Sep 21, 2021

Dover September News: Pirates, Woodwork and Village Walks

Child taking part in woodwork

Welcome to our September newsletter! This is our favourite term throughout the year as we all begin to celebrate the different holiday festivals from Harvest Festival to Halloween. This time of year always brings a change of weather where different learning opportunities can be created using our expansive garden space. The leaves change colour as they fall from the trees and make new sounds as they crunch together; allowing the children to learn new vocabulary and skills. Muddy puddles develop and conker hunting can begin which allows the children to explore the changing environment as we move through the seasons!

September news

This month, the children in Babychoos enjoyed celebrating Pirate Day! The children showed an interest in the themed activities; using their fine motor skills to create treasure maps and pirate hats using pens, crayons and coloured paper. This activity was extended when the children “walked the plank” to support and develop their gross motor skills. This activity enhanced their language and physical development.

Also this month, the children have shown an interest in the wider community as they explored their surroundings during their village walks. They looked for different animals, people and vehicles which helped to develop their language skills, as they interacted with their peers. The team extended this experience by allowing the children to feedback to their peers, developing communication skills.       

Book of the month: The book of the month will be ‘Room on the Broom’ to encourage our children to imitate words and begin to recognise patterns and rhyme.

Song of the month: The song of the month will be ‘Leaves Are Falling’ which will focus on Autumn and seasonal changes.

This month, the Caterpillars and Butterflies children have had the opportunity to engage in learning activities in the woodwork shed using both gross and fine motor skills. The children have used real tools such as hammers and saws. This has led to the children using their critical thinking skills to enable them to saw the wood and hammer the nails to make their creations. The children gained a sense of pride and responsibility with these tasks, enabling them to feel important and trusted to complete these opportunities.

The children have been lucky enough to have some very special visitors this month. Some of the Butterfly children have come back to see us, to tell us about their new schools and to show us their very smart uniforms.  The team used this opportunity as topics of discussion with the children; to learn about friendships, memories and new adventures. This was extended by using the letters and sounds activities to develop and promote early reading and writing with the new Butterflies in the room.

Book of the month: To help the children with their Halloween experience, the book of the month will be ‘Meg and Mog’.

Song of the month: The song of the month will be ‘The Scary Skeleton’ to coincide with Halloween.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we have even more to look forward to. The children will be celebrating World Smile Day where the children will have the opportunity to use our new resources and create a Dentist role play.

The children will also be celebrating Space Week. They will be using their creativity to make their very own Choochoos solar system. Also in October, the children will be participating in Amazing Animals Day. The children will make their own display of all their pets at home.

As a nursery, we will also be engaging in Grandparent’s Day. This will be recognised by card making for loved ones. For National Bake Week, the children will be creating their very own Choochoos ‘Bake off’. We are really looking forward to this!

And, of course, we will be celebrating Halloween next month! The children will be able to all participate in a Halloween party with pumpkin carving!

Other important information

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

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


  • 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

Hayley Simpson, Nursery Manager

Nursery children playing outdoors
Dressing up as pirates
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
Nursery child dressed up as a pirate
Nursery children in a buggy outdoors
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
Nursery child colouring in pirate hat
Child learning to use a hammer
Child taking part in woodwork

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