Please be aware that due to localised flooding our Seedlings Nursery and Bunting Pre-School will be closed tomorrow (Friday 15th November). All our other Nurseries and Pre-Schools are planning to open as usual.
Our Denim Clubs will continue as long as the school they are running from remains open. Please check for school closure updates using the following link –
We will continue to update you if there are any further changes.
This week in Blooms the children have been learning about clouds. We read a lovely book called ‘Shapes In The Sky’ – a book about clouds. We then decided to go outside and lie down on the floor and look up to the sky and see what shapes we could see in the clouds. One child said they could see a crocodile, another child said an enormous hippo. The clouds were moving fast and when the crocodile shape cloud disappeared the children said “The crocodile has gone because it was scared of the hippo”! One of the children asked if they could do this everyday!
We have also been looking at Diwali and reading a book about it. We explored some clay and one of the children made fireworks with the clay as we had read about it in the book. They flattened their clay with the palm of their hand then used the other end of a paint brush to make marks which they talked about in detail as “big fireworks”. Another child made a clay pot and said “ When it’s dry I will paint it and put a light in it”. Some of the other children made hedgehogs.
We also enjoyed using our creative skills and made some pictures using glue by drizzling it across the paper then sprinkling coloured powder paint onto it. Some of us used handfuls and were very careful throwing it onto our pictures. We had lots of fun as we talked all about the colours and the new colours we had made.
This week in Blooms we have been exploring clay, talking about the texture and making our own individual models.
Some of the children rolled the clay between the palms of their hands, others squeezed it down with the tips of their fingers or rolled it along the table.
The children then chose from a range of materials – sticks, leaves, buttons, straws, lollipop sticks, feathers and more, and then created their own model, talking about what they had made in detail to their friends.
Some of the models that were made were, a rainbow, a rabbit, a T-Rex, a hedgehog and a campfire!
The children used their imagination and creativity to create their wonderful models, they showed determination and stayed focused on their activity.
Blooms were proud of their achievements and welcomed praise given to them.
We did some clever learning today, putting on our own water proof trousers, jacket and wellies. We also helped each other to take them off when we had finished. We all sat around the log circle and talked about the rules – no sticks longer than our own arms, no waving sticks around and to carry them dragging them behind you. The children enjoyed playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen making pasta, mud pancakes and mud pies. The children ran in and out of the bushes and trees, watching the leaves falling from the trees and the children enjoyed playing in the leaves. It then began to thunder and the rain started. We talked about what we could hear and see with some children commenting “the loud bang made my ears turn around.” “It’s loud, made me jump!” “I don’t like that sound but I know it won’t hurt us”. As we will be using forest school more, please ensure you provide wellies for your children.
Please see below our calendar for 2019-2020. On here you will see our term time dates and closure dates, this calendar is applicable for all Polkadot Nurseries and Pre-Schools.
It’s been a very exciting weekend at Seedlings as we have had the new Preschool classroom delivered!
The children at Seedlings have been very excited talking about their new room.
One child said “ I can see the big green house”.
See the photos below which include a sneaky peak at the inside (as it currently looks!).
We’ve had the electrician there already and have the plumber visiting soon!
At Seedlings, in buds and blooms, the children have been showing a real interest in the apples growing on the trees in our gardens. Following this, we decided to make fruit smoothies. We discussed the different fruits we eat and grow and the children chose which fruit they would like in their homemade smoothie.
This activity encouraged children to taste the variety of fruits on offer with some saying they now like specific fruits that they did not like before! Whilst making the smoothies, the children talked about the bright colours, the quantity in front of them and where the fruit comes from. Following on from the smoothie making, there was a lot of mixture left. We asked the children what we should do with it and they decided we should make ice lollies out of it, recalling their memories from the previous week where we had made homemade ice lollies.
Little Pips have been enjoying the sunny days in the garden and have especially liked exploring the daisies in the grass by picking and collecting them. We enhanced their learning by freezing the daisies in various shaped ice trays and also added dried blossom to the exploration. We added utensils to provide rich play opportunities that the children are familiar with and allowed them to experience the play using sensory exploration. The children used high levels of fascination, showing particular interest in the daisies in ice. This activity allowed the children to learn together, the freedom to become involved, curiosity and investigation and making links to our sensory experiences whilst also exploring simple mathematical language.
Children in Buds and Blooms have been learning about how important it is to brush our teeth today. The children enjoyed having a go at brushing the model teeth and showed good control while brushing.
The Blooms children talked about why it is important to brush our teeth and how many times we should brush our teeth each day and how long for, two times a day, morning and night and for 2 minutes. We used a timer to show the children how long 2 minutes was.
The children also talked about going to the dentist and how they need to open their mouth really wide so the dentist can check their teeth, some of the children said they like going to the dentist because they get to sit in a big chair and they get a big sticker.
Some comments from the children-
‘We need to brush our teeth so they don’t go yellow’
‘We need to brush our teeth twice a day even at grandads’
‘I brush my teeth so I don’t have to go to the dentist’
This week at Seedlings, the children in Buds have been making the most of the outdoors. In one of our outdoor activities, we used a variety of sticks and twigs from our environment and used different coloured paints to paint them. Whilst doing this, the children colour mixed and identified the colours that they were making. The children showed high levels of fascination and payed attention to details whilst taking part in this activity. It has now been made in to a display so that the children can observe their own work. Great work Buds!