Flying Start @ Duchy Go to The Moon!

Flying Start @ Duchy Go to The Moon!

The Pre-schooler’s have been showing a firm interest in Space today… so we took the opportunity to learn about different planets and of course build a space rocket!

We firstly printed out some photos of the planets and learnt some names, the children were intrigued by the differing colours.

The children then worked very hard together to build their space rocket that would take them to the moon, not forgetting to put on their special jackets and hats!

Once they had been to the moon the children created pictures of their journey before reading books about space!

What a busy day!

 

Flying Start @ Duchy Continue Their Garden Makeover!

Flying Start @ Duchy Continue Their Gardening Project!

We have been doing lots of planting at Duchy this week as we continue to overhaul our garden.

We planted lots of different herbs that the children learnt the names of and were able to smell each one before planting them.

We also planted some different flowers and carefully watered them.

We will now look after them, keeping them watered to help them grow.

This will provide lots of opportunity for measuring, counting and size comparison, we well as a lovely fresh smelling garden!

Flying Start @ Duchy Make Homemade Snack In Cooking Club!

Flying Start @ Duchy Make Homemade Snack In Cooking Club!
Each Friday throughout the holidays, the children at Flying Start @ Duchy have been cooking up different creations to enjoy for their afternoon snack!
 
This week they made cheese straws… they had to use various skills including weighing out & measuring the ingredients, grating, rolling using their rolling pins, and shaping the straws ready to go into the oven!
 
Once they had cooked in the oven and cooled, a member of staff served them up for the children to enjoy…
… what a delicious homemade treat for snack time!
 

Flying Start @ Duchy Explore Commotion In The Ocean!

Flying Start @ Duchy Explore Commotion In The Ocean!

Over the summer, the toddlers at Flying Start @ Duchy are focusing on the story book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ as their learning theme…

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly, the children have been reading and exploring the book together…

 

 

 

 

 

…before creating their own pictures inspired by the story, using a whole range of different materials!

 

 

They have worked really hard on making this fantastic display in the nursery, with a 3D octopus – wow!

 

 

Well done toddlers!

Flying Start @ Duchy Celebrated Pre-School Graduation!

Flying Start @ Duchy Celebrated Pre-School Graduation!
 
At the weekend, the team at Flying Start @ Duchy welcomed all their school leavers and their parents & families to the nurseries for a special graduation event!
 
They played games, had a tea party, and finished off with a ceremony where the children got to graduate nursery, wearing the special hats they had made themselves & decorated with their hand-prints!
The children received gift bags with a graduation photo, awards, medals and favourite nursery memories! 
 
They even had a special graduation cake – how fantastic is that!
The whole team at Flying Start @ Duchy would like to wish all the children lots of luck as they embark on the next stage of their journeys to school!
 
Also a massive thank you to all of the parents & families who came along to celebrate and make the say so special, and to those who have continued to support the nursery – such a wonderful community!

Flying Start @ Duchy Pre-Schoolers Get Arty!

Flying Start @ Duchy Pre-Schoolers Get Arty!

The pre-school children at Flying Start @ Duchy have been getting creative and doing lots of painting!
 
They’ve been using lots of brightly coloured paints, and choosing from a whole range of tools to paint with, to make different effects!
 
As they’ve been trying out different tools, they’ve also been practising their sharing & taking turns with each other!
Great sharing and creativity!

Flying Start @ Duchy Do Group Story Writing!

Flying Start @ Duchy Do Group Story Writing!

The pre-school children at Flying Start @ Duchy have been having a go at coming up with their own stories in a big group!

 

 

 

Firstly, the keyworker started the story off and each child went one after the other and came up with what happens next!

 

 

 

The children each drew their own picture about what happens next to illustrate their story too!

 

The children concentrated so well doing this activity and they have been really enjoying making their own stories up!

 

 

Flying Start @ Duchy Hold Charity Pyjama-rama Day!

Flying Start @ Duchy Hold Charity Pyjama-rama Day!

Well done to Flying Start @ Duchy who celebrated the Pyjamarama Day in aid of the Book Trust!

 

 

The whole nursery wore pyjamas into nursery for a day, and spent the whole day reading lots of different books – some children even bought in their favourite story book to share with everyone!

 

 

The pre-school children also made up their own story, and each child had a go at adding their own part into the story
and then drawing it onto a story line…

 

 

 

 

The nursery also had a cake sale to raise more funds for the book trust, which aims to allow all children to have a storybook!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!
Flying Start Nurseries have won a prestigious TOP 20 NURSERY GROUP AWARD from daynurseries.co.uk! 🎉🎉
 
We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as a top 20 nursery group for 2019!
 
A huge well done to all our staff teams and managers in each of our nurseries, for their commitment to giving every child a FLYING START to lifelong learning!! 🎈🎈🎈
 
Here is to another great year of childcare across Cornwall & Devon, by Flying Start Nurseries!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host An Amazing Craft Week!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host An Amazing Craft Week!
The whole nursery at Flying Start @ Duchy have had a ‘Craft Week’, where they focused all their activities on creativity all week, and rounded off with a big natural craft event on Friday!
 
The children have been having a go at using natural resources such as pine-cones, leaves, sticks and flowers to create their very own environmental art pictures based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, – which is also known as ‘transient art’!
 
They also set up a full ‘Hapa Zome’ station, which is the Japanese art style where you use hammers with natural objects to beat out the colour pigments! The children had so much fun exploring this very interactive art style!
 
They used leaves, berries, and flower petals between 2 pieces of cloth, then they put on their safety goggles, and got to work with their hammers to bash the cloth… there was so much excitement as the colours began to release into patterns!
 
Next up, the children used willow branches to weave – they used their imagination to twist the branches into shapes, creating bracelets, magic wands, an aeroplane, and one child even made their own race track!! Wow!
 
Finally, they created some colourful weaving boards using ribbons and jute string. And even made their very own giant 3D Flying Start FLORA logo!!
     
 
What amazing creativity, and so many exciting unusual art activities for the children to explore!
Thank you to the parents who came along to join in at Duchy nursery, and look out for the amazing artwork which will be displayed in the nursery!