Jun 25, 2021

Uxbridge June News: Africa, Stag Beetles and Independence

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Hello, and welcome to our June newsletter, and how that month has flown by! We cannot believe we will be welcoming July next week – where has the time gone? We have been super busy here at the nursery learning through play.  

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter some of our pre-schoolers are transitioning to ‘big school’ soon, so we are very busy supporting these transitions through a variety of school readiness activities.  

June news

This month, the babies have been visiting Africa, creating beautiful prints on paper using a variety of different materials and animals’ prints. We have also loved exploring African cultural music too. We had a great time celebrating Father’s Day and creating lots of goodies to send home. We have also loved dipping our feet in to water and playing with sand – if we can’t go to the beach, we let the beach come to us. 

During June  the toddlers have participated in many fun activities, celebrating National Arts week by visiting Africa, and enjoying getting creative with some surprise presents for our Father’s Day. We have also been carrying out lots of Speech and Language activities this month to extend vocabulary, descriptive language, and sentence building. We have encouraged mathematical language into pretend cake making and have developed lots of sustained shared thinking with building obstacles in the garden. 

During the month of June preschool have been focusing on emotional regulation, supporting children to communicate their feelings and emotionally refuel with support from our practitioners. We have been fostering opportunities for turn taking and explaining and expressing how we feel. We also had a Stag Beetle drop (literally!) onto Aga’s head in the garden, we used this opportunity to learn about Stag beetles, their habitat and to have a real up-close encounter. For our travels, we also participated in some very wonderful cultural African dancing – we especially loved the song Jerusalema by Master KG which also supported their understanding of line dancing, positional language, routine and sequence – great Maths through play.

 We have been supporting the children to be ‘school ready’ in Preschool by drawing on independent skills such as putting their own coats and shoes on, supporting each other with zips and buttons and accessing the bathroom independently. We have also been focusing on golden rules, being kind and developing a democracy of votes for things they enjoy. 

There has been a real focus on the children developing their emerging writing skills in preschool during June, which has been driven by the opportunities for purposeful mark making in the literacy corner/school role play set up. All of our displays have been developed for the children, by the children, and not a bit of adult handwriting is in sight! We are proud of how the children have been writing their own names and attempting to write the names of their friends. They have also been doing a great job at sounding out phenomes to aid their developing understanding of blending and segmenting sounds to create words.  

What’s coming up next month

We will be holding telephone/video consultations for all families during July – please watch out for an email to explain this process. This invitation is for all families to catch up with their child’s key person to discuss how they have been getting on. We understand how incredibly difficult it is now during Covid-19 times so catching up during July will be extra important to continue to support parental partnership across the nursery.  

TOSNU Travels will be off to France and Poland in July to explore their culture, foods and learning a bit about these countries – we would love some parental input here where possible. We will also be taking part in a Teddy Bears Picnic (8th), The Wrong Way Day (16th), Ice Cream Day (21st), Dance Day (27th) and Friendship Day (30th) 

Other important information

 Our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is changing from September. We shall be using the period between August and September to train our team to roll out from September onwards. The shifts in focus will be on ensuring that our educators are spending ‘quality time’ with our children, interacting, playing, following the pursuits of the children, and engaging in quality extension and enhanced learning. As a result of this, paperwork will be significantly reduced, which will have an impact on how we ‘Observe and Assess’ your little ones without reducing the quality. We are busy voting at the nursery about what guidance we will be using which shall either be Development Matters or Birth To Five Matters, along with the new Statutory Early Years Framework (Sept 21). Please do click on the links to learn more.

Please may we remind you that terms ends on 23rd July 2021 for all Term Time Only Children. 

Thank you for all your continued support!

Jenna O’Sullivan, Nursery Manager

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