Nov 22, 2021

Berkhamsted November News: Minibeats, Vegetables and Vocabulary

Remembrance day

Welcome to our November Newsletter! It may be colder during the day but the children continue to love their time in the garden; exploring in the mud kitchen, playing with bats and balls, balancing on beams and watering the plants.

November news

The children in Stars have been developing their fine motor skills through a wide range of messy play and sensory play. They have enjoyed being creative and made handprints with paint and exercised their problem solving by exploring a sensory vegetable patch with sand and mixed vegetables!

Room on the Broom is a story time favourite for the Twinkles this November. This month the twinkles have enjoyed exploring the story to develop vocabulary and investigating objects found in the book in the tuff tray. Reading stories like Room on the Broom stimulates the children’s curiosity and ignites their imaginations.

Sunbeams have continued to explore their interests in minibeasts and found some creepy crawlies in the garden. The children have been learning names of insects and singing nursery rhymes such as incy wincey spider. Singing nursery rhymes supports the children’s speech and language development as well as encouraging them to copy actions.

Comets have really enjoyed exploring colours when celebrating Diwali and Bonfire Night! The children were encouraged to create their own colourful fireworks with bright paints and glitter. They happily mixed colours together and learned what colours can be made when mixing them.

Planets have had a very busy month learning about their own health and self-care. The children have been practising brushing teeth, the importance of going to the dentist and what foods can keep our teeth healthy. Planets have also done some gardening this month and planted their spring bulbs. They really enjoyed scooping the soil and love to water the bulbs daily.

Throughout the nursery the symbol of the poppy was discussed for Remembrance Day. We talked about people that keep us safe and how we can remember those we have lost.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout November the nursery will be exploring different themes and celebrations:

The children will be learning about celebrating Hanukkah from November 28th to December 6th. Christingle is on Wednesday 1st December where the children will be learning about the symbol of Advent. International Day of Persons with Disabilities Friday 3rd December.

Let’s learn about technology during computer science week Monday 6th December to Sunday 12th December. Monday 6th December we’ll be learning about the tradition of St Nicholas Day. Celebrating and doing everything winter on the Winter Solstice on Tuesday 21st December.

Throughout December we will be celebrating and taking part in Christmas festivities.

Other important information

Please ensure you bring your child’s ‘All In Ones’ as they will continue to go outdoors as well as weather appropriate clothing – all labelled please.

Some Term Dates for you, Friday 17th December 2021 is the end of term for term time only. Friday 24th December 2021 is the last day of term, 1pm finish. We are the back to nursery Tuesday 4th January 2022!

This month, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the parent app. We look forward to seeing your child’s updates.

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Charlotte Graham, Preschool Room Leader


Nursery child painting
Nursery child learning the importance of brushing teeth
Nursery child practising brushing teeth with paint

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