Did you know that 21st October is National Apple Day? We have lots of apple trees in our large garden and the children in Kindergarten were keen to help harvest the fallen apples. We talked about their size, colour, shape, weight and some children spotted holes in some the apples where little creatures had munched on them! We talked about the rotten apples and learnt all about how they can decay on the ground "Look all the green has gone away". Once cut open, some of the
Creepy Crawlies and all things gooey is the theme of upstairs this week! Cold, squidgy spaghetti was a source of fun in the tuff tray. The children enjoyed this sensory play. They have also been using pine cones to roll in the paint and print with. We are looking forward to making more fun exploratory sensory trays next week.
Thank you to the very talented pupils from West Buckland School who performed in front of Kindergarten and Dragonflies today. Music teacher Mr Carter explained how music is written onto song sheets and showed the children what it looks like. At pick up time later in the day, Sarah heard one little boy proudly show his Mummy a song sheet and explain, “that’s music Mummy!” There is just something so special, real and organic watching music being played in front of you. The ch
One of our favourite stories is 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr. Charlotte made us this enchanting little story bag complete with little cups and wooden spoon characters. The children absolutely adored their story time and were captivated at every turn of the page! Meanwhile Amy had made the most fabulous Autumnal tuff tray for the children to play and explore. They looked at all the leaves and noticed how they are changing colour. The children loved the playdo
Dragonflies have been out to the park this morning. The children and staff enjoyed a lovely stroll and collected leaves for their Autumnal display back at nursery. We spent all morning at the park, having a go on the slide, climbing wall, climbing rope, swings and ladders. We stopped for a little drink before heading back to nursery for our lunch. The children were amazing and held the grown ups hands. Every time we needed to cross the road, the children knew to stop, lo
We are celebrating 'National Nursery Practitioner Day' here in nursery. We are so privileged to have such an amazing team of dedicated, hard working and talented staff, many of whom have been working here for 15+ years! Our team bring a wealth of qualifications, experience, talent, skills and knowledge in many areas that benefit the children here in nursery. They include interest & skills in gardening, Yoga, and Maths Champions, 'Let's Talk More' programme, outdoor learnin
We had great fun on the slide this morning. It was a bit muddy in the woods but we were all prepared with our welly boots and puddle suits. We found some woodlice, brushed the leaves, counted pine cones, collected leaves and enjoyed stories. We were soon back inside ready to enjoy a roast lunch.
Come to our garage for a full service including tyre changes, oil changes, air, a full clean inside and out! Apparently it's only "£20"! The children talked about their own experiences and the different transport that they had been. We discussed size, shape, colour, how many wheels, fuel and the purpose of that vehicle. Look how shiny the cars are now!
We all know just how vitally important trees are. Not only do they provide us with oxygen, they also absorb carbon dioxide, provide us with shade and a rich source of food for wildlife. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2017/12/why-do-we-need-trees/ At St. Michael's we are so passionate for young children to learn about the importance of trees. We have been using books to help us identify the different trees we have here in the garden and woodland area. The children we
Charcoal is an interesting medium where the children had great fun drawing their pictures of things they love to do in Autumn. We just love the description of the "tent and the bonfire and the moon". Following on from last week where we sang lullabies to Spikey our (toy) hedgehog and learnt all about hibernation, we made little hedgehog collages using pens, glue, paper, tissue paper, wool and twine.