Welcome to our July newsletter! We are so pleased to announce the early arrival of Baby Reade to our practitioner Tina’s family, and both mother and baby are doing so well. We have also said goodbye to some of our pre-schoolers who are off to their new adventure at school. We wish the children and your families all the best, but it is never goodbye; please do come back and say hello!
It’s been a busy month of exploring the outside environment for the children in Preschool 1, welcoming new children from the Sunbeams room at Apricot Nursery.
The children have been watching the birds around the garden and have been learning about the different species and the differences of their features. The children thought critically about what the birds might eat, where they might live and how they can fly – especially on a windy day! To extend this the practitioners facilitated books, pictures and spoke about the life cycle of a chicken. The children created their own representation of a chicken or bird, they identified the different parts of the bird they knew and compared it to their own features. The children thought that if humans had wings, then we could fly anywhere we wanted to.
In the garden the children have been helping the practitioners prepare an area for them to create a builders yard in. By helping de-weed, adding soil and helping to move equipment to support their learning the children were able to think about where they wanted the items and at the end of the process, the children were able to see the work they put in and be able to reap the rewards of having an area they created themselves.
The children have been cooling down with water play inside during the hot days. They have been exploring filling and emptying different sized containers. Using mathematical language to describe how many they put into the containers using cups, spoons and even small saucepans. The practitioners used vocabulary to enhance their play such as empty, full and half full. Creating fun opportunities to develop mathematics language through play creates opportunities to use the skills in everyday life and sparks an interest in learning at a young age.
The children have been enjoying a variety of stories this month. Creating a love of books at a young age will encourage the children to extend their knowledge on their interests, extending their vocabulary. Reading different stories can also create exciting opportunities to extend learning and the children’s imagination. After reading “The Alien Race”, the children wanted to create their own space alien. After helping the practitioners to make playdough the children collected items from our art unit and around the room to create their own aliens. This sparked conversations about how many arms and legs they might have, how many eyes, how they might move and even how they would talk.
With some of the children leaving Preschool 2 at the end of the term there was lots of talk about having a party to celebrate the end of preschool. After questioning the children on what type of party they would like to have, the children gave the practitioners ideas such as making a cake, playing with balloons and playing party games. The children were able to do this over the last week of term to ensure all children were able to get involved. Under close supervision, the children oversaw the CD player and took turns to be the person to stop the music for music bumps, chairs and statues. If the children had finished their turn in the music games, they joined in with the dancing and singing by creating their own instruments from resources in the setting. It has been lovely getting to know all the families and children through this topsy turvy year and we wish you all the best.
Football fever took over the room as England got through the semi-final of the European cup and into the final. The children spoke about their experiences of watching the football, whether it was the semi-final or a different football match. They spoke about the aim of the game, the different countries they knew were playing and the colours/numbers on the shirts of the players. To extend this interest the practitioners facilitated a mini-Wembley in the garden. The children were able to buy, sell and create their own tickets, use the language of money to discuss how much things would cost, be spectators, and watch their friends play the game while keeping track of the score. Using our number stones the children attempted to write how many goals were scored by each team – England won in this case!
The children have been interested in messy play so to extend this and create challenges for them the practitioners put letters into a range of different materials and encourage the children to take them out using tweezers, their fingers or tongs. Once out the children looked at the letter and attempted to identify what it was, linking this to the sounds and letters of the phonics we have been doing throughout the year. Using that letter, the children thought about the different objects and people who began with that letter.
The children have been excited to do different science experiments. They have been using critical thinking skills, creating links and making predictions to what might happen. The practitioners facilitated lemons, limes, oranges, salt, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and baking powder. The children used their safety knives and using the skills they have learnt from cutting fruit at snack time to slice open the fruit and squeezing the liquid into a bowl before adding a reactor to see what would happen.
What’s coming up next month
We will be supporting both rooms with their transitions to their next steps of their learning, whether this is moving to Primary School or moving into Preschool 2. The children will have settling sessions into Preschool 2 throughout the month to prepare them for the move in September.
In August we will be moving our observation onto parent zone. This will mean you will get an observation a week as well as a moment. If you are having difficulties accessing parent zone, then please contact a myself and we will get it resolved. Parent zone also has the ability for parents to add comments and pictures about your child’s experiences at home and their achievements. It would be lovely to share them together and celebrate them in the setting.
Other important information
To ensure your child’s information is up to date could I ask all parents to check their child’s contact details, dietary information and permissions.
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you for all your continued support.
Louise Wright, Preschool Manager