Newsletter October 2020

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.

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FUN FACT: Have you seen on the news this month, NASA have discovered water on the light side of the Moon, which means their aim to have a sustainable human present there by the end of the decade could just be possible! Would you like to live on the moon?

Links to EYFS areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships – 16 – 26 months
  • Self-confidence and Self-awareness – 16 – 26 months

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention – 30 – 50 months
  • Understanding – 30 – 50 months
  • Speaking – 22-36 months

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling – 30 – 50 months
  • Health and Self-care – 40 – 60+ months

Literacy

  • Reading – 22-36 months
  • Writing 22 -36 months

Mathematics

  • Numbers – 22-36 months
  • Shape, space and measure 30 – 50 months

Understanding the world

  • People and communities – 30 – 50 months
  • The world – 22-36 months

Expressive arts and design

  • Exploring and using media and materials – 30 – 50 months
  • Being imaginative – 22-36 months

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

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Little Chefs

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;

FUN FACT: Pumpkins are a fruit not a vegetable.

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: 

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