This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.
We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.
Please see below our calendar for 2019-2020. On here you will see our term time dates and closure dates, this calendar is applicable for all Polkadot Nurseries and Pre-Schools.
It’s been a very exciting weekend at Seedlings as we have had the new Preschool classroom delivered!
The children at Seedlings have been very excited talking about their new room.
One child said “ I can see the big green house”.
See the photos below which include a sneaky peak at the inside (as it currently looks!).
We’ve had the electrician there already and have the plumber visiting soon!
‘Gingham Pre-Schools’, school leavers celebrations continued with a trip to Sandfields farm. The children engaged in a variety of activities including pond dipping, learning about wheat growing in the field, wild flowers exploration and then ending the day with lots of fun in the play wood. Children rubbed the wheat to find kernels and learnt how the wheat is used in products such as cereal. The children particularly enjoyed pond dipping, using nets to gently scoop and find a variety of creatures such as newts and water spiders. At the end of the day, the children explored the play wood, where they fed the chickens, played on the tyre swings, found Stickman and some very muddy puddles!’
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.”