Elson Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EU

Whoosh! Sparkle! Bang!

The Nursery children have enjoyed a very busy week of Bonfire Night activities

We have had many excited conversations about the children’s experiences on Bonfire Night.  We have learned lots of new words for the sounds we heard and the children have been awed by the colourful explosions they saw in the night sky.  They have done some beautiful paintings of what they saw, experimenting with some imaginative painting techniques such as dripping and drizzling the paint onto the paper and then sprinkling it with glitter to make it sparkle.

Mrs MacDonald made a very dark den in Green Group’s corner.  It was as dark as the sky on Bonfire Night and the children enjoyed experiencing total darkness, lighting it up with torches and doing some ‘glow-in-the-dark’ writing!

The children also practised their pencil control and pencil grip as we found lots of different ways of representing the ways the fireworks moved.  Many of the marks we made are the lines and circles we need when writing the letters of our name as we drew lines which went up, down, diagonally and around, so we practised handwriting patterns at the same time!

In our ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ session we made cheese straws, stacking them up to look like a bonfire.  The children weighed, measured, mixed, kneaded, rolled, grated and cut to make the savoury straws.  When they were cooked we  used some healthy red and yellow peppers and tomatoes to represent the fire.  It was a delicious snack!

Finally, in Forest School, all of the Nursery children are now  so careful to follow the fire area rules and keep themselves safe, that we were able to have our own mini ‘bonfire’.  The children used potato peelers to peel bark to make a toasting stick which they then used to toast marshmallows over the fire.  It was so exciting and kept us very warm on a cold Monday morning!

Next week is “Friendship Week” in Nursery.  We will be learning about what it means to be a kind and thoughtful friend.  I am sure we will have many new kind deeds written on our Kindness Tree by the end of the week.