Apr 28, 2021

St Nicholas April News: Sensory Play, Earth Day and Ramadan

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Welcome to our April Newsletter! And a very warm welcome to our newest families who have joined us this month. Another busy month has flown by here at St Nicholas Nursery, with the children celebrating Ramadan, Easter, St George’s Day, Earth Day and The Queen’s birthday. We have been so lucky this month with the beautiful Spring weather making an appearance. The children have seen so much change in the garden with the bulbs that we planted last year blooming into daffodils and tulips. 

April news

The children in Twinkle Stars have been showing a keen interest in playdough this month along with the different textures and smells that they were able to add to it. They have helped the team to make playdough; adding petals, scented oils, spices, colours and pulses.

Also this month, the group have spent lots of time in their garden. The children continued to follow their current interests of climbing and using their physical development to connect with tools in the sand tray and mud kitchen 

This month, the children in Stars have had lots of fun visiting the woodland; foraging for materials to use to create clay models as well as planting tomato seeds into wellington boots. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring Earth Day through investigation tray experiences, saving sea life animals from polluted water and discussing the importance of helping to keep the Earth healthy.  

Throughout April, the Sunshines have been looking at the crescent and star shapes in line with Ramadan. They have also explored the ‘pink super moon’. This month, the children have also been exploring music from around the world using the garden and outside classroom; improvising with instruments and discovering new ways to use them to create different sounds. I’m sure our neighbours are delighted to hear the sounds the children created!  

The children in Preschool have been exploring Ramadan this month by creating lanterns to display in their window. In April, they also welcomed a new member to their class; Juno, the children’s persona doll that allows the children to explore their safety circles and how to express themselves emotionally. 

As school allocations took place during April, the children have found Juno particularly useful during circle times as they have been asking questions and showing lots of interest in their new schools. The children have also been using different methods of measuring to test their predictions both inside and outside of the classroom. They have also measured themselves and placed themselves in height order from smallest to tallest. 

This month, the Woodland Wonderers have been super busy planting sunflower seeds, climbing trees, participating in identifying different types of bees and creating bee mobiles. The group tend to their seedlings daily, watering them and making sure they are happily growing.  

What’s coming up next month

In May, St Nicholas will be participating in an array of activities and festivals including National Walking Month, Sun Awareness Week, Mental Health Week, Astronomy Day, Eid-Al-Fitr and World Bee Day! The children will take part in a number of different activities to help them learn more about these events and celebrations.

Other important information

Please can we ask for any usable pre-loved saucepan donations to use in our mud kitchens and the Woodland area. These can be given to room leaders in plastic bags allowing for a 14 day quarantine time before use. Thank you! 

Just a gentle reminder that for children attending term time only, the term ends on Friday 28th May, with the children returning on Monday 7th June 2021. We are also closed on bank holidays, with the first May bank holiday taking place this Monday, the 3rd May.

As the weather is improving (finally!) can we please remind you to supply a new, unopened sun cream for your children and a sunhat to stay at nursery. If you can, applying sun cream before nursery would be super helpful. 

With school allocations now finalised, we understand that a lot of parents did not get the choice they opted for. If we can help, we will of course do so, so please contact the office if you are in need of any support. 

We would also like to thank all Preschool parents for the support and participation with the Pantosaurus program that we are implementing in line with our staying safe program, which we feel is an important subject to introduce to children at a certain age to ensure that they are made more aware of how to keep themselves safe. 

We will be starting to post social media content on The Old Station Nursery Group’s social media channels at the start of May. We encourage you to also follow their social media channels to keep up to date with all of our latest news and insights into nursery life. Follow the group pages by clicking here for Facebook, here for Instagram, here for Twitter and here for LinkedIn.

As always, thank you for your kind words, support and smiley faces. They are so appreciated! We are excited to see what May brings, with a promise of more restrictions being lifted. 

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager

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