Jul 27, 2020

Mottershead July News: Sensory boxes, explosive experiments and International Owl Day

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July news

The children have participated in some truly exciting activities over the past few weeks, that have kept everyone thoroughly entertained and amused. 

0-2 Group 

Sensory boxes captured the attention of the 0-2 group this month. The younger children explored textured materials, using a variety of items that allowed the children to discover, imagine and learn whilst using their senses. Always promoting a healthy hygiene routine and encouraging personal and social development, the children used soap and bubbles to wash the dolls, dry them and redress them again. Everyone loved getting creative with the spray paint bottles and designed some wonderful works of art.  

2-4 Group 

The 2-4 group have engaged in an explosive science experiment this month. One of the children had made a volcano at home and was so excited to tell everyone, we decided to recreate the experiment at nursery for everyone to see. This month, the group also celebrated UFO day, designing their own aliens and spacecrafts, enjoying books such as ‘Aliens wear underpants’, researching space and looking at different planets. Following their interests, the children used grass, bark, stones, leaves and twigs to make a mini dinosaur land environment. They also added water and soil to make a swamp for the dinosaurs to squish in. This created a platform to nurture the children’s imagination, providing them with an opportunity to explore natural materials and create stories and scenarios using the small world resources. 

The children had a lovely time at the graduation party, everyone enjoyed the party games and food and were thrilled to take home their graduation certificates. We will miss all the children that are leaving to start school but wish them and their families the best of luck for the future. 

What’s coming up in August

Activities and celebrations will be in abundance in August!

We will be holding our termly cultural meal from around the world, we have chosen Portuguese food and are looking forward to what delicious delight will be on offer. With International Owl Day, Be Kind to Humankind Week, creative explorations and more science and cause and effect experiments to come, watch this space for next month’s exhilarating newsletter. 

Other important information

Mottershead Drive values technology in the early years and respects its positive impact on learning and development, but also recognises the risks. The NSPCC has a great website for discovering more about online safety – click HERE to access it. It is full of helpful information regarding how to keep children safe whilst using the internet, how to achieve an appropriate on-screen and off-screen balance, and offers further support and advice from experts.  

As you many be aware, we are listed on a nursery review site called Daynurseries. We would be very grateful if you would spare a few minutes to leave us a review. You can do this online, by clicking here. Thank you very much for your continued support.

Please be reminded of our following term dates:

Term 1:   Wednesday, 2nd September – Thursday 22nd October 2020 

Term 2:   Monday, 2nd November – Friday, 18th December 2019 

Term 3:   Tuesday 5th January – Friday, 12th February 2020 

Term 4:   Monday, 22nd February – Wednesday,31st March 2020 

Term 5:   Monday, 19th April – Friday, 28th May 2020 

Term 6:   Monday, 7th June – Tuesday, 20th July 2020 

Funded, term-time-only children do not attend school in-service days. These days are not funded sessions.  

Tuesday, 1st September 

Friday, 23rd October 

Monday, 4th January 

Thursday, 1st April 

Wednesday, 21st July 

On a final note, the staff and I at Mottershead Drive are sincerely grateful and would like to thank all the parents and carers for their continued support. I believe we have built very strong relationships with all of our parents and the impact on your child’s learning because of these solid associations is undeniable. 

I would like to remind all parents that Mottershead Drive has an open-door policy. The staff at Mottershead Drive and myself are always here if you have any queries, concerns or to offer advice. 

We hope you all have a lovely summer. 

Kelly Hall, Nursery Manager

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