Road Safety Week
This week we have been learning how to cross the road safely. We went on a walk and found different types of crossings. We listened very carefully to our teachers and crossed over to the other side. We also made our own zebra crossings.
World Nursery Rhyme Week
This week we have been celebrating 'World Nursery Rhyme Week'. Each day we have been singing and signing a new rhyme, we used Nursery Rhyme props to create a Tales Toolkit story and N2 had a Nursery Rhyme themed 'Stay and Play' for parents.
Children in Need
The children have enjoyed supporting 'Children in Need' today by bringing in a donation, wearing their pyjamas to school and taking part in lots of Pudsey themed activities. Thank you for all of your donations.
N2 and N3 have been busy completing lots of poppy activities to help them learn all about Remembrance Day. We have been weaving, printing, using play dough and exploring the red rice tuff tray. The children also bought a poppy from the poppy box.
N2 and N3 children have been talking about all the fireworks they have seen over the weekend. We have been busy creating firework collages, glitter patterns and breadstick sparklers.
Our children and parents had fun finding Pumpkins in our Forest School Pumpkin Patch. We then explored scooping out the seeds and carving faces onto the Pumpkins.
Wonderful Spooky Walk
Our Wonderful Spooky Walk was a very wet and windy walk today but it didn't stop us from having fun. We wrapped up warm put on our wellies and went off into the park to play chase the ghost, splash in as many puddles as we could find and we even sang our Pumpkin song. We then went back to Nursery for a well earned hot chocolate and ginger biscuit.
We would like to thank all our families for raising sponsor money for our walk. So far we have raised £200 which will go towards some new resources for our outside area.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day is an important day which raises awareness about mental health matters. The children in Nursery 2 and Nursery 3 have been using a book called 'The Colour Monster' to talk about different emotions that we feel. We then focussed on the yellow colour monster which symbolises happiness. We did some colour monster paintings, danced with our 'happy sticks' to some very happy music and made yellow handprints.
Harvest Food Donations
This week the children from N2 and N3 took all of your wonderful donations from our Harvest festival to our local food bank. The donations were gratefully received. Thank you for your generosity and support.
We would like to say a great big thank you to the Mayor of Bury Cllr Sandra Walmsley, James Daly MP and our parents for joining us to celebrate our Harvest Festival. The children sang some lovely Harvest songs and then we all joined in making Scarecrows to decorate our wonderful Forest School area. We hope to see you all again soon.
The rain didn't stop us from having fun on our recent trip to the Farm. We took all the children who are due to leave us to start school in September and had a wonderful experience exploring all that the Farm had to offer. We had donkey rides, tractor rides, watched the cows being milked, met all the animals up close and personal and even held some of them.
Forest School - 'Stay & Play'
All Day Farm Visit
This week the farm visited school and set up their pens on our carpark. There were Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, Goats, Lambs, a Shetland Pony, Chickens and a Snake. The children learnt about the different animals, fed them, brushed them and held them.
We took some of our children to The Space Centre in Preston. The centre is the largest multi-sensory environment in the United Kingdom and is a truly amazing experience for all ages.
Our children were able to explore, run, jump, swing, slide, shout, dance and express their wonderful individualities in a safe and exciting environment. As you can see from the photographs below, our children and staff had the very best day!
We celebrated Africa Day in Nursery with our children and parents. We learnt about the continent of Africa and explored world maps, made necklaces inspired by the Samburu Tribe, explored African animals, discovered African arts and crafts - printed on materials and used clay to make models, tried the exotic fruits from the book Handa's Surprise, explored African Music and learnt a song and a dance. Thank you to the families that joined us celebrating this special day.
King Charles III Coronation Celebrations 2023
We invited our parents in to join in with some special workshops to celebrate the King's Coronation on Friday 5th May. The children and staff dressed in red, white and blue and we decorated the school with bunting, flags and balloons. We were greeted with the special arrival of our three ducklings which we aptly named Charles, Camilla and Kate. The children explored what a Coronation is and produced lots of lovely crafts such as crowns, medals and painted pebbles. We also planted seeds, made birds feeders and created music to a selection of nursery rhymes and songs such as The Grand Old Duke of York, London Bridge and The National Anthem. We ended the session with a Royal Picnic for lunch. Thank you to all that joined us.
Earth Day 2023
The children have been learning about Earth and the world we live in. They have explored mixing different colour to create a picture/collage of the world, looked at different globes and found countries, the sea and space, talked about the ocean and how to keep the ocean safe and clean to protect the ocean and the sea life, looked at books and found different countries and talked about the importance of recycling.
Below are some photographs showing some of the activities that we did on the day.
The children have enjoyed finding chocolate Easter Bunnies which were hiding in our outside area, learning new songs and a super dance which involved 'freezing' like a statue. We invited our parents for a Stay & Play session where we made chocolate nests, decorated eggs, made play dough chicks, Easter egg collage pictures and did an Easter bonnet parade.
Our new Forest School is now up and running. We are still developing the area but our children have really enjoyed exploring the area and helping with design ideas.
We would like to thank:
- John Holt Architects for his help supporting our planning application.
- Andy Humby and his team at Cocklestorm Fencing for doing a brilliant job making the area secure and safe.
- Miller's Vanguard for supplying the pallets.
- Dave at Heap Fold Farm for donating some large Tractor Wheels.
- Haworths for kindly donating some lengths of wood.
- Tom Prescott of TP Tree Care for donating some tree logs.
- Woodland Trust for donating fruit trees and hedges.
Forest School is a child-centred inspirational learning process that offers opportunities for holistic growth. It supports play, exploration and supported risk taking. It develops confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands on experiences in a natural setting. I'm sure that by looking at the photographs below, you will see how much our children love learning outside.
We celebrated Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit. We tasted Chinese food, explored different ways of writing Chinese letters, made dragons and rabbits, danced to Chinese music and made our own music using drums and chop sticks. Thank you to all our parents for joining our celebrations.
Christmas Fair - Wednesday 30th November
Thankyou to everyone who supported our Christmas Fair, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Christmas Fair Donations
A BIG thankyou to all the local businesses who were so generous in donating food, money and raffle prizes to our Christmas Fair. Without them it would not have been the great success that it was. We raised an amazing £433 for School fund and we can not thank you enough for your kindness. Also a big shout out to Brent and the Santaceptor team and Bury Fire Service. You were amazing and the children loved seeing you.
Yearsleys - donation of burgers, sausages, chicken nuggets, bread, cakes and doughnuts. These were delicious.
Millars Vanguard - 100 selection boxes for our Santa presents.
Crown Oil - £150.00 donation
Financial Options Group - 5 luxury food hampers
The Company Shop - Food
Pizza Express (Bury) - Meal for 2
Racconto Lounge (Bury) - Meal for 2
Smyths Toys - £50.00 of toys for our raffle
Morrisons (Heywood) - donations of chocolate for our Chocolate Tombola
Tesco (Bury) - Hamper
Jungle Mayhem - 2 x play and eat vouchers
Beau Teaful - Afternoon Tea Voucher
Nando's (Bury) - Sauce hamper
The Entertainer (Bury) - £15.00 voucher
B&M Bargains (Crostons Road) - Discount on our purchases
IN4TECH - Raffle prize
Courtney (Parent) - Elf donation
Christmas Fair Donation - Friday 11th November
We have received a very kind donation from Crown Oil in Bury to go towards making our Christmas Fair extra special for the children. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and it was lovely to meet Liz when she came to Nursery to present us with a cheque for £150.00.
Thank you to our parents who helped us celebrate Eid. We decorated biscuits, made moon and star mobiles, had henna designs on our hands and listened to music. We enjoyed the celebrations.
Global Recycling Day
The children enjoyed learning all about recycling materials and looking after our local area. We made some fabulous robots out of different used materials, planted seed bombs and went out litter picking.
Support for the Ukraine
Showing our support for Miller's Vanguard as they set off on the 3000 mile round trip from Bury to Suwalki in Poland to deliver much needed supplies to the Ukrainian refugees.