Forest School NEWS
We are delighted to announce that our Ofsted Report has been published. Please click the link below to view it.
Here are some quotes from our newly published Ofsted report:
"The learning environment is explemplary, giving children excellent opportunities to be curious, explore and to be independent learners."
"Staff have execeptional skills in teaching children how to manage risks. As a result children have a mature understanding of how to manage their personal safety."
"Children are confident communicators, sharing their ideas and thoughts, using a wide vocabulary and expressing themselves very well."
"Staff are skilled at facilitating child-initiated play, giving good support for children's independence."
Please click on the link below to visit the Ofsted website and to view the report online.
Looking Forward to the Summer Term
Welcome to our Summer term 2018 at Little Oaks Forest School, after having such an exciting Spring term we are looking forward to the busy summer days ahead and all the natural wonders Nonsuch park provides. We have celebrated, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) we cooked pancakes on our Forest School fire. For World Book Day on 1st March the children dressed up as their favourite book characters, some parents and carers joined us to share stories with the children. During our Science week, many parents came along to nursery to share some amazing science experiments with the children. We cooked welsh cakes for St David’s day and made tricolour flags for St Patricks day. During our Easter celebrations the children participated in Easter challenges where they found a special treat at the end.
So far this term, we have welcomed parents to join us for our Walk in the Woods Week, fortunately the very damp weather did not dampen our spirits but added to all the adventures rain creates in the park. Lots of puddles resulted in lots of muddy children and parents! For our annual planting week, we invited grandparents to join us, the children really enjoyed grandparents coming along to nursery. We all learnt lots of new planting tips from some very experienced green fingered grandparents, this was a fabulous success and the sun shone too. The garden area is now looking very bright and colourful and we are now looking forward to seeing the fruits, vegetables and herbs grow.
For our St Georges day celebrations during our Forest School session, the children got to use the Dragon Sneezers’. The children also made dragons, shields and painted a very large-scale St Georges flag. For our Maths week at the start of May, lots of fabulous mathematical activities took place which included, shape hunts, running races, making and writing numerals and lots of number games.
This week we are celebrating the Royal wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, each day we will be enjoying a ‘Royal Tea Party’ for the children. The children will be involved in our nursery preparations, we have already created two wonderful Forest School themed Wedding Cakes for our celebrations, you can find these at the front of the nursery. Some of our up and coming events in June include, ‘Healthy Eating Week’ and our first ever Sports Day Event on the 12th June which we are all very excited about.
At Forest School we will visiting various locations of Nonsuch park for our Forest School activities, will be cooking lots of lovely recipes on the open fire. We will be introducing our older children to various tools such as bow saws, hand drills and peelers to make some wonderful creations.
Our Fundraising So Far,
During the Autumn term we were overwhelmed with the continued support of our Little Oaks Forest School parents. With your generous donations that we collected on behalf of the Epsom and Ewell Food Bank, Trussell Trust.
Children in Need fundraising, through the children’s themed baking during our Nursery Rhyme Week we managed to raise £137 for Children in Need.
Our collections during the children’s Christmas songs and the Rangers ‘Little Fir Tree’ performance on the 12th December over at Mansion House Nonsuch Park Performance raised £75 for the umbrella of Text Santa charities. After all the children’s performances parents/carers joined us for mince pies and mulled wine.
Our recent PTA Quiz Night was a great success, many parents and family friends joined us at Cheam Parochial rooms for an evening of fun and laughter, we enjoyed a Fish and Chip supper. This event managed to raise over £500, which is already being used to provide the children with yellow puddle suits. We are in the process of purchasing a water play feature along with large scale weighing equipment, these will support the children’s mathematical exploration.
Our next PTA meeting will be held in June to prepare for our annual Summer Fair which will take place on Saturday 30th June.
We need your support of donations for this event such as, recyclable presents, soft toys, pocket money toys, bottled drinks both non and alcoholic for our tombola stall. We would like to thank you in advance for your continued support for our PTA Summer Fair event.