Early Years News and Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on July 5, 2019

Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday 10th July – Goodbye Picnic for Pre-School, 12noon on the school field; all children and parents invited. Please sign the food lists in your child’s class.
  • Friday 12th July – All departments close at 12pm
  • Monday 15th July – Friday 19th July – Summer Pre-School week.
  • Friday 26th July- Nursery Forest School ‘Stay and Play’ 9.30am-10.30am. Please come along and enjoy a fun filled morning with us!

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.
  • Tapestry – Pre-School, at the end of term you will be sent an email to give you access to download your child’s tapestry account. If you would like to buy a Silverhill Memory stick to add their tapestry journey on, please email s.harttrup@silverhillschool.co.uk before Monday 8th July. These are £5 each.

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…have been spending lots of time outside, enjoying the lovely weather while exploring in the garden and around the grounds. The children loved investigating with sand and water play outside, combining the two together to see what would happen. This was a great opportunity to extend their language skills and sensory experiences. We also had lots of bubble play outside, the children got very excited as the bubbles floated around in the wind. The older children thought it was great fun to chase the bubbles, reaching up to pop them. This week we focused on the ball pit and the younger children liked holding balls in either hand, banging them together to see what they would discover while the older children spent lots of time rolling, throwing and kicking the balls. This was a great opening to extend their hand eye coordination as well as their colour recognition.

Next week – we will continue to take our learning outside, from mark making with the chalks to exploring with sea animals in the water tray. We graciously remind everyone that we finish at lunchtime on Friday and children will need to be collected by 12 noon.

Acorns…This week had a sensory focused week where we explored different sized water beads and tried to put them into different sized containers. We have threaded pasta onto paper straws to practice using fine motor skills. On Tuesday we all participated in Sports Day. A big thank you to all the families who came and cheered on their children, we hope you all enjoyed the day. Acorns are very young and they really did well in completing their races. At forest school we made a fire where we toasted marshmallows, strawberries and ate with melted chocolate all very exciting!

Next week- we plan on extending our threading activities by making necklaces and bracelets using more pasta and things we can thread. We will also begin to explore healthy eating. We graciously remind everyone that we finish at lunchtime on Friday and children will need to be collected by 12 noon.

Hedgehogs… Sports Day, what can I say. A very success morning full of fun and laughter. Well done to all the Hedgehogs for racing brilliantly and thank you parents and families for coming along to support them. Activities this week have included focusing on mark making and handwriting skills. We filled the tuff tray with flour and the children made marks using paintbrushes and their fingers. We added shapes to the tray for the children to draw around/copy. On Thursday and Friday the children had the opportunity to form letters from their names using a tracing technique. We focused on holding the pencils correctly and exploring the children’s dominant hand. This was a great activity and the children kept their concentration well! Outdoors we have had lots of water play to keep us cool in this warm weather! The children have discovered emptying and filling various container, we even had a mini water match on Thursday!

Next week – The children have requested that we make some chocolate cupcakes, therefore we will be heading to the cookery room to create something yummy and chocolatey! This will encourage both mathematical language and the understanding of weight and measure. We will also discuss the importance of safety in the kitchen when using sharp utensils and hot ovens. The children will once again join in with their pre-school preparation, looking at the day to day skills needed as they grow up. This will include using knives and forks rather than spoons at lunchtime, bathroom independence, walking in a line, listening and following instruction. We will also be going into the pre-school classes for further settling in sessions!

Squirrels… celebrated Sports Day last Tuesday where they showed off their agility and skills in each race. The children jumped over hurdles, walked with a bean bag on their head, and had a fun-run. A big thank you to all the families who came and cheered them on.
The children took part in a lava lamp experiment, using different science laboratory materials, including pipettes, funnels and glass flasks. As well as safety knowledge they explored the reactions of oil with coloured water, then added an Alkaline-Seltzer (gas) and watched as they mixed them together. They found this activity thrilling and the concentration and wonder could be seen on their faces. Making pretend ice cream using shaving cream the children developed their sensory skills through texture and colour.  As new pre-school children they visited their new classes to help them feel confident in September. At Forest School, the children practiced using the saw and drill safely. Martha created a fire too so the children could enjoy toasting marshmallows and strawberries on sticks and dipping them into yummy melted chocolate.

Next week, the class will continue the experiments. They will make pretend ice cream using other materials. They will also make smoothies and real ice cream. It will be another busy week for the Squirrels! We graciously remind everyone that we finish at lunchtime on Friday and children will need to be collected by 12 noon.

Bunnies and Owls…WOW, what a week! Congratulations to all the children for a very successful Sports Day on Tuesday. There was fantastic participation in all races including transporting water, obstacle and of course the egg and spoon. The children enjoyed seeing their families join in both parent races and both proved hilarious! The sunshine, great team spirit and excitement of the races combined to create a brilliant atmosphere. Well done to everyone who took part and special thanks to parents, carers, and other family members who came to watch. Thursday brought more sunshine and a very enjoyable Pre-School trip to Cattle Country. Your children were a credit to you all and they truly enjoyed everything the day had to offer. What bundles of energy they are, bouncing on the jumping pillows, exploring the beach barn, visiting the animal experience centre, watching goat racing, flying down slides and climbing through soft play, it was exhausting just watching them! A highlight of the day was of course the tractor ride, and the Owls even got to experience some excitement on their ride as three cows escape and sent the others in the herd into a frenzy! Watching cows and a bull racing up and down the field, calling for their escaped friends proved very entertaining indeed!

Next week- This is the last week of the school term, where has that year gone. This will be a fun packed week including a water play day on Tuesday and the picnic on Wednesday. Children who attend pre-school on Tuesdays please come in fully sun creamed with your swimming shorts or costumes under your clothes, remember to bring in a towel and underwear! On Wednesday all children are invited to attend the picnic, however, those not normally in pre-school will be the responsibility of their parent or carer. To maintain safety we politely ask that children are not left to run around away from sight or to play in areas not permitted. If you have yet to sign up for food, please can we ask you to do so as soon as possible. We graciously remind everyone that we finish pre-school at lunchtime on Friday and children will need to be collected by 12noon. As the children have a lot of things to take home on their last day please inform the teachers if they will not be in on Friday morning so we can arrange that nothing gets left behind.  As parents, we ask that all children’s pegs are cleared of items with boots and clothing taken home. For anyone not returning in September the FOSS shop are always grateful for any unwanted uniform.

Reception Class…This week Reception have excelled in Sports Day. They have continued revising their Phonic sounds and have been given the opportunity for free crafting after a busy Sports day. On Thursday the children enjoyed a wonderful day out at Westonbirt. The Westonbirt staff taught the children about the habitat of bees, helped them to make beeswax candles and helping them taste runny honey and crystallized honey. The children played games where they acted as the bees and had to collect pollen from the flowers; but also learnt that as the bees they also have to spread the different pollen about. We walked across the tree top bridge, explored the den making area, played on the giant tractor tyres and wooden play area, swished through the grass and hide under the shade of the trees. In all it was a delightful day. Well done Reception!! You make us very proud.