Activity of the Month

Paper Mache

Get some strips of newspaper and place them in a mixture of PVA Glue and Water.

Blow up a balloon to your desired size and coat the balloon in the newspaper, making sure you put lots of layers on.

Leave to completely dry. Once this has dried then you can pop the balloon and decorate your model with paint and even glitter.

The pre-school room have been making insect models using Paper Mache and have even been adding wings and antenna’s to make bees and ladybirds.

 

Menu of the Month

Meat and Potato Pie

Ingredients

Pastry:

200g Plain Flour

100g Butter

Water

Filling:

Diced Beef

2 Celery Chopped

1 Onion Chopped

4 Carrots Chopped

5 Potatoes Chopped

2 Tsp Plain Flour

Beef Stock

Method

Pre-heat the oven 200oC/Gas Mark 6

To Make the Pastry:

Rub together the flour and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs and add water until it makes a smooth dough. Wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge.

To Make the Filling:

Brown the beef and add the celery, carrots and onion until soft. Cover with the stock then simmer for 1 1/2 hours until the meat is soft.

Boil the potatoes until soft.

Ensure there is enough stock left in the beef and vegetables. If there isn’t top up so they are covered.

Add the potatoes to the meat and vegetables and if the stock needs thickening (to make a gravy) add a little cornflour.

Line a pie tin and put the meat and vegetable mixture in.

Roll out the pastry and cover the top of the pie tin. Removing any excess pastry that over hangs. Make a couple of small slits in the top to let out any steam.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes and serve.

 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

Classic Sponge:

1/2 Lemon Juiced and Zested

8oz Butter

8oz Self Raising Flour

4 Eggs Beaten

1/2 Tsp Baking Powder

Drizzle:

1/2 Lemon Zest

1 Lemon Juice

Icing Sugar

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 200oC/400oF/gas Mark 6

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale.

Add the eggs, then gradually add the flour, baking powder and lemon juice and zest. Mix together.

Pour into a greased and lined tin and put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Once cooked leave to cool and then prick with a fork over the top of the cake.

To make the drizzle, mix together the zest, the juice and the icing sugar and then drizzle over the cake.

 

 

 

 

Events and Activities which are happening from now until Easter 2018

Tuesday 13th February – Pancake Day

We will be having scrummy pancakes for pudding

 

Wednesday 14th February – Valentine’s Day

Healthy hearts, what can we do to keep them healthy.

 

Friday 16th February – Chinese New Year

We will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and this year it is the Year of the Dog. We will be doing different crafts with the children and sampling some Chinese Cuisine.

Thursday 1st March – World Book Day

Please come to nursery dressed as a  character from your favourite book and bring along your book too.

A variety of activities will be happening during the day. Re-enacting our favourite stories.

 

Thursday 8th March – Parents Breakfast 8.30am

Please come and join your child/ren for a special breakfast, please arrive before 8.30am where you will get the chance to play with your child whilst breakfast is made. Please let a member of staff know if you will be attending.

 

Thursday 22nd March 10.00am-11.30am and 2.00pm-3.30pm Grandparents Day

Grandparents please come along and join you Grandchildren in a variety of fun activities, from baking to messy play.

 

Thursday 29th March – Easter Fun Day

A fun packed day filled with lots of Easter Activities – including baking, creative, egg and spoon races, just to name a few.

Please get creative to, as we will be holding an Easter Bonnet Competition, with a prize to win in each age range/room

 DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 20th May 2017 – Little Acorns Day of Fun 10.00am-2.00pm

Please come along to our very popular fun day on the school field.

We will have a variety of activities for all ages ranges and special visitors, BBQ, Cake Stalls. This year we will be raising money for SCUBU.

Further information and more details closer to the time.

 

Many Thanks

Sarah and Staff