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Exploring volcanoes at Highbury Lodge Day Nursery

From researching how they erupt to where they are found around the world, children from Highbury Lodge Day Nursery in Hitchin were delighted to explore volcanoes.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Highbury Road, families were set the challenge to investigate a specific volcano at home, the findings of which were then presented by children during prime time at the setting. As a result, pre-schoolers produced an array of informative resources, including models, paintings and videos.

To further the learning experience, children conducted an exciting experiment with the help of practitioners, using vinegar and baking soda to create their very own lava eruption. The findings were then recorded and discussed by the group.

The children regularly take part in ‘STEM’ activities as part of an initiative which looks to integrate ‘Science’, ‘Technology’, ‘Engineering’ and ‘Maths’ into everyday learning and develop interest, as well as encouraging the pre-schoolers to think critically.

Highbury Lodge Day Nursery Team Leader, Lynsey Biddle explained;

“We had a brilliant time making our own volcanic eruptions and are looking forward to carrying out more experiments like this one soon. Science helps children to develop key life skills including forming opinions based on observations and problem solving. As well as being fun, we hope the STEM activities will inspire a passion for the subjects in both the girls and the boys which we can continue to nurture in nursery.”