Aug 19, 2021

Harpole August News: Maths, Olympics, and Local Exploring

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

We would like to welcome all our parents and our new parents to our monthly newsletter. This month has been a busy one. Preschool had their graduation, and the building work continues.

August news

This month the preschool children have celebrated their graduation! The children wore their party clothes and spent the afternoon having party games and party tea, and the day finished with a lovely ceremony to congratulate the children and wish them all the best for their next chapters.

In preschool we have focused on our mathematical skills using number games to recognise and represent numbers. The children used the pizza game to spot the number on the pizza base and find the correct slice with dots on to match the number. Preschool also introduced some messy crazy foam out in a tray ensuring that the safety procedures are being followed to minimalize any possible risks. The children used the foam for them to explore the texture, draw shapes in and write their names in. They were able to describe the texture of the foam and name the shapes they had drawn in it.

This month in the toddler room, they have been using their creative skills to decorate their own t-shirts. The theme for the shirts was the Olympics, and the toddlers had fabric pens and pictures of the Olympics to support their creations. The toddlers were asked to name the colour they were using and find colours asked by the practitioners.  The toddlers have also been learning actions to rhymes. They were singing along to “The wheels on the bus” using the steering wheels and karting seats outdoors as their bus. The toddlers have been on some outings around the village discussing how to keep ourselves safe while crossing roads and talking about stranger danger.

The babies have been out on many walks this month exploring the village around us! The babies found some chickens, ducks, and many different vehicles on their adventures, and have been naming all the animals while singing the song ‘Old McDonald ‘, while imitating the noises they make. The babies also went for a visit to the field where they were able to run freely around the park. The baby room have been following the Olympics and the children got to make their own Olympic medals. Using their creative skills they used paint, ribbon, paper plates and mini cups. The babies dipped their cups into the paint and printed them onto the paper plate making the Olympic rings.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we are looking forward to celebrating World Clean Up Day where the nursery will go out on a walk around the village and do some litter picking. We will discuss the importance of keeping our environments clean and safe and the impacts that littering has. Leading on from this we will also be looking at Recycle week from 20th September – 26th September where children are welcome to bring in some recyclable materials for junk modelling that week.

Other important information

We just wanted to remind you of our Refer a Friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family.  We are also closed on Monday 30th August for bank holiday.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

Activity for home

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

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you all for your continued support as always!

Lauren Freund.  Deputy Manager

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

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