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Term 4 2-3 News

2-3 Years  Room Newsletter

May 2016


Dear Parents/Carers

A warm welcome to the new children who have joined us from our 0-2 Years Room. We would also like to welcome any new children who have recently just started the nursery. (Responsive care-To feel welcomed into a warm, friendly and familiar environment)

Spring time is here and the days are longer and warmer. The children are enjoy being outdoors in the garden and going for walks, where they can observe all the changes which take place in Spring-time in the natural world.  We are also really looking forward to having some picnics in our garden, and taking full advantage of the nicer weather when it eventually arrives !

This term, children were themselves busy little bunnies when they made a display all about hopping little bunnies (it is one of their favourite nursery rhymes). To make this display we used glue, paint and pompoms which linked nicely to Spring and Easter topic and activities. I am sure everyone loved the Easter cards and baskets containing eggs decorated by the children with paint, pens and stickers, which the children took home for Easter.(Respect- To value diversity in language, ethnic background, faith and family circumstances)

Our room got some new insect stamps and we had a lot of fun using them to make prints.(Rights of the child- To be consulted with and have their views and opinions heard and acted upon)

On our learning wall you can see different shapes that the children made. The last shape we learned about was an oval and we used Easter eggs to help us learn about this particular shape.

In April, we changed the topic on our learning wall to show us all about farm animals. If you look at the learning wall you will see just what a variety of thoughts the children came up with. Don't be surprised if you hear a lot of moo-moo-ing and baa-baa-ing from the 2-3 Years Room right now - you are more than welcome to join in!!

The children always enjoy messy play using a wide variety of materials, including shaving foam, pasta, beans, hoops, play bark, paint and anything else they can get their hands on to paint and explore. When we are engaged in messy play we encourage the children to talk about the different textures they experience during play e.g. "It's squishy", "It's hard" and "It's cold".  If you have any ideas about different materials we could introduce to this very popular activity, please let us know.(Respect- To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences)

Spring flowers are now everywhere both outside and also in the room. The children in the 3-5 Years Room very kindly purchased us some seeds as a present for us on their trip to Drum Garden Centre. The children have decided our next project will be to plant some of these seeds in planting pots and watch to see how they grow.

Imaginative play is very popular in the room. Many of you will have seen the children all dressed up or pictures of them in their costumes on the photo wall outside the room. The children made a rocket and train out of boxes and had days of fun playing with them. Hair modelling is one of the most popular activities in the room just now.(Responsive care-To develop an awareness about what they know and what they can do through play)

Our Spring topic continues and the children will take part in many related art and craft activities, and hear stories about spring animals. We will also be planting seeds and flowers, looking to see the changes which take place all around us during Springtime. In doing many of these activities, the children will further develop and promote their fine and gross motor skills.(Rights of the child- To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development).

The children made the most of the late April snow showers by making a snow blizzard wall display.  They used various different materials, including paint, glue, stickers and snowflake prints which helped develop their fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination.

Going forwards, we will use our sand tray to make a beach and learn about sea creatures. If you have any books about sea animals or interesting shells etc you are more than welcome to share them with us as part of this topic.(Responsive care- To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community).

Reminders

Please remember to signyour child in and out - this is very important as we rely on these sheets in the event of a fire evacuation.

Some children don't have indoor shoes– if this includes your child please bring some in.

It is important for allthe children to bring their bagsto nursery so they can have a change of clothes. Please can you also make sure the clothes are suitable and the right size.

Make sure you check your child art foldersbecause some of them are getting a bit full.

If your child takes a toy on the way to nursery please put it in their bag after you drop them off or take it away with you so it doesn't get lost.


Jelena Pavosevic  - Room Leader

Kellie Milne - Nursery Nurse

Megan McBeth – Nursery Assistant

Angelika Glowacka – Nursery Assistant





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