Handa’s Surprise!

In October, children in the Nursery celebrated Black History month by reading the story Handa’s Surprise.

I wonder if you can name some of these fruits?

During our daily counting, children enjoyed counting, ordering the size, and weighing some of the fruits.  We played shop and introduced play money to Nursery.  Children enthusiastically exchanged their goods and played on the till acting out the role of customer and shop keeper. The children tasted some of the fruits.  We discussed what they thought of the mango. Most of the children loved it saying it was “sweet and tasty”.  Another said “it’s not for me!”

Here are some children in the African village we created in our classroom.  We had African instruments and animals to play with and the fruits to play too. Children worked together playing instruments and worked on rhythm and beat.

Here is the start of our display with some of the children’s fruits baskets they painted.  Using a still life display, children had a go at painting the fruits in the basket.

Children enjoyed creating the background for this display and also trace around a child to create the character of Handa.

 

During story time, children loved learning the names of the different fruits and animals from the story. Children used many copies of the story to retell it to their friends. Some acted out the roles pretending to be Handa and her friend Akeyo.  Lots of the children said it was their favourite story.

Diwali – The Festival of Light

At the end of October, we invited two parents to come in and share their Diwali traditions with us in the Nursery.

Diwali was on Sunday 30th October 2016.  Traditionally, Hindu’s light candles and decorate the entrance of the homes with Rangoli patterns.

Children joined the parents in the Nursery garden to draw flowers in chalk and a lamp just outside our door.

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They showed us how to lay flower petals on the chalk drawing.

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We used lots of beautiful bright flowers.

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Children loved getting involved.

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The children felt inspired and used the chalks to cover the Nursery play ground with their own Diwali patterns.

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All of the adults had a go.

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Some KS2 children came over to help out too!

Mr Hirst came over to join in and helped write some Bengali greetings saying “Happy Diwali”.

 

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Traditionally, Hindu’s share sweet and savory snacks with their friends and family during the festival.  We had homemade Indian snacks which the children enjoyed tasting.  We made a special festival table in our entrance to display candles, new clothes, fire works and books.  In the creative area, children made fireworks from toilet-roll holders and colourful pictures using paint and glitter.

 

How Does Your Garden Grown?

As part of ‘Understanding of the World,’ children were able to learn how to look after plants. During the Spring Term, children helped to ready the garden for planting.  We used our gardening tools and learned how to pull weeds,  dig out old plants using spades and level out the ground using a rake. All children got involved and we spend a few weeks pruning roses and cutting branches.

Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association who raised money and bought us new plants. Two parent helpers came in and helped the Nursery children plant some very beautiful new plants and trees.

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Pretty flowers ready for planting!

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Getting ready for planting seeds.

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Preparing the Nursery garden ready for planting.

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Here we are on our visit to Canada Square Roof Garden. We took a walk to see what plants we could see. We found lots of interesting trees to look at and talk about.

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We made flowers from Stickle bricks.

We grew our own cress and made cress sandwiches for snack.