Welcome to our May newsletter and another busy month!
This month we have welcomed Louise back into the setting as Pre-school manager. Louise will be working alongside Vicki at the site.
This month in Pre-school 1, the children have been exploring simple science experiments. They have done a sinking and floating experiment where the children made predictions on a fresh egg and a caged egg. They also looked at how salt would change the density and make the egg float. The children really enjoyed this and the team extended this into the children choosing different objects that could float and making predictions.
Throughout May, the team have been supporting the children with counting and repetition, using this in games, but also in songs. The children have particularly enjoyed singing the number songs, such as “5 little monkeys”, “10 green bottles” and “10 in the bed”.
The children have also been very creative this month and have been using paint and glitter to be imaginative. To go alongside this, the team have been extending the children’s motor skills and muscles by providing them with paintbrushes, making play dough for them to kneed and also looking at different shapes when the children selected the shape cutters for the play dough.
Outside, the children have been chalking and have used chalk to represent dinosaurs, planes and letters on the concrete. The team have been developing the children’s fine motor skills by providing stencils and bark rubbings and have been extending their gross motor movements when in the garden. The adults have been encouraging listening skills and have set challenges through action games and songs too.
This month, the children have also been talking about emotions and they have been encouraged to express how they are feeling, using the emotion puppets. To extend their learning, the children were asked to represent their feelings by painting themselves. They also used the emotion cards, talking about each emotion. The children copied, pulling the different faces. The team have used the personas doll “Rakesh” to talk to the children in a safety circle and discussed who we go to when we are feeling happy or sad, and who to go to when we need help.
In Pre-school 2 this month, the children have enjoyed lots of outdoor play. The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the mud kitchen and sandpit, creating different concoctions. They have transformed the mud or sand, using water to change the texture of it. The children have created some excellent inventions including a birthday cake, mud muffins and a chocolate cake. The children have also had lots of fun playing in the rain, running with their friends and jumping in muddy puddles with their wellies on.
Throughout May, the team have been developing the children’s fine motor skills with all the drawing they’ve done. The children have been drawing aliens, robots, animals and themselves. They have also been encouraging the children to practice their letters in their name.
More recently, the children have shown an interest in role play activities, using the hose in the garden to “put out fires”. To extend this, the practitioners facilitated the children with a new fire kit. The children were challenged to put out the fires and this sparked conversation on fire safety, emergency services and who to call when we need help. The children used their imaginations, keeping their own play going by responding to each other and using the props provided.
Also this month, the children have been talking about different fruit and vegetables and what they taste like. To further this, the practitioners provided the children with the opportunity to make their own smoothies. The children showed great concentration and independence of choosing their own fruit and pouring skills once the smoothie was made. The children enjoyed helping the practitioner work the blender and most of all, enjoyed the smoothies once they had been made!
The children have also enjoyed lots of sensory and messy play this month. They explored the different textures, talking about what they feel like, smell like and sound like. In addition to this, the children have been enjoying playing and exploring with construction materials, working together and using their imaginations to do so, building different structures.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we are looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day. The children will be busy being creative, making cards for someone special. Hopefully we will be seeing a little more sunshine and will be able to enjoy snack and tea outside in the gardens some days.
Other important information
A small reminder that it is bank holiday Monday on the 31st May and the nursery will be closed.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Louise Wright, Pre-school Manager