What we have been up to…

September 4, 2015

It’s the first week back for many of the children and it’s flown by! We’ve enjoyed hearing all about summer holiday adventures and if you’ve got any pictures we’d love to display them on our wall for the children to show their friends.

This week the children have all been very excited to see each other and have been busy telling each other all about what they have been up to. They’ve been super busy playing and have been engrossed in many different role play games. This week our main focus has been letting the children settle back in to nursery, explore our new toys and to “catch up” with each other.

We’ve had some new friends join us at nursery and all the children have made them feel very welcome and are helping them to settle in.

We’ve done quite a lot of construction this week ranging from duplo to junk modelling to bendy straws to knex, there has been lots of imagination used and some brilliant team work going on. The children have been sharing ideas with each other and helping each other to achieve things.

There’s been a lot of hairdressing going on this week with “Orchard Hairdressers” up and running. We’ve all had new hairstyles and the children have enjoyed using the different hairdressing tools (it’s ok we’ve kept the scissors away!)

We’ve been using up our energy by doing lots of action songs, we had a very fast version of Head, shoulders, knees and toes” the other day. even I couldn’t keep up! When singing songs I have purposely been changing some words and the children have loved pointing out to me that Ia m wrong and correcting me. This helps the children to think about what they are hearing and encourages good listening skills. there’s nothing they like more than telling us we are wrong!

The weather is turning cold so please make sure your child comes in to nursery with a warm coat, it’s not quite hat and gloves weather yet but i’m sure it won’t be long! We’ve been talking about autumn changes so if you’re out and about this weekend encourage your child to have a loo around and see if there are any first signs appearing.

We are changing the way we plan activities to try to make them even more captivating and to the children’s interests. If you have spotted anything your child has achieved at home or is interested in then please let us know or alternatively you will find post it notes on the unit by the door, with the drawers of toys in. Please write on these, date them and include your childs name and pop them in the “planning observations” envelope attached to the wall. We love parent input and it would be great to include this in the activities we plan for your children. The more observations and snippets we have the more we can plan fun and stimulating activities to promote your childs learning and development. An example could be “while out shopping I asked A to put two carrots in the basket and he did”, from this we may change our role play to a shop and make up some visual shopping lists for the children to “buy”.

I’m busy working out events for the year ahead, if there is anything you would like to see happen or anything you would like to come in and do then please let me know. We have some parents with exciting hobbies and jobs which the children would love to know more about. I am planning on doing another “hotdog and glow stick night” as this was a great success last year and we all had lots of fun.

Thank you for taking them time to read and we hope you have a lovely weekend.