Gingham Pre-School have been out and about!

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.

Pumpkin Growing at Polkadot Alcester!

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!

 

Polkadot Heathcote – What have we been up to…??

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.

Gingham Pre-School Out and About…..

The children at Gingham enjoyed a walk in the local community this week. We discussed safety before we went on our walk and what we thought we might see. Along our walk we stopped off at the park and enjoyed using our climbing and balancing skills on the climbing frame and slide. As we continued our walk, we noticed blackberries growing in the bushes- we discussed how we knew if the berries were ready “they need to be nice and black, ready to eat, not the red ones, they are not ready yet!”. This also led on to learning about the dangers of berries, children had a good awareness of this- “they might be poisonous”. During our walk we used our mathematical knowledge to discuss sizes of vehicles as well as counting the cars we saw. We explored our literacy skills by identifying letters we saw on street signs, using our fingers to trace around and along the letters. We also noticed ‘for sale’ signs along our route too.

 

Party Time at Gingham Pre School!

To celebrate our wonderful children leaving to start primary school this year, we held a school leavers party at Gingham. During the party we played musical statues, pass the parcel, had a pirate treasure hunt, as well as enjoying an ice cream treat. On the way home, all the children loved searching for a little present in our lucky dip! We wish all the children and their families the best of luck for the future!

 

Growing our own veg at Seedlings!

Over the last few months, the children in the Buds Room (2 – 3 year olds) at Seedlings have been busy planting a variety of vegetable seeds.  We have planted carrots, lettuce, beetroot, sugar snap peas and tomatoes.

The children loved to look and observe the changes and enjoyed watering them with the hose and watering cans, as and when the vegetables needed it.  Now they have grown, we have been able to taste our vegetables which are delicious!  We have enjoyed them as snacks throughout the day and even been able to send some home for the families to try!

Bunting Pre School learn about fire safety

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.

Busy Bees at Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham Pre-School have been very inquisitive, learning all about mini beasts, but Bees in particular. The children have been planting up their own Bee Meadow using wildflower seeds in forest school and in the planters in our outdoor environments too, we are hoping the bees will visit the flowers when they have grown “to collect their pollen”. Children have taken on the responsibility of looking after the seeds, watering them, and watching them grow, observing the changes day to day.  To enhance the children’s learning, we have used resources such as factual books, Mini beast bingo and stories about mini beasts. One of our friends brought in two bee nests for us to observe too from their garden after the bees had finished with them, one even had a small honeycomb inside!

Making sense of the world at Polkadot Pershore

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.

Bonjour from Polkadot Bridgetown

At Polkadot Bridgetown we have had great fun learning about the French culture. We looked at the colours of the flag and recreated it using coloured tissue paper. Sophie told us all about the foods they eat. We enjoyed exploring some of these foods using our senses, talking about the smells and the textures.

We created our own breads and pasteries using salt dough to enhance our own Boulangerie role play area. We weighed the ingredients before mixing them together. Using our hands, rollers and cutters we made lots of yummy treats.

We learnt some new French songs about a crocodile and a butterfly. Joining in with the actions and words.

Sophie taught us some colours in french, we had great fun playing a matching game, we worked in pairs encouraging each other as we played.