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!

Parent Join In Day at Polkadot Stratford

‘Polkadot Stratford held a Parent Join in day, focusing on activities and exploration of Loose Parts Play. Children thrived from the activities, using a variety of open ended resources to investigate and learn.’

Forest School Play

‘Gingham Pre-School had a fun filled Forest School day at Bunting Pre-School. The children engaged in a variety of open ended activities using a selection of resources and tools. During the day parents came along to join in the activities and explored the forest school area too.’

 

Oral Health Week

‘The practitioners and children at Polkadot Alcester have recently been thinking about Oral Health in connection with the NDNA’s #HealthyBodyHappyMe 2019 campaign. The children have been talking about how they look after their teeth at home, how to use their toothbrush and toothpaste as well as taking part in lots of activities to help practise their brushing skills! TopDots were inspired to make some minty fresh smelling toothpaste (playdough) which they used to clean the dolls teeth. The children helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients, investigating the changes in the mixture with their hands as they added the liquid. The children in Preschool have been cleaning up the dinosaur’s teeth with a concoction of toothpaste and foam, exploring the sensory elements of the minty smell and the soft foam. The children independently extended their activity, cleaning their toothbrushes with water before repeating the cleaning process. This led to discussions around their own routines at home and which sorts of foods have a high sugar content, demonstrating the children’s understanding of the importance of oral hygiene and different ways to keep their bodies healthy. The children developed their own ideas and made links between the activities and their own first-hand experiences.’

Sarah Cook

Nursery Manager

Planting and Growing

“At Gingham Pre-School interest has been shown surrounding planting and growing- to enhance and develop learning interests, we have been planting beans and observing the changes we could see in the flowers too. The children’s curiosity has developed further in the forest school area. From looking for insects to creating muddy mixtures, use of own ideas to complete tasks and overcome challenges were displayed. The children worked together through open ended activities to solve problems such as transporting water and found new ways to do things such as adding water to mud to dig.

Upon using the new climbing equipment, new skills were learnt and as a result children’s confidence was further established. This coming from the  children’s ‘Can Do’ attitude to keep on trying- climbing and swinging”

Lucy Stanley 

Gingham Pre-School Manager