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!

 

Polkadot Heathcote – What have we been up to?

The children at Polkadot Heathcote have been very busy the past couple of weeks! They are really interested in exploring and using media and materials. They’ve had lots of fun mixing paint and mud together, describing the different textures. They also used the paper provided to paint and mark make, using lots of different mark making tools and their hands.

We have had lots of fun decorating balloons for our new birthday board. The children were able to show great listening and attention and understand the outcome of the activity. The children worked in pairs and communicated with one another, using talk to connect ideas, being aware of own feelings and being able to accept the needs of others too.

The children enjoy making arrangements with shapes as well as being able to show awareness of shapes in the environment.

The children were SO excited when they planted grass seeds in a tub with soil as we begin creating our zoo. At first the children were struggling with the concept of growth over time and would ask “is the grass ready yet” every few minutes. Eventually when they have now seen the grass has grown slowly and a little bit daily they are showing a lot more understanding and only ask first thing in the morning “how much has the grass grown”.

The children have been finding all sorts of mini-beasts in the last couple of weeks with the nice warm weather and have shown lots of curiosity. We are going to be looking at making our own mini-beast hotel and go on mini-beast hunts over the next few weeks. Watch this space for updates on how we get on!

 

Ball skills at Polkadot Heathcote

Every Thursday at Polkadot Heathcote Danny from DF Sports Coaching has started to come and teach us ball skills, we listened well to the instructions that he gave us as we joined in.

We enjoyed learning new ways to kick and control our footballs, we played fun games to help us learn. We learnt the Buzz Lightyear pose, and how to use our shoulders as mirrors to move backwards.

To support our number and colour recognition Danny held up different coloured hoops which we had to name. Then we got the parachute out and played a number/colour game.

We also practised jumping over hurdles, moving around the cones and jumping in and out of the hoops.

Karly Fowler – Deputy Pre-School Manager