Looking Forward to the Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to our Autumn term 2019 at Little Oaks Forest School, after having such an exciting Spring and Summer term, we are now looking forward to seeing all the wonderful joys the Autumn season provides within Nonsuch park for our Forest School learning. This term we have an open breakfast morning for McMillian Cancer Support, our parental consultation evening/Cheese & Wine event, Friendly Halloween Trail, Fire Safety Week, Nursery Rhyme Week, Children in Need fundraiser and Christmas Performances to keep us all busy.
This year so far…….
In the Summer term,
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 a very 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 and scones, this was as usual a very hot day.
Again we would like to wish every child leaving Little Oaks Forest School all the very 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 Little Oaks 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 Little Oaks 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 Little Oaks Forest School Sports Day was 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 ingredientspizzas are made from and where some of the fresh produce grows. The children then had the opportunity to make their very own pizzas.
In the Spring term,
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 Little Oaks.
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 Autumn Term 2018
For our Christmas festivities last year, the younger children of the nursery performed their Christmas songs while our pre-school children performed the Little Red Robin. Parents and grandparents came along to support the children whilst enjoying mince pies and mulled wine around the campfire and over at Mansion House. 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 very special visit from Red Watch Firefighters at Sutton Fire Station. For Nursery Rhyme Week, we shared lots of rhymes and some parents shared their 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.
We have celebrated, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) which we cooked pancakes on our Forest School fire. For World Book Day 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.
For 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.
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,
For Children in Need November 2019 we raised over £200.
During the Autumn term we were overwhelmed with the continued support of our Nonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks parents and the huge amount of generous donations that we collected on behalf of the Epsom and Ewell Food Bank, Trussell Trust.
For McMillian, ‘The World's Biggest Coffee Morning’ in September 2019, we managed to raise a total of £180 for this incredible cause, thank you.
The Lullaby Trust Cake Sale which took place at the start of October 2019, with your generous donations Nonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks managed to raise £112.61 for this wonderful charity of which is very close to all our hearts at Little Oaks.
At our Nonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks Sports Day Event in June 2019 raised over £200 for the British Heart Foundation.
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.
Aesops Theatre Company will be visited Nonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks 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.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training
LNonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks works in partnership with many local primary schools and nurseries to share our Forest School ethos, practice and knowledge. We have recently provided tstaff training for Linden Bridge School and Ewell Castle to help set up their own Forest School area. We welcome groups to our setting to support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Training days can be offered at our Nonsuch Park Forest School Little Oaks 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.