To celebrate the end of the year and our oldest children moving on to their new schools, Pre-school children and staff at Alcester have enjoyed a visit from Zoolab, a small graduation celebration and a very exciting trip to Sandfield Farm in Evesham! Zoolab brought lots of interesting creepy crawlies to visit, including a giant millipede and a snake! The children all clapped and cheered their friends as they were called up individually to receive their Graduation certificates and their personalised hand-made keyrings at the Graduation ceremony. We welcomed Mums, Dads, a variety of relatives and friends to help the children celebrate and share some drinks and nibbles afterwards. Lots of fun was had on the farm trip, the children and staff explored the fields and met the animals, experimented with pond dipping – catching all sorts of different bugs and newts. After lunch, the afternoon was spent exploring the ‘Play Wood’, climbing trees, jumping in muddy puddles, swinging on tyre swings and mixing in the mud kitchen, amongst lots of other activities!
Good luck to all of the children starting their new adventures at their new schools in September!
Sarah (Nursery Manager) and all of the Alcester Polkadot Team
At Seedlings, in buds and blooms, the children have been showing a real interest in the apples growing on the trees in our gardens. Following this, we decided to make fruit smoothies. We discussed the different fruits we eat and grow and the children chose which fruit they would like in their homemade smoothie.
This activity encouraged children to taste the variety of fruits on offer with some saying they now like specific fruits that they did not like before! Whilst making the smoothies, the children talked about the bright colours, the quantity in front of them and where the fruit comes from. Following on from the smoothie making, there was a lot of mixture left. We asked the children what we should do with it and they decided we should make ice lollies out of it, recalling their memories from the previous week where we had made homemade ice lollies.
“The children and staff at Polkadot Stratford embraced ‘National Mud Day’ in setting. The children were provided with a variety of activities to give them the opportunity to explore and investigate mud in different ways- using senses and tools.
From Baby Dots to Top Dots the children engaged in play in the nature classroom, observing and collecting mini beasts to discuss with peers and practitioners. The children created their own mud playdough and even picked lavender in the garden to extend their learning through senses.
Alongside Mud Day the children have continued to embrace the use of loose parts and caring for their vegetables in the allotment area.”
‘Gingham have been using tennis rackets to enhance their fine motor and hand eye co-ordination through threading techniques. The children measured their string to different sizes and began to thread, saying “in and out” as they progressed. Children supported each other to accomplish what they set out to do, showing pride in their achievements’
The children at Polkadot Day Nursery have been continuing to explore and investigate using a variety of real and natural materials. Loose parts play is an ongoing interest for the children, using their newly learnt skills as well as exploring and developing new skills to problem solve as well as risk take. The children in Top Dots had great fun using a small fan to observe how feathers flew and floated back to the ground. In the allotment area, the children have continued to enjoy caring for the vegetables and flowers, using and transporting water.
Little Pips have been enjoying the sunny days in the garden and have especially liked exploring the daisies in the grass by picking and collecting them. We enhanced their learning by freezing the daisies in various shaped ice trays and also added dried blossom to the exploration. We added utensils to provide rich play opportunities that the children are familiar with and allowed them to experience the play using sensory exploration. The children used high levels of fascination, showing particular interest in the daisies in ice. This activity allowed the children to learn together, the freedom to become involved, curiosity and investigation and making links to our sensory experiences whilst also exploring simple mathematical language.
We have being making the most of the lovely warm weather at Heathcote Pre-School. The children have really enjoyed planting flowers, herbs, tomatoes and vegetables. The children have been going out every morning and checking on their plants growth and also watering them.
We have been doing our own puppet shows and the children have found it so funny! They changed their voices for the different characters.
Our new water tray has been very popular with all the children. We have been looking at different objects, seeing and predicting whether they sink or float. The children have been transporting the water to the mud kitchen and sand to give a desired texture so they could mould them.
The children learnt hopscotch and did so well. They counted the numbers when they landed on them and were able to recognise the numbers by the end of the activity.
This week Pam bought in some logs and the children have had so much fun playing and creating games with them. They made their own obstacle course by rolling the logs to where they wanted them placed. They also created the Stick Mans family by stacking the logs up to make different sized Stick People!
The children at Gingham Pre-School self-initiated interest in Treasure Maps. Creating maps together, the children made marks and movements using a variety of tools. Giving meaning to their marks representing the journey to the treasure: “Through the woods” “to the house” “over the fields” and “X marks the spot-that’s where the treasure will be!”. To enhance the children’s learning, interest and excitement, we made some treasure and went on our very own treasure hunt in the garden. The children loved hiding the treasure in lots of different places. Using the maps and their beautiful imaginative skills the children found the treasure!