Nursery – Our first Dough Disco

This week the children experienced a ‘dough disco’ for the first time. We first heard about Dough Disco from a Shonette Bason-Wood training course. Each child is given a ball of play dough and then we dance along to music whilst squeezing, squashing, rolling and pinching the dough in time to the music. Not only is this a lot of fun and quite therapeutic, it’s also a great way for the children to build up strength and control in their hands and fingers which will help them with pencil control and writing. It also starts the afternoon session with a big boost of energy!

Why not have your own dough discos at home ? You can buy play dough quite cheaply in a range of colours or make your own and then sing and dance along to your favourite songs whilst encouraging your child to squish and roll the dough ! Have a look at our play dough recipe. There are plenty of other recipes available on the internet and you can add essential oils(check for suitability for use with children) herbs, food colouring and spices to keep things interesting.

Dough Disco Time! on PhotoPeach

Play dough Recipe

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups water
1 tablespoon oil
Food colouring or children’s non-toxic paint

Microwave Method:

Place all ingredients in bowl and stir. Microwave for 5 minutes, checking and stirring each minute. Allow to cool for a few minutes then knead until smooth.

Oven top method:

Place all ingredients in a pan and heat gently, stirring continuously. When the mixture comes away from the side of the pan it is ready. Allow to cool for a few minutes and knead until smooth.

We sometimes add interesting scents such as lavender or rose and add extra interest with materials like glitter or chopped herbs

Store in an airtight container.

Have fun hosting dough discos of your own at home !

Nursery: Week 2

Week 2 in Nursery on PhotoPeach


More fun in Week 2 on PhotoPeach

Reception: Autumn 1 Week 2

This week we visited our local ‘Co-op’ supermarket and bought ourselves healthy foods to share with our friends later that day in a food-tasting session! We learned the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods, searching the supermarket to find examples of each. We also followed the clues in the ‘Evil Pea’ treasure hunt and found him hiding in the freezer.

We enjoyed sorting and ordering the numicon outside, acting our the story of ‘Supertato’ in our literacy lessons and making potions and writing recipes in our outdoor potion-making kitchen!

Welcome to Reception!

We would like to say a big well done to all the Reception children for settling in so well over the last week. Some children have already had a full year with us in Nursery and for some children this is their first time at their new school.

Over the coming months we will be taking photographs of ALL the children and we will be sharing these pictures on our blog for those for whom we have parental permission slips.

This week we started our ‘Supertato’ topic and began exploring number problems in our Singapore Maths lessons. We familiarised ourselves with our classroom both inside and out and enjoyed a superb team building exercise passing water balloons to each other!

Please feel free to leave us comments and watch the slideshows with your children so they can talk about what they have been doing in Reception!

Thank you!

The Reception Team

Cath Lavelle, Simon George, Teresa Hibbert.

 

Welcome to Orange Group! on PhotoPeach

 

Welcome to Purple Group! on PhotoPeach

 

Taking turns and working as a team! on PhotoPeach

 

Our week in Reception! on PhotoPeach

 

Picking apples from our Reception and Nursery apple tree! on PhotoPeach

Nursery: The first week

Early days in Nursery… on PhotoPeach


Fun in Nursery on PhotoPeach


Nursery:Come dine with us! on PhotoPeach

Welcome to Nursery!

We would like to say a big well done to all the Nursery children for settling in so well over the last week. Some children have already had a full year with us, some have had lots of previous experience of attending Nursery, day care, and play groups but for some children this has been the first time ever that they have been parted from their Mums, Dads and carers and are still in their transition to Nursery ! Either way, it’s a very big step and we have been delighted with how well the children have done. Sometimes saying goodbye at the Nursery door can be as hard for parents as it is for children, so well done Mums, Dads, carers and Grandparents !

We hope you like the first few slideshows that we have put on our shared blog. Some children feature a lot, whereas others hardly at all but please remember that some children have been with us for almost a week, others have been with us for just a few hours and some children are yet to start!

Over the coming months we will be taking photographs of ALL the children and we will be sharing these pictures on our blog for those for whom we have parental permission slips.

Please feel free to leave us comments and watch the slideshows with your children so they can talk about what they have been doing in Nursery !

Thanks from all the Nursery team,

Carol Reece, Kirsten Williams, Leonnie Sawyer, Michelle Flynn & Elle Sharrock.

Welcome!

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the new EYFS blog site. We hope you enjoy seeing us grow and learn this year. We would love you to share your thoughts on what you see by commenting!