Oct 26, 2021

Granta Park October News: Collages, Planets and Pumpkins

Nursery child collecting autumn leaves

Welcome to our October Newsletter! The weather really has changed now and we are really enjoying the Autumnal weather. We have been out and explored all the fallen leaves and conkers and have put these to good use in our creative ways.

October news

The Twinkle Stars have had a very busy month! Autumn collages have been lots of fun, using the leaves we found in the garden the children glued, painted, felt the different textures and probably even tasted them! Using hand–eye coordination, the children were able to build a small tower of blocks and are thinking about how we can do this without them always falling down.

They have also explored treasure baskets, sitting with the staff to quietly explore what is in the basket. The children try to fit objects inside other objects, feel all the different textures of things, listen to the sounds we make when banging the objects against other things and see their own reflections in some of the shiny objects. We are using a encouraging a range of different skills whilst exploring the treasure basket which is filled with natural and everyday materials.

If you have any items that you no longer require and that we could put in our treasure basket for the babies, please feel free to bring them in. Items such as ribbon, small containers with lids, kitchen roll tubes, shiny objects, large shells, spoons, different materials etc.

In Sunshines the children have also had an action packed month. They have collected leaves from the woodland area and made paintings with these, which will be displayed in their room. We have also been exploring the woodlice and seeing how they curl up into tiny balls when you touch them; it’s very tempting to roll them about in the trays! We have also found many other bugs out in the garden, as well as the odd spider or two, trying to run in the doors, in the cold weather. The children have also been practising our cutting skills with scissors and have been cutting around the paintings we have done.

In Pre-school 1 the ABC song has been very popular! We have been singing this song at circle time and the children are enjoying trying to remember the letters, especially when we get to the ‘l,m,n,o,p’ part of the song!

The children have been learning what the primary colours are and what colours need to be mixed to create other colours, and have made impressions of their handprints in the dough and may experiment with some salt dough to paint nearer to Christmas!

Pre-school 2 have been looking at all the different planets in our solar system after one of the children went to the science museum. We have re-created the planets and the sun with paper and paint and displayed them in our room. With the nights now dark before we sometimes go to bed we could look up into the sky and see the stars. There have been lots of different experiments within our science station and getting excellent transferring skills too, pouring liquids from one container to another. We have created small explosions and made beautiful colours by mixing lots of different media together.

The children have a pumpkin in each room and we will see how creative they can be with these, which will be a very sensorial experience, feeling the pulp out the middle and feeling all the seeds inside.

If you are going to a fireworks display, or having your own in your garden, please, please all stay safe and follow all the guidelines and enjoy all the sounds and colours.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we will celebrate Diwali. The children will learn the story about Prince Rama freeing his beautiful wife Sita from the evil Ravana and all of the help he received from the animals. The children will make candles as well as a collage to extend their learning even further. We would like to wish you all a Happy Diwali.

The children will also be learning about Bonfire night next month as well as dressing up for Children in Need on the 19th November. We will send out further details closer to the time.

Other important information

As Christmas quickly approaches us, we just wanted to remind you of our Christmas closure dates. Friday 24th December 2021, we are closing at 1pm. Tuesday 4th January 2022 is the first day back to Nursery.

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.

Rosie Dockerill, Nursery Manager


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