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Baking a Difference at Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

Children and parents from Children 1st @ St Peter and St Paul were very busy last week, getting their aprons and whisks out for a bake off!

The Children 1st ‘Bake Off’ in support of Children in Need got off to a scrumptious start on Monday. Staff were amazed with the support shown by parents and children as this yummy event was launched with the arrival in nursery of some very creative baking.

Pity the poor judge for the day, Lisa Parry, who had the difficult task of deciding the best cake for the day, based on taste and look.  After doing her best ‘Mary Berry’ tasting, Lisa finally selected Emily Craig as the ‘Bake Off’ champion of the day. Her   moist chocolate sponge buns, covered with a soft creamy frosting and decorated with sweeties were mouth wateringly good.

On Tuesday the competition heated up with the arrival of a tiered creation of Pudsey Bear. Judge for the day, Sarah, rose to the challenge of deciding from the wonderful entries of the day, finally selecting as the best tasting cakes those baked by Maria and Sophia Chowdhury who created milk chocolate covered buns which had a beautiful moist, light sponge.  The best designed cake went to Michelle, Santhosh and Shenan Gnanaraj with a tiered cake with Pudsey bear sitting on the top!

More amazing baking arrived for Wednesday’s ‘Bake Off’ and the task of judging did not get any easier. Judge, Julie Atkin, selected a classic Victoria sponge, made by Harry Speer, as the best tasting cake was made by Harry Speer.  The sponge filled with a thick layer of raspberry jam was very light and fluffy. The best design went to Brodi Gaunt who created Pudsey bear cupcakes and matching cake-pops!

On Thursday our bake off winner was Taylor Carrus who made some delicious toffee flavoured cupcakes with a delicious toffee frosting! Yum,yum!!

The week closed with a winning entry from Rico Volpone whose rocky road entry was just divine!

The end of the week meant that we had the difficult task of selecting the overall champion baker. After careful consideration our ‘Star Bakers Award’ went to Shenan, Santhosh and Michelle Gnanaraj who made the tiered yellow Pudsey cake with Pudsey on the top. All of our runners up received a medal bringing to a close a wonderful week.

Nursery Managers, Laura Wildin and Clare Hart and the rest of the staff are overwhelmed with the support shown for BBC Children in Need. The sale of the cakes, Children in Need headbands and keyrings has raised £468.20  all of which will be used to help ensure that children across the UK are having a safe and happy upbringing.

Thank-you to all our families and friends for joining forces with us and baking a difference to improve the lives of young people.

Prepare for a mouth-watering experience as you click through our pictures.

Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul Bake Off Slideshow

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Ready, Steady Cook!

Children 1st @ St. Peter & St. Paul Announce Opening of its Mud Kitchen

To the delight of the children, the new Mud Kitchen at Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul has been put into action for the first time this week. Once ‘suited and booted’ our excited children were soon hard at work creating wonderful mud mixtures.

Of course this involved many visits to the water tap as it was important to ensure the mud was the right consistency. The children loved filling their containers and carefully carrying the water back to the kitchen. How busy everyone was, transforming the mud into fantastic creations. With plenty of action such as shaping, mixing, stirring, moulding, filling, pouring, sieving, splatting and sharing, the mud kitchen was a hive of activity.

Our mud kitchen is a welcome addition to the facilities for outdoor learning at St Peter & St Paul. Planned for use all year round, creativity and play will change with the seasons according to which natural materials are available. The mud kitchen will form a core element of continuous provision outside, as an area where the children can be inventive, creative, develop language and social skills, solve problems and gain a growing understanding of the natural world. Importantly, all of this can take place while the children are having limitless fun in the mud kitchen.

Check out our first encounter with the mud kitchen by clicking through the slideshow.

Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul Mud Kitchen Slideshow

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Duncan the Paramedic Visits Children 1st @ St Peter and St Paul

As part of our project about people who help us, we were pleased to welcome paramedic Duncan and his ambulance to St Peter and St Pauls this week.

Everyone listened attentively as Duncan showed us inside the ambulance. He told us about the equipment and how it is used to help people.

We learned that all the equipment has its own place in the ambulance and it all has to be kept very neat and tidy so Duncan and the other paramedics know where it is when they have to help people very quickly in an emergency.

Duncan has a very important job and told us about what he has to do each day.

Sitting in the driving seat of the ambulance was really exciting. The children loved having the opportunity to sit behind the wheel and pretend to drive.

Many thanks to Duncan and The East Midlands Ambulance Service for giving our children this first-hand experience of a day in the life of a paramedic.

You can see more of the visit by clicking through the slideshow below.

Paramedic Duncan visits Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

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New Developments at Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

The Children 1st maintenance team is currently hard at work around Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul and we would like to share with you a few pictures of our latest mini project.

The children were very excited to receive a bug house from their friend James who had it made as a leaving present when he left to go to school. This gave us the great idea of having a bug garden built which will feature alongside our Mud Kitchen.

Both environments will be situated in what was the science garden behind the parent’s room.

All being well it will be ready for the children to explore in two weeks. We will keep you updated with more pictures and details of when it will be open.

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Autumn Term Nursery Council Meeting at Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

Autumn term nursery council meeting @ Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

The nursery councillors at St Peter and St Paul nursery met today for their first meeting this term.

The children discussed with Miss Amy and Miss Laura what fun things they like doing at nursery and what they would like to do more of.  Shenan likes to play with the play dough and Charlie suggested that we could add some strawberry essence to it.  Freddie enjoys playing on the computer and would like to do some dinosaur pictures.  Charlie also suggested that he would like to dress up as knights again and Madeleine added that she would like to be a princess for the day!

Miss Amy asked if there was anything the children didn’t like doing at nursery, the only thing that Charlie could think of was he didn’t like eating onions!  Imogen said she liked eating the carrots and the children discussed growing their own to make into soup!

Miss Amy asked the children if they thought having ‘warm fuzzy jar’ was a good idea for children to put pom poms in when they have been kind to a friend and when the jar is full to have a treat!! The children all agreed this was a great idea and came up with some good treats that they could have.  Charlie suggested bringing his teddies in for the day and teddies brothers too, Madeleine had an idea for pass the parcel, Shenan suggested ice pops and Freddie said ice creams!

It was lovely to give the children the opportunity to voice their views on what’s good at nursery and what’s not so good!  We are looking forward to the next council meeting next half term!  The children have been given the task of finding out what their friends like to do at nursery too!

 
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