During May the whole nursery got involved with our very own book day to raise money for Meningitis Now. The children and staff came up with activities and games we could play throughout the day and everybody got behind the cause, arriving at nursery in costumes.
The Early Years children and staff dressed up as nursery rhyme characters such as ‘Baa Baa black sheep’ and ‘Old McDonald’. They took part in activities such as posting ‘Incey Wincey’ down drainpipes and catching five little ducks in the pond in the garden, inside the children rolled dough into five fat sausages and made wheels on the bus prints in paint. They all helped to make currant buns for our cake stall.
The Playroom and Schoolroom dressed up as characters from books such as ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘The Gruffalo’ as well as ‘Batman’ and ‘Elsa’. The Playroom children took part in an obstacle course and made gingerbread bears for our cake stall. The Schoolroom made fairy cakes for our cake stall and joined in with activities such as races, a Disney disco and built castles.
Throughout the week, all the children took part in a sponsored activity; the Early Years children did a sponsored singalong, as they joined in with as many words or actions to songs as they could, the Playroom did a bear hunt, encouraging the children to find as many bears in the garden as they could find. The Schoolroom did a sponsored superhero throw; children were given a beanbag with a superhero on and were encouraged to throw it as far as they could. The sponsorship money plus the money we raised on the cake stall made £1700 for Meningitis Now.
The Playroom children love reading stories involving Elmer, after watching the children act out scenes involving lions, tigers, elephants and monkeys, the Playroom chose to have a jungle party. All the children (and staff) came to nursery dressed up as animals ready to join in with the day’s activities. In the morning we made binoculars using paper and string and decorated them in camouflage, we then made elephant biscuits ready for tea.
The children made masks of their favourite jungle animals and wore them while playing with our jungle small world. We did jungle dancing on the stage in the garden to ‘Nelly the elephant’ and songs from the lion king, before dancing and singing along to ‘The animal boogie’. We then acted out the ways different animals move. After lunch we went on our safari hunt and looked through our binoculars to find as many animals in the garden as we could. The children enjoyed looking at animal books, such as ‘The tiger who came to tea’ and ‘Monkey puzzle’. After all that hard work we then enjoyed a tiger tea.
As the end of term drew close, the Schoolroom chose to end with an orienteering picnic as a goodbye to all our oldest children who start school in September. The children wrote a shopping list of all the items they wanted to have in their packed lunches. The children all brought in their pack lunch boxes from home and made their own sandwiches.
We set off around the farmyard, following and collecting the arrows as we went. The children navigated their way to our picnic spot in Windy Wood which had been decorated with balloons. The Schoolroom children worked together to help set out blankets and sat down with their friends to eat their lunch, before having ice-creams for pudding. The children then enjoyed exploring Windy Wood.
Our most recent Ofsted inspection took place during the summer term. The inspector completed a tour of the nursery and observed children playing both indoors and outdoors. She held discussions with our Principal, manager, staff and children before speaking to some of our parents. The inspector looked at some of the children’s records and the planning we do. She also checked our policies and procedures as well as our staff’s qualifications. The inspector then conducted a joint observation with our manager.
The inspector awarded Meadows as an outstanding provision; she determined that our outdoor environment is exceptional which allows children a wealth of opportunities to learn, taking into account the gardens and Windy Wood. She found that our staff are highly qualified, experienced and that the teaching methods we use ensure that our children make rapid progress. Children are provided with an excellent range of innovative and interesting resources and activities which ensure children’s interests are maintained.
The inspector also noted that the independence children attending Meadows show is exceptional and that children leave school-ready. She saw that our staff are closing the gaps in children’s learning and that children are exceeding the expectations of their age.The inspector commented on how well behaved our children are and that the manners they show when eating at the table and when playing together are due to the methods our staff use to manage behaviour. Follow the link to read our full Ofsted report.
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