Sep 20, 2021

Filkins September News: Yoga, Rugby and Halloween

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A big welcome to all of our new children and families and a big welcome back to all our children and families who returned at the beginning of September! All of the children have settled into nursery life so well. A very warm welcome to everyone!

September news

It has been another busy month with lots of learning and fun at Filkins! We are particularly pleased to have been able to restart some of the activities which have not be possible since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic; including French lessons for our Pre-school children, and Tatty Bumpkin yoga and Rugbytots for both our Pre-school and 2-3s children.

The children have really enjoyed both their Tatty Bumpkin yoga and Rugbytots sessions. In their yoga sessions, the children have learnt new moves and stretches through storytelling, music and different characters. They also began to learn to be mindful of their breathing using paper butterflies and rose to the challenge of passing an apple to each other using just their feet!

In their rugby sessions, the children have been learning to hold and run with a rugby ball, using both hands. The children even learnt to score tries by pressing the ball into the ground. The children were great at listening to and following instructions.

This past week, we have all been extremely busy preparing for our Macmillan Coffee Morning. The children have helped bake both sweet and savoury treats and have done a fantastic job! Our little helpers!

What’s coming up next month 

Next month, we have an equally busy month full of fun and engaging activities. A highlight of October is, of course, Halloween! We will be having a Halloween party on the Friday 29th October, however, this will be during half term. If your child isn’t in nursery on this day and you would like them to participate in the party, please get in touch to book them in for an additional session.

Other important information

Please can I remind you to name all your children’s belongings, especially their purple uniform as these can often get mixed up.

Please ensure that your child has waterproofs and wellies at nursery. This is especially important as Rugbytots sessions will take place outdoors, even if it is raining!

A small reminder that October half term is the week commencing the 25th October.

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

Activity:

  • 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

Kate Wise, Deputy Nursery Manager


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