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October Newsletter 2021

     Glenbrook Nursery School


              October Newsletter         



Please find attached the learning plans, vocabulary sheet and rhyme sheet for October. Please also find attached the Parent Teacher Meeting Request form.




Settling In

In September we concentrated on settling the children in so that they feel secure and comfortable in their new surroundings. This month the children will learn the nursery routines:

-Taking off coats and jumpers and where they are kept in the Nursery.

-Learning to share toys and space with a lot of other children.

-Washing hands after messy play.

-Using the toilet properly, flushing the toilet after use and then washing hands.

-Becoming aware of the rules of nursery: 


  • We share and take turns.
  • We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
  • We tidy up when we have finished playing.
  • We listen to the teachers in school.
  • We use talking voices and walking feet inside.



Food Intolerances and allergies

We have some children in the nursery this year that have severe food allergies thus we ask you not so end any food, sweets or drinks into nursery.We also cannot have any birthday cakes or treats in nursery and we ask that you refrain from sending them in. Thank you.



Mathematical Concepts


Our mathematical concepts this month are:

· Big and small

· Full and empty

We will be using these words a lot in all areas of play and it will be very helpful if you could also use them at home as well.



World Around Us

Every year we send home a leaf-shaped page in a poly-pocket for each child to decorate in whatever way they choose. When they are returned to school we add them to our Glenbrook tree display in our hall. This year we have al-ready sent these home and you can be returned when they are completed.Thank you in anticipation




Important Dates To Remember


Parent Teacher Meetings

We are planning to have Parent-Teacher meetings to discuss how your child is settling in.

Class 2—Weds 13th Oct, Thurs 14th Oct and Fri 15th October

Class 1—Mon 18th Oct, Tues 19th Oct and Weds 20th Oct.

These will be held in our staff-room with social distancing, plenty of ventilation, cleaning in between meetings and you will be required to wear a mask unless you have a medical exemption. We ask that only 1 Parent/Guardian is present. These will be completed while your child is in school. If you would prefer not to attend then we can provide a report instead.



Fri 22nd October- Hallowe’en party

Children are asked to dress up as princesses or superheroes or in non–frightening Hallowe’en costumes. No masks please. We will be having party food and lots of fun!Class 1 (Mrs McCandless, Mrs Erskine and Mrs Shanks) will finish at 11.30 am, no din-ner will be served.Class 2 (Miss Collins and Mrs Fleming) will finish at 11.45 am, no dinner will be served.



Monday 25th Oct to Friday 29th Oct Inclusively

Half term holidays

Monday 1st November 2021School development day—nursery closed



Tuesday 2nd November 2021


Nursery re-opens



Parent Training and Parent’s Group Meeting

Education Works In Preschool


Our Parent training in conjunction with Getting Ready to Learn will take on a different form this year because we cannot meet up as a large group. We hope to make a video of the training and place it onto our website. We will send more information at a later date.Our money received this year from the Getting Ready to Learn project will enable us to make home learning packs which will be completed and sent home for you and your child to use.





School Fund   

The school fund for October is £15.00. This can be paid by bank to bank transfer. (Please see the information sheet attached for details about how this can be completed.) If you would prefer to pay with cash or cheque please place into an envelope with your child’s name written on the outside and place into your child’s class post-box. Thank you.



Visitors To Nursery


Over the past 18 months we have had no visitors to nursery due to the pandemic however this year we are hoping to invite some visitors to school. We will of course be following guidelines, with the children socially distanced from the visitors and the visitors wearing a mask or visor. The sun room will be well ventilated and the children will be in their class bubbles.




Child Protection And Safeguarding


Drop off and Collections

Please be aware that the start and finish times of each class are staggered to ensure that the 2 class bubbles do not meet, we would therefore be grateful if you could arrive at your allotted time. Please inform whoever is collecting or dropping off your child.



Photo Identification

Please ensure that we have received the photo identification sheet for all those people collecting your child.



Children’s Safety

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when arriving or leaving nursery as the Glenard Road is a very busy road. Children need to be supervised at all times.

Thank you






What can we do to help?

Please let us know if you have any worries about your child. This will not affect our attitude to your child and will enable us to work more closely with you. Help us to help your child. We are in partnership to make sure that your child gains as much as possible from their nursery experience.

Our website has been launched but it is still being added to. Please have a look at it and see what you think. The information can be translated into other languages.






October Learning Plans

Glenbrook Nursery School - October Learning Plans



 Theme: Autumn/Hallowe’en

Colour: Orange/Brown
Shape: Circle


Personal, Social & Emotional development


Children will have opportunities to:

  • Ÿ  Develop independence in nursery with respect to self help skills and following

    nursery routines.

  • Ÿ  Share and take turns

  • Ÿ  Learn and adhere to the nursery rules :

    Ÿ We use our talking voices inside.
    Ÿ We use our walking feet inside.
    Ÿ We listen to the teachers in school.
    Ÿ We share and take turns.
    Ÿ We all help to tidy up in school.
    Ÿ We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.

  • Ÿ  Build up their own self-confidence and self esteem

  • Ÿ  Respect their environment

  • Ÿ  Start to make friends

  • Ÿ  Make choices as to what they play with or who they play with



  • Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

    Ÿ Encourage your child to be independent e.g. putting on /taking off coats or sweatshirts, putting on and taking off shoes and boots.

    Ÿ Encourage your child to be fully independent with respect to toileting including flushing the toilet and washing their hands.




    Language Development

    Children will have opportunities to:

  • Ÿ  Sing Nursery songs encouraging children to listen to the words and the rhyme

  • Ÿ  Sing songs relating to the theme of Autumn and Hallowe’en

  • Ÿ  Discuss Autumn and all its facets introducing relevant vocabulary

  • Ÿ  Discuss and experience Autumn weather introducing relevant vocabulary

  • Ÿ  Discuss hibernation introducing relevant vocabulary

  • Ÿ  Discuss Harvest introducing relevant vocabulary.

  • Ÿ  Listen and attend while an adult reads a book or tells a story on various topics

    including Autumn and Hallowe’en

  • Ÿ  Enjoy books in the quiet room

  • Ÿ  Learn the names of play areas and resources in the nursery

  • Ÿ  Develop better listening skills in order to be able to follow instructions and answer




    Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

    Ÿ Sing songs and rhymes with your child, this can enhance their future reading abilities. (These rhymes can be found on the monthly rhyme sheet.)

  • Ÿ  Read stories to your child which again will help them when they come to reading for themselves. (Don’t forget there are books to borrow in the nursery foyer as well as your local library.)

  • Ÿ  Look at the monthly vocabulary sheet with your child.



Early Mathematical Development
Children will have opportunities to:
Ÿ Count leaves

Ÿ Look at leaves for colour, shape and type
Ÿ Sort and matching leaves with respect to colour, shape and type Ÿ Explore Hallowe’en and leaf- shaped cutters in the dough
Ÿ Explore leaf-shaped pages at the art and writing tables
Ÿ Discuss the varying colours and smells of the dough
Ÿ Sort at tidy up time
Ÿ Looking at Autumn colours
Ÿ Making masks and looking at face shapes

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

Ÿ Collect leaves to bring to school as well as discussing these at home Ÿ Count objects around the house or out shopping


Physical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Ÿ  Experience Autumnal weather outside

  • Ÿ  Put on/take off coats and boots before/after outside play

  • Ÿ  Put on/take off sweatshirts

  • Ÿ  Look after themselves at the toilet

  • Ÿ  Develop fine motor skills at creative , natural material, construction and table top


  • Ÿ  Experiment with their hand preference and grasp



  • Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

    • Ÿ  Show children how to hold pencils properly however do not labour the point to the detriment of their enjoyment of art activities

    • Ÿ  Help children to become more independent with respect toileting and their self help skills


    • The Arts

    • Children will have opportunities to:

  • Ÿ  Paint and decorate leaf-shaped pages with Autumnal colours.

  • Ÿ  Make leaf prints

  • Ÿ  Experiment with new painting techniques

  • Ÿ  Decorate a mask for Hallowe’en

  • Ÿ  Clean out and make a Hallowe’en pumpkin

  • Ÿ  Make a large display of Autumn trees with real leaves and various paint techniques

    to represent leaves.

  • Ÿ Make collages using a range of Autumn materials.
  • Ÿ Dress up in Hallowe’en costumes and participate in role play activities Ÿ Make Hibernation boxes.



The World Around Us

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Ÿ  Experience items from nature placed in the sand, dough and water e.g. leaves, cones

    chestnuts etc.

  • Ÿ  Look at and experience Autumnal weather outside

  • Ÿ  Look at the effects of Autumn in nature

  • Ÿ  Look at the nature table and all the Autumnal items placed there

  • Ÿ  Explore the outside play area

  • Ÿ  Plant bulbs



  • Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

    Collect natural materials on an Autumnal walk and encourage your child to bring them into school to share with the rest of the class.