Sep 21, 2021

Heath Mill September News: Recycling, Science and Messy Play

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Well, what a busy month we have had! We have welcomed lots of new families this month into the setting and the team have been working hard to settle all the new little ones in. The children are settling in so well, they are all doing amazingly. A very warm welcome to all of our new families.

September news

On Monday 13th September, the children took part in Roald Dahl Day by coming to nursery all dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters. There were some fantastic costumes, everyone looked amazing! Thank you all for your creativity and effort. The children enjoyed taking part in lots of different Roald Dahl themed activities throughout the day here at nursery.

The children also took part in Recycling Week, making lots of amazing creations using junk modelling and different media. Our children are very creative! The children in the Pre-School room have also been learning about recycling and doing their own recycling in their room. They have been talking about the importance of recycling ad how we are helping our planet.

This month, the team in our under 2’s room have been very busy welcoming lots of new children into the room. They have been working hard to settle them all in, building and forming relationships. The children have been taking part in lots of group activities this month, such as music time, story time and having lots of fun getting messy. This is to help the new children to settle in and to form relationships with their peers and practitioners.

In September, the children in the toddler room have been spending lots of time outdoors exploring the environment. They have been talking about the different weather types, looking at which items of clothing they need to wear. The team have been encouraging independence by encouraging the children to put their own coats, shoes and wellies on when the children go to explore the outdoors. The children are doing really well with this!

In our Pre-School room, the children have really enjoyed taking part in scientific experiments this month. The one that they enjoyed the most was putting mentos in coke and watching it erupt like a volcano. The children got very excited and could not wait to have a go themselves. We have some budding scientists in the making!

What’s coming up next month

Next month, the children will be taking part in Space Week. They will be learning all about space and the planets through lots of different and exciting activities. From creating their own planets using different medias and materials, to building their own space rockets and going on their own adventures into space. This will be taking place throughout week commencing 4th October.

On Wednesday 27th October, we will be having a Halloween Party here at nursery. We are inviting all staff and children to come to nursery in their spookiest costumes and will be taking part in lots of fun and gruesome Halloween activities throughout the day. It’s going to be lots of fun! We can’t wait to see everyone’s outfits!

We are still continuing to welcome lots of new families into the setting throughout October, so the team will be working hard across all rooms to welcome them in and help the children to settle in.

Other important information

Our employee of the month for September is Genna. Genna has worked exceptionally hard over the last few weeks in the absence of her Room Leader. She has kept the room running smoothly and has done a fantastic job. Well done Genna and thank you for your continued hard work!

Can we please remind you to bring in weather appropriate outdoor clothing for your child so that they can go and explore the outdoor environment in all weathers.

For those children who attend nursery on a term time basis, half term is the week commencing 25th October. Those children will be able to return to nursery the following week, the week commencing the 1st November.

Thank you all for a great start to the term!

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

Katie Maybury, Nursery Manager


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