Gingham’s outing to Morrisons!

“The children at Gingham Pre School have recently been interested in creating shopping lists and using their imagination to engage in open ended play focusing on shops. To enhance the children’s interest, learning and development, a trip to Morrisons in the local community was planned by the children and practitioners. Before leaving to walk to Morrisons, the children decided they would like to make pizzas and made their own shopping list of ingredients needed. The list included, tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, ham and sweetcorn. The children used their own trolley to navigate around the shop, looking for items on their list. The use of mathematical thinking and problem solving was used by the children by looking at how much the items were, discussing if it was a big or small number. On arrival back to gingham, the children made their own pizzas to take home and enjoyed an ice lolly after all their hard work.”

Lucy Stanley – Pre-School Manager

Zoo Lab at Gingham Pre-School

“Zoo Lab came to visit Gingham Pre-School. The children appeared very excited about the prospect of the mini beasts coming and had a themed morning making predictions about what bugs and creatures they might see: “Maybe we will see a big, big snake” and “I think there will be a Spider”. The children were correct and met two Cockroaches, a Tarantula, a Millipede (with “so many legs, it has thousands”), a Tree Frog and a Snake. Children invited their families to come along and share the Zoo Lab experience too. Curiosity was shown about the creatures through observation as well as touching the mini beasts, some children were very brave and even held some of the animals. The children used their language and descriptive skills to discuss with Gary from Zoo Lab how the animals felt to touch, the features they have by counting the legs and thinking about what they might like to eat. After Zoo Lab, the children initiated a mark making activity, showing a particular interest and focus on Tigger the Snake they had met.”

Insect Week at Gingham Pre-School

“The children have shown keen interest in exploring and investigating a variety of bug based activities including garden insect hunts using tools to dig and observe, creating their own bug houses in the outdoor spaces as well as making their own spider webs and clay insect prints to take home to share with their families. Forest School sessions continue to be an imbedded favourite with the children.

Children have displayed and used their different learning styles, covering all three areas of the Characteristics of Effective Learning. When creating Spider Webs, many children displayed a persistent approach and were very proud of their achievements, openly threading the string through the holes to create their desired finish.

When creating the clay insect prints, the children were very interested and curious in the features of the insects they had used. “This one has lots of legs and wings!” Children made links between the insects they used and the bugs they discovered outside.

The children have also appeared to enjoy using different materials to mark make, using large feathers to make strokes and movements.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 

Exploring natural resources at Gingham Pre-School

“Discovering and exploring the use of natural materials through play has been enhanced at Gingham Pre-School. The children have demonstrated a keen interest and engagement in their ‘Dinosaur Land’, which was created by all the children, collecting natural resources from the outdoor environment. The children have created ideas including dens for the dinosaurs, as well as pretending to plant the leaves to “grow extra, extra big!”.

The children have used their Sustained Shared Thinking Skills to work together, give ideas and elaborate on their play to create and construct imaginatively with the wooden bricks “We made a theatre for all the shows”.

In the role play areas, the use of open ended resources has allowed opportunity for the children to use and develop their imaginative skills, using real food, pots and pans to pretend to create and invent. The children have used their senses to explore such as smelling and tasting! “This lemon smells beautiful and fresh”.

Other activities have including using playdough with sets of resources such as pasta, small wooden pegs and sequins.”

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 

Getting outside with Gingham Pre-School

‘The children at Gingham have recently been exploring their natural environment in many different ways. The children have planted their own sunflowers ready to grow, and have been watering and caring for the flowers, noticing how fast they are growing!

A dinosaur world was created indoors, the children appeared to enjoy making dens and houses for the dinosaurs as well as digging and making roads.

The children had a great time in Forest School at Bunting. They found lots of different insects including a centipede as well as a snail climbing a tree! The digging pit was very popular, the children used their tools to dig and found lots of wiggly worms. The children explored the water play, using their problem solving skills to work out which pipe the water would come out of, they used this water to add to their creations in the muddy kitchen, making pies and cakes for everyone.’

Lucy Stanley – Manager

 

Exploring and Learning at Gingham Pre-School

‘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

Easter Fun at Gingham Pre-School

“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.”

Our little Easter Chicks!

“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

Snow Line Update!

Due to the current, unpredictable weather we ask parents to please call the Snow Line Number on Monday morning to see if your child’s nursery will be open.

If the phone rings when you call, please just stay on the line to hear the recorded message which will be updated by 6.30am on Monday morning.

Our Snow Phone Number is –

07544 766956

If the following schools are closed, our Pre-Schools on-site will also be closed-

Heathcote Primary School (Polkadot Heathcote)

The Willows Primary School (Gingham Pre-School)

Bishopton Primary School (Bunting Pre-School)

Information on school closures will also be available on Touch FM, their websites and on the Warwickshire County Council website  https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolclosures

Denim Before and After school Club will be cancelled if the associated school is not opening.

If we close your child’s Nursery and you would like them to attend Polkadot in Stratford or Alcester (if open), please call us on the below numbers at 7.30am to see if this is possible.

Polkadot Stratford – 01789 290101

Polkadot Alcester – 01789 766565