January has been a very busy month back with celebrations, new pets and the arrival of Snow all over St Albans!
We have revamped our fish tank to make a brand new home for 9 new fish and the children have really enjoyed naming them, discovering how to care for them and describing what each of them look like. Animals is a big part of the nursery as they provide excellent learning opportunities for the children as they discover different species, habitats, life cycles and more about the world around them, while developing social skills and learning how to care for others. We will continue to have ducklings in the summer and visits throughout the year from rabbits, lambs, exotic animals and many more!
Australia Day was delved into with enthusiasm this month as children of all ages discovered all things ‘down under’. The youngest children explored a range of activities relating to the colours of the flag of Australia; red, white and blue, while the eldest children made their own flags, developing maths knowledge by counting how many stars can be seen and recreating their own versions. As always, we changed the menu to mark the occasion as the children enjoyed BBQ chicken with homemade potato wedges and corn on the cob for Lunch, Anzac biscuits for second course and Vegemite sandwiches for tea!
Pink Monkeys have been learning how to move their bodies in different ways this month as they get involved in daily exercise sessions! The children’s interest in being active has provided the opportunity for them to learn how to warm up their bodies by practicing how to stretch and balance. During their weekly Supernastics gymnastics class, the children have further opportunity to develop their physical skills using equipment and apparatus safely.