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Woodwork in the Nursery

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The woodwork bench in the Nursery has been a great success this week. Almost all the children have had a turn to create their own work of art using wood, polystyrene, nails, drawing pins, ribbons, buttons, beads, lollipop sticks and bottle tops. We hope you enjoy looking at these photos of the children busy making their creations. Sincere apologies to any child who missed the photo opportunity.

A huge thank you to Ruth, Moya, Emma and Sandra who supervised this activity each day and allowed it to go ahead.

We hope to have the woodwork bench back again in the Summer Term for another go with hammer and nails.

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Chinese Lion Dance

As the culmination to our Chinese New Year topic, the children at Nursery today performed their own lion dance. First we watched some film clips of actual lion and dragon dances in China, and  we then chose instruments from the music box to create our own music.  The children had great fun trying on the lion head and being part of the body under the costume. Sadly now all the Chinese resources are being packed away until next year.


P4 Athletics Taster morning

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P4 children spent this morning at Meadowmill Sports Centre trying out lots of athletic activities. From the moment they arrived, they threw themselves into each activity with great enthusiasm and commitment . They sprinted, jumped forwards and sideways, balanced, threw objects, hopped, skipped and generally had a great time. Their final comment as they left was, “We would like to do this EVERY morning”!!

Well done to everyone for trying so hard and working so well with all the other children who were there.

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P5/6/7 have thrown themselves into learning the songs for the performance on Wednesday 13th March. Well done to all the children who accessed the music at home and practised singing along. Some children already know many of the words by heart.

Mrs Gordon had a sneak preview when she popped in to listen to one of the songs last Thursday. Mrs Dick is going to help with the songs when she takes the class for music on Wednesdays in the run up to the performance. Keep up the good work!

Treasure Island Adventures for P5/6/7

This Thursday, 24th January 2013, a member of Charades Theatre Company will be visiting P5/6/7 to tell them about the performance of Treasure Island that they will be performing in March, with other children from Stenton and West Barns schools. This musical, and a series of workshops, have been tailored to bring the wonders of the stage and theatre into school.

“From the first interactive warm-up exercises to the final performance (on 13th March) , Treasure Island will challenge and reward all those involved.”

As well as these workshops and the learning of several songs, the class will be undertaking other work and activities linked to Treasure Island and pirates. Last week, the class created a mind-map of activities they wished to cover on Thursday afternoons with Mrs Hood. We started by watching some of the 1950 Disney film of Treasure Island, which is available to view on You Tube.

We’ll  keep you posted on how our rehearsals are going and what other activities we are doing.

The Nursery having more fun in the snow

Last week the Nursery children had great fun playing in the first snowfall of this session. The first day, the snow was soft and fluffy and the children, helped by Mrs Laing, made a wonderful snowman sitting on our picnic table. The snowman then became a snow lady after his hat and scarf were taken home by one of the children. The snowlady remained outside and oversaw all the activities for the rest of the week. We enjoyed having “ice and spoon” races and then we had such fun trying to get a snowball off the step. It had melted to the step and we all tried to pull it off. We even tried to trick the teachers with it! We eventually managed to unstick it with lots of hot water. Ask your child to tell you about the snowball trick! We all laughed and laughed!

We hope that there will be lots of snow next week for more fun.