Dec 15, 2021

Colchester December News: Nativity, Turkey and Trimmings

Staff helping nursery children read

Welcome to the last newsletter of the year! The children are becoming excited with the prospect of Christmas around the corner.

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Colchester, thank you for your support this year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we hope you have a lovely festive break with your families!

December news

December has been a month full of festive activities for all the children!

The Twinkle Star children have been enjoying the run-up to Christmas, with plenty of fun activities & crafts. They have all had a go at painting decorations and making gifts to share with home, dancing along to festive music , decorating the Christmas tree and window displays, as well as tucking into a delicious Christmas lunch and having lots of fun at their Christmas party!

The children have also displayed a keen interest in the Christmas books, with their favourites being ‘Santa’s Busy Night’, ‘Busy Christmas’ and ‘The Touchy-Feely Christmas Book’.

In Sunbeams, the children have been celebrating all things Christmas! They have created many beautiful crafts for their families, which will be received at home this week. The children have been working hard on their colour recognition, and some of the children have even had a go at looking at numbers this week! The nursery team added numbers to the tops of the toy cars and trains, to encourage the children to have a go at something new! 

The children have also been doing lots of work with scissors as they showed a big interest in this; they were using the spring assisted scissors to start with and this led to discussions about being careful with scissors, how to hold them and transport them safely.  There has also been lots of discussions about Christmas this week, as the children know it is coming, and they have been making lots of lists for Father Christmas, of things they would like and developing their social skills by showing their friends what they have asked for and telling them what the toy does! 

In Preschool, the children have been talking lots about celebration with Christmas around the corner. They made some Christmas crafts, which will be coming home on the last week of term. The children done well as they sat and watched the Nativity done by reception children at Braiswick Primary school.  

The children also enjoyed their Christmas dinner, turkey and all the trimmings! 

What’s coming up next month

We look forward to welcoming the children back from their festive break, as well as welcoming the new children joining us!

Looking ahead to January, our topic in Twinkle Stars, is going to be ‘Pets’, following on from the children’s discussions about the pets that they or their family members have. If you have any photos of your pets, feel free to share them! The nursery will also be doing lots of crafts centred around pets, and feeding the nursery fish.  

In Preschool, we will be talking about the children’s festive break. We will also be starting a Show and Tell in February!

Other important information

Our Employee of the Month is Sophie Lauren, who is the room lead in Sunbeams, and she was voted for by the staff across the nursery. Well done Sophie!

Please can we remind you that we close on Christmas Eve at 1pm, with the new term starting on the 4th January. 

A reminder for Preschool parents that if you have not applied for your child’s school place yet, the closing date for school applications is 15th January 2022! 

These last couple of months, 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!

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, and we will see you in the next term!

Home activity

If you are looking for something fun to do at home over the festive break, why not give our home activity a go!

Please note that some activities or ideas may need to be adapted to suit your child’s age and development.

  1. Creative Snow Pal

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • Using card, draw out 2 or 3 circles stacked on top of each other, for your snow pal outline
  • Using cotton balls, or even scrunched up materials, like sweet wrappers or tissue paper, stick with glue or Sellotape inside the circles, to create your snow pal’s shape
  • You can use some googly eyes to stick on as eyes, or a pen to draw features onto your snow pal
  • Finish with some arms: you can use simple materials such as match sticks or even sticks from your garden, or even cut out some card, or use a pen to draw them onto the paper
  • You can even add accessories like a tissue paper scarf, or a paper hat to decorate your snow pal
  1. Creative Christmas Tree Ornament

Please follow the activity idea below:

  • All you will need is 3 wooden lolly sticks, and some arts and crafts to decorate with; you can use art supplies, like paint, pipe cleaners or pom-poms, or materials that you can find around the house, like newspaper, scrunched up tissues, or coloured pens
  • If you don’t own lolly sticks, try cutting up 3 rectangles of cardboard or paper, and sticking them together into a triangle shape.
  • Using glue or Sellotape, stick the 3 wooden lolly sticks into a triangle shape- this will be your Christmas tree
  • You can use a range of decorations to decorate your tree- for example, you can use pom poms and stick them to the sticks as “baubles”, wrap pipe cleans around the sticks for “tinsel”, scrunch up tissue for “snow” on the tree, or even get creative and draw your own decorations onto the tree!
  • Cut out a star shape to stick on the top, you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • Cut out a square for the bottom (for a makeshift tree pot)- you could even colour it in, using pens or pencils
  • You can finish by sticking some string to the back of your tree, so it can become a hanging decoration!

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, circle, triangle, colours
  • 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.

Elaine Sim, Nursery Manager

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