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Wee Rascals – Cheeky Monkeys

TERM 4 - APRILNEWSLETTER 2015


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you had a lovely Easter, and aren’t sick of the sight of chocolate yet! Hopefully you managed to get a few days off to enjoy the sunshine. We’ve had a really busy term, and we are so delighted to be back in our room! The children have enjoyed covering a variety of topics, and have been very hands on. From ‘At the pond’ to ‘Transport’, we have learnt lots!


Since our January newsletter, we have been very busy covering several topics:-


At the Pond:

After learning several new nursery rhymes, (the children enjoyed singing ‘5 little speckled frogs’), this led us on to our topic, ‘At the Pond’. We enjoyed lots of art and craft activities during this topic, including making paper plate frogs using green paint. The children loved this, getting very messy!  (Rights of the child – 2: to have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making)

We practiced jumping like frogs, using both feet to bounce about the garden. We had a discussion about animals that live in the pond, and the children showed a lot of knowledge, telling us that baby frogs, called tadpoles, live in ponds! (Rights of the child – 4: to thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development) We enjoyed singing lots of songs related to the pond - our favourite being ‘5 little speckled frogs’, as well as ‘Little turtle’. (Relationships – 5: to grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflicts) The children also enjoyed creating their own ponds in the messy tray, using hair gel and slime!


In The Sky:

The children were curious about the helicopters and planes that fly overhead. This led us on to our topic, ‘In the Sky’. We created a checklist to use in the garden, and the children were encouraged to put a tick next to what they could see. This included planes, helicopters, clouds and birds. They loved this activity, expressing excitement when they saw something that was on their list. (Rights of the child – 1: to be consulted with and have their opinions heard and acted upon) We also encouraged the children to use the iPad to take their own pictures of the sky.

During this topic, we explored the difference between night time and daytime, after one of the children said ‘the moon is hiding behind the sun today’. We created our own moons and suns, using lots of paint and glitter, before hanging them up on the wall. (Respect – 5: to have the freedom to express themselves) We sang lots of sky related songs, such as ‘Zoom, zoom, zoom’, and ‘The sun has got his hat on’!




Transport

Following on from talking about helicopters and aeroplanes, the children asked about other methods of transport, so this began our ‘Transport’ topic. We started with a discussion about how we get to nursery, The children were keen to tell us about what colour their mummies and daddies cars are, and all about the ‘beep beep!’. (Responsive Care – 4: to explore, experiment and try out new things indoor and out) We had fun painting the wheels of the toy cars before making their tracks along paper - we had lots of multicoloured wheels! The Cheeky Monkeys were keen to show off their counting skills by counting cars, (Relationships – 3: to develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves) before burning off energy to the ‘Driving’ song and dancing to our Sticky Kids cd!

The children enjoyed making their own car collage from card, practicing their gluing and sticking. Throughout our ‘Transport’ topic, we had cars and boats in our water and messy trays, and it was fun to see what would float and what would sink.

                                                         

Easter

In the run up to Easter, we got very crafty! We started our topic by talking about what we knew about Easter, and what we would like to learn. The theme seemed to be Chocolate! (Rights of the Child – 1: To be consulted with and have their views and opinions heard and acted upon) 

The children made their very own Easter hats to wear in nursery and at home. For this we used card and stickers. We also made some Easter chicks, which had very bright feathers and ‘funny eyes’ - they are up on our wall if you wish to have a look!

We set up an Easter egg hunt around the room for the children - they had so much fun doing this, and were really excited whenever they found an egg! (Responsive Care – 4: To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out)

The children made their families an Easter card, decorating it with lots of glitter and designing their own Easter egg on the front.

We had lots of fun making Easter Chocolate Nests one morning. The children were very interested in melting the chocolate, saying ‘it’s going round and round in the microwave!’ and ‘the chocolate is going soft!’ They all took a turn stirring in the cornflakes and syrup, before choosing a mini egg to put on top. (Respect – 3: To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences)

We finished our Easter topic by painting hard boiled eggs, ready to roll on Easter Sunday. We also had a short discussion on why we celebrate Easter. (Respect – 7: To learn about others and value differences, fairness and equality)


The children have been spending a lot of time together in the house corner, creating their own ‘shopping’ situations, so from this we have decided to do a topic on ‘At the shops’. We hope to cover a range of mini topics within this, including the different types of shops, and where our food comes from.


Please remember that planning is displayed for you to look at to see what your child will be doing for the week ahead, and also what we hope to achieve. If you have any questions, please just ask! We welcome suggestions from you about future topics and activities too. Or if there is anything in particular you would like us to do with your child, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Reminders:


Can I please request that all bags and jackets are taken home at the end of your child’s nursery week. Unfortunately we don’t have the space to keep everybody’s belongings within the nursery.


Please could you ensure that all children have separate indoor and outdoor shoes - slippers/soft shoes are perfect for indoor shoes, and wellies or sturdy shoes for outside.


Just a quick reminder that the breakfast club is from 7.30am until 8.15am. Children must be in nursery by 8:15am to have breakfast. Snack is provided at 9:30am if you cannot make it on time for breakfast club.


Can we ask that you check your child’s daily book before coming to nursery in case more nappies or wipes are required. Although we will inform you at the end of a night, it may slip your mind in the morning. We only have a limited supply of spares, so we would greatly appreciate that you always check there are enough of these items at nursery for your child.


Thank You


Claire Rizza (Room Leader)

Chloe Muirhead (Nursery Assistant)

Becca Smith (NurseryNurse)