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Summers Nursery

Pre-school Room Newsletter

September  2015


Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome back after the summer holidays! We hope you all had a great time and have charged up the batteries for the rest of the yearJ

We would especially like to welcome all the children who have recently moved through from the 2-3 room. We look forward to getting to know you all.

We would also like to wish all the boys and girls who went to school this year all the best! We will truly miss them all!


*** What we enjoyed doing/ learning?

The summer wasn’t spoiling us weather wise, but we still had lots of fun! We did various arts and crafts, sports related activities, mini play back show and puppet show visit - just to name a few, which filled our summer time with joy and fun!

The real adventure started when we read the story of ‘’Goldilocks and three bears’’, which became our ‘’Favourite story’’. The children used their imaginations to think about what happened to Goldilocks, and we made a map with arrows and signs to find her in the woods. This was a great opportunity for the children to learn directions and start using simple mathematical language (MTH 0-17a: In movement, games, and using technology I can use simple directions and describe positions).

The children decided thatthey wanted to make a chair and porridge to trap Goldilocks. They helped to make porridge for Goldilocks and got to taste some as well. (HWB 0-29a: I enjoy eating and preparing a diversity of foods in a range of social situations).

We wrote a letter for the three bears, and the children typed it up on the laptop. (TCH 0-04a: I enjoy using technologies to communicate with others within and beyond my place of learning). Goldilocks corresponded with us and we have received a letter from her, apologizing for breaking the chairs and eating all the porridge. She bought us a gift! – a new beanbag sofa chair for our sensory corner.

As the ‘’Goldilocks and three bears’’ was a very successful topic (Thank you to all the parents for a great feedback as wellJ), we chose the ‘’The Goldilocks and only one bear’’ story, which we borrowed from the library to continue on with ‘’Our favourite story’’ project.

We set up two imaginative corners that allowed us to spot the difference between the city and the woods, as well as learn about these two environments.

Whilst talking about the city, we focused on learning about the traffic. The children made their own lolly-signs, traffic lights and zebra- crossing. We also went to visit local shops and cafes. (SOC 0-20a: In real life and imaginative play, I explore how local shops and other services provide us with what we need in our daily lives.).

Most of the children enjoyed spending time in the ‘’forest cottage’’ that we created in the house corner, where we had a fire place, trees, hand- made pretend candles and lots of cosy cushions.

We developed our knowledge of the animals that live in the forest, including the famous Gruffalo! (LIT 0-31a: I explore characters in stories and use what I learn to invent my own, sharing these with others in imaginative way).

We even created a display of the Gruffalo child visiting nursery, the forest and diving under the sea. This activity involved the children’s creativity and imagination, and evidenced a high level of development.

We were all busy producing various displays, as well as dancing to Zumba, and filling up our new ’’Our favourite story’’ floor book, when one day the pre-school room received a mysterious letter from Africa. A lion who lives there needed our help in providing him and other animals with water. Therefore, we created our ‘’Butterfly Rescue Team’’ to help animals and people who are in need. We took our name badges and magic wands, filled in the safety forms and travelled to Africa to help the thirsty animals. The mission was complete!

A few days after, we received a letter from Marvin the monkey asking for help. His tree was on fire, so our next mission involved fire rescue training. We therefore organised an obstacle course and learned the importance of being fit and healthy. The children all talked about putting out the fire and acted out the role of firefighters in their fire engine (climbing frame).

The mission was successful! Marvin sent us some bananas to say ‘Thank you’ (HWB 0-05a: I know that friendship, caring, fairness, equality are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others).


Currently, we are planning to expand our helpful services, so we are thinking of making some business cards on the computer which we will print and hand out to the parents, in case they need the Butterfly Rescue team.  (TCH 0-03a: I explore software and use what I learn to present my ideas, thoughts or information information).


Whilst remaining in Africa, we decided to learn more about this beautiful continent. We painted a large picture and also coloured in and cut out pictures of animals to stick to the large Africa. To find out more about the African countries, the boys and girls used the Atlas book, copied pages and created a collage of the continent with all the countries.(SOC 0-15a: I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the world around me ).

Currently, we are remaining in India, after helping the children who had not enough food to eat. We prepared some pasta salad and sent it to India, by using our magic wands. It was so delicious that we had some for our lunch as well. Meantime, we have been learning about healthy and unhealthy foods. (HWB 0-35a: I explore and discover where the foods come from, as I choose, prepare and taste different foods).

To develop the pre-schoolers awareness on the importance of oral hygiene, we invited the tooth brushing lady to visit nursery, who taught us the correct brushing technique and the necessity of visiting the dentist twice a year. (HWB 0-33a: I am becoming aware of cleanliness, hygiene and safety can affect health and wellbeing and  apply this knowledge in my everyday routines, such as taking care of my teeth).


Coming up:

The Butterfly Rescue team is still very popular amongst the children, and we will continue to visit different parts of the world to help others. As the next mission will be related to giving first aid, we will go to the local doctor’s surgery to receive a wee bit of ‘training’, kindly organised by Ada’s mum!

If there is anything your child is interested in or you feel something may be beneficial for your child to learn about, please let us know! Please also use our parent’s mind map to record your ideas. All suggestions are welcomed and gratefully received.

Miss K:

Miss K, our dance teacher with melody bear is still on maternity leave, so we will be having Abricabeats visit the nursery on a Friday afternoon.

Reminders:

We hold ‘Show and tell’ once a week and would appreciate it if parents could please remember to check what your child is required to bring in and on what day. The information can be found on our website and on the notice board as you enter the 3-5 room.

Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothing provided as well as the indoor shoes.

If there is anything we can help with, do not hesitate to speak to one of the team members.


Kind regards,

Karolina Kujel – Room Leader

Erin Barnes – Assistant Room Leader

Faye Glennie – Nursery Practitioner

Rachel MacDonald – Nursery Assistant

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