We hope that you have all have a wonderful April. What delightful weather we have had so far, we have certainly been enjoying the sunshine in our garden.
This April at the Pre-school has been busy, busy, busy! We have welcomed many new families this month, we are over the moon that all children have settled in so well.
This month in the Sunshine room, the children have explored various topics, celebrations and festivals. April is always such a fantastic month to learn so many new things about changes and the world around us. The Sunshines kicked off the month by delving into the season of Spring and celebration of Easter. Together, they learnt about weather changes and what effect this may on our environment. A big part of the meaning of Easter is around new beginnings, and what better way to learn about new beginnings that with new life? The children loved learning the names of baby animals and talking about what may happen to the trees and plants around them. Of course, you cannot celebrate Easter without an egg and treasure hunt! The children loved exploring the garden to find the hidden treasures.
Through personal interest, this month the children chose to learn about dinosaurs. Using natural resources, the Sunshines role played with the small world dinosaurs. They learnt lots of different names and interesting facts. Together, the children spoke about the different characteristics of each dinosaurs; they decided to create dinosaur foot prints using paint to check out the different marks each dinosaur made. Through the CD player, they have been playing dino sounds and re-enacting the loud roars themselves.
This month in the Pre-school room, the children have engaged in numerous April festivities. As with the Sunshines, the Pre-schoolers have been rejoicing in the beautiful Spring weather and Easter celebrations. For Easter, the Pre-schoolers created ‘egg-cellent’ egg decorations, talking about all the colours, patterns, shapes and sizes.
Over the past couple of weeks, the children have chosen to explore the topic ‘Insects and mini-beasts’. In the children’s ‘Conversation Station’, they have been learning about various creepy crawlies by discussing their different names and characteristics. The children have created their very own paper plate insects and replicated the photographs that they have seen of the creatures.
Last week, the team were SUPER excited that their teeny tiny caterpillars arrived. The staff will be teaching the children the miracle of metamorphosis. We are certain that our butterfly garden will bring a sense of wonder and excitement to the children’s learning and experiences. This activity takes between 3 and 5 weeks for the cycle to complete!
On the 21st April, all of the children in the nursery enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s birthday. Both rooms designed their very own crowns and paraded them around the classrooms! On the 22nd April, the Sunshines and Pre-school room both took part in ‘Earth Day’ by discussing and learning about how we can help to protect our planet. We spoke with the children about the importance of keeping our environments clean and tidy by putting rubbish in the bins. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about how to protect our oceans; we had some fabulous suggestions on how to do this, such as putting our picnics in the bin when we go to the beach and taking your rubbish home so the fish and marine life do not get hurt.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, both the Pre-school and Sunshines will be taking part in various activities and celebrations.
Between the 3rd to the 9th May, the children will be participating in Deaf Awareness Week. The children will be learning different, new and exciting Makaton signs to raise awareness.
Mental Health Week takes place between the 10th and the 16th May. The children will be exploring feelings and emotions as well as the importance of sharing them with each other. We will be discussing with the children how different things make us feel, for example the upcoming room and school transitions, changes in circumstances, environments and situations.
We would love for you all to take part in the ‘Walk to Nursery Week’ if you are able to. The children will be doing numerous exercise activities throughout the week and talking about the positive impact exercise has on our physical and mental health, and environment.
Other important information
Over the upcoming weeks and months, we will be hearing a lot more from your children’s new future schools. As transitions will be a bit different to our usual routine due to Covid, we will keep you informed with the latest updates, changes and dates. If you have any questions about school transitions, please feel free to speak to Milly or Bret who will be sure to support you.
We will be starting to post social media content on The Old Station Nursery Group’s social media channels at the start of May. We encourage you to also follow their social media channels to keep up to date with all of our latest news and insights into nursery life. Follow the group pages by clicking here for Facebook, here for Instagram, here for Twitter and here for LinkedIn.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Milly Adams, Nursery Manager