We have been enjoying the varying weather and making use of our large garden to get some fresh air each day. It’s very important to us that our children get to play outside all year round – as they say it’s not bad weather, it’s just bad choice of clothing!
This term we’ve had visits from Bob the local lollipop man as well as a policeman. The children have been learning about road safety and roles in the emergency services this half term and they’ve had great fun role-playing these very important jobs. We have also been looking at where our food comes from and even had a visit from Barbara the chicken!
We are open term time in line with West Sussex County Council Schools: Monday – Friday 09:00-12:00 with the option to stay until 3:00pm on a Wednesday. We run themed lunch clubs (12:00-1:00pm) on Mondays (Our World) and Thursdays (Music and Movement). Our sessions are open to children from 2 ½ years old. Do give us a call or email to arrange a visit as we’d love to show you around.
With spring just around the corner, the daffodils the children planted in November have finally made an appearance even though the snow tried to hamper them. With what snow we did have, the children had great fun scooping up and finding natural resources to add to our miniature snowman.
The children have been busy exploring colours, print and shapes in the environment. We also visited the post office to purchase stamps for the postcards the children had created, and the local shop to purchase ingredients to make rock cakes – yummy! We celebrated Chinese New Year by making dragons, experimenting with Chinese number symbols from which we made a number line, and hearing about their traditions and the zodiac.
Book Week was once again upon us and the children dressed up as their favourite character. We focused on one book each day: The Rainbow Fish, Dear Zoo, Handa’s Surprise, The Gruffalo, and Brown Bear, with activities based around them. And now for Easter!
Open term time for children aged 2 to school age, Mon-Fri, 9.15am-3.15pm, 30 hours free entitlement available for eligible working parents of 3-4 year olds or 15 hours free entitlement available for children aged 3 years+ and eligible
2 year olds. Optional lunch clubs are available each day until 1.15pm. Further details are available on our website.
This half term at Sunshine we have been busy looking at the hungry caterpillar story and talking to the children about healthy foods. We’re going to be looking after some caterpillars after Easter so we can watch them grow into butterflies.
We had lots of fun making pancakes for pancake day and flipping them in a frying pan. We also made our mummy’s some lovely cupcakes for Mother’s Day.
We have started to develop our ‘living garden’ and we plan to continue with this over the next few months, planting some lovely flowers, fruit and vegetables, which we will harvest with the children and then enjoy at snack time. The children have helped to lay the ground sheet ready for the bark to go down on, and they enjoyed banging in the pegs, using a rubber mallet and taking turns.
Don’t forget our Bingo Night on Sat 21st
April at the Social Club. Look out for more details on our Facebook page.
Open term time 9.15am to 12.15am for children aged 2 to school leavers. Afternoon sessions until 2.30pm on Mon and Tues and lunch clubs on Mon and Tues are available. We also offer the option of an early morning start from 8.45
Coach House Nursery
The cold weather brought disruption but also huge amounts of excitement to all of our Nursery children this term who couldn’t wait to get outside and make snow angels, snowmen and run about having fun with friends.
The younger children in our Pippins class have been learning all about animals and have used their creative skills to collage, print and model lots of different creatures. We were lucky enough to have a visit from ‘Natural World’ who brought tarantulas, giant African land snails, snakes and lots of other interesting creatures for us to handle and learn about.
In our Acorns class the children have been talking about their favourite stories and the links between home and school have been forged with each child bringing in their personal favourites to share with the class.
Our older children in Oaks class have been learning about superheroes, both fictional and non-fictional. They made trips around the school thanking all the special people who help us including the cooks, cleaner and handymen and are continuing with their weekly visits to the residents at St Francis court in the village where they chat, play with play dough, do puzzles and play games. We love ‘bridging the gap’
Open 48 weeks per year for children aged 2+. Bumps, Babes and Toddlers every Friday in term-time 10.00-11.30 am in The Coach House Nursery.