The setting held a very successful Open Session for our families on Monday the 25th March. Mr Taylor and Mrs Laing shared information on the process of change to date and a PowerPoint demonstrating how content and confident the Early Years children had been during the transition to the 1140 hours. Please view the PowerPoint below and find out for yourself how well the children coped and embraced change. We wish to thank the parents for their partnership work with practitioners, making the whole experience a success for their children.
We are delighted to be able to advise that the recruitment process for our Early Years Team is now complete, and we are very much looking forward to Mrs Fiona Nightingale joining us on 4 February as an additional Early Years Practitioner. Mrs Nightingale has extensive experience in Early Years provision, as well as a teaching background, and, of course, has a deep knowledge of Innerwick PS from a parent and Parent Council member’s perspective. We wish to welcome Fiona to the Innerwick team, and look forward to working with her very soon.
Innerwick Early Years Team are delighted and proud to have been selected as a Setting of Innovation and Impact 2018 by The Scottish Government. We are one of six settings in Scotland chosen from more than 70 applications. Staff will work with The Scottish Government’s ELC Quality Team from January 2019 to share their play-based pedagogical approach nationally. Please read and learn about some of the play-based development work and view our submission of evidence to The Scottish Government. Furthermore we also wish to share the Improvement Plan for the coming year 2018-2019.
Children, staff and parents collaborated and cooperated together to bake, make and purchase muffins and popcorn, to raise funds for Children in Need. There had been baking sessions in the early years setting during the week, supported by parent helpers. Freshly baked muffins were brought in by some parents and staff. The children worked hard in their shop keeper roles on the bake stall and took this task very seriously, embracing being part of the wider school community. In total 148 muffins and 33 bags of popcorn were sold, and a grand total of £104.73 was made. Thank you so much for all the help, extra baking and purchasing.
Yesterday, the nursery children went on a minibeast hunt in our local woods. Laura, the Countryside Ranger, helped the children to identify the many creatures that they found hiding under the logs. The children also held a sheet under a tree and shook the tree to discover which minibeasts were living above our heads. We were surprised to find so many creatures living in our woods.
I am delighted to share the article, Creative skills in practice: a creative process, which has recently been published in a new Care Inspectorate document, My Creative Journey. The article, on pages 27-28, describes the nursery children’s enthusiasm planning a party for Stripy, the nursery puppet, in February 2015. Sadly the photos I sent the Care Inspectorate were not used, so I attach the original slideshow which I shared at the Starcatchers’ conference in April 2015, showing many lovely photos of the children involved in creativity. Enjoy! our-creative-journey-aug-17-master-combined Stripy the puppet, a creative process
We have welcomed five, new Ante Pre-school children to our Nursery this session. All children are playing well and enjoying the exciting learning opportunities on offer. They have enjoyed playing, creating, building, making, baking pretzels and crumble, and going on weekly Learning Walks to explore and observe seasonal changes in the local environment.
The children have recently chosen “Animals” as their next topic and have helped to plan their learning around the room and outside. They have also started to use a newly-created map of their learning environment to plan and review their play. This map will be used as a planning tool which enables every child to have a voice in their daily learning choices.
More nursery photos and news will be shared on the school blog throughout the coming sesion.
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We are so happy that our Nature Play sessions have finally started! Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely, sunny morning exploring the small woodland in the school grounds.
This week we had fun hunting for mini-beasts (we actually found two caterpillars!), putting on a puppet show, making mud soup and endless cups of “daisy” tea, before enjoying snack in our den. We really enjoy these weekly sessions where we can play and learn together in the outdoor environment. Thank you to all the parents who have kindly offered to help with the sessions in the coming weeks.
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