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. 🙂
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!!
Decorating the tree.
Putting up the lights.
Baking Christmas truffles.
Learning how to chop veg.
Practicing how to write our names. Well done!
Santa came to nursery!
Christmas party with the P1’s.
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.
As part of friendship week, the nursery class and some of our grown ups went on a walk with Primary 1,2 & 4. We walked with our buddies from the big school and got to know them a little bit better.
Thank you to all of our grown ups who came along!
The 1st of November is National Outdoor Classroom Day, a global campaign to celebrate outdoor learning and play. On this day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and enjoy playing outside.
In our nursery, however, we view every day as an opportunity for outdoor learning and have resources from all areas of the curriculum accessible in our garden. This is made easier with our free-flow playroom/garden and our amazing location. The children are often involved in taking care of our outdoor space through planting, gardening and creating decorations such as wind chyme’s. We love exploring our local community and visits to places such as Holyrood Park/Dunbar’s Close. Here are some pictures of what we have been up to on Outdoor Classroom Day in the nursery.