Look what we’ve been up to at Gingham Pre-School….

Children at Gingham Pre-School have been so busy. We have celebrated Chinese New Year through food tasting- eating prawn crackers and spring rolls. We also had a great time creating our ‘own stir fry’ in the tuff spot, using a variety of items and tools to chop, mix and serve. We created our own Chinese Drums too.

To help the birds get all their yummy food, we made some bird feeders using cereal and blueberries, we hung them in the garden area and have enjoyed watching the birds coming to eat them up! We also took some home to put in our own gardens and outdoor spaces.

During the cold weather we explored forest school, searching for and investigating the ice. We also came across lots of snails, which was very interesting- they were all different sizes!

One of the Mummy’s very kindly brought us some daffodils, we enjoyed watching them grow from their buds to beautiful yellow trumpets and showed interest in mark making by drawing them.

We had a lovely time on Shrove Tuesday, we enjoyed pancakes for snack with a selection of toppings and used our imagination to create our own pancakes in the role play area with mixed ingredients.

National Story Telling Week at Gingham Pre School

‘This week Gingham Pre School have had a very busy week celebrating National Story Telling Week!

Choosing our favourite stories the children used their creative skills to create their own ‘Supertato’, talking about their super skills and powers!

We have visited forest school to look at all shapes and sizes of sticks, using mathematical language of size. Back in the classroom we constructed our very own Stick Men and Stick Ladies. The children then incorporated them into their small world play, they were very proud of their wonderful designs.

A firm favourite story is the Hungry Caterpillar, we created collages of the caterpillar and talked about eating healthy foods and the changes between caterpillars and butterflies.

All of these stories have enhanced the children’s interest, attention, listening and recall skills’

A Snowy Start at Gingham Pre-School

The children have especially enjoyed the snowy weather at Gingham. We wrapped up warm and explored the snow in our play areas. The children shared their home experiences about making snowmen and snow balls! Children used a variety of resources to explore, engage and investigate the properties of the snow. Children explored the ice, setting themselves the challenge of releasing objects that had frozen. Using their Sustained Shared Thinking skills they overcame the frozen problem- extending their ideas ‘let’s get a spade and try that’. Once inside and warmed up, the children enjoyed some snow themed stories during group time.

As well as the snowy start to the week, the children have been learning about Scotland’s Burn’s Night, by looking at poems and traditional Scottish tartan patterns, the children then attempted to recreate their own using colours for a purpose.

Australia Day was also recognised on Tuesday, the children made their own Fairy Bread to take home and share with their families- which is an Australian tradition during celebrations, some children chose to observe the Australian flag, later creating their own using mixed materials. What a wonderful start to the week!

Christmas Time at Gingham Pre-School

The children and practitioners at Gingham have been in the festive spirit. The children have had so much fun and shown such excitement. Christmas parties have taken place, including pass the parcel and lots of musical games. The children created their own marshmallow snowmen to take home and enjoy. All children created their own Christmas folders to take home, making special baubles, calendars and Christmas cards to share with their families. The children made some reindeer food for Father Christmas’ reindeers ready for Christmas eve and yummy hot chocolate cones to take home and enjoy as a treat. We held our Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital and enjoyed a Christmas lunch too.

Flour and shaving foam play has been brilliant, the children used their imaginations to use these resources as snow, using the small world resources to influence and extend this play.

We have extended our literacy skills through a range of Christmas stories, sharing together during the day.

Investigation on the cold mornings by looking for and finding ice in forest school was exciting, enhancing our learning and knowledge of the seasons.

We made our own Christmas tree and baubles, taking turns to place these on the tree to decorate.

We hope everyone has loved the Christmas creations as much as we have creating them. We wish all our families and children a very Happy Christmas and very best wishes for the New Year!

November activities at Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham have had a very busy November so far. Science week was a great success, the children learnt all about space- sharing space themed stories from home and creating their own spaceship, extending imaginative skills and ideas. Children investigated properties of resources such as torches and magnets. The children also explored cause and effect using ice and magic snow! Diwali was celebrated through the creation of Diwali Diva lights using clay and mixed resources, ready for the children to take home and share with their families.

What have we been up to at Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon?

Gingham Pre-School have been enjoying the Autumn fall. The children have collected leaves to use creatively to make sensory collages, they have also shown interest in investigating the leaves and their properties such as texture and colour.

To celebrate Halloween, the children had the chance to dress up, carve pumpkins and be creative making and decorating witches hats, decorating cakes and making spider hand print hangers.

During this week, the children will have the opportunity to learn all about Bonfire Night, yesterday some children shared their weekend experiences of seeing fireworks, leading on to creating pictures to represent the fireworks and their colours, along with an adult, the children chose the colours and materials to use to make their pictures. Children have been using their language skills to discuss descriptively, using words to describe noises and patterns of the fireworks they saw.

Polkadot Nurseries – Half Term Dates

We wanted to remind Parents that we will be closed to all Term Time Only children (this includes all children at Bunting Pre-School and Polkadot Bridgetown) week commencing 26th October for Half Term. We will be open again from Monday 2nd November.

Please see below a link to our 2020/21 Calendar for future reference.




Gingham Pre-School – Stratford upon Avon

Gingham Pre-School have been very busy. We have welcomed lots of wonderful new friends to the setting this month. The children have loved Forest School, exploring in the mud kitchen as well as using tools to dig. The children have been investigating the properties of water through play, making constructions for water to flow through. Finding ladybirds has also been of keen interest. The children have been creative with table top painting as well as collaging.

Ship Ahoy! At Gingham Pre-School

The children at Gingham have been very imaginative. Through play the children have used their ideas and thoughts to enhance their learning imaginatively. The children began by using the large wooden bricks to make a pirate ship, they worked together to construct the ship and then used their turn taking skills effectively to ‘drive’ to many wonderful places. This interest blossomed over the week, with the children choosing to make their own pirate hats and maps to include in their play. The incorporation of a obstacle course using chalks also sparked the children’s interest, using this to make their way to the ship, seeing all sorts of animals on the way! At the end of the week the children enjoyed a sweet treat from one of their friends and a very creative Mummy, making the dolls dress from sweets!

The Gingham team would like to wish all the children that have left for their new adventure at Primary school all the very best.

Gingham Pre-School Update!

“Welcome back to more of our friends that have returned to Gingham it has been lovely to see you again. This week at Gingham the children have self-initiated an interest in mathematical development through size comparison. To enhance the children’s learning and development practitioners supported the children to measure  and draw around themselves to observe difference in height and to compare sizes of hands through mark making. The children were able to identify the “tallest” and “smallest” and to organise themselves in height order with adult support.

Preparation for school has been part of the pre school day too, children have been discussing their new uniforms and had the opportunity to mark make to reflect this- using colours for a purpose. The children have been very excited to talk about their new schools and new adventures to come.”