Jul 28, 2021

Granta Park July News: Hula Hooping, Colours and Dinosaurs

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to July’s newsletter! What wonderful weather the children have experienced this month; one minute they have been splashing about in the water play then the next they were splashing about in the flash floods, so a typical British Summer then!

July news

This month, the Twinkle Star children have enjoyed developing their physical skills inside and out, pulling themselves up and getting around the room by holding onto the furniture. It won’t be too much longer before most of these Twinkle Stars start to walk. They have been singing “Row Your Boat” quite a lot this month, and have started to anticipate the part where you scream at the end of the rhyme. They are increasing their hand-eye coordination skills by stacking the blocks and cups up to build towers, but more fun is to knock them all down again!

This month in Sunshines, the children have been having lots of fun splashing in the paddling pools and using the spray bottles, and they have kept themselves cool under the canopy in the shade, as well as running backwards and forwards out in the rain when it came down. They have been experimenting in their mud kitchen with the mud, sand, water and their mint leaves they have been nurturing and growing. Lots of talks about the smells of the different items they use to make their yummy scrummy mud pies!

They have also been getting very physical with the hula hoops too, trying to copy the correct way of doing the hula around their tummies (quite an interesting skill by some of them!). The have mixed a little water in with the sand on their tuff trays then used their fingers, vehicles and lots of other objects to make marks in it.

The children in Pre-school 1 have been talking all about their families, and have been incorporating all their differences of how they look, the types of things they do and what they have at home. This helps us promote British Values as well as supporting Cultural Capital, by finding out about each other and respecting our differences, and similarities. The children have continued to learn the names of all the different shapes and colours, talking about the different shapes they see in the environment of the room and the garden. They have also been learning the Makaton for the colour names too.

The older children are starting to leave us now and it is beginning to get to that time of year where we have to say goodbye to the school leavers. This is a very sad and emotional time for many of us (mainly the staff, more than the children!) as it is an end of an era for many that have been here since being a baby, as well as their older siblings too. We do wish each and everyone one of you good luck in your new ventures and new chapter of life at ‘Big School’; we hope you keep some fond memories of your time at GP Nursery.

Maybe next year we can have a proper Graduation Day, like we used to have pre Covid times!

The children have been learning all the names of the dinosaurs and trying to remember them (I like the ones that have their names written underneath them as I sound clever remembering them to the children!). They are creating a new display board in their room with their pictures and writing of the dinosaurs.

The children have also been exploring the planets in the solar system too and have been drawing their interpretations of the different planets, proudly displaying them on the boards with their written words too. They like to compare the pictures from the books to what they have drawn, and all their work is beautiful.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we will be working on the children’s own experiences, so if you have been to the beach, museums, farms and others, please share with us any pictures you have taken and we can then extend their learning further with all the children in their room.

Other important information

Please remember to apply sun cream in the morning before coming to nursery and we will top up throughout the day. We are ensuring the children drink lots and lots of water each day, but also remember that the hot weather does make the children very tired too.

Most of the older children in each room will be moving up into their new rooms from the start of September, but they have had quite a few visits over the summer weeks. Any questions about your child’s new room, please ask a member of staff and we try to help if we can.

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 all for your continued support.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager

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