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July 2015 Newsletter


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you are all having a lovely summer so far, although the weather hasn't been that great for us - hopefully it will pick up soon, so we can enjoy some picnics in the garden. For those of you that have holidays coming up, I hope you have a great time and could maybe bring some sunshine back with you?

The children have been covering a range of topics and have been very busy learning new things.


Since our April newsletter we have covered several topics:-


At the shops

The children spent a lot of time playing with the tills, so we decided to make our topic, 'At the shops'. We all had a discussion about what we can buy at the shops, and the children all enjoyed speaking about what their mummies and daddies buy when they go shopping (Responsive care 7: To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community) We also did a matching activity which involved matching the fruit and vegetables to their pairs - the children were confident in matching them by drawing a line from one to another, as well as being able to recognise their colours (Respect 3: To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences)


Food

Following on from our topic 'At the shops', the children took an interest in different types of food, so we decided to do a topic on 'Food'.

We enjoyed a range of activities with the children and they brought in a teddy for 'Sharing day' to have a teddy bears picnic in the garden (Responsive care 4: To explore, experiment and try out new things indoors and out)

We decided to plant some seeds to grow our own fruit and vegetables, and then we had a discussion with the children about where our food comes from. (Respect 3: To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences)

To end the topic, we finished off with a tasting activity, and the children drew their favourite foods on a paper plate (Rights of the child 2: To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making)


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

During our food topic, we read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' in our story corner, and the children took a great interest in it, so we decided to move onto this topic. For this, we did a 'Life cycle of a Caterpillar' worksheet, which involved cutting out the different stages and sticking them in the correct order - most of the children were confident in doing this. (Rights of the child 1: To be consulted with and have their opinions heard and acted upon)

We did some arts and crafts, learning about symmetry whilst making our own butterflies, and we also made some caterpillars.


Minibeasts

The children spent a lot of time looking at the 'Insects' book in our story corner, and spoke a lot about spiders, so we made 'Minibeasts' our next topic. During this, the children participated in a lot of physical activities, pretending to be minibeasts. All the children took part and moved their bodies very well. (Responsive care 6: To be involved with others and take time out for themselves) We also did a lot of arts and crafts, making spider handprints, bumble bees and a bee hive. (Relationships 5 To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict)

To finish off our topic, we did a bug hunt in the garden, and the children were all very interested and eager to find out the names of them, and where they live. The children then used their artistic skills to draw what they had found. (Rights of the child 1: To be consulted with and have their views and opinions heard and acted upon)


People who help us

The children enjoyed the dressing up area, role playing as firemen and policemen, so we decided our next topic would be 'People who help us'. We did some arts and craft activities making our own emergency vehicles. (Rights of the child 2: To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making) We also enjoyed a visit from Jonathan and Evie's mums to speak about the roles and responsibilities of being a nurse. Thank you very much for your time. (Responsive care 7: To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community).


Father's Day

The children created their Father's Day cards using their hand prints, as well as helping to glue on a nice poem, which we hope you all appreciated!


At the beach

It is coming up to the time where the children are going or have been on their holidays. They have all been discussing, building sandcastles at the beach, so we have made this our current topic. The children have been doing arts and crafts activities, making their own sea creatures, such as crabs and jelly fish, and also making sand and sea pictures (Respect 3: To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences) We have also changed our role play corner in to a beach, which the children have been spending a lot of time in, sunbathing! (Rights of the child 2: To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making)

We have organised a trip for Tuesday the 21st of July to Smugglers Cove, and we are hoping that it stays dry for us so that we can also take a visit down to the beach to collect some shells and other resources to take back to nursery to have a discussion about. (Rights of the child 4: To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development)


We will continue to have many more activities lined up to promote your child's learning and development in the coming months, based on your child's interests.


Reminders


The weather has not been too promising during these past couple of weeks, and because we are out in all weathers, could you please provide us with a water/rain proof jacket or suit to ensure that your child is kept nice and dry.


Can I also please request that bags are taken home at the end of your child's nursery week, as unfortunately we do not have the storage to keep everyone's belongings. Many children will share a hook, and so it is important that you don't leave bags at nursery when your child is not in on the following g day. Thank you!


Can I also please ask that you check your child's daily sheets before coming into nursery in case more nappies or wipes are required to be brought in. Although we inform you at the end of the night, it may slip your mind in the morning.


Thank you


Jade Webster (Room Leader)

Becca Smith (Nursery Nurse)

Chloe Muirhead (Nursery Assistant)

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