All posts by Ann Burton

Walk to School Week at Levenhall

Last week we took part in Walk to School initiatives at the nursery. All the children received their Walk to School information leaflet along with “sound detective” stickers. On two mornings we had Walking Buses and everyone was encouraged to join in. We were delighted with the response and everyone enjoyed walking together. Of course, we remembered to be “sound detectives” as we walked. As well as lots of traffic noise we also heard different types of birds and some interesting noises from the building site on route, especially as on both days large lorries were delivering different materials. The children also took part in a survey to find out how they came to school on another day during the week. Through this we are able to promote walking as the health option as well as being good for the environment. Parents did comment that the street outside the nursery was definitely less conjested and how pleasant it was to have less traffic.

Celebrations At Levenhall Nursery School

This week the children are learning about different cultural festivals by celebrating Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year. For both events cooking plays a major part. We are making pancakes, of course, and preparing a Chinese Banquet. The children are also taking care of their “Little Pots Of Care” – daffodil bulbs planted in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care which have brought in from the dark now that shoots are showing.

Big Schools’ Birdwatch at Levenhall

The children at Levenhall Nursery School are taking part in the
RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch this week. Children from both
playrooms are working in pairs to record the birds coming to feed in the garden during a 10 minute time slot. Over 3 days, every child will have had the chance to take part. The results are recorded on sheets provided by the RSPB
and each child’s copy will be filed in his/her nursery book. Once collated the results for each playroom will be sent to the RSPB, on line, and in
due course the school will receive a certificate for taking part. In
preparation the children made bird cakes last week which have helped to attract the birds to feed in the garden. As well as helping us identify the birds visiting our garden, the Birdwatch helps the RSPB to monitor bird populations.

First Prize for Levenhall

Levenhall Nursery School was placed first in the Nursery Category of the Eskmills Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Several of the staff and pupils were able to attend the Carol Singing at Eskmills on Friday evening where the winners were announced. The tree and gold certificate are proudly displayed in the school. The prize of solar powered lights will be used for decoration in the nursery garden.
Preparations for Christmas continue in the school. Last week children from the school went to Strawberry Corner Garden Centre to choose Christmas Trees to be decorated and displayed in the playrooms. Later this week some of us are going to Levenhall Nursing Home to sing some of our Christmas Songs to the residents.

Christmas at Levenhall Nursery School

Preparations are well under way for Christmas in the Nursery School. Last Friday,
we held a very successful Christmas Fair which raised approximately £860 for the
school fund. There were a variety of stalls including children’s crafts made in nursery.
This week we have been busy making Christmas Tree decorations from recycled
materials as we are taking part in the Eskmills Christmas Tree Decorating Competition.
An amazing variety of hanging and chain type decorations have been made from all
sorts of things including corks, CDs, curtain rings, etc. On Thursday six children will
go, with their parents and Mrs McNeill (Headteacher), to Eskmills and decorate the six
foot tree provided by them. The result of the competition will be announced on Friday
at a Carol singing event to which everyone has been invited.

Tranent Primary Fashion Show


The Eco-group at Tranent Primary organised a very successful fashion show.  Pupils were very creative and used recycled items to create outfits and accessories for the fashion show.  Each class selected two pupils who had been exceptionally creative and they modelled their clothes to the whole school at the fashion show.  The eco-group representative wrote the description of the outfit.  The pupils had a fantastic time and each class got a chance to parade down the catwalk in their amazing clothes.