Nov 18, 2021

Peckham November News: Supermarkets, Cornflower and Coordination

Staff helping children cook

We would like to welcome all our parents and carers to our November newsletter! Is it such a very busy month and we are looking forward to Christmas, we were hoping to have a Christmas party for all parents and children but looking at the Covid situation we need to find another alternative to celebrate Christmas for everyone’s safety.

We are still going to have a Christmas party and dinner for children, and all the Christmas photos will be shared through our ParentZone app.

We enjoyed meeting some of our parents during parents’ evenings and we are so looking forward to meeting the rest of the parents so please make sure you have booked an appointment that is convenient for you.

November news

This month in the Twinkle Star and Star rooms the children had lots of fun exploring sensory play. We played with clingfilm and paint by mixing the colours white and black underneath, which helped the children to learn new words such as “soft”, “touch” and “gentle”.

We also practised rolling coloured balls backward and forward to each other, which is a fun and affective way to improve children’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which are such important parts of the developmental progression process.

Finally, the children also explored a new sensory experience this month! With a sand tray, the children loved finding all sorts of textures within, including rough textures, alongside other softer textures created by mixing cornflour with water. By mixing these, the children found out that both solid and liquid textures can be created!

This month in Sunshine room we did lots of activities around Remembrance Day, most notably using red paint, black paper, pencil, glue, and scissors to make their own poppies. By using scissors, the children practised lots of various skills such as hand-eye coordination, two-handed coordination and developing fine motor skills.

To extend this the children read stories about brave soldiers which help the children getting to know a new variety of sounds, words, and language.

The Preschool room have also had such a busy month! It really became a habit that at least once a week the children are engaged in cooking activities. These have a huge range of benefits on the children’s development such as encouraging child-led thinking, problem solving and creativity. Furthermore, it allows children to count, measure, and follow a sequence with directions, but most importantly they have fun while mastering a variety of new skills!

To extend their learning the children were involved in the shopping for ingredients by going to our local supermarket. We also worked on number recognition whilst measuring the ingredients using a kitchen scale.

The children were extremely lucky to learn some French words with our colleague Irene from Sunshine room during circle time such as “hello” (bonjour), “my name is” (je m’appelle) and goodbye (au revoir), why not try these at home! They also were trying to sing together head, shoulders, knees, and toes song in French alongside familiar gestures.

What’s coming up next month

We are so excited for Christmas, a period of celebrations and joy. In all rooms we are going to provide the children with information about Christmas, through books, movies, stories, and objects, so they gain an insight into the celebration – a basic understanding about its meaning – and the opportunity to recall previous festive memories or create new ones.

We are going to have a Christmas dinner for all the children on the 14th of December, the a Christmas party on the 17th of December between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. All the children are welcome; children who doesn’t attend on Thursday are welcome to attend to.

On the 24th of December the nursery closes at 1:00 pm for Christmas break and the nursery will open on the 4th of January at 8:00am.

Other important information

We are still going to have a Christmas party and dinner for children, and all the Christmas photos will be shared through our ParentZone app.

We enjoyed meeting some of our parents during parents’ evenings and we are so looking forward to meeting the rest of the parents so please make sure you have booked an appointment that is convenient for you.

This month, we have received a lot of new reviews on Daynurseries, Google and Facebook. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They are hugely appreciated by our team! If you haven’t had the chance to write a review yet, you can write one on Daynurseries by clicking here, on Google or on Facebook. Thank you for your continued support!

Here’s to a fantastic and very festive month ahead!

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.

Create your own stained glass window

Please follow the activity idea below:

Activity:

  • Use card to make a window, draw and cut out panes for the window.
  • Use tissue paper or sweet wrappers to create your stained glass effect, stick with glue or sellotape.
  • Alternatively you could do this with newspaper and old magazines.
  • Display for all to see.

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, cut, square, circle, window, red, blue, green, etc.
  • Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem.
  • Use of tools for a purpose.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

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

Please continue to share what your child has been doing within their home life on the parent app, their interests and their development, so their key person can see this and use towards helping them monitor their development and learning.

Abeer Abdelrahman, Nursery Manager

 

Cooked gingerbread men
Nursery children baking
Nursery child baking
Nursery child baking
Nursery children baking
Nursery children learning to cook
Nursery child playing with plastic balls
Nursery child playing with paint
Nursery child playing with paint
Nursery child playing with sand
Nursery children playing with sand

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