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Spring Term 2021
Nursey Closed May 6th
The nursery will be closed on Thursday May 6th as the hall will be used for a polling station for local elections.
It is lovely to see everyone back at nursery for the last week of term. We have had a busy week learning about different festivals and celebrations.
We celebrated Holi with lots of paint flicking and painting of bubble wrap. We read stories together about Holi, which is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life. Holi is a time for fun. It's a colourful festival, with dancing, singing and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. Holi is also known as the "festival of colours".
Sue brought in a bag full of rosettes she had collected. She showed the children how to make a flower from them using a stick, for the stem, and some tissue paper, ripped up to make leaves. The children were excited to make one and very proud of the end result.
We learnt about the Jewish festival of Passover. We read some books to understand the story and then enjoy Matzos crackers for snack. In the book we learnt about 'afikomen' where the children hunt for a red card containing a cracker which has been hidden. The children took it in turns to hide and then find the card. At the end of the game the children enjoyed more crackers which they announced were delicious! A child told us she ate these crackers at her nanny and poppa's. Happy Passover.
Spring At Nursery
The nursery is looking very colourful as all our spring flowers are blooming. It is lovely to see the daffodil bulbs, that the children planted, come to life. Our 'scarecrow children' have now changed their hats for a more summery look too!
Pass The Beanbag
The children enjoyed this fun activity - similar to pass the parcel, it is called Pass the Beanbag. The children listened carefully to the song instructions - passing the beanbag slowly to each other, and then increasing speed, when they are told, until they hear STOP!
This introduces the concept of tempo in music. We have extended this concept by changing the speed at which we sing our favourite songs, which can be tricky!
The children have also enjoyed learning how to follow visual instructions to sing loud, louder, through to quieter and quiet - introducing them to the dynamics of music.
Following on from our trip to the woods looking, thinking and talking about nests we made some little nests at nursery from breakfast cereal. The children scrunched the wheat cereal in their hands breaking it up into ‘twigs’. They placed the cereal twigs into a large bowl. We then added some PVA glue and a little water. The children used their hands to mix everything together. They scooped out a handful and moulded it to form a nest. Rounding the bottom and gently pulling up the sides. They looked just like nest!. Once they had dried the children added a chick.
Recently we have chatted about signs of Spring, Easter and new life. We have seen nests in trees and watched birds collecting materials to make their nests. The children helped to build a nest using sticks, shredded cardboard, straw and some soft material. We explained how it would take a bird a long time to make it's nest as it can only be able to pick up one little twig at a time.
The children took turns pretending to be the mother bird and sat on the eggs "to keep them warm".
Lots Of Easter Activities...
The children were invited to use marbling ink to decorate an egg. Ink drops were added to water and then swirled with a stick. The egg was placed on a stick and the children rolled it across the water. The ink made lovely patterns across the egg.
Later a teacher attached a ribbon with a hot glue gun so the egg can be hung up.
The children decorated paper Easter eggs and bunnies with coloured tissue, stickers, feathers and coloured pens. We displayed them on our collage board where they looked very colourful.
Matching Patterned Easter Eggs Game
The children were given half a cardboard Easter egg with an unique pattern on, the other half was hidden in the playground. The children searched for their matching half, it was quite tricky. The children helped each other pointing out the different patterns and colours.
We finished our Easter game by placing all the Easter egg pieces on the floor face up. The children then listened for their name; when their name was called they chose one half of an egg and then looked for the matching half.
Easter Egg Hunt
We finished the term with an Easter egg hunt around nursery. The children were very quiet and waited with their eyes shut as the Easter bunny is very shy. They then set off in search of eggs. The children were very pleased to find some eggs, and even more delighted to eat them!
A Big Thank You
Thank you very much to all our parents for their generosity raising over £398 pounds for the nursery. Enormous thanks to Katharine for arranging the Easter cake sale, to Hetty for planning and organising the Easter Egg Hunt and to Charlotte for putting together the fantastic Easter hamper. We are very grateful.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter and we look forward to seeing you for the summer term.
Family Learning Courses Online - New Courses added
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are running free workshop for parents of early years children to help support early language, play development and healthy, active lifestyles. The short courses are practical and provide valuable opportunities for parents to meet virtually, talk, share ideas and explore how to support their child's development. Please click on the following link to see the flyer for more information:
Family Learning Courses April 2021.docx
Buckinghamshire Healthy Start poster amended (1).pdf
Drop Off And Pick Up Procedure
As a reminder: Parents/carers will be asked upon arrival if their child has any Covid 19 symptoms and a note will be made of their response in the register. Children will be welcomed to nursery at the gate Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the Nursery. Parents are asked to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule at drop off and pick up. Please wear a mask, if possible. Children will be taken inside to wash their hands. Their hands will also be washed before leaving the nursery. We will bring the children out to you at the gate. Thank you for your cooperation. Please click on the following link and refer to the flow chart for more information on what to do should you or anyone in your household have symptoms.
COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents and carers (Setting version).pdf
As, unfortunately, parents and carer can not enter the nursery at the moment the following is a picture of our noticeboard with information and contact numbers.
Please follow government guidance and stay home if anyone in your household, develops a temperature or cough, isolating for 10 days. Symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
Please follow social distancing advice and keep your distance to protect all those who are most vulnerable.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
For further information please click on the following link:
Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:
Tiny Happy People
The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop you child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.
Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need. Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding.