Early Years News and Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on June 14, 2019


Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday 18th June Acorns Sports-9.30am, Squirrels Sports-10am, Hedgehogs Sports-10.30am- all in the Nursery Garden.
  • Pre-School Sports-10.30am- on the field.
  • Thursday 20th June – Parents Evening (Pre School)  
  • Thursday 4th July – Pre School Trip to Cattle Country (All children invited)
  • Wednesday 10th July – Goodbye Picnic (12pm school field; All children and parents invited)
  • Friday 12th July – School closes at 12pm
  • Monday15th– Friday-19th July – Summer Pre School week.Booking forms have been sent with the Scamps form. Please contact s.reynolds@silverhillschool.co.uk,(Tues, Wednesday or Friday) to confirm your child’s government grant entitlement.

Polite reminders

  • Please may we continue to remind you of our No mobile phone policy. We thank you for your continued cooperation.
  • Please may we also remind you that we are a nut free site.
  • We have observed some drivers not adhering to the 5mph speed limit, the site speed limit is set for the safety of your children, and your cooperation with this is appreciated.
  • When parking your car please help others by parking courteously.
  • Please make sure you are familiar with the one way system.
  • During the school holidays, it is equally as important to maintain the security of the site. Please can you make sure you close the main gates after gaining entry at these times.

Babies…have been preparing for Father’s Day by creating some lovely art work for our loved ones. This has also encouraged the children to develop their fine motor skills, using a pincer grip to pick up different textured items. We have enjoyed looking at books based around families and sharing our pictures with one another. This was a great way to help develop communication and language skills through identifying and naming family members. We have also spent lots of time exploring with a variety of different sensory activities from mark making in custard to rollers in damp sand. We particularly liked investigating with shredded paper. It was great fun when Nicola threw it up into the air and we watched as it fell all over us like snow as it came down to the ground. We extended this activity by using the shredded paper to hide animals and search for them. This was a great opportunity to extend social skills along with our hand eye co-ordination and the knowledge of animal names and sounds.

Next week-we will be encouraging independence through care given experiences. The older children will be supported in practicing independently taking their coats and shoes off. This will take place just before sleep times and when coming in from the outdoors. We will also be supporting the younger children during meal times, sitting up to the table and using a spoon to feed themselves independently.

Acorns…Hi everyone, we were really excited to see that our class caterpillars have moved from the chrysalis to hatch into beautiful butterflies. The children have shown a great deal of interested in observing the discarded chrysalis and are excited about letting them free.  As a class we have had lots of discussions this week about people we care about and have also enjoyed making special cards for a special person on Sunday.  Fine motor skills has been a focus this week and play dough has played an active role in this. The children modeled bears and caves out of the dough adding googly eyes to the bears. We had some amazing interpretations! We have also dodged the rain and practiced the races for sports day.

Next week-we will be continuing to study the story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ by going on a sensory bear walk.  Indoors or outdoors, we plan to give the children as many sensory experiences as possible around the story, including walking bare foot in long grass, feeling mud between our toes and dipping our toes into water. To increase our knowledge of the world around us we will be looking at different types of bears and their habitats.

Hedgehogs…This week the children have showed just how well they are listening. Although the weather hasn’t been exactly warm we have be talking a lot about summer, how to stay safe in the sun, the importance of drinking lots of water and why we apply sun cream when we are outside. The role play area has become a summer paradise and the children have enjoyed pretending they are on holiday by applying sun cream, sun bathing, building sand castles and lots more. For the summer display everyone has designed their own buckets and spades and described what summer is to them, please come and take a look and see what the children have said about summer. Trying not to get too, we have continuing with sports day race practice whenever possible.  Fingers crossed it will not be raining on Tuesday for sports day. The children are so excited and we can’t wait to see you all cheering on the children. With Father’s day upon us we have been creating cards for the people we love. These should have come home this week ready for this Sunday. There has been lots of activities to help prepare the children for Pre-school, concentrating on pencil skills, name and number recognition.

Next week- The children loved the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ so much that we have discussed with them to study another fairy tale. We all decided on ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Activities will include making the pigs houses, exploring and working with new materials, role play, drama, mask making as a starting point. We will see where the children lead their learning. We will have a special focus on mathematics comparing quantities and recalling on number recognition. 

Squirrels…This week the children have been making Father’s Day cards for their daddies, granddads or someone they love. We have spoken about why we love family members and what people do for us and what we can do for them! The children have also taken part in some Pre-school preparation, we have been developing fine motor skills using activities such as threading and drawing, whilst concentrating on pencil grips. Due to the poor weather the children have also spent a lot of time in the gym hall rather than outdoors especially when taking part in more sports day practice and gymnastics.

Next week – hopefully with some good weather, we will be able to enjoy Sports Day on Tuesday at 10am! The children will begin their settling in sessions to Pre-school, they will spend time exploring their new classrooms and getting to know their new teachers. The children will also begin their summer season display. We will be changing the role play area to a travel agents and hearing all about the exciting holidays your children will be going on in the next few months. Please can we remind all parents to label their children’s clothes. We are running very low on spare clothes so we ask you to please return any spare clothes your child has borrowed from nursery as soon as possible.

Owls and Bunnies… This week we had enjoyed lots of water play (mainly outside!), looking at different mathematical concepts as well as developing our problem solving skills. Using laminated ladybird pictures the children have explored symmetry and counting by matching and predicting dots. We have explored various small world activities from the farm yard to the fire station.  With school just around the corner we have been using the phonic books to practice the phonic ‘l (L)’ and recap on past phonics.  The Owls gently let their class butterflies go this week into the big wide world, and everyone enjoyed seeing them fly away.  We have welcomed some visits from the nursery children who will become Owls in September and can’t believe there are only a few weeks left before we leave the Owls for pastures new. Where has that year gone!

Next week-we will be looking at the phonic letter and sound ‘x’, this is a very tricky sound and a challenge for everyone to find items from home. We are therefore asking you for things that end in this sound and not start with it.  We will hopefully be participating in Sports Day on Tuesday, weather permitting. For safety reasons, an email will be sent out by 9am on the day to inform you of it is cancelled.  Please ensure you have signed up for Parents Evening. This is an opportunity to see the documents concerning your child that will be passed to their new school or teacher.

Reception… have been introduced to the sounds ‘ear’ – ‘hear with your ear’ and ‘ure’ – ‘sure it’s pure’. The children listened and discussed the story “The Cautious Caterpillar” and then either wrote their own version of the story or wrote a description of three of the pictures. They all worked very hard on this piece of work using their sounds, “whooshes and whees”, keywords and labels. In Mathematics we have been working on our Mental Maths skills, particularly doubling and halving as well as adding and subtracting to and from 20. The children were fascinated to watch a clip of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly and then ordering pictures for the life cycle of a butterfly. They have also enjoyed playing number games on the interactive whiteboard on a visit to the large Year 1 classroom.