Sep 20, 2021

Royston September News: Creativity, Colours and Messy Play

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Dear parents,

Welcome to this month’s newsletter. We have been delighted to welcome back our term time only children as well as some new children and their families. We have also been sad to say goodbye to lots of our pre-school children as they move on to their new adventures at big school. As the weather has cooled down, it has become more comfortable to spend longer periods of time in the garden, which the children have taken full advantage of!

September news

This month, the children in Twinkle Stars have enjoyed being creative! They have been busy decorating paper plates and using different materials to explore sensory involvement. The children have also enjoyed stacking the blocks on top of each other and watching them fall down again. This is very good for developing the children’s fine motor skills. The dinosaurs were used to stamp around in messy play and paint this month. The children have also been busy solving puzzles, fitting the correct pieces into the puzzles spaces.

The new children who have moved into Shooting Stars in September have settled in so well and have been busy bonding with their key worker. A very warm welcome to you all!

The children in Shooting Stars have been enjoying exploring different types and textures of messy play this month. They enjoyed playing with rainbow cooked pasta, playdough, rice and wet sand. The children also enjoyed singing time; their favourite nursery rhyme to sing this month was ‘Riding Along in My Little Red Tractor’. When we sing that song in the room, all of the children join in and they get very excited! They enjoy the actions and choosing the different colours.

This month in the garden, the children are becoming confident with climbing up the ladder to use the slide and then sliding down! They are enjoying different activities in the garden, especially the water play. The children have been testing their physical abilities by using the soft play.

In the Sunshines room, the children have been learning about animals this month. The children have been singing ‘Baby Shark’ and building a sea world in their water play. The new children are settling into Sunshines really well and learning everyone’s names with the ‘Tik Tok’ song. The children have been learning about the weather this month, using weather flash cards. They have also had lots of fun chasing bubbles in the garden and are learning to throw and catch the ball with their friends.

Pre School 1 have been learning self care throughout September, looking after the babies and learning how to dress themselves with their coats and wellies. They have also been looking at the dinosaur bones in the tuff tray, trying to find them in the sand. They have learnt lots of new shapes during circles time and practised how to pronounce their names.

As a group, we have also been talking about different countries and looking at their flags. We have been talking about the many types of weather that we get in England and the children loved jumping in the muddy puddles outside in their wellies on the rainy days. The children have continued with their healthy eating topic this month and enjoyed placing foods into their correct groups.

Over the past few weeks, Pre School 2 have been learning about changes in colours using paint. They have experimented by mixing two colours together to find out what happens. As a group, we discussed which colour we thought it would make and then which colour it actually did make.

What’s coming up next month

Next month, the children have lots of fun and engaging activities to look forward to. A highlight of the month is, of course, Halloween! We are all looking forward to celebrating Halloween at the end of the month and invite all children (and staff!) to dress up for the occasion if they would like to do so. We look forward to seeing your creative outfits this year – they always impress us so much!

Other important information

We are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Deputy Managers, Carrie, as she is moving on to a new adventure. We would, however, like to extend a very warm welcome to Amelia and Florrie who are joining our team. They look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks!

Thank you for a brilliant start to September!

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

Jan Homewood, Nursery Manager

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