Oct 28, 2020

Mottershead Drive October News: New Cultures, Outdoor Learning and World Space Week

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October news

This month, Mottershead Drive celebrated the importance of diversity and inclusion through European Languages Day which landed at the very end of September.

During the 0-2s circle time, the team incorporated various languages to greet and welcome each individual. This provocation was extended by the children decorating flags and being introduced to more languages and countries. With Chloe being Welsh and Rio being Irish, they shared their knowledge and understanding of their secondary language too by translating popular nursery rhymes and songs. 

The 2-3s have been busy this month exploring the great outdoors and especially the mud kitchen in Forest School. They discovered mixing mud, flour and water made a wonderful mud dough. The children made wonderful imaginative models using sticks, bark and stones to enhance their creativity. 

Meanwhile, the 3-4s have been very busy this month celebrating World Space Week. Each day, the children participated in a different space themed activity. This ranged from exploring ‘galaxy gloop‘ and creating playdough aliens, to creating their very own rocket and performing a launch! 

The nursery also hosted an Italian themed meal this month. As two of our children are Italian, we thought it would be an enjoyable experience for the children to make and taste traditional Italian food. All age groups made scrumptious pizzas, choosing their own toppings and trialing the food as they went along. The pizzas were then cooked and consumed at teatime, followed by a tasty bowl of Gelato. What a treat! 

We were also very pleased to take part in National Baking Week this month. Hayley is our Healthy Eating Food Ambassador and to celebrate National Baking Week, Hayley and the children enjoyed baking healthy and extremely yummy treats. The groups explored all the ingredientsweighing and mixing all the ingredients. The children made tasty muesli cookies and cheese jacks. 

What’s coming up in November

We have a busy month ahead of us! 

On Thursday 5th November, the children will be celebrating Bonfire Night. The children will explore the meaning behind Guy Fawkes Night, experience sparklers, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and have hotdogs/burgers for tea, followed by some delicious hot chocolate. 

On Wednesday 11th November, we will be commemorating Remembrance Day. Although we are unable to lay a wreath this year, the children will be creating their own poppies as a mark of respect. 

On Friday 13th November, we will be taking part in Children In Need. The children are invited to join the staff in spotty clothing and help raise money for charity. Tasty cakes will also be for sale at the end of day. 

If you have any queries regarding these events, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Other important information

Admission to Infant school: The admissions team are preparing paperwork to send out to all parents of children who are due to start school in September 2021. This information will advise you on how to apply for a school place. You should receive this information in November. If you have not received the information by 1st December, please contact the admissions team by email school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk or telephone 01452 725407. 

Any child born between the 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 can start school from the 1st September. Gloucestershire county council co-ordinates the admission of children to primary or infant school therefore you must apply to receive a school place for you child by the closing date 15th January 2021. 

The 16th April is allocation day and you will then find out which school has been offered. 

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.

On a final note, the team and I at Mottershead Drive are sincerely grateful and would like to thank all the parents and carers for their continued support. I believe we have built very strong relationships with all our parents and the impact on your child’s learning because of these solid associations is undeniable. 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.

I would like to remind all parents that Mottershead Drive has an open-door policy. The staff and I are always here if you have any queries, concerns or wish to discuss anything. 

Kelly Hall, Nursery Manager

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