The Natural History Museum

Today we visited the Natural History Museum. We have been learning and reading about dinosaurs so it made sense to go and see some. We were all very excited as we entered the dinosaur exhibits. Everywhere you looked there were dinosaur bones hanging or towering over us. We were not scared as it was obvious we had more muscles than they did, they were no skin and all bones. There were big, small, familiar and unusual looking dinosaurs. As we trekked through the maze of skeletal dinos, we roared, chatted and sang, until….. we came to a gigantic, roaring, menacing Tyrannosaurus Rex. It was dark, he was loud, we were scared, he stood tall an proud. Some of us brave ones were not so brave after all, Andrew could be heard saying “oh my goodness, oh my goodness” as he tightened his grip on an adults hand. We made a quick escape and continued on our journey to learn about where and how they lived. Although we had been scared we were brave enough to touch a T-Rex’s mouth, restoring a little bit of our confidence. We were brave enough to stroke the T-Rex’s teeth, when they were no longer in his mouth of course! After lunch we went to the Creepy Crawly exhibition where we saw big scorpions, butterflies and all sorts of Creepy Crawlies. We were not too keen on the spiders and the house and cat that were infested with fleas…….Hey! stop itching, they were only plastic. After we went through to the Mammals exhibition where we saw all types of animals ranging from elephants and giraffes and mammals with a tail, kangaroos wolves and a gigantic whale. From there we travelled through the core of the earth and experienced an earthquake in a supermarket whilst visiting the Earth Hall. It was almost time to head back to nursery, but not before one last peek at the dinosaurs. Led by Andrew and his amazing map reading skills we were drawn back to the T- Rex. At first some of is were a little hesitant but after a few minutes we were close enough to feel his breath. We had such a great time at the museum. We pressed every button available and opened every flap, we twisted every knob, we’ll definitely come back. We enjoyed every last moment, who said museums were boring, the minibus was the only place that you could catch us snoring.

Snow White Pantomime

No Christmas period is complete without a visit to the pantomime. So it was only right and proper that we took a trip down to the Harlequin theatre, to indulge ourselves in the obligatory Yuletide festive pantomime limitations. Snow White is a much-loved story and all the children were looking forward to seeing it. Before the trip we read the book so that we were familiar with the storyline. Pantomimes are always really exciting no matter how old you are. The theatre was a grand building with big velvet style seats and the stage was absolutely amazing. There were lots of other children there and everyone was very very excited.  The show was spectacular and the costumes were amazing. Lucia said ”I don’t like that Wicked Queen”. In truth she wasn’t very pleasant. The cast were very funny and Harry and Libby were laughing all the way through. There were a lot of cheering, booing and “he’s behind you!!!” chants. The Seven Dwarfs had us in stitches and Ann Widdecombe looked amazing from someone old enough to be our great grandmas.  All of the children loved the show, some of us were mesmerised whilst others sang along to the pop songs with the cast and joined in all of the group chants. Everyone had a great time, we will definitely be returning next year… hi ho hi ho its back to nursery we go…………

Children In Need 2018

This year ‘Children in Need’ is being held nationally on 16th November 2018. Children in Need unites the entire country by trying to make a difference to the lives others. To celebrate ‘Children In Need’ everybody at Ferndale were encouraged to participate in a series of events in an effort to raise money for the cause. We decided to dress up in Pj’s to raise money; we had a bake sale, Art sale with the children’s hand prints on them, and a very exciting raffle, which proved very popular with the children and parents. Well done to the winners of the raffle, they won some amazing prizes. Everyone participated in a collective endeavour to make the event on the day a joyous one; From babies through to preschool children, everyone created their own masterpieces on a tile. The finished tiles were bright and vibrant, with each one being individualistic in style. Parents dug deep and donated money for their little one’s works of art. We all had great fun dressing in Pjs as part of the event. Everyone got into the spirit of it, especially the staff. Siobhan, Liliana and Lauren wore matching pj’s. ( a sight for sore eyes). Our bake sale was a gastronomic extravaganza; We had rocket road cupcakes that just melted in one’s mouth, cupcakes galore, and array of tantalising biscuits that are beyond culinary description. Needless to say much fun was had by all. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their contribution to the bake sale. In addition the staff tried to do their bit by baking at home or in some cases buying them in the shop (shock horror!!! – they thought we could not tell). The children also made some lovely contributions on the day in the form of cupcakes which shone with their own edible glitter. One parent ( who shall remain nameless) bought approximately 10 cakes for the ‘daddy of the family’; However was later seen scoffing the lot!! In total we managed to raise precisely £211.00 for charity. We would like to say a ‘big thank’ you to all of you for getting involved and I am sure the ‘Children In Need’ charity are most appreciative of your collective endeavours on their behalf. A big ‘thank you’ to parents from our staff team for making the event such a happy and joyful occasion. We look forward to the next fundraising event; lets see what other ideas we can come up with for those.