Oct 26, 2021

Oxford October News: Sea, Space and Grandparents

Oxford October

Welcome to our October newsletter! We have been spending lots of time outside exploring the various weathers we are currently experiencing from rainy mornings to sunny afternoons.

October news

In the baby room the children have been busy getting creative making cards for their grandparents for grandparents’ day, they really enjoyed looking at the photos of their grandparents which were sent in by families and the children had big smiles on their faces when they noticed who was in the photos. The babies also explored pictures of planets and they explored a space sensory tray with pretend planets and sensory bottles. The babies are getting a lot more confident in joining in with their weekly boogie beats sessions and they are begging to copy actions and get more involved in the session. We have also been enjoying exploring the autumn treasures in a sensory tray that our babies collected with their families. We are now preparing the room for Halloween and getting activities ready for it.

In Toddlers the children have loved exploring all the items they had collected with their families this involved a lot of communication about the things they had found and where they had found them this introduced lots of new words and descriptive language about the objects and the different colours of them when they were exploring the autumn tuff tray.  We have also been exploring the fallen leaves from the trees outside and how they change colours.

Toddlers really enjoyed space week where they explored a sensory tuff tray of black sand, glitter and shiny planets, they also read the story whatever next which led to lots of communication about space.

Preschool have been showing a big interest in sea creatures for a while now so they have continued exploring the different sea creatures and learning the different names of the sea creatures and learning lots of information about them all. The children have been doing junk modelling to create different sea creatures from whales and jelly fish to seahorses. They have also shown an interest in fairy tales, so we have been focusing on extending the children’s interest and learning on the stories Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs by creating the pigs houses using different materials, they have also been reenacting the Troll’s bridge from Billy Goats Gruff.

Space week was a really big hit again this year in preschool as they learnt a really catchy song about planets, read lots of books about space and they loved the sensory tray of black rice with pictures of planets, stars and astronauts.

What’s coming up next month

We have lots of exciting days to look forward to in November!

Next month we are looking forward to Bonfire Night where we will be looking at pictures and videos of bonfires and fireworks then creating our own firework masterpieces. The children will also be looking at pictures of poppies and creating pictures for Remembrance Day, there is also a short video clip for the children to watch whilst the staff do their 2 minutes silence. We also have World Kindness Day on the 13th of November so we will be talking about gentle hands, being nice to our friends and being kind to each other and how we can do different things to be kind.

Toddlers have shown a big interest in the story Stickman so this will be the story of the month and they will be doing lots of activities based on Stickman.

In November preschool will be continuing to look at traditional stories to extend their interest.

We will also be doing lots of activities for children in need from arts and crafts to baking, we will be dressing up in pyjamas or Pudsey bear clothing on Friday the 19th if we could please ask for donations towards Children in Need.

Other important information

Please do dress your children up for Halloween as we have lots of fun Halloween activities planned!

We are very happy to have welcomed Sophie back from maternity leave and her and her son are settling into the nursery routine well. We are very sad to say goodbye to Kayleigh as she moves onto a new adventure.

We will be wearing red on the 11th of November for Remembrance Day so if you could dress your child in something red please.

Please could we ask parents to label their children’s coats, clothes and wellies.

We have enjoyed seeing all the children smiling for their photos and we look forward to seeing the lovely photos Alex has managed to capture.

Tracy our amazing chef will be helping the children do some Halloween baking.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Home activity

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

Activity:

  • 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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Sarah Heatlie, Deputy Manager


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