The children at Polkadot in Alcester have had a busy few weeks exploring all of the different celebrations and festivals that October and November bring! This week we are sharing our Remembrance Sunday, Children in Need and Diwali activities that children from Babies all the way up to Pre-school have enjoyed. There has been lots of mark making with pens, paint and chalks; decorating poppies, Pudsey bears and diwa lamps. The babies made edible poppies – covering apple slices in pink chocolate. TopDots experimented with paint dabbers, mixing the colours and making the paint splatter across the page! Pre-school used party rings to make Pudsey bear ears on their biscuits. They looked at beautiful rangoli patterns and recreated them by making marks in sand and flour and chalking colourful designs on the entrance slope to nursery. We also hung lights in our windows and explored the light box, talking about Diwali being known as the festival of light.
Whilst we may not have been able to wrap up in our cosy winter woollies and go out to enjoy crackling bonfires and exciting firework displays this year, the children have explored the magic of Bonfire night through fabulous firework paintings, chocolate apple decorating and (imaginary) marshmallow toasting whilst sitting around the (pretend) campfire! last week, the pre-school exercised their singing voices with songs around the fire and made their unique hedgehogs after talking about how these little animals love to get cosy in piles of wood and leaves at this time of year. They used potatoes and wooden craft sticks to create the spikes and some children decided to use paint to add features to their hedgehog. This helped them practise their fine motor skills and use of one handed tools as well as inspiring their creativity!
The children at Alcester have had a busy few weeks in the run up to half term, exploring the change in seasons and sharing their current interests with their friends – dinosaurs have been very popular in TopDots! The BabyDots have been using their senses to explore paint, sensory bags, crispy autumn leaves and slimy pumpkins! Pre-school have been surprised to find a small fairy door by the toadstool in the garden which inspired lots of imaginative play and ponderings about where it came from and who lives behind it! They have also been using their maths skills to sort and compare the nature objects. Over half term the children have taken part in a variety of activities in the run up to Halloween, including making spooky spiders, cheeky pumpkins and ghoulish ghosts! We are looking forward to welcoming all of the children back next week for lots more fun exploring Bonfire night, followed by celebrating Children in Need (w/c 9th Nov) by getting dressed up in our spottiest clothes!
The pre-school children at Alcester have recently been exploring a type of freestyle painting that is also known as Literati painting, or in Chinese ‘Xie Yi’. The meaning of which is to ‘write an idea’; the Chinese painting technique of personal expression. They have also been working on a variety of other skills across the Early Years Foundation Stage, using the indoor and outdoor environments.
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.
August has been the month of exploring the wonders of the outdoors by being curious and learning about nature and building on the imagination of the children.
It all began with a child’s interest in magic and fairies, sparking the interest of all other children and adults alike. We have explored the garden looking for signs of fairies and created beautiful pictures, inviting them to visit.
All children showed high levels of excitement when signs from the fairies started to appear and we have started talking enthusiastically about past and future experiences.
Even the cygnets made an appearance at the bottom of the garden.
“Go open the door maybe outside there’s a tree or a wood, a garden or a magic city” (‘The Door’ by Miroslav Holub)
Fun, sun and laughter in our baby and toddler bubble at Alcester.
We have made use of our new discovered skills, like kicking the ball, drawing, observing wildlife and pretend play. Oh.. water play was also lots of fun! When it got too hot we took turns dipping in the big water tray!
We have been painting in Pre-School on a large scale! Paint, chalk and water was used to draw on cling film made up surfaces, the black board, the wooden house, even on the plastic walls of our house by the river.
Mummies, daddies, brothers and sisters, wild creatures, insects, made-up characters, all came to life when we played using our imaginations. How we wish you could hear the made up stories and the adventures we have encountered going to all these amazing places.
Please see below photos and notice the hand-eye coordination, the level of concentration and the beautiful smile on every child’s face.
Another week filled with joy and laughter at Alcester.
Younger children have been experimenting how foam changes colour when mixed with different paint colours. Of course all available surfaces required a touch of “magic foam”.
Pre school and toddlers have learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and their habitat. They were taking part in the Big Butterfly Count and were very keen to share with their friends all of the butterfly species identified in their gardens.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book took centre stage and our painted butterflies became little “masterpieces”.
It really is fascinating, watching these inquisitive little minds absorb the information, process it, later use it in context and that they are soooo proud to share it!
Ever wonder what makes a baby happy? How about some music, dancing and high quality adult interactions?
For the last week the babies have been improving their balance, coordination and gross motor skills through dance and music, while the toddlers went on discovering new words through Chatter Matters.
In Preschool the topic of interest started off with a couple of small toys being accidentally thrown over the fence into the river.
“What could happen to those toys or the creatures living in the river?”
That’s how the long journey of explaining, thinking and questioning started and concluded that “we need to look after the planet”.
We would like to thank all our parents for the positive feedback, kind words, understanding and encouragement during the last couple of months and we wish all children leaving us to join school in September, very good luck in your next adventures!