Mar 24, 2021

Stowmarket Pre-School March News: Leeks, Books and Recycling

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Dear Parents and Carers, 

We hope you have all had a wonderful March! 2021 appears to be flying by already, where does the time go? This month the children have taken part in numerous celebrations, events and festivals. The children have had a very busy month full of fun activities. 

March news

The Pre-school and Sunshine room kicked off the month by celebrating St David’s Day! St David’s Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on the 1st March. At nursery, the children learnt the importance of this celebration and made their own Welsh flags.

According to legend, St David ordered Britons to wear leeks in their helmets so that they could recognise each other during battle with Saxon invaders. The Pre-schoolers decided to turn this into a game; they balanced real leeks on their head in the garden and created their very own ‘Leek race’. The children in Sunshines celebrated this day by creating their own Welsh Flags and painted portraits of the iconic daffodil. 

On the 4th of March, it was the joyous event of World Book Day! A firm favourite in nursery. Thank you to all of you that took part, whether it was dressing up or informing us of your child’s favourite books at home; we loved talking about all of the wonderful stories that the children have at home and in nursery. To celebrate this day, we used our resourceful story sacks which involved telling stories through puppets and playing games which linked to the books.  

As Mother’s Day was to be celebrated on the 14th March, together in the Pre-school room, the team decided that the conversation station topic would be ‘Families and people around us’. The children spoke about all of the people that they live with and the diversity of the different families that we have in nursery. The children thoroughly enjoyed talking about the people they live with at home, what makes a family and who is in their families. They created their very own spider diagram as a group to discuss all of the ideas. According to one of our children, they have 1,000 Nanna’s and Grandad’s – very impressive! 

In the Sunshine room, the children thoroughly enjoyed creating their very own Mother’s Day cards, complete with the words ‘I love you to pieces’. Alongside the Pre-schoolers, the Sunshines had numerous group discussions about their families and the people that are important and care for them. The children have been role playing families in their home corner. 

On the 18th March, the nursery celebrated ‘Global Recycling Day’. In the Pre-school room, we created a chart where the children had to sort recyclable and non recyclable items into the correct bins. We were SO impressed with the children’s current knowledge and it has been wonderful to hear from our parents that the children have been noticing the recycling symbols on packets and rubbish at home. 

In the Sunshine room, the children also took part in a similar activity of sorting items into the correct bins. The children also thoroughly enjoyed using recyclable materials, such as boxes, tubes and bottle lids, to create junk modelling objects; their imaginations ran wild and they made rockets, doll houses, aeroplanes, dolphins and robots. 

Another particular topic that the Pre-schoolers have taken an interest in this month is ‘Pirates’. Our wonderful staff member Nicola decided to create a treasure hunt in the garden for the children. As a team, we created our very own outdoor treasure maps and then the children searched for the treasure chest in the garden. It was fantastic to watch the children work together, find the treasure and be in pure awe and wonder once the treasure was discovered. I hope you have heard all about it at home. 

From a one child talking to the class about the creepy crawlies that they had found at the weekend, the Sunshines have found a particular interest of talking and learning about bugs this month. The children created their own spider prints, made beehive prints, explored the mini beast tuff tray and engaged in their very own bug hunt in the mud kitchen. 

What’s coming up in April

Between the 29th and 30th March, the children will be celebrating the festival of colour, Holi.

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of Spring. Known widely as the Festival of Colour, it takes place over two days, and is a celebration of fertility, colour and love as well as the triumph of good versus evil. Our plans involve being as colourful as possible through a wide range of messy play activities. The children will be using powder paints in the garden to create a large scale masterpiece. Please feel free to bring in some old spare clothes as the children could get a little messy!

As this Spring time festival is also celebrated with a ride range of music, dance and singing the children will also be practising their Bollywood dance moves to traditional music. The team will also be holding group discussions on the importance of this festival. 

April will also be another jam-packed month of celebrations and activities.  Of course, the children will be learning about the upcoming change in season, Easter (on the 4th April), National Wildlife Week (from the 6th-10th April), The Queen’s birthday (on the 21st April), Earth Day (on the 22nd April), St George’s Day (on the 23rd April), plus many more! 

Throughout these celebrations, the children will be encouraged to take part in an array of different targeted planned activities to challenge your children’s learning and development. We would love to hear if you are celebrating any of these events at home. We would like to thank our parents for the wonderful input in March’s celebrations, it has been fantastic hearing your feedback on how much your child has learnt from these topics. 

Next month, we are also hoping to become green fingered as the Sunshines and Pre-schoolers have been busy sowing seeds. They have already sowed peas, spring onions, and tomatoes. 

Other important information

From the 29th-6th April, it will be half term week. If your child is booked in on a term time only booking pattern, then we will not have them booked in. If you wish to add any additional sessions throughout these two weeks, please speak to a member of management to check availability. 

The nursery will be closed for everyone on Good Friday (Friday 2nd April) and Easter Monday (Monday 5th April). 

Please can we politely remind parents the importance of ensuring that your children are dropped off and collected at the correct times as some children are coming in early or leaving slightly late. Our staff rotas are created depending on staff to child ratio and children’s booking slots, therefore, we need to ensure this is adhered to at all times. 

We are aware at the moment that unfortunately there is a horrible cold/runny nose going around. I have popped below some guidance on what to look out for with Covid symptoms. Thank you to any parents who have been prompt with dealing with these symptoms and suspected symptoms, ensuring children are fit, well and tested before returning to nursery. This supports us in making sure our staff and children are all kept safe and healthy. 

If your child is feeling ill, please look out for possible Covid symptoms of:  

  • High temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back 
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most children with Covid-19 have at least one of these symptoms.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Milly Adams, Nursery Manager

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