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This week the children at St Anne's and Avondale park Nursery have been celebrating Diwali. In all the classes we have read the story of Rama and Sita. One of our parents was kind enough to come in and show groups of children how to make chapattis. The children thoroughly enjoyed eating the chapattis and listened carefully to the story of Rama and Sita. Happy Diwali everyone! (November 2015)

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To celebrate the Harvest Festival the children's parents and carers have been donating food and other useful items into boxes in each class for the Marylebone project which supports homeless women. In the classrooms the children have been making wholemeal bread and vegetable soup whilst learning about healthy eating and where food comes from. (October 2015)

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The children are all settling well into their new nursery environment enjoying and exploring a variety of activities. With so many new children lots of wonderful friendships are starting to be made as they all start their learning journey at St. Anne's and Avondale Park Nursery.

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Welcome back everyone. We hope you have had a chance to rest during the summer break. Good luck to all the leavers from last term who will be starting reception at a variety of local schools.

We are very pleased to announce that our last terms dress up day raised £95 for the Shooting Stars Hospice Care Charity. (September 2015)

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St Anne's and Avondale Rock!! (July 2015)

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Last week The Family English Course celebrated the end of a twelve week program which promoted the value of learning within a family unit, to enable the parents to further develop their skills in Literacy, and to increase their awareness of the learning process through a range of activities. The parents displayed their work and were awarded certificates for their achievements and a qualification from the Open College Network. Well done all! (July 2015)

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Last week the Nursery saw the return of an ex pupil and daughter of a member of staff, Nurse Jodie. She visited each class explaining what her job entailed and answering a range of questions from the children. She demonstrated how to measure blood pressure and also showed the children the correct way to wash your hands to ensure you remove as many germs as possible. The results of her visit were evident at lunch time when all the children spent significantly longer washing their hands and two in particular explained that they still had to wash between their fingers and around their wrists. Thank you Nurse Jodie for your informative and very interesting talk. (July 2015)

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St Anne's & Avondale Park Nursary (July 2015)

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The children in the nursery have participated in a drumming workshop with authentic Djembe drums. Alwynne's dad led groups of children from each class through wonderful sessions of high energy drumming which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and staff. (June 2015)

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Thank you to Avondale Extra for enabling us to join 'Garden Organic'. The children have planted vegetable seeds in the garden and are carefully watching their progress. The Heritage Seed Library actively conserves endangered varieties of seeds and there is no other organisation in the United Kingdom that actively conserves endangered varieties. The two schools will become 'Seed Guardians' directly helping to conserve heirloom varieties and produce seeds for distribution to other members. 

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Mariam and her family are attending the Schools Art Competition and Exhibition at Leighton House Museum next week. Mariam's beautiful observational painting of Camellias will be exhibited along with many other works of art by children in the Royal Borough and the Mayor will be presenting the awards. These works of art are then lent out to local businesses to display.

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It has been an exciting week for the children and staff in the Nursery. One of our incubating eggs has hatched and produced a wonderful little chick. All the children have taken a real interest in this event and are spending long periods of time observing the chick and discussing its habits with members of staff. The children are also developing empathy towards this chick with lots of questions regarding the whereabouts of it's mummy and daddy??

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This term the children at St Anne's and Avondale Park Nursery are investigating the life cycle of chickens and ducks. We are counting down the days until the chicken and duck eggs hatch. The children have been quick to incorporate the key language into discussions with their friends e.g. "Did you see the eggs in the incubator" , "When are the chicks going to hatch?" and "Which ones are the duckling eggs?" Everyone including the staff are very excited about the due dates.

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This term has started with some wonderful work involving professional oil paints and African sculptures. Some of the older children have been developing their representational art work and exploring different forms of creative media.

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The wonderful Family Learning Program has commenced with ten parents committing to a twelve week course that supports the value of learning within the family unit, gives parents a range of activities that will support their child's language and literacy development ( through play) and gives parents the opportunity to develop their skills in Family English and work towards a qualification. This is run by one of our senior nursery officers and two colleagues. Past courses have received very positive feedback from parents and members of staff who have seen increased confidence in the children who have participated.

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This week the nursery ran a work shop for parents to show them the various forms of ICT they can use with their children and give them ideas on how to extend their children's learning with ICT based resources. We had a great turn out, nineteen parents attended and all gave wonderful feedback e.g. "Inspirational to learn about new ways of exploring the world with my children."

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The children really enjoyed making and eating vegetable stir fry to celebrate Chinese New Year. This was also a good opportunity to talk about healthy foods. They all asked for more!

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A group of twelve children from the nursery have been working with the artist Constanine Gras. (Artist in Residence at the Silchester Development) on a project about the changing local environment. Their work has been displayed at the V and A and the opening last Friday was attended by the mayor.

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Charity Fundraising

The donation was collected by our children who paid to come to school in fancy dress.

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A Visiting Pilot

Cassie one of the parents, came in to talk to the children about her job, she showed a video about being a pilot which included a simulation of take off and landing. Then the children role played going on a aeroplane. They were fascinated by Cassie's talk and after the event are still asking to make their own passports.

Constantine Gras the community artist for the Silchester Estate has been working with the children to create a 'city scape' a film of their work will be exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has also agreed to become our artist in residence. Hoorah!

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Here is a photo of the children engaged in music and movement with silk scarves

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This month we celebrated the unveiling of pictures on the hoardings of the Silchester Site. The beautiful drawings of cranes were created by pupils from our nursery. (November 2014)
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