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October has been a very busy and exciting month across all of our settings! We have begun to explore Autumn which has linked closely to Halloween, and we have been exploring Autumn inside and outside in our Forest school sessions.
The different colours have been popular, looking at the trees and leaves changing colour, we have talked about why this happens and how the weather gets colder. The colder weather has been the perfect reason to have yummy hot chocolate and pumpkin soup, around the fire.
We have noticed how dark it is getting whilst we are at nursery and we have been watching for the moon and the stars, especially as this month we celebrated National Space Week from the 4th – 10th October 2020. We made our own rockets, explored and made our own planets and talked about how we live on Earth but Astronauts have been on the moon. We read spaced themed books learning how the sun is hot and Uranus is cold. We also read stories such as ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy and role played ourselves going on trips to the moon.
We continued exploring Autumn and Halloween inside too. We have had lots of sensory fun with the Pumpkin insides and Autumnal coloured gloop sensory trays.
We have developed our maths skills, counting the seeds we found in the pumpkins and by comparing the sizes of them too. We have learnt about the names of the different parts also.
Through pumpkin play we have developed our Gross and Fine Motor Skills through large pumpkin rolling painting, to mark making drawing our own pumpkins and of course witches’ hat too. And through using tools carefully such as scissors for cutting and knives for carving. Pumpkin bowling was also very popular which extended our interest in rolling cars down tubes and ramps
In Little chefs cooking club we have been making Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Soup. See the recipes here if you wish to have a go at home;
On the subject of food, we have now launched our exciting NEW! food partnership with Apetito from November, we are very excited and can’t wait to try the wide range of healthy and nutritional dishes. If you would like more information, please see our website or speak to the staff. You can sign up for our hot meal packages here: