Nov 18, 2021

Stowmarket Nursery November News: Fireworks, Pumpkins and Pyjamas

Diwali celebrations

Welcome to Sunhill Early Years Stowmarket November newsletter! The month was packed full of fun and exciting activities for the children to join in with to help expand their learning and development. From a spooktacular Halloween party to the loud bangs of fireworks and bonfire night. Let me walk you through what the children did this month!

November news

We kick started the month with a spooktacular Halloween party extravaganza! Everyone loved getting stuck in with all the different messy play activities. The children rummaged through the pumpkin insides to discover different creepy crawlies hidden within, and the spaghetti was super slimy and looked like worms! To top the day off we all danced the afternoon away to spooky tunes.

Following on from Halloween, it was time for all to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali. During group times the practitioners discussed the culture and beliefs of the Hindu religion. For the rest of the week, the children interacted in sensory play with different colours lights, on the light box practitioners used numbers to help with number recognition.

From looking at pretty lights to loud BANGS, it’s bonfire night! The team talked about the story of Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament, as well as also taking time to discuss firework safety with everyone during group times. Using creative skills, the children created their own beautiful firework pictures using paint and tubes. Following on from bonfire night began preparations for Remembrance Sunday, where the children created their own poppies. On Thursday 11th of November at 11am we held our own two minute silence to remember all those we lost.

The last celebration in November was Children in Need, and we all dressed in our comfiest and cosiest PJs! The children all spent the day baking cakes and biscuits and we thank all parents that made a small donation. Throughout the month the rooms have been supporting learning and development. Twinkle Stars have been focusing on physical development. The team have been encouraging use of gross motor skills in the garden with crawling, walking, running and climbing. However, in the classroom the focus has been fine motor skills, practicing how the children hold pencils and using the pincer grip to pick up objects. The Shooting Stars have been developing understanding of the world, by using different types of small world resources to look closely at different people in our community. The children also went on lovely walks to our pre-school site. It has really and truly been an educational month at Sunhill Early Years Stowmarket. Next month is December! Only 25 days till the big man in red comes to visit!

What’s coming up next month

Week commencing the 6th–10th December will be all about exploring colours, watching how colours change when paint is mixed together. The Twinkle Stars room will be making colour flash cards and pencils to help recognise colours. 10th December is Christmas jumper day! All are asked to wear their favourite Christmas jumper. Week commencing the 13th–24th December the children will be celebrating Christmas! Through the two weeks all will be taking part in different types of Christmas craft to send home to families. Prepare yourselves for some beautiful pictures. Through the month of December Twinkle Stars will be supporting communication and language development. Using picture cards the team will be encouraging the children to expand vocabulary and practice saying new and exciting words. The Shooting Stars room will be focusing on numeracy, practicing our counting skills using blocks and other materials.

Other important information

Just a gentle remind that half term is 20th–24th December. We are open on the 24th December however we will be closing at 1pm. If your child will not be attending the 24th please let a member of staff know.

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.

Sinead Tweed, Assistant Nursery Manager



Nursery child colouring in
Halloween celebrations
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
Diwali celebrations
Nursery child colouring in
The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together
Nursery child painting
Children colouring in poppies

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