Aug 26, 2021

St Nicholas August News: Sunflowers, Sculptures and Volcanoes

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Welcome to our August Newsletter! Another busy month has been had here at St Nicholas Nursery with us welcoming new families to the setting and covering lots of planned activities following our vast curriculum. The staff and children have enjoyed exploring and learning about fossils and dinosaurs, growing and measuring, tactile science opportunities and much more!

August news

Twinkle Stars have been investigating what happens to dry materials when you add liquid, using their gross motor skills to manipulate the mixtures. They added water to sand and created sculptures and marks in it using their fingers and toes, coloured water to flour to create dough aiding their fine motor skills and writing muscles in their hands to promote early mark making. They also really enjoyed the strange texture of cornflour, tricking the children into thinking the solution would be runny and wet when it really was flaky and stiff to move around the tray. Twinkle Stars have also expressed their emotions and practiced their early balancing with some of the children just starting to toddle through music and movement using the multicultural instruments.

Stars have enjoyed junk modelling this month, using recycled materials from our resources room, creating and experimenting with coloured glues they created on the art easel independently. They used huge boxes to climb in and out of, expressing their imagination when creating ‘houses’, ‘stables’ and ‘shops’ which then led to discussions around who lives in our house, exploring people that are special to us and practicing our turn taking and listening skills during circle time. Stars have also been super busy with malleable materials including creating their own playdough which involved measuring the ingredients, exploring the textures of the ingredients and adding sensory components – one of the favourites being mint and thyme grown in our garden train planter under Twinkle Stars window!

Sunshines have been caring so well for their sunflower seedlings this month that to their surprise they have grown into beautiful, tall and very elegant sunflowers in their garden planters! The children are so proud and take turns to water them daily, measure their progress of growing and recording the numbers on a chart displayed in their room. The children have also been exploring and showing lots of interest in how things can be connected – exercising their creative ideas using duplo, moblio and linking discs to create wonderful structures.

The children in Preschool share a very keen interest in Dinosaurs and the history around how they became extinct. They have explored and spoken about volcanos and how they erupt, fossils and how they appear, how big dinosaurs were, what they would have eaten and how some of them swam, could fly, and practiced their dinosaur stomping around the garden! Following on from their interests, the children helped the practitioners to create a Dinosaur Land tuff tray containing key words, dinosaur names, loose letters to allow them to create their own dinosaur names and copy the flashcards and letter sequences. The children enjoyed forming words and practicing their literacy skills independently, showing pride in their findings and creations.

What’s coming up next month

In September, the staff ad children at St Nicholas will be participating in lots of different and exciting activities such as; Recycle Week, International Literacy Day, Welcoming Autumn with the Autumn Equinox and Rugby World Cup.

Other important information

We have had a lovely summer and are looking forward to welcoming all of our families back on Monday 6th September 2021. A gentle reminder with packed meals from home, please ensure they are healthy and strictly nut free as we have children and staff attending having Epi Pen allergies that we must ensure are protected from reactions.

Lastly, please can you ensure that you adhere to session times and be aware that late picks ups are chargeable.

We also wanted to remind you of our refer a friend scheme. When you refer a friend and they join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 discount off your next invoice. We know that you are always recommending us, so we just wanted to say a big thank you for your referrals. There is no limit on referring your friends, so please do refer as many people as you like! We are always very grateful for your support and look forward to welcoming more of your friends into our nursery family. For more information and terms and conditions, speak to your nursery manager.

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

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!

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, it is always hugely appreciated.

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager

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Nursery child making sculpture
Staff helping nursery children measure sunflower
Nursery child measuring sunflower
Nursery child playing with sand

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