Early Years News and Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on June 21, 2019


Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday 2nd July- Acorns Sports 9.30am, Squirrels Sports 10am, Hedgehogs Sports 10.30am- in the Nursery Garden.
  • Pre-School Sports,10.30am- on the field
  • 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
  • Monday 15th– Friday19th July – Summer Pre School week. Booking forms have been sent with the Scamps form

Polite Notices

  • 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 parents, 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.

Please can you help?

Could we ask all parents or guardians to write a brief testimonial that can be added to the Silverhill School and Day Nursery website. This can be just a few sentences describing your experience and satisfaction. We care about how people feel and positive feedback will help us to grow the school into the future. Thank you for your continued support. 

Babies…This week – We have been encouraging independence through care given experiences. The older children have been supported in practicing taking their coats and shoes off independently. This took place just before sleep times and when coming in from the outdoors. We have also been supporting the children going up and down the stairs. The older children have been doing really well in coming down the stairs backwards on their hands and knees, whilst some of the younger children were encouraged to climb back up the steps holding onto an adult’s hand. 

Being outdoors has also been a great way to further develop their physical skills along with challenging their independence from using the steps to go up the slides to climbing on and off the garden equipment independently. We also supported independence with the children during meal times, sitting up to the table and using a spoon to feed themselves independently.

Next week- we are going to start looking at colours and shapes through a variety of activities from rolling the vehicles through different coloured paints to providing a variety of shaped objects in the play dough to see what printed shapes this will create. 

Acorn…This week in Acorns we have been very busy making faces in our new mirrors to explore emotions and feelings. They have pretended to be sad, happy, worried and surprised. We also looked at the colour of our hair, eyes and the shape of our faces. The children created some amazing drawings this week, some of them have been telling us what they have drawn, “this is the sun, and my mummy and me on holiday.” Carrying on with the story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ we made some squelchy mud and a river for the children to explore. We also used our imagination and went on a bear hunt around the grounds. Acorns released the class butterflies this week into our garden near some flowers. The children watched them flutter and fly away. Over the last few weeks we have had a number of water bottles left in the classroom and ask that you check to see if any belong to your child. Please put your child’s name on the water bottle so we know where to return them.

Hedgehogs…This week we have been reading the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’, which was chosen by the children after their love of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have made the three little pigs houses using lots of different materials. We have talked about each material and the children have been making their own houses, as well as the display, using the nursery bricks, straws or sticks. They have joined in with the huffing and puffing of the wolf and had been trying to blow the houses down! As sports day was postponed the children have been continuing with practicing and are very good, hope to see you on the re scheduled date of Tuesday 2nd July. 
Those children moving to pre-school in September have been meeting their new teachers and they have had lots of fun visiting their new classroom exploring all the new toys.

Next week- we will be continuing with the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ with role play, puppets and masks. We will be continuing with a summer theme, talking about what we take to the beach and making a lovely display. If you have any photos of your children at the beach or on holiday please bring them in so the children can tell us about them and we can add them to the display board. We will be practicing for sports day ready for 2nd July.

Squirrels…This week the children have been busy reading the book of the month, “What the Ladybird Heard”. They used story masks and story mats to get to know the characters and talk about the important events of the story. A group of children visited their Pre-school classrooms as part of settling in and preparation for September. They met their Pre-school teachers, explored and played in the classroom and had a glimpse of what it feels like to be a Pre-schooler. At Forest School the children recalled their Forest School and Safety Agreements and they learned to use different tools safely. The children bravely cut wood using a big saw and hammering nails into logs. The explorers used magnifying glasses to look for Bugs and insects. The musicians tried different ways of producing sound using several pots and pans.


Next week we will be talking about summer. We will start a summer display and set up the holiday role play area: camping, beach and other vacation themes. We will talk about holiday destinations and different modes of transport.  We welcome old phones and cameras that you don’t anymore use to enhance their role play. Please bring in some family holiday photos that we can talk about and put on our display.

Bunnies and Owls…This week the children have decided that the classroom should become a doctor’s surgery, complete with bandages, syringes, medicine boxes and stethoscopes. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of some of our parents who have brought in medical goodies for us to expand our knowledge and understanding through this fantastic role play.  We have even had new medical cases, prescription labels and paper bags and an IV drip! Fantastic! Due to the ongoing interest in this topic we will be keeping this role play area for another week. The postponement of Sports Day has given us the opportunity to fit a few more practice sessions in this week, we are delighted with the way the children cheer and encourage each other as the races take place. Fingers crossed for a break in the weather soon.
We have continued with some children visiting their Reception class, meeting new teachers and making new friends. It is lovely to hear all have to say upon their return.

Next week our phonic letter will be ‘y’ and we look forward to see what you will bring in!
Have a super weekend visiting the Summer Fate, do visit us on the cake stand. (It’s not too late if you want to bring in a cake to sell on the day….)

Reception…This week Reception have been busy writing postcards to Frizzly and their parents. They learnt about postage stamps and why the Queen is on every stamp. In Maths we have been working on Symmetry, Addition and Subtraction. In our Topic the children have been painting minibeast pictures and learning about the different environments where minibeasts are found. In PE, during a dry patch of weather, the children continued to have fun improving their skills for Sport’s Day.