Category Archives: Nursery Blog

A Very Busy Term!

We at the Royal Mile Primary School Nursery have been very busy this term.

We have been learning about life cycles; particularly frogs and butterflies. We had caterpillars in the nursery and had fun watching them change and grow until it was time to set them free in our garden.

We have also been talking a lot about the story of “The Grufallo!” We have learned the story almost from heart and have been acting it out with puppets. We even made “Grufallo Crumble” for snack! We used rhubarb from the nursery garden to do this. Another story we have enjoyed learning is “The Three Little Pigs”. We dressed up as the Big Bad Wolf and made our own straw houses.

We recently had our nursery sports day – it was lots of fun practicing all of the different games and races!

We have been enjoying getting out and about in our local community. We have been on walks to Dumbiedykes Park, Holyrood Pond, Tesco and even a big trip to Gorgie Farm where we got to meet lots of interesting animals!

Finally, we’ve been going on lots of visits to the “Big School” with our preschoolers in preparation for school – we will miss them very much and wish them all the best for the future!

Mini Beasts & Gardening

Spring is almost here! We have been using the nicer weather to our advantage and making some improvements to our nursery garden and outdoor play area.

We have been helping to weed the garden and set up our new wormery. This has led to the discovery of lots of different creepy crawlies and sparked an interest in mini beasts and insects. So far we have found millipedes, woodlice, worms, caterpillars and grubs hiding in our soil and plants. We have also been collecting things to compost in our wormery and helping to set up their new home.

We are looking to develop our loose parts play and have requested that parents/guardians bring in anything useful they may have lying around at home. The kinds of things we are looking for are:

  • Natural resources.
  • Building materials, tools, planks, nails, etc.
  • Scrap materials such as old tyres, guttering off cuts.
  • Household items e.g old pot lids, kitchen roll tubes, cable ties.
Loose parts is a good way of encouraging imaginative and cooperative play, as well as physical.
We would be very grateful for any donations and thank you in advance. 🙂


December in the Nursery

Here are some of the things we got up to over the festive period. Including, decorating our many trees, practicing to write, arts & crafts, baking & our Christmas party. Santa even came to visit us!!

Merry Christmas! 

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year and a relaxed time off. We have many exciting things happening this term.

Self registration has changed in the nursery; we now have an interactive sign in on the smart board and we would ask that you complete this with your child in the morning, as well as signing out at the end of the day. We have also moved trays and shoes into the parents room for more space and time to get children ready. Please remember Parents are welcome to use this room through the week – there is tea, coffee and biscuits available – just ask for milk!

This term we will be celebrating the poetry of Robert Burns and Chinese New Year. We will do this with lots of singing, dancing and special snacks. We also will be getting out into our local community in trips at least once a week. We also have our fingers crossed from snow so we can talk about winter weather and explore it’s properties.

We will also be continuing with our “focus child observations” that can be viewed on your childs learning journal. We always welcome parent feedback on how you find this process and how it is working for you and your child – either let a member of staff know or leave a comment on your child’s journal.

Lastly, we would like to remind you that £25 funds are now due for January-April. Please pay via parent as soon as possible.

Dates for your Diary :

Thursday 24th January – Burns singalong – 2.30pm – come hear our Scottish songs!

Tuesday 5th Febrary – First stay and play of the year. 9.00-9.45AM.

Friday 8th February – 11.15AM – Art gallery in school, details to follow.

Friday 8th February – Break for half term.

Monday 18th February – All children return, 9AM.