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     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 to send any food, birthday cakes, sweets or drinks into nursery. Please also refrain from eating anything in our hall to keep our school a nut free zone.


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.


During this month we will also be talking about:


‘My family and I

It is important that children understand their place in their family and that everyone has an important role to play in family life. For this we have given you all a poly pocket with a sheet of paper so that you can send us photographs of family members. Please write the names of everyone on the sheet. A photograph including any Grandparents would be perfect.




Important Dates To Remember




Weds 2nd October

                                                  Mini’s music monthly visit


                                       Mon 21st October

                            The Ark Farm Creepy Crawly Roadshow


Friday 25th October

Mr Hulaballoo visits nursery



Friday 25th October

Hallowe'en Party- children are asked to dress up as superheroes, princesses or in non-frightening Halowe'en costumes. No masks please. We will be having party food and lots of fun! Nursery will finish at 11.30am, no dinner will be served.




Week Beginning Mon 21st October to Friday 25th October

                                  Parent Teacher Meetings

To facilitate these meetings Nursery will finish Monday to Thursday at 12.45 with dinner still being served. (Nursery will finish at 11.30 on Friday with no dinner.)



Monday 28th Oct to Friday 1st Nov


Half term holidays


Monday 4th November 2018

School development day— nursery closed


Tuesday 5th November 2018

Nursery re-opens





A Special Date For Your Diary  

The Nursery Christmas Sing-A-Long will be held on Friday 13th December at 11.00 a.m. All Parents and friends are welcome to attend. The Sing-A-Long will last for approximately 15 minutes and children will be free to go home straight afterwards. All children need a significant adult to be present otherwise they can be upset.






Parent Training and Parent’s Group Meeting

Education Works In Preschool


The Parent’s Group is a very valuable part of the nursery experience and each year they raise lots of money through events for the nursery. Each child benefits from this. We are having our first meeting on Thursday 14th November at 6.30 pm. This will incorporate a Parent training session on how Education Works in Preschool and it will explore the nursery curriculum and how you can help your child. Please try to attend. Everyone is welcome.





       School Fund


It is important that the school fund is paid every Monday morning. Please put the correct money £4.00 into an envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and the amount paid and place it in the post-box at the door of your child’s classroom.



Visitors To Nursery


Over the year we have lots of educational and fun visitors to nursery and as you can imagine this is very costly. We pay for these out of school fund but we have decided this year to leave a donation box in the nursery foyer so that anyone who would like to give a little more towards these visitors can do so. All donations will be gratefully received. Thank You.



Child Protection And Safeguarding


Nursery Carpark

Parents are reminded that the school car park is for staff only and thus it is imperative that those dropping off or collecting children from nursery should not drive on to the campus. This ensures that all children are safe while walking into and out of nursery.


Nursery Doors

Please ensure that if you are entering the nursery at any time during the school day that the non-automatic interior door with the double handles is closed firmly behind you ensuring that the children are kept safely inside. Please be aware of children who are unattended while entering or leaving nursery.


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/Halloween

Colour: Orange/Brown

Shape: Circle

Personal, Social & Emotional development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Develop independence in nursery with respect to self help skills and following nursery routines.
  • Share and take turns
  • Learn and adhere to the nursery rules :
  • We use our talking voices inside.
  • We use our walking feet inside.
  • We listen to the teachers in school.
  • We share and take turns.
  • We all help to tidy up in school.
  • We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
  • Build up their own self-confidence and self esteem
  • Respect their environment
  • Start to make friends
  • Make choices as to what they play with or who they play with

Ideas to reinforce your childs learning at home:

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

  • Sing Nursery songs encouraging children to listen to the words and the rhyme
  • Sing songs relating to the theme of Autumn and Halloween
  • Discuss Autumn and all its facets introducing relevant vocabulary
  • Discuss and experience Autumn weather introducing relevant vocabulary
  • Discuss hibernation introducing relevant vocabulary
  • Discuss Harvest introducing relevant vocabulary.
  • Listen and attend while an adult reads a book or tells a story on various topics including Autumn and Halloween
  • Enjoy books in the quiet room
  • Learn the names of play areas and resources in the nursery
  • Develop better listening skills in order to be able to follow instructions and answer questions

Ideas to reinforce your childs learning at home:

  • Sing songs and rhymes with your child, this can enhance their future reading abilities. (These rhymes can be found on the monthly rhyme sheet.)
  • Read stories to your child which again will help them when they come to reading for themselves. (Dont forget there are books to borrow in the nursery foyer as well as your local library.)
  • Look at the monthly vocabulary sheet with your child.

Early Mathematical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

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

Ideas to reinforce your childs learning at home:

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


Physical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Experience Autumnal weather outside
  • Put on/take off coats and boots before/after outside play
  • Put on/take off sweatshirts
  • Look after themselves at the toilet
  • Develop fine motor skills at creative , natural material, construction and table top activities
  • Experiment with their hand preference and grasp

Ideas to reinforce your childs learning at home:

  • Show children how to hold pencils properly however do not labour the point to the detriment of their enjoyment of art activities
  • Help children to become more independent with respect toileting and their self help skills


The Arts

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Paint and decorate leaf-shaped pages with Autumnal colours.
  • Make leaf prints
  • Experiment with new painting techniques
  • Decorate a mask for Halloween
  • Clean out and make a Halloween pumpkin
  • Make a large display of Autumn trees with real leaves and various paint techniques to represent leaves.
  • Make collages using a range of Autumn materials.
  • Dress up in Halloween costumes and participate in role play activities
  • Participate in a Minis Music session on the theme of Autumn and Halloween
  • Make Hibernation boxes.


The World Around Us

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Experience items from nature placed in the sand, dough and water e.g. leaves, cones chestnuts etc.
  • Look at and experience Autumnal weather outside
  • Look at the effects of Autumn in nature
  • Look at the nature table and all the Autumnal items placed there
  • Explore the outside play area
  • Plant bulbs


Ideas to reinforce your childs 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.