Jun 23, 2021

Iver June News: Sensory Play, Ice and Father's Day

Iver Newsletter June

Welcome to the June newsletter! We have had a lovely month full of enjoyment and learning. We are nearing that time of the year where we are having to say goodbye to some of our pre-schoolers who are making the transition to “big school” –we are so proud of all of them and what they have achieved in their earliest years, and we wish them all the best as they enter a new chapter in their life.

June news

In the baby room, we have welcomed lots of new babies who we are very pleased to see settling in so well. All our littlest children have been enjoying making lots of music, exploring sounds, singing along to their favourite songs and showing off the actions they do along with these songs.

The babies have loved using their senses to explore water in this hot weather, with our wonderful practitioners extending the children’s language with words like “splash” and “wet”. Sensory play involving foam and sand has been a favourite activity for the children, which also gave the babies a chance to do some early mark-making with their fingers.

The toddler room loved using paint and making marks to create Father’s Day cards for their Daddies, and enjoyed reading a story about “Super Dad”. This led to wonderful discussions about time they spend with Dad, including reading stories and going shopping. The children have used their senses to explore different materials they use when making their own pictures and junk modelling, which has included categorising both colours and textures. The children have enjoyed cooling themselves down with different coloured ice, which was another great opportunity to identify different colours and observe what happens when all the colours mix. They have been exploring construction to build towers and using their budding mathematic skills to count how many bricks they are using and comparing quantities by making different sized towers. Their favourite activity has been playing with the sand, where they have been scooping and pouring, and have even been using words such as “heavy” and “light” to describe how the sand feels when they hold it.

Within the preschool room, there have been plenty of opportunities for fun and learning. The children have loved the hot weather in the garden, and this has given them the opportunity to explore the importance of wearing sun cream, sun hats and staying hydrated in the summer. In the garden they have experimented with using positional language by creating their own obstacles courses, using “under” and “over” to describe where they are. The obstacle course has also been a great opportunity for the children to explore and understand safety. With the warmer weather, the pre-schoolers have been playing with ice, exploring the texture and using descriptive words such as cold, hard and wet. The children have been putting their critical thinking hats on, searching the environment for different tools they can use to break the ice and discussing how the ice melts and changes. 

What’s coming up next month

On 15th July, we will be celebrating the achievements of our school leavers with a Graduation Garden Party for the leaving children, this will include a celebratory lunch and lots of exciting activities. This will take place between 10am-12pm. 

Other important information

A warm welcome to Jade Hammocks, who has joined us as the Deputy Manager/Preschool Leader. She has already settled in so well and formed bonds with all the children. We are all so glad Jade is part of our team.

Thank you for all your continued support!

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager

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