‘The children in Top Dots Stratford celebrated Bastille Day- celebrating French culture. During the day the children had the opportunity to taste Brie and baguettes at snack time as well as enjoying French with Sophie: learning about colours in French as well as engaging in French songs and rhymes. To enhance the children’s interest and learning a French Café was created in the role play area. The children and staff dressed up in red, white and blue to represent the colours of France. Creative activities such as French flag making and decorating biscuits were implemented too. A fun filled day was had by all.’
“The children and staff at Polkadot Stratford embraced ‘National Mud Day’ in setting. The children were provided with a variety of activities to give them the opportunity to explore and investigate mud in different ways- using senses and tools.
From Baby Dots to Top Dots the children engaged in play in the nature classroom, observing and collecting mini beasts to discuss with peers and practitioners. The children created their own mud playdough and even picked lavender in the garden to extend their learning through senses.
Alongside Mud Day the children have continued to embrace the use of loose parts and caring for their vegetables in the allotment area.”
The children at Polkadot Day Nursery have been continuing to explore and investigate using a variety of real and natural materials. Loose parts play is an ongoing interest for the children, using their newly learnt skills as well as exploring and developing new skills to problem solve as well as risk take. The children in Top Dots had great fun using a small fan to observe how feathers flew and floated back to the ground. In the allotment area, the children have continued to enjoy caring for the vegetables and flowers, using and transporting water.
‘Polkadot Stratford held a Parent Join in day, focusing on activities and exploration of Loose Parts Play. Children thrived from the activities, using a variety of open ended resources to investigate and learn.’
‘Top Dots Stratford showing ‘Can Do’ attitudes, working hard to arrange and problem solve using the tubes and pipes along the fence for balls to run down. Using ideas and achieving what they set out to do by adding resources such as boxes and bowls to collect and catch the balls. Children displayed Sustained Shared Thinking skills to work together and accomplish their plans. ‘
‘Engaging in open ended activities using wooden blocks- creating ramps and ‘slides’ for the animals. “Wheeeee”
‘We are Creative and Active Learners!’
“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.”
“Polkadot Stratford’s parent join in afternoon was full of Halloween fun! The children and their families enjoyed exploring and experiencing a variety of activities including Halloween pasta play, dressing up, pumpkin carving and making ‘Magic Mixtures’ as well as decorating Halloween themed biscuits and clay decorations. The activities planned were chosen by the children, reflecting on their interests in the setting. The children created their very own ‘Magic Mixtures’ independently choosing resources to fulfil their ideas and curiosity to find out ‘what happened next’. The children created some very gloopy mixtures!! At the end of the afternoon everyone participated in Halloween French with Sophie, enjoying songs and stories- the children demonstrated their French knowledge and learning beautifully.”
Lucy Stanley- Manager
“The children at Polkadot Stratford have been very busy. Baby Dots have been exploring marks and movements, using paint, chalk and a variety of tools such as rollers and sponges. The children investigated the textures using their senses, especially using their hands in the paint.
Dots to Tots have been exploring the allotment area. Children engaged in natural exploration, using materials such as soil to create collage pictures. Using the big bricks has enabled the children to use their problem solving and risk taking skills, building, balancing and climbing on their constructions.
Top Dots have been very active in the outdoor spaces, using the allotment to observe the growth of vegetables and even pick some of the runner beans that have grown. The children were very fascinated by the texture of the runner beans.
Investigating in the nature classroom has been of keen interest, looking at insects and bugs to find in the outdoor area. Wellington boot painting has been good fun too, creating marks and movements in different ways.”
Lucy Stanley – Manager