Polkadot Alcester – School Leavers

To celebrate the end of the year and our oldest children moving on to their new schools, Pre-school children and staff at Alcester have enjoyed a visit from Zoolab, a small graduation celebration and a very exciting trip to Sandfield Farm in Evesham! Zoolab brought lots of interesting creepy crawlies to visit, including a giant millipede and a snake! The children all clapped and cheered their friends as they were called up individually to receive their Graduation certificates and their personalised hand-made keyrings at the Graduation ceremony. We welcomed Mums, Dads, a variety of relatives and friends to help the children celebrate and share some drinks and nibbles afterwards. Lots of fun was had on the farm trip, the children and staff explored the fields and met the animals, experimented with pond dipping – catching all sorts of different bugs and newts. After lunch, the afternoon was spent exploring the ‘Play Wood’, climbing trees, jumping in muddy puddles, swinging on tyre swings and mixing in the mud kitchen, amongst lots of other activities!

Good luck to all of the children starting their new adventures at their new schools in September!

Sarah (Nursery Manager) and all of the Alcester Polkadot Team

Oral Health Week

‘The practitioners and children at Polkadot Alcester have recently been thinking about Oral Health in connection with the NDNA’s #HealthyBodyHappyMe 2019 campaign. The children have been talking about how they look after their teeth at home, how to use their toothbrush and toothpaste as well as taking part in lots of activities to help practise their brushing skills! TopDots were inspired to make some minty fresh smelling toothpaste (playdough) which they used to clean the dolls teeth. The children helped to measure and mix all of the ingredients, investigating the changes in the mixture with their hands as they added the liquid. The children in Preschool have been cleaning up the dinosaur’s teeth with a concoction of toothpaste and foam, exploring the sensory elements of the minty smell and the soft foam. The children independently extended their activity, cleaning their toothbrushes with water before repeating the cleaning process. This led to discussions around their own routines at home and which sorts of foods have a high sugar content, demonstrating the children’s understanding of the importance of oral hygiene and different ways to keep their bodies healthy. The children developed their own ideas and made links between the activities and their own first-hand experiences.’

Sarah Cook

Nursery Manager

Children in Need

“The children at some of our Nurseries and Pre-Schools raised funds last week for Children in Need by holding a cake sale and wearing pyjamas, spots or yellow to nursery for the day. The children have enjoyed decorating the cakes and biscuits using lots of yummy treats. A BIG Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and made a donation.”

Manager Team

Introducing Olga, Felicity and Herbert at Polkadot Alcester!

Alcester Polkadot welcomes our new friends, Herbert, Felicity and Olga, to help us learn about the

Characteristics

of

Effective Learning

These characteristics are displayed by the children throughout their time at Polkadot and help Practitioners to recognise how each child learns. This enables them to provide activities and learning environments that support every child’s learning style. Each character represents a different characteristic and the children will be encouraged to ‘think of ideas’ like Olga the Owl or ‘keep trying’                                                          like Felicity the Fox.                                                                                                  

The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

Hello, my name is Herbert the Hedgehog!

I love to Play and Explore!

This means:

I can be very curious.

I join in with open ended activities.

I learn by trial and error.

I initiate activities.

 

Hello, my name is Felicity the Fox!

I am an Active Learner!

This means:

I can concentrate.

I keep trying.

I enjoy meeting my goals.

I am proud of myself.

 

 

Hello, my name is Olga the Owl!

I Create and Think Critically.

This means:

I think of ideas.

I find ways to solve problems.

I can talk about my ideas, about what went well and what I would change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Felicity the Fox!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polkadot Alcester’s Spring Celebrations and Easter Parent Join In Afternoon

The children at Alcester have been very busy over the last few weeks thinking about the approaching season of Spring and exploring the lovely daffodils that appear at this time of year! They have been making Easter and Spring themed creations out of playdough and exploring different ways to make marks such as using a potato masher to print Easter Egg shapes. They welcomed lots of Parents to our Join In Afternoon, sharing their playtime so parents can get a taste of how the children spend their time at Polkadot

– there were lots of messy and creative activities with shape printing and carrot painting. There were biscuits to be decorated plus a variety of imaginative trays with chicks, eggs, seeds, rabbits and carrots! Followed by a delicious tea of toasted Hot Cross Buns.

Thank you to all the families that were able to join us – we hope you had as much fun as we did!

 

Polkadot Alcester’s Living Eggs Hatching Experience

It was very exciting to take charge of a special batch of eggs in the Alcester Pre-School room, the children were very curious as to what was happening in the box and quickly learned some new words such as “incubator” and “hatching”. The children from TopDots and Baby Dots were soon to visit to check out the new arrivals! Egg watch became the theme of the week and both children and adults were on tenterhooks waiting for the first crack! It took a few days and a little bit of help but eventually we had a lovely brood of fluffy yellow chicks cheeping away in their brooder box. All of the children were really thoughtful and gentle when stroking and getting to know the chicks, the Pre-School children spent a long time discussing different names, among the suggestions were Optimus Prime and Charlie Chick. During the second week, the chicks visited each room in their brooder box and the children took turns to hold them and feel their soft fluffy coats and listen to their cheeping getting louder and louder! The Pre-School children noticed that the chicks had started to grow feathers on their wings and their tails and all too soon it was time to say Goodbye to our little friends as they went off to their new homes.

Chatter Matters at Polkadot Alcester


The children at Polkadot Alcester would like to invite their Grandparents (and/or Parents) to join them on Thursday 22nd March from 9.15am for a sing-a-long session to celebrate Chatter Matters Week – ‘Across the Generations’.

On the day, Grandparents will be invited to sit with the children (chairs can be provided) and follow a practitioner-led session of songs and rhymes. If any Grandparents know any songs that we don’t, we would love to hear them! Please let your child’s room leader (Michelle/ Hayley L/ Marie) or the Nursery Manager (Sarah) know if you or any relatives are planning to attend.