September has been busy; full to the brim with new children being welcomed in to the nursery. We have had a great time getting to know you all and are super excited for you to be part of our extended family.
During September, we have really enjoyed a variety of different events which form part of our wider curriculum. On the 6th September, the children enjoyed celebrating ‘Read a Book Day’. As a nursery, we shared our passion for stories and a love of reading. It was so nice to learn about which stories were the children’s favourites and to introduce the children to some new books which they hadn’t heard before, such as different variations of The Big Bag Wolf.
On the 15th, the children really enjoyed making hats, of all shapes, sizes and descriptions. The children planned what they wanted their individual hats to look like, considering the different designs and resources they needed.
On Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd September, the children were lucky to have a visit from ZooLab, who shared an animal encounter session with all age groups. The children got to touch and see creatures such as snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, large snails, gerbils, geckos and giant millipedes. The children were fascinated and learnt lots of new information such as if you feed a snail rainbow coloured food, it poops out a rainbow; Gecko’s tails fall of and grow again if they are threatened; and that Gerbils are extremely fast! Fancy that!
On Wednesday 22nd September, as part of our TOSNU Travels, the children went to India! They dressed up for the day in cultural or bright coloured clothing and made some samosa’s with Ryan, our Nursery Chef. We cooked up a storm in the kitchen and the children ate lots of yummy Indian food. To top it off, Poonam, one of our parents, popped in to nursery to share a story about Diwali. Thank you so much for coming in, Pooname, it is hugely appreciated and the children loved it!
This month in the baby room, the children have really enjoyed exploring foam and blocks, learning words and new phrases such as ‘tap tap’. The children have really enjoyed looking at their reflection this month, making silly and funny faces and recognising familiar people looking back at them. They’ve also really enjoyed large scale painting, using tools to make purposeful marks and making impressions with rollers. To top it off, the children made their very own dream catchers for their sleep area to catch all of their wonderful dreams.
Throughout September in toddlers, the children have been exploring different stories and recreating them in the tuff trays. The children started with ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, manipulating the long wavey grass. They have also been building up their fine motor skills, creating experiences with tweezers and pom poms, playdough, spatulas and cutting along patterns with their safety scissors.
The Pre-schoolers have been focusing on being polite, manners and social etiquette this month. The children have been discussing why it is important to be polite and respectful towards everyone. They have been practicing saying “Good morning”. “Goodbye”, “Please”, “Thank you”, “Please may I have” and “I would like”. The children have modelled and coached through opportunities that arise during the day. Please practice these at home with your little ones to continue to embed this learning.
The children are also currently fascinated in critters and spend lots of time seeking out insects and arachnids in the garden. They are learning that there are lots of different types of spiders and they have been very fortunate to have found a tube web spider living in the garden wall. Tube web spiders have green iridescent fangs and are not like other spiders!
The children have also really enjoyed looking at growth and decay recently. They have been growing plants and vegetables in the garden and one of the pre-schoolers brought in some cucumbers, carrots, strawberries and a raspberry from their own garden at home to share with their friends.
What’s coming up next month
On Monday 4th October, we will be hosting a Teddy Bears Picnic. Please can your child bring their favourite Teddy to nursery for this event! On Wednesday 13th, we will be participating in Black History Day. On Friday 15th, it is World Food Day. The children will be trying out some wonderful foods from across the world. We would love parental input if possible – information will be sent out closer to the time. On Tuesday 19th, the children will be celebrating National Cupcake Day! And finally, on Friday 29th, we will be having a Spooky Festival Day. We invite your child to dress up in their most spookiest outfits to celebrate!
TOSNU travels to Spain on the 20th October. The children will be trying out some yummy food and learning about Spain. Parents – are you Spanish? We would love for you to pop in to do an activity with the children, please do let us know!
Other important information
A reminder that it is half term from the 25th – 29th October.
A very warm welcome to Edina who joined our team this month. Edina joins our Toddler team as their new apprentice. Welcome to our nursery family!
As you are aware, the EYFS has changed. We have now rolled out our focus week planning. Your child’s key person will keep you updated as to when your little one’s focus week will be.
If you would like to understand the curriculum a little more, please see below.
Thank you all for your continued support and a great start to September!
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.
- What you will need: card, hole punch, string/shoelaces.
- Find an image of a popular character, from either the internet or an old book that can be recycled, perhaps pictures from wrapping paper.
- Cut around it with your child and glue it on to card.
- When the image has dried, cut it out from the card leaving a 1cm border around the image and then make holes using the hole punch leaving a half cm gap between holes.
- Then tie one end of the string/shoelace to a hole and then thread the string across the image until it is covered up.
- Your child will then use their fine motor skills to unpick the string from each hole, describing what they see and guessing which character they will be unwrapping.
- When finished the child can then try and re thread the image themselves counting each hole in sequence as they thread it.
What will your child be learning?
- Independence, creativity and choice
- Mark making
- Shapes and size
- Developing fine motor skills
- New vocabulary, e.g. big, small, character name, thread, lace, scissors, numbers, etc
- Sense of pride, achievement and self esteem
- Use of tools for a purpose
- How to use scissors safely
- Recognise familiar characters and recalling what they can remember about the character
- Counting numbers in sequence
- Hand to eye coordination
- Building attention skills and patience
Jenna O’Sullivan, Nursery Manager