Welcome to our May Newsletter! With an extended welcome to our newest families this month. Another busy month has flown here at St Nicholas Nursery, with the children and staff covering Walking To School Week, Mental Health Week, Eid-Al-Fitr and World Bee Day!
This month, the children in Twinkle Stars have been showing a keen interest in colour mixing and discovering what happens when they mix paints together. They extended this into different methods of mark marking, using paint sticks, crayons, mop heads, chalks, and their very favourite, their hands! The group have also been confused and excited by the weather changes and decided to collect hail stones into saucepans. In doing so, they created their own music as the stones hit the pans. They brought the hail stones inside to take a closer look and watched as they melted. This then led to water and splash play!
Throughout May, the children in Stars have had lots of fun exploring a space themed tuff tray to celebrate World Astronomy Day. The group learnt lots of new words like asteroid, meteor and comets and used them as they role played together around the tray. The Stars have also really enjoyed helping to make scented playdough this month, using the weighing scales, jugs to pour and sieves to sift the flour. They shared beautifully as they used the playdough tools and cooking trays to reenact cooking in the home corner. The children used their senses to explore the dough, adding words like smell, soft, spicy, minty and herbs as they played.
In May, the children in Sunshine’s have been talking about and sharing their emotions during circle time in line with Mental Health Month. They created emotion booklets using colours to express how they are feeling and enjoyed creating woodland emotion discs for the tree in the garden. The Sunshine’s have also been showing a keen interest in animals and their habitats this month; with lots of the children now being lucky enough to visit the zoo with their families as the restrictions lift and talking about their days out together. The children have also been learning how to recognise the letters in their names at registration times, mealtimes and song time.
The children in Preschool have taken Juno on a walk around the garden this month to cover Walking To School Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. The children listened carefully to the different sounds they could hear as they walked, the different birds they could hear singing and checked off a variety of nature they discovered both in and outside of the woodland. For Eid-Al-Fitr, Preschool created beautiful hanging lanterns to display in their room as they discussed different festivals and how they are celebrated, using multicultural music, dressing up and books as cues.
This month in Woodland Wonderers, the children were excited to have some new garden resources to explore. The mini tyres and crates were used in lots of different ways in all areas of the garden by rolling, building, driving, and wheeling to reach imaginary destinations. The group have also created a Bee Hotel near Preschool’s window to help the weary bumble bees to recuperate with sugary goodness before they fly off to work making honey.
What’s coming up next month
In June, St Nicholas will be participating in an array of activities and festivals such as World Environment Day, International Yoga Day, International Mud Day, Dinosaur Day, World Ocean Day and Children’s Art Week! We can’t wait to share all of the fantastic activities and learning experiences the children enjoy in next month’s newsletter.
Other important information
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 as per the terms and conditions in all registration documents and the next one falls on Monday 31st May.
As the weather is improving (finally!) can we please remind you to supply a new unopened sun cream for your child(ren) and a sunhat to stay at nursery. If you can, applying sun cream before nursery would be super helpful.
As always, thank you for your kind words, support and smiley faces. They are so appreciated and needed daily! We are excited to see what June brings!
Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager