Beautiful weather this week ensured our garden was especially busy all week: children harvested apples, recognising their ripeness, problem solving and collaborating to successfully remove them from the apple tree. A group of children, staff and a parent then made a fire, step by step and were supported in enjoying the power of the flames as well as learning about safety. The apples were chopped, sultanas added and a (tiny) bit of brown sugar. The children wrapped them in foil, baked them and enjoyed sharing them. It was a wonderful, rich, first-hand experience to develop confidence, relationships and language as well as further developing children's understanding of where fruit comes from.
Across the Nursery, children have also been exploring and sculpting with clay and beginning to understand the process of colour mixing using powder paints. The programmable cars have developed understanding of coding and turn taking as well as developing directional language. Small group games have developed relationships as well as encouraged children to persevere and wait for their turn. Fennel seeds and mint were harvested and children have enjoyed using these ingredients to make tea in a tea pot and enjoy afternoon tea together.