Oct 22, 2021

Fen Drayton October News: Jelly, Baking and Books

Children learning about the different religions

Welcome to our October newsletter! This month we have been busy baking, getting messy and have had lots of fun making music. The children have all had fun exploring different textures in their play and learning new skills.

October news

This month in Stars we have enjoyed doing lots of different sensory activities, for example baking. The children have been making banana and raisin flapjacks, ginger biscuits, lemon jumbles and lime tarts where some were used as puddings at lunch time. As well as baking we also made playdough with the children and talked about different colours as we added green food colouring to the playdough. This has helped the children develop their fine and gross motor skills, explore the textures of ingredients. These activities helped us explore the taste of some of the ingredients we used, and we modelled the language we used when cooking to the children. The children enjoyed trying their bakes with their peers at mealtimes.

Stars celebrated grandparents’ day this month by making some cards with a poem and some hand and footprints on. The children had great fun exploring the paint with their hands and feet, giving the children an opportunity to explore how the paint feels on different parts of their body. This activity also gave the children a chance to explore different colours and the children chose the colours they wanted to use.

The Stars have celebrated space week this month. The children have been doing some creative activities that have been space related. We have been painting, gluing, and cutting to create some artwork. This gave the children a chance to expand their fine motor skills, and practicing using one handed equipment.

We have been celebrating Halloween this month and we have done some spooky sensory jelly play, pumpkin carving and playing with the pumpkin’s insides.  This again has helped the children explore their senses as well as having some spooky fun.

This month the children in Sunbeams have enjoyed doing lots of arts and crafts with autumn leaves, gluing and sticking with colourful pom-poms, feathers, and coloured tissue paper. This has helped the children develop their use of one-handed equipment, fine and gross motor skills and the children have also been able to show us their creative side.

The children have been very much into their music this month, especially the keyboard. The children have been making lots of different sounds with the keyboard and have been practicing moving their body to the sounds they hear. This has helped the children develop and explore their use of sounds and how we can move our bodies in different ways, to different media that we hear.

For our Montessori activity this month we have looked at the dressing boards. This helps the children learn how to do different types of clothes fastenings and the children can gain more independence from using these boards and help their fine motor skills develop further.

We have been celebrating Halloween this month and we have done some spooky sensory jelly play, pumpkin carving and playing with the pumpkin’s insides.  This again has helped the children explore with their senses as well as having some spooky fun.

This month, preschool have been enjoying lots of spooky activities for Halloween, showing interest in exploring creepy crawlies with the magnifying glasses, and mixing potions with different ingredients in the cauldron! We also loved dressing up in our Halloween costumes, baking scary biscuits, dancing to Halloween songs and decorating pumpkins!

We have been focusing on how each child is unique, exploring books on different religions and cultures, and exploring our similarities and differences, using the mirrors and small world people. The children have been developing their self-awareness and confidence as we talked about what we are good at, and the children described themselves positively as kind, funny, and strong.

The children have also had a strong interest in cars, so we have developed this by building ramps in the garden and seeing which cars travel the furthest and the fastest, developing the children’s mathematical understanding.

In phonics this month, we have been focusing on one phonics letter for two weeks, so have explored the letters t and p. Next month, we will be looking at the letter I for 2 weeks and then the letter n for the following two weeks. We hope you can bring in examples of things from home that correspond with the letter for show and tell on a Tuesday and Thursday to enhance the children’s phonic activities.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, we will be exploring activities for Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, and St Andrews Day. We will also be exploring the different countries of the world and learning about the different climates and cultures that we find, to develop the children’s knowledge of the world and different communities.

We will be celebrating Diwali on the 4th, Guys Fawkes Day on the 5th and Remembrance Day on the 11th. We will be doing a range of activities to celebrate these and teaching the children why we celebrate them. On the 25th of November we will be having a Thanksgiving dinner and doing some thanksgiving art activities. On the 30th of November we will be celebrating St. Andrew’s day and doing some activities linked to that day.

Other important information

Please remember in November we are doing parents evening and you will be asked to make an appointment shortly. Stars is on the 11th of November, Sunbeams are on the 25th of November and Preschool’s is the 18th of November, these will all be starting at 6.30pm.

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. The time if year has come for warmer coats, wellies, and hats to come in please.

Please remember to check out our Facebook and Instagram posts on The Old Station Nursery’s pages.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

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.

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

Helen Ince, Nursery Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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