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.
Yesterday the nursery children enjoyed a trip in the minibus to Thorntonloch Beach. First they had to each build 10 sandcastles as they had been sponsored by their friends and family to carry out this challenge. With the money raised from this sponsored event, we hope to buy some new toys and other resources for the nursery.
After all that digging, they then enjoyed a healthy snack before heading along the beach in search of interesting items to create transient art pictures.
There was then time for some races along the sand – running races, walking backwards races, running sideways races and running with a partner races. All that running certainly helped to warm them up!
Before we headed back to Nursery, the children enjoyed jumping on their sandcastles to flatten them out and leave the beach just as they had found it! Thank you to all the parents and siblings who joined us. We were so glad the sun shined, and the hailstones from the previous day stayed away!
We will let you know how much we raised once the sponsor money has all been returned.
Today the nursery children enjoyed a trip to Dunbar Library and then went to John Muir Country Park for a picnic and a play in the park.
At the library, they took part in a Bookbug singing and story session with Christine, and then went to each choose a book to take home. Next the minibus took them to the park where they enjoyed a snack and play on the equipment. The boys were very pleased to see a small digger at work in the park. All too soon it was time to get back on the bus and return to Nursery.
It had been a lovely morning exploring the local community. Thank you to the two parent helpers who came with us.
The children enjoyed a visit from fire-fighter Jenny on Monday. She showed us the special clothes she wears to protect herself from fires. She had also brought in some of her equipment. We had great fun trying on her helmet and holding the long hose. We asked her lots of interesting questions too, and she was very impressed by our knowledge. We think being a fire-fighter would be great!
Thank you, Jenny, for taking the time to come and visit our nursery.
The nursery children are currently learning about the people who help them in their local community. We have enjoyed a visit from PC Johnston who talked about her uniform and showed us her police car. We had thought up lots of good questions to ask her about the role she plays in helping us and other people in the community.
On our latest Learning Walk, we spoke to the local farmers and learned what they do to help us. We had lots of fun feeding turnips to the cows. They rear cows to give us beef, and also grow wheat to make into flour. Next week we will be grinding some wheat from their farm to make flour. We will then use the flour to bake scones for snack.
Please enjoy looking at some of the photos from our recent learning experiences.
We have further visits from a fire-fighter, the bin-men and the postman planned for the coming days.