Activity of the Month

In Pre-school we recreating the story of The Ginger Bread Man in Forest Schooling and making Ginger Bread men out of clay and also decorating Ginger Bread biscuits and decorating them.

You could make Ginger Bread Men out of Salt Dough at home:

Ingredients

500g Plain Flour

500g Salt

250ml Warm Water

Method

Mix together the Salt and Flour together in a large bowl.

Add the water slowly whilst mixing together.

When combined turn out onto a floury surface.

Knead for 5-10minutes until soft and elastic.

Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the shape you want.

(This dough can be stored for a couple of weeks in an air tight container or ziplock bag with the air expelled)

Once your ornament is made either leave to air dry or

Place in the oven at 150C/Gas Mark 2 for around 1hr and check it may need longer.

Once dry and cool you can then decorate.

 

Menu of the Month

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Ingredients

225g Onions

225g Carrots

225g Red Peppers

225g Green Peppers

175g Mushrooms

175g Cheddar Cheese

450g Minced Beef

600ml (1 Pint) Water

115g Tomato Puree

1 tsp Dried Herbs

450g Spaghetti

Method

Peel and finely chop the onions and carrots.

Halve the peppers and remove the seeds, and cut into cubes.

Slice the mushrooms and grate the cheese.

Dry-fry the mince in a saucepan until brown.

Add the onion, carrot, the water and tomato puree, and simmer until the meat is almost cooked, around 20-30 minutes.

Add the peppers, mushrooms and dried herbs.

Meanwhile, break the spaghetti into short lengths and cook in boiling water, for about 15minutes.

Serve the Spaghetti Bolognaise and sprinkle with cheese.

 

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Ingredients

Classic Sponge:

½ Lemon Juiced and Zested

8oz Butter

8oz Self Raising Flour

4 Eggs Beaten

½ Tsp Baking Powder

Drizzle:

½ Lemon Zest

1 Lemon Juice

Icing Sugar

Method

Pre-heat the oven 175oC/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 2020

Friday 24th January – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

We will be doing lots of Chinese crafts with the Children.

And Brenda will be creating some delicious Chinese Food.

 

Friday 14th February – Valentine’s Day

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

 

Tuesday 25th February – Pancake Day

We will be having scrummy pancakes for our pudding

 

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day

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

A variety of activities will be happening during the day

Re-enacting our favourite stories

 

Friday 13th March – Sports Relief

Please come to nursery dressed in something Sporty…….

A variety of activities will be happening throughout the day

 

Wednesday 18th March – Grandparents Day

If your child attends on this day then we would like to invite all Grandparents to come and join in the fun at Nursery. We will be holding 2 sessions one at 10.30am – 11.30am and one at 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Please let your child/rens key person know if you would like to join this event.

 

Thursday 9th April – 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.

 

Staff Training

Nursery will be closed for staff training:

Friday 17th April 2020

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Monday 4th January 2021

 

Bank Holiday

The May Day Bank Holiday has changed from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May. Nursery will be open as usual on Monday 4th and closed on Friday 8th.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

 SUNDAY 17th MAY 2020 – 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 age ranges and special visitors, BBQ, cake stalls. This year we are raising money for Make a Wish.

We will be having a tombola and would appreciate any donations for prizes.

Further information and more details closer to the time.

 

Half Term – 17th February – 21st February

Easter Holidays – 6th April – 17th April

 

Many Thanks

Sarah and Staff