Early Years News and Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on July 12, 2019


Dates to Remember:

  • Monday 15th July – Friday 19th July – Summer pre-school week.
  • Monday 22nd July onward- Scamps Holiday Club for all pre-school children-Year 6 children.
  • Friday 26th July- Nursery Forest School ‘Stay and Play’ 9.30-10.30am. 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.

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 spending lots of time taking our learning outside. From mark making with chalks in the tuff tray to digging for animals in the sand. The babies had lots of fun exploring with the water and balls in the ball pit. They liked picking up the balls and dropping them into the water watching as it made a big splash and the balls bobbed along the water. This was also a great way to keep the children cool whilst having lots of fun.
We have continued to encourage independence through care given experiences this week, talking to the older children about why we wash our hands before meal times and encouraging them to wash their hands at the small sink. 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. We also supported independence with the children during meal times, sitting up to the table and encouraging the children to use a spoon to feed themselves independently.

Next week – As the children are really enjoying a variety of sensory experiences at the moment we will continue this next week by providing a variety of interesting and fascinating activities for them to participate in, from sticking with different collage materials to shaving foam exploration.

Acorns…This week in the Acorns class we have been using pasta, straws and plasticine to help us with many areas of our development, hand an eye coordination, concentration and persistence, counting, and using our imaginations. All the children enjoyed this activity. We also looked at colours with our new fish toys, we repeated the names of the colours and counted out i.e. “how many red ones can you see”.  The children are showing an interest in numbers so we will carry this on next week. Acorns also took part in hand washing with step by step instructions and showed good listening and understanding. We will also carry on with more pasta activities as all the children were engaged in this type of activity. Next week- we will be extending all the activities we have carried out this week.

Hedgehogs…Have been practising their pencil control skills this week, practicing using a tripod grip rather than the whole hand. We have been using a tracing technique to attempt forming letters from our names. We have also given the children knifes to use at lunchtime and challenging them to cut their own food in preparation for Pre-School! The children have picked up the technique brilliantly! We have been finding all sorts of buzzy bees and creepy crawlies on the flowers within our garden! We took the magnifying glasses outdoors with us to have a closer look and discussed the colours and features of the insects.

Next week – we will be continuing with Pre-School preparation activities e.g. pencil control, lining up and cutting our food at meals times. The children have been really interested in discussing various holidays they have been on our beaches that they have seen so we will be creating a beach themes sensory tray with sand, water and shells! The children will be able to explore textures through this and make comparisons to their own life experiences!

Squirrels…This week the children have made fruit smoothies, using mango, berries and banana, they also had a go at cutting their own fruit using safety knives and using a blender. We spoke about how to use kitchen equipment safely. We have explored the texture of slime and describing how it feels. The children have been involved in more pre-school preparation, and have been learning how to write our names using tracing paper, focusing on the pencil grip whilst doing this. We have finished the week off with a treat of jelly and ice cream!

Next week-the children will be focusing more on textures and making moon dough using conditioner and cornflour. We will be looking to turn our home corner into a beach and looking at all the different things you can find on a beach. We will also carry on learning about safety and how to keep ourselves safe in the sun.

Bunnies and Owls…What can we say, this is an exciting time for all the Pre-School children as they spread their wings and fly to classes anew, tinged for us with sadness as we say goodbye to such lovely children. We wish you all Good Luck in your Reception Class in September and a VERY HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAY.