Oct 26, 2021

St Nicholas October News: Tomatoes, Spaceships and Seaweed

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to our October Newsletter! We have all enjoyed another exciting month full of lots of activities and learning. The children have enjoyed getting creative with pumpkins, exploring space and practising and developing their fine and gross motor skills. We have loved welcoming Autumn and exploring the changes and beautiful colours it has brought with it.

October news

In Twinkle Stars this month the children have been busy experimenting with printing and exploring the marks a range of resources made. They particularly enjoyed printing with dinosaurs, dipping their feet into paint and printing it onto their paper whilst making ‘stomp’ and ‘splat’ noises. The children loved exploring different textures in their tuff tray and using the diggers to transport materials around the tray. They explored their sense of sound, listening carefully for the ‘crunching’ and ‘cracking’ the diggers made as they scooped up the mud, dried cereal and sand in the tray. In Twinkle Stars the children have also been lucky enough to explore some seaweed that a member of the group kindly brought in to show their friends. They investigated the texture of the seaweed in their hands, looked at different patterns on the seashells and listened to the sound of the ocean that the shells made when held to their ear.

The children in Stars have been practising their fine and gross motor skills with some large threading activities this month. They recycled old kitchen roll tubes and large ropes and used their negotiation skills to carefully thread the tubes on, counting how many they used as they went. This was a great team work activity and the children helped each other by holding the ropes for one another whilst threading, well done Stars! The children have also noticed lots of pumpkins and Halloween decorations whilst they have been out with their families and have been sharing with their friends and key workers what they have seen. To continue this excitement for Halloween they have experimented with decorating pumpkins. They used paint, glue and a range of sticking resources to create their amazing masterpieces.

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 and had lots of fun celebrating World Space week! They explored books and looked at the different spaceships and then created their own spaceship models. Some children used junk modelling to create their spaceships whilst others chose to make theirs from the building materials in the room such as lego, moblio and magnets. This lead to discussions of numbers as the children counted down to blast off and they then chose numbers to add to their spaceships. For Halloween, the children in Preschool decided to turn their pumpkins into a spider using paints and sticking materials! They spoke about spiders and that they are insects and then ventured into the garden to search for more bugs and insects. They found lots of ladybirds and enjoyed counting their spots and using their fact sheets to identify which types of ladybirds they had found.

In Woodland Wanderers the children have enjoyed harvesting their tomatoes that they have grown in our garden. They were excited to see the tomatoes growing bigger and carefully plucked them from their plants and collected them in pots. They have also been exploring different ways of painting and had lots of fun creating patterns with salad spinners and paints. They noticed that it made the paint swirl around the paper as they spun the wheel. The children also made their own clay owls after an interest in the story Owl Babies and nocturnal animals due to the change in season.

What’s coming up next month

Next month we are looking forward to celebrating Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance Day, Children in Need, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and many more. We look forward to sharing our activities with you!

Other important information

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their tremendous support during a very busy month. Now the weather has seemed to have taken a turn we would ask that you bring appropriate clothing eg. Named wellies and puddle suit 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.

We hope that everyone has settled into the new term well. It is a delight to see so many happy faces around nursery! We would be thrilled if you could leave us a review on Daynurseries, Google or Facebook. To leave a review on Daynurseries click here.

Did you know that we have a refer a friend scheme? When you refer a friend to join the nursery, we will thank you with a £100 credit on your next invoice. Ask your Nursery Manager for more details.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

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.

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 size.
  • Developing gross motor skills.
  • New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, red, blue, green, feet, hand, etc.
  • Give meaning to marks they make.

Frankie Brindle, Nursery Manager


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