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2-3yrs Room -Term 4 Newsletter


Dear Parents/Carers


We would like to welcome all of the new children and parents who have joined the room this term. We hope that you have a happy and positive experience with us while your child is in the 2's room.


This past term's activities:

The children have had the opportunity to participate in several activities over the past term which were set up to engage and stimulate their learning.


January

In January, the children participated in lots of activities that were set up to teach them about different farm animals, creating fabulous farm animal masks, which allowed them to practice their fine motor skills and choose which farm animal they wanted to make. "Responsive care 3, To become independent and practice new skills." "Rights of the child 2, To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making."

The children also made a farm animal display where they were all able to join in several different activities such as; collaging animals, painting animals and also printing with farm animals to create their foot prints. The children really enjoyed these experiences and seeing their pictures going up onto the wall. "Respect 3, To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences." "Relationships 3, To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves."


We also covered the topic of colours in January, focusing mostly on primary colours to start withto allow the children the opportunity to become confident in identifying those. The children created lovely pictures, finger painting with the primary colours. We also put food colouring into the water tray for the children to explore. "Responsive care 4, To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out."

We provided the children with coloured tree boards, which were a great opportunity for the children to work on their problem solving skills, and sorting and matching. The children had to find the correct corresponding coloured pin that matched the colour of the tree board. "Relationships 5, To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict."  

The children painted pictures using their favourite colour, which gave them the opportunity to freely express themselves and make decisions on their own. "Rights of the child 2, To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making." "Respect 5, To have the freedom to express themselves."


We celebrated Robbie Burns and the children were given the chance to take part in lots of different activities which gave them an understanding about Robbie Burns as a poet and his Scottish heritage. The children created their own tartan by painting with a ruler to create different coloured lines to resemble the patch work look of the tartan. The children's tartan looked fantastic! "Responsive care 3, To become independent and practice new skills."

We also incorporated a Scottish theme into our music and movement time and danced with the children to some Scottish music where they enjoyed holding hands and dancing around in a circle with each other. The children enjoyed this so much that we then showed them some highland dancers on the computer which they enjoyed immensely, even listening to bagpipes at the same time! "Relationships 7, To feel that they belong and have the opportunities to make friends."

The boys and girls participated in some Scottish food tasting, trying the taste of haggis, oatcakes, macaroon and neaps. We also listened to some of Robbie Burns' most famous poems such as; 'A Red, Red Rose' and 'To a Mouse', which the children enjoyed. "Respect 6, To value diversity in language, ethnic background, faith and family circumstances."


February

We started off February by looking at different shapes to help expand and improve the children's knowledge of shapes. The activities undertaken for this theme included shape pictures, shape threading, and building with the wooden shaped blocks. The children used their imaginations to build different models with the shaped blocks and see what each other could create. Lots of ideas came to the fore, including rockets, towers and houses. "Responsive care 4, To explore experiment and try out new things indoors and out." "Rights of the child 4, To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development."


February the 8th marked the beginning of Chinese New Year with 2016 being the year of the monkey. The children spent most of a full week participating in different activities such as making monkeys, painting Chinese writing, Chinese food tasting and creating Chinese dragons together as a group.  "Respect 6, To value diversity in language, ethnic background, faith and family circumstances." "Responsive care 3, To become independent and practice new skills." And also "Responsive care 5, To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play."


Leading on from the monkey theme, the children then went onto look at jungle animals. Our aim was to give the children an understanding about the different types of jungle animals that you can find in the world and where they all come from. These activities included jungle animals in the sand tray, jungle animal display, group activities such as "sleeping jungle animals" and jungle games in the garden. The children especially enjoyed exploring the garden, acting out the sounds and the actions of the different jungle animals that we had been speaking about that day. "Responsive care 4, To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out." "Responsive care 5, To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play." 


March

The children began the month by making Mother's day cards and gifts for their mummies. They created lovely cards by painting a beautiful bunch of flowers on the front, using a banana to create the flowers! The children also made book marks and added their hand prints to a poem. "Responsive care 7, To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community."


We explored our senses to try and help the children's awareness of them. For example, we carried out some sweet and sour food tasting to allow the children to explore their sense of taste. To explore their sense of touch, the children were provided with several different messy play activities such as jelly with surprise objects hidden inside, soap flake play and foam play. These messy play activities also encouraged the children to communicate with each other and share their ideas. "Relationships 7, To feel that they belong and have opportunities to make friends." "Responsive care 4, To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out."

As a further part of our senses theme, we played Simple Simon with the children and we played musical instruments together as a group to encourage them to use their hearing and to see which sounds they liked or disliked. "Rights of the child 2, To have the opportunities to be actively involved in decision making."

We also spoke to the children about their senses of smell and sight, and in doing so we discussed things that we could see out the window and outside in the garden etc. We then spoke to them at meal times about what smells they could smell coming from their food. This was a good way for the children to express their thoughts and communicate with each other. "Respect 5, To have the freedom to express themselves."


St Patrick's Day was celebrated on March the 17th, when we set up lots of different activities to introduce the children to the history of St Patrick and the country of Ireland. The children created wonderful four leaf clovers by using their hands to create the petals, and they also created a collage of a pot of gold and painted a rainbow. We also made little Leprechauns with the children which they ended up calling, "Irish Mannies." "Responsive care 3, To become independent and practice new skills."

Using one of our I-pads, we introduced the children to some Irish music and Irish dancing. The children were captivated by the Irish dancing and they all clapped the whole way through the video clip. "Respect 7, To learn about others and value differences, fairness and equality."


We celebrated Easter with the children, who were encouraged to join in with a variety of activities, including making lots of different Easter pictures such as Easter Eggs, Easter chicks, Easter bunnies and flowers. The children really enjoyed the arts and crafts, exploring the different art materials that they could use. They created some lovely Easter pictures by collaging with brightly coloured feathers and pom poms. The children were able to freely choose the materials that they wanted to use for their pictures. "Respect 5, To have the freedom to express themselves."  

We set up an Easter egg hunt in the room for the children. They loved receiving their letter from the Easter Bunny telling them all how good they had been, and then finding all the little treats that he had hidden around the room. "Relationships 3, To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves."



What the children have coming up;

April; Nursery Rhymes.

May; Spring and Mini beasts.

June; Fathers Day, Messy play and Pets/family. 

July; Summer, Holidays and Flags.


Staff Changes

We would like to welcome Tasha Cuthbert to the 2-3yrs room. Tasha will be working Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Tasha has had lots of experience in the childcare sector and will a great addition to the room.


Reminders

Outdoor clothing

Although it is now spring, the weather in Aberdeen can still be very unpredictable, so please continue to provide appropriate outdoor clothing for all weathers; rain, hail or sun.


Clothing

If your child is toilet training, could you please provide adequate spare clothing in your child's bag.  We would also remind you that as a matter of policy we prefer that you do not bring in pull ups.


Footwear

Indoor footwear must be provided in the 2-3 room to ensure the cleanliness of the floor in the room and also for the children's safety during a fire drills.


Art Pockets

Please empty your child's art pockets on a regular basis.


Signing in and out

It is vital that you sign your children in and out of the nursery. During fire drills we use the sign in/out sheet to ensure all of the children are accounted for.


Kind regards Kirsty-Anne and the 2-3 room team


Kirsty-Anne Chalmers (Room Leader)

Kristina Donald (Assistant Room Leader)

Tegan Murray (Nursery Assistant)

Tasha Cuthbert (Nursery Assistant)

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