Friday, 22 July 2011


We are currently offering a summer scheme to the nursery school children and to the Year 1 children from Killowen and St John's Primary Schools.  Our focus is developing language and maths skills and of course promoting emotional well-being!!

 The fortnight is organised by Kerry, Grace and Margaret who plan a wide range of exciting activities for the children where they will have fun and learn through play based activities.  Of course, as with all good planning - each day is flexible and the direction of the planning may change based on the interests and needs of the children.
On arrival the first activity is choosing a coat peg and creating a personal plaque that will identify where each child will hang their belongings during the week. 

There is variation in the resources the children choose and their approach to the task

Children can choose to spend time outdoors or indoors and staff are available to encourage support and extend children's learning.  Outdoor activities are popular.

Gaining a sense of balance - alone....and with friends

There has been lots of excitement recently in the area because Darren Clarke won the Golf Open championship.  In nursery this week there was lots of conversation about golf and  how to play it.  Knowledge varied greatly while one or two could talk about the Open, using relevant vocabulary ..there were other children whose knowledge was very limited.  Kerry brought in an iron for the children to use and who knows....we may have a future champion in our midst!!!!

 We also used our golf balls to paint! 
Using a builder's tray, some paint and a variety of balls of different shapes, sizes and textures we created artworks... it was a great opportunity to discuss colours, colour mixing and simply enjoy the activity with our friends!

Our nursery school was successful in gaining the Ecoschools Green Flag for the first time in June.
We love being outdoors and one of our great passions is growing vegetables and fruit in our garden.  When we returned for the Summer scheme many children were curious to see how the potatoes, tomatoes and broad beans had grown.  The beans were ready to harvest.  Margaret and some children picked some of the pods, talked about their shape, then opened them and looked closely at the contents.  The beans were then cooked and shared.  Almost everyone loved them and there were none left at the end of the session!!

"this one looks like a smiley face" says Emily

At story time - there was only one story that we could choose - a - touchy feely version of Jack and the Beanstalk

Plants that are grown in our garden also feature in our indoor activities as we chop herbs in the kitchen.

Language and discussion is continuous during the session.  Craft activities offer children many opportunities to talk to each other and to the adults as they plan what to do, decide how to carry out these plans and finish their activities.

Making a butterfly - using tissue paper and a dolly peg, decorating it with glitter and pompoms and then displaying the finished product on a backing that has been created using flyswats and blue, green and yellow paint.

Using twigs and grey clay to create many legs do they have?

Working with sandpaper to remove a smiley face that has been drawn on the piece of wood...
And of course it wouldn't be fun if we had to keep ourselves clean....just look at the surprise on her face when Rhiannon realises she is covered in blue paint!!

1 comment:

  1. Marian - like I said I had been reading this without putting 2 & 2 together!!! Love the whole summer scheme idea - great to use the place in summer - is it funded or self-funding by charging?
    Keep up the great work!