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Our Blog Archive 2018/19

Friday 12th July 2019

Dear Parents

Today was our graduation ceremony and I do hope you all enjoyed it. Please see below the Head teacher’s speech to parents and carers

Good morning everyone.

Thank you so much for choosing Children’s House for your child's first school experience.

We have had a wonderful year and we come together today to recognise and honour our nursery graduates.

Over the past terms the children have come through these doors to make friends, play, paint, draw, build, dress-up, read, write, and cook, swim, ice-skate, attend forest school and learn hundreds of new and exciting things. Through the power of play, our children have grown socially, emotionally, physically and academically. Through the power of teachers and parents working together our children are strong, creative, independent learners ready for the next stage of their education.


As our children move into the next phase of their academic lives we hope they will never forget the lessons they have learnt here and will remember that each and every one of them is a unique and talented individual with so much to offer.

Our children know it is ok to fail, they know that if they want success it’s important to try again, they know how to be a good friend and they know they are valued.

We hope we have helped instill in them a strong sense of self and that they are proud of the unique person they are.

 

This year has seen us open an additionally resourced provision for young deaf children and seen our two year old provision go from strength to strength.

This morning we see some of our first cohort of  two year olds graduate and move on to primary school.

Finally I want to say  congratulations to you as parents and carers for the work you have done with your child and the support you have given to the school.
Parenting is the hardest job and you are all amazing.

We have loved working with each and every one of you.

As we say goodbye today please do keep the memory of Children’s House alive in your heart and never forget that you will always be a part of our Children’s House Family.

 

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday and thank you for everything.

Graduation 2019 - Goodbye and Good Luck

Thursday 11th July 2019

Today was the last day of term for children returning in September and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday .I would like to thank all parents and carers for choosing Children’s House for your child. We have had a wonderful year and as you look back through the blog and your child’s learning journal, you can be reminded of some of the fun times we have shared together. Children’s behaviour has been exemplary and progress is outstanding across the board. Thank you for supporting everything we do and working with us to make your child’s experience of nursery the best it can be.

We look forward to welcoming you all back in September and showing you all the completed building works.

Building starts in earnest on Monday when the school becomes a construction zone.

Leavers, please be in school for 9.15 a.m. tomorrow, when we will honour the class of 2019 with a special Graduation Ceremony. Bring your tissues!!

Have a lovely evening.

 

Clearing the garden for the holiday

Making our Leaver's Cards

Goodbye Butterflies

Tuesday 9th July 2019

As you walk around Children’s House you have probably noticed the packing crates in every room. At the end of each day staff are busy putting all the toys and equipment away as we have to leave the nursery ready for the builders on Monday. We are involving the children as much as possible so that children who are returning understand the exciting changes that will take place over the holiday.

In nursery today children were busy writing and drawing pictures of their trip to the Wildlife Park, others were making leavers cards and the younger children were busy learning about butterflies.

I’m sure you all know that that each butterfly has finally emerged from its chrysalis. Today their wings were strong enough to release them in the garden. The children all came out to wave them goodbye. It has been a wonderful experience for the children to observe their class caterpillars change into beautiful red admiral butterflies.

We also welcomed teachers from some of our primary schools today, they came to meet children who are transferring in September.

In the afternoon Fiona Stokes from the Parental Engagement team visited to plan an exciting programme of workshops and courses for the next academic year.

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Monday 8th July 2019

Today was our annual Leaver’s Trip to Paradise Wild Life Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. We have been visiting this park for a number of years now as it has plenty to interest the children, including a big cat territory, hooves and humps quarter, mammals of the world, an Angkor Reptile Temple, Birds of paradise, Farmyard animals, dinosaurs, a splash pool, play areas, an adventure playground, a jungle gym and live animal experiences.

Everything got off to a good start the weather was perfect, everyone arrived on time, the coaches were waiting and there was little traffic. Everyone enjoyed the experience and of course, the children loved their picnic or “lunch on the grass” as one child told us on his return.

We hope you all had a lovely day and that it will become one of your memories of your time at Children’s House.

Meanwhile back in nursery we hosted a stay, play and learn session for all the new children who will be starting in September and their families. There was a talk for parents, which covered topics such as establishing routines, managing behaviour and preparing children for nursery.

Paradise Wild Life Park

Friday 5th July 2019

Thank you again for supporting our Summer Fair, we will let you know how much we have raised once the money has been counted. The children had a quieter day today after all the excitement of this week. Outdoors children were making mud in the forest area and building with the outlast blocks in the shade.

Indoors children were working on their special books. Chris and Guthsna spent the morning updating their safeguarding training and we welcomed future trainee teachers to spend the day with us.

If you are going on the leavers trip on Monday please be in school by 9 a.m. promptly, you will need a packed lunch for you and your child, drinks, sunscreen, a sunhat, a swimsuit for paddling and a towel. I hope you all enjoy your visit to Paradise Wild Life Park.

Have a lovely weekend

Fun in the garden

Thursday 4th July 2019

Today was our annual summer fete and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came out to support us. The money we raise on this fun day is used to provide extras for the children including outings, clubs and music lessons.

There was plenty to do including, face painting, henna, a toy stall, balloons, bubbles, games such as hook a duck, knock the cans, guess the name of the bear, estimate the sweets in a jar, and of course there was delicious food, a cake stall and drinks and ice-creams.

We hope you all enjoyed the day, everyone seemed to be having fun and the weather was perfect. It was lovely to see how many of our old children came back to visit us, and we were pleased to welcome the head of the hearing impaired service who dropped by to join in with the fun.

Summer Fete July 2019

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

As the end of the school year approaches, we seem to be getting busier and busier and today was no exception. At 9.00a.m. children left for their swimming lesson at Poplar Baths, in the afternoon children went to Forest School and the day finished with an energetic Sports Club.

In between all the activity, children were helping to prepare for the summer fair. It’s so good to see how independent the children are. Many are able to follow a simple recipe unaided and were busy baking shortbread to sell at the fair, others made price labels and posters and others helped package sweets and sort the goods for the stalls.

Do bring friends and relatives to the Summer Fair tomorrow. 3. p.m. to 5.p.m. there will be music, hot food, street food, ice-cream and plenty of fun and games.

All proceeds will be used to support the wider curriculum, clubs, swimming, trips, and music lessons.

Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Making Biscuits for the Summer Fair

Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Today children have been helping to prepare for our annual summer fair. They have been busy writing and decorating signs and making bunting to decorate the garden.

The summer fair is after school this year starting at 3pm. Do bring family, friends, and your spare coins. All money raised goes directly to extras for the children.

Indoors children continued to explore symmetry following on from their interest in butterflies; they used mirrors and practiced folding paintings to make symmetrical patterns.

The weather was wonderful so most children enjoyed the sunshine and were busy out in the garden. Please do put sunscreen on your child before nursery and provide a sun hat too.

If you would like to donate cakes for our Summer Fair Cake Stall they will be gratefully received.

Discovering Symmetry

Monday 1st July 2019

There was so much happening at Children’s House today, we started with a stay and play session for new children joining us in September, followed by a course for their parents on supporting transition into nursery. It was nice to welcome our new families although of course it is always sad to have to say goodbye to our current cohort of children and parents/carers.

Shazna went off to an exciting outdoors maths course at Harry Roberts Nursery School and we had the school photographer in nursery to take the graduation photos.

In class, children were sequencing the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and writing their own versions.

The day finished with a well-attended New Parent’s Evening.

Sequencing a Story

Friday 28th June 2019

This week we have noticed that butterflies are appearing in the garden and visiting the flowers. The children are fascinated by them and are finding hard to believe that our class caterpillars are going to turn into butterflies soon. Out in the garden children mixed their own watercolours and painted butterfly pictures.

 In my opinion, the results were better than this year’s entries into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. 

 As the children painted, it was a good opportunity to revisit symmetry and pattern as well as an opportunity to learn new vocabulary for the parts of the butterfly such as antennae, proboscis, thorax and spiracles.

Children also asked to play some of the games they had tried at Sports Day and indoors it was Focus Friday where children were busy updating their special books.

Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget your sunscreen for Saturday. It’s going to be a scorcher.

Butterflies in the garden

Thursday 27th June 2019

Today was our annual Sports Day; it was such a fun day for everyone. The theme this year was mini-beasts so each key group adopted an insect of their choice, we had the lovely ladybirds, busy bees, beautiful butterflies, hopping grasshoppers and many more, each team had their own chant and even the two-year-old “mighty ants” joined in.

There were eight different games to try including a sack race, hobbyhorse racing, an egg and spoon race, stilt walking, bean bag tossing, hockey dribbling, an over and under game, and the long jump. Everyone participated and even the staff were able to show off their sporting skills.

Half way through everyone sat down to share fruit, juice and water and the day finished with the presentation of Children’s House Sport’s Day medals and the final treat of ice lollies for everyone.

It was a really special occasion which everyone enjoyed.

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Wednesdays are always busy days at Children’s House. At 9.00 a.m., our swimmers set off for Poplar Baths and their swimming lesson and in the afternoon, another group of children went to Forest school for an exciting mini-beast hunt. The highlight of the session was the discovery of a gigantic slug under a leaf.

After school, the children enjoyed Sports Club with Kamran where they practiced games for Sports Day. Don’t forget tomorrow is Sports Day so the children will need to come to school in trainers and their school t.shirts.

In the evening staff set off for Canary Wharf to deliver leaflets advertising our nursery. If you can help distribute our leaflets around the local area please do let us know. We still have full time places available for working parents entitled to the 30 hour code.

Deep in the Forest

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Work on caterpillars continued today. There is great interest in the classroom caterpillars with many of the children giving them names. Everyone is watching them impatiently as they slowly change into butterflies. Children were learning about the life cycle with Shazna and many drew and sequenced their own pictures.

The book of the week is the Very Hungry Caterpillar this old favourite continues to fascinate children and we always make sure everyone leaves nursery familiar with this lovely book.

After school, all staff continued with their British Sign Language lessons. Michael the instructor is so pleased with everyone it is time to start getting ready for Level One exams! Wish us all luck.

Rain is forecast again for tonight but then sunshine is on its way at last!

The Life Cycle of a Caterpillar

Monday 24th June 2019

When you arrived at nursery today, you will have noticed the fence all around the carpark and the new green fence in the playground. I am so pleased to be able to say that work on our new building has started. The children were very excited to see the fence and we are looking forward to moving our two year olds into their own space in September.

Work on mini-beasts continues. We have real caterpillars in class so that children can observe first-hand the process of metamorphosis as our caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies. It’s an amazing thing to watch. In the playground, the children acted out the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” with Salma.

They thought about how caterpillars moved, how they make cocoons and how they wiggle out as a new butterfly.

Other children were practicing races and games for Sports Day and there was lots of interest in the garden as our plants seem to have shot up over the weekend.

Heavy rain and thunder are forecast for tonight, so stay dry indoors if you can.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly