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.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
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!
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!
We’ve had some lovely feedback about our ‘French with Sophie’ videos which have been posted on our facebook page for children to watch from home.
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“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.”