Reading is Braw events next week – Tuesday and Thursday

Everyone (parents, carers, grandparents, wee sisters and brothers etc) is welcome to join us for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Tuesday 1st March from 11:00-11:30 or 14:30-15:00 in the school woods.  There will be sandwiches and buns for all!  Please can each child bring a teddy bear.

If anyone has any waterproof ground sheets or picnic blankets they don’t mind getting muddy can you please bring them along to make life a little more comfortable.  Warm clothing and wellies (and possibly waterproofs and big umbrellas) will be the dress code!  We shall be reading stories in the woods!

It is World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March and we are inviting children to come to nursery dressed up as a character from a book.  Please can children bring along a favourite book too.  It doesn’t matter if they are not dressed up as a character from that book.  (Some dressing up outfits are also available at nursery if you don’t manage to organise anything.)

We are very excited about the new community reading project, Reading is Braw, and will explain to you all about the display board in the cloakroom on Tuesday!

If anyone has spare books at home that would be suitable for our nursery lending library (in any home language) they would be gratefully received.   We are hoping the library is going to used even more once the project begins!

Thank you!

Reading is Braw Launch – 1st March 2016 (Teddy Bears’ Picnic)

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A reading initiative for Wallyford, Whitecraig and Musselburgh.

The launch of this exciting new initiative takes place on Tuesday 1st March at 11:00.  To celebrate the launch, the nursery will be holding a Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the school woods.  Please join us between 11:00-11:30 (Morning Group) or 14:30-15:00 (Afternoon Group) for sandwiches, buns, and stories about the outdoors!  All welcome.

Please can your child bring a teddy bear to nursery this day to help make our picnic a great success.

Further information about ‘Reading is Braw’ is available on FacebookTwitter and Edubuzz.


Rhyme of the Week – Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence
A pocket full of rye
Four-and-twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie
When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing
Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house
Counting out his money
The queen was in the parlour
Eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose!


Today the bears went to visit Dawyck Botanic Gardens near Peebles.  There is a café there where they had a lovely lunch and then they had a walk round the gardens.  They saw hundreds and thousands of snowdrops!  It had snowed a little in the Scottish Borders overnight which made it look very beautiful.  The bears are hoping to see some snowdrops in the woods at nursery next week!

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Chinese New Year

This has been a very busy week so far!  We have been learning about the celebration of Chinese New Year.  We made our own dragons and performed a dragon dance.  We played musical instruments to accompany the dance.  We listened to stories about how the years got their names, and about the monster that was frightened away by lots of loud noises.  We also helped to make a stir fry which was served with prawn crackers for a special treat.  We tried to eat with chopsticks but that was a little bit tricky as you may see from the photographs!  There will be some QR codes in your child’s learning story after the February break if they chose to take part in our dragon dance.  Please have a look!




Rhyme of the Week – Five Little Monkeys

The Chinese New Year begins on Monday 8th February.  This year is the Year of the Monkey, so our rhyme will be about monkeys!

You can help your child use their fingers to act out the rhyme and count down as the monkeys fall off the bed!

Five little monkeys, [Hold up five fingers.]
Jumping on the bed. [Bounce hand up and down.]
One fell off, [Hold up one finger and then point your hand down towards the floor.]
And bumped his head. [Tap your head with your hand.]
Mummy called the doctor and the doctor said, [Put your pinkie to your mouth and thumb to your ear like a telephone.]
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” [Put one hand on your hip and wag your index finger.]

Continue counting down until there are no more monkeys left!




Thank you all so much for your support.  The children have had great fun making glittery hearts, cards and baking.  They were very excited to take turns to be shopkeepers.  By popular request there will be some more home baking on sale next Thursday as well.  The purpose of the shop was primarily to develop an awareness of how money is used, but it has also proven a very successful fundraiser.  So far we have raised a little over £90!  We are hoping to buy a set of balance bikes and helmets later in the year, and this will set our fundraising off to a great start!  (More information about the balance bikes will follow soon.)  Here are loads of photos: