Summer Term 2018
Sports Day will be held on Tuesday June 12th, provided the weather is good. If it is very rainy we will make a decision as soon as possible and inform you by email. The rain date, should it have to be postponed, is the following Tuesday June 19th. All children are invited. If it is not your child's day at nursery we ask you to remain with your child until the races start and then be ready to collect then when the races finish, thank you. We recommend everyone wears sport shoes as they are safer and easier to run in. We very much hope for a sunny day on the 12th.
We have a parent consultation evening on Thursday June 28th to discuss your child's progress over the year. Your child's key worker will be contacting you very soon, if they haven't already, to arrange a convenient time for your meeting. The meeting take around 15 minutes.
We had a vets in our role play corner this week. The children were very caring and looked after a variety of animals - taking their temperatures, listening to their hearts, bandaging their wounds and giving them medicine. They made beds for them out of boxes filled with straw and gently wrapped them in blankets. They looked at information leaflets about different animals and filled in pet examinations sheets. They processed the consultation information on their keyboard and received phone calls to book appointments. A vey busy time at the vets.
Up, Down, Over and Under
The children enjoyed climbing up and down on the train slide, climbing frame and caterpillar. They found different ways of climbing over, under, up, down and through the toys.
The Man On The Moon
The children listened to a story called, 'Man on the Moon' about Bob a space man who every day flies to the moon in his rocket with his pack lunch to clean and tidy. He sweeps and polishes the moon but can't understand why it is so messy. He doesn't notice all the aliens making a mess! We then put various props on the table and asked who would like to be Bob the man on the moon. We read the story and the children acted out the different parts. We finished off by singing 5 little men in a flying saucer.
Working Together and Helping Each Other
We chatted to the children about being kind and friendly to each other, as they played in the sandpit. The children demonstrated they understood by sharing resources and helping each other build sand castles and towers. They continued to work together building a castle with a long drawbridge out of the bricks and crates. They balanced along the drawbridge and on the seesaw!
Music In The Sensory Garden
We had some instruments outside for the children to enjoy and explore the different sounds they make. We have pans hanging up in our garden that the children can use anytime. The children set up a band next to our pans in the garden. Using the logs as seats they played and created beautiful music!
Whose Nose Is That?
We laughed as we tried to match the various different noses to the picture cards. Does a dog have a trunk? A duck a snout? The children thought it was very funny giving the animals the wrong nose!
Some great paintings were created using our new easel and paints. The children enjoyed painting using the outdoor space.
The children who stay for the afternoon on Wednesday made jam buns. We usually cook on a Friday so it was a new experience for some of the children. They measured out ingredients and creamed, mixed and kneaded until they had a dough. Each child was given a portion to roll into a ball. They then made an indent with their thumb for the jam to go in. They were baked in the oven ready to be taken home. We hope you enjoyed them after your evening meal.
Explorers and Dinosaurs
We had an explorers and dinosaur day on Thursday and Friday. We made some fossils and bones that were hidden in the sand trays for the children to discover. They used toothbrushes to dust away the sand to reveal the different shapes and sizes of the fossils and bones. We hid miniature dinosaurs around the playground and in the sand and mud pits. The children used binoculars and magnifying glasses to find them. We made a big dinosaur skeleton out of plaster of Paris that the children pieced together. The children made more T-Rex bones out of play dough using a mould to sculpt the skull, rib cage, tail, legs and arms. There was a tent set up in the playground for our explorers to use as a base camp. There were books and animals inside for them to play with. We also set up a tunnel with bugs hiding at the end. We asked the children to find a picture of a snail, etc and the children crawled in to see what they could discover. At the end of the day we looked at a beautiful pop up book about dinosaurs and their habitat.
We are extremely lucky to have a dedicated group of volunteers who give up their time to come in and help at nursery. On Monday it is Hannah, Tuesday Heather, Wednesday Maria, Thursday Pamela and Friday Maria. A huge thank you to you all for your help and kindness it is truly appreciated by us and the children. It was Hannah's last day on Monday, the children sang her a song and gave her a gift voucher to thank her for everything. We wish Hannah all the very best in her new endeavours.
On Thursday 14th June we are organising a visit to Bekonscot, in Beaconsfield. Parents and carers can meet us there straight after nursery. You will need to pay for your own entry and take your own picnics. We will sit together to eat on arrival and then explore Bekonscot. We do hope you will be able to join us. There is a sign up sheet in the porch on the noticeboard at nursery. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
We would be grateful for boxes of tissues. Thank you.
Early starts are available each morning from 8.45 am at a cost of £2. You can book a block or use on an ad hoc basis.
We encourage healthy eating at nursery offering fruit and vegetables at snack time. We are often asked for ideas for a healthy lunchbox, an example would be: a small sandwich or pot of pasta, a piece of fruit and a drink. Should you want more suggestions and ideas please take a look at the following website:
Please remember to cut grapes and cherry tomatoes in half to avoid being a choking hazard. We ask the children to eat their sandwiches/pasta first followed by their fruit. Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to heat up food. Please remember to put an ice pack in their lunch box to keep the food fresh. Thank you.
Please remember to always shut the gate and lower the latch when entering and leaving the nursery playground. The gate being securely closed ensure the safety of all the children. Please check your child's peg bag for suitable named clothes, nappies and wipes. Thank you.
Dates For Your Diary
End of Term Concert - Friday 13th followed by a picnic in the playground
Please note all our concerts will be followed by tea and coffee and a seasonal treat. Only 2 spaces can be allocated per family per event as we are restricted on numbers (this includes older siblings). We kindly request alternatives arrangements are made for babies and younger siblings. We hope that this advance notice gives everyone time to prepare. Thank you.
Sports Day - Tuesday June 12th starting at 9.30 am with the younger age group races followed at 10.00 am by our older age group. June 19th as a reserve date in case of rain.
Parents Consultation Evening - Thursday June 28th - a time slot will be allocated nearer the time
Early Years Pupil Premium
In order to improve the process for applying for EYPP and to remove and barriers to parents checking their eligibility there is now an online checking facility.
Sally Wilson, who helps at nursery every Monday, and whenever needed, also makes fantastic cakes. So if you need a cake, cupcakes or other cake goodies for a special day then Sally will be happy to discuss ideas with you. For inspiration please go to Sally's website. http://www.cakesaboutu.com