May 27, 2021

Houlton May News: Bees, Writing and Role Play

Houlton May

This half term seems to have flown by in a whirlwind of thunderplumps (preschool’s new favourite word to describe a heavy rain shower!). We can’t believe that it’s the end of May already. We’re about to start our last term together as a whole class before some of the children move on to school and we are determined to make this one the best one yet! 

May news

During May, the children have been captivated with exploring the natural world; watching their caterpillars build their cocoons and the tadpoles grow their legs. They also participated in World Bee Day 2021, where they learned about all the useful things that bees do; explored the hexagon shape found in honeycomb; and practiced using real woodworking tools safely to create their own bee hotel for the outdoor classroom.  

There has been a real focus on the children developing their emergent writing skills in preschool during May, which has been driven by the opportunities for purposeful mark making in the Nurses Room role play area; which was introduced to recognise International Nurses Day on May 12thWe are really proud of how the children have been writing their own names and attempting to write the names of the patients (their friends!) and the patient record sheets.  

As COVID restrictions are beginning to lift, it has been lovely for the children to share photos of family events and celebrations which you have uploaded to Eylog. We have been encouraging the children to share these photos with their friends on the Touch Table. This is really helping to build children’s appreciation of the lives of others and increase their confidence in speaking in front of a group using past tense vocabulary. Please do continue to upload family events and significant moments onto Eylog as a home learning observation as it really supports your child’s development.  

What’s coming up next month

As we get closer to the end of the school year, our some of our focus will be on supporting the children’s transition onto primary school. We will be holding family telephone calls the week of the 21st June to talk through your child’s progress and discuss any concerns you may have prior to the transition activities beginning the following week. Phone calls will be for all families who want one, not just for those children who are moving on to reception class.   

In June, the children will be participating in Children’s Art Week where they will be creating new collaborative pieces for an outdoor art gallery to brighten up the outdoor classroom. We are also hoping for some brighter weather so that we can use the school fields to develop the children’s ball skills in a more open space.  

Other important information

Freya joined our preschool team during May and has quickly become a favourite amongst the children. Freya holds a Level 2 Early Years qualification as well as paediatric first aid. A very warm welcome Freya!

After half term, our team will expand as Gina and Vanessa also join us in preparation for the move to the new nursery site. Gina has many years’ experience not only in nursery management, but also in reception and year 1, which will be a great benefit in supporting children to prepare for transition to school.

Vanessa holds a Level 5 Early Years qualification and is extremely experienced in working with children who need additional support with Speech and Language. I’m sure the children will make them both feel very welcome!  

Thank you all for your continued support.

Aisling Armstrong, Nursery Manager

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