From everyone at Polkadot Childcare, we wish all our children and families a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! See you all in 2022!
Our Baby Dots have had a lot of fun with sensory and messy activities. We have particularly enjoyed the ‘dough disco’ and practising how to pat, squash and squeeze playdough. We have been exploring pumpkins and looking at and feeling the seeds inside and then we went on to add some leaves with different colours and textures. There was a lot of fun gluing these leaves afterwards to see what patterns we could make along with the sounds of crunching. Finally we had our Halloween party with dressing up and games, apple bobbing and the jelly tray was one of the favourite games.
Toddler Dots have been busy with emptying and filling containers using different mediums such as rice and then asking lots of questions. We have been looking at the world around us and using books and pictures we have been painting hedgehogs and squirrels, making playdough hedgehogs using spaghetti, buttons and googly eyes. We have had autumn tuff trays with a variety of pumpkins and squashes along with leaves, conkers and fir cones. For Halloween we have made spooky spaghetti, explored pumpkins, cornflour with spiders and creepy crawlies and a party tea!
Pre-school have shown a great curiosity about the changes they have been noticing around them. This started with the fallen apples in the garden which have been great for rolling down the pipes. This led on to some fantastic questions and comments about the season – ‘the leaves are turning red and crispy’, ‘the squirrels are collecting acorns’, ‘its almost time for pumpkin pie!’, ‘why is it so dark when I come to nursery?’.
And of course it wouldn’t be October without some spooky goings on! Look at the photos of all of our wonderful sensory activities.
We have also had a Thankful Pumpkin where families have been able to add what makes them thankful to our pumpkin when they arrive at nursery.
In June, it was all about the diversity of experiences that surround us. We have embraced nature in all its forms and we have been rewarded by the Wildlife Trust with a certificate stating that Polkadot Pershore completed “30 Days Wild”
Younger children have been making sense of the environment by exploring different nature based sensory experiences: using tapioca, pasta and rice, making collages out of herbs and flower petals, as well as compost. Wooden building blocks and sand have also been used to aid with fine and gross motor skills.
In the over 2’s age group, the children have been really excited talking and checking daily their own made wormery. We talked about the bones in our bodies and most children have now an understanding of what X ray looks like. Colours were mixed to obtain colours we observed in nature and we practised our fine and gross motor skills as fire fighters, as well as building our own fire engine.
In May at Polkadot Pershore our babies and toddlers have been exploring new activities through their senses: gloop, paint, sensory lights, balls and books, jelly, custard and we have been using new words such as: dog, ball, clock and ball. The children are also showing they are able to identify their nursery friends by name through pointing.
Over 2’s were fascinated by the butterflies larvae and releasing the newly formed butterflies, it was just magical watching them waving and exchanging opinions about where the butterflies might be going. Team work, sharing and problem solving is a daily reminder and requires a lot of concentration, kindness and we couldn’t be more proud of all the children trying their hardest.
Sunflower seeds have been planted on a very cold day, however the excitement and positivity was very generously spread around the garden. Now the sunflower competition is on…see more details in our June Parents Letter! Number exploration and number hunting down in the forest was another topic in which children were engaged for a good few weeks. It might be a good idea at the weekend when you go to the park, shopping or garden to encourage your child in identifying number and count where you can!
At Pershore, in March we have used all of our senses to explore and celebrate the world around us.
Under 2’s have used oats to fill up and empty containers, practicing hand-eye coordination, playing with playdough, flour and cornflakes creating different textures, painting with shaving foam and compost digging. For little hands who are unsure of touching paint , we used zip-lock bags filled with paint, real fruit and vegetable juice. The children have also been using kind words and hands when “looking after our baby dolls”.
A big thank you to all parents that provided us with lovely family photos for our new display.
Over 2’s have had a great time painting hard boiled eggs, decorating their own marbled egg, as well as having “meaningful” conversation with Bunny rabbit in anticipation of Easter. Chocolate playdough has been very popular, as you can imagine and we even manged to have a morning picnic outdoors!
The main topic of February has been to promote kindness around us. Decorating our tree with different size heart shapes, collaborating on various activities, talking about our differences and what makes us unique “just like Elmer” the children would say. We talked about emotions, what makes us happy, sad, unsure, scared and children have made their own paper characters experiencing different emotions.
We have been experimenting with floating and sinking by building boats and different structures using card boxes, bricks, blocks and playdough. The children used different toy figures, or ones they had made, to go in the boats that they had built.
Older children have celebrated the Chinese New Year by trying different foods and flavours, while younger children used textured and messy play. All culminated with a very Happy Birthday celebration at the end of the month when dancing, singing and bubble play took centre stage.
In January we have been busy talking about birds.
Younger children were reading related stories, looking at different textures and colours and decorating birds collages. Instead of snow, babies have also explored playing with ice and shaving foam.
Older children have been building climbing structures in the snow and talked about the different prints we can make in the snow. We have been also digging for worms in the garden, as we learned birds like to eat them and made birds feeders by mixing lard and oats.
A big thank you to all parents who got involved in observing the birds in their own garden, as part of the Big Bird Watch- RSPB 2021.
Dear Parents, family & friends,
We at Polkadot Pershore decided during the festive season that it would be nice for
the children to make something rather special for the residents at Austin Court Care
Home in Evesham.
The staff and children worked together and came up with an array of special
Christmas snowflakes, which each child played an active part in making.
As you can see from the pictures the results are spectacular, and the residents were
absolutely over the moon when one of Santa’s elves delivered them.
It is always lovely to work in collaboration with differing settings within the wider
community and it is something that we as a nursery hope to do more of in the future.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
From all the staff & children at Polkadot Pershore.
November has been another busy month for children at Pershore nursery.
We have all been creating individual art master pieces , celebrating Bonfire and Remembrance day, alongside beautiful stories explaining and recognising various emotions. Some of us even had a go at re-enacting some of them.
In small groups we took part in using and naming different shapes, supported by creating our own shapes using playdough; mixing different coloured jelly and identifying the colours in the surrounding environment has been another favourite activity, along side creating beautiful rangoli patterns by sticking coloured rice for Diwali celebrations.