Newsletter November 2020

November has brought lots of new exciting experiences at Blackberries, with the evening getting darker earlier this has led to exploring the dark and animals who come out at night and in the forest we have explored how animals hibernate in the winter months to keep warm. We also celebrated Bonfire night with sparklers in the gardens. We talked about how to keep safe when using them, by keeping back and wearing gloves as the sparklers are hot.

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Physical development – Health and Self-care – 40 – 60 months

Understanding the world – People and communities – 30 – 50 months

FUN FACT: There’s a cool reason you see the explosion before the sound of fireworks – Sound travels at 761mph, while light travels at 671,000,000 mph

In forest school we continue to enjoy den building and enjoy drinking hot chocolate to warms us up in the cooler weather. We have developed our team skills and problem solving skills to work out how to build the dens the best. We have also begun having forest school outings around the Green wheel at Peterborough.

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Personal social & emotional development – Making  relationships 30 – 50months

                  Communication & language – Speaking 30 – 50 months

Nursery Rhyme week 16th November

All settings enjoyed nursery rhyme week, learning words and actions to our favourites and learning new rhymes also. We incorporated number recognition with singing rhymes such as 5 little speckled frogs and 5 little ducks.

We got to play with our popular “what’s in the box?” nursery rhyme activity where some of our children took the lead and led the session allowing their peers to choose the songs.

FUN FACT: Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3.” What an impact knowing rhymes could have on their development!

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Communication and Language – Listening and attention – 16 – 26months

Expressive arts and design – Exploring and using media and materials – 22-36 months

We have had a range of education projects occurring across the settings, ranging from Castles and Knights, making our own crowns, and counting the jewels put on to them.

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Mathematics – Space shape and Measure – Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects (30-50)

Sea Creatures and they have made starfish, turtles and puffer fish and they have talked about where they lived and how they moved in the sea.

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UTW – Shows care and concern for living things and the environment (30-50)

Also exploring our families, talking about who is in our family and how we all have different members within them. We have practiced are creative skills and fine motor by drawing our families and other important people.

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Understanding the world – People and communities – 30 – 50 months

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