Balance Bikes – Week Two

We are increasing in confidence on the balance bikes, and the children’s balance has dramatically improved already!

This week we have been learning about braking and gliding.  Here are some photographs so you can see how good we are getting!  Next week we shall be developing our steering skills.

Lots of Dates for your Diary!

We have a very busy term ahead.  Hopefully these dates will give you plenty of advance warning!

Monday 2nd May – Public Holiday

Tuesday 10th May – Nursery Fundraising Sponsored Event (11:30-12:00/14:30-15:00)  Parents/carers welcome

Thursday 19th May – Bookbug Gifting-Pirate Party (Afternoon Group only 14:30-15:00)  Parents/carers invited to join in with a special story time

Monday 23rd May – In Service Day – No nursery

Tuesday 24th May – ‘Into the Unknown’ – a drama workshop for children moving on to Primary One (within normal nursery session)

Tuesday 24th May – Balance Bike training commences for the Afternoon Group

Friday 17th June – Nursery-Primary 3 Disco (organised by LPP) 17:00-18:30

Thursday 23rd June (provisional date) – Nursery Family Fun Day.  9:30-15:00  Venue to be decided after consultation with parents/carers.  Children will need to be accompanied by parent/carer

Thursday 30th June – Nursery Sports Day (11:30-12:00/14:30-15:00) Parents/carers welcome

There will also be transition activities for those children moving on to Primary One.  These will be detailed in a separate letter.



Nursery Fundraiser for Balance Bikes and End of Term Trip

We shall hold our annual Wheel-a-Thon on Tuesday 10th May at 11:30-12:00 for the Morning Group, and 14:30-15:00 for the Afternoon Group.

Please bring a non-motorized trike, bike or scooter to nursery for your child on Tuesday 10th May.  Please park them on the nursery playground.   Also bring a helmet for your child.  If you cannot manage this we have some nursery trikes, scooters and helmets that your child can borrow (not the balance bikes).   Hopefully the weather will be kind to us as we shall be riding around the school playground!  Parents and carers are welcome to come and watch.  We shall be getting lots of exercise as well as raising money.

We are raising funds to buy a set of our own balance bikes/helmets so children can continue to develop their skills, and also to put towards our end of term trip, reducing the cost to parents/carers.  We shall be consulting with parents shortly about where we will go this year.

Sponsor forms are in your pigeonholes!

Balance Bikes – Day 3!

The final children from the Morning Group had their first balance bike session today.  Again we had lots of support from the mums and dads – thank you!

Here are some comments from the all the groups of children after their first sessions:

I ride a balance bike today.  I learn about to put a helmet and a jacket because I need to be safe.

We learned how to ride the balance bikes – you need to push your feet and when the balance bike goes you put your feet up.  If someone’s behind you, you need to ring the bell.

I learned about how to ride balance bikes.  You do the brakes.  They stop the wheels from going too fast.

We do balance bikes. Riding them.  We wear a helmet and you don’t get onto a bike before you put your helmet on… to protect your head.

We learned to get your helmets on really good to your eyebrows.  About doing the bicycles so the mums and dads know how to do it.

I couldn’t do it, then I could do it!



Balance Bikes – Day Two

The sun shone again for our balance bike training today.  On Wednesdays we have two groups.  It was lovely to have so many mums, dads and granddads along again.  Mrs McBean came along and had a go on a bike too!

If you have a bike at home that you no longer have use for, why not advertise it on our ‘Bike Swap’ section on the Parent’s Notice Board in the cloakroom?



Balance Bikes – Day One!

The first group of children were very excited to get on the balance bikes (on loan from East Lothian Council) and go!  This week we are learning how to put our helmets on properly, why we should wear bright clothing on bikes, the names of some bike parts (we played bike parts’ Twister…) as well as having a go on the bikes!  More photos will follow each day.


Story Sack Scheme – Grand Relaunch!

Reading is Braw!  And to help us enjoy reading even more, our nursery Story Sack Scheme is now reopened after a complete overhaul.  There are some of the old favourites but lots of new ones have been added.  The sacks contain books on a similar theme and some have a toy or puppet to help you act out parts of the stories.

The sacks are hung on pegs in the Parents’ Room.  Please remember to sign out the sacks when you borrow them on the label above the peg.  Only take out one story sack at a time and don’t keep it for longer than a week.  Please look after the contents and sacks – we may ask for a contribution to cover the cost of missing or damaged items.  Returned sacks go into the basket in the cloakroom for checking.

Please complete an evaluation form to tell us what you think of each sack.  You could also do a book review!


Rhyme of the Week – Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Little lamb, little lamb.
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went.
Everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
School one day, school one day.
It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rule.

It made the children laugh and play,
Laugh and play, laugh and play.
It made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.