The children at Polkadot in Alcester have had a busy few weeks exploring all of the different celebrations and festivals that October and November bring! This week we are sharing our Remembrance Sunday, Children in Need and Diwali activities that children from Babies all the way up to Pre-school have enjoyed. There has been lots of mark making with pens, paint and chalks; decorating poppies, Pudsey bears and diwa lamps. The babies made edible poppies – covering apple slices in pink chocolate. TopDots experimented with paint dabbers, mixing the colours and making the paint splatter across the page! Pre-school used party rings to make Pudsey bear ears on their biscuits. They looked at beautiful rangoli patterns and recreated them by making marks in sand and flour and chalking colourful designs on the entrance slope to nursery. We also hung lights in our windows and explored the light box, talking about Diwali being known as the festival of light.
Whilst we may not have been able to wrap up in our cosy winter woollies and go out to enjoy crackling bonfires and exciting firework displays this year, the children have explored the magic of Bonfire night through fabulous firework paintings, chocolate apple decorating and (imaginary) marshmallow toasting whilst sitting around the (pretend) campfire! last week, the pre-school exercised their singing voices with songs around the fire and made their unique hedgehogs after talking about how these little animals love to get cosy in piles of wood and leaves at this time of year. They used potatoes and wooden craft sticks to create the spikes and some children decided to use paint to add features to their hedgehog. This helped them practise their fine motor skills and use of one handed tools as well as inspiring their creativity!
We have had the best time doing Halloween activities at Polkadot Heathcote. We started doing some pumpkin play before half term to give all children a chance to join in with the fun. The pumpkin play allowed us to discuss textures of the outside of the pumpkin, the children used words like ‘smooth’, ‘soft’ and ‘prickly’ for the stalk. When it came to the inside of the pumpkin, they described it as ‘slimy’ and said ‘it’s like spider webs inside’. The children seemed to really enjoy the activity and some spent a really long time exploring the textures of the pumpkin, everyone’s concentration was amazing!
During Halloween week, we used some coloured oats to allow the children to make potions, including some toy witch fingers and spiders. The children showed some wonderful sharing and turn taking. Later, we made some colour changing potions together using a recipe. This encouraged the use of maths and fine motor skills. The children were so engaged and when the potion changed colour they showed so much excitement. We also made some paper-mache ghosts ready for our Halloween dress up days. The concentration and control during the activity was so wonderful to see.
We also had so much fun dressing up on Thursday and Friday that we gave the children the option to have some photos taken with our Halloween props.
Gingham Pre-School have been enjoying the Autumn fall. The children have collected leaves to use creatively to make sensory collages, they have also shown interest in investigating the leaves and their properties such as texture and colour.
To celebrate Halloween, the children had the chance to dress up, carve pumpkins and be creative making and decorating witches hats, decorating cakes and making spider hand print hangers.
During this week, the children will have the opportunity to learn all about Bonfire Night, yesterday some children shared their weekend experiences of seeing fireworks, leading on to creating pictures to represent the fireworks and their colours, along with an adult, the children chose the colours and materials to use to make their pictures. Children have been using their language skills to discuss descriptively, using words to describe noises and patterns of the fireworks they saw.
The children at Alcester have had a busy few weeks in the run up to half term, exploring the change in seasons and sharing their current interests with their friends – dinosaurs have been very popular in TopDots! The BabyDots have been using their senses to explore paint, sensory bags, crispy autumn leaves and slimy pumpkins! Pre-school have been surprised to find a small fairy door by the toadstool in the garden which inspired lots of imaginative play and ponderings about where it came from and who lives behind it! They have also been using their maths skills to sort and compare the nature objects. Over half term the children have taken part in a variety of activities in the run up to Halloween, including making spooky spiders, cheeky pumpkins and ghoulish ghosts! We are looking forward to welcoming all of the children back next week for lots more fun exploring Bonfire night, followed by celebrating Children in Need (w/c 9th Nov) by getting dressed up in our spottiest clothes!
Playing, exploring and making sense of Autumn at Pershore
Have a look at the fabulous time children and staff alike have had in October.
We have welcomed new children and families, went for autumn treasure hunts and celebrated harvest by exploring lots of new fruits and vegetables. Playdough shapes making, water play, music making, dancing, drawing would also be worth mentioning.
A real feast for our senses by trying new textures, flavours, sounds, words, stories and songs.
Big thank you to all parents for sharing with us those beautiful, positive thoughts engraved on the Pumpkin.
“The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.
Margaret McMillan (nursery school pioneer)
The pre-school children at Alcester have recently been exploring a type of freestyle painting that is also known as Literati painting, or in Chinese ‘Xie Yi’. The meaning of which is to ‘write an idea’; the Chinese painting technique of personal expression. They have also been working on a variety of other skills across the Early Years Foundation Stage, using the indoor and outdoor environments.
We wanted to remind Parents that we will be closed to all Term Time Only children (this includes all children at Bunting Pre-School and Polkadot Bridgetown) week commencing 26th October for Half Term. We will be open again from Monday 2nd November.
Please see below a link to our 2020/21 Calendar for future reference.
Well Autumn is finally here, with the darker nights, cosy evenings at home and the leaves changing to some beautiful Autumnal colours.
Last week, we celebrated National Forest School day! The children loved exploring the Nature Garden with lots of emptying and filling buckets with water, mud and bark.
Down in the Allotment the children found a snail and were very keen to observe and give the snail a ‘flower to smell’, they watched as it slowly made a trail across the flower bed.
Following this, we extended our outdoor learning to indoors, with painting using leaves and sensory activities such as a ‘touch and feel’ game with leaves and pine cones.
Just a reminder from staff at Polkadot- Please could you make sure you are bringing in an empty labelled water bottle daily for your child to use throughout the day. Thank you.