What a magnificent March at Sunhill Stowmarket Nursery! From ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ on World Book Day to showing appreciation to our most loved ones on Mother’s Day, it’s been a busy month.
To kick start the month, the Twinkle Stars room focused on sensory play. The team have been encouraging the children to take part in various messy play activities; from delicious custard to messy baked beans. A real winner was the shaving foam which all of the children loved exploring. The children especially enjoyed it when the adults clapped and the shaving foam went everywhere. It is safe to say that both the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed these activities! Apart from all of the messy play activities, this month the children also loved looking at textures, smells, and sounds.
In the Shooting Stars room, the children have been focusing on Spring and animals. The children have enjoyed walks to the local museum of East Anglia life. They were all very excited to see the animals, most notably the piggies. Although the children did say that they were a little smelly! To boost the children’s development and knowledge in the room, the team have been supporting the children with learning the different animal sounds through books, small world and many more activities.
The first celebration on our stop though March was World Book Day. All of the children loved dressing up for nursery as their favourite book characters, although I think our parents secretly enjoyed it too! The children celebrated the day listening to their favourite stories from home. In the Shooting Stars room, the children loved acting out ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ with the team. Meanwhile in the Twinkle Stars room, the children were ecstatic to explore ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ tuff tray.
As the weeks started to ZOOM past us, Mother’s Day arrived. We were all a little upset that we could not hold our annual afternoon tea stay and play for Mums and Grandmas due to Covid. However, we ensured that we spent lots of time creating something special to mark the occasion; in both rooms, the children created their own personalised cards.
As March comes to an end, we will be finishing the month off with a BANG! We will be celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colour. The children will learn that Holi Festival is a popular Hindu celebration and is also known as the Festival of Spring or Festival of Love. The children will be taking part in different painting activities with various tools, including using their bodies in a floor painting activity. In addition to all the painting, the children will also listened to several types of music from India.
What’s coming up in April
Next month is April! Where is this year going!? We are going to have a full-on month with loads of different celebrations and festivals. On the 2nd-4th April, the children will be looking at celebrating Good Friday and Easter. They will be using their cooking skills to create some delicious Easter cakes; as well as their creative skills to make their own bunnies from paper plates. This will help the children learn different parts of the body.
From the 5th – 9th of April, we are all excited to celebrate International Wildlife Week. During this week, the children will go on trips to the museum and to the Pre-school’s garden to carry out bug hunts. The children will also be looking closely at different types of bugs and insects through tuff trays and their very own Bug-ingham Palace.
On the week commencing the 12th of April, we will be spending the week talking about Ramadan. The children will be learning about the Muslim festival by exploring different types of foods and talking about their families.
The 21st April marks our longest reigning monarch’s birthday. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 94th birthday, the children will enjoy a teddy bear tea party, where they will enjoy a vintage tea with their teddy bears. We ask parents to send their children in with their favourite teddy bear from home on this day.
On the 23rd of April, it is St George’s Day. We invite children to come to nursery dressed up as knights, dragons and princesses to celebrate this day. We cannot wait to explore the knights and castle small world with the children and investigate the history of the 18th Century.
Throughout the month of April, the Shooting Stars room will be focusing on messy play to improve the children’s development. We will be carrying out different sand, paint, soil and water activities with the children. In the Twinkle Stars room, the children will be focusing on their communication and language skills. We will do this by carrying out a morning group time where the children will be encouraged to sing songs with the team and use their fine and gross motor stills to shake, bang and bash musical instruments to create different sounds.
Other important information
We would like to ask parents to send us family pictures so that the staff can create photo albums for our cosy corners. This will also help implement our nursery action plan which is “for all staff to meet an outstanding level of personal, social and emotional development securely and consistently withing our setting.”
I hope you all have a beautiful Easter weekend. Thank you all for your continued support.
Jake P Hostler, Assistant Manager