The children and practitioners at Gingham enjoyed a walk into the local community last week- to the library and the fun fair.
Before leaving Gingham, we discussed road safety with the children- children were able to tell us about the importance of “holding hands with a grown up” and that “we have to wait for the green man”. During our walk we noticed items of interest such as a post box and phone box, when looking at these the children especially liked identifying letters and numbers of significance to them, we also loved looking at the different transport and the numbers on the buses as they passed us. Further on our walk we arrived at the Mop fair in the town centre, the children reflected on their past experiences at the fair, discussing the rides they went on and who they visited the fair with.
When at the library, we enjoyed a variety of books, shared stories together and enjoyed searching for books of interest to enhance our literacy skills. The children loved the Halloween display at the library, identifying all the different characters on the board. Before we left, we chose some books and used the special machine to check them out, ready to take back to Gingham to share with our friends over the coming weeks. We are hoping to re-visit the library during half term for their ‘Halloween Book Trail’ and to take a ‘Nature walk’ in our local community too, to support our learning and development around the Autumn season.
Over the coming weeks we are going to be exploring lots of wonderful Halloween activities and looking at the Hindu festival-Diwali.
Earlier this year, the Pre-school children were very interested in how things grow and amongst other seeds and vegetables, they decided to plant some pumpkins to see if we could grow our own for Halloween 2021! So, the Pre-school children sprinkled some compost onto trays and planted lots of pumpkin seeds. Under their watchful eyes, with lots of care and watering, they grew into tiny pumpkin seedlings! These seedlings were moved into plant pots and made their way outside to the greenhouse where they were treated to a spritz with the spray bottles every day and there they grew into pumpkin plants! When they were big enough, they travelled out to the porch for all of our Polkadot families to join in the growing fun, by taking a plant home and nurturing it, to see who could grow the biggest pumpkin. They went home with Baby Dots, Top Dots and Pre-school families. These are some of the progress photos that were sent in and one of the resulting pumpkins, that has been delivered to TopDots ready for some Halloween fun next week! If you took one of our pumpkin plants home and have any photos to share or even if you have been out pumpkin picking at one of the local farms, we would love to see your photos!
It has been wonderful welcoming some new children to our setting! We have been getting into the full swing of activities, including; a sand tray, the children used diggers to recreate the tasks and jobs that we’ve seen some builders near us doing. We’ve also been making lots of different coloured and scented play dough, some of our favourites have been the tropical scented play dough and the yellow, lemon scented play dough. The children have also been showing us their amazing imaginations and strengthening their fine and gross motor skills by creating some amazing things in the play dough, using the shaped cutters at times but also their hands.
We have introduced our new children to the use of sign language in our ‘Hello song’ which we sing in our circle times. They have already began to pick up the various signs for each of the children’s letters at the start of their name, as well as singing beautifully together. During our circle times, we have also been using some instruments to practise different beats, sometimes the beats are lead by the grown ups, however, some of the children have shown some wonderful confidence and lead the beats for the whole group. We have also been getting back into dancing to our favourite songs, it’s been so much fun finding out what everyone’s favourite songs are; including the Spider-Man theme song. The children have also been showing some wonderful listening ears as they have followed some instruction songs doing different actions and movements.
We’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks getting to know the new children and we look forward to what the next year will bring.
We are so excited for Halloween – watch this space for an update on our fun activities.
We had the pleasure of borrowing a fire box which contained a lot of different items that connects to fire safety. The children indulged themselves into the special clothing and hats as well as using pictures, which they could colour in and enjoyed listening to stories. They had so much fun learning all about the importance of firefighters and what their job entailed.
In June, it was all about the diversity of experiences that surround us. We have embraced nature in all its forms and we have been rewarded by the Wildlife Trust with a certificate stating that Polkadot Pershore completed “30 Days Wild”
Younger children have been making sense of the environment by exploring different nature based sensory experiences: using tapioca, pasta and rice, making collages out of herbs and flower petals, as well as compost. Wooden building blocks and sand have also been used to aid with fine and gross motor skills.
In the over 2’s age group, the children have been really excited talking and checking daily their own made wormery. We talked about the bones in our bodies and most children have now an understanding of what X ray looks like. Colours were mixed to obtain colours we observed in nature and we practised our fine and gross motor skills as fire fighters, as well as building our own fire engine.