Mar 24, 2021

St Nicholas March News: Planting, Recycling and Reading

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our March newsletter!

The children have had a very busy month, participating in World Book Day, World Wildlife Day, Global Recycling Day and lots more. We have also been very lucky to have received new garden equipment this month which is currently being constructed, ready for Spring. 

March news

This month, the children in the Twinkle Stars room were very keen to explore how to recycle. The children were eager to reuse materials and incorporate these in their play and growing areas. They have used old wellington boots to plant tomato and cress seeds, and watered them daily to help them grow. The team have been encouraging the children to explore the wellington boots and any changes they see as the seeds grow. They have also really enjoyed box play throughout March, creating and climbing in and out of dens, houses, boats, cars and then painting the boxes to incorporate art and design development. 

In March, the children in Stars have been looking closely and discussing the features of daffodils in line with St David’s Day and Mother’s Day. They created their own daffodil collages using lots of different materials in their art area and took part in a garden nature trail to discover other Spring flowers around the garden. The group have also shown a keen interest in dollies and puppets, caring for them, reading to them and dressing them; using their experiences in play as they pretend to ‘use the potty’ or ‘change their nappies’. The puppets and dollies also took part in the nature trail! 

The children in Sunshines are always keen to listen to and explore stories. This month was no different and they chose ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ as their favourite book in line with World Book Day. The children dressed up and re-enacted the story (staff included!) using the tuff tray as a story board base and the garden to recreate the giant’s walk around town. This tied in with last month’s activities, encouraging the children to explore their uniqueness and that everybody is different in their own special way. The children have also been exploring multicultural music this month, using different instruments. They have also used different textured materials to create their own costumes as they danced to the music they heard and created. 

Throughout March in Preschool, the children have been showing a keen interest in fossils and archaeology. They have been using tools to recover fossils and dinosaur bones from the sand trays and using magnifying glasses to explore them in more depth. The children have also enjoyed drawing and using their imagination to create their own dinosaur pictures that you can see displayed on their window near the entrance of the nursery. This interest was extended to the garden where the group have begun to dig in the sand and builders yard areas to see if they can find any treasure! 

This month, the Woodland Wonderers have been recycling wellington boots by using them to grow seedlings ready for when we receive our new greenhouse. They have also been using off cuts of blossoms and trees to create nature prints into clay plaques, and potions in the mud kitchen areas.

On World Book Day, all children at St Nicholas enjoyed age-appropriate interactive story times which encouraged them to use their senses and helped them to realise stories do not just come from books, but we can create them using our imaginations! 

What’s coming up in April

In April, St Nicholas will be participating in an array of activities and festivals. The children will celebrate Easter, National Wildlife Week, World Health Day, the Queen’s Birthday, Earth Day and St George’s Day. The children will participate in a number of activities themed around these events to help their learning and understanding of what they mean and why they take place.

Other important information

During half term, the 29th March to the 12th April, keyworkers will be arranging 10-minute telephone consultations for parents to have a little catch up on their children’s development. Summatives will be published on ParentZone in the next week. Please liaise with your child’s keyworker for the date they are calling and for a time slot. 

Please may we remind parents that packed lunches must be nut free and a healthy choice. This helps us protect children and staff with nut allergies on site.  

Thank you all for your continued support, good spirits and understanding. We wish you a lovely Easter Bank Holiday break which is thankfully another weekend closer to less restrictions and more freedom! 

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager

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