Nov 24, 2021

Stowmarket Preschool November News: Fireworks, Remembrance and Road Safety

Stowmarket PS November

Neat November at Sunhill Early Learning Stowmarket! Autumn is coming to an end and winter is coming. Throughout the month of November, all the children have had a fun filled month, from creating beautiful firework pictures to discussing the historic trial of Guy Fawkes. Swiftly after Bonfire Night it was Remembrance Sunday. The children created their very own red poppies to display in the room out of respect for the fallen.  Towards the end of the month Preschool discussed road safety and the green man.

November news

We started the month with a ZOOM, BOOM and a BANG; it was Guy Fawkes night! Throughout the week the team told stories about Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament. Did you know that the Houses of Parliament are still checked to this day before a state opening! The children all loved using different tools create their own firework pictures, to help these stand out they all got caked in glitter (sorry if your little ones were messy at home time, they all had fun though!). Some of the children discussed watching the fireworks with families and friends, so the team spoke about firework and bonfire safety.

Following on from Bonfire Night, Preschool prepared themselves for Remembrance Sunday, where the team supported the creation of poppies in respect for our fallen soldiers in World War Two. On Thursday the 11th of November at 11am the nursery held a two minute silence to remember all those we lost.

Through Remembrance and Bonfire Night, Stowmarket Preschool moved to celebrating Children in Need. Throughout the week the children took part in baking different treats in preparation, and we all came dressed in our favourite PJs; what a cosy day we all had!

Towards the end of the month the children were introduced to “STOP! THINK!”; exploring Road Safety Week. The week started by looking at basic road safety, holding adults’ hands and waiting for the extra special green man before crossing. The children all got stuck in with making their own junk modelling traffic lights for the garden, where they practiced crossing the road with friends. Through the interaction of small world and role play the children all had a clear understanding on crossing the road and how they can stay safe.

What a neat November it’s been at Sunhill Early Learning Stowmarket! I hope you had had a explosive time at fireworks. Next stop December; only 25 days till Santa comes!

What’s coming up next month

The 1st – 5th it’s Hanukah, the team will be talking and reading stories about Hanukah, as well as exploring different activities with sensory lights. The team will be talking about the Jewish religion, beliefs and culture.

8th – 12th Preschool will be looking at Christmas around the world. Throughout the week they will be looking at how different countries celebrate Christmas, their traditions and beliefs. There will be open discussions at group times about what we do on Christmas day. In addition, on the 10th it’s Christmas Jumper Day, both the staff and children can’t wait to put their favourite Christmas jumpers on!

The 15th – 19th this is Arctic week. In preparation for winter, everyone will be wrapping up extra warm and exploring the North and South pole, looking at the different animals that live there and their habitats, we might even find Santa’s workshop.

20th – 24th is half term, and Stowmarket will be getting in the full Christmas spirit with games, craft, celebrations and a PARTY! The man in red will visit us that Saturday, so the children will prepare for his arrival with make magical reindeer food and a magical key (for those that don’t have a chimney).

Through the month of December Sunshines and Preschool will be supporting their Expressive Arts and Design development. Through the month the children will be making plenty of Christmas crafts for families including Christmas cards!

Other important information

Half term is the 20th – 24th December. On Christmas Eve (24th) we are only open till 1pm, in addition we will be joining at our baby unit for the morning as we haven’t got many children attending. If your child is in Christmas Eve and you require the address for the baby unit, please speak to a member of staff.

As always, please remember to check out our social media posts with photos and content about what’s been happening at the nursery. You can find The Old Station Nursery on Facebook and Instagram, as well as some other social media websites. 

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!

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.

Jake Hostler, Nursery Manager


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