Where did October go? October seemed to of zoomed past with all the fun we have been having at Apricot Pre-school. Its been a busy month of dressing up, learning new skills and developing our skills further.
The children have been so interested in baking over this month! The practitioners have been facilitating the children with different opportunities to make a range of sweet and savoury dishes. They have made cheese scones, lemon biscuits and birthday cake. They have spoken about the products we put in and the alternative products we use to ensure all children can have it. Activities such as baking, provide a range of different learning opportunities. As well as number recognition, the children can think about different amounts by being modelled the words of more, less, full, and empty.
Before the weather gets too cold the children have been practising putting on their coats and preparing to go outside. They have been practising by putting their coats on the floor and standing at the hood end before putting their arms in the sleeves and flipping it over their heads, why not try doing this at home before you go out?
The children have been noticing the changes going on around them know we are in Autumn. They have seen the leaves change colour and fall to the ground, seeing the conkers on the ground in the parks they go to, it gets darker after teatime and lots more. With the children interested in this change the practitioners facilitated a tuff tray with a range of different coloured leaves, conkers, and different sized twigs. We enjoyed reading stories about autumn and trains before speaking about our different experiences of being on a train and where we went. During the conversations they spoke more about the changes in the environment when autumn happens and what weather we should normally expect, what animals we may see, and which animals go to sleep for the winter.
We also used the leaves to create pictures, looking at the different veins in the leaves, the different colours and patterns. We compared the leaf shapes to different shapes we could see in the room.
The children have been interested in different numbers and shapes. Within the children’s play they have been questioning the adults about the different shapes they can see within the environment. They have been giving the names of them a go. To extend their knowledge of shapes the practitioners have been facilitating different resources to get the children to create different shapes. The practitioners modelled the descriptive language that surrounds a shape e.g., a square has 1,2,3,4 sides, and they are all the same, while counting each side as they went.
The children in Preschool 2 have been celebrating and learning about harvest this month. They had the opportunity to explore different root vegetables. Under supervision the children used safety knifes, spoons and their hands to cut, touch and open the vegetables that were available. (Safety knives are available on Amazon) They all spoke about what type of vegetable they had, where they think it had been grown, where it comes from and if we had eaten it at home or at preschool. The children were read a lovely story about Harvest and have started to speak about Autumn. We will be looking at the changes that come with Autumn – especially when we come in and go home from preschool to see if they notice any changes.
We were very lucky to have Rugby tots to come into the preschool and give us a lesson on what rugby is and give us a taster session. The children were put through paces and listened and responded well to what Alex, the trainer, told them to do. They worked in pairs, small teams and on their own to complete the task they were asked to. Groups like Rugby tots develop children’s critical thinking skills, speech, and language, as well as their physical skills and much more. Please talk to a member of staff if you require more information.
With the children going to school next year we, in the early years, believe that setting the right foundations in a child’s life can set them up for life. Which is why we focus on self-regulation and exploring our feelings at Apricot. We have started our weekly yoga sessions with Louise. The children have been learning some basic moves and different ways in which we can breathe, warm up, cool down and of course have fun! We will be looking at how our body responds to different types of activity and the importance of staying healthy.
At circle time we have been talking about our pre-school rules, to extend on this we read a ‘Topsy and Tim book called ‘Help a friend’. The book about different ways in which we can be kind and help each other. The children had great ideas of how we can support each other and cheer our friends on when they are doing something good. We will be exploring more about how we can help each other but also what to do and who to go to if we need help, in the next few weeks. Talk to your child about the people who help us if we need help. Think about what they do to help us, how we get them to help us e.g., do we phone them, find them, call out to them. Encourage them to draw a picture of who they think they could go to if they are feeling sad. We have been boasting the children’s confidence by singing them if they would like to sing a song to their friends. Our friends have been encouraging us and helping us out when we felt a little shy by joining in.
What’s coming up next month
Halloween dress up is 1st November. Dress up in your favourite outfit and explore Halloween activities. Week commencing 8th November is parents evening – more information to follow. Picture day is on 9th November. If your child is not due in on this day then let a member of staff know and we will contact you on the day with a time slot.
Children in Need “Wear something spotty” is 12th November. We will be talking about our families and what makes us unique. St Andrews Day is 30th November. Wear tartan, blue or white. We will be celebrating all things Scottish. With Mince and tatties for lunch and some highland music to dance to.
Other important information
We have sadly said goodbye to out Preschool 1 leader Alex this month. We wish her all the luck in the world in her new adventure as a primary school assistant. We would like to give a big congratulations to Ellie who is furthering her career by becoming Preschool 1 room leader. Another congratulations to Christine who has become our senior practitioner, this will be supporting the apprentices and management in different areas.
We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.
Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.
Thank you as always for your continued support.
If you are looking for something to do at home this weekend or over the coming months, why not give our activity at home a go! Be aware that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.
Paint with your hands and feet
- Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material.
- Choose what colours to use to decorate with.
- Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper.
- Display the artwork in your windows for people to see.
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice.
- Mark making using their body.
- Sensory experience of paint on their body.
- Shapes and size.
- Developing gross motor skills.
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
- Give meaning to marks they make.
Louise Wright, Nursery Manager