand exercise. Mrs Churchill mastered it expertly.
After a busy Christmas period, which saw the children perform a Nativity story with a twist, the usual festive activities cumulated with a ‘Wear a Christmas Jumper’ party. Children then had a well-earned seasonal break after which a new group were welcomed into Sunnylands Nursery.
Lent Term started with the topic of Winter. Much to the children’s disappointment, apart from a short-lived flurry which enabled us to make footprint trails, there was no significant snow fall for us to enjoy, so we made our own crafts and ice to explore.
Thinking about cogs and wheels and how things work led us to Robot Day. The children and parents met the dressing up challenge with imagination and creative flair. Never have so many cardboard boxes and tubes been covered with so much tinfoil! The children practiced robotic dancing and made articulated paper robots for our wall display. Junk modelling became ‘make a machine’, and cereal packets, yoghurt pots and toilet rolls were fastened together and painted with metallic paints.
Another opportunity to dress up came on World Book Day. The children were asked to come dressed as a favourite storybook character and to bring the book with them for everyone to share. Throughout the day every single story was read. The children joined in showing each other their books and often repeating phrases and rhymes from the texts.
The Nursery Children have explored topics too numerous to list, all of which provided stimulus for all sorts of games and activities during the year. The staff are looking forward to welcoming and working with a new cohort of children during the next fun-filled school year.
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