‘Bastille Day’ at Polkadot – Stratford upon Avon

‘The children in Top Dots Stratford celebrated Bastille Day- celebrating French culture. During the day the children had the opportunity to taste Brie and baguettes at snack time as well as enjoying French with Sophie: learning about colours in French as well as engaging in French songs and rhymes. To enhance the children’s interest and learning a French Café was created in the role play area. The children and staff dressed up in red, white and blue to represent the colours of France. Creative activities such as French flag making and decorating biscuits were implemented too. A fun filled day was had by all.’

National Mud Day at Polkadot Stratford

“The children and staff at Polkadot Stratford embraced ‘National Mud Day’ in setting. The children were provided with a variety of activities to give them the opportunity to explore and investigate mud in different ways- using senses and tools.

From Baby Dots to Top Dots the children engaged in play in the nature classroom, observing and collecting mini beasts to discuss with peers and practitioners. The children created their own mud playdough and even picked lavender in the garden to extend their learning through senses.

Alongside Mud Day the children have continued to embrace the use of loose parts and caring for their vegetables in the allotment area.”

Gingham Pre-School – Stratford upon Avon

‘Gingham have been using tennis rackets to enhance their fine motor and hand eye co-ordination through threading techniques. The children measured their string to different sizes and began to thread, saying “in and out” as they progressed. Children supported each other to accomplish what they set out to do, showing pride in their achievements’

Polkadot Nursery – Stratford Upon Avon

The children at Polkadot Day Nursery have been continuing to explore and investigate using a variety of real and natural materials. Loose parts play is an ongoing interest for the children, using their newly learnt skills as well as exploring and developing new skills to problem solve as well as risk take. The children in Top Dots had great fun using a small fan to observe how feathers flew and floated back to the ground. In the allotment area, the children have continued to enjoy caring for the vegetables and flowers, using and transporting water.

 

Learning together – Little Pips at Seedlings

Little Pips  have been enjoying the sunny days in the garden and have especially liked exploring the daisies in the grass by picking and collecting them. We enhanced their learning by freezing the daisies in various shaped ice trays and also added dried blossom to the exploration. We added utensils to provide rich play opportunities that the children are familiar with and allowed them to experience the play using sensory exploration. The children used high levels of fascination, showing particular interest in the daisies in ice. This activity allowed the children to learn together, the freedom to become involved, curiosity and investigation and making links to our sensory experiences whilst also exploring simple mathematical language.

Outside Fun at Polkadot Heathcote

We have being making the most of the lovely warm weather at Heathcote Pre-School. The children have really enjoyed planting flowers, herbs, tomatoes and vegetables. The children have been going out every morning and checking on their plants growth and also watering them.

We have been doing our own puppet shows and the children have found it so funny! They changed their voices for the different characters.

Our new water tray has been very popular with all the children. We have been looking at different objects, seeing and predicting whether they sink or float. The children have been transporting the water to the mud kitchen and sand to give a desired texture so they could mould them.

The children learnt hopscotch and did so well. They counted the numbers when they landed on them and were able to recognise the numbers by the end of the activity.

This week Pam bought in some logs and the children have had so much fun playing and creating games with them. They made their own obstacle course by rolling the logs to where they wanted them placed. They also created the Stick Mans family by stacking the logs up to make different sized Stick People!

 

Finding Treasure at Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham Pre-School self-initiated interest in Treasure Maps. Creating maps together, the children made marks and movements using a variety of tools. Giving meaning to their marks representing the journey to the treasure: “Through the woods” “to the house” “over the fields” and “X marks the spot-that’s where the treasure will be!”. To enhance the children’s learning, interest and excitement, we made some treasure and went on our very own treasure hunt in the garden. The children loved hiding the treasure in lots of different places. Using the maps and their beautiful imaginative skills the children found the treasure!

Seedlings Nursery – Learning how to keep our teeth healthy

Children in Buds and Blooms have been learning about how important it is to brush our teeth today. The children enjoyed having a go at brushing the model teeth and showed good control while brushing.

The Blooms children talked about why it is important to brush our teeth and how many times we should brush our teeth each day and how long for, two times a day, morning and night and for 2 minutes. We used a timer to show the children how long 2 minutes was.

The children also talked about going to the dentist and how they need to open their mouth really wide so the dentist can check their teeth, some of the children said they like going to the dentist because they get to sit in a big chair and they get a big sticker.

Some comments from the children-

‘We need to brush our teeth so they don’t go yellow’

‘We need to brush our teeth twice a day even at grandads’

‘I brush my teeth so I don’t have to go to the dentist’

Polkadot Heathcote – What have we been up to?

The children at Polkadot Heathcote have been very busy the past couple of weeks! They are really interested in exploring and using media and materials. They’ve had lots of fun mixing paint and mud together, describing the different textures. They also used the paper provided to paint and mark make, using lots of different mark making tools and their hands.

We have had lots of fun decorating balloons for our new birthday board. The children were able to show great listening and attention and understand the outcome of the activity. The children worked in pairs and communicated with one another, using talk to connect ideas, being aware of own feelings and being able to accept the needs of others too.

The children enjoy making arrangements with shapes as well as being able to show awareness of shapes in the environment.

The children were SO excited when they planted grass seeds in a tub with soil as we begin creating our zoo. At first the children were struggling with the concept of growth over time and would ask “is the grass ready yet” every few minutes. Eventually when they have now seen the grass has grown slowly and a little bit daily they are showing a lot more understanding and only ask first thing in the morning “how much has the grass grown”.

The children have been finding all sorts of mini-beasts in the last couple of weeks with the nice warm weather and have shown lots of curiosity. We are going to be looking at making our own mini-beast hotel and go on mini-beast hunts over the next few weeks. Watch this space for updates on how we get on!

 

Seedlings Nursery – Outdoor Painting

This week at Seedlings, the children in Buds have been making the most of the outdoors. In one of our outdoor activities, we used a variety of sticks and twigs from our environment and used different coloured paints to paint them. Whilst doing this, the children colour mixed and identified the colours that they were making. The children showed high levels of fascination and payed attention to details whilst taking part in this activity. It has now been made in to a display so that the children can observe their own work. Great work Buds!