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Cheeky Monkeys Newsletter

September 2015


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you all had a lovely summer, although we didn't see much sunshine! I can't quite believe it is over already! If you have managed to sneak off somewhere nice for a break, I hope you had a great, relaxing time. Now back to reality for most of us.


The Cheeky Monkeys have been very busy and covered several topics since the last newsletter. We have covered 'Boats', 'Animals' and 'My Family'.


Boats

After having so much fun on our trip to the beach, we decided to go onto 'Boats' as our next topic, as most of the children stood and watched the boats in the sea, showing lots of excitement.

We started off by getting creative and making boats using paper plates, and the children stuck their own little flags on them. They also made some boats using their handprints, sticking sails on to them - they looked fab on our display wall! (Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict.) (Respect 3 – To have the opportunity to participate and enjoy a range of experiences.)

After introducing stories about boats into our book area, the children showed an interest in the Noah's Ark story, so we decided to make our own ark using lollipop sticks. The children then added some animals to the picture, where they did a great job!

We did an experiment in the water tray, using tin foil to shape our very own boats, and then the children all chose some small construction toys to place into the boats to see how many would make them sink, and how many kept them afloat.  The children used their numeracy skills to count the number of blocks they used! (Rights of the child 1 – To be consulted with and have their views and opinions heard and acted upon)


The children enjoyed singing along to songs about boats such as 'Row your boat', 'The big ship sailed' and 'The pirate ship song' - showing off their excellent singing skills. (Respect 1 – To feel included, appreciated and valued as an individual.)

After reading 'Mrs Pirate', some of the boys and girls asked if they could make their own pirate hats, so they used their cutting skills along with their fine motor skills to create their very own pirate hat. They also made some flags, too. The children enjoyed wearing their hats and waving their flags around the room. (Rights of the child 5 – To be treated as individuals and have their individual needs/preferences met.)



Animals

After taking an interest in Noah's Ark, the children's interests then went onto the animals in the story. They were spending a lot of time playing with our animals, so we went onto making 'Animals' our next topic.

The children got very creative during this topic and made lots of different animals of their choice. They made giraffes using their handprints for the body, and then they did some finger painting to give them some spots. One of the boys then suggested we could use cotton wool to make sheep, so that's what we went on to do. The boys and girls then got creative with some sponge painting and made some cows, then lastly we used paper plates to make elephants - they all looked fantastic! (Responsive care 5 – To develop an awareness about what they know and can do through play, Relationships 5 – To grow in confidence and be supported to work through new experiences, challenges and conflict.)

The children had lots of fun using their problem solving skills to build our farm puzzles, with some of them requiring support – they all did really well! (Rights of the child 4 – To thrive and be nurtured by loving adults who promote their learning and development.)


My family

One of the Cheeky Monkeys parents announced the arrival of their new baby, and some of the boys were speaking about their brothers/sisters, so we thought this was a good time to talk about 'My family'.

We started off this topic by asking the children to make their own houses. They did this using glue and straws. They had lots of fun speaking about who lives in their houses with them, and what colour their bedrooms are, showing good colour recognition. (Rights of the child 1 – To be consulted with and have their views and opinions heard and acted upon.)

We then went onto having a group discussion about what our favourite thing to do with our Mummies and Daddies in our spare time was.  The majority of the children said they like to go to the park. All the children were very engaged and vocal throughout this. (Relationships 4 – To communicate and express their needs and feelings and have these understood.)

We changed our role play corner into a nursery, putting babies, bath tubs, buggies and a dolls house into it. The children took part in lots of activities which involved 'How to care for a baby'. We put babies into warm soapy water in our water tray and provided the children with cloths for them to wash the babies. They also learned the correct way to hold a baby - the boys and girls were very good at this! We also did a bottle making activity using flour and water - the children enjoyed counting the correct number of scoops we put into the bottle of water. We then passed a baby around with the 'bottle of milk' and the children pretended to give the baby her bottle - one of the children also reminded her friends that we have to help babies to burp by gently patting their back - the children were very caring and gentle with the babies when doing this. (Relationships 3 – To develop a positive sense of self and feel good about themselves, Responsive care 2 – To be involved in daily and individual routines, Rights of the child 6 – To ensure their rights are protected and promoted.)

The Cheeky Monkeys enjoyed making family spoon puppets using wooden spoons, googly eyes, wool for the hair, and coloured card for their clothes. The children were very vocal, telling the ladies who they were making - several of the boys and girls decided to make their Mummy. (Responsive care 7 – To feel connected to their home environment and the wider community.)

The boys and girls had lots of fun making ginger bread family biscuits. They did very well, measuring out the ingredients and used their muscles to stir it all together. They then enjoyed rolling it out and using the cutters to make their biscuits - most of them managed this with very little support! (Rights of the child 2 – To have opportunities to be actively involved in decision making.)

To finish off our topic, we made a paper chain family. We decorated these using pens, and the boys and girls named who was in their family, pointing out who was who on their drawings. (Respect 7 – To learn about others and value differences, fairness and equality.)


Reminders

Just a reminder for parents or whoever may be picking up your child, to take your children's bags, coats and wetsuits home at the end of each day. Unfortunately we do not have enough storage to keep them here.

Could you please provide wellies/outdoor shoes and slippers for your child, as the weather has not been too promising these past few weeks. Also, if at all possible, can you provide your child with a water proof suit, as we go outside in all weather.  

Can I just ask that you check your daily books each night just to double check if your child requires more wipes/nappies. We do also remind during verbal feedback.

We have now made a parents notice board in the Cheeky Monkey room which is situated above where you put on your child's shoes/slippers. Please check this daily as there may be new information for you on there. Also, the Sharing day information is on here and has 5 weeks of Sharing day dates on at any time.

Can I please ask that when you are dropping your children off in the morning, that you change them into their slippers before you leave. If you are unsure of where to find these, then please ask and we will be happy to help.


Thank you

Jade Webster– Room Leader

Chloe Muirhead – Nursery Assistant

Becca Smith – Nursery Nurse

ass=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify'>Sarah Lawson (Nursery Assistant – undergoing level 2 training)


Tyler Webster (Nursery Assistant – maternity cover)

Alison Tomlinson (Nursery Assistant)