Sep 21, 2021

Canterbury September News: Pirates, Dinosaurs and Space

Canterbury

Welcome to September newsletter and the beginning of Autumn! I would firstly like to welcome all of our new children, parents and carers to Choochoos!

September news

What a busy month we have had here at nursery. All of our children enjoyed Roald Dahl Week this month. Throughout the week, the children learnt about Roald Dahl as an author as well as the stories that he is famous for. They engaged in a variety of stories and talked about their favourite book characters.

The children have also been fundraising this month. On Jeans For Genes Day, the children dressed up in all things denim! They learnt about the charity and created a patchwork quilt out of denim.

Also this month, the children enjoyed Pirate Day. For Pirate Day, the children engaged in a variety of crafts, including map making and creating eye patches! They also danced to pirate music, engaged in stories and learnt Pirate lingo! The children thoroughly enjoyed our pirate themed day!

In celebration of Harvest Festival, throughout September the children have been learning about the wonderful fruits and vegetables grown at this time of year. They cut the fruits and vegetables, tasted them, printed pictures using paint and explore their textures and smells.

This month, the children in Babychoos have been developing their maths skills by placing different fruits onto a set of scales. This activity has supported turn taking, understanding of sizes, shapes, number language and categorising of colours.

Also, throughout September, the children have shown an interest in dinosaurs by mimicking their roar, engaging in stories and dinosaur stomping at music time. These experiences have developed their interest in printed material, extended language and social skills.

Book of the month : We’r Going on a Bear Hunt

Makaton sign of the month: Tree

This month, the Caterpillar children have been using their imaginations to create their own space rockets using a variety of junk modelling items. From this activity, the children have been developing their hand eye coordination and problem solving skills as well as supporting language skills. Using their rocket, the children zoomed to the moon and learnt about space and the world around them.

Using their senses, the children have been developing their understanding and awareness of textures by exploring a tuff tray experience of sea creatures, sand, and water. From their exploration, the children have learnt about the ocean and creatures that live in the water as well as textures and vocabulary, such as “dry”, “wet”, “soft” and “rough”.

Book of the month: Supermarket Zoo

This book has been chosen by the Caterpillars as they have shown an interest in sharing stories about shopping trips with their families. This story is about a visit to a supermarket with animals!

Makaton sign of the month: Leaf

During September, the Butterfly children went on a few walks in the local parks. These experiences helped the children to learn about the natural environment and to explore changes that are currently happening to the trees as Autumn approaches. Along the way, the children collected leaves and twigs to create ‘leaf mobiles’ for the nursery. This has encouraged language skills, teamwork, enhanced their understanding of the world and developed fine motor skills as they thread leaves.

Also throughout September, the children have been exploring oral hygiene by engaging in social stories about how to look after their teeth, how often to brush and what foods are good and bad for our teeth. Using their knowledge, the children used different coloured playdough to create healthy teeth and not so healthy teeth!

Book of the month: Room On the Broom

Makaton sign of the month: Autumn

What’s coming up next month

Throughout October, Babychoos will explore the local fields and parks; collecting leaves and other autumn materials to learn about the effects season change has on the environment.

Next month, the Caterpillar children will also be learning about Autumn; collecting natural resources to count, categorise and use in craft activities.

In October, the Butterfly children will continue to explore Autumn and the changes it brings. They will create leaf collages, collect conkers and gather leaves to throw in the air and catch!

What a busy month we will be experiencing as we explore this wonderful season and the effects it has on our environment. Our staff look forward to Autumn walks in our parks with the children, collecting conkers, leaves and other natural resources to explore and use for a variety of craft activities! What a fun filled and busy month we will have!

Also next month, the children will be celebrating World Smile Day on the 4th October. In celebration of World Smile Day, the children will practise their smiles by looking in mirrors and draw pictures. They will also engage in social stories and tell each other what makes them want to smile.

World Animal Day is also on the 4th October. The children will talk about their favourite animals, any pets that they have at home and create animal masks to wear whilst daning to ‘Walking In The Jungle’.

We will be celebrating Grandparents Day on the 6th October. To celebrate Grandparents Day, the children will talk about their loved ones and create them a card or picture to show them how important they are to them.

Baking Week is from the 12th -16th October. Throughout the week, the children will bake a variety of tasty treats, including scones and cakes!

And, of course, we will be celebrating Halloween next month! We will have a Halloween Week from the 26th-30th October. Throughout the week, the children will engage in a variety of Halloween crafts and dress up a their favourite characters. We can’t wait!

Other important information

This month, our staff will take part in fire awareness training. Staff will practise using fire extinguishers, learning the differences in uses and learning about current legislation.

Our teams will begin to create and display our starting school displays, with information on ‘Starting School’ in September 2022 for your information. We will keep you up to date and inform you of the school process as we are provided with the information, e.g. school open days, visits, application process. If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk

Our Autumn/Winter menus will be begin on Monday 11th October. Thank you to our children, staff and parents/carers for your suggestions. Our new menus have been emailed to you and are displayed on our website and in our lobby areas. Please also refer and help yourself to our recipe cards in our lobby area, from this menu for your use at home.

Due to the pandemic and safety for all, our parents meetings will take place for your child during October/November, via zoom or telephone.

Your child’s key person will be contacting you soon to arrange a time for this that is suitable for you. It is very important for you to participate to help towards reviewing and creating next steps for your child, looking at your child’s achievements and progress.

In preparation for this meeting, please have a look at your child’s eyLog and add any information about your child, to help towards this. Please add photographs along with any written information about what your child has been doing within home life, their interests and their development. Please consider in preparation any updates for your child personal information or needs, e.g. care plans, medical needs, personal details, etc.

We look forward to the meeting.

Thank you all for a great start to September!

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

Meg Knight, Deputy Nursery Manager

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