Aug 31, 2021

Peckham August News: Exercise, Painting and Camping Adventures

Nursery children playing indoors

Welcome to our August Newsletter! The month was very busy and exciting for all of us here at Peckham. We would firstly like to take this opportunity to thank and welcome the new families for choosing Peckham Sunhill Nursery. We look forward to welcoming back our term time only children and continuing to guide them on their path to success. We would also like to thank the parents and children who are leaving us to attend “Big” school. We wish you the very best in the next chapter of your learning and development and thank you for being a part of the Peckham Sunhill Nursery family. There has been lots of transitioning throughout the nursery in the different rooms which is a brilliant indication our children are growing and developing.
August news

This month in Star room we focused on farm animals and the different sounds they make. Whilst some of the older children knew each animal name and the sounds they make, their learning was extended as we encouraged them to count how many animals are in the tray. The little ones were encouraged to make the sound and say the correct name of the animals they like.

We also spend lots of time exploring the outdoor garden. This fun time spend outside helped children increase their ability to balance, walk and run. Outdoor play isn’t just good for physical health, but also helps to improve self-esteem and also stimulates all five senses in a way that indoor activities cannot.

This month in  Sunshine room a few of our children moved to the Preschool room. They were encouraged to go and play for few hours a day in the Preschool to help them settle before they finally leave the room. The children were very excited and curious at the same time to move into their new room.

We also had the “Bear Hunt” in the park during our outdoor activities for few days. The children enjoyed this activity which helped with their understanding of the storybook “We’re going on a bear hunt”, which we read daily and the children were able to play with what they know, understand the world and achieving what they set out to do.

In the Preschool room, the children have been experimenting with a variety of coloured paint and paint water. One of the children was talking about rainbows, so we decided to make our rainbow using different colours of paint and sugar paper. The children also observed how a colour can change by mixing the colour with another colour and if they add white to any of the colours it becomes lighter.

Based on the children’s interests and their experiences, we made our campsite in the room that allowed the children to act collaboratively. We made our tent out of lots of natural resources such as tree branches and colourful fabrics for the children to go on camping adventures. We all sat around a pretend campfire and shared some of their experiences.

These themes led the children to have discussions about food, relationships, animals, fire, water, lights and dark.

What’s coming up next month

Recycling helps to reduce the garbage in landfills that can take hundreds of years to break down. It also helps to preserve trees by reducing the need for new paper. Next month we are looking forward to discussing recycling and why is it so important for us and the earth.

On the 25th of September, we are celebrating World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan, where all the children will go to a pretend coffee shop that will be set up in the room to drink pretend coffees.

Other important information

Please be reminded to register with the parent zone if you have not done so thus far. If you are unable to register please contact the office.

The new term starts on Thursday 2nd of September 2021, we look forward to welcoming you back.

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

A reminder for those children who attend on a term time only basis, the new term starts back on Thursday, 2ndSeptember.

Finally, if your child is leaving us at the end of this term to move up to school, their last day will be 31st August unless you have told us otherwise.  If your child is not starting school straight away and you would like them to come to us for any additional sessions early in September, do let me know so that I can check our availability.

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 so much for your continued support.

Abeer Abdelrahman, Nursery Manager

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