Nov 25, 2020

Heyford November News: Sensory Play, Outdoor Learning and Creativity

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

November news

We have had a very busy month here at Heyford! We have celebrated a number of national and international events throughout November which helped to offer new learning opportunities to the children.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our food bank appeal for Children in Need. We had a fantastic response and it is really important to us to help our Heyford community. Your support is much appreciated in our efforts to do so!

We have had a busy month celebrating Remembrance day, Diwali and Bonfire night! There has been so many colourful, exciting activities going on as I walk through the nursery.   

We said saying a big “well done” to Celia who has completed and passed her Level 3 qualification. We are all very proud of you! Your hard work and commitment has thoroughly paid off.

In the baby room this month, the children have enjoyed all things sensory; exploring different sights, sounds, smells, and textures! The children have done finger painting, investigated oat play, thoroughly enjoyed the noisy foil blanket and splashed in foamy water – to name just a few sensory related activities. The book area has been very popular as well throughout November. The children have been looking at books together, pointing to objects and naming them, and feeling the textured pages. We decided to put our big outdoor slide in the room for a week which boosted the younger children’s confidence in using it. 

The team in Tots have been using the special events throughout November to teach the children about why we celebrate them as well as enjoying getting very messy in the process with paint! The staff showed the children the Cbeebies story about why we use poppies as a symbol for Remembrance Day and talked to them about it. Then they used cue tips to carefully paint poppies and made big paper plate ones too. For Bonfire Night, the children looked at images of fireworks and then made splat pictures with paintbrushes which, as you can imagine, resulted in paint everywhere! They also made rockets with cardboard tubes to zoom around outside with. 

The Preschool been busy this month enjoying the outside in all weathers! The children have been playing with leaves, watching them float down as they throw them high, watching the big Red Kites hovering right over our heads and then deciding to use the leaves as ‘wings’ to ‘fly’ around the garden. The children have been using the equipment in the garden to further their play, creating pirate ships to sail the seas and find desert islands with treasure on! The children have also been tackling lots of obstacle courses; building them themselves, with opportunities for ‘big jumps’ and balancing.

What’s coming up in December

We are all eager to get festive this year! I think we are all keen to make everything extra ‘Christmassy’ this year! So watch this space for all the Christmas activities we have planned once everything has been finalised.

Our Christmas party week will take place from the 14th – 17th December with messy play, presents, cooking, music galore and a virtual visit from Santa! We invite all children to wear a Christmas jumper to nursery on Friday 11th for charity. Please bring in a small donation.  

Stewart will be making his legendary Christmas lunch with all the trimmings on Wednesday 16th. We are already excited!

We will also be taking part in The Old Station Nursery Group Christmas Advent Challenge. Each day in the lead up to Christmas, one nursery within the group will take part in a Christmas challenge and post a photo or video to our social media channels. We welcome parents to join in; tag us and use the hashtag #OSNAdventChallenge. For more information, take a look at our social media channels!

Other important information

You will have seen that we have a new ‘Fogging Machine’ which we will be using to give all of our rooms an extremely thorough clean once each a week. This is to add an extra layer of safety to our nursery for all our children, parents and staff.

Louise Nicholls, Deputy Nursery Manager 

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