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.”

Bubbles Galore at Gingham Pre-School

The children embraced the wet weather at Gingham last week, donning their wellingtons and waterproofs the children had a fantastic time in the puddles and rain. With the addition of some washing up liquid the children enjoyed using the brooms to create shapes and marks on the floor. Some children discovered using the brushes created a path through the bubbles!

 

Welcome back!

A big Welcome back to all children attending Gingham Pre-School!

Over the past weeks the children from Gingham, Polkadot and The Bridge have enjoyed activities including Treasure Hunts in the garden-creating their own maps and hiding the ‘treasure’ in all sorts of places to discover. Children have been putting their physical development to good use in the Early Years Zone- climbing and taking appropriate risk. Forest school has continued to be a favourite area for many of the children, making the most of this lovely weather, spending lots of time in the outdoor environments. Some children enjoyed walks in the local community when attending our hub setting, where finding dandelions was a favourite task. Returning children have come with lots of lovely stories about their time at home, with some children bringing in photographs to share with their friends. We look forward to more of our friends joining us soon!

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World Book Day at Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre- School have been celebrating World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite story characters. The children brought along their favourite books to share with their friends and key workers. Many stories have been read, we have been exploring stories through the use of puppets too.”

Outside Learning at Gingham Pre-School

‘The children and practitioners at Gingham Pre-School have been learning and observing in Forest School. Following the children’s interests, mini beast hunts were planned along with the exploration of the use of tools- using them for a purpose. Children loved working together to find insects- following on from the wet weather lots of worms were discovered and carefully observed by the children- looking into comparisons of length and quantities to enhance mathematical learning. The children used rakes and spades to dig and investigate, looking for ‘treasure’ and finding lots of interesting things in the environment including stones and wood. The children then used their findings to create all sorts of imaginative muddy mixtures together in the mud kitchen.’

Gingham Pre-School, Stratford upon Avon

“Gingham Pre-School have had a busy start to the year. Children have participated in ball skills sessions, enhancing their physical skills and development.
During the frosty mornings, children showed great excitement finding ice in the outdoor spaces, looking at cause and effect- using problem solving skills to think about how and why the ice developed and what might happen to the ice if…

Some of our friends have very exciting new arrivals to their families, with new baby brothers and sisters. The children have shown great enthusiasm and interest in the baby resources, using these to reinforce their own experiences from home, also supporting children to share their own family experiences with others, realising they have some similarities as well as differences.
Mark making on the light up boards has supported development of the use of tools.
The children have shown interest and engagement in festivals and celebrations such as Chinese New Year and Burns Night. The children explored noodles and rice play as well as making their own Chinese fans. Scottish flags were created as well as rhymes and poems shared together to support celebration of Burns Night.”

Christmas Festivities at Gingham Pre-School

Gingham enjoyed a very festive December! They explored a variety of Christmas themed activities including stencil drawing, exploring size with Pom pom trees, creating their own trees using forks and investigating in the ‘snow’ with baubles. Parents and families were invited to join the children and staff at Gingham to decorate biscuits, join in a Christmas sing song and enjoy the festive activities too.