Jul 26, 2021

St Nicholas July News: Butterflies, Exercise and Wildlife Sounds

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Welcome to our July newsletter! This month has been super busy, flying by with lots of welcoming of new families and sad goodbyes to our Preschool children that have left us to conquer their new schools! This month the staff and children have thoroughly enjoyed covering International Friendship Day, Summer Olympics, and World listening Day as well as the Preschool attending a wonderful leavers festival in our beautiful sunny garden.

July news

The children in Twinkle Stars have been busy exploring ice and water this month and discovering what happens as they paint the ice boulders, creating their own water colours in doing so. As the ice melted with them painting, they revealed and rescued trapped insects and bugs inside which was a welcomed surprise to the children! The group have also been fascinated by the butterflies in the wildflower area of their garden, watching them as they flutter around them and chasing them if they can! They created their own butterfly artwork incorporating lollypop sticks, printing materials, natural resources from the garden and lots of glue.

This month the children in Stars have been experimenting with healthy and unhealthy foods, whilst exploring “The Hungry Caterpillar” book and his hungry journey in becoming a butterfly! They spoke about what helps keep their bodies healthy and enjoyed making and tasting fruit kebabs during snack time. They have also been discussing the importance of exercise and brushing their teeth twice a day. They children have really enjoyed using the new garden PE equipment to practice their balance, hula hooping, jumping, hopping and running and exploring how their body changes as they exercise with panting for breath and their hearts beating faster. Stars have also enjoyed exploring scented playdough, using their smelling sense to shape and mould the dough into the healthy foods they have been talking about together.

With the Summer Olympics underway, Sunshines have been participating in races, timing and cheering each other on as they take part. Following on from this, they created their own obstacle courses in their garden too, practicing their balancing, stretching and teamwork skills as they helped and guided each other through the course. The group have also explored World Listening Day, using their wildlife sounds CD during circle time to listen to and take turns to recognise the sounds they could hear. There were the beautiful songs of a Song Thrush, woodpeckers tapping, squirrels burrowing and foxes shouting – which the children found slightly daunting!

Preschool have had a super busy month this month with lots of exciting things planned for them. They all thoroughly enjoyed their leavers festival in the garden and we were all very grateful the weather stayed beautiful for us to enjoy all that was planned. The group have also participated in National Friendship Day during group discussions, exploring ideas about school, creating friendships and involving Juno to help solve scenarios that may be worrying the children in the run up to starting their new schools. Preschool have also participated in races using cars and ramps to experiment with different ways to make the cars travel faster to help them win the races! The children tested their own theories and shared ideas as they worked together to find solutions to speeding the vehicles up. During July, Preschool have created a new display board that encourages the children to survey the different sounds they hear on their journey to nursery. They then used a tally system to see what the most heard sounds were and helped to draw and create their discoveries to display for others to see.

What’s coming up next month

In August, St Nicholas will be participating in an array of activities, including carrying on with the Olympics theme, as well as exploring the Summer Paralympics and International Orangutang Day. We are also expecting delivery of new outside equipment so all children will be super excited to explore and help with looking after it.

Other important information

Just a gentle reminder that we will be closed on this month’s bank holiday 30th August 2021.

Please can we ask that you apply your childs suncream before attending the nursery where possible, we will keep it topped up with every visit to the garden.

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 as always.

 Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager

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