Oct 22, 2021

Berkhamsted October News: Gardening, Pumpkins and Planets

Autumn display

Welcome to our October Newsletter! We have had such a busy month and the children have happily participated in many activities.

October news

The children in Stars have primarily focused on activities where they can use their senses. They have explored sound through rattles and interactive toys. They have exercised their fine motor skills and tactile sense by exploring autumn items such as pumpkins. Their learning was extended through their tactile sense by exploring paint and they made some fabulous marks on the pumpkins.

Twinkles have loved exploring a variety of autumnal activities! They enjoyed using the natural items such as autumn leaves, mint leaves, and dried lemon in their play, refining their fine motor skills to manipulate and handle the items. All the children were very hands on when exploring the seasonal vegetables and practised their transferring skills when making pumpkin soup.

This month Sunbeams have really taken pleasure in gardening activities. They have explored different plants, seeds, and bulbs and whilst digging they investigated the mud for insects and wiggly worms. This led the class to focusing on autumn vegetables, harvest and shaped a big interest in minibeasts and creepy crawlies.

As leaves are falling from the trees the children in Comets have shown a strong interest in the life cycle of plants. They created their own autumn tree looking at why the leaves fall and what happens during this season. Continuing their understanding of the life cycle of plants, Comets were very excited to plant their own hyacinth bulbs ready for Spring and have been watering them daily.

Planets have been very busy this month exploring autumn! The children enjoyed investigating the natural items such as leaves, pumpkins, conkers, and pinecones, and even used them in the mud kitchen when playing. Their interest continued to thrive when making their own clay autumn leaves. Another key area Planets have enjoyed exploring this month has been the solar system. The children created their own night sky with planets, stars, and the moon. They were all so excited to explore and use a real telescope and told others what they could see through it.

As part of Black History Month, the children have been exploring the African Culture through books, recipes, music and poetry. Also showing the children special objects can be a great way of bringing history alive for them.

What’s coming up next month

Throughout November the nursery will be exploring a wide range of different themes and celebrations! The children will be learning about and celebrating Diwali on Thursday 4th November. It’s then Bonfire Night and all the children will create their own sparklers and fireworks on Friday 5th November. Remembrance Day is on Thursday 11th November. What will the children be thankful for as we learn about Thanksgiving on Thursday 25th November. Finally, the patron saint of Scotland, St Andrew, is celebrated on Tuesday 30th November.

As well as these events and celebrations the classes will also focus on different areas of interest. Stars are continuing to focus on Physical Development using their large and fine motor skills. Twinkles will focus on light and colour as they learn about Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. Sunbeams will continue to support the growing interest in mini-beasts and creepy crawlies that can be found in the garden. As the days become darker earlier, Comets will explore space and planets and what can be found in the night sky. Planets will continue to support the interest in plants, growth and decay by planting spring bulbs and investigating the garden for insects and wildlife.

Other important information

Please ensure you bring your child’s ‘All In Ones’ as they will continue to go outdoors.

Just a reminder to all parents of our upcoming term dates. These are as follows:
Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021 Half Term (Term Time children only).
Friday 17th December 2021. End of term for term time only.
Friday 24th December 2021 Last day of term. 1pm finish.
Tuesday 4th January 2022 First day back to nursery.

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.

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.

Paint with your hands and feet

Activity:

  • 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.
  • Colours.
  • 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.

Charlotte Graham, Preschool Room Leader

Child drawing and colouring in leaf
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