Nov 22, 2021

Wolverhampton November News: Fireworks, Foam and Diwali

The Old Station Nursery Group - Creating Brighter Futures Together

Welcome to this month’s newsletter! The month of November has been so busy as always, full of wonderful celebrations including, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Children in Need.

November news

The babies in Mr Small’s have loved celebrating Bonfire night; making firework pictures using cardboard tubes and paint before adding sparkly glitter. They also enjoyed playing with coloured rice, scooping and pouring it with different pots. The children made their own poppies for Remembrance Day using paper plates and different types of red paper which they stuck on with glue. To celebrate Nursery Rhyme week the children have enjoyed lots of singing with actions and playing with the musical instruments; their favourite song has been ‘Row, Row, Row your Boat’. The babies have also enjoyed exploring Autumn leaves, scrunching them between their hands and feet and letting them flutter around the room. They have also been using the leaves to make pictures with glue and paint, talking about the different colours and shapes and have been blowing the leaves just like the wind!

The children in Little Miss Curious have been super busy. They celebrated Diwali, where the children made their own little tea lights and candles. Bonfire Night was a fun day for the children as they got to get messy and make lots of firework pictures, the children even got to watch the fireworks from their room window as it got dark outside. Remembrance Day has just passed and to show their respect the children made their own Poppy fields and 3D Poppies. For Children in Need the children decorated their own T-shirts with bright colours and made their own Pudsey mask.

The children in Mr Mischief’s had fun carrying out activities around Bonfire Night and Diwali. The children painted their own fireworks, using cotton buds to make different marks and lines. They looked at pictures of fireworks and patterns and made their own patterns in crazy foam. The children decorated a CD with sequins for Diwali and spoke about all the shiny colours they could see. Different vehicles have been a popular interest, with the children showing great interest in the trains and wooden track, all working together to make a large track on the floor. They also saw and heard a helicopter in the sky outside and this extended the children and staff to talk about different vehicles and the sounds they make.

In our toddler room Little Miss Sunshine’s children have been excited to explore their new play dough station using all different loose parts and resources making all different creations, the children have been learning about fireworks and making their own firework noises using musical instruments, they have also talked about firework displays the children had attended outside of nursery. In Mr Bump’s, the children have enjoyed celebrating lots of festivals this month especially lots of colourful festivals such as Diwali and Bonfire Night. The children have liked talking about fireworks and their experiences of them at home. They have also spoken about the importance of how to keep safe around fireworks and general fire safety. The children have been watching a short information video by fireman Sam who explained what they should and shouldn’t do. They have also celebrated Diwali by exploring lots of bright colours, making viva lamps, rangoli patterns, coloured rice and also danced to some traditional Diwali music with dancing scarves. The children also celebrated Remembrance Day by making their own interpretation of the poppies using paper plates with red, green, and black paint. They have also made poppies using loose parts such and feathers, buttons, and petals, with a two minute silence at 11am. To do this children  have watched the CBeebies Remembrance Day video, which the children really enjoyed. They have also been celebrating Road Safety Week, World Nursery Rhyme Week, Children in Need, Hannukah and St Andrews Day.

Children in our Preschool room, Little Miss Giggles’ have enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day. They created their our own poppies using a variety of red materials and also listened to music such as ‘We’ll meet again.’ The children also celebrated the birth of Guru Nanak and celebrated Diwali by making rangoli pattens using coloured rice. They also made their very own sparklers for bonfire night using colourful paper and straws. The children have also shown a keen interest in role play, they role played shopping, so staff provided play money and explained about each one, using carry bags and even had their own till to be the shop keeper. They all then spoke about the different shops they go and shop in and what they buy from them. Staff have created a new playdough station within the room, independently making their own playdough using the resources and then enjoyed modelling with it once made. Children have even changed the colour of their playdough using food colouring and paint.

The children in Mr Messy’s have enjoyed celebrating all the different festivals! They have made Diwa lamps for Diwali and firework paintings. Children have also enjoyed sensory play using their whole bodies, exploring with gelli baff, flour, cornflakes and paint. They enjoyed mark making within the materials also and staff introduced forming letters, writing their names within the materials. The children have enjoyed bringing their Autumn bags back into nursery and sharing their treasures and stories about what they collected. We have then used these within play such as rolling conkers down tubes and using leaves and pinecones within playdough to create representations of objects. Children have learnt about the leaves changing colour and are looking forward to seeing the changes over winter within the next few weeks. They have also enjoyed using the new touch table and have used it to play matching games, instruments such as piano, and learning letter sounds. Children have also used the whiteboard on there to create images and enjoyed turn taking.

What’s coming up next month

In December the babies in Mr Small’s are looking forward to enjoying the magic of Christmas. They will be doing some Christmas craft activities and making tree decorations using salt dough. They will also be enjoying Christmas sensory play, using crazy soap and gloop as well as searching for Santa and Rudolph’s footprints in the snow. The children in Little Miss Curious are really looking forward to December as it’s CHRISTMAS and they will be celebrating throughout the whole month. They will be doing lots of arts and craft and making sure everyone enjoys the festivities.

Mr Mischiefs children are looking forward to Christmas activities, learning about the change of weather and carrying out ice/snow activities. In our Toddler Room  Little Miss Sunshine’s the children are looking forward to starting their Christmas celebrations and creating their Santa wish lists. Mr Bump’s are looking forward to celebrating Christmas. The children will be decorating the room ready for Christmas, doing Christmas activities, creating cards and presents.

The children in Pre School Little Miss Giggles are looking forward to celebrating all things Christmas. They are looking forward to writing letters to Santa and practicing their letter formation. In Mr Messys they are looking forward to making lots of Christmas crafts, and learning about the Christmas story. They will also be looking at the changes towards the end of December when we change from Autumn to Winter.

Other important information

On November 14th a member of our staff had been with us for 5 years and we like to reward our staff for long term service and loyalty and as Jessie-Lou loves anything Disney she received a lovely bag of Disney items to show her our thanks.

Our Employee of the Month for November is Billie-Jo Theaker, who is new to our team but has settled in so well! Always bubbly and smiley and has formed such good relationships with both the children and fellow practitioners.

Christmas Jumper Day from Monday 6th December until Friday 10th December.

Just a reminder that we close on December 24th at 1pm and reopen on Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 7.30am.

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:

Activity:

  • 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.

Debbie Rides, Nursery Manager

 


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