Bird Watching at Seedlings Nursery

At Seedlings we are very lucky to be surrounded by lots of open space where we can explore the natural environment and wildlife. Over the past few weeks, the children in the Buds Room (Our 2 year olds) have taken great interest in the birds that visit our garden. The Buds have a lovely room with floor to ceiling windows that look out onto their large garden. We have been making a variety of food to hang outside for the birds to eat. Using their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination the Buds threaded Cheerios onto tinsel stems (pipe cleaners) to make food hangers. We hung sliced apples in the trees and made food balls using bread, water and bird seed. The children used their hands to mould and shape the ingredients into small balls.

The Buds children get very excited putting the food out and will watch from the window for the birds to come eat the food, often shouting; “The birds are eating the food!” The children are now able to identify some of the birds. “Look a Robin” – Rosie.

“it’s a Magpie Katie” – Theo.

“I can see a Blackbird” – Suki.

We have seen Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Blackbirds, Magpies, Wood pigeons, Great Tits and our favourite being the Robin. We also have a cheeky squirrel that comes to eat the food too!

The Robins are very friendly and come close to us when we play outside. They even came and ate food from a bowl Katie was holding!

 

We talk daily about the birds we see and have access to bird and Nature books which the children love looking at.

 

Links to the EYFS;

 

  • Seeks out others to share experiences out with
  • Enjoys responsibility of carrying out small tasks
  • Uses simple sentences
  • Learns new words rapidly and is able to use them in communicating
  • Shows care and concern for living things and the environment
  • Talks about some of the things they have observed
  • Beginning to be interested and describe the texture of thing


Polkadot Pershore – A chilly, busy January!

In January we have been busy talking about birds.

Younger children were reading related stories, looking at different textures and colours and decorating birds collages. Instead of snow, babies have also explored playing with ice and shaving foam.

Older children have been building climbing structures in the snow and talked about the different prints we can make in the snow. We have been also digging for worms in the garden, as we learned birds like to eat them and made birds feeders by mixing lard and oats.

A big thank you to all parents who got involved in observing the birds in their own garden, as part of the Big Bird Watch- RSPB 2021.


Polkadot Heathcote – ‘Let it Snow!’

We have been so excited to see snow this January, we couldn’t resist going outside and having a snowball fight. The children did show some good listening skills as we asked them not to throw the snowballs in their friends faces. It was so lovely to see the interactions between the children, they were laughing a lot together. They also decided to team up against Shannon, Chloe, Bev and Annie, throwing lots of snowballs our way. They all chose their own ways of exploring the snow. The children showed some strong fine and gross motor skills, as they used both hands to collect snow in order to make a snowball. They explored the different areas that the snow had fallen in order to collect snow. They even experimented with mark making in the snow.

“We had some great discussions, describing what snow is like and the children used words and phrases like ‘cold’, ‘soft’, ‘freezing’ and ‘not sticking together’. We also talked about the importance of coats, hats and gloves in cold weather. The children were very good at ensuring they had their coats, hats and gloves on after our talk. Staff and children all had a great time in the snow. “


What have we been up to at Seedlings Nursery….?

Last week Blooms were very excited to be able to visit the diggers next to the Nursery. The construction workers kindly met us to show us their diggers and did a digger dance for us! The children loved it!

We walked across the field to the bottom and stood safely behind the wooden fence and large metal fences. The construction workers flashed the lights, beeped the horn and did the digger dance, spinning their diggers around, moving from side to side and going up and down. The children were all so happy waving and shouting hello and watching them. We made them a card to say thank you. When we got back to Pre- School the children said “ This is the best day ever! I loved the digger dance”.

We have also enjoyed the cold weather and have had lots of fun in the snow playing in the garden making snow angels and throwing snowballs at each other. We brought some trays of snow inside to explore. On one tray we just had snow and with their hands the children made little snow people and one child made an igloo and got some of the little people and added it to their play using their imagination. On another tray we added powder paint to the snow – yellow and red. The children experimented with the snow using paintbrushes to mix the colours together and were pleased to make new colours – orange and pink.The children used lots of describing words during their play such as Crunchy, crunching, frozen, frosty, cold and wet.

We made some ice decorations by collecting sticks, leaves and other natural materials and placing them into containers. We then added water and string. We had checked the weather forecast to make sure we were going to have minus degrees over the weekend so our decorations would freeze. When we came into Pre-school on the Monday we were excited to check on our ice decorations. We brought them into the room and the children were really excited and happy because the water was no longer water is was now ice. It had frozen solid. We carefully took the ice out of the containers and took them into the nature garden. We looked at our ice decorations as they were glistening in the sun. One of the children said “They were beautiful and wanted to make them at home”

Another child said “Why is it melting?” as water was starting to drip from it. I asked the question to everyone and the children said “Because the sun was out it’s getting hot and it’s melting”.
We hung the ice decorations in the tree and checked them throughout the day, the children even looked out through the  window and door to watch them glistening in the light.


A Snowy Start at Gingham Pre-School

The children have especially enjoyed the snowy weather at Gingham. We wrapped up warm and explored the snow in our play areas. The children shared their home experiences about making snowmen and snow balls! Children used a variety of resources to explore, engage and investigate the properties of the snow. Children explored the ice, setting themselves the challenge of releasing objects that had frozen. Using their Sustained Shared Thinking skills they overcame the frozen problem- extending their ideas ‘let’s get a spade and try that’. Once inside and warmed up, the children enjoyed some snow themed stories during group time.

As well as the snowy start to the week, the children have been learning about Scotland’s Burn’s Night, by looking at poems and traditional Scottish tartan patterns, the children then attempted to recreate their own using colours for a purpose.

Australia Day was also recognised on Tuesday, the children made their own Fairy Bread to take home and share with their families- which is an Australian tradition during celebrations, some children chose to observe the Australian flag, later creating their own using mixed materials. What a wonderful start to the week!


A Big Thank You to our Seedlings Parents and Staff….

We would like to thank our Parents at Seedlings who helped us collect together some Christmas Gift Bags for the WWCC (Wellesbourne & Walton Community Cares). We received the lovely email below from them –

On behalf of the residents in Wellesbourne and Walton, we would like to pass on a massive thank you to everyone who was involved with the Christmas Gift Bag initiative in December.

We received over 220 gift bags, 39 from Seedlings Nursery, which were distributed to local people who were facing a difficult Christmas.

The response on doorsteps, and from the many thank you cards and letters which we have received, has been heart-warming. We wanted to share with you some of the comments we have received in letters and cards;

 

“Thank you so much for the super Christmas hamper in a gift bag, I did so much enjoy receiving the treats”

 

“I would like to say a great big thank you for the wonderful goodies you gave to me, it was a fabulous surprise”

 

“Thank you very much for the Christmas gift bag, and the addition of the TV times was most welcome!”

 

“I was visited today by someone who I hadn’t seen before, but the voice sounded familiar, it was my friend who picks up the phone for a chat (telephone befriender). For someone like me, living on my own after losing my husband of over 50 years, it’s a few minutes of comfort that someone cares. Today he delivered a ‘hamper’ – what a glorious feast! Thank you to all the organisers, the people who donated the goodies and of course those who deliver”.

 

“Thank you so much for the surprise I received, I thoroughly enjoyed going through the goodies, it really made my day, as up till then it had been an awful day”.

 

“A big thank you to all at Wellesbourne Cares, what a lovely surprise when I opened my door to a lovely lady with a big smile on her face and a gift bag full of goodies. An angel is disguise! I’m not going to be alone at Christmas as there are 200 lovely volunteers. Best wishes to you all.”

 

“Thank you so much for the gift bag. It means a lot. Thank you for caring.”

 

“I received a gift bag and it made my Christmas! Thank you.”

 

“Thank you very much for the wonderful Christmas gift bag which I received, I would be very grateful if you could convey my thanks to Seedlings Day nursery for their very sweet Christmas card”


Merry Christmas from Polkadot Alcester


The team at Polkadot Nursery in Alcester would like to say a big Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2021 to all of our children and families! We have enjoyed all of the festivities in the run up to the Christmas break and hope the children have been proud to share all of their fab festive creations with you! Here are some photos of all the fun activities, crafts, bakes and experiences that have been on offer this half term…


Polkadot Heathcote get festive!

We have been getting stuck into Christmas activities this month which has resulted in goodies to take home as well as activities that allowed us all to get into the Christmas spirit. The children all got very excited when they got to help decorate our Christmas tree, they all showed some lovely sharing and turn taking throughout, and it’s safe to say they did a fantastic job! Using fine motor skills and cutting skills, the children created some wonderful snowmen to take home, allowing us to discuss the different elements that are involved in making a snowman. They also made some wonderful decorations for their trees at home, one using colourful lollipop sticks with sequins to decorate and the other involved some beautiful smiles in front of our Christmas tree. 

Our cheeky elf also returned to the setting and got up to all sorts of mischief, from getting into the threading draw, attempting to unwrap presents and even trying to taste the pudding on our Christmas dinner day! Luckily we caught him just before he got through all the clingfilm! 

Following on from sign language day in September, Lois taught Shannon and Chloe how to sign in Makaton ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and taught it to the children. The children have picked it up quite quickly and have began to sign ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other and other adults. It’s been so lovely to see them continuing to enjoy learning signs. 

We’d like to wish all parents and children a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a lovely time off and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!


Christmas Time at Gingham Pre-School

The children and practitioners at Gingham have been in the festive spirit. The children have had so much fun and shown such excitement. Christmas parties have taken place, including pass the parcel and lots of musical games. The children created their own marshmallow snowmen to take home and enjoy. All children created their own Christmas folders to take home, making special baubles, calendars and Christmas cards to share with their families. The children made some reindeer food for Father Christmas’ reindeers ready for Christmas eve and yummy hot chocolate cones to take home and enjoy as a treat. We held our Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and enjoyed a Christmas lunch too.

Flour and shaving foam play has been brilliant, the children used their imaginations to use these resources as snow, using the small world resources to influence and extend this play.

We have extended our literacy skills through a range of Christmas stories, sharing together during the day.

Investigation on the cold mornings by looking for and finding ice in forest school was exciting, enhancing our learning and knowledge of the seasons.

We made our own Christmas tree and baubles, taking turns to place these on the tree to decorate.

We hope everyone has loved the Christmas creations as much as we have creating them. We wish all our families and children a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year!


Polkadot Pershore – Our gifts to Austin Court Care Home

Dear Parents, family & friends,

We at Polkadot Pershore decided during the festive season that it would be nice for
the children to make something rather special for the residents at Austin Court Care
Home in Evesham.
The staff and children worked together and came up with an array of special
Christmas snowflakes, which each child played an active part in making.


As you can see from the pictures the results are spectacular, and the residents were
absolutely over the moon when one of Santa’s elves delivered them.
It is always lovely to work in collaboration with differing settings within the wider
community and it is something that we as a nursery hope to do more of in the future.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

From all the staff & children at Polkadot Pershore.