Hello everyone, and welcome to our July newsletter! There is a bittersweet feeling, as we are sadly saying goodbye to lots of our children at the moment as they move on to their new settings and start the next stage of their educational journey. Pre School 2 enjoyed their leaver’s party, with a few games, music and paper hats made by all! The heatwave we are all experiencing has led to an increase in water play and using the hose to try and keep moderately cooler.
In Twinkle Stars we have been encouraging the children’s use of words and understanding of simple words. We have been using words in play to do this and reading lots of stories and singing nursery rhymes. We have been supporting the children to feed themselves with spoons at mealtimes to encourage independence. To teach them to do this, we have facilitated activities to support grasping such as painting and sticking, using different sized tools. Twinkle Stars have also been learning about colours! We have spoken about rainbows with our coloured sensory scarves. We then extended on this by playing some music and dancing with them to help with physical development.
In Shooting Stars the children have been learning about growth, and have planted sunflower seeds, with the children each taking turns to scoop the soil into a pot. The children have been learning how to look after them, watering them and watching them slowly grow. We explained that the flowers get thirsty just like we all do, especially when it’s hot. The children have also been very interested in shapes and colours, often pointing them out in puzzles and pictures. To help teach the children we have incorporated shapes and colours into our circle time routine, singing songs such as “Little Coloured Tractor” and playing a guessing game that the children enjoy, called “What’s in the Box?”
In Sunshines, we have been practising our numbers 1 – 10 visually and in sequence. We have been using our flashcards to look at the numbers visually and we have also been singing lots of different songs with numbers in. Sunshines really enjoy painting so we have expanded the activity by taking some water and paint brushes outside so the children can use their painting and fine motor skills to paint the fence. Sunshines have enjoyed looking at their immediate and extended family photos and telling us who is in each photo. We are also learning Mummy and Daddy in other languages that our children use. Sunshines followed an adult led activity, making flags and using our imaginations to make their own versions of each flag. This has helped to develop the children’s understanding of the world and supports British values and also helps to develop imagination.
In Pre School 1 we have been practising our balancing on the balance beams. We have also practised spooning and pouring couscous. Using spoons in this skilful way helps to get the children’s fingers ready for holding a pencil and learning how to write. We have also used it in our weighing scales to try and balance them by having the same amount of weight on each side or to see what is heavier. The children have been getting into the EUROs spirit, having lots of fun using their physical skills to throw and kick a variety of balls. The children have been learning about transport, talking about whether it is used on the road, in the air or on the water. There’s been lots of Playdough fun, by creating a wide variety of animals! Finally, the children have also enjoyed our matching game, which helps with our memory and turn-taking.
In Pre School 2 the children have been experimenting with a variety of coloured paint water, and learnt what colours they can make by mixing two or more colours together. They learnt that when they add white to any other colour it makes a lighter colour, ie when we add white to red it turns it pink! We have also been learning to read words using the sounds of letters, putting phonics into practice. The children have been carrying out ‘positive self’ and ‘being kind’ activities to support and encourage each other to understand why it is important to be kind, and to identify how we are all similar and the differences we share. They talked about how we all have two eyes but identified that some of us have the same colour eyes and some have different coloured eyes.
What’s coming up next month
Next month we are looking forward to spending lots more time outside in the garden. We will be welcoming some new families and their children to Sunhill, whilst we still have some children to say goodbye to. We also have the Bank Holiday at the end of August and a nice long weekend to look forward to!
Other important information
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager