‘The practitioners and children at Polkadot Alcester have recently been thinking about Oral Health in connection with the NDNA’s #HealthyBodyHappyMe 2019 campaign. The children have been talking about how they look after their teeth at home, how to use their toothbrush and toothpaste as well as taking part in lots of activities to help practise their brushing skills! TopDots were inspired to make some minty fresh smelling toothpaste (playdough) which they used to clean the dolls teeth. The children helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients, investigating the changes in the mixture with their hands as they added the liquid. The children in Preschool have been cleaning up the dinosaur’s teeth with a concoction of toothpaste and foam, exploring the sensory elements of the minty smell and the soft foam. The children independently extended their activity, cleaning their toothbrushes with water before repeating the cleaning process. This led to discussions around their own routines at home and which sorts of foods have a high sugar content, demonstrating the children’s understanding of the importance of oral hygiene and different ways to keep their bodies healthy. The children developed their own ideas and made links between the activities and their own first-hand experiences.’
“At Gingham Pre-School interest has been shown surrounding planting and growing- to enhance and develop learning interests, we have been planting beans and observing the changes we could see in the flowers too. The children’s curiosity has developed further in the forest school area. From looking for insects to creating muddy mixtures, use of own ideas to complete tasks and overcome challenges were displayed. The children worked together through open ended activities to solve problems such as transporting water and found new ways to do things such as adding water to mud to dig.
Upon using the new climbing equipment, new skills were learnt and as a result children’s confidence was further established. This coming from the children’s ‘Can Do’ attitude to keep on trying- climbing and swinging”
Gingham Pre-School Manager
‘Top Dots Stratford showing ‘Can Do’ attitudes, working hard to arrange and problem solve using the tubes and pipes along the fence for balls to run down. Using ideas and achieving what they set out to do by adding resources such as boxes and bowls to collect and catch the balls. Children displayed Sustained Shared Thinking skills to work together and accomplish their plans. ‘
‘Engaging in open ended activities using wooden blocks- creating ramps and ‘slides’ for the animals. “Wheeeee”
‘We are Creative and Active Learners!’
We celebrated our annual awards at the weekend and the following staff received awards;
Polkadot Employee of the Year: Corrinne Evans
Denim Employee of the Year: Nicole Thornett
Polkadot Parent Hero: Corrinne Evans
Denim Parent Hero: Niamh Timms and Sophie Jourdain
Colleague of the Year: Rachel Hall
Behind the Scenes Award: Charlotte Peachey
Best Newcomer: Megan Bailey
Outstanding Contribution Awards were presented to Lucy Stanley and Katie Nicholls.
5 & 10 Year Long Service Awards were received by Susan Mason, Gemma Crow, Laura Blinkhorne, Sophie Jourdain, Laura Smith, Netta Hill, Dawn Smith and Charlotte Green.
We would like to thank all our parents for voting and for your lovely comments that are very much appreciated.
”Dear Parents, please note that if your child is eligible for 30 hours funding for the Spring Term, you will need to apply before 31st December to receive your unique 11 digit code. To apply please go to: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk”
“Polkadot Stratford’s parent join in afternoon was full of Halloween fun! The children and their families enjoyed exploring and experiencing a variety of activities including Halloween pasta play, dressing up, pumpkin carving and making ‘Magic Mixtures’ as well as decorating Halloween themed biscuits and clay decorations. The activities planned were chosen by the children, reflecting on their interests in the setting. The children created their very own ‘Magic Mixtures’ independently choosing resources to fulfil their ideas and curiosity to find out ‘what happened next’. The children created some very gloopy mixtures!! At the end of the afternoon everyone participated in Halloween French with Sophie, enjoying songs and stories- the children demonstrated their French knowledge and learning beautifully.”
Lucy Stanley- Manager
“The Buds and Blooms children saw a Hot Air Balloon landing in the field next to the Nursery. They were very excited as they saw the balloon go up and down until it finally landed. They used lots of vocabulary to describe what was happening. Back at Nursery they made some collage balloons, using different materials and had a go at some Paper Mache to make some balloons to hang up. We then made a display in our room, with all the creative artwork”