Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Pancake Day

Tuesday 21st February 2012

What a busy day!!!


Five yummy pancakes in a frying pan,
Flip them, toss them and catch them if you can.
Along came (choose a child's name)
For a pancake today
Sprinkled it with sugar and took it away.

Gathering ingredients,
Mixing and stirring

Adding the egg...

...and the milk

What fun!!

And then we get to eat them.....

with our friends.....yummy yummy in my tummy!!


Sharing the work and the pancake......

Then looking at the story of The Big Pancake and feeling sorry for the seven hungry boys.

Not forgetting - using the lemons to paint!

What a day - once again we used all our senses -

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sydney's first day at school

Tuesday 14th February 2012
Today was Sydney's first day at school - she came in with her family and was made very welcome.  She lives with Isla, Isaac and their parents Dave and Kim...Sydney is a bearded dragon and she was fascinated to see the children as they were with her!
There was lots of discussion -about where she originally comes from - Australia.....where the kangaroos also live!  We learned that she eats mealworms and crickets but her favourite treat is waxworms....
she eats them just like we eat sweets.

Some children had the opportunity to touch her and feel her lumpy, bumpy, scaly body....
Max was fascinated by her long tail!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Little Red Riding Hood

Friday 3rd February 2012
Today  in our nursery was so exciting!  We had all been looking forward to Karen from Banyan coming to perform the story of Little Red Cap or as the children know it - Little Red Riding Hood.

When the children came in half of the nursery school had been cleared of all furniture to make way for the show.  Once everyone was seated she began: "Once upon a time - as all good stories begin...."

The puppets were magnificent -

There was a not so scary wolf ...

A granny who loved her cup of tea....

...and a little girl who didn't keep to the path!

The children listened attentively and the expressions on their faces reflected many emotions, happiness, sadness, fear and relief as the story progressed.  The production really fired imaginations as the story unfolded with its atmospheric music to help create the scenes. 

It's good to know that a suitcase, some belts plus a furry scarf and bicycle seat can become a wolf.  A knitted scarf can be a path and granny can be created from lace and a teapot - the possibilities are endless!!
Then there was the woodcutter - who came to save granny and Red Riding Hood to the relief of everyone!

And after the show ended everyone who wanted to had a chance to touch and feel the wolf....

It was a super performance that will hopefully be followed up by lots of chat with mums and dads at home.  Also staff  will capitalise on the memories and photo book become the basis for lots of discussion and creative work in the next few weeks.