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


Exploring and Learning at Gingham Pre-School

‘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



Ball skills at Polkadot Heathcote

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


Polkadot Heathcote – Parent’s join in Yoga Bugs!

The children had a lovely time joining in with yoga bugs, going on an adventure. The story which lead us to our adventure was “ We’re going on a bear hunt”, we went through the grass, river, forest, snowstorm and into the cave where we met a big bear who wanted to be our friend.

Some family members joined us for our adventure, we showed them how to join in with the moves. It was so much fun to share our yoga bugs session with them!