Nursery New Year

Friday 13th – Friday 20th January 2017
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We would like to thank all of our families for their thoughtful Christmas gifts for our staff and helpers. We hope that you all had a lovely festive season and holiday.

During our first week back, we spent time talking with the children and observing their play in order to inform our plan for the coming week.
In Literacy both classes will be investigating mark-making. For some children, this will be exploring writing letters and words. For others, it will simply be using a range of materials to make marks on paper and other surfaces. We will encourage each child to work on these skills at their own level.

In Numeracy, both classes will spend the week revisiting our focus on numbers – counting, recognising, discussing and ordering. We encourage the children to start counting from zero to help them to understand the concept.

In Health and Wellbeing, the North class will be exploring the tasks required to look after a baby, in response to an interest shown by some of the children.
The South class will be welcoming 10 new children, and the North will be welcoming 6 in the coming week, and so will be thinking about making new friends and helping others to feel welcome.

In the wider curriculum, the children have shown a lot of interest in imaginative play, so in both classes we will be helping them to extend their knowledge and understanding of how they can use their voice and movement in drama activities.

Nursery Diary

Friday 9th – Thursday 15th December
Our Nativity Performance is (almost) ready to go! This week we will be looking at costumes and will have 2 practices on the stage in school. The children have been doing a fantastic job of remembering what to do!

In Maths we will be continuing to explore money, as we buy and sell things in role play opportunities, linking to the use of stamps for sending letters and parcels.

In literacy we will be adding to our writing floorbook, exploring writing cards and letters to Santa, and posting them in our Christmas post box.

In Health and Wellbeing we will be thinking about health and hygiene. We will be learning about how to use our new toilet facilities, the importance of washing our hands and brushing our teeth.
We will have the opportunity to retell the Nativity story through play in our stable setting in the middle room. We will begin learning our dances for the Nativity performance and continue to work on our songs and stage directions.

Nursery Diary

Friday 11th – Thursday 17th November

In Literacy, both classes have really enjoyed exploring rhyme. We will be continuing this for the next week, investigating words that rhyme and exploring our favourite rhymes and stories.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be focusing on counting on and back (e.g. the adult will count to 5, and the children count on or back from this point).

Both classes will be continuing to explore time, linking this to patterns of daily life and looking at clocks and how we use them.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus across the nursery will continue to be on understanding positive aspects of friendship, and knowing who they can go to for help or support. Both classes have started a Talking and Thinking Floor Book on this topic. Please feel free to have a look!

Neil from Rugby Tots is keen to start a class in Queensferry. We are exploring whether this could be offered within the nursery day. Please watch this space!

The North class will be extending the childrens’ current interest in forces, using magnets. The South class will be exploring art activities, drawing on experiences from across the curriculum.

* Children in Need Teddy Bears’ Picnic – South class on Thursday afternoon, North on Friday morning. (apologies for mix up over dates!)

Nursery Diary

Friday 4th – Friday 11th November

In Literacy, both classes will be focusing on Rhyme for World Nursery Rhyme Week this week. We will be reading rhyming stories, poems and songs as well as looking at traditional nursery rhymes.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be focusing on counting within 10, forwards and backwards,starting and stopping at different points.

Both classes will be continuing to look at time in maths, linking daily events in our lives and seasonal changes to the changing of the clocks. Some children in the North Nursery have been interested in weighing, so they will continue to have opportunities to investigate this through play.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus across the nursery will be on understanding positive aspects of friendship, and knowing who they can go to for help or support. We will be starting a talking and thinking floorbook for this to encourage children to share their thoughts and ideas.

Our Science focus is on exploring the sky, identifying the sun, moon and stars and linking this to our time focus in maths. We will be exploring non-fiction texts and discussing our findings.

Nursery Diary

Friday 28th October – Friday 4th November

In Literacy, both classes will be focusing on Rhyme, leading up to World Nursery Rhyme Week from 7th-11th November. We will be reading rhyming stories, poems and songs as well as looking at traditional nursery rhymes.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be focusing on counting within 10, starting and stopping at different points.
Both classes will be beginning to look at time in maths, linking daily events in our lives and seasonal changes to the changing of the clocks. Some children in the North Nursery have been interested in weighing, so they will have opportunities to investigate this through play.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus across the nursery will be on understanding positive aspects of friendship, and knowing who they can go to for help or support. We will look at this through a Circle Time meeting with our key group.

On Tuesday, Neil from Rugby Tots is coming to give us a taster session in the gym hall. Look out for more about this in your child’s Learning Journal.

Our Science focus is on exploring the sky, identofying the sun, moon and starts and linking this to our time focus in maths.

* Our first Parents’ Group meeting will take place this Friday morning in the Parents’ Room at 9am. All welcome!

Nursery Diary

Friday 23rd – Friday 30th September

In Literacy, both classes will be continuing to look at non-fiction texts and media clips, using them to learn about Harvest. They will be encouraged to share what they have learned with others.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be focusing on representing numbers up to 5 with our fingers.
The North class will be beginning to look at shape in maths, naming 2D and 3D shapes and using them in play opportunities.
In the South class, we will be exploring measurement using scales, rules and metre sticks. We will link this to preparation of snack and harvest.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus across the nursery will be on learning where food comes from as we talk and learn about Harvest Time. On Friday, we will join the whole school Harvest Assembly and sing our Harvest song ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’.

Our Social Studies focus is using different types of evidence (media, books, discussion, small wordl play) to find out about the world around us.

* We are accepting donations for the North West Edinburgh Food Bank. Please leave these in the box at the front entrance. Thank you!
*Our MacMillan Coffee morning is on FRIDAY MORNING!

Nursery Diary

Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd September

In Literacy, both classes will be looking at non-fiction texts and media clips, using them to learn about Harvest. They will be encouraged to share what they have learned with others.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be focusing on counting backwards, starting at different points.
The North class will be continuing to focus on pattern by encouraging the children to complete patterns or make their own, beginning to look at the shapes within patterns.
In the South class, the children have enjoyed exploring 2D and 3D shapes and will continue with this in the coming week.

We are delighted to see our new children now nicely settled in to nursery life. To support with rules and routines, we will be encouraging our older children to act as role models, demonstrating routines for snack, handwashing, changing to go outside etc.

*Remember: Monday is a school holiday
*You are invited to stay and play on THURSDAY for any hour of the day.

Nursery Diary

Friday 9th September – Thursday 15th September

Following on from our focus on role play and familiar stories, we will now be encouraging the children to create their own stories through discussion, drama, role play and writing experiences.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be continuing to explore counting forwards and backwards and recognising some numbers.
The North class will be extending their focus on pattern by encouraging the children to complete patterns or make their own.
In the South class, there has been a lot of sorting and matching of shapes, and we will now investigate the names of some 2D and 3D shapes through play.

As our new families continue to settle in, our Health and Wellbeing/RME focus will be on building positive relationships, knowing what is fair/unfair and enjoying being part of the nursery community.

*Can you help to remove our sandpit before the playground is resurfaced? Can you lend us a wheelbarrow? Please let us know!