‘The children at Gingham have been using their investigatory skills when exploring forest school. They discovered and observed lots of insects in many different places. The children used the mud kitchen to make a wide variety of imaginative creations such as honey pots and coffee shops- serving each other and discussing how much items cost. When playing on the big playground the children used their mathematical skills to measure and compare heights, looking at taller and smaller. During Ball Skills with Danny, the children developed their balancing and jumping as well as playing the ‘Find the Fish’ game which is very popular, the children love searching for the fish hidden under the cones! The children have also shown interest in colour mixing as well as working together to build and balance in the outdoor areas.’
Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager
“The children at Gingham have been very excited to care for the chicks. The children have had the opportunity to touch and hold the chicks and have loved observing how the chicks have grown over the past week. The children have been getting ready for Easter by participating in a little Easter Bonnet competition, bringing in some amazing bonnets and creations. The children have explored their fine motor skills through a tweezer, pom pom and egg activity- transporting pom poms into eggs- and learning about quantity and size.”
“The children at Gingham Pre-School have been so excited about caring for chicks. The children have been closely watching the eggs and even got to watch a chick hatch from it’s egg! The children have been busy observing the chicks on a daily basis, noticing changes in their features. The children have helped to make the chicks brooder box nice and cosy ready for the chicks to be moved into, preparing the chicks bed and food.”
Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager
“Gingham children have had a very busy half term week. During the week the children went for a forest school day at Bunting Pre-School, held a Parent Join in session and had a walk to the library. The children and families enjoyed a Chinese New Year themed day, the children took part in food tasting in the morning and lots of fun activities with their parents in the afternoon. Activities included noodle play, noodle painting, making fans and red and gold sparkly playdough.
During our day at Bunting the children had a great time in the forest school. The children collected twigs and branches that had fallen and used their imagination to create a “Fish Finger Shop”.
The children investigated the area, using tools to dig and look for bugs. The children collected some sticks from forest school to later use to create marks and movements on their paper using paint. The children loved exploring and playing with all the different toys too.
On Friday the children went on a walk to the library in the town centre. The children spent time looking at and sharing books with each other. They then chose a selection of books to take back to Gingham to share with everyone over the coming weeks.
At Gingham the children have also enjoyed investigating the new wall blackboard as well as the snow and ice, finding ice in the outdoor area and using tools to break and build with the ice.”
“ The children at Gingham Pre-School have been very busy! They have really enjoyed accessing the ‘big’ playground, using the bikes, scooters and ride on’s to develop their skills such as pedalling.
Danny has been teaching the children colour matching games during Ball Skills sessions, such as balancing bean bags and grouping colours into hoops, the children worked really well together to match the bean bags in the correct hoops.
The children have been developing their fine motor skills through activities including the threading boards- making pictures and patterns using the special pens and strings. The Funky Fingers activities are proving to be very popular, the children have especially shown interest in spaghetti cutting – developing their scissor skills.
Burn’s Night was explored too, the children created their own Scottish Flags, using colours for a purpose and exploring colour mixing looking at dark and light colour change”
Lucy Stanley – Gingham Pre-School Manager