Aug 24, 2021

Fen Drayton August News: Seasides, Farms and Cupcakes

Nursery children playing with bubbles

Welcome to August’s Newsletter! This month we have had lots of fun with messy play, paint, and cooking. We also had our new climbing frame delivered and put up in the big garden which we have all had fun playing with. We also said goodbye to the rest of the pre-schoolers who are going to school with a big party in the garden. We wish them all the best at school.

August news

This month, Stars have been having lots of fun making flower paintings using forks for our summer board. This has helped the children develop their sensory experience, palmer grasp and creative skills, as well as learning about colours as the staff model the language and colours to the children.

We have also had fun exploring with textures, such as using shredded wheat with the farm. This helped the children explore textures, expand their knowledge about animals and the noises they make.

The children have also had fun exploring a seaside tuff tray we used sand, shells, buckets and spades and the children had fun exploring the different textures of the sand, when it was wet and dry and explore the shells. This helped the children develop their knowledge of what we can see and do at the seaside and the children developed their social skills as they discovered the tuff tray together.

This month the Stars have done some baking and made some yummy cupcakes! The children used a range of cooking utensils to mix the ingredients together and once they were cooked the children decorated them. The children have been able to develop their palmer grasp, use of one handed tools, and exploring their creative skills while decorating the cakes.

This month the children in Sunbeams have had fun exploring with playdough. The children loved mixing the ingredients together to make the playdough and then explored playing with it. This has helped the children learn what we mix together to create the play dough, explore their sensory development playing with the playdough, as well as using a range of one-handed tools and equipment to create what they wanted to with the playdough.

The Sunbeams have had fun in the Preschool (big garden) this month and the children have been able to use the bikes, ride on toys, sandpit, climbing frames, and try some risky play. This has helped the children develop their gross motor skills, fine motor skills, develop their awareness of risks and helped develop their imaginative play.

The Sunbeams have been practicing their pouring skills. This helps the children be independent during mealtimes so they can help themselves and pour themselves a drink when they need it. This helps the children become more independent, helps develop their fine and gross motor skills and helps them develop skills for life.

This month Preschool have had lots of fun doing different science experiments, using dye to explore how it can change the colour of plants. They also grew their own cress, enjoying the responsibility of watering it and checking in each day to see how it grew.

Following discussions about the Olympics, the children created their own versions of the events, role playing being gymnasts, weight lifters, track athletes and cyclists. This really encouraged their creativity as they used the resources around the room as the equipment and worked together as a team to build podiums. They were particularly interested in using the timer to see how fast they could run and cycle. We have also said goodbye to the leavers this month, with a leavers garden party, which the children helped bake cakes and make sandwiches for. We loved seeing everyone and showing the parents what the children had been up to with our memory boards.

Next month, we will be starting phonics from the beginning with the new school year so will be exploring the letters S, A, T, and P.

What’s coming up next month

We will celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival and Autumn Equinox, making mooncakes and learning about the story behind the celebration.

For Recycling Week in September we will be further learning about the different materials and how we can help the planet by recycling. We will also celebrate Roald Dahl’s birthday, as well as the Rugby World Cup starting and some pirate themed ideas for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Other important information

Please do have a look at our social media pages on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for news, and to see what your little ones have been up to.

Can we please ask that all nursery clothes are named, sometimes the children knock things out of bags and sometimes we then struggle to match unnamed clothes up with the right children!

Some changes in staffing coming September. Michelle is going to be moving over to the Stars and Sunbeams room and Rhia will be moving to Preschool. Jinny has decided to leave as she has decided to follow a different career path, we wish her all the best.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

Activity for home

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

  • 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 sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

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

Thank you so much for your continued support.

Helen Ince, Nursery Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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