What an incredible end to term July has been! Throughout the month we have supported our school leavers with the transition from Preschool to school, all the children will be missed dearly. We also had to say goodbye to two amazing staff members Milly and Shelia. Towards the end of the month the sun was shining, which allowed us all to enjoy the glorious weather in the garden. The practitioners have been encouraging the children to explore their gross and fine motor skills, but to be completely honest their favourite part was cooling off in water play.
We jumped into July with practitioners talking about school transitions. The children were all super excited to talk and meet their teachers. The staff talked to groups about schools, uniform and what types of lessons the children will be doing. To top it all off the role play area was transformed into a school, where we encouraged the children to use imagination through role play. In the Sunbeams room the children have preparing for a transition to the preschool room. Throughout the month we carried out trial sessions, story time and group activities.
Last month, preschool were extremely lucky to learn some simple Spanish words with Laura S during group time, and the children were learning how to communicate expressions like happy and sad. Alongside learning Spanish, the children also focused on Makaton (Child sign language), using simple gestures e.g., thank you, sorry, please, However, they loved signing “Old MacDonald had a Farm” and watching the staff sign the different animals.
Meanwhile the Sunbeams topic was transport for the week. The children created some beautiful art work using cars in paint; this activity allowed them to express their creative side and make some beautiful pictures. Throughout the week the children looked closely at different types of transport, speaking openly about how these have changed over the years. To top off a fantastic topic, the children collected some loose bits in the garden and created their own vehicles.
Although we had a little spot of rain in the middle of July, this didn’t stop us from having fun!
Both rooms took part in science week which was incredible! The children all loved becoming mad scientists and carrying out science experiments. To start the week off with a bang, the children created their own potions, mixing different coloured paints together in test tubes and containers. They learnt that red and white created pink, and used colour charts to help create the correct outcome (we didn’t want an explosion!). The best part of the week was creating lava lamps using water, food colouring and oil. The children watched carefully as the colour oiled moved through the water; it was amazing!
As the end of term drew closer… it was time for graduation!
We are really sorry that we couldn’t have our usual graduation ceremony due to COVID-19. However the children celebrated as a class, the graduating class of 2021! Not only did we get out certificates, the practitioners put on a fantastic party! On Thursday we had to say goodbye to our beloved Sheila who we will all miss dearly, we made a beautiful card and got her some lovely flowers. We thanked Shelia for her endless hard work and all the best in retirement. To finish the last day of term we had to say a goodbye to Milly (who is due to have a beautiful baby girl in September). However, we can’t wait for her to visit so we can meet her baby.
I think it’s safe to say this month has been fantastic. For everyone that is off for the summer we hope you have a lovely 6 weeks holiday. For all the children that are attending school in September, I wish you all the best!
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It may be August and the summer holidays, but this doesn’t stop us from learning and expanding minds. The staff have loads of fun packed activities and multi-cultural celebrations planned for all.
Week commencing 2nd – be prepared to turn back time…the children will be walking among the dinosaurs. To expand and focus on numeracy skills we will be looking closely at dinosaur sizes and comparing them to objects and buildings. The children will be creating some beautiful artwork using dinosaur feet and fossils out of clay. When in the garden we can’t wait to become archaeologists, exploring the soil tuff tray to discover what could be hidden!
Week commencing the 9th – we need to put our dancing shoes on, it’s Music week! Throughout the week we will listening to all different types of music, instruments and sounds from around the world. There wouldn’t be dancing though without musical chairs!
Week commencing the 16th – the start of the week we will be looking at superheroes, so on Monday during group times we will be discussing who our heroes are! We will also be looking at everyday hero’s (e.g. police, firemen and other people who keep us safe). The best part is that all the children can come dressed as their favourite! Towards the end of the week, we get to test our funny bones. On the 16th it’s “tell a joke day”.
Week commencing the 23rd – we will be celebrating Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year! Over the week we will have discussions about the Muslim culture and how they celebrate their new year. We will be learning about “Kakah” which means helping others.
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We are super excited to welcome Paige our new Apprentice to the team! Paige will be based in our pre-school room assisting Bret and Laura S.
Through the Summer Holidays its going to be HOT HOT HOT! Just a polite reminder to all our parents if you could bring a water bottle, sun cream and hats please. During this luscious weather we frequently have water play out, if you can ensure your packing spare clothes for us that would be greatly appreciated.
We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to the Nursery Manager.
Thank you for all your continued support.
Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager