We have a bumper edition for you this month as we enter into the spirit of the festive season!
Children in Need
We would like to thank all parents in supporting our efforts to raise money for Children in Need in November. We enjoyed our ‘Pyjama Days’ and were thrilled to donate £105 in total to such a deserving charity. Well done everyone!
During the month of November the babies continued to enjoy sensory play with a range of different textures such as polenta, soapflakes, semolina and vegetable printing. They are beginning to prepare for Christmas and have made decorations using salt dough, paint and glitter. The babies have participated enthusiastically in performing the actions and singing ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’, ‘Snow is falling’ and ‘Jingle bells’. Such activities support the babies growing ability to follow others’ body language and gesture. They have shown interest in puzzles and developing their spacial awareness and hand/eye coordination. The babies have explored mark making materials and construction resources to further develop their fine motor skills and explore the effects their movements have on materials.
The Toddlers enjoyed wearing their pyjamas for Children in Need and decorated a Pudsey Bear using fingerprints to celebrate the day. They have explored themes of winter and the weather. They have practised their scissor skills, with support, through cutting leaves to create winter collages. They have participated in ball rolling activities to develop their gross and fine motor skills. The Toddlers have enjoyed painting pictures of the weather outside based on their observations of clouds and rain etc. They have painted and decorated mittens for display and explored number during counting rhymes such as ‘Five little snowflakes’.
The Toddlers sang winter rhymes and songs including ‘Here we go round the mulberry bush’ to which practitioners pointed out body parts as they sang and initiated discussion about what we wear when it is cold outside and what we do in the mornings, our routines for getting up, getting dressed, breakfast and going to nursery. Throughout all these activities practitioners encouraged and supported the children’s sharing and turn taking skills.
The Pre-schoolers have participated in our Jolly Phonics activities with interest and enthusiasm. Our older children are able to listen and identify our weekly focus sound during story and rhyme time and enjoy creating group lists of people or objects beginning with our weekly sound. Activities such as this encourage your child to hear and say initial sounds in words, link sounds to letters and name and sound the letters of the alphabet. We follow the Jolly Phonics order of sounds which is displayed above the children’s coat pegs in the Pre-school Room.
The children continue to enjoy our French songs and rhymes and have been practising a variety of songs with actions. They are beginning to use the French they are learning during group time, independently in their interactions. Our mascot Listening Bear has invited a friend, Pierre Bear to come and stay. Pierre will be joining in with your children’s French activities. He enjoys travelling and may even come and spend the night with you and your child.
Playdough has been a great success over the last couple of weeks. The children have worked collaboratively to make it and have used it to experiment in creating different textures and to support their role play in the Home Corner. It is amazing how 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, a little oil and some water can provide hours of purposeful play. Your children will be delighted with some playdough to amuse them whilst you are busy in the kitchen over the festive period!
With Christmas high on the agenda the Pre-school children have made letters to Father Christmas using scissors, glue and old catalogues to illustrate them and sparkly paper plate angels. They have been eagerly singing ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘When Santa got stuck up the chimney’ and ‘L’as-tu vu?’ in preparation for our Sing-along Show.