Puddleducks Day Nursery

Blackymore Community Centre
Butts Croft Close
East Hunsbury
Northampton
NN4 0WP

Newsletter for Autumn First Half 2019

Welcome to Puddleducks and the beginning of a new term. We at Puddleducks feel that a list of topics and how they will be covered by the children would be useful to parents and other carers. It will enable you to discuss your child’s day at Pre-School and understand the work they bring home. The fee for each paid session is £12.00 from September.
The photographer will be visiting Puddleducks on Tuesday 1st October between 10.30am-1.00pm. All children are welcome to come and have their photograph taken even if they do not attend pre-school on that day. Brothers and sisters are also invited to come and have individual or family group photographs taken.

Week beginning 4thSept. − Return to Pre−School

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Freestyle Painting EAD,PSE,CL
Collage work EAD,PSE,PD,CL
Cubix counting MD,CL,PSE

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Circle Time CL,L,UW,PSE

Activities to try at home − talk to your child about the activities they will do when they return to pre−school

Week beginning 9thSept. − All about ME

What do i look like, who has the biggest/smallest hands, how many fingers do i have,am I sad, happy, grumpy, shy etc? How tall am I?

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Face pictures using craft materials EAD,PD,PSE
Handprints / painting EAD,PD,MD
Self portrait PD,EAD,PSE,CL,L

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Height chart MD,PD,EAD,UW

Activities to try at home − look at facial expressions/features in the mirror, measure your hand size and talk about big and small

Week beginning 16thSept. − My Friends and Pre−School

Who are my friends? What do they look like and what are their names?

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Painting of their friends EAD,PSE,CL
Map to Pre−School EAD,MD,PSE,UW
Taking photos UW,PSE

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
How many boys and girls MD

Activities to try at home − talk to your child about their new friends at pre−school, take photos of their friends and family to show at pre−school

Week beginning 23rdSept. − My House

Do I live in an house, bungalow, or flat?

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Painting of my house EAD,KW,PSE
Observational drawing of houses EAD,KW
Collage of houses EAD,MD,KW
Number work MD

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Exploring the outside area KW,PSE,CL

Activities to try at home − look carefully at your house, what number is it? What colour is the front door?

Week beginning 30thSept. − My Pets

Do I have a pet, cat, dog, or hamster? What colour are they and what are they called?

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Animal model EAD,PD,MD
Chalk drawing EAD,PSE
Stencil painting EAD,PD

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Vets role play UW,EAD

Activities to try at home − How do my pets feel? Visit a pet shop to buy your pet a treat

Week beginning 7thOct − Autumn

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Sponge painting EAD,PD
Scarecrow collage EAD,PD,UW
Bread making PD,UW,PSE,CL,L
Painting fruit and vegetables EAD,UW,CL,L

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Large scarecrow and nature table KUW,CL,L

Activities to try at home − Visit the park or the woods to collect some things for our nature table

Week beginning 14thOct. − Autumn (continued)

Children's own work
Activity Areas of Learning
Collage of leaves and seeds EAD,UW,MD
Observational drawing outside UW,EAD,CL,L
Leaf rubbing EAD,UW,PD
Hedgehog collage EAD,UW

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Parachute games PD,PSE,CL,MD

Activities to try at home − Is the weather changing? How can we tell? What has happened to the trees? Collect some leaves and compare the colour, shape and size of them

Week beginning 21stOct. − Diwali, Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Children's own work Rangoli designs
Activity Areas of Learning
EAD,UW,PSE
Diva clay lamp EAD,UW
Rocket collage EAD,PD,UW
Rocket threading PD,UW

Group work

Activity Areas of Learning
Music and Movement UW,PD,CL,L,PSE

Activities to try at home − talk about the fireworks code, look and listen for fireworks in the evenings

Puddleducks term dates

Puddleducks will open on Wednesday 4th Sept.

Puddleducks closes Friday 25th October (Half Term)

Puddleducks will be closed on Monday 4th November for a Training Day

Puddleducks will re−open on Tuesday 5th November

To help you understand which of the seven areas of learning are covered by each activity please use the key below;

Key Description
PSE Personal, Social and Emotional Development
PD Physical Development
CL Communication and Language
L Literacy
M Mathmatics
UW Understanding the World
EAD Expressive Arts and Design