Apr 28, 2021

Houlton April News: Earth Day, Quarry Pit and Touch Table

Houlton April News

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Summer term and to our new families who have joined us this past month! Thank goodness that the snow flurries are well and truly behind us, and we can look forward to lots of outdoor opportunities that the warm weather brings. We can’t believe how quickly this year is going and that for some of our children, this is the last term before they move onto Reception – how they have grown!    

April news

During April, the children have celebrated Earth Day 2021. In Angels club, the three groups held a competition to see who could create a boat out of recycled materials that could carry an action figure. Congratulations to King class, whose submarine style contraption remained water tight for Iron man for the whole hour. We definitely have some budding engineers in that group!

In Preschool, Alice helped the children celebrate Earth Day by showing them how to create new sheets of paper from old waste. It took a long time but really helped the children understand why we shouldn’t waste paper.    

This month, the Quarry pit role play area in the Preschool outdoor classroom has been a real success. Children have loved the addition of the new sit on excavator and larger boulders, which has developed their bilateral integration when operating the device; as well as their emergent writing because the children each had to attempt to sign up their own name for a shift on the excavator! 

Another exciting new addition to the Preschool classroom has been the new touch table, which has lots of interactive resources for the children to explore and demonstrate their ICT skills. They are particularly enjoying the Yellow Door App, which has games to sit along side traditional tales such as Red Riding Hood, which are designed to promote the children’s literacy skills.  

A huge thank you to all of our families who took part in the Home learning STEM challenge and uploaded photos to Eylog. The children have really enjoyed sharing their achievements with their friends and there was good mathematical discussion around the similarities of shapes that they could see in each construction – and plenty of comments about the delicious marshmallows! 

What’s coming up next month

Continuing on from the children’s observations of radish and carrot seeds growing in the observation tank, we have taken a delivery of tiny little caterpillars from Insect Lore! The Preschool children are excited to be nature detectives, observing and recording the changes they witness over the next few weeks, so that they can create their own non fiction book about life cycles.  

In anticipation of International Nurses Day later on in May, we will also be changing our home corner role play area into a hospital, where we will be providing the children with resources which will not only help them understand the role of a nurse, but will encourage children to think about how they can help to keep themselves healthy.  

Other important information

Rachel and Clara completed their paediatric first aid training at the end of April, which means that all of our Preschool staff now hold this qualification.  

With the warmer weather now here, please may we remind parents to send their child in with a named sun hat. Although we will apply suncream at Preschool and top up after lunch, it is always welcome if parents are able to do the first application of the day at home before the children arrive at Preschool, so that it does not impact on their learning time as much.  

Term time only children break up for half term on Friday May 28th and return to Preschool on Monday June 7th 

Thank you all for your continued support.

Aisling Armstrong, Nursery Manager


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