It is harvest time. The combine harvester has been seen in the fields cutting the wheat. We have begun harvesting the wheat, oats and barley that are growing in the nursery garden.
We have lots of other things growing in the garden too. We collected the potatoes, roasted them and had them for snack. We have picked tomatoes and plums from the tree. We have given some of the lettuce to the guinea pigs and picked the onions to use in our soup.
We have learned lots about where food comes from. Next week we will try to grind some grains of wheat to make flour. We will also bake bread and have it for snack.
Congratulations to Callum who was awarded a Special Merit for his painting of a Hammerhead shark in the Tesco’s Art Competion for Schools. Callum visited the National Art Gallery and was presented with his award. There were over 7000 entries from young people in Nursery to S2. The winning entries will be on display in Edinburgh until October and will then go on to Greenock and Paisley. These paintings will be seen by thousands of visitors from around the world.
Congratulations to everyone who entered this competition.
The nursery children have been extremely busy since our last post. Our tadpoles are developing well and looking very strong in the pond. Most of them have back legs now and on Monday we found a froglet. We were very excited about it.
We also observed changes in our ladybird larvae and caterpillars. The children wondered “why the ‘ladybirds’ were just little bugs” (larvae) to start with. As the days went on they realised that they too start as one thing and change to another. Once they had changed completely we released them into the garden, on a branch covered in aphids, because we learned that was what they liked to eat!
Our afternoon children have patiently waited for the caterpillars to transform. They observed all stages from caterpillar to chrysalis and finally the painted lady butterflies emerging. They pointed out the stages using the life cycle resources noting similarities and differences. Well done! The butterflies were also released into the garden.
It’s hard to believe that the time has come for our pre school children to visit their schools. We have visited Pinkie St. Peters for music, Basic Moves and to meet the Primary 1 teachers. The children who will be going to Wallyford, Burgh and Loretto have also been to visit their own schools. They have all been very excited and settled well in the classroom structure.
The Queen’s Baton Relay took place on Tuesday and we all went to Musselburgh Racecourse to cheer on the Baton Bearer. We made some Scotland (Saltire) flags and cheered everyone on, Rachel Cameron, the Police Team, ‘Clyde’ (The Commonwealth Games Mascot), everyone who was involved in making the event run smoothly and even some cyclists who passed by at the time. Karen’s husband Phil was nominated to be a Baton Bearer and was picking up the Baton in Church Street, Tranent. Congratulations Phil! Two of the nursery children met Phil at the Commonwealth Games Celebration in the Brunton Hall. .
“Our pond is a round shape. It has tadpoles in it. We had to wait a while before we could put them in. Just now they are only little tadpoles because frogs don’t just grow right away. They get their back legs first, then they get their front legs. Then they start to get their face and then they grow into frogs. They will start to go ‘ribbit, ribbit’. They catch flies with their tongue and they go ‘Mmm, Mmm, Aaah’.” (Lucy aged 4)
The morning children have been trying some new dance moves at the Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre. Creative Dance provides opportunities for the children to explore moving their bodies in different ways to a variety of music genre. By choosing ways of moving around and creating various shapes with their bodies they are developing muscle and motor control, becoming aware of space and how their bodies work and beginning to understand that being active in dance is a healthy way to be. As they have progressed over the weeks their listening skills and ability to follow instructions has increased and we have put together a dance routine which they all enjoyed.