Dec 15, 2021

Fen Drayton December News: Mince Pies & Motor Skills

Children with a Christmas tree

It’s the final newsletter of 2021, and what a year it’s been!

On behalf of everyone at Sunhill Fen Drayton, 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

All the children have had lots of fun celebrating this months festivities. They have had fun performing their Christmas songs to their parents, and also cooked mince pies for their parents for after their performances. Everyone have had a yummy Christmas dinner cooked by our Nursery Cook. We have also had our Christmas party and had lots of fun dressing up  in our Christmas jumpers or Christmas clothes.  

This month in Stars, we have had lots of fun with Christmas crafts. The children have used materials like paint, glue, coloured paper and tissue paper to create Christmas bags, 2022 calendars, wooden tree decorations and much more. The children have learnt about the Christian religion and their traditions, and while doing the activities, we have focused on developing their fine motor skills, through using paintbrushes, glue sticks and spatulas. These activities have helped the children develop their creative skills, and helped them to understand Christianity. 

The Stars children have also recently enjoyed their musical instruments, using shakers, tambourines and keyboards, which has widened their sensory experience by exploring the different sounds as well as helping them explore sound through some media. 

The children in Sunbeams have enjoyed learning Christmas songs to sing to their families. It was lovely to welcome the parents into the nursery and sing  songs with them. The children have been able to develop their singing and learnt some new words. 

They have also been very busy with Christmas crafts, which have helped develop their creative skills and imagination, while learning about Christmas. The children have also been learning about the different colours they have been using. 

The Sunbeams children have also shown an interest in books, with lots of stories being read. They enjoyed looking at the pictures and talking about what they can see in the books. This has helped the children to learn new vocabulary skills and to gain confidence talking to others as well as helping with their attention skills. 

The Preschool children have been exploring a range of different festivals, and how different religions and cultures celebrate. The children have been learning about Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice Festival, Christmas, Kwanza and the New Year, reading different books on each topic, exploring themed activities and baking traditional treats such as mince pies, and tangyuan. This encourages the children’s knowledge of different communities and traditions.

Aside from all the festivities of this month, the children in Preschool have also been fascinated with how early it is getting dark outside, and have enjoyed using the light table in the dark to explore different colours, shapes, letters and numbers, and investigating how some objects are transparent or opaque. 

What’s coming up next month

We look forward to welcoming the children back from their festive break!

Next month, we will be learning about how we can reduce our energy usage for energy saving week, and why this is important for our planet.  We will also be celebrating Burns Night, learning about winter and looking at the Winter Olympics. 

Other important information

For term time children, the end of term is the 17th of December, and we will see you again in January after the winter break. 

For children who normally attend on a Friday, this year for Christmas Eve we are closing at 1pm so the nursery team can spend some quality time with their families. Can you please let us know in advance if your child will be attending or not that day.  

Thank you to all the parents that came to the Christmas concerts. We hoped you enjoyed them as much as we did! We will be looking to see what we can plan next year for you all to come in and enjoy. 

Please can we make sure all clothes are named when you bring them to nursery; it makes it easier to return them to the rightful owner. 

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.

Helen Ince, Nursery Manager

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