Sep 21, 2021

Bampton September News: Boogie Beats, Guinea Pigs and Yoga

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All of the children have all settled back into nursery life so well after the summer holidays! We have welcomed back both children and staff as well as welcoming new children too. It is great to have everyone back in nursery again and to see so many happy faces around the nursery!

September news

We have been making the most of the weather still being nice for the time of the year and the children have been spending lots of time in the gardens throughout September. This has allowed the children the opportunity to bathe and groom our Guinea Pigs which they have thoroughly enjoyed.

Both the Babies and the Coral Room have started their Boogie Beats sessions again and they are loving joining in with singing different nursery rhymes, learning actions and using puppets. It is great to have these sessions back after what has been such a long time. All of the children did incredibly well and we can’t wait for the next session!

The Coral Room have also begun to learn Yoga and are enjoying the challenge of learning a variety of poses. From the 27th September, the children in the Coral Room will also be learning some French. We look forward to sharing some photos and more updates about this with you!

The Babies have really enjoyed exploring sand and water this month, especially mixing the two together. Filling and emptying containers as well as pouring water through tubes and funnels.

A new pastime in Coral Room has been the making of playdough. The children have helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients together. By adding different food colourings and resources, the children have been able to explore various colours and textures.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, the children will be participating in a variety of different Autumn themed activities. We will also be holding a Macmillan Coffee/Cake morning on Tuesday 12th October, more details will follow shortly.

On Thursday 28th October, the staff will be hosting a Halloween Party for the children with lots of fun Halloween themed activities. Please feel free to send your children to nursery dressed up. We look forward to seeing their costumes!

Other important information

A small reminder that half term begins on Monday 25th October, with children returning to nursery on Monday 1st November.

A polite reminder for everyone that our hours are 8am – 6pm. Please do not ring the bell before your booked in start time.

Due to the weather beginning to change can we please ask that children are dressed accordingly.

It would be great if we could have at least a coat and wellington boots to keep at nursery as the children will be exploring the great outdoors in all weathers.

Thank you all for your understanding.

Home activity

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.

Threading cards

Activity:

  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making
  • Colours
  • Shapes and size
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Kirsty Farmer, Baby Room Supervisor


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