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Cheeky Monkeys Newsletter

April 2016


Dear Parents/Carers,


I can’t believe we are into May already, so back to the light evening nights now.


We would like to give a warm welcome to our new children who have joined us from the Little Bunnies room J


We have been covering several topics since our last newsletter in February.


The Rain

The children did some painting with toothbrushes and in doing so tried very hard to splatter the toothbrushes to make sprinkles for their rain pictures, however the majority of them preferred to make patterns, rubbing the toothbrushes onto their paper. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


We made some rainbow pictures to help expand the children’s knowledge of colours. Most of the children were able to identify at least one of the colours, and to help increase their colour knowledge, we are incorporating similar activities into our daily routine. (Responsive care 3 – To become independent and practice new skills)


To develop the children’s cutting skills, we encouraged them to cut around a cloud with scissors. Some found this quite difficult and required some assistance with this activity, but through lots of support and encouragement, they will soon become more confident in this area. The children then stuck their clouds onto paper with glue and did some finger painting to make rain clouds. (Respect 3 – To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences)


To increase their cognitive development, turn taking skills and colour knowledge, the children played a game of wellie boot pairs which involved them pointing out which two wellies go together. Nearly all the children taking part managed this without support. (Rights of the child 2 – To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making)


The children delight in jumping in the puddles whilst outside in the garden. They also enjoy making the water in the water tray different colours using food colouring or paint, as well as making sensory bottles filled with water. (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play)


In the sky

Learning that rain comes from the clouds took us to our next topic – ‘In the sky’.

After cutting out various paper shapes, we made some rockets using triangles, circles and rectangles and kept the stars for our sky picture. Several of the children could identify the stars but required varying degrees of support with the other shapes. We are continuing to work on this area with the children so they can become more confident with shapes. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


We provided the children with counting cards which have pictures of different things you would see up in the sky. The children are developing their counting skills, and we will continue to use this activity to further develop their individual counting skills. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


The Cheeky Monkeys always show lots of interest in airplanes and can get quite excited  when they see any fly above us when out in the garden, We looked at the lines that jets leave in the sky, and then  to allow the children to practise their cutting skills, we drew a jet line across the children’s paper for them to cut out. (Rights of the child 4 – To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development)


We have also been practising ball skills with everyone throwing it up high in the sky - all of the children taking part were able to achieve this. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


Fire

We provided the children with some picture cards of things we can touch and things we can’t touch, looking at some items which would be too hot to handle and hurt our hands. The children were soon able to identify the hot items and knew that these were the items that are not safe to touch. (Relationships 2 – To feel safe, loved and secure)


The children took part in a construction modelling activity, creating their own fire engines. Those taking part were able to identify which items they required to make their model engines, for example they realised that they needed circles for the wheels. (Relationships 4 – To communicate and express their needs and feelings and have these understood)


We had a discussion with the children about why firemen need to keep fit to do their jobs, which led on to an exercise activity with the children which involved them hopping and jumping with two feet. The children taking part in this activity managed to jump, but not all were able to hop yet, so through continued activities such as these, they will soon learn to do so. (Responsive care 6 – To be involved with others and take time out for themselves)


The children all enjoyed getting very messy, painting with their own hands to make a big handprint fire. During painting activities, the boys and girls are all very independent, and usually manage without support. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


We had a discussion with the children about the importance of phoning 999 if they ever spotted a fire. This led us to activities whereby the children had to identify the number 9 and they also decorated three 9’s for our display board. (Responsive care 7 – To feel connected to their home environment and wider community)


Animals

The boys and girls practiced their toothbrush painting again, trying to sprinkle to make speckled frogs but they again preferred to paint with the toothbrush onto the paper instead. (Respect 4 – To have their individual needs, feeling and preferences acknowledged and respected)


Using counting bears, the children practiced their counting and knowledge of colours. Most of the children still require support with this, but all are adding to their skills every time we do this activity. (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness of what they know and can do through play)


The children took part in an identifying and matching activity, during which most of the children were able to identify the names of the animals and the sounds they make. We then asked them to sort them into their families, which they did very well. (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported through new experiences, challenges and conflict)


The boys and girls practised their shape recognition while making some penguin pictures. They used circles for the head and eyes, oval for the body and a triangle for the nose. (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness of what they know and can do through play)





Spring

We are still currently doing ‘Spring’ as a topic with the children, so if you have any suggestions regarding this, then please fill in our parents ideas sheet on the parents notice board.



Reminders

As we have limited peg and storage space please can we ask that you take your child’s belongings home with you, especially if they are not in the next day, to allow others to have access to the shared pegs.


Above the pegs you will notice that your child has a pouch with their name on it. Can we ask that you check these daily as this is where we would put any art work or other items that your child takes home.


Please can we ask that you check your child’s daily book before coming into nursery as we may require nappies or wipes.


Due to limited space and growing numbers, we are struggling to store larger bags of nappies, so can we please ask that when your child requires more, that it is a standard size packet you bring in. If you do normally buy your nappies in bulk, we are happy to take a carrier back full to store here.


Lastly, can we ask that if your child is going to be arriving at nursery later than 10am, that you phone and let one of the senior team know. Also, snack will be kept for any children arriving between 9.30am and 10am.


Many Thanks

Jade Webster (Cheeky Monkey Room Leader)       

Becca Smith (Nursery Nurse)

Chloe Muirhead (Nursery Assistant)

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