See you next week for more adventures!
It's been the World Book Day week and we celebrated it at best! These are just few examples of the characters that came alive at Brookhill, it was so fun!
We listened to and retold some of the most famous stories, such as "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Jack and the Beanstalk", having a close look to their main characters.
Then, with the help of our teachers, we practiced creating our own books with the story we made up!
We were very busy writing and using our creativity to create inventive new stories.
We were writing and drawing everywhere, not only at the tables but on the carpets too!
And of course there was a lot of storytelling, inside the rooms and in the garden as well. Here, a funny mermaid is reading a book with a princess...
A short break from our creations, eating some fruit with the help of a volunteering parent...
... and then again for some more creativity, drawing and sticking shiny glitter on our own cards for our mummies and daddies.
It was Pancake Day too, and we celebrated it by cooking real pancakes in the garden with the help of our teachers... but also by making our own 'play-dough-pancakes'!
Here, during our daily story-time, one of our friends is telling us everything he knows about a real Venus fly-trap he brought in for all of us to see... Sometimes children have things to teach too!
Of course, we also had all our usual outdoor fun, for example playing tennis in the garden...
... exploring sensory-play...
... finding creative solutions to problems, such as 'how to collect rainwater'...
... or with our amazing constructions. Here, we built our own playground, full equipped with a real slide!
See you next week for more adventures!
Here we are, back again after a short half-term break!
Painting is still a very popular activity at Brookhill. This week the main theme was 'spirals', so we experimented with the paintbrushes to trace coloured whirling lines.
We also made 'tiger-masks' using paper, glue, scissors and paper plates, it was fun and we could easily do that at home too...
... This is one example of a finished masks, isn't it scary? Rooooaarrrrr!!!
We also practised Phonics at the writing area, trying to find the corresponding sounds of letters...
... or just having fun forming coloured letters on paper.
We are busy not only with writing, but with counting as well. Any small object can turn into a resource for some Maths...
We also like to be in shape with healthy physical activities, here we are practising some push-ups.
The beginning of this week was very sunny, it looked like it was summer already and we spent a lot of time in the garden. Adults helped us building a special house there, using blocks and blankets. It is cosy and comfortable...
... but don't forget to knock on the door if you want to get in!
Everybody loves to play there, we can also bake some 'cakes' on the table!
Some children had fun pretending to be 'cavemen' hunting mammoths...
In our Forest School shed we can find welly-boots and waterproof suits but also many books about nature and sometimes it's nice just to sit down there and read a book with a friend...
The garden is an inexhaustible source of opportunities for intriguing problem-solving, such as 'how to make a bucket go up to the top of a tree'.
Of course, a lot of physical activities happen here too, for example playing basketball...
... and when we are tired we can chill out with some fun role-play.
On Friday we celebrated 'Baba Marta' day! It's a Bulgarian tradition celebrated on March 1 as a reminder that spring is near. During this holiday, red and white coloured wrist-bands that symbolise health and happiness, called 'martenitsi', are exchanged. We made our own ones!
See you next week for more adventures!
Hello! It's been a particularly busy week outside! There are so many photos we would like to share with you...
We love playing with water outside, here we are transferring it from the tray to different containers, it is such fun and it is also an opportunity for some interesting Mathematical conversations.
We have helped creating a new swing in the garden using a log , some rope and two trees, what fun!
We also like new challenges. Here we are creating our own obstacle course using planks, stairs, A-frames and other improvised items... We were very brave, but we also know how to be safe.
Another activity we love is riding bicycles. Waiting for our turn and sharing are both very important and that's why we write our names on a board to remind each other who is the next to have a go.
We also use a timer to be sure the turns are fair and, as you can see, we check it very thoroughly...
While we wait for our turn, there are so many other things we can do, such as writing on the floor using chalks....
... or playing the classic "What's the time Mr. Wolf?" game all together. Running away from the big bad wolf is fun!
Here we are testing out our paper aeroplanes: we found out that if you make them take off from a higher position they fly for longer.
More exciting challenges: this time we were using planks in the sand-pit! Look out! The sand is actually 'lava', make sure you don't fall down!
We decided to make a train, so we started by colouring its wheels inside and then we moved outside to paint a big cardboard box as our coach. When it was dry enough, we applied the wheels and other features such as the engine or the windows.
Of course we were very busy inside too, for example making constructions with coloured straws and joints...
... or playing imaginatively with castles, dragons, princesses and princes.
Just few more photos of us...
That's all for this week, enjoy your half-term break and see you soon for more adventures!
After a week of cold and snow, this week the weather was very rainy, but this doesn't stop us from having fun in the garden. Here we are, using a tank of water and gutters to make waterfalls and lakes. We even coloured the water and it was such fun!
Here, we are experimenting with mud, we used it to make some Harry Potter potions!
Even 'babies' can have fun with muddy puddles, as long as they wear welly boots...
In the morning it can also be so cold that real ice can be found, it is very interesting.
It was also Chinese New Year this week and here at the nursery we celebrated Chinese culture all week long, from practising writing Chinese numbers...
...to playing with a traditional Chinese dragon (watch out for fireballs!)...
... to role-play with traditional Chinese costumes.
We also made some lanterns...
... and played with the animals zodiac signs. 2019 is the year of the Pig!
Here, we are having a yummy snack with juicy fruit and vegetables, we cut them by ourselves, we just have to be very careful because knives can be dangerous.
One of the children brought in an amazing Brazilian melon and after we ate it all up we recycled the skin and use it as... stamps! I really worked, along with other natural resources such oranges, tangerines and dry oak leaves.
We also spent a long time being engineers, creating cars and other fantastic machinery.
We look forward to next week! We are sure the next one will be even more full of adventures.
See you soon!
Here we are for another update about our creations and adventures at Brookhill!
We really enjoy sensory play, this time we experimented with rice and flour and we also decided to add some play-dough too, to see what it would look like.
Small world play is delightful too, we made a park for all sorts of animals (including dinosaurs, of course!).
Our teachers prepared a surprise for us: they left outside water and sticks in some small bowls and it was so cold overnight that the following day the water turned into ice! It was interesting to observe how long it took to melt down again.
Some of us are really into tigers, so the teachers also prepared a series of books and pictures of different kinds of tigers and other big cats. It was inspiring, look at one of the pictures we were able to draw!
And of course it was also an opportunity to talk about felines and the environments where they live.
Another fun activity was cutting out small pictures of bus passengers to stick on a big picture of a double-decker bus. It was also a way to practice some counting.
Moreover, this gave us a great idea: why not make our own bus? First we found a big and long cardboard box and then we searched for a round shape for the wheels... So we used paper plates for this purpose and stuck them on the 'bus' using glue and sellotape.
We are also very interested in numbers and letters, we can spend a very long time playing with them.
Nevertheless, we always find time for building, for example we created a house for ladybirds.
And of course, as always, we are very active in the garden too....
That's all for the moment, see you next week for more pictures and news!
We had a pleasant surprise at the nursery: snow! Ok, it didn't last very long, but it was enough for having fun! We coloured it with powder paint and we used it to make marks with our trucks.
At the end of the day, we helped the adults by cleaning the tables and the chairs with our special brooms.
We also planted a new tree, hopefully it will grow to be big and tall so that we can build a house on it...
Meanwhile, inside we were busy as always, drawings pictures using simple shapes such as circles, triangles and squares as a starting point, or practising writing letters.
Some of our friends enjoyed role-play - being Harry Potter, look at our magic 'scars'!
We also asked for Harry Potter stamps to stick on our letters and cards at the writing area.
In the art area, we had so much fun exploring watercolours on paper sheets and even large tiles...
... while elsewhere we made fantastic pictures using rubber bands to create different shapes.
Even though it wasn't anybody's birthday, we celebrated with a big wooden 'cake', here is the moment when we cut the first slice.
We had such fun playing with guttering and balls. Trying to build ramps and slides was really amazing.
And now, back again to the garden for our imaginative inventions using blocks, A frames and other resources!
We like making art in the garden too, this week we made necklaces using string, pasta, scissors and paint.
It was a very busy week, but we can't wait to see you again here for more news about our imaginative adventures!
Happy New Year and welcome back after the Christmas break!
We are ready for a new term full of fun and adventures...
These are examples of some activities we have been engaged with in these first two weeks.
We played in the garden with hand puppets that gave us the opportunity to stage the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
This well-known traditional fairy tale has been recently used as a theme for other activities, from story times on the carpet...
... to role-play at the writing area, using small bowls, chairs, beds, cones and puppets of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to retell the story. Our special book at story time helped support us to remember the steps of the story..
Of course, this was just one of the interests that sparked at the school. Some children started creating volcanoes in the sand pit.
This was a precious opportunity to develop more knowledge about it, such as learning the difference between 'lava' and 'magma' or what happens to the lava when it cools down.
We have also been busy with some imaginative creations, such using leftover branches from the Christmas tree to make magic wands, using glue, glitter and branches.
We also experimented with some colourful woodwork, nailing different shapes on a board to make some outstanding art.
Here, we are using cardboard plates and cups to build towers for a big castle.
We always love messy play, such as using sticky coloured goop (made by us using plain flour, water and food colouring) to cover up toy animals. Did you notice how the yellow and orange goop resembles the lava from a volcano?
Mark-making is always fun, but it is even better when you can do it on a huge paper sheet on the floor!
And now, for some actions in the garden, making rainbow obstacle courses using coloured hula-hoops.
This is all for this week, but new updates are coming soon! Have a good weekend and well done to all our new starters this week!
It's nearly Christmas time! We have to get prepared for it... let's start from painting a postbox for our letters to Santa...
... and decorating it, we love Christmas decorations!
Ok, now it is time for writing our letters to Santa...
... and sending them to North Pole.
Some more amazing art for our own Christmas cards...
... and now, let's all sing together some Christmas song, it is so much fun!
Of course, we are busy with making art as usual.
Now, look at what amazing things we can create using wooden blocks. A real dance floor, for example...
... or a train, next station: North Pole!
We also love drawing, especially when we do it on the floor.
Here, we are drawing pictures of cats, taking inspiration from a cat encyclopedia.
Moreover, as always, we also love messy play. It can be with sticky gloop...
... or with shaving foam, it looks like snow!
One of the children's mum shared with us an amazing 'bug habitat'. We used it to get a closer look to wiggly worms, woodlice and slugs.
We also never forget to be physically active, from playing bowling...
... to practising dribbling a ball around a line of logs and then trying to score a goal.
But... we like to change the games and decide our own rules... here we are using the same logs to set up our own obstacle course. They were really wobbly, but as you can see we always help each other!
What a better way to count down another day to Christmas than lighting a real fire and using it to prepare a delicious hot chocolate?
Don't forget to check our last update of the year about our astonishing adventures next week! See you soon!
We have been practicing our eye-hand coordination and our gross motor skills by using sticks to make lines on the sand in trays to find out the underlying pictures...
... we also eagerly accepted this further challenge: are we able to trace the snowball's trajectory to replicate marks as zigzag lines, circles or waves? Of course we are! And we are enjoying it too!
Mark-making is not just using pencils or pens, it can be done is so many different ways. Here, for example, we are playing with 'gloop' and what better opportunity than to mix colourful, sticky mix of flour, water and powder paint, using spoons, sticks or even toy cars, to reinforce our wrists and make simple marks such as lines, curves and circular movements.
What is normally considered 'yucky' can be a very entertaining for us... What about mixing a whole tray of cooked spaghetti with our hands? "They are soft", "they are sticky", they are... just fun!
All right, now it is time to get down to business. Woodwork is a serious thing, look how we are focused on practicing our skills with nails, hammers and pliers.
There is a fire over there! Hurry up! The fire brigade is coming to help!
We take care of people and we take care of animals too, it doesn't matter if they are wiggly, slimy and if someone is scared of them, we are definitely not!
Time to relax at the 'mud kitchen', preparing a soup made of water, berries... and a lot of mud, of course!
The building area in the garden is always very busy, this time we have created a special machine that works with water, using pipes, gutters and a tank full of water. It really worked!
Cooperation is essential when you are planning to build an amazing space ship.
Music is great, especially when you share it with your friends, for example playing a glockenspiel together and listening to the different tones...
... or dancing and singing Christmas songs together, it is so exciting!
See you next week for more fun at Brookhill Nursery!
A little look at what we've been up to.