Forest School NEWS
Nonsuch Park Forest School welcomes you to our Summer Term 2021. We very much look forward the extremely exciting changes this vibrant season provides, with the wealth of colours and magical treasures yet to be explored and found.
Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Nonsuch Park Forest School closed the nursery doors on the 20th March 2020 due to the government guidelines. During the duration we were closed, we used this valuable time to keep in contact with all our families via our online journal Famly app.
Each day we had the Nonsuch Park Forest School Art Gallery this is where both the nursery staff and parents were able to share their activities and learning experiences at home. Parents also came together with staff and children to hold Zoom Meetings. Once we were able to reopen on Monday 1st June 2020 with all the necessary procedures in place, we welcomed back our children and parents, this was such an exciting day for everyone. The children settled back into their outdoor Forest School routines like they had never been away from the nursery school.
Our Spring, Summer, and Autumn terms were hugely different, as we had learning bubbles in place across the nursery school, as from the Summer term 2021 we are pleased to say that this is no longer continuing. As we are a Forest School much of our time is spent outside in the nursery garden or at Forest School within Nonsuch Park.
Over the past year we have adapted our nursery environment in many ways, this has enabled us to continue sharing our nursery experiences with parents and carers at a distance throughout this time. Just one example is our Christmas Songs along with our pre-school leavers who presented their performances to parents and carers via our online Family app.
As our nursery footfall is currently extremely limited, we are unable to accept any visitors other than essential visitors into our nursery environment. In the future once the social distancing guidance eases and we get the go-ahead again we look forward to welcoming our parents and families back into our nursery school.
The information below is an insight into what our Spring, Summer Autumn term, 2020 would have looked like...
Our Autumn Term 2019
For our Christmas festivities last year, the younger children of the nursery performed their Christmas songs while our pre-school children performed the Littlest Christmas Tree. The Rangers parents and grandparents came along to Mansion House support the children whilst enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. Our Little Seekers and Little Explorers parents and families enjoyed the children’s Christmas songs around the campfire whilst also enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. In November we celebrated Children in Need, the children and staff team came to nursery in their PJ’s.
We learnt about Fire Safety at the start of November, we had a special visit from Green Watch Firefighters at Sutton Fire Station. For Nursery Rhyme Week, we shared lots of rhymes and parents and carers came to share their chosen Nursery Rhymes too.
We explored lots of muddy play activities for our Muddy Week that took place at nursery. At Forest School we have focused on the story The Three Little Pigs and the children at Forest School have been involved building lots of dens to accompany the Three Little Pigs theme.
Aesops Theatre Company visited Nonsuch Park Forest School Nonsuch Park Forest School on the 1st May at 9:45am to perform, 'Not such an Ugly Duckling' to the Rangers children. The Rangers children voted for this extra-curricular activity with the monies they raised for the collection of sales from their Christmas production of the Little Red Robin Performance in 2018.
Taken from the Spring Term 2019
We 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 looks very bright and colourful and we are now looking forward to seeing the fruits, vegetables and herbs grow.
We have welcomed both parents and grandparents to help with our annual planting week and for Mother’s Day our lovely mums were invited for afternoon tea. We also welcomed some new children and parents to Nonsuch Park Forest School.
For our Father’s Day celebrations, we invited our Daddy’s into nursery for a pizza making morning, we had many dads who came along to make pizzas with their children. The sun shone, and the pizzas were enjoyed around the fire circle.
Our PTA Quiz Night in March 2019 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.
Taken from the Summer term 2019,
We said farewell to our ambassadors of the nursery, our Rangers children. Their leavers performance was amazing, the children sang their hearts out and learnt their poem lines beautifully while performing to an exceptionally large gathering of parents and family members. After the leaver’s performance and presentation, we welcomed everyone to enjoy ‘Tea on the Lawn’. We had endless amounts of beautifully created homemade cakes, scones, and biscuits as usual, this was a hot day.
Again, we would like to wish every child leaving Nonsuch Park Forest School all the absolute best with their new learning adventures. We always love to hear how your child is doing once they have moved on so please pop by whenever you are Nonsuch Park to say hello.
Our main highlight of the year is always, ‘Messy Play Week’, this week was even bigger and messier than previously years, lots of exploration of textures, colours and waterplay was enjoyed by not only the children but all the Nonsuch Park Forest School Team. Please see the photo gallery of how much sensory play took place along with the fun, enjoyment, and laughter we all experienced.
During our ‘Healthy Eating Week’ at Nonsuch Park Forest School the children participated in lots of healthy eating activities including, potato men, fruit and vegetable hunts, sorting fruit and vegetables into their categories and fruit caterpillar printing along with tasting some delicious healthy snacks such as, homemade houmous, fruit kebabs and fabulous smoothies.
Our Sports Day Event was a huge success, the children took part in lots of fun races along with the parent’s and grandparent races and the finale ‘tug of war’. The overall winners for Nonsuch Park Forest School Sports Day were Team Yellow – Sunflowers who received this year’s trophy cup. During this event for our chosen charity of the British Heart Foundation we raised over £600 along with the sponsorship which the staff who cycled from London to Brighton on 17th June.
The Rangers children visited Pizza Express, where the children learnt about some of the ingredient’s pizzas are made from and where some of the fresh produce grows. The children then had the opportunity to make their very own pizzas.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training
Nonsuch Park Forest School Nonsuch Park Forest School works in partnership with many local primary schools and nurseries to share our Forest School ethos, practice, and knowledge. We have recently provided staff training for Linden Bridge School and Ewell Castle. We welcome groups to our setting to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) once the COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
Training days can be offered at our Nonsuch Park Forest School Nonsuch Park Forest School on a Saturday morning or within your own setting as part of on an inset day, if you are interested in us providing a Forest School training day please email, email@example.com
Forest School inset days give staff an introduction to Forest School and a hands-on educational experience of how to practice in the natural environment. Our aim is to inspire everyone to provide children with a love of the great outdoors.