Nursery

Tuesday 28th June 2011

Today Primary 6 organised games outside for the Nursery to play. It was lots of fun. Primary 6 gave us all a medal because we were really good at their games.

“I liked doing overarm throws.” Luca

“I liked doing the tent thing. You throw up and run under it.” Aaron

I liked everything!” Charlie

Thursday 24th June 2011

We had an eventful start to the week when a baby Herring Gull fell off the school roof . Mr Gray, our school janitor looked after it until the SSPCA came to collect it. We got to see the Herring Gull and the lady from the SSPCA came to speak to us.

We also saw a family of Herring Gulls on the school camera who are nesting on the school roof.  We liked it when we saw the mummy gull feed her chicks. 

On Tuesday the Pre School children had lots of fun at the Teddy Bears picnic with their new classmates and their Primary 1 buddies.

Over the past few weeks we have enjoyed learning about fish and seabirds. Below is a selection of photos of some of the activities we have enjoyed.

Monday 20.6.11

This week we are learning about seabirds. We will be learning to recognise and name some seabirds and we will be finding out where they live and what they like to eat.

 The children will also have the opportunity to recreate the story of the Rainbow Fish and act out their own under the sea adventures.

We are continuing to focus on positional language through various games and activities.

Below is a summary of this week’s events.

 Monday – the morning class are working on their art project with Laura, the afternoon class are meeting their new teacher Miss Citroen

 Tuesday – Teddy Bears Picnic for all children starting Primary 1 in August

 Wednesday – the morning class have PE outside

 Thursday – Musselburgh’s Honest Lad and Lass are visiting the school in the morning.

 Friday – the afternoon class have PE outside.

 Monday 13th June

We are continuing to learn about fish that can be found in the sea. The children will have the opportunity to find out more interesting fish facts and share these with the class. We will be learning about patterns and interesting fish characteristics by making exotic fish and fish that can be found in our sea at the creative area. At snack time the children will have the opportunity to taste different fish such as mussels.

We will be imagining what it is like to live in the sea by engaging in sea role play and moving to sea music. We will be using percussion instruments to accompany sea music and the children will have the opportunity to create their own music.

We are continuing to concentrate on using positional language such as above, below and beside through activities and games.

It is the Primary 1 transition morning on Tuesday. The Pre school children should come to the front of the school with their parent/carer at 9.30. When the transition event has finished please return your child to the Nursery using the Nursery front entrance. Please do not bring your child through the school.

On Wednesday the Pre School children will be working on their playground art project with Laura. The pre school children have PE on Wednesday and the ante pre school children have PE on Fridays. PE lessons will now occur outside because Primary 7 require the gym hall to practise their end of term show.

Monday  6th June

We are having a ‘fishtastic’ week in the Nursery. This week we are learning more about fish that can be found in the sea. We will be finding out about some of the interesting characteristics of fish and we will learn to name and identify them.

In the art area the children will have the opportunity to work together to create an underwater picture of the sea and we will be tasting a range of fish at snacktime. Last week the children had great fun handling a mackerel. It was very smelly!

We are also concentrating on using positional language such as above, below and beside through activities and games.

The morning class had a great time visiting Primary 1 last week. This week they will be spending a short session in Primary 1 on Thursday. The morning class will also be working with Laura and Primary 6 on Monday to create a mural for the outside of the school. Last week the children shared their ideas and this week they will be painting on the canvas.

Some of the children have started bringing in and sharing items related to our Sea topic. Please encourage your child to do this.

Thursday 2nd June

This morning we went to Primary 1. We played with Primary 1 buddies.

Isla – “I liked the whiteboard thing. I played the teddy game with Bobbi. She’s my friend and Jenna’s. Secondly, I liked making my clock.”

Georgia – “I liked colouring in with John”

Luca – “I liked playing with the castle. My buddy was John.”

Maia – “I liked making a clock with Abbey.”

Charlie – “I liked my buddies. I made a card and I put it in the drawing box.”

Monday 30th May

We are introducing our new topic ‘The Sea’. This week we will be finding out what the children already know about the sea and what they would like to learn about. We would like to teach the children about Musselburgh fishing communities. If you know of anyone who would be able to speak to the children about Musselburgh Fisher Folk or any other aspect related to our sea topic please speak to a member of staff. If your child has any objects from the seaside please encourage them to bring them in.

On Tuesday the morning class will begin working with Laura Young a local artist to create artwork for the playground. The children will be working with Laura and Primary 6 buddies over the next few weeks.

On Thursday some of the morning class are visiting Primary 1. They will spend a short time undertaking activities in the Primary 1 classes. All children will have the opportunity to do this until the end of term.

The morning class continue to have PE on Wednesday mornings and the afternoon class have PE on Friday mornings. We appreciate your support in ensuring your child is wearing appropriate footwear on these days.

Friday 27th May

Today Eoin and Katie got married at our class wedding. All the children had lots of fun being part of the event. It was a lovely way to end our topic. 

Thursday 26th May

Today the morning children had a wonderful time at their class wedding. It was a great way to end our Wedding topic and a valuable opportunity for the children to share their learning. Reece was our wedding photographer. Below are a selection of photos from the event.

Thursday 19th May

Both classes have had a very busy time preparing for our weddings next week. A highlight of our week was when Mrs Smail taught us some sugar craft skills.

The afternoon class are particularly interested in ladybirds and created super paintings in our nursery garden.

Monday 16th May

This week the morning class will be planning and organising a class wedding which will take place on Thursday 26th May. They will have lots of decisions to make such as where they will get married, how they will travel to the wedding and what food they will eat at the reception. The children will then hopefully volunteer to adopt different roles such as florists, wedding cake designers and reception staff.

The afternoon class will have the opportunity to retell and act out one of their favourite stories ‘When Willie Went to the Wedding’. They will also be preparing for their class wedding which will take place on Friday 27th May. Both classes are continuing to learn wedding songs and will be preparing for our wedding reception by practising popular dances at weddings.

Mrs Smail, a learning assistant in our school, is a very talented baker. She is teaching the children some sugar craft skills and will also show us some pictures of the wedding cakes she has made.

On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the morning class are having their vision checked by the school nurse. Permission forms have all been returned. Should you require further information please speak to a member of staff.

Throughout the week we hope to be outdoors as much as possible. Please remember if it is a sunny day to mark on the register if sun tan cream has been applied. If it is particularly hot we would appreciate if you could provide your child with a sunhat.

The morning class have music with Mrs Roberts on Monday and gym on Wednesday mornings. The afternoon class have gym on Friday mornings.

Over the next couple of Fridays we are having open mornings for parents of ante preschool children. Please sign up if you wish to attend.

We hope you have an enjoyable extended weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 26th May.

 

TUESDAY 10th MAY

The morning class and some of the afternoon class had a fabulous time today visiting Isabellas and the Kilt Hire shop in Musselburgh.

Thursday 28th April 2011

The children have had lots of fun learning about the Royal Wedding. Here is a selection of photos from our Royal Wedding. Next week we will be making a Wedding album with the children which will include additional photographs. We hope you all enjoy celebrating the event tomorrow and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.

TUESDAY 26TH APRIL 2011

Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter break.

We have an exciting and busy term ahead. We are beginning the term by finding out what the children know about our new topic ‘Weddings’. This week we will be reading ‘When Willie Went to the Wedding’ by Judith Kerr and over the next two weeks we will be learning about the Royal Wedding. The children will have the opportunity to make a range of Royal wedding related art and craft. We are having snacks suitable for Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses! On Thursday of the first week we will be having a Royal Wedding Buffet to celebrate the wedding of Kate and William and the children will be designing and making a Royal wedding cake.

Throughout our Wedding topic we would like to invite a range of people from the local community into the Nursery who play a role in making weddings possible/special such as the local minister, florist and wedding cake baker/designer. If you can help or know of anyone who would like to come in please let us know. You may also wish to share your wedding experiences/ photographs with the children.

This term the morning class have PE on Wednesday mornings and the afternoon class continue to have gym on Friday mornings. Hopefully the good weather will remain and we will be able to spend lots of time learning outdoors too. We would appreciate your support in helping ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather and that sun tan cream is applied.

Monday 4th April 2011

This week we are learning about the Easter story and Easter symbols. The children will have the opportunity to retell the story in a variety of ways and create Easter and Spring artwork. We will be learning some Easter songs and rhymes. For snack we will be having hot cross buns and the children will be making chocolate nests in the baking area.

The children are enjoying learning about hospitals and how to care for babies in our role play areas. 

 This week we will be learning about baby animals. We will be finding out about the animals that are born at this time of year.

 There is still a lot of interest in our playroom planting area. Thank you for your generous donations last week. It has enabled us to buy more seeds and resources for our garden. The children are keen to grow flowers. This week they have the opportunity to grow Sweet Peas.

 Throughout the Nursery the children are developing their understanding of vocabulary related to measure.

 On Monday the morning class have ICT with their P6/7 buddies. On Tuesday the morning class have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class have PE on Friday morning.

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this term. We hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 26th April.

 Friday 1st April 2011

We have had another  busy week in the Nursery. A highlight of the week was when Peter (Joel’s brother) came to visit us. Aaron also brought in his mice this week. Luckily they didn’t manage to escape!

THE SCHOOL BOOK FAIR

The School Book Fair is available between Monday 28th April and Friday 1st April. It is situated in the carpet area near the Music Room. Parents/Guardians may wish to buy books during parent consultation times. You can also purchase books with your child on Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am to 10.00am  and 1.30pm to 2.00pm.

Monday 28th March 2011

We are delighted to announce that we raised £65.20 for Comic Relief. Last week the children learned more about what life is like for children like Philip in Africa. They feel very happy that the money they have raised will help make a difference. Thank you for helping make this possible.

This week we are learning more about new life. We will be widening our understanding of how to look after babies. We hope to have a special visitor too!

The children enjoyed learning ‘Miss Polly had a Dolly’ last week. We will be practising this rhyme more and learning ‘Rock a bye baby’. Knowledge and awareness of rhyme is a very important skill. Words can be found on our website if you wish to practise these rhymes at home.

The children will have the opportunity to grow ‘real’ potatoes. We will look at the results of our experiment to see how water travels through the stems of plants and into their leaves.

Towards the end of the week we will be discussing the symbols of Easter. On Thursday the school minister, Mrs Atkins, is coming to the Nursery to talk about Easter with the morning class.

On Monday the morning class have ICT with their P6/7 buddies. On Tuesday the morning class have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class have PE on Friday morning.

I look forward to meeting the Parents of the morning class children on Tuesday and Wednesday at parents evening. The parents of the afternoon class will have the opportunity to meet with staff at open sessions in the final term.Please speak to a member of staff if you have any queries or concerns.

Learning stories are available to look at with your child at the beginning and end of sessions. Please remember you can add to these too.

Miss Polly Had A Dolly

 Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick

So she phoned for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick

The doctor came with his bag and his hat,

And knocked on the door with a rat tat tat.

He looked at the dolly and shook his head

And said, “Miss Dolly put her straight to bed.”

He wrote a pad for a pill, pill, pill

I’ll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill.

Rock-a-bye baby

Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

Friday 25th March 2011

We have been making the most of the good weather this week. Outside some of the children built an African hut like Philips while others enjoyed creating chalk pictures and water paintings. Many of the children enjoyed playing on the obstacle course and making up their own games such as Guy Fawkes chase and ‘Duck, duck, goose’. Yesterday the afternooon children had great fun playing pirates.

Monday 21st March 2011

Thank you for your generous donations to Comic Relief. The children enjoyed fundraising and learning about this very important Charity. We will let you know how much we have raised as soon as we have counted the money together.

In the Nursery this week we are continuing to learn about what plants need in order to grow. We will be carrying out experiments to see how water travels through the stems of plants and into their leaves. We will also be exploring how you grow potatoes and we will be sampling a range of potato products for snack.

Our role play area has been converted into a hospital and the children are enjoying learning about what they need to grow and what happens if they have an accident or they are unwell. We will be learning about medicines. We will be looking at different signs and learning to recognise warning signs which can be found on medicines and around the home and in the local envioronment.

Throughout the Nursery we are continuing to learn about size and amount.

On Tuesday the morning class have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class have PE on Friday morning.

Friday 18th March

Both classes have had a very busy health awareness week. We have also been learning about Comic Relief and doing funny things to encourage others to raise money. We hope you liked our faces! The pre school children had great fun making and selling their  red nose day cakes and the ante pre school children enjoyed participating in the school dance event. Thank you for all your generous donations. Hopefully we have raised enough money to send Phillip to school! We will let you know as soon as we have counted all the money.

Monday 14th March

It’s Health Awareness week in the school. During the week the children will have the opportunity to try different sporting activities and prepare and sample different healthy foods. Each morning school doors will open at 8.25am and children and parents can participate in daily aerobic or yoga sessions taken by the teachers.

In the Nursery we will be continuing to plant and grow our own seeds. Last week we learned what plants need in order to grow and this week through a range of activities we will be thinking about what we need to be healthy and grow. On Tuesday the morning class will be visited by the Fizzy Pop Fairies. This is an interactive show which promotes the importance of looking after your teeth through rhymes and songs. Both classes will participate in a Tiger Cubs fitness class on Tuesday.

On Thursday the morning class are working with Alpha dance. They will also be making and selling red cakes on Thursday to raise money for Comic Relief. Your child may wish to wear something red on Thursday for Comic Relief.

On Friday the afternoon class will be joining the school in a Scottish dancing event to raise money for Red Nose Day.

Throughout the week the children will be making smoothies for snack. They will have the opportunity to sample a range of ‘different’ fruits and vote for their favourite.

Friday 8th March

We had lots of fun making pancakes for snack on Shrove Tuesday. We have also had a great time building towers and learning about measure. We enjoyed planting different seeds and learning the names of the different parts of a plant.

Hopskotch was one of our favourite activities outside.

Monday 7th March

Apologies! I forgot to post this at the beginning of the week

This week we are continuing to look for signs of spring and share these with the class.

We will be learning more about what plants need in order to grow. This week we are planting cress seeds and looking after the broad beans we planted last week. Last Friday the afternoon class saw the Primary 2’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. On Monday the morning class will have the opportunity to see the performace too. The Nursery children will then be able to act out the story using the props in the playroom. We will also be reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and learning the days of the week.

Last week some of the children began removing some of the weeds from the garden to help the new flowers grow. This week we will be thinking about other ways we can ‘spring clean’ and improve our environment. The children will have the opportunity to design, plan and create a welcoming display for our Nursery entrance. We will also be making daffodils.

Last week the chidlren enjoyed working together to create constructions that touched the ceiling! The children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of measure throughout the nursery through a range of games and activities.

On Tuesday the morning class will have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class have PE on Friday morning.

Thursday 3rd March

Today we had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day. Throughout the week we have enjoyed sharing our favourite books with each other. The morning class met up with their buddies for a special storytime session. Many of us dressed us as our favourite characters.

Monday 28th February

This week we are continuing to look for signs of Spring and share these with the class. We would appreciate if you could bring in a few snowdrops or other spring flowers if they are growing in your garden.

The children thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and more children will have the opportunity to re tell the story to the class using the puppets this week. They will also be able to act out the story using the props they found and made. Several of the children were interested in learning more about the harp in Jack’s story so we will be listening to harp music and finding out how stringed instruments work. The children can then make their own instruments if they wish.

We will be finding out how to grow our own beans and what they need in order to survive. In addition to growing broad beans we will also be growing cress for our sandwiches. Our Scottish café is now a sandwich shop. The children will be practising their spreading skills further by making sandwiches in the café and serving them to their classmates for snack.

Last week some of the children were fascinated to find out their height and were particularly proud if they were higher then 100! This week we will be exploring and comparing height further.  The children will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of measure throughout the nursery through a range of games and activities.

The morning class have ICT with their buddies on Monday. On Tuesday the morning class have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class have PE on Friday morning.

Friday 25th February

Both classes had lots of fun during their Enjoy-a-Ball taster sessions with Claire. The children have also enjoyed reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week. The morning class  particularly like Daniel’s version. Hopefully some children might act out the story using the the props they have found and made!

MONDAY 21st FEBRUARY

Welcome back!  We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  If you wish to add photos or achievements from your child’s holidays to their Learning Story please do.

For the rest of this term we will be learning about Spring. Through this topic we will planting and growing own own seeds and flowers to help us become aware of how things grow and change and what they need in order to thrive. We will explore the Easter Story, develop our measuring skills and will create a range of artwork inspired by spring. As part of a mini enterprise project we are hoping to grow and sell our own plants and create a ‘Garden Centre’. However our plans may change according to the children’s interests.

This week we are beginning our new topic by thinking about and looking for signs of Spring in our local environment. Perhaps you have buds popping through in your garden and your child could share this with us. We will also be reading Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will have the opportunity to retell and act out this story independently.

We will be developing our knowledge and understanding of measure throughout the nursery through a range of games and activities. The children will be recording their height and comparing the size of their hands and feet.

The morning class have ICT with their buddies on Monday. As well as developing their skills using the laptops the children will be learning to use the camera.

On Tuesday the morning class will continue to have PE with Mrs Sellwood and the afternoon class will have PE on Friday morning. On Thursday Claire from Enjoy-a-ball is providing a taster session for both classes.

During snack this week we are practising our spreading skills. You may wish to reinforce this skill at home.

Friday 11th February

This morning the children had lots of fun learning to Highland dance with Louise Collie. Some of the children even got to wear Louise’s kilt and shoes!

Thursday 10 February

Fraser came to the Nursery this morning. We had lots of fun learning about his bagpipes and the special clothes he wears. It was lots of fun when we marched and danced to his music. It was very loud!

Monday 7th February

It is the last week of our topic on Scotland. Throughout the week the children will have the opportunity to share their favourite aspects of the topic by performing their favourite songs, rhymes, dances and stories.  They may wish to record their performances using the flipcams and microphones.

Fraser the piper is coming to our Nursery to show us what bagpipes are and how to play them. Unfortunately Louise had to cancel the Highland Dancing session with the Afternoon Class last week but will be working with the children this Friday morning. The morning class had a wonderful time and Louise is hoping to come back next term and teach us sword dancing!

The children had lots of fun last week retelling the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’ in Scots. They enjoyed creating houses for the pigs too. We will be learning about construction more in the sand and gluing areas and the children will have the opportunity to use clay.

This week we are learning the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three bears’ in Scots. Through this story the children will learn about measure too.

In the water tray we are carrying out experiments to help us learn about floating and sinking.

The morning class have ICT on Monday morning with their Primary 6/7 buddies. They are learning how to create animations.  They also have gym with our PE specialist, Mrs Sellwood on Tuesday morning.

We hope you all have a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 21st February.

Wednesday 1st January

This morning the Pre School children had great fun learning  about Highland dancing with Louise Collie. She showed us the special clothes that Highland dancers wear and we learned some dances.

Monday 31st January

This week we will be continuing to learn about our capital town of Edinburgh and how we can get there.  Through the Katie Morag stories we will learn what it is like to live on an island and compare it with our lives.

The children are enjoying playing in the Scottish café. They have been using menus to order food and have enjoyed creating different Scottish foods in the kitchen. This week we will explore paying for our food in the cafe. We also have a ‘Scottish museum’ in our Nursery. The children can visit the museum or can undertake the role of tour guide!

At the games area we are learning about patterns and the properties of 2D shapes.

The children will have the opportunity to recite their favourite Scottish rhymes and songs. We will be using the flipcams and microphones to record our performances (if the children want to).

On Wednesday and Friday Louise Collie, a local dance teacher is coming to visit the nursery. She is going to teach us some Highland dancing. We are also hoping to have a visit from a piper.

The morning class have ICT on Monday morning and gym with our PE specialist, Mrs Sellwood on Tuesday morning.

Thursday 27th January

On Tuesday the children enjoyed learning about Robert Burns. All the children tasted Haggis Neeps and Tatties – some even ate it all!

On Wednesday some of the children made Flapjack for snack which we ate today. It was delicious!

A popular activitity this week has been finger knitting. Some of the children went to show Mrs Nastszczuk their bracelets and she was very impressed . A couple of children even requested that they do knitting with sticks but I think we need to practise a little more.

We have also enjoyed playing in our Scottish Cafe and finding out and adding information to our Scottish museum.

Below is a selection of photographs from our week.

Monday 24th January

This week we are learning about Robert Burns.  On Tuesday we are celebrating his birthday by having a special snack – Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and will ‘toast’ his birthday. Hopefully some of the children will volunteer to recite a Scots poem or sing a song at snack time. We will not be having a party as we intend to have a special tartan event at the end of our topic which the children will plan.

This week we will be discussing what’s in our Capital town of Edinburgh and what we like to do.  Our role play area has been changed into a Scottish café.

We will be making Flapjack on Wednesday and throughout the week the children will taste a range of Scottish foods.

At the games area we are continuing to learn about patterns and the properties of 2D shapes. Several of the children were using magnets to search for buried treasure last week. We will explore the properties of materials further this week.

In the art area the children will have the opportunity to create pictures using Scottish colours.

The morning class have ICT on Monday morning and gym with our PE specialist, Mrs Sellwood on Tuesday morning. They will be focussing on rolling in gymnastics. The afternoon class will be developing their balancing and climbing skills on Friday mornings.

On Thursday the school photographer is coming to the school to take class photographs.

Friday 21st January

The children are enjoying learning about Scotland. The morning class, after reading the storybook ‘Argyle’, liked finding out how wool is made. Mrs Nastszczuk, the primary 5 class teacher, shared her amazing knitting skills with the children. The morning class also had a great time learning to use the laptops with their Primary 6/7 buddies.

On Wednesday I brought my accordion in so both classes could see what it looked liked. They sang and danced to the music although I was very rusty! If you know of any bagpipe players, fiddle players or Highland dancers please let us know.

Outside the children have enjoyed clearing up all the garden rubbish, playing with the wheels and equipment and making the  ‘Flying Scotsman’.

Below is a selection of photos from the week.

Monday 17.1.11

The children had lots of fun last week learning some traditional Scottish words. This week we will be exploring letters of the alphabet and learning more Scottish words through the book ‘Animal ABC’ by Susan Rennie. We will also be reading a range of Scottish books such as ‘Katie’s Moose’ and we will be finding out additional information about Scottish animals. The children will continue learning familiar Scottish songs and rhymes such as, ‘Oh ye cannae shove yer grannie off a bus’,  ‘The three craws’, ‘Ally Bally Bee’ and ‘Wee Willie Winkie’. They will have the opportunity to listen to and dance to Scottish music. This week we will be learning about the accordion.

In Maths we are continuing to learn about patterns and shapes. In the creative area the children will have the opportunity to plan, design and create their own tartan. We will be looking at family tartans and we will be learning about how it is made.

For snack we will be preparing and tasting a range of delicious Scottish foods.

The morning class will have ICT lessons on Monday. We will be using the laptops and working with Primary 6 buddies. Initially we will be learning to log on and use the tools in Kidspix.  The morning class also have gymnastics with Mrs Sellwood on Tuesday morning. The afternoon class will be developing their balancing and climbing skills on Friday morning.

Monday 10.1.11

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Thank you for the cards and gifts. It was extremely kind and generous.

We are beginning the New Year by launching straight into our new topic. This term we will be learning all about where we stay – Scotland. This week we will find out where Scotland is and what it looks like on a map. We will be discussing the numbers on our house doors and sharing what we like to do in the local area.

In language, as well as reading popular Scottish stories, we will begin learning a few familiar songs and rhymes in Scots such as ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ and we will learn to count in Scots.

In the creative area the children will have the opportunity to create houses and Scottish flags.

For snack we will be preparing and tasting a range of Scottish foods.

The morning class will have gym with our PE specialist, Mrs Sellwood on Tuesday mornings. This term they will be focussing on gymnastics. The afternoon class will continue to have PE on Friday mornings and they will be developing their balancing and climbing skills.

We are introducing ‘Special People’ of the week this term. Further information will be given when it is your child’s turn.

Further information regarding our new topic can be found in the school newsletter. Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff if you have any queries or concerns.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Many thanks for all the gifts and cards. It was extremely kind. The final week of term was very hectic but fun! Please enjoy looking at the photos below.

MONDAY 20th DECEMBER

We have a busy final week. The children are continuing to enjoy re-telling the Christmas story and will have the opportunity to do this again this week. We have  set up Santa’s sleigh. The children can be Santa or one of his many reindeers and create their own Christmas stories.

The children will continue to learn about shape by creating more Christmas decorations and artwork. They can also play different Christmas games and puzzles.

On Tuesday we are all heading to Campie for the Stickykids Christmas Show. We will then come back to our Nursery for a Festive snack.

On Wednesday we will be baking and preparing for our Christmas party. We will also be cleaning our toys and equipment for the New Year.

On Thursday it’s our Christmas Party. The session will run from 9.00-11.50. There will be lots of dancing, games, singing and delicious party food! Santa will be making a special visit to our Nursery and parents are welcome to come into the room at 11.45.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Parents and Carers for their help and support this year. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and holiday and look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.

The Nursery Team

Thursday 16.12.10

The children have had a lot of fun this week acting out the Christmas Story. The afternoon class had a visit from the School Minister Yvonne Atkins. She was delighted when the children helped her tell the story.

The Nursery is now looking very festive. The children enjoyed creating handprinted Christmas trees and Christmas cards. Their favourite activitiy was designing their own Christmas present paper.

After reading ‘Sssh Santa’ by Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes, several children made their own ‘Stop Here Santa’ signs so Santa would remember to stop at their house.

Throughout the week the children have enjoyed different Christmas starters for snack. Many children thought grapes, melon and lettuce with mint sauce was delicious.

In gym they enjoyed practising and sharing their dancing skills. They enjoyed dancing on the stage. They are very excited about their Christmas party.

STICKY KIDS PERFORMANCE

Due to the school being closed several children have not paid for the Sticky Kids Christmas performance on Tuesday 21st December. We would appreciate if you could hand in £2.75 in a clearly labelled sealed envelope by Wednesday 15th December.

AM CLASS

Thank you to parents/ carers who have already volunteered to accompany us. We still require more volunteers. If you are free please speak to a member of staff.

PM CLASS

All afternoon session children must be accompanied by an adult/carer. There will be no afternoon session on Tuesday 21st December.

MONDAY 13th DECEMBER

Last week the children had lots of fun learning the Christmas Story. Our role play area has been converted to a stable and this week the children will have the opportunity to re-tell the story independently by undertaking the roles of different characters from the Christmas story. They will also be able to use small world characters and Christmas puppets to re-tell the story too. We will be practising Christmas songs which accompany our Nativity. It would be helpful if you could practise singing the first verse of ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘Away In A Manger’ with your child at home too.

Throughout the Nursery the children will continue to have the opportunity to develop their understanding of number, patterns and shape. We will be focussing on 2D shape and size by creating a range of Christmas decorations.

We will be talking about Father Christmas and reading a selection of Christmas stories. At the writing table the children will have the opportunity to use catalogues to create wish lists/ letters for Santa (unfortunately we didn’t manage this last week!). A fireplace has been created in our home corner and the Christmas Tree has been decorated by the children. Hopefully Santa won’t get stuck in the chimney!

We hope to play outdoors this week.  Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.

The morning class have PE on Wednesday and the afternoon class have PE on Friday. We will be practising dances for our Christmas fun morning.

FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER

It was great to see the children again. This week they have been fascinated by the Christmas story. Each day they learned a little bit of the story by dressing up and taking on the roles of the different characters. By the end of the week they acted out the whole story. They have been also learning different songs to accompany their Nativity. If you have time you could sing the first verses of ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘Away in a Manger’ with your child at home.

Hopefully the snow will melt over the weekend and all children will manage to make it back to Nursery next week.

MONDAY 6th DECEMBER

We hope you all had lots of fun playing in the snow last week. We look forward to hearing your child’s stories about their adventures in the snow. Please bring in any photographs or pictures.

This week we are learning the Christmas Story.  We will start by learning about Bethlehem. We will become aware of some of the differences between now and 2000 yrs ago through discussion and drama. We will be learning different Christmas songs to accompany the Christmas Story.  ‘Little Donkey’, ‘Rat a tat tat’ and ‘Away in a Manger’ are the songs we are planning to learn this week.

Throughout the Nursery the children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of number, patterns and shape . We will be exploring cold colours and the children will be able to create different Winter pictures and decorations. We will be focussing on cutting skills by creating snowflakes and using catalogues to create wish lists/ letters for Santa.

Outside (if we still have snow!) we will be exploring the properties of ice. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately.

The morning class have PE on Wednesday and the afternoon have PE on Friday. We will be continuing to practise our ball skills.

Monday 29th November 2010

We are continuing our focus on the importance of sleep and relaxation.

On Tuesday it is St Andrews day. We will be finding out about St Andrew and the Scottish flag and throughout the week we will be having a range of Scottish foods for snack. More children will have the opportunity to make shortbread

On Wednesday we will begin learning the Christmas Story.  We will start by learning about Bethlehem. We will become aware of some of the differences between now and 2000 yrs ago through discussion and drama.

Throughout the Nursery the children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of number and patterns. We will be exploring cold colours and the children will have the opportunity to create hats, scarves and gloves for the frosty weather.

Thursday 25th November 2010

This week has flown in! Thank you for supporting the library visit. It was great to see so many children join the library.

The morning class have particularly enjoyed making dreamcatchers this week and we promise to continue this activity next week to give everyone the chance to make one. Another favourite activity was making hand pictures and writing letters in the blue gloop.

Thanks to Jenna, Aaron and Holly in the morning class and Coral, Katie and Jack in the afternoon class we had delicious shortbread for snack. It was so tasty that other children have requested we make it again next week!

MONDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2010

This week we are looking forward to a special storytime session and a tour of the local library. Thank you for helping make this trip possible.

We are beginning the week by learning about what will happen to the money we raised for Children In Need. We had a great time raising money for this very important Charity. Thank you for your support.

Throughout the week we will be focussing on the importance of sleep (unfortunately we did not have time to cover this last week). We will learn why sleep is essential and what we can do if we can’t manage to sleep. We will be listening  and responding to relaxing music, learning lullabies and participating in yoga sessions. We will also be making dreamcatchers.

We are continuing to learn about patterns and sequences throughout the Nursery. We will finish our pyjama and duvet cover patterns to make a frieze of the number rhyme/song ‘Ten in a bed’. This will help us identify and sequence numbers too.

For snack we will be having a selection of favourite snacks and we will be baking shortbread on Tuesday.

It is now very cold outside and we would appreciate if you could ensure your child has a hat and gloves for outdoor play.  The pre school children (morning session) have PE on Wednesday and the ante pre school children (afternoon session) have PE on Friday.

Friday 19th November

The ante pre school children had a fun filled end to their week. They wore their pyjamas to Nursery and participated in a range of Pudsey games. They particularly enjoyed our candlelit story session.

Thursday 18th November

The morning session had a great time raising money for Children In Need today. They went on a lantern walk to the different classes in the school and explained why they were dressed in their pyjamas. The teachers were very impressed because the children were able to explain clearly who Children in Need helps. Hopefully we have encouraged  other classes in the school to raise money too!

Many of the children also enjoyed being transformed into Pudsey bear by having their face painted. Other children made Pudsey bandages with spotty patterns.

The children participated in a meditation session and played Pudsey games too. The moon and star biscuits were delicious. Well done bakers!

Tuesday 16th November

It was very exciting in the Nursery today. The local fire brigade came. We learned that firemen and women don’t just put out fires. We also learned all about the different parts of the fire engine. All of us were given the opportunity to sit inside the engine. Some of us even used the fireman’s radio to send messages. At the end the firemen put on the lights and the siren. It was very loud and we had to cover our ears. Lots of us now want to be firemen and firewomen!

Monday 15th November

Today Mrs Fayaaz (Junaid’s mum) came in to nursery to talk to us about Hajj. We learned that many Muslims travel to Makkah each year. In Makkah there is a special  stone building called the Kaaba. At the Kaaba Muslims pray for forgiveness and make special wishes. We thought of special wishes we could make. Mrs Fayyaz brought lots of photographs for us to see. The end of Hajj is marked by the festival Eid al Adha. Junaid is having a special party with his friends and family on Wednesday.

The boys and girls particularly liked looking at the pictures of Mosques. Perhaps we will visit the Mosque in Edinburgh next term.

Monday 15th November

We have a very busy week in the Nursery. On Monday Junaid’s mum is coming to talk to the morning session about Hajj. Hajj is an important Islamic festival which Junaid and his family are currently celebrating.

On Tuesday the local fire station are visiting both the morning and afternoon children. They will be teaching us about fire safety and giving us a tour of their fire engine.

Throughout the week we are focussing on night time.  As well as learning more about nocturnal animals we are learning about the importance of sleep. We are making dreamcatchers and designing our own pyjamas. In the baking area we are making star and moon biscuits

We are also continuing to learn about patterns and sequences throughout the Nursery.

Last week we discussed our fears during our Circle Time session. This week we are sharing what makes us angry and discussing useful strategies for dealing with our anger.

At the end of the week the children have been invited to wear their pyjamas and donate a pound to ‘Children In Need’. We will be learning about this important Charity and participating in a range of Pudsey fun filled activities.

GYM SESSIONS

The morning session have PE on Wednesday and the afternoon session have PE on Friday mornings.

FRIDAY 12th NOVEMBER

The children had a great time at Newhailes and enjoyed sharing what they had learned on their walk with Hannah the Ranger. Thank you for making this trip possible.

On Wednesday PC Smith brought his Police Van to the morning session. His loud siren made us jump! Most of us climbed into the ‘cage’ but we were relieved when the back doors remained open.

MONDAY 8th NOVEMBER

This is a summary of what the children will be learning this week. Please remember activities may change according to the children’s needs and interests.

Last week the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and will have further opportunities to re-enact the story this week in the Houses of Parliament Nursery cellar.

When we visit Newhailes on Tuesday and Thursday Hannah the Ranger will be helping us learn more about hibernation and how different creatures at Newhailes survive winter. As well as learning about Owls we will be re-capping what we have learned about Bats and some of the children will be writing a letter to the Scottish SPCA to accompany the money we raised at our Bat Ball. Thank you once again for your kind donations. We managed to raise £20.64.

We will be reading the story of ‘The Owl Babies’. Through this story we will discuss our fears and what we can do when we feel frightened.

Throughout the Nursery the children will have the opportunity to create their own woodland animal stories. We will continue to focus on dark colours by painting, gluing and drawing using a range of dark media. The children can also develop their weaving skills using resources from Newhailes

In the games area the children are exploring and creating different patterns and sequences.

Friday 5th November

The children have had a fantastic week learning about the story of Guy Fawkes and re-enacting the story. At the end of the week they learned all about fire safety when watching and discussing Mrs Banks create, manage and put out our nursery mini bonfire. Although many of us didn’t like the look of our baked bananas most of thought they were delicious. We particularly enjoyed our hot chocolate and some of the children created their own imaginary hot chocolate in the water tray!

On Wednesday the Pre school children had a special visitor, PC Smith. He told us all about his uniform and what he does. He is hoping to come back with his van soon. The children listened particularly well and asked lots of interesting questions.

We hope you all have safe and enjoyable Fireworks evening. Hopefully the fireworks are as colourful and creative as the children’s paintings!

Monday 1st November

At Parents Evening parents suggested ‘What are we learning this week’? should be posted on our website aswell as on our Noticeboard as grandparents and carers often pick up children. Below is a summary of what we intend to focus on but activities will often change daily according to the children’s interests and needs.

REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER!

This week we are learning all about Guy Fawkes. We will find out who he was and why we have fireworks night. When we have learned the story of Guy Fawkes the children will have the opportunity to retell or act the story out using different props from the Nursery. They will also have the opportunity to create firework pictures using paint, collage and chalk. We will be focussing on fire safety too. We will be making our own Bonfire and will cook snack on our Bonfire.

Understandably it is an extremely busy time for the Fire Brigade to visit our Nursery this week but we have arranged for the local fire service to visit both the morning and afternoon session on Tuesday 16th November.

PC Smith, our Community Police Officer is working with classes in our school on Wednesday morning and will meet the Pre School children. Unfortunately he is unable to stay for our afternoon session. As soon as we have confirmed an alternative date we will let you know.

The children are enjoying learning about our new topic ‘Creatures in the wood’ through the different areas of the Nursery. They had great fun at our Bat Ball last week. Thank you for supporting our Fundraiser.

Friday 29th October

We have had a great start to the new term. It was lovely to see the children again and to hear all about what they had been doing in the holidays.

We started our new topic ‘Creatures in the wood’ by learning lots of interesting facts about bats. The children  had fun making bat masks and drawing pictures of bats. Some of the children created super stories in the wet sand tray with the bats and spiders while others made black soup using the funnels and cauldrons. In the baking area the children made delicious bat biscuits. In the games area the children were playing number sequence games and solving Halloween and woodland animal jigsaws.

It was great to see so many children in fancy dress for the bat balls on Thursday and Friday. At the bat balls the children enjoyed playing ‘bat, bat, spider’, musical bumps and a range of other games. For snack they enjoyed their bat biscuits and blood juice with berries. Thank you for helping us raise money for the Scottish SPCA. We will let you know how much we have raised as soon as we have calculated the final total. We are looking forward to seeing the children ‘back to normal’ on Monday!

Friday 15th October

This week we have been learning all about our tastebuds. For snack we tried bitter, sweet, sour and salty foods. The Pre School children drew diagrams to show where their different tastebuds were. Their favourite snack was our class hedgehog cake . Isla and Joel went to our local Coop store to buy the ingredients. Tino and Daniel had great fun making the cake. I think their clothes enjoyed the chocolate too! Please ask if you would like a cope of the recipe. The ante pre school children made hedgehog crispies. They were delicious too.

This week we also enjoyed learning about hedgehog homes and what hedgehogs like to eat. We also had great fun practising our shooting skills outside, planting bulbs and hunting for worms. The obstacle course was great fun too.

This week the ante pre school children particularly enjoyed listening to the story of the Gruffalo. They used the percussion instruments to accompany the story. They then acted out the story and painted some fantastic Gruffalos.

We have had a really enjoyable first term and have really enjoyed working with your children. We hope you have a relaxing holiday and look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 27th October. (I’m having difficulty uploading the pictures and will add additional pictures as soon as possible)

Thursday 7th October

The children have had great fun exploring their sense of smell this week. The Pre School children have been impressing the teachers by using big words like mucus to explain how their sense of smell works! Mrs Banks, Mrs Tickell and the Nursery children had great fun watching Miss Craig try to guess Gabriella’s smell. Well done for adding to our Smellory zone Gabriella. I’m so glad you gave me clues and I now know it was dog food!

We have also had fun making spiky hedgehogs with our hands. It was tricky cutting out our handprints. Next week we are going to find out more about hedgehogs and make hedgehog nests.

In the Snack area we were practising our chopping skills. We made soup and pizza. You can see in the pictures the children were concentrating very hard!

Outdoors we had great fun. Our favourite activities this week were finding minibeasts, designing and undertaking a tricky obstacle course and playing with the small world.

Thursday 29th October

The Ante Pre School children have had a busy week exploring their senses and learning about Autumn. This week we have been focusing on sound. One of our favourite games was sound lotto. Today Eoin and Tariq helped make scrambled eggs for our snack. It was very tasty!

Wednesday 29th September

Today the Pre School children had a very exciting morning. We got our pictures taken by the school photographer. Eli Drake from Queen Margaret University also came to the Nursery to talk to us about what sound is. She helped us understand how our ear works. We carried out different experiments.

Friday 24th September

We had a great start to our week. On Tuesday morning, as part of our Senses topic, Gabriella’s mum and Rosheen came with two very special visitors. We learned all about sight and guide dogs and played some sight games. It was very interesting and fun.   We explored our other senses throughout the nursery. We investigated all the natural objects we collected from Newhailes in the rustle tray and thought of clever words to describe what they looked like, how they felt and sounded. We used the woodland objects to create a range of autumn collages and paintings.

Some of the children worked particularly well together to create a Honda Garage.

We have enjoyed tasting different healthy breakfasts for snack. The children’s favourite snack was their  ‘homemade’ muesli with a variety of dried fruit.

This week we have had great fun learning outdoors. Thursday was our favourite day because it was raining. Unfortunately I have had difficulty uploading photos from this week – I will add more as soon as possible.

Thursday 19th September

The highlight of our week in the Nursery was our sensory walk at Newhailes with the local Rangers. We explored sight by spotting objects in the environment which matched the different colours of the rainbow. To investigate touch we had to collect objects with specific properties such as jaggy and dry. Interesting smells were made by collecting and mixing different ingredients from Newhailes. Although the wind was extremely strong we used our good listening skills to identify different sounds. We hope all helpers had a great time too! Thank you for coming along and supporting this trip.

Friday 10th September

This week the children began their new topic Senses by learning about parts of their body and exploring touch. We learned the importance of washing our hands and practised how to wash our hands properly. Throughout the nursery there was a range of different materials for the children to feel and describe. They had great fun exploring the properties of yellow gloop in the water tray. The children also had to guess mystery objects in the feely bags. For snack they enjoyed a range of finger foods such as ‘ants in their bed!

Our focus colour this week was yellow. In the art area the children painted and used collage to create fantastic sunflowers. In Maths they continued their work on number by playing a range of number games and puzzles. We also began to sequence events.

On Thursday the Pre-school children had a wonderful dance session with Alpha dance. They had great fun moving to different beats and using different parts of their body. The anti pre school children will experience this dance session later in the year.

FRIDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER

The children have settled in well and are becoming familiar with our class Nursery rules and routines. This week we have been creating our nursery rules through Julia Donaldson’s ‘Sharing a Shell’. We have also been exploring summer and sharing our summer holiday experiences. The children have enjoyed playing in the campsite, constructing trains and aeroplanes, writing postcards and summer stories and creating summer art. We have also been focussing on the nursery ryhme, ‘One, two, three, four, five.. Once I caught a fish alive’.

On Tuesday the Pre School children enjoyed their first session with our gym specialist Mrs Sellwood. They explored space and different ways of moving. This morning the Ante Pre School children ventured into the gym for the first time. They became familar with the large hall and explored different ways of travelling.

Thank you for completing the ‘All about me’ booklets. They were very insightful. We would also like to thank parents who have supplied boxes of tissues. We are running low on junk and would appreciate any donations.

2 thoughts on “Nursery”

  1. I have really enjoyed reading what the children have we been learning this week. Luca and I read and look at the website together. It is really good to discuss the topics with Luca and Luca enjoys telling me about what he has been learning. Great to see photos too.
    Nicola (Lucas Mum – a.m nursery class)

  2. Just wanted to say how lovely it is to see all the photos of the children on the website and to hear what they have all been up to it’s great that it is kept so up to date. It looks like they have great fun. Georgia looks forward to looking at all the photos too. Thanks

    Joanne(Georgia’s Mum)- Nursery AM

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