End of Term-Early Years & Reception
Reception children have had a very busy first term. At the beginning of September they quickly settled in and got used to their new environment and routines. They had lots of fun learning to be part of our team and following the Golden Rules.
We started the term by covering the topic “Ourselves”. We spoke about our bodies, how to keep healthy and observed how we change from babies to adults. Our next topic was Elmer and Colour and the children had great fun acting out the books and making colourful pictures. Later on we started discussing celebrations, such as weddings and birthdays. Reception have loved their Food Technology lessons this term, highlights including making delicious winter biscuits and cherry crunchies.
Most recently we have of course been focusing on Christmas. The children have enthusiastically learnt all the songs and words for our‘Born in a Barn’ production and thoroughly enjoyed performing it to their family. They have also had tremendous fun pretending to be Santa’s elves in the workshop and have been busy wrapping presents, practising their skills in order to help you at home!
Many thanks to Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Chowdhary who have come in to help us this term.It has been wonderful to have been a part of the remarkable progress Reception children have made in both their Literacy and Numeracy skills this term. Well done, Reception! We are so proud of you all.
Ladybirds 1 enjoyed their nature walks where the children collected leaves and conkers and watched the changing colours of the leaves on the trees. The children also had fun creating some lovely autumn themed pictures.
After a busy and dusty Summer of building work, Ladybirds 2 had fun exploring their new room when we moved in at the beginning of September and have all settled in really well. The children have also explored soft play and have produced a large scale drawing.
Caterpillar Room children also moved into their new room at the beginning of the Autumn term and have Ladybirds 2 as their new neighbours. This month, as well as exploring their new room, the children had an exciting bear hunt and spent time looking for objects outside which encouraged them to explore the outdoor environment.
September saw the transition of the children from Caterpillars to Butterflies. They looked so grown up in their uniform when they returned after the Summer holiday. This month was a huge change for them as their time now is more structured in preparation for their next move to ‘real school’.
Halloween was very exciting for Ladybirds 1 when they played with pumpkin seeds and made some Halloween cards.
Ladybirds 2 also entered into the spirit of Halloween with activities. They have mastered the art of drawing with chubby paint pens and have experienced jelly play, conker and paint play.
Caterpillar children dressed up for Halloween and had lots of fun dancing. They have also been experiencing looking after our animals in the vets role play area.
The Butterfly children really took Halloween seriously with lots of great fancy dress costumes. October half term saw the children moving out of their room whilst it had a major makeover. The children have really taken to their newly refurbished rooms and are enjoying having more space and resources. They have particularly taken to our new book corner and improved role play area.
To celebrate Firework Night, Ladybirds 1 made some Firework pictures and for Remembrance Day, made poppies using their hand prints.
Ladybirds 2 also celebrated Bonfire Night with firework craft making their own firework pictures using bright coloured paints. The children have also been enjoying music, movement and story sacks.
The children in the Caterpillar room celebrated firework night by making their own fireworks. This activity encouraged them to explore colours and to listen to the noises. During November the children looked at different animals and used stamps to print with them using paint.
Butterfly Room made poppies out of play dough for Remembrance Day and really enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving. We pushed all the tables in the room together to create a big dining area so that the children could have a traditional thanksgiving lunch. They were also lucky enough to be able to try some home-made pumpkin pie.
Ladybirds 1 have been very productive in the build up to Christmas making hand print reindeers, footprint mistletoes and handprint Christmas trees.
So far this month, the Ladybirds 2 children have been having fun with the bubble machine as well as exploring the new outside area. They have also enjoyed watching the Caterpillar and Butterfly rooms Christmas performances and have been busy with Christmas craft’s, making Christmas trees out of lollipop sticks.
So far this month, the Caterpillar children have enjoyed singing Christmas songs and have been busy with Christmas activities. They have also been busy playing in their Winter Wonderland role play area.
The Butterfly children have been busy making Christmas tree decorations and reindeer food to sell in the infant hall. They have been learning about different Christmas traditions from around the world and have enjoyed practicing and taking part in their Christmas performance. The performance itself was a great success, the children really enjoyed performing their songs and looked wonderful in their costumes.
We would like to say huge congratulations to Kerris Mildren (Caterpillars) and Phoebe Joyce (Ladybirds 1) who have worked hard to pass their apprenticeships this term with Phoebe achieving her NVQ Level 2 and Kerris achieving her NVQ level 3.
Staffing and Goodbyes
We will begin with welcoming and introducing the new members of staff who joined the nursery this term before saying goodbye to staff who will be leaving us, which is always a sad time for both staff and children.
Fabia Colarusso joined the Butterfly Room in October. Fabia will be leaving us in December to go travelling.
Emily Larkin joined Ladybirds 2 in October. Emily is level 3 qualified
Nichola Phillips joined the Caterpillar Room on 1st September. Nichola is level 3 qualified
Kate Thomas joined the Caterpillar Room in October as a Nursery Apprentice and is studying towards her Level 2.
Georgia Skillman joined the Butterfly Room on 1st September as acting Deputy Manager whilst Hannah Winnett covers Nic Boddy’s maternity leave as Nursery Manager. Georgia has a degree in Early Childhood Professional Practice from the University of Worcester and plans to go on to do a PGCE in Primary Education.
We unfortunately say goodbye to both Rachel Moon-Matten and Alice Butler.
Rachel Moon-Matten will be leaving us on 3rd January 2017 to begin her maternity leave in preparation for her second baby. Rachel started with us in July 2010 and is Room Manager of Ladybirds 2. We wish Rachel good luck for her happy event and look forward to hearing all about her new baby’s arrival
Alice Butler will be leaving on 16th December having started work in the Nursery in September 2014. We wish Alice the very best of luck for the future and hope that she will stay in touch.
Christmas closures The nursery will be closing at the end of the day on 23rd December at 6.00pm and will reopen as normal on the morning of the 3rd January.
Miss Georgia Skillman
Deputy Nursery Manager
Akeley Wood Junior School
Published on: 16th December 2016