A Wonderful Year (Nursery)
Headmistress Roosha Sue explains what makes Eaton House The Manor Nursery so special.
We are heading towards half term and already the new nursery children from our spring intake are settling in beautifully. I am often asked what a whole year is like in the beautiful new Eaton House The Manor Nursery and it seems to me that giving you a flavour of the previous year is a good way to explain this.
We have two classes – the ‘Cubs’ who are our youngest children and the ‘Bears’ who are being prepared for their entry to the Pre-Prep.
Here are a few of the things that they enjoyed when they weren’t learning writing and numerical skills, playing on the interactive whiteboard or trying out sports, swimming, IT, drama and design, yoga, cooking, pottery and languages – to name just a few of the activities that we have on offer.
In our playground, which is directly accessible from the classrooms via huge sliding doors, there are bright and colourful concentric circles, outsize wooden blocks to develop fine and motor skills, sand and water play, and a wonderful 'house' to play in.
Inside the beautifully appointed nursery rooms, there is a huge range of the latest educational toys, dressing-up, mini-home areas (complete with Henry the Hoover in miniature!) and quiet reading tents.
The whole place is like a happy little hive as you can see from my description of a whole ‘year in the life of the nursery’ below.
The Cubs never ‘pawsed’!
In the autumn the cubs looked at the theme of ‘Minibeasts’ which they all loved. The highlight of the term was when the ‘Wiggly Wild Show’ came to introduce the children to some real life minibeasts and they were able to hold a snake and touch a bearded dragon.
The squeaks and squeals coming from the Nursery were not only from the children, but the teachers too! However, the little beasts all proved very friendly.
The Cubs learned new songs and decorated our display boards for our topic this term of Nursery Rhymes with ‘incy wincy’ spiders.
The busy autumn term ended with a school trip to the Unicorn Theatre to watch a Christmas play and a visit from Father Christmas himself. All the children, including the older ‘bears’ were extremely excited.
We had a fantastic trip to the Polka Theatre and loved performing to the parents in our first nursery spring concert with Miss Leah, who gave us a fantastic musical extravaganza of songs and instruments to remember.
In the spring the cubs were fascinated with their ‘Lifecycle’ topic. We had some real life caterpillars that amazingly turned into beautiful, colourful butterflies right before our eyes. The children set them free in the playground, watching entranced as they flew off into the wind to new adventures far away from Eaton House The Manor Nursery.
All the children loved dressing up to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 18, 2018 and the sunshine shone for most of the summer term which meant lots of outside fun with our water trays and sand pit!
The children loved performing to our families and friends in our first music performance at our nursery summer fete. As always, the Fete was a super event. Every child was welcomed, including some of our new Arts and Crafts children – as we always take in a few new ‘cubs’ in the summer.
We all enjoyed face painting, nails and tattoos, paint a mug, win a lucky dip and ‘hook the duck’. We also admired a wonderful wall of art where the children could take home a framed piece of artwork.
All the budding artists did an incredible job. Money raised went towards a ‘Just Giving’ page that meant something to the children. We finished off our busy term with a trip to Battersea Zoo and our end of year party.
The bears had a ‘wild’ time
Our lovely bears started the autumn term by looking at the topic of ‘Space’ and the children were quick to learn the names of the eight planets.
Building on this theme, the bears enjoyed an interactive ‘Alien Workshop’ with Mrs Snowball. It came as no surprise that they were very creative in coming up with the silliest languages for the aliens!
In the spring term we were surprised by a few days of snow play and the children loved running around, making footprints, building snowmen and trying to catch snowflakes. It was very exciting and I think that we were all a little bit sorry to see the last of the snow melt.
The children soon began to look forward to their Spring Concert and spent a lot of time practicing their music, excited that the parents were going to see the product of all our hard work.
When the day of the concert arrived, all the children did us proud, playing instruments and singing on the big stage of the Manor theatre, accompanied by Miss Leah.
The Bears enjoyed a trip to the Polka theatre and ended the term with an Easter party. The Easter bunny was very generous in leaving us all a little treat, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
In summer we all enjoyed a whole series of events and themes including the ‘World Around Us’, the ‘Big Toddle’, Sports Day, and a trip to the Horniman Museum.
Our Sports Day ran very smoothly with Mr Marcus organising and Mr Fabian announcing, and the children all tried their very best even though it was an exceptionally hot day. Needless to say, the mummies and daddies were as competitive as ever and many proved to be excellent runners!
The bears from 2018 have since left us for big school and we hear from Mrs Nicola Borthwick, Headmistress of Eaton House The Manor Pre-Prep School and Mr Oliver Snowball, Headmaster of Eaton House The Manor Girls’ School, that they are all super stars!