“The children at some of our Nurseries and Pre-Schools raised funds last week for Children in Need by holding a cake sale and wearing pyjamas, spots or yellow to nursery for the day. The children have enjoyed decorating the cakes and biscuits using lots of yummy treats. A BIG Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and made a donation.”
”Dear Parents, please note that if your child is eligible for 30 hours funding for the Spring Term, you will need to apply before 31st December to receive your unique 11 digit code. To apply please go to: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk”
“The children have been engaging in a variety of planned and child initiated activities, using a wide range of learning techniques.
Exploration of water using different tools and resources to investigate the flow and making predictions about what might happen in different situations has been of interest.
Children have been seeking challenge when using the musical instruments to discover how sounds can be created and changed. They’ve been using their own ideas to accomplish this task with different materials and resources to play the musical instruments.
Practitioners have been encouraging and supporting children to take on risks and challenges, when using the climbing equipment in the Early Years Zone. Many children displaying a ‘can do’ attitude to persist and meet their own goals including climbing higher and balancing on areas they have not before – as a result being very proud of their achievements.
Planting the flowers in the garden proved to be very popular. Children used their own thinking skills to plant the flowers, working together to give ideas and suggestions “if you put your finger in the mud it will make a hole for the flower to grow… look” Together the children planted the flowers, seeking to extend their knowledge by curiously asking questions about the features such as the roots and the leaves. “I think the plants are going to grow into beautiful flowers of all colours”
Other activities at Gingham included Ball Skills in which the children have displayed high levels of engagement. Exploration of colour mixing through sensory painting and investigating the use of ICT resources including cameras. Children and staff have continued to embrace the ‘Curiosity Approach’ through play using real everyday items including food and equipment in role play areas.”
Lucy Stanley – Gingham Manager
“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 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.”
“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
“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
‘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