The children at Gingham Pre-School self-initiated interest in Treasure Maps. Creating maps together, the children made marks and movements using a variety of tools. Giving meaning to their marks representing the journey to the treasure: “Through the woods” “to the house” “over the fields” and “X marks the spot-that’s where the treasure will be!”. To enhance the children’s learning, interest and excitement, we made some treasure and went on our very own treasure hunt in the garden. The children loved hiding the treasure in lots of different places. Using the maps and their beautiful imaginative skills the children found the treasure!
‘Gingham Pre-School had a fun filled Forest School day at Bunting Pre-School. The children engaged in a variety of open ended activities using a selection of resources and tools. During the day parents came along to join in the activities and explored the forest school area too.’
“At Gingham Pre-School interest has been shown surrounding planting and growing- to enhance and develop learning interests, we have been planting beans and observing the changes we could see in the flowers too. The children’s curiosity has developed further in the forest school area. From looking for insects to creating muddy mixtures, use of own ideas to complete tasks and overcome challenges were displayed. The children worked together through open ended activities to solve problems such as transporting water and found new ways to do things such as adding water to mud to dig.
Upon using the new climbing equipment, new skills were learnt and as a result children’s confidence was further established. This coming from the children’s ‘Can Do’ attitude to keep on trying- climbing and swinging”
Gingham Pre-School Manager
“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.”