May 27, 2021

Oxford May News: Bubbles, Animals and Life Cycles

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Another month has almost been and gone! This year is going so fast. Hopefully we can look forward to some sunnier, brighter days in June, not the unpredictable weathers we have had this past month!

May news

This month, the babies have been exploring the sensory experience of bubbles. The children have been chasing them around the garden, watching them shine and giggling as they reach out to pop them. The babies have also really enjoyed negotiating the new indoor soft play slide; climbing up, sliding down and repeat! In May, the children also celebrated National Bee Day. The children used their imaginative and creative skills to create their own bees from yellow and black stripes.  

Throughout May, the toddlers have thoroughly enjoyed exploring ‘Dear Zoo’, creating habitats for the animals. The children got creative and made their own boxes to guess which animals may be inside. The children have also practiced some animal themed yoga positions this month, moving their bodies in different ways. They have also explored mark making by experimenting with paint. The children placed lots of different materials in paint, to see which marks they would make; little circles from the lego or footprints from the animals.  

In Pre-school this month, the children were able to explore another life cycle as some caterpillars were welcomed into their room. The children are already watching and caring for their tadpoles extremely carefully so the addition of caterpillars brought much excitement. The children have been predicting the patterns the butterflies may hatch with, giving the perfect opportunity to look at symmetry. The tadpoles are also growing; some have started to sprout legs and the children have loved watching them change.  

What’s coming up next month

June brings another busy month, full of fun activities and excitement. We do hope that we welcome some warmer weather and sunnier days so that the children are able to spend even more time exploring our outside areas. In addition, the children will be celebrating Father’s Day, National Selfie Day, World Ocean Day and creating many masterpieces for Children’s Art Week. Lots of engaging activities and themed days to look forward to!

Other important information

Please remember the upcoming half term. Term time only and funded only sessions break from Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June, returning Monday 7th June. Monday 31st May is also the late May bank holiday where we will be closed to all.  

As I am sure you have already read, for a short period of time, I will also be supporting our Heyford nursery. Throughout this time, Sarah will become office based and support here at OSP. I will still be very present and here as much as I can be. This will start officially from June 7th 

A reminder that with what we hope to be warmer weather approaching, please provide a named sunhat for your child. We supply a factor 50 sensitive children’s sun cream but cannot guarantee the same brand throughout summer, so if you have a preference or your child has sensitive skin, please do provide a bottle for us.   

It is almost that time of year for some of our children to head off to school in September. If you are yet to inform us which school your child will be attending, please do let us know as soon as possible.  

As we also negotiate (fingers crossed) restrictions lifting, we, as a team, find your support through this time invaluable. I know this time of year, there are often coughs, colds and temperatures and we fully appreciate your unwavering support when your child is poorly so that we can continue to keep the risk to all minimal. Hopefully, we will see some normality returning soon.  

Thank you all for your continued support.

Charlotte Dagg, Nursery Manager

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