Welcome to our June Newsletter, with an special welcome to our newest families this month. Another busy month has flown by here at St Nicholas Nursery, with the children and staff covering Children Art Week, International Mud Day, Butterfly Awareness Day, and The Queen’s Birthday.
The children in Twinkle Stars have been searching for worms under the logs in their garden and following them, watching in fascination as they disappeared into the mud! To extend their learning, the group collected mud and took it into their room to use in their tuff tray to explore with their insect figures. They used logs and wooden loose parts to hide the creatures and seek them as a team – the children then used the mud and string to create worm pictures. Twinkle Stars have also shown a keen interest in physical challenges – this led to soft play and balancing using the wooden beams and frames in the garden.
This month the children in Stars have been showing lots of interest in how things move, especially on water! They have explored movement creating their own boats using lots of different recycled resources. The children tested their ideas by seeing what happens when they add play people or animals to their creations and discovered that sometimes this would mean that their boats would sink! This led to the group exploring fact books at circle time about how boats move and the different types of boats there are on the ocean, canals, rivers and other areas of open water.
Sunshines have enjoyed creating crowns for the Queen’s birthday using lots of beautiful bright resources to illuminate their card headbands. The group explored photographs of the Royal Family and spoke about who is special to them in their families. This led to a child-initiated tea party where the children made their own role play snacks and sandwiches and encouraged each other to use their manners and imagination as they explored. Sunshines have also been exploring and sharing stories about recent holidays they have been on with the restrictions lifting, with lots of them sharing their experiences at the beach and how some of them are sand and some are stone. This led to a tuff tray offering lots of different textures for the children to explore and describe.
Preschool have also been discussing holidays, with some of the children being lucky enough to have been away with their families in the UK. This led to the group creating their own postcards, illustrating them on one side and writing messages on the other. These can be seen displayed on Preschool’s window! The group have also shown a keen interest in maths this month, covering numbers through a horse racing themed tuff tray (this can be seen on our Facebook Page) and by measuring objects using rulers and writing down their findings on clipboards to compare with their friends.
This month in Woodland Wonderers, the children were excited to have had the opportunity to explore butterflies closely with the kind gesture of one our families sharing their butterfly tunnel. This was a wonderful learning experience for all age groups as they discovered what the butterflies ate, their life cycle, and had the opportunity to create their own butterfly prints and art masterpieces using an array of art materials.
What’s coming up next month
In July, St Nicholas will be participating in an array of activities such as Summer Olympics, Independence Day, World Listening Day and International Day of Friendship.
We hope that July continues to bring us lots of sunshine so that they children can continue to make the most of their outdoor areas, exploring and discovering at every opportunity!
Other important information
Just a gentle reminder that for children attending term time only, the term ends on Friday 16th July, with the children returning on Monday 6th September 2021. We are also closed on bank holidays as per the terms and conditions in all registration documents.
Nursery photographs will be taking place on Wednesday 14th July, this is open to all children but unfortunately this year we are unable to offer sibling photographs due to the restrictions unless both siblings are attending the setting that day. If your child does not attend this day and you would like to book a slot, please let the office know and we will try our best to accommodate. Appointments will be from 1:15pm onwards and operate on a first come, first serve basis.
From the 1st of July our social media pages will be going over to The Old Station Nursery’s accounts. Please do like and follow all of them to see what your little ones have been up to. You can follow them by clicking on each of the following: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
As always, thank you for your kind words, support and smiley faces. They are so appreciated and always welcomed! We are excited to see what July brings!
Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager