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Congratulations

Congratulations to two of our nursery children who received Special Merit awards for their fantastic paintings of ‘Feathered Friends’. They collected their prize during a special celebration at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art – Modern One. Their paintings will be on display until 24th September. After this date they will travel to different displays – one in Giffnock and another in Dumfries.

Congratulations to all our nursery children who took part and created fantastic pieces of artwork for the competition.


Nursery in March

The boys and girls have been very busy in nursery this session. Our bulbs are starting to bloom and we have been tidying up our little garden patch. Whilst digging we found this long wriggly worm. This means our soil will be good for planting.Some have been trying out their own experiments (in the sand) to see if the seeds will grow.

The morning children have been busy building – houses, dens, ships and cars. They have been working out how tall their creations should be and what they need to use to make it. The builders are in discussion outside the cabin to see what work needs to done.

The pirates have also been in the nursery garden and some treasure has been found. We have been counting how many gold coins we have found before we put them in the treasure boxes.

Inside the children have been thinking about the different animals on the farm and where they live. Enclosures have been made for them to sleep in.

Fun in the Woods – March 2017

We have had many trips to the woods, exploring the great outdoors. Fresh air and exercise keeps us healthy

We explore our special space in the woods and find lots of interesting, wonderful things. We even found a fairy house.

We explore our special space in the woods and find lots of interesting wonderful things.

We have seen many signs of Spring. The snowdrops and daffodils are growing all around the woodland and we have noticed the changes that happen as time passes.

And we have noticed the changes that happen as time passes.

The Troll left us a letter and when we read it he was asking us to remember to close the gate into the woodland space. He also borrowed our hammock.

We found his special magic stick, but it was broken, so we had to solve the problem of putting it back together again. We used tape to join the stick up and stuck his magic egg on top.

To the woods…

Our Nature Nurture sessions have begun and the children have been having fun down in the woods. As we participate in a variety of activities the children are learning all about their world and developing confidence, independence and self esteem. They are enthusiastic about sharing their experiences with friends and a new display area has been set up with a special floorbook and some of the things we have found. Be sure to have a look at what we are doing over the coming weeks.

The children enjoy taking the lead and showing us the way to the woods.
The children enjoy taking the lead and showing us the way to the woods.

on the way we find lots of interesting things to put in our wonder bag. I found lots of leaves.
on the way we find lots of interesting things to put in our wonder bag. I found lots of leaves.

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This feather is different. We will look at the information books when we get back to nursery to investigate why!
This feather is different. We will look at the information books when we get back to nursery to investigate why!
We assess risks and make sure we keep ourselves safe.
We assess risks and make sure we keep ourselves safe.

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"How many acorns have I found?" S. age 4)
“How many acorns have I found?” S. age 4)
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This feather is different. We will look at the information books when we get back to nursery to investigate why!
This feather is different. We will look at the information books when we get back to nursery to investigate why!

Life Cycles

We have been learning about life cycles at nursery.The life cycle process fascinated the children and they watched daily to record the changes. They learned how the butterfly uses it’s long tongue (proboscis) to drink the sweet juice from the flowers (nectar).

The butterflies were released into the garden but we were lucky enough to see them up close.
The butterflies were released into the garden but we were lucky enough to see them up close.

(Tia, age 4) ‘When our caterpillars arrived they were little. Then they got even bigger because they had special food to eat. Soon they were sleeping in their chrysalis, sometimes it’s called a cocoon. They were in there for a long time. They turned into a lovely brown and orange butterfly.’
(Painted Lady Butterfly)
We experimented with the paint to learn more about symmetry.
We experimented with the paint to learn more about symmetry.

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We were also very luck to obtain some frogspawn. Again the children were fascinated. They helped to look after the tadpoles by cleaning out the tank and feeding them with special food developing their awareness of what is required to help them grow and how they change over time.
Helping to look after our tadpoles.
Helping to look after our tadpoles.

(Nathan, age 5) ‘The frogspawn changed and the tadpoles grew the back legs. Then the front legs came and it’s tail disappeared. They had turned into frogs.’
(Dylan, age 4) ‘The frogs jump and ‘ribbet’.
The tiny frogs were returned to the pond.frog

Riding of the Marches 2016

The 'Turf Cutter'.
The ‘Turf Cutter’.
A visit to the local 'yarn bomb' display.
A visit to the local ‘yarn bomb’ display.
Some of the children enjoying our 'Riding of the Marches' board game.
Some of the children enjoying our ‘Riding of the Marches’ board game.
We have been learning about this very special custom, which occurs every 21 years. The project began with an interest in horses and how they were used in the past and now in the present. When the children heard that a special celebration will take place in July, called the Riding of the Marches, their interest grew. They have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the principles and the turf cutting stations and are able to discuss this with enthusiasm. On a daily basis, we hear them cry, “It’s a oor ain.” We would like to thank Mr Alan Williams, Halberdier in the ROTM 2016, and Grandad to two of our nursery children. He visited this week and (in Charlotte’s own words) told a great story about Musselburgh, explaining this very old custom and the reasons for protecting the boundaries of Musselburgh. The children were very excited to see the ‘Halberd’.
Mr Williams shows the 'Halberd', used to protect the Provost.
Mr Williams shows the ‘Halberd’, used to protect the Provost.

The Riding of the Marches Rosette.
The Riding of the Marches Rosette.

We have decorated our garden with ‘yarn bomb’ decorations of our own as part of our preparations for the upcoming event and are looking after the flowers we have planted to ensure our garden is beautiful for the celebration.
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The Halberdier is getting ready to guard the Provost.
The Halberdier is getting ready to guard the Provost.
The Turf Cutters Assistant
The Turf Cutters Assistant

Shiny, Slimey, Snails

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The children have been learning all about snails, after finding one in the nursery garden. They have watched them in the tank and as they move across the paper, leaving their slimy snail trail behind. They have talked about how to care for the snails, what they like to eat and how to handle them carefully. They have also learned interesting things, using our ‘facts book’, such as how the snail slime helps them to glide along and protects the ‘foot’ from being scratched when they crawl over stones and walls.

Busy Builders

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The children have enjoyed the view of the building site from the nursery window. They have watched the forklift truck lifting heavy items up to a great height. Some of the children decided to make a second ‘building site’ in our own garden, creating shops, schools and houses. They have used the vehicles to transport a variety of resources to and from the ‘site’ and had a great time being ‘the builders’.

The last of our daffodil bulbs have now been planted. We have put the potted bulbs into a dark place for the winter but the children will help to keep the compost moist so they grow strong. In the spring we will see the changes that have occurred. The daffodils will be sold to help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.DSCF1143

What will we bring at Harvest Time?

It is harvest time. The combine harvester has been seen in the fields cutting the wheat. We have begun harvesting the wheat, oats and barley that are growing in the nursery garden.

We have lots of other things growing in the garden too. We collected the potatoes, roasted them and had them for snack. We have picked tomatoes and plums from the tree. We have given some of the lettuce to the guinea pigs and picked the onions to use in our soup.

We have learned lots about where food comes from. Next week we will try to grind some grains of wheat to make flour. We will also bake bread and have it for snack.

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