“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
Alcester Polkadot welcomes our new friends, Herbert, Felicity and Olga, to help us learn about the
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!
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!
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.
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!
‘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
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
‘The children at Gingham have been using their investigatory skills when exploring forest school. They discovered and observed lots of insects in many different places. The children used the mud kitchen to make a wide variety of imaginative creations such as honey pots and coffee shops- serving each other and discussing how much items cost. When playing on the big playground the children used their mathematical skills to measure and compare heights, looking at taller and smaller. During Ball Skills with Danny, the children developed their balancing and jumping as well as playing the ‘Find the Fish’ game which is very popular, the children love searching for the fish hidden under the cones! The children have also shown interest in colour mixing as well as working together to build and balance in the outdoor areas.’
Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager
To celebrate the Royal Wedding we are inviting the children at Heathcote Polkadot to wear red, white and blue to pre school on Friday 18th May.
We will be making crowns and flags and decorating biscuits.
Every Thursday at Polkadot Heathcote Danny from DF Sports Coaching has started to come and teach us ball skills, we listened well to the instructions that he gave us as we joined in.
We enjoyed learning new ways to kick and control our footballs, we played fun games to help us learn. We learnt the Buzz Lightyear pose, and how to use our shoulders as mirrors to move backwards.
To support our number and colour recognition Danny held up different coloured hoops which we had to name. Then we got the parachute out and played a number/colour game.
We also practised jumping over hurdles, moving around the cones and jumping in and out of the hoops.
Karly Fowler – Deputy Pre-School Manager