Nov 25, 2021

St Nicholas November News: Squirrels, Shortbread and Road Safety

St Nicholas November

Welcome to our November Newsletter! We have all enjoyed another exciting month full of lots of activities and learning. The children have enjoyed participating in Odd Sock Day for Anti Bullying Week, Spotty Day for Children In Need, Road Safety Week, Diwali, Bonfire Night, and lots more!

November news

In Twinkle Stars this month the children have been busy exploring different natural textures they have collected from the garden and woodland walks they have been having. They enjoyed listening to the story “Owl Babies” in the woodland and created a beautiful display around the book using the natural materials they had found. They added feathers from the resources room for soft texture and crunchy autumn leaves for crunchy. They used gloopy glue to stick on wooden discs and twigs for their owls eyes and features. Twinkle Stars have also been practising their independence by taking off their shoes at garden time and attempting (sometimes successfully) to put their wellies on! They have also been enjoying the independence of washing their hands before and after meal times, with a little help if needed. The group have also been exploring Diwali in their tuff tray, using chalk, colour sand and rice to create Rangoli patterns and moulding clay to create beautiful unique Divas to hold candles.

The children in Stars have been exploring Road Safety Week and speaking about why it is important to stop, look and listen when at the roadside. They practiced safe crossing in the garden using the tricycles and chalking a zebra crossing on the pavement. The group have also enjoyed using peppers and potatoes to print poppy pictures for Remembrance Sunday, speaking about the colours they are using, exploring the prints they have created using the vegetables and speaking about healthy foods and their favourite foods as they created. Running with the theme of reusing resources, they also used a cardboard tube, cut slits in one end and fanned them out before dipping them in fluorescent paint and glitter to create beautiful firework prints. This helped the children to practice using scissors and their concentration skills and encouraged them to keep trying when difficulties appear.

Sunshines have been exploring woodland animals in line with World Animal Day this month. They used clay and a variety of natural resources to create their own animal owls and placed them on the tree in the garden whilst looking out for any wildlife they could see. They noticed lots of squirrels running up trees and were very impressed with the big jumps they could do! The children have been getting creative indoors and have selected resources to decorate their pumpkin with. They chose lots of autumnal colours and stuck tissue paper, pipe cleaners, feathers and many more materials onto their pumpkin which is proudly displayed in their room.

Pre-School have had another busy month also exploring Road Safety Week, practising safe crossing in the garden and speaking about waiting for the green man at crossings during group discussions. In line with this, the group have been exploring different types of transport and creating their own models using junk modelling and lots of glue to hold their creations together. The children then raced their models on the car mat track, testing their theories and taking turns to win fairly – they demonstrated fantastic teamwork! Preschool have also enjoyed baking traffic light shortbread, using the scales to measure their ingredients and all moulding their shortbread dough into their versions on traffic lights. The group have also engaged in lots of activities around Remembrance Sunday, Diwali, Firework Night and Anti Bullying week where the whole nursery took part wearing odd socks for a day!

Woodland Wanderers have helped to create a nature table using a power drill carefully and enjoying the responsibility of it. They are now busy filling the nature table with lots of lovely Autumn goodness scavenged from the woodland and all gardens. The challenge this week in the woodland was to find small, medium and large autumn items encouraging the children’s Maths Mastery!

What’s coming up next month

Next month we are looking forward to celebrating lots of festive and seasonal things! We have a fire engine visit on Thursday 17th December, Christmas party, Christmas lunch, Christmas Jumper Day, Exploring Winter, National Robin Day, and lots more!

Other important information

Some important dates for your diary are: Christmas Jumper Day 10th December, Christmas Party and fire engine visit 17th December, and Christmas Lunch 18th December. Also a gentle reminder that the term ends on Friday 17th December and starts again on Thursday 6th January 2022. We also are open on Christmas Eve and close at 1pm this year.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their tremendous support during another busy month. Now the weather has seemed to have taken a turn we would ask that you bring appropriate clothing eg. Named wellies, puddle suit, woolly hats etc to allow us to continue to use our beautiful garden in all weathers. Please be reminded that we welcome parental involvement and would love to see photos of your weekend adventures.

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:


  • 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.

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager



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