Oct 28, 2020

Iver October News: Space, Mindfulness and Navarati

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

October news

 big welcome to our new children and their families who joined us this month! As well as two new faces on our nursery team – Practitioner Yogita and Room Leader Dessy. Both are qualified practitioners with a wealth of experience and we are delighted to see them settling in so quickly.  

As usual, we have been very busy at Iver. The nursery team have planned wonderful, creative activities and learning opportunities based on World Space Week, Navarati and Autumn. We have also been getting ourselves ready for Halloween and enjoying many activities based on this.

In the babies room, the children enjoyed taking part in activities centred around stars to celebrate World Space Week by singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and talking about the star shape. The children also made shiny, silver stars out of tin foil to hang around our room. The babies loved looking at how shiny they were. We followed this interest to our sensory class where the children explored shiny objects and looked at their faces in reflective surfaces. Our sensory classes have also been an opportunity to explore Autumn, with bags full of leaves and colours to explore  

The older children have had a great month exploring everything from literacy to science. The children have been learning a part of the poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ which has given them the opportunity to learn about poetry as a different form of communicationThey have also been continuing to learn phonics, playing “I spy” and similar games to begin and extend their recognition of the initial sounds of words. 

The children have also been drawing the initial shapes needed to begin to write their first letters, using fingers, pencils, chalks and paint. The children loved discovering the different planets in our solar system during World Space Week; learning all the planet’s names through songs and making their very own solar system which the children were delighted to hang in their room. They created this solar system using balloons, Papier Mache and paint. The children even created and beautifully decorated space helmets out of cardboard boxes and took a trip to the moon!  

Mindfulness has become a big part of the children’s day with early morning yoga sessions, broadening their knowledge of feelings and emotions, and even listening to calming, sensory sounds like rainfall. The children have the opportunity to talk about their feelings every day and they discuss different ways of making themselves and others feel better. 

We enjoyed celebrating Navarati across the setting. This was a great opportunity to celebrate the Indian culture by creating rangoli patterns and reading stories. The children and nursery team all dressed up in traditional Indian clothes and listened to the story of the Goddess who defeated evil and helped keep peace on Earth.  

We are now working alongside the Slough Food Bank where we are able to continue our contributions to those most in need. We would love to thank you all for  bringing food items in, the children now have a good grasp on the meaning of charity as a way of helping those in need.  

What’s coming up in November

In November, we will be celebrating Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. Please look out for posters regarding these events as we will be planning lots of fun activities for the children to be involved. All provide fantastic learning opportunities for the children and we look forward to celebrating them all.

Other important information

As the weather is getting colder, we ask that children arrive with suitable clothing, such as gloves, scarves and welly boots so that they can continue to enjoy their outdoor play. 

Back in summer, we held a vote on our social media accounts for your favourite Old Station Nursery recipes. We counted up the votes and sent in our parents’ favourite main, dessert and snack for the cookery book which Nursery Management Today were putting together. 50% of the profits made from the sales of this cookery cook will go to NHS Charities Together to support our amazing health care workers. We are extremely pleased that the some of the recipes we submitted have been chosen to be in this cookbook. We have pre-ordered our cookbook which should arrive to nursery in December. If you wish to order a book or learn more, visit NMT’s website here.

If you have time, we would be very grateful if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries. You can do this online by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support.

Yamuna Jayasinghe, Nursery Manager 

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