Welcome to our September newsletter! We would like to give a warm welcome to all of our new families who have started with us this month. Welcome to the Sandhills family. We would also like to welcome some new members of staff to our team. Leah W, who is Level 3 Qualified and Grace C, who is joining us to complete an apprenticeship. A very warm welcome to you both!
The children have enjoyed the extended warmer weather throughout September and have been having lots of fantastic water themed activities to keep themselves cool!
The babies in Mr Smalls have been making the most of the lovely weather this month and getting outside as much as possible. They have enjoyed the extra space to practice their walking/crawling. The children have also shown a big interest in nursery rhymes this month so lots of singing has been happening! ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ has been a firm favourite.
The older babies in Mr Mischiefs have been feeling very Autumnal! They have been inspired by watching the leaves changing colour and fall from the trees outside. The children have made a lovely display of their own interpretation of an Autumnal tree. They have also been exploring their role play area by filling the sink with soapy water and doing the ‘washing up’. The staff and children talked together about the importance of washing our hands to stay nice and clean.
The younger toddlers in Mr Bumps have been extremely excited with their new role play kitchen area this month, as it has had some wonderful new things added. This has inspired lots of lovely role play and conversations about their favourite foods. As a group, we talked about food that keeps us healthy. The children have also been exploring different shapes and how they can make structures with them.
This month, the older toddlers in Mr Messys have been learning all about teeth; the importance of brushing them and how to keep our teeth healthy. They have also turned into artists by painting their self portraits for a lovely display. In September, their favourite book has been ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, so the children have been to the local brook to have a splash in the splishy, splashy water.
The preschool children in Mr Clevers have shown a big interest in the body and what different body parts are called this month. The staff and children did some research to learn all of the names and then decided to draw round each other outside, naming body parts throughout. They had great fun! The children have also shown a big interest in writing practice this month. They have all worked so hard to try and write some letters and have done a fantastic job. Well done!
What’s coming up next month
During week commencing 4th October, the children will be celebrating Space Week. The children and staff will be looking at our solar system and getting creative to make their own planets.
We are also very excited for National Baking Week commencing 11th October. Lots of delicious baking will take place throughout the week. This will help teach the children new skills such as weighing, mixing and pouring. All wonderful skills for hand eye coordination.
Of course, we will be celebrating Halloween! The children will be engaging with lots of crafts and games to celebrate.
Other important information
Some of our new members of staff will be completing their paediatric first aid this weekend. They are all looking forward to it!
Thank you for a brilliant 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
Laura Whitehouse, Mr Bumps Room Lead, Setting SENCo