I am delighted to be writing our first Early Years newsletter giving you an insight into the unique world of our youngest children in the Stephen Perse Nurseries and Kindergarten and Reception classes.
Small children are known for their desire to explore and investigate and at our Dame Bradbury’s Nursery and Salisbury Villas Nursery the children are certainly enthusiastic participants in this type of play. Red rice for Chinese new year, colourful balls in bubbly water and shaving foam for dinosaurs to stomp in has been some of the children’s favourite activities these past few weeks and a whole outfit change following this type of play is a frequent occurrence!
As the children have settled into their nursery rooms they have begun to realise they are sharing the space with other young children. It is wonderful to watch them begin to interact. From a pat on the head to a shared giggle at something funny, their favourite place to interact is in the role play kitchen making each other cups of tea. Although they do not always manage to actually hand over the cup and usually change their mind last minute, at least the thought was there!
In Kindergarten and Reception we have begun our next topic ‘Up it grows’. The children and staff returned to school on Monday in some wonderful costumes. Thank you for your continued support in preparing costumes for the first day of our topics. There has been lots of interesting discussion about the topic both at home and in school. In our Reception classes one of our pupils noticed that a sentence can grow and another pupil from Madingley wanted to know how nectar is made? The Rosedale House Reception children were interested in the different shades of green on a fern and how to mix paint to match these shades.
In less than a week the children have already explored the concept of ‘Up it grows’ from every possible angle. It is the ability to think without constraints that makes working with our Early Years children and planning their learning experiences so rewarding and enjoyable. Please do follow our Early Years twitter feed @SPFEarlyYears for updates on the children’s adventures.
I wish all of our Early Years families an enjoyable weekend and hope you have the opportunity to find signs of plants growing in your local areas.
Head of Early Years
For parents of Dame Bradbury’s Kindergarten and Reception classes:
Monday 16 March at Dame Bradbury’s school from 4.00-8.00pm
For parents of Rosedale House Reception class, Salisbury Villas Kindergarten class, Madingley Reception class and Madingley Kindergarten class:
Tuesday 24 March at the Stephen Perse Sixth Form from 4.00-8.00pm