Extra-Curricular Activities

Pre School Visits to the Library

 

Rolos and Heroes visit Yardley library and love having stories with the Librarians on the first and third Monday of each month. Staff at the library will tell stories related to our topics as well as the children's interests. The children are provided with pictures to colour relating to the topic theme, they like to bring them back to nursery and show their friends and teachers.

 

Every Thursday a group of children from either Heores and Rolos will use the computers at the Library to access the internet (with support and supervision). This supports children's learning and helps them to gain awareness of Information Technology and how to operate simple equipment, while completing age appropriate programmes.

 

Visiting the Senoir Citizens at Carrs Lane Residental Home in Acocks Green  April and December 2018

 

 

Rolos & Heroes visit the local elderly residential home twice yearly to sing to the residents. Once at Christmas time and once at Easter. At Christmas the children in Heroes also perform their nativity to the residents and they love it !!  The children gain in confidence by taking part in extra curriculum activities and it is wonderful to see our older generation communicate with the younger generation.    

 

The children sing to the residents then the residents sing to the children teaching them new songs from the war and previous generations like 'Daisy, Daisy' and 'Going to the Chapel' which are just a few of the children's favourites. We have a lovely time and enjoy juice and biscuits with the residents while they have a cup of tea! The visits are just magical and afterwards the children go around and shake hands with the senior citizens and some choose to give them a hug.  The children always come back to the nursery with lots and lots of chocolates. We were thoroughly spoilt !!

 

 

 Out and About in the community

 

The children go on a Autumn walk each year, looking and talking about the changes in the environment like leaves falling  off the trees and changes in the weather. 

We collect the leaves and bring them back to the nursery so we can create collages and leaf printings. 

We also visit the local shops providing  the children with the opportunity to write shopping lists, buy the items and bring the shopping back to the nursery.

The children also go regular visits to the local parks and enjoy exploring the play equipment. Weather permitting we will arrange for the children to have a picnic while they are there as well..... a treat the children really enjoy!!!

 

Going to Yardley School  and the Forest School 2018

 

Towards the end of the academic year (April - July) when the children are preparing to leave us ready to start school, we take them for a visit to the local infant/junior school. These visits provide the children with a chance to look around, meet with teachers and the opportunity to play alongside children in reception, supporting their understanding and transition to their new school. 

We will also be attending assemblies performed by the reception years.

 

Throughout the year our pre school children take turns visiting the Forest School at Yardley every week of a Monday and Friday term time only.  Here the children explore the woodlands and look for insects to identify.  They participate in activities such as bark rubbing and collect natural things in the environment such as twigs, leaves and branches for further investigation. 

  

 

Weekly visits to the Sensory Room 2018 

 

For the last six years, children in Jelly Babies, Jelly Tots, Smarties and Sweeties have visited the Sensory Room at Oakland's children's centre. We have visits planned for this year and arrange these on a monthly basis dependent on availability. This is fantastic for the children's sensory development and enables them to experience and explore a new method of play and learning.

 

 

 

Zoo Lab May 2018

 

This will be the third year we have booked Zoo Lab for the children in nursery. Zoo Lab visit the nursery armed with lots of exciting animals for the children to stroke and pet, apart from the spider... eeew!

There is normally a guinea pig, a tarantula, a cockroach, a chinchilla, a snail and many more interesting little creatures and bugs... It is a fantastic opportunity as many of our children have not visited a zoo previously and therefore a great way to introduce the children to a new experience in a familiar environment with supporting staff for the children who are a little unsure.

 

The staff from Zoo Lab are experienced with the Early years age group and get down to the children's level when talking about the animals they helps to care for. The packages are tailored to the EYFS requirements and therefore support learning and development.  

 

 

Creative Flair Kids 2018

 

Jenny runs Creative Flair and her company visit the nursery every Tuesday morning.  Carrie comes along to the nursery and is the creative arts/dance teacher. She is fantastic with the children and has a lovely rapport with all our children.  The children are enthralled and look forward to her visits very much.  She caters for all age groups in the following way:

Jelly babies and Jelly Tots  - Fun music sessions where the children can use music for movement

Smarties, Sweeties, Rolos and Heroes - Recorder sessions as well as nursery dancing and tailored classes.

The children can have a taster session for £2.90p and if they enjoy the class parents can then pay for a 10 week course at a cost of £29.00p by direct debit.

Please refer to their website for lots more information by Clicking Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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