Feb 23, 2021

Granta Park February News: Textures, Dinosaurs and Birds

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Hi to all! This month has gone so quickly, after the very long January, and what wonderful weather we have had! The children particularly loved the snow and the ice to play with, on the colder days. 

We will be sending out a monthly newsletter from now on, highlighting some of the most engaging activities and events that we have been doing over the month as well as for any future notices we should let you know about. 

Please let us know of any ideas we could share on here for the future. 

February news

The babies in Twinkle Stars have been looking after the baby dolls quite a bit this month; playing in the home corner with the play food, mixing and stirring up the messy play, and washing the babies in the water trays outside. The children have been experiencing with lots of different sensorial textures in the trays too, such as soft squishy foam, scratchy hay, silky materials and lots of other media used in the trays. The babies are currently practicing to use their spoons at meal times and their hand-eye coordination is increasing (though this is still a very messy learning experience for all!).

The children in the Sunshines’ room have been exploring the dinosaurs and all the different types of habitats that they and other animals live in this month. They have created some mud patches for the farm animals, snowy ice habitats, hay and straw areas and under the sea scenes in the trays. The children have been discovering animals frozen in water and watched them throughout the day eventually melt and escape the ice, once they were brought into the warm room.   

Over in Preschool 1, the children have been exploring the snow and the ice in the garden throughout February; as well as exploring the trays inside. They used sheets of ice to paint onto, using a variety of different colours as part of their topic on colours. The children have been creating dens out in the garden too, using the parachute draped over all of the different areas of the garden. They have sat and watched the birds coming and going to the nearby trees and often hear the resident woodpecker pecking away at the larger trees out the back of the building in the woodland area.    

Throughout the month in Preschool 2, the children have continued their interest in looking for birds out in the garden, inspired by the ‘Big Garden Birdwatch’ at the end of January. The children have been outside exploring, finding hay, sticks and mud to try and re-create nests and talk about the names of the birds. The children have had been tobogganing in the snow out in the garden this month and the children have been practicing how to put on their own gloves (with help!).     

What’s coming up in March

Next month, we will be celebrating ‘World Book Day’ on the 4th March and we will all be dressing up as characters from our favourite story books. If you do not attend on this day, you can celebrate this on one of the other days that you do attend if you wish. Just please remember to bring suitable outdoor clothing for when we are outside too though!

Other important information

We will be transitioning over to our new email account within the next few weeks, which will be: grantapark@theoldstationnursery.co.uk and we will be using this for communications in the future. We still currently have access to both accounts for now – just in case!

Thank you all for your continued support.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager

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