We have had a fantastic month, full of celebrations and opportunities to learn about diverse cultures.
We have had so many babies joining us this month and we are so proud of how well the new children are settling in. A very warm welcome to all of our new families!
This month, the babies really enjoyed their big colourful Diwali celebration where they created lanterns, danced to music and explored their senses with colourful lights. The children also enjoyed some delicious Indian food for lunch. They have also very much enjoyed learning animal sounds which our wonderful practitioners extended by introducing play farm into the room. This helped our practitioners talk to the children about tractors and different types of animals. This was all tied together with a sing-along of the songs ‘Old MacDonald’ and ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’. The children have also been learning the parts of the body, singing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ to help them along!
Our 2 – 3s have explored many festivities in November, starting the month by creating bright and colourful firework pictures using coloured powder and card to celebrate Bonfire Night. They discussed how fireworks make lights in a dark sky and how some might go “bang”! This prepared us for Diwali later on in the month where we revisited fireworks by examining images, identifying the colours and seeing if the children could find these colours elsewhere in the environment. The children also enjoyed listening to and dancing to traditional Indian music as well as exploring the use of divas as part of the festival of light. Throughout November, the children have also loved using musical instruments to express themselves and are beginning to identify the instruments that they are using as they recreate the songs they hear. They have also been extending their language by reading a wide variety of books and are now starting to seek out books independently.
November has been a very busy month for our pre–schoolers. The children observed Remembrance Day by exploring a poem all about heroes who looked after our country and by making and decorating their very own poppies. Children in Need gave the children an opportunity to discuss what a charity is and how they can help children less fortunate. The children wore their pyjamas to nursery and donated money to the charity. The children celebrated Diwali by taking part in celebratory traditional Indian folk dancing, painting and decorating divas, and exploring the story of Rama and Sita. This was all brought together by a lovely homemade curry feast, courtesy of our fantastic chef Andy!
This month has seen the introduction of classical music during lunch and tea time where the children can observe a moment or two of mindfulness and peace. During this time, the children enjoy listening to Vivaldi, Bach and Debussy, and use their listening skills to communicate which instruments they can hear. We were amazed by how well the children were able to name a wide variety of different instruments that they can identify by sound – thank you Dessy for implementing this. Our pre-schoolers have also had a chance to be budding scientists this month, creating a volcano, watching it erupt and offering comments about what they have observed.
What’s coming up in December
December will be a big month of celebration. We will be sending out a further communication to update you on all events that we will be participating in once plans are finalised. We are all very excited for some festive fun!
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
It is time to share your children’s development and achievements! As always, we value your contributions towards your child’s development. Parent phone consultations will commence from 1st – 23rd December. Please call to book your 10-minute slot.
The last day we are open this year will be December 24th and we will return for the New Year on 4th January 2021.
The online portal is very nearly ready for parent access. This portal will be a fantastic opportunity for you to catch up on your child’s day and ongoing development which we are very keen to share with you. Thank you for your patience while we make this happen.
Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager