We have been extremely busy over the past few weeks at nursery. One of our children had talked about an activity they were going to try at home. With mum’s help, we were able to try this at nursery too. Joe was very good at giving us instructions on how to make ‘Grass Caterpillars’.
We were super excited when our real caterpillars arrived. We watched as they grew bigger and bigger and recorded their progress on a calendar chart. Soon they were inside their chrysalis and we waited patiently for them to emerge. On 4th June two painted lady butterflies emerged. We had to find out, using Google, what they would eat now. We discovered they like strawberries, apples and nectarines.
We are continuing to develop our garden and hope you are enjoying the beautiful splash of colour from our ‘bath planter’. The children have been taking great care of our plants and learning lots about nature. Thank you to everyone who has supported our garden project, we are delighted with the results. Thank you to Strawberry Corner for a fantastic visit, their advice and support.
When we spoke to the children about taking part in the Walk to School Week Walking Bus, quite rightly, they wondered what it was!
Today we made an extremely long Walking Bus, with the children, their families and staff working together. In fact it was so long that when Parker looked back he commented, “Wow! Look at that” and when we crossed with John he said, “Now it’s a half bus”, because we had to cross in two groups.
Thank you to everyone who took part today. This was a very valuable experience. It played a big part in reinforcing and increasing our knowledge of Road Safety as well as all the other important reasons such as increased health and well-being, reduced traffic congestion and pollution. This is what our children said,
“It’s a workout, you get more energy” – Jack
“You can’t run, cos you might fall” Jaimee
“I learned if you hold your mum’s hand you won’t get knocked over.” Callum
We have found ‘a loveliness of ladybirds’ in our nursery garden. That is the name for a collection of ladybirds.
We have discovered that there are over 5000 species around the world. They come in different colours and can have a different amount of spots. They live for about 1 year.
This is what the children have learned:
They are different colours because there are different kinds. (Callum)
They have different amount of spots cos they are different types. (Harris)
Mother Ladybird lays the eggs. Then they are larva. They make like a cocoon (chrysalis). That is light brown and black! They are still. Then they come out and the ladybirds are done. They have spots. (Zoe)
…and wings! (Freddie)
They eat greenfly. (Matty) Aphids! (Zoe)
We will continue to look around the nursery garden to see what other creatures we can find.
We are learning to care for the creatures in our environment and how they help us and each other.
The nursery children and staff would like to say a big thank you to Pinkie Parents for our new Bread Machine, Slow Cooker and Nutri Bullet. These items will enable us to introduce new snacks to our menu and widen the children’s experiences further.
The children have been following the recipes, measuring and chopping ingredients, observing the changes in the ingredients as they cook and tasted some new dishes. We have made some loaves of bread, sweet potato and carrot soup and vegetable curry
When we return we will be using the Nutri-Bullet to make our own fresh orange juice.