Nursery News March 2019

What we have been up to

In March the Foxes and Rabbits have been focusing on their Loose Parts and Block Play. We have been slowly introducing the children to being creative and imaginative with open ended resources in all rooms on the Ground Floor and it has been so interesting to see what they come up with. They have especially enjoyed using the pipes, crates, tires, stands and other bits and pieces in the garden to make mega ball/water runs. This type of play has really seemed to encourage and facilitate team work amongst the children as they were all discussing with each other how they could improve or fix their runs! We are very lucky to have gotten some brand new blocks for our Flower Room – this was all very exciting for the children at first and most of them were pretending to be Bob the Builder with their little hammers. Once the children became more familiar with the resources they started to become more creative with them. Some of the Rabbits made a taxi and had a whole role play session around collecting people to take them out for dinner etc; others built a fire station and saved the nursery from burning down; and others pretended that the floor was lava and helped save each other from touching it!

This month the Foxes and Rabbits have also been focusing on practicing their letter and number of the week. They have also been focusing on how to keep themselves healthy and safe, whether it be through eating, washing our hands, out on trips or any other ways we can think of. They created some wonderful posters for our Health and Wellbeing display and have been able to reiterate why it is important to be clean, safe, active and healthy! We are now looking forward to starting our topic of “Spring”, and after discussion with the children we will also be learning about the life cycle of both plants and animals – how exciting!

The Middle Floor children have been exploring all of the messy and arts resources to make some wonderful pieces of spring art work. Not only have they been using craft materials, they have also been using toys from around the rooms to make different patterns and marks on their paper! Some of the Hedgehogs have also been really enjoying touching and feeling different types of fabric, so to aid this the children were provided with materials that have different textures. Some of the older children on the floor were using toilet rolls as trumpets, so they then created their own trumpets, and other musical instruments, using different pieces of junk modelling. For the coming weeks in April we will be focusing on continuing our responsive planning and developing the children’s creativity skills, as well as helping our new littles ones to settle into the routines of the nursery.

Extra Curricular Experiences

The Rabbits have continued to enjoy their Enjoy-A-Ball sessions at the Meadows. This class is great fun and helps the children to develop their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye-coordination.

The Rabbits and Foxes have all been enjoying their weekly yoga adventures with Tatty Bumpkin! They have been going all around the world with Tatty and I think we are all looking forward to these sessions continuing.

We are still continuing with our Tatty Bumpkin sessions which the Foxes and Rabbits just seem to be loving every week. They have been stretching and bending through all sorts of different adventures with Tatty B at Wobble Farm. We look forward to continuing these through April.

The oldest Rabbits have started their Forest Schools sessions on a Thursday. We hopped on the number 41 bus and off we went to Blackford Pond for some exploration, building and a good bit of fresh air! There have been lots of frogs and other animals that the children have been watching and learning about. We only have 2 weeks of this block left before we will switch it around and let some other children have a turn at Forest Schools!

Staffing

We said a huge welcome to Catriona whom has joined the team on the middle floor. Catriona is all settled into her role and is doing very well.

Parents

A big thank you goes to all the parents who attended Parents Evening. It was great to have good discussions with all of you and we hope you feel the same.

Developmental Milestones

Thank you to all parents who have returned these already. We please ask that any parents who have not yet returned their child’s Developmental Milestones to do so as soon as possible. Thank you!

Our next date for the diary is April 17th for a Continental Breakfast from 8-930am. We hope you can make it!