Apr 30, 2021

Granta Park April News: Messy Play, Makaton Singing and Role Play

Granta Park April News

Welcome to our April Newsletter. We have had a busy month and some very changeable weather!! One day we were in our hats and coats, and the next we needed our sunscreen! 

We are moving towards a monthly newsletter in place of the weekly updates from now on. The newsletter will be sent out on the last Friday of each month so please look out for it so that you are all up to date with what the children have been up to and what excitement the month ahead will bring! 

April news

Across the nursery this month, all of the children enjoyed the Easter egg hunt just before the Easter weekend. They also made some lovely little treats for their tea party!

This month in Twinkle Stars, the children have been creating some bright and colourful paintings, using different techniques and textures. They have used and explored many different coloured items/materials in the messy play trays, such as coloured shaving foam and rice mixed with paint. The babies have also been exploring all of the musical instruments quite a bit this month, with some delightful sounds and tunes!

Also in April, the children have been busy building towers with the blocks and knocking them down. They have also shown an interest in the puzzles and shapes. 

This month in Sunshine’s, the children have been exploring and learning all about colours. To support this, the team have been practising the rainbow song, while also using Makaton signing as well as singing the words. Singing is helping all of the children with their communication skills on a daily basis. It is especially useful for helping to develop communication skills amongst those children who have English as an additional language as well as children with any additional needs. Over the next few weeks, the children will be learning ‘to eat’ and ‘to drink’ in Makaton.

Throughout April, the children have been exploring ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and have used various textures of items to recreate the obstacles in the story. The children have been furthering their sensorial experiences by feeling the hay, soil, and stones out in their farmyard, created with the small world animals in the garden.   

This month in Pre-school 1, the children have explored the dressing up box. They have been dressing up as Doctors and other types of occupations, taking an interest in what they do. The children enjoyed some role play where they were the Doctors and they were treating their ‘patients’ with the stethoscopes and bandages. This also helped introduce some new words into their language.  

Before going out into the garden each day, the group have been discussing what the weather is like outside. The children have talked about getting themselves ready and what type of clothing they need to go out, such as using their sun cream and why.

In Pre-school 2, the children have been increasing their maths language this month, using vocabulary such as “large”, “big”, “bigger”, “biggest”, “medium”, “same”, “small”, “smaller” and “smallest”. The children have been busy putting things into size order.

Throughout April, the children have been looking at lots of different factual books to understand that they can get information from them and that they are not all just stories. They have also been looking at different people’s jobs at where they work. The children have re-created some in their role play area, such as Doctors, Hairdressers and Chefs and they have increased their literacy skills by incorporating lots of print and writing skills into their play. 

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we hope that the weather continues to be warm and sunny so that the children can continue to explore their outdoor environment. We have a number of engaging activities planned for each room to help extend their learning and development. We look forward to telling you more about these in next month’s newsletter.

Other important information

Over the last month we have said goodbye to Zoe, Cera and Kathryn, but we have also said a big Hello to Natasha, Georgia Webb and Georgia Everett. Next month we are saying a sad goodbye to Dawn (Assistant Manager), after 9 years with us, she is moving onto a completely new career. Cara Williams will be filling this space as Assistant Manager and we wish her the best of luck in this new venture. Please be assured that the quality of care continues to grow and we wish all our new staff every success in their new job roles. 

Please can you  remember to label all of your child’s clothing and coats etc, to try and minimise any mix ups when it is sent home. Thank you. 

We will be starting to post social media content on The Old Station Nursery Group’s social media channels at the start of May. We encourage you to also follow their social media channels to keep up to date with all of our latest news and insights into nursery life. Follow the group pages by clicking here for Facebook, here for Instagram, here for Twitter and here for LinkedIn.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager

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