Wow! What an exciting February we have had! We have had a month full of festivities and celebrations, it has certainly been a busy but fun packed month for us all.
Throughout this month, the nursery have celebrated Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day, ‘Carnival’ festival and how we can’t forget our #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears appreciation day!
From celebrating our #ThumbsUpForEarlyYears, we would like to start by saying a massive thank you to all of our Early Years staff; their hard work and dedication over the past year has certainly not gone unrecognised. The roles they play have been vital in ensuring our children are kept in familiar routines, safe, secure and well cared for; and not to mention, ensuring that you, as parents, can go to work and play your vital roles yourselves.
Thank you to all of our parents who got involved with this appreciation day, whether it was a lovely comment, like or share on social media, it is truly valued.
Within our Sunshine room, the children have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating all of the above celebrations with numerous arts, crafts and activities. For Valentine’s Day, the children made their own Valentine’s cards with heart stencils for their loved ones; they discussed who was important to them in their lives and what they love about them.
The children really enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year’s in the Sunshine room; they learnt that this year is the year of the Ox. The children have also been looking at the Chinese dragon, making their own dragons using cardboard tubes and pretending they are in their very own parade to traditional Chinese music.
What a success Pancake Day was! The Sunshine’s took part in making their own pancakes for teatime. They enjoyed talking about all of the different ingredients, what they smelt, taste and felt like; once cooked, the children topped their pancakes of with delicious fruit, sugar and lemon.
The festival ‘Carnival’ was a colour explosion! Alongside the Pre-schoolers, the children created their own colourful mascaraed masks and danced to an array of music. The children discussed why people celebrate this festival and all of the different parades.
One of the children’s favourite activities this month has been manipulating rubber bands around various classroom items. Using the rubber bands was a perfect way to build their strength and fine motor skills. This activity gave the children the perfect opportunity to widen their vocabulary, exercise their hands and fingers and identify different shapes and patterns they could make.
Throughout February, the Pre-school children have also been amongst the celebrations and festivities. As children’s mental health is crucially important, especially during the current pandemic, the Pre-schoolers spoke a lot about feelings; how they make our bodies physically feel and what we can do to support emotions that make us feel unhappy. The children drew around one of their friends and discussed different ways their bodies may feel when they are happy, sad, angry or excited. The children said when they feel happy, they may have smiles on their faces and have a warm feeling inside; they also said that angry might make their bodies feel hot and shaky. The children participated in yoga and some mindful colouring to support relaxation.
The children kicked off Chinese New Year by beginning to decorate their Chinese dragon, ready to parade around their classroom. Once it was finally finished and dry, they held a procession whilst playing traditional Chinese music. The children also created their very own red fortune pockets. The children did some colouring of dragons, selected their coins and popped them into the envelopes ready to take home.
One of the children’s most favourite activities this month was a science experiment involving bubbles. Whilst the children were developing their mathematics skills with their Numicons, one of our children suggested that the Numicons looked like bubble wands. After questioning “do you think they would blow bubbles?” the children put their curiosity to the test. And it worked! They ended up with a very soapy table! A sign of a good morning.
Alongside the Sunshines, the Pre-schoolers also took part in making their own pancakes. We incorporated the story ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’ into the day which the children adored!
What’s coming up in March
Next month, we have some more exciting celebrations coming up which we are certain your children will thoroughly enjoy. We will be celebrating St David’s Day on the 1st March, World Book Day on the 4th, Mother’s Day on the 14th, St Patrick’s Day on the 17th, Red Nose Day on the 19th and Holi Festival of Colour on the 29th and 30th of March. What a busy month ahead we have!
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.
Other important information
We are delighted that you all love our ParentZone app. This app is designed to keep you up to date with your child’s activities and achievements from anywhere.
Our staff are currently in training to complete and upload the March summative assessments via ParentZone. This is due to be uploaded around the end of the month.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Milly Adams, Nursery Manager