Polkadot Stratford Update!

“The children at Polkadot Stratford have been very busy. Baby Dots have been exploring marks and movements, using paint, chalk and a variety of tools such as rollers and sponges. The children investigated the textures using their senses, especially using their hands in the paint.

Dots to Tots have been exploring the allotment area. Children engaged in natural exploration, using materials such as soil to create collage pictures. Using the big bricks has enabled the children to use their problem solving and risk taking skills, building, balancing and climbing on their constructions.

Top Dots have been very active in the outdoor spaces, using the allotment to observe the growth of vegetables and even pick some of the runner beans that have grown. The children were very fascinated by the texture of the runner beans.

Investigating in the nature classroom has been of keen interest, looking at insects and bugs to find in the outdoor area. Wellington boot painting has been good fun too, creating marks and movements in different ways.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager


Gingham’s outing to Morrisons!

“The children at Gingham Pre School have recently been interested in creating shopping lists and using their imagination to engage in open ended play focusing on shops. To enhance the children’s interest, learning and development, a trip to Morrisons in the local community was planned by the children and practitioners. Before leaving to walk to Morrisons, the children decided they would like to make pizzas and made their own shopping list of ingredients needed. The list included, tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, ham and sweetcorn. The children used their own trolley to navigate around the shop, looking for items on their list. The use of mathematical thinking and problem solving was used by the children by looking at how much the items were, discussing if it was a big or small number. On arrival back to gingham, the children made their own pizzas to take home and enjoyed an ice lolly after all their hard work.”

Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager


‘Outstanding’ Gingham Pre-School and Denim Willows – OFSTED Report

We are finally able to share the outcome of the inspection with you all!

We are absolutely thrilled to be rated ‘Outstanding’ at both Gingham and Denim. The report recognises that ‘the entire staff team is passionately dedicated and enthusiastic about what it does in the lives of children’.

Please follow the below link through to a 2nd link where you can download the full report –

EY340990 Denim Out of School Club and Gingham PreSchool Inspection Report

 


Zoo Lab at Gingham Pre-School

“Zoo Lab came to visit Gingham Pre-School. The children appeared very excited about the prospect of the mini beasts coming and had a themed morning making predictions about what bugs and creatures they might see: “Maybe we will see a big, big snake” and “I think there will be a Spider”. The children were correct and met two Cockroaches, a Tarantula, a Millipede (with “so many legs, it has thousands”), a Tree Frog and a Snake. Children invited their families to come along and share the Zoo Lab experience too. Curiosity was shown about the creatures through observation as well as touching the mini beasts, some children were very brave and even held some of the animals. The children used their language and descriptive skills to discuss with Gary from Zoo Lab how the animals felt to touch, the features they have by counting the legs and thinking about what they might like to eat. After Zoo Lab, the children initiated a mark making activity, showing a particular interest and focus on Tigger the Snake they had met.”


Insect Week at Gingham Pre-School

“The children have shown keen interest in exploring and investigating a variety of bug based activities including garden insect hunts using tools to dig and observe, creating their own bug houses in the outdoor spaces as well as making their own spider webs and clay insect prints to take home to share with their families. Forest School sessions continue to be an imbedded favourite with the children.

Children have displayed and used their different learning styles, covering all three areas of the Characteristics of Effective Learning. When creating Spider Webs, many children displayed a persistent approach and were very proud of their achievements, openly threading the string through the holes to create their desired finish.

When creating the clay insect prints, the children were very interested and curious in the features of the insects they had used. “This one has lots of legs and wings!” Children made links between the insects they used and the bugs they discovered outside.

The children have also appeared to enjoy using different materials to mark make, using large feathers to make strokes and movements.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 


Exploring natural resources at Gingham Pre-School

“Discovering and exploring the use of natural materials through play has been enhanced at Gingham Pre-School. The children have demonstrated a keen interest and engagement in their ‘Dinosaur Land’, which was created by all the children, collecting natural resources from the outdoor environment. The children have created ideas including dens for the dinosaurs, as well as pretending to plant the leaves to “grow extra, extra big!”.

The children have used their Sustained Shared Thinking Skills to work together, give ideas and elaborate on their play to create and construct imaginatively with the wooden bricks “We made a theatre for all the shows”.

In the role play areas, the use of open ended resources has allowed opportunity for the children to use and develop their imaginative skills, using real food, pots and pans to pretend to create and invent. The children have used their senses to explore such as smelling and tasting! “This lemon smells beautiful and fresh”.

Other activities have including using playdough with sets of resources such as pasta, small wooden pegs and sequins.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 


Introducing Olga, Felicity and Herbert at Polkadot Alcester!

Alcester Polkadot welcomes our new friends, Herbert, Felicity and Olga, to help us learn about the

Characteristics

of

Effective Learning

These characteristics are displayed by the children throughout their time at Polkadot and help Practitioners to recognise how each child learns. This enables them to provide activities and learning environments that support every child’s learning style. Each character represents a different characteristic and the children will be encouraged to ‘think of ideas’ like Olga the Owl or ‘keep trying’                                                          like Felicity the Fox.                                                                                                  

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Hello, my name is Herbert the Hedgehog!

I love to Play and Explore!

This means:

I can be very curious.

I join in with open ended activities.

I learn by trial and error.

I initiate activities.

 

Hello, my name is Felicity the Fox!

I am an Active Learner!

This means:

I can concentrate.

I keep trying.

I enjoy meeting my goals.

I am proud of myself.

 

 

Hello, my name is Olga the Owl!

I Create and Think Critically.

This means:

I think of ideas.

I find ways to solve problems.

I can talk about my ideas, about what went well and what I would change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Felicity the Fox!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Getting outside with Gingham Pre-School

‘The children at Gingham have recently been exploring their natural environment in many different ways. The children have planted their own sunflowers ready to grow, and have been watering and caring for the flowers, noticing how fast they are growing!

A dinosaur world was created indoors, the children appeared to enjoy making dens and houses for the dinosaurs as well as digging and making roads.

The children had a great time in Forest School at Bunting. They found lots of different insects including a centipede as well as a snail climbing a tree! The digging pit was very popular, the children used their tools to dig and found lots of wiggly worms. The children explored the water play, using their problem solving skills to work out which pipe the water would come out of, they used this water to add to their creations in the muddy kitchen, making pies and cakes for everyone.’

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 


Dots to Tots Update!

‘Dots to Tots have been busy bees!

We have had great fun in the Allotment Garden, growing new vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins and runner beans!

Back indoors we have been exploring sand and shredded paper, enjoying making lots of mess! We have continued to to develop our early counting skills throughout play, at music time and whilst using our imaginations in role play.

Outside, our favourite activities have been playing on the Pirate Ship and the soft play, testing our gross motor skills.

We are loving getting outside in the sunshine!’

Rachel and Claire – Dots to Tots


Blooms learn how to Recycle!

‘Jen from Stratford District Council recycling department came to talk to the Blooms children about recycling household waste. She told them about what needed to go in the different colour bins and what sort of materials they can recycle. She set up an interactive obstacle course and the children had to pick an object from the box and decide which bin to put the object into…. recycling (blue), general (grey) and food (green). She taught them a song about recycling and they all had a goody bag to go home with, it contained a ball, pencil, pad and keyring, with some leaflets about recycling.

This is the song the children learnt – which can be added to as needed!

“Recycling, recycling, recycling

Tin cans, bottles

Recycling, recycling, recycling

Cardboard….” (etc)

The children really enjoyed this and most of them knew a lot already about recycling from home. They sat and listened well, and followed all of Jen’s instructions. They all said “Thank you” and made her a picture with leaves.’

Allison Aves – Seedlings Manager