A great start back at Seedlings!

We would like to say how happy we are to be back and how amazing all of your children have been, they have adapted and settled back in to Nursery/Pre-school really well.

We would like to say thank you to all parents following our new guidelines, the one way system, applying sun cream before arriving and bringing in sun hats, named water bottles and coats.

Our Pre-school children have loved seeing and playing with their friends again, we have loved hearing all the stories about what they have been doing at home.

The time off they have had seems to have had no effect on their socialising skills, they are joining in each other’s play, sharing toys and even making new friends.

The children have especially loved being outside in the garden using their physical skills, playing football running games, climbing on the climbing equipment and playing with the tyres.

The children have been coming up with their own ideas in play and are using their imagination, pretending to be firefighters and using props to support in their play.

We have especially enjoyed sand play! Having our own tray of sand and choosing what we wanted to have in it, this gets thrown away at the end of each day.

We have also been making paper aeroplanes and seeing how far they can fly and measuring to see who’s has gone the furthest.

The Babies and Buds are in a bubble with Hazel and Katie. We are so proud with how well they have come back and settled in its as if they have never been away!

We have spent lots of time outside playing with footballs, dancing to music and chasing bubbles.

Inside we have enjoyed some sensory play with shaving foam and building with duplo bricks, using our fine motor skills.

We look forward to welcoming more of our Seedlings children back over the next few weeks!


Welcome back Seedlings!!

The children have settled back in well, we are so happy to see some faces back with us and look forward to more of you being able to come back soon!

The children in pre-school have been busy using their mathematical skills, communication skills and supporting each other in their play, while measuring each other.

The children were very excited about the end result looking to see who the tallest and the smallest children were.

Some children then worked together and went off to measure more things around the garden.


Welcome back!

A big Welcome back to all children attending Gingham Pre-School!

Over the past weeks the children from Gingham, Polkadot and The Bridge have enjoyed activities including Treasure Hunts in the garden-creating their own maps and hiding the ‘treasure’ in all sorts of places to discover. Children have been putting their physical development to good use in the Early Years Zone- climbing and taking appropriate risk. Forest school has continued to be a favourite area for many of the children, making the most of this lovely weather, spending lots of time in the outdoor environments. Some children enjoyed walks in the local community when attending our hub setting, where finding dandelions was a favourite task. Returning children have come with lots of lovely stories about their time at home, with some children bringing in photographs to share with their friends. We look forward to more of our friends joining us soon!

Welcome back



Polkadot Stratford – What have we been upto?

During March, Polkadot said goodbye to Laura who went on maternity leave, We wish Laura and her husband all the best.
We have celebrated World Book Day where the children came dressed up as a character of their choice and brought in a story to read with their friends and members of staff if they wished.
As part of ‘Parent Partnership’ we invited family members along during the day to read stories to groups of children. A big thank you to those people who came to read to them! The children loved getting involved and concentrated well, listening to the stories, it was an enjoyable experience for all.
Now, hopefully as Spring approaches, the sun will be shining so Polkadot are going to be very busy outdoors planting and playing on their new structure that is being built, watch this space….


World Book Day at Polkadot Heathcote

Today everyone at Polkadot Heathcote had so much fun getting involved in World Book Day. All the costumes were very impressive and the children were so excited to tell one another about what characters they were from their favourite stories.

We had a Power Ranger, Snow White, Goldilocks, the Tiger Who Came To Tea, Dorothy, Bear from the Bear Hunt, Tinkerbell, Stick Man, The Gruffalo, Batman, Willy Wonka, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit, the Highway Rat and a dinosaur. As well as The Mad Hatter and an Ugly sister from Cinderella!!

The children have absolutely loved taking part and we have read so many stories throughout the day. The children have also created and decorated their very own bookmarks to take home with them. We played a ‘Guess the Story’ game, where we would describe a story and the children would have to guess what story it was, they were very fast at guessing and always got the correct answers. There are already discussions of what we are all dressing up as next year!


World Book Day at Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre- School have been celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite story characters. The children brought along their favourite books to share with their friends and key workers. Many stories have been read, we have been exploring stories through the use of puppets too.”


What have we been up to at Polkadot Alcester?…..

We have had another month full of activities and learning opportunities for the children at Polkadot Alcester.

Baby Dots have been “emerged” in sensory experiences:

  • Singing and dancing where they could practice their gross and fine motor skills, balance and body movements
  • Painting with their hands and feet
  • Exploring shaving foam and colours

In Top Dots, the little explorers have been helping to create their own space display, talking about the moon, stars and planets. Children baked cookies out of playdough first and then out of real dough for St. Valentines. They all got really excited when decorating their individual cookies. Most children are now able to use mathematical language in context. Our favourite shape was “Pizza shape”.

The pre-school children went to great lengths in learning about the science behind the rainbow. They have been talking and painting their own interpretation of the storm/rain, watching out for the sun and hunting down the rainbow. They even got a small rainbow on the plate by mixing different coloured melted skittles and observing the colour interactions.

Everybody had lots of fun splashing in puddles, walking through mud and helping each other when climbing the tree trunk in the orchard.  We mustn’t forget our little super-heroes efforts in the pancake race. Parents you were fabulous cheering them on in the rain, thank you!

A very big thank you to all of the parents/carers, for supporting us in our trial visit at the Meadow view care home. What an amazing morning we had. Children took some food colouring with them to put into vases with flowers, they mixed the colours explaining to the ‘Grandads and Grannies’ how “we are going to see rainbow soon, you wait and see”. Next, they have been “teaching” the residents about how to draw the flowers and their pretty colours. The children also loved meeting the two Guinea Pigs there!

We are all ready now for Spring. How about you?

 


Outside Learning at Gingham Pre-School

‘The children and practitioners at Gingham Pre-School have been learning and observing in Forest School. Following the children’s interests, mini beast hunts were planned along with the exploration of the use of tools- using them for a purpose. Children loved working together to find insects- following on from the wet weather lots of worms were discovered and carefully observed by the children- looking into comparisons of length and quantities to enhance mathematical learning. The children used rakes and spades to dig and investigate, looking for ‘treasure’ and finding lots of interesting things in the environment including stones and wood. The children then used their findings to create all sorts of imaginative muddy mixtures together in the mud kitchen.’


Polkadot Stratford – Wishing Kerry a happy maternity leave!

On Friday the children at Polkadot said “good bye and good luck” to Kerry who is off on her maternity leave now to have a little baby girl.

Top Dots staff have been discussing with the children about Kerry having a baby in her tummy and how they could make her a card to give to her. The children chose crayons, glue and some wooden hearts to produce a card of their own which they gave to her alongside the staff spoiling the new baby with lots of gifts.

We wish Kerry all the best and look forward to meeting the new baby!