We would like to welcome all of our parents and families back to nursery! As well as all of our new families and their children, who are settling in so well.
We also welcomed some new staff members this month! We have a new RoomLeader for the baby room and her name is Martina. She is highly qualified and experienced member of staff, who will be introducing herself to the baby room families. A very warm welcome, Martina, it is great to have you on the team!
This month in Star room and Twinkle Star room, we have been busy welcoming our the new children, ensuring that they are settling into nursery life. The children have enjoyed lots of water play in the room this month, which helped to develop and strengthen the children’s fine motor skills. To extend this, the team added into the water tray a mixture of different materials, such as bottles, sponges, leaves and logs. The children were able to enhance their gross motor skills, coordination and physical fitness through lifting, pouring, carrying and splashing. Most importantly, all of the children had a lot of fun!
This month in Sunshine room, the team have also been busy welcoming lots of new children into the room. Some children transitioned from our baby room and some children are brand new to the nursery. Everyone is settling in so well and making lots of new friends!
The children have read a book called ‘Daddy and Tom Go Shopping’ this month and have thoroughly enjoyed it. To extend on this, the children wrote in their own words a shopping list and then went to the pretend shop in the home corner. They used shopping baskets and pretend money to go shopping. This also helped the children to develop their number recognition.
To follow the children’s interest, we went on a trip to Asda to look at the variety of fruits and vegetables. As a group, we discussed together the importance of each of them and why is good to have a healthy and balanced diet.
In the Pre-School room this month, the children have been talking about road safety. The children went for a walk in the local community to look at traffic lights and zebra crossings. As a group, we spoke about stopping, looking left and right, and listening for coming traffic. We also spoke about being safe outside and always crossing the road with an adult.
When the children returned to nursery, they created their own red and green men using different colours of paint. They looked at the patterns of a zebra crossing and also created their own. Some of the children wrote down the important safety words used.
Throughout the month, the children have also been getting to know each other. They used mirrors to create self-portraits, looking at their eye colour and if they have long or short hair. To extend this, the children used a variety of different of medias, including wool for hair and tissue paper for eyes, to create their own self-portraits.
What’s coming up next month
Next month, we are looking forward to celebrating Black History Month from the 1st of October. The children will have the opportunity to understand Black history over the coming weeks through a variety of different activities. This year’s theme is ‘The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity’.
Other important information
Please make sure you have access to ParentZone in order to receive your child’s daily record, observations and assessments. It is also really important for all parents to complete their child’s personal information on ParentZone.
If you need help registering or logging in to ParentsZone, please speak to a member of staff or drop us an email so that we can help you gain access.
Thank you all for a great start to the term!
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.
- 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
- 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
Abeer Abdelrahman, Nursery Manager