Aug 19, 2021

Oxford August News: Tigers, Hockey and Healthy Eating

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our August newsletter! Firstly a big thank you for all being so understanding during our room closures. This month is a busy month for new children starting and having their visits so we would like to welcome them all to OSP.

August news

In August the babies have been spending a lot of time in the garden enjoying the nice weather. They have particularly enjoyed lots of water play activities including filling and emptying jugs to washing the babies with cloths in the water tray. They have also been doing lots of mark making using chalks in the garden and learning the colour names of the chalk which some of the older babies are quickly learning. The babies also celebrated International Cat Day by looking at pictures of cats and creating pictures by doing free drawings using different coloured pencils. The children also done lots of activities for world Lion and Tiger Day using black and orange paint to make their own tigers. They spent lots of time exploring the lions in the sand tray and creating different marks in the sand using the lions.

Toddlers have really enjoyed reading the story of the month, which was “So Much”, and to extend this interest they also made their own portraits by looking in the mirror and talking about their facial features they could see, some of the children spoke about their other body parts too. The children also had a role play party to celebrate birthdays in the garden. They have also been learning about healthy eating and talking about what food is good for you, the children also matched the different fruits and vegetables to the different coloured card.

Preschool have really been practising their gross motor skills outside in the garden by doing a mini sports day using our new sports equipment, they have been practising their throwing and catching skills, and have been learning how to play hockey by getting the ball around the cones. The children were all talking about the Olympics and the different sports involved. They have also been exploring the story colour monster and doing lots of arts and crafts around the story whilst learning about the different emotions and learning how to express their emotions and talk about how they are feeling. We have started saying goodbye to some of our school leavers and we have been talking about how they are feeling about starting school.

What’s coming up next month

The Babies are going to be celebrating the Rugby World Cup and World Rhino Day. The children will make some flags for the World Cup, and they will be creating some rugby ball pictures.

Next month Toddler’s story of the month is a squash and a squeeze where the children will be learning about different animals and the sounds they make as well, as learning about spatial awareness and seeing how many toy animals they can fit inside of a house. Toddlers will be doing “Talk like a pirate day”, where they will practise talking like pirates and do some pirate arts and crafts and looking at books about pirates. Please feel free to dress your child up like a pirate.

Preschool will be welcoming lots of new children from the toddler room so we look forward to them joining us and settling into their new room. Preschool are going to be learning about recycling and doing lots of recycling activities. We will also be doing “Talk like a pirate day” and doing lots of pirate based activities so please feel free to dress your child up for this day on the 20th September.

Other important information

As we go outside in all weathers, please make sure you bring what your child will need for the current weather. If you could all please bring in a named hat to stay at nursery so we can ensure all children have their own hats.

Good luck to all of our children that are moving onto school, we will miss you lots but we know you will all love school. We love seeing photos of our children and what they get up to at home, so please do continue to upload photos and videos to Eylog. Please add photos to your children’s Eylog so we can share these photos with the children. We love receiving photos and videos of the children when they are at home and out and about doing different things.

We are continuing with our current Covid 19 procedures so we would ask that all parents and carers wear a face mask still at drop off and pick up please as we want to continue doing what we can to keep our staff and family as safe as possible.

Thank you all for your recent reviews on Google, Facebook or Your kind words and feedback really do make our day and we really appreciate the time spent on leaving us a review. If you haven’t yet had the chance to write a review and would like to, we would be very grateful. You can do this on Google, Facebook or

Activity for home

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.

Paint with your hands and feet

  • Get a long roll of lining paper, old wall paper or material
  • Choose what colours to use to decorate with
  • Then use your hands and feet to decorate the paper
  • Display the artwork in your windows for people to see

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making using their body
  • Sensory experience of paint on their body
  • Colours
  • Shapes and sizes
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc
  • Give meaning to marks they make

Please share photos of your child’s activity on the app. We look forward to seeing your child’s creations!

Thank you for your continued support.

Sarah Heatlie, Deputy Manager

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