Sep 20, 2021

Oxford September News: Colours, Yoga and Water Play

Oxford Preschool

Welcome to our September newsletter! We have enjoyed meeting all of our new families this month and getting to know the new children who have started over the past few weeks. The children have been enjoying the varying weather we have been having; from running around in the sun to splashing in puddles in their wellie boots. We have also had Sophie back this month since she had baby Arthur, doing some keeping in touch days, which has been lovely.

September news

In the baby room, the children have been busy practising their physical skills using the push along toys to help them walk around and explore outside in the garden. This has helped the children to see everything from a different perspective. They have been enjoying playing in the water tray outside, exploring the sea creatures and learning the names of them. The children especially enjoyed doing lots of splashing and laughing with their friends. The babies have also been learning about colours and grouping the same-coloured objects together by using coloured pasta as well as our colourful balls from the ball pit, which they have really enjoyed exploring.

We have started preparing some of our older babies for their transition to toddlers. The children have been busy meeting the toddler staff and talking to them in the garden. Some of them have started going through for little visits so that they can get used to the new environment before they will move up a bit later in the year.

Group time has been really enjoyed this month as the children are learning the actions to familiar songs. They like hearing these familiar songs and they have also been practising their dancing when listening to the music too.

In the toddler room this month, the children have really loved being outside as much as possible. They have been exploring the sea creatures in the water tray as well as washing and dressing the babies. The children have also loved exploring the new sensory toys, learning about the different cause and effect. The story of the month has been ‘A Squash and Squeeze’ and the children have been exploring a sensory farm in the tuff tray, exploring all of the different textures. We have said goodbye to some of our older children as they have moved on to the preschool room, it looks like they are having a great time in there. We are so incredibly proud of their development!

This month, preschool have been busy welcoming new children into the room. They have settled in so well and the term time only children have been happy to be back after having the summer off. We have been able to welcome Tatty Bumpkin back which is our yoga sessions for the children. They have really enjoyed the sessions so far and all did fantastically well! Preschool have also been learning about recycling in preparation for Recycling Week; learning about the importance of recycling and which items can be recycled. The children are also learning about the change of seasons as the weather is starting to change as well as how the leaves will start to fall from the trees soon.

Preschool have been learning about using their imagination and creative skills. They were tasked with the challenge of incorporating a black circle into a picture. The children did so well and created spiders, houses, flowers, Mummy and different sized circles. They also learnt about numbers and shapes during this activity.

The children have also been really enjoying doing different types of puzzles and working together to get them complete, finding the pieces they needed together.

What’s coming up next month

We have a busy October ahead of us! On the 3rd October, the children will be celebrating Grandparent’s Day. With all of the photos we have received, the children will get creative, making cards for their grandparents or other people that are special to them.

The children will also be celebrating World Animal Day on the 4th October, so we will be doing lots of animal-based activities throughout the whole nursery. The children will be learning about different animals and the habitats they live in.

Of course, we have Halloween on the 31st October, so we welcome children to come to nursery dressed up on the 28th and 29th October. We will be doing various Halloween based activities in each room; from a Halloween party to Halloween baking and Halloween sensory trays. The babies will be exploring the pumpkins and the slime inside them and learning to scoop the inside of the pumpkins out whilst hearing and learning lots of new words.

The children will also be celebrating World Space Week from the 4th to the 10th October. Preschool will be learning a song about space and the different planets. They will also be making and exploring galaxy space playdough and widening their vocabulary when talking and learning about different things related to space.

Also on the 16th October, we have World Food Day where our amazing Nursery Chef, Tracy, will make us some yummy food to try.

Other important information

As the weather is starting to change, could we please ask that all children bring in labelled wellington boots and a waterproof suit to stay at nursery as we do go outside in all weathers.

Could please ask all of our parents and carers to wear a facemask at drop off and collection time, unless you are exempt. We are doing all we can to keep our staff and children as safe as possible. Your cooperation and understanding is much appreciated.

In the car park, could we please request that parents drive straight up past the first exit and enter the car park at the top entrance please, so we can avoid any accidents happening. You can then exit at the opposite end of the car park.

If your start time is 8am, the staff will come to the door/gate to collect children at the start of their session. If your session finishes at 1pm, could we please ask you to ensure you are at nursery to collect by 1pm as we have children coming in at 1pm for the afternoon session.

Thank you all for your understanding.

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.

Threading cards

Activity:

  • What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
  • Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
  • Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
  • When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
  • Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
  • Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
  • When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.

What will your child be learning?

  • Independence, creativity and choice
  • Mark making
  • Colours
  • Shapes and size
  • Developing fine motor skills
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
  • Use of tools for a purpose
  • How to use scissors safely
  • Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
  • Counting numbers in sequence
  • Hand to eye coordination
  • Building attention skills and patience

Sarah Heatlie, Deputy Nursery Manager


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