Our team building activity this week was to use different lengths of drainpipe to enable a ball to roll along them and land in a bucket at the end. Of course it wasn’t as simple as that… the bucket was further away than the length of the drainpipes put together. The children had to learn how to work together and comminucate to work towards the common goal of getting the ball in the bucket without it dropping to the floor.
Teambuilding activiites focus on collaboration and co-operation , not competition. When a team work together to solve a challenge everyone in the group wins and all children have a positive experience. The skills learned from being part of a team are essential in everyday life in school and at home.
We took advantage of the lovely weather today and ventured up to the Secret Garden. We played ‘Winter Dragon’ a great co-operative game and then took part in a teambuilding exercise – making a den! It was lovely to see the children working together, practising their communication skills, judging when to listen to others and accept their propsals and when to press forward with their own ideas. All the children tried really hard and were proud of their achievements. To finish off the afternoon we made new Tree Bogarts from clay to live in the garden. Do you like them?
We have had lots of discussions about telling the truth in Nurture this week. We’ve talked about why it is important to tell the truth , which sort of things are VERY IMPORTANT to be truthful about and other siutations when it is still IMPORTANT to tell the truth about what happened. We realised there are other times when it is OK to tell a small white lie to stop somebody from feeling hurt. We also talked about how we should NEVER keep a secret that feels wrong or uncomfortable.
This week we have been talking about feeling angry. Everyone feels angry sometimes, so we talked about all the things that make us angry, such as when someone hurts us or calls us names or when we think something is unfair. We talked about how anger makes us feel inside and how hard it is to stop feeling angry. Some of us thought at first, that is is wrong to feel angry, so we talked about how anger is a normal feeling, just ike any other feeling and that it is OK to feel angry, but is is not OK to hurt peopleor damage things when we feel angry. Here are a few of the things we decided we could do to let our anger out…
Today we enjoyed painting with marbles. The children enjoyed this fun open ended process art session. It was dead easy to do and the children wanted to do it over and over again! The end results looked pretty great too! A wonderful piece of abstract art!
We all fancied making some vegetable soup with our produce and one member of our group just could not believe ‘chips’ were made from potatoes. So we decided to make some healthy potato wedges. We all helped reading the recipes, preparing and cooking the food. We had a great time and the delicious smell of cooking wafted around our room all afternoon!
All the chidren in Nurture had a really good first day back at school! They settled quickly into their new classes and I’ve had lots of postive comments from class teachers about how polite and eager to learn our Nurture children were!
Well done Nurture! It’s great to have you all back!