We welcome our parents and carers to our May newsletter. As always, we have had a very busy month where the children have learned new skills and gained knowledge. We welcome new children and their families who joined us this month, and we hope everyone will have a wonderful experience with us. Although the weather was not great throughout the month and we missed a few outings during heavy rainy days, we ensured the children have never missed out on learning indoors during these few days!
This month, the children celebrated the International Dance Day! The children dressed in special customs from different cultures or costumes that were made by their parents especially for their children to take part in our celebration. Everyone looked fantastic and the children thoroughly enjoyed a day filled with learning about all kinds of dance from around the world.
As a nursery, we also celebrated Eid in May. The children learned about Ramadan and Eid that Muslims celebrate at the end of Ramadan. They also made lanterns which are a symbol for celebrating Ramadan in some countries.
This month in the baby room, the babies were introduced to different mark making and painting materials such as colouring pencils, wax crayons, rollers, chunky brushes and finger pointing.
The children also enjoyed a teddy bears picnic where the children had a teddy bear of their choice and they fed them using pretend fruits, vegetables and milk bottles. The children also dressed and washed them. The children thoroughly enjoyed their teddy bear’s picnic and this experience also helped the children to learn about caring for others.
Throughout May in the Sunshines room, the children have enjoyed engaging in lots of messy play. They have participated in blow painting, moon sand, mixing colours, slime, playdough and more! The children have learned to identify some colours through this. The team are supporting the children with additional needs through increased sensory play and this also encourages all of the children to widen their vocabulary.
Also this month, the team have been supporting the children to understand boundaries and respect rules, part of the British Values. During group time, the children remind each other of the ‘Sunshine’s Special Rules’ such as gentle hands and listening ears and we exercise examples throughout the day. Many of the children are doing well to apply this and we often see some correcting others if the ’Special Rules’ are not being followed!
In the Pre-school room this month, the children focused on literacy. The children learned about letters in different ways. The team stuck letters on a train track and the children were challenged to put the letters of their names in the correct order or form simple words such as car, cat, and bat. After completing the whole track of letters, the children were using the train engines to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
The children were also encouraged to develop their fine motor skills this month through mark making with their fingers and brushes on the black tray using salt and green sand. In the creative area, the children used different tools and resources to make hot air balloons.
In the science area this month, we built up a park like environment on the children’s builder tray. The children collected real snails from the park and carefully placed them in the park like environment where they were able to explore the snails in more detail. The children learned about the food that they eat and their habitat. Also this month, the children learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. Their vocabulary was extended with new words such chrysalis, lava and cocoon.
What’s coming up next month
Next month is going to be another busy one! We will be celebrating the following activities with all age groups with age-appropriate activities. On the 20th June, the children will be celebrating Father’s Day. The children are going to make cards and cupcakes to take home for someone special.
The Queen’s birthday is on the 12th of June and the children will be participating in a number of creative activities to celebrate.
Next month, we are also looking forward to celebrating both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day, where the children will learn more about the world that we live in. We will have more visits to natural spaces, engage in fun activities and spend some group time speaking about looking after our planet.
We would like all of the children to take part in celebrating these events so we will celebrate each event in small segments over the whole week so none of the children will miss out on activities.
Sometimes we need to extend certain activities across the whole week anyway, especially with science experiments, as the children understand it more when it is extended to different areas and introduced to them over a longer period of time.
Other important information
A small reminder that it is bank holiday on Monday 31st May and so the nursery will be closed.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Abeer Abdelrahman, Nursery Manager