Polkadot Heathcote – ‘Let it Snow!’

We have been so excited to see snow this January, we couldn’t resist going outside and having a snowball fight. The children did show some good listening skills as we asked them not to throw the snowballs in their friends faces. It was so lovely to see the interactions between the children, they were laughing a lot together. They also decided to team up against Shannon, Chloe, Bev and Annie, throwing lots of snowballs our way. They all chose their own ways of exploring the snow. The children showed some strong fine and gross motor skills, as they used both hands to collect snow in order to make a snowball. They explored the different areas that the snow had fallen in order to collect snow. They even experimented with mark making in the snow.

“We had some great discussions, describing what snow is like and the children used words and phrases like ‘cold’, ‘soft’, ‘freezing’ and ‘not sticking together’. We also talked about the importance of coats, hats and gloves in cold weather. The children were very good at ensuring they had their coats, hats and gloves on after our talk. Staff and children all had a great time in the snow. “

Polkadot Heathcote get festive!

We have been getting stuck into Christmas activities this month which has resulted in goodies to take home as well as activities that allowed us all to get into the Christmas spirit. The children all got very excited when they got to help decorate our Christmas tree, they all showed some lovely sharing and turn taking throughout, and it’s safe to say they did a fantastic job! Using fine motor skills and cutting skills, the children created some wonderful snowmen to take home, allowing us to discuss the different elements that are involved in making a snowman. They also made some wonderful decorations for their trees at home, one using colourful lollipop sticks with sequins to decorate and the other involved some beautiful smiles in front of our Christmas tree. 

Our cheeky elf also returned to the setting and got up to all sorts of mischief, from getting into the threading draw, attempting to unwrap presents and even trying to taste the pudding on our Christmas dinner day! Luckily we caught him just before he got through all the clingfilm! 

Following on from sign language day in September, Lois taught Shannon and Chloe how to sign in Makaton ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and taught it to the children. The children have picked it up quite quickly and have began to sign ‘Merry Christmas’ to each other and other adults. It’s been so lovely to see them continuing to enjoy learning signs. 

We’d like to wish all parents and children a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a lovely time off and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

What have we been up to at Polkadot Heathcote?

We have had the best time doing Halloween activities at Polkadot Heathcote. We started doing some pumpkin play before half term to give all children a chance to join in with the fun. The pumpkin play allowed us to discuss textures of the outside of the pumpkin, the children used words like ‘smooth’, ‘soft’ and ‘prickly’ for the stalk. When it came to the inside of the pumpkin, they described it as ‘slimy’ and said ‘it’s like spider webs inside’. The children seemed to really enjoy the activity and some spent a really long time exploring the textures of the pumpkin, everyone’s concentration was amazing!

During Halloween week, we used some coloured oats to allow the children to make potions, including some toy witch fingers and spiders. The children showed some wonderful sharing and turn taking. Later, we made some colour changing potions together using a recipe. This encouraged the use of maths and fine motor skills. The children were so engaged and when the potion changed colour they showed so much excitement. We also made some paper-mache ghosts ready for our Halloween dress up days. The concentration and control during the activity was so wonderful to see.

We also had so much fun dressing up on Thursday and Friday that we gave the children the option to have some photos taken with our Halloween props.

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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ygyh80fv04zvnxg/Copy%20of%20Polkadot%20Childcare%20-%20Calendar%202020-2021.pdf?dl=0

 

 

Polkadot Heathcote – Activity time!

We have been doing a lot of activities that focus on fine and gross motor skills. The children have shown particular enjoyment when taking part in our ‘Dough Disco’, as well as cutting with scissors and making pasta necklaces.

Dough Disco seemed to be a favorite of the children’s last term so we have continued to offer the activity. Dough Disco allows children to practise their fine and gross motor skills, as well as building their confidence. Using play dough and music creates a fun atmosphere for all children to learn the techniques to make various shapes in play dough.

Practising using scissors to cut paper has been an activity that the children have either asked to do or selected out as an addition to drawing and colouring. We then go on to draw shapes and cut them out.

Making the pasta necklaces seemed to be something that the children enjoyed as many of them spent a long time at the activity. Some found threading the string through the pasta difficult but we encouraged them to keep on trying and they succeeded. Their concentration throughout the activity was fantastic. Once they had threaded the pasta onto the string they were given the option to paint the pasta which finished the activity off nicely.

In pre-school, fine and gross motor skills are an important factor to help get the children ready for school. We always try to include activities that can build the children’s confidence and strength in fine and gross motor skills, while also making it fun.

We are so happy to be back and to welcome some new friends to the nursery.

World Book Day at Polkadot Heathcote

Today everyone at Polkadot Heathcote had so much fun getting involved in World Book Day. All the costumes were very impressive and the children were so excited to tell one another about what characters they were from their favourite stories.

We had a Power Ranger, Snow White, Goldilocks, the Tiger Who Came To Tea, Dorothy, Bear from the Bear Hunt, Tinkerbell, Stick Man, The Gruffalo, Batman, Willy Wonka, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit, the Highway Rat and a dinosaur. As well as The Mad Hatter and an Ugly sister from Cinderella!!

The children have absolutely loved taking part and we have read so many stories throughout the day. The children have also created and decorated their very own bookmarks to take home with them. We played a ‘Guess the Story’ game, where we would describe a story and the children would have to guess what story it was, they were very fast at guessing and always got the correct answers. There are already discussions of what we are all dressing up as next year!

Outside Fun at Polkadot Heathcote

We have being making the most of the lovely warm weather at Heathcote Pre-School. The children have really enjoyed planting flowers, herbs, tomatoes and vegetables. The children have been going out every morning and checking on their plants growth and also watering them.

We have been doing our own puppet shows and the children have found it so funny! They changed their voices for the different characters.

Our new water tray has been very popular with all the children. We have been looking at different objects, seeing and predicting whether they sink or float. The children have been transporting the water to the mud kitchen and sand to give a desired texture so they could mould them.

The children learnt hopscotch and did so well. They counted the numbers when they landed on them and were able to recognise the numbers by the end of the activity.

This week Pam bought in some logs and the children have had so much fun playing and creating games with them. They made their own obstacle course by rolling the logs to where they wanted them placed. They also created the Stick Mans family by stacking the logs up to make different sized Stick People!