May 27, 2021

Wombourne May News: Animals, Gardening and Role Play

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our May newsletter. A very warm welcome to those families who have recently joined us at Sandhills Wombourne! We hope that everyone has enjoyed spending some family time together now that some restrictions have been lifted. Especially with the bonus of having two bank holiday weekends in May. 

May news

This month, the children in Mr Small’s have been enjoying playing with their new farmhouse and the farm animals. The team have furthered the babies learning and interests within this particular area by looking at images of farm animals via different medias, such as picture books, photographs, short video clips and listening to a CD of animal sounds. The children have also got very messy this month through jelly play! The children used their senses to smell and touch the jelly. They also enjoyed the game of finding the hidden objects inside the mixture. 

The older babies in Mr Mischief’s have had lots of fun in the role play area this month. In particular, the children have enjoyed using the wooden spoons to stir with in their play. They have enjoyed using real life item such as milk cartons to act out pouring into containers and used dried pasta to fill and empty different sized jars. The team also made a farmyard in the tuff tray with dried foods, including Weetabix for hay bales and cornflakes for the animals to walk in. The children loved hearing the different sounds such as crunching and crackling! 

Throughout May, the children in Mr Bump’s have been watering the cress seeds daily, learning all about the process of plants growing and checking on them daily to see if they are growing. We had an exciting day at nursery when we had a hailstorm. The children collected the hailstones into containers and explored them inside of nursery in the tuff tray. Together, the children spoke about the texture and watched them melt when they held them in their hands.

The children are also thoroughly enjoying  role play and dressing up as builders at the moment, with the children showing a great interest in wearing the construction hats and using the tools in the construction are to create their own structures with the large wooden blocks. 

Mr Messy’s tadpoles now have legs and are getting very big. The children will soon be going on a little walk to take them to the local brook where they can grow into frogs in the local environment. The children now also have caterpillars in the room as well, which they are watching very carefully. The children are learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly. 

It’s all about school readiness in Mr Clever’s this month in the lead up to the pre-schoolers leaving us in September for school. The children have been learning new songs about going to school and reading stories about new adventures. Hedgehogs Big Day is one of their favourite stories at the moment! 

What’s coming up next month

The children will be getting creative and celebrating someone special for Father’s Day next month. The children will be talking about special people in their lives and talking about what makes them special.

The children will also celebrate National Picnic Week on the week commencing the 22nd June. The children will have their picnic teas outside in the outdoor area.

The team plan to carry out a week of PE activities in Mr Clever’s room the week commencing the 7th June. We ask that parents bring in a PE kit for your child for the week including shorts, t shirt, socks and trainers. The aim of this activity is to encourage and to develop the children’s abilities with dressing and undressing themselves ready for when they undertake PE lessons at school. A reminder will be sent out on EYlog nearer the time. 

Other important information

Kieisha, who joined us as an apprentice recently, has undertaken her Paediatric First Aid Training and enrolled onto her Level 2 childcare course. 

Chloe in Mr Clever’s has recently started her SEN Level 3 training and is learning lots of new strategies and ideas to support those children with additional needs. 

We have recently seen an increase in enquiries within the nursery with baby room spaces filling up quickly. If you require a place for a sibling, please do email myself at sandhillswombourne@theoldstationnursery.co.uk or ask to speak to myself whilst at nursery. 

A small reminder that it is bank holiday on Monday the 31st May and the nursery will be closed.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Amy Etchells, Nursery Manager 


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