“The children at Gingham Pre School have recently been interested in creating shopping lists and using their imagination to engage in open ended play focusing on shops. To enhance the children’s interest, learning and development, a trip to Morrisons in the local community was planned by the children and practitioners. Before leaving to walk to Morrisons, the children decided they would like to make pizzas and made their own shopping list of ingredients needed. The list included, tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, ham and sweetcorn. The children used their own trolley to navigate around the shop, looking for items on their list. The use of mathematical thinking and problem solving was used by the children by looking at how much the items were, discussing if it was a big or small number. On arrival back to gingham, the children made their own pizzas to take home and enjoyed an ice lolly after all their hard work.”
Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager
We are finally able to share the outcome of the inspection with you all!
We are absolutely thrilled to be rated ‘Outstanding’ at both Gingham and Denim. The report recognises that ‘the entire staff team is passionately dedicated and enthusiastic about what it does in the lives of children’.
Please follow the below link through to a 2nd link where you can download the full report –
EY340990 Denim Out of School Club and Gingham PreSchool Inspection Report
“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