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!

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

Children in Blooms have settled well into their new room and have been really busy! Here are some of the things we have been doing…

We have been using our mathematical skills to make our own play dough, using spoons and cups to measure the ingredients, we counted out how many teaspoons it took to fill the cup with flour and then how many tablespoons it took to fill the cup. We talked about the cup being full, half full and empty. The children did well taking turns and worked together.

Once the play dough had been made we divided it into 4 pieces and added natural materials for the children to explore and create, the children got straight to work using their imagination. They created a snail, a tree, a mountain with trees on the top and a snail that was drinking water.

For snack, the children loved making their own fruit kebabs and chose from a range of fruits which they placed onto the sticks.
We talked about healthy eating and about the fruits we liked and disliked.

All the children have been busy making marks and writing using a range of mark making tools, the large white board, chalk board and using paper.

The children have been interested in writing and have been forming letters from their names and asking to write their friends names. They have showed good pencil control and formed some beautiful letters, as well as sounding out the letters they are forming.

The children have showed high levels of involvement while doing larger and more difficult puzzles and have remained focused, they have showed they are proud of their achievement and can work together as a team.

We have enjoyed using the tape measure, we have compared sizes and have looked at the numbers to see which is the biggest.

We have had fun making shapes using the magnetic shapes, and managed to create a large star! The child talked in detail about what they had made and how many points the star has and why they added more to the star to make it a star square.

We have been having sessions in the outdoor nature garden exploring, using the mud kitchen and we went on a bug hunt. We have been listening to sounds in the environment, and discussing what different sounds we can hear. We are going to be making our own paint brushes from natural materials and painting with mud in our next sessions!

Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre-School have had a busy start to the year. Children have participated in ball skills sessions, enhancing their physical skills and development.
During the frosty mornings, children showed great excitement finding ice in the outdoor spaces, looking at cause and effect- using problem solving skills to think about how and why the ice developed and what might happen to the ice if…

Some of our friends have very exciting new arrivals to their families, with new baby brothers and sisters. The children have shown great enthusiasm and interest in the baby resources, using these to reinforce their own experiences from home, also supporting children to share their own family experiences with others, realising they have some similarities as well as differences.
Mark making on the light up boards has supported development of the use of tools.
The children have shown interest and engagement in festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Burns Night. The children explored noodles and rice play as well as making their own Chinese fans. Scottish flags were created as well as rhymes and poems shared together to support celebration of Burns Night.”