Nov 23, 2021

Granta Park November News: Bowling, Tunnels and Towers

Nursery child painting

Welcome to our November Newsletter! We have been very busy this month, with celebrating Diwali and Bonfire night, talking all about the sights, colours, and sounds. The older children learned about Diwali and created some lovely colourful pictures too.

We also dressed up to raise awareness for Children in Need and we managed to raise £105, with your very kind donations too, thank you so much!  

November news

In the Twinkle Stars room, some of the babies have been trying to feed themselves a little more this month, with lots of help and encouragement from the staff. They have also been stacking up towers with the blocks, soft and harder ones and watching them all tumbling back down. Outside they have been crawling through the coloured climbing block, as well as the small tunnels, looking for their friends out the other ends. 

 The children in Sunshines have been using their mathematical skills by counting and talking about different sizes, whilst also building towers form a range of different blocks and objects such as logs, sticks, pots and blocks. They have been singing songs and practicing Makaton signs too, incorporating numbers and colours. They display their beautiful pictures on their wall and talk about what they have painted, using describing words.

 The children in Pre-School 1 have been using the Montessori resources, such as the cylinder knobs for size, order and also a pincer grip and the pink tower for the same but also for counting too. Outside they have increased their larger motor skills by creating a ‘Bowling Alley’ with the crates and planks of wood, rolling the balls down the lines they created.  The children have been using lots of colour this month whilst painting and talking about Diwali, they have used many different objects to create lotsof different marks, such as the combs, blocks and string. 

 The children in Pre-School 2 learned about Diwali this month, by painting in a very colourful and beautiful Rangoli pattern in their messy play tray and also talked about the festival of lights and why it is celebrated. They have also been making and smelling some playdough this month and have created some lovely shapes and objects with their dough. They have been reading “Elmer” this week too, which led onto a big discussion about elephants out in the wild and how we must try and stop the bad people in the world trying to poach for their tusks. Phonic sounds of letters have been practiced a lot this month too, finding different objects that begin with certain phonic sounds. 

What’s coming up next month

The month of December is a fun packed month to celebrate Christmas!

Other important information

Please can we remind you all to provide appropriate warm / waterproof clothing, depending on the weather, for your child each day and also ensure these items are named, thank you.

This month, 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!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:


  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • 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.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager


Diwali paintings
Nursery children doing firework paintings with their hands

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