A moving experience for nursery children

Moving house can be stressful but the Early Years team at West Barns Primary School managed to make it a fun learning experience for their children when the nursery relocated into a new temporary unit.

The move to a temporary unit is part of a wider programme of construction at West Barns Primary to accommodate a growing school roll and the introduction of 1140hours of funded early learning and childcare.

As part of its child-centred approach, the nursery team developed learning opportunities that would help the children develop a sense of belonging and feel secure and included within the move.

Children were involved in every aspect of the move – from planning how the new space would look to creating cranes and their own construction site in the nursery. The build process itself was used to generate discussion and activities.

West Barns Primary School’s Depute Head Teacher Laura Hay said: “In the lead up to the move into our new nursery our Early Years team worked with the children to engage them in the process from start to finish. as a result of careful and responsive planning all of our nursery children have made a smooth transition into the new setting and feel safe, secure, respected and included.”

Visit the online journal created by the West Barns nursery team as a way to share their experiences and document the children’s involvement.

Outdoor Classroom Day 2021 at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School

Children at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School in Musselburgh took part in #outdoorclassroomday2021 turning their playground into a giant space for learning.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to make time outdoors part of every child’s day.

In the weeks leading up to 20 May, children at Pinkie St Peter’s designed their dream outdoor classroom in preparation. Among their requests were tents, campfires, baked beans, marshmallows, hammocks, science experiments, art with natural materials, maths games, making music with natural materials, creating poems about nature, chalk to draw on the playground and time for bird watching. The school designed the day to include as many of these options as possible.

Pinkie St Peter’s Depute Head Teacher Scarlett Palmer said: “We are passionate about learning outdoors at Pinkie and are looking forward to taking part to further promote this across all curricular areas. We used our amazing outdoor space including our woods and loose parts play to facilitate learning outdoors all day. We even held our whole school assembly outdoors led by our senior leadership team. It was a really exciting day.”

On of many @PinkiePrimary #outdoorclassroomday tweets.

The school worked closely with the council’s Outdoor Learning team and shared information with parents and carers. 

Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services Councillor Fiona Dugdale said: “We all know that outdoor space is important for health and wellbeing. Outdoor classroom day shows how important it is for learning, too. It’s great to see the team at Pinkie St Peter’s closely involving the children in planning a day of learning through play that is engaging, exciting and stimulating for all. Initiatives like this encourage people to look at their learning differently. It’s great to see the children develop with so many creative ideas for the day. I’m sure it will be a real success.”