Nursery had a fantastic day at St Leonard’s Farm. The children saw and stroked lots of different animals such as a lamb, kid, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, hen, and a duckling during a workshop with Farmer James. They also went on a tractor trailer ride and had a play in the fun barn. It was a very tiring but very fun day. A big thank you to all the parents who helped!
After having to postpone our original sports day on Wednesday due to the rain the end of the week and afternoon children managed to have their sports day on Friday afternoon. The children tired so hard in all their races and made everyone very proud. They took part in a running race, a beanbag relay, balancing quoits on heads relay and finally the egg and spoon race. We finished the afternoon with a parents race, thank you to those who joined in. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the children!
We will let you know the date for our beginning of the week and morning children’s sports day as soon as possible.
The Nursery children have been enjoying visiting Pets at Home in Meanwood over the last two weeks. We walked down to the Moor Allerton retail park and got on the number 52 or 51 bus to Meanwood. Then the children looked around Pets at Home, looking at the fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters as well as all the different things you can buy to help look after your pet. Finally we got the bus back and walked up the hill back to Nursery.
We are aiming to take the rest of the children over the last few weeks of term!
In Nursery we are learning about pets and how to look after them. Some children have sent us pictures of their pets. Here we have Celia with her Grandma’s dog Mo, Jaxon with his dog Neo, Maisie with her cat Lola and Charlie with his dog Monty. Please send us any pictures of your child with their pets.
We had a very exciting end to the half term with seven of our eggs hatching. The children came into Nursery one morning to the faint sound of cheeping and went to find some chicks had hatched in the incubator. We left them in the incubator for a little while to dry out and keep warm then moved them into the run. The children loved watching them and talked about how we needed to care for them by giving them food and water and a heat lamp to keep them warm. Some children drew pictures of the chicks and labelled their drawings. They were starting to get a lot bigger by half term so have now gone back to the farm where we got the eggs.
On Tuesday afternoon we welcomed parents and grandparents to our first Outdoor Stay and Play session. The children loved showing all the adults around our amazing new outdoor space and the adults enjoyed finally getting to have a play too! Look out for more photos of our other stay and play sessions this week.
On Monday some children walked to Moor Allerton Library to look at books and read stories. Unfortunately the children’s section of the library was closed due to a flood but we found a quiet corner to read some lovely stories in. The children enjoyed the walk to and from the library and were very good at listening to instructions and crossing the roads safely.
This week we are very excited as we have collected 12 eggs from the farm and put them into our incubator. With the children we talked about how the incubator keeps the eggs warm and also how it slowly rocks the eggs backwards and forwards as a hen would do on their nest. We also explained how the children need to keep their hands behind their backs when they are looking so that we don’t knock into or bump the incubator. Each key group has a countdown sheet that we will tick off each day and in around 21 days we should have some new arrivals in Nursery. Very exciting!
Nursery have been very excited to finally get out and play in the new outdoor area. They have loved exploring all the different areas, the sandpit and climbing frame are already firm favourites with the children. Look out for information about our upcoming stay and play sessions when Nursery parents will have the chance to come and play too.
The new EYFS outdoor area is really starting to take shape now and everyone is getting really excited to see what it will look like when it is finished. The new hen coop is taking shape and they should be relocated into their new home this week. The tunnel has been put in and covered with earth so is just waiting for the grass to go over the top. Lots of wooden posts are now in the ground. Some of these will have the large sails attached and other, smaller posts will be used for den building. The children have continued to be fascinated by the project and enjoy looking at the book that we are creating in Nursery of the works progress.