Nursery Diary

Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th June

This week in maths we will be exploring symmetry as we watch our butterflies emerge from their cocoons. We will be making symmetrical pictures by folding and experimenting with mirrors.

In literacy we will be exploring mays of making marks with different materials. We have turned our outdoor wendy house into a literacy shed, with lots of resources from pencils to bingo dabbers! We will be encouraging children to write and make marks across the nursery.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus will be on managing our feelings as we approach a time of change. For the preschool children, this is starting school, and for our younger children, this is having a very long holiday from nursery. We will talk about things that make us feel excited and things that might make us feel worried. We will discuss ways of dealing with this and who can help us.

In science we will be exploring our senses as we play and learn around the nursery. There will be lots of interesting things to see, touch, taste, feel and smell!

Keeping Myself Safe – Reverse the Charges

Neat telephone boxThis morning P6 were discussing a story from the Keeping Myself Safe work called The Skate Park.  In the scenario the boy’s phone is broken and he really needs to contact his parents.  Later on his sister tells him “There are other ways to phone!” but doesn’t go into detail.  So we found out more!

This website explains how to make a reverse charge phone call.  It could be a very useful thing for children to know if they run out of credit on their phone, or it gets lost or damaged.  The class discussed it this morning and we even listened to a call.  It costs £6 to accept the call (!) but we agreed that as an emergency measure it would be worth it.

Please find time to discuss this with them and…help them to learn your phone number off by heart!

P1 – Come and see our talking boxes! 26.05.16

P 1 Parents and Carers,


We have really enjoyed hearing about your children’s talking boxes. They talked about so many fantastic things; things they do in their free time, places they have visited nearby and their holidays. Now they would like to tell you about some of the talks they listened to.

We invite you to come and see all the children’s talking boxes on Thursday 26th May at 2:30pm.

We hope you will be able to pop in to hear about all the things our children enjoy doing outside school.

Please come in the through the P1 entrance, where you normally drop off and pick up your children.

Thank you for your support

Miss Hall, Mrs Sawers and Mr Bennett

Parent Council AGM

The next Queensferry primary school parent council meeting (which will be the AGM) takes place on Thursday 24th May at 630pm.

Any parent is welcome to come along to parent council meetings which usually take place once a term and are designed to;

  • Provide a voice for parents, in schools and in their local authority, on issues that are important to them and their children
  • Help the school to understand how to most effectively involve parents in their children’s learning and in the life of the school
  • Support the school and headteacher in developing strong home/school partnerships
  • Support the school in its development and improvement, and in understanding and making links with the wider community
  • Capture the unique and varied skills, interests, knowledge and experience that parents can offer.

The following table lists the current members of the parent council and which year groups they represent.

Name Years Represented
Claire Whyte (Chair) P1, P4 and P7
Alex Kant (Treasurer & Vice Chair) P6
Anne-Marie Appleby P1 and P5
Fiona Bekkout P5
Helena Dolan P2 and P4
Katrina Closier P2
Louise Wilson P3 and P5
Kenny Morrison P5 and P7
Scott Boyd P3
Tim Hall P2 and P6

Parent council meetings are currently scheduled for the following dates over the coming 12 months;

  • Wednesday 14 September 2016
  • Tuesday 15 November 2016
  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017

Meetings start at 6.30pm until 8pm.

Links to the minutes of previous meetings can be found below:If you would like any matters raised at the parent council, please feel free to contact any of the members listed above, alternatively feel free to come along yourself!

Parent Council Minutes 24 Feb 2015

Parent Council Minutes 19 May 2015

Parent Council Minutes September 2015

Parent Council Minutes November 2015

Parent Council Minutes March 2016


Primary 5B Non-Fiction Reading


Primary 5B have been sharing their non-fiction homework over the past few weeks. Here are a few examples of different types of homework.

Jessica making soda bread for her UK talk

Molly discussing Facts and Opinions with herself.

Grace sharing gymnastics facts in a unique way.

Noah and Marcus creating non-fiction diagrams from what they have read.


Nursery Diary

Friday 13th – Thursday 19th May

This week in maths we are extending our money focus by setting up a shop for role play. We have also had a ticket office outside selling tickets for the mud kitchen! We are using real coins as far as possible to help the children to recognise them. The children have been making their own signs and price labels and have been deciding what to sell. Our SEAL focus is on counting movements (chops, stamps, claps).

In literacy we are focusing on developing listening and talking skills around the nursery, as well as awareness of print and phonics for our children moving on to school. We are providing opportunities to write, build words and recognise letters across the nursery. Look out for our ‘talking table’ which will provide an object or picture to stimulate discussion.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus is looking at our emotions. For preschool children this is in talking about feelings around change and moving on, while for our younger children it is more general discussion around identofying our emotions.

In other areas of the curriculum we are continuing to explore growth and life cycles. We should have some caterpillars joining us this week to support us in exploring the life cycle of butterflies. We have already investigated frogs and tadpoles.

We are VERY short of junk for junk modelling. Please bring in any boxes, tubs, tubes etc. that you would normally put into your recycling bin. Many thanks!

P1 are measuring up!

This week we are learning about the different ways we can measure all the things around us. It would be great if the children could think about measure at home too.



We will be learning to use scales to find out how many blocks different things weigh. We are also using the words heavier and lighter and spotting the numbers on packets of food to find out how much they weigh.

Maybe you could talk about weight when you visit the supermarket or when you’re making dinner?


We are using blocks to find out how large different spaces are. We are using the words larger area and smaller area to describe the size of flat objects.

You could talk about the area of anything flat, i.e. the size of plates, paper, posters.


We are using all sorts of ways (hands, feet, paper clips and straws) to measure, and describing length using the words long and short. We are thinking about why we don’t always get the same answers as each other and why we need standard units such as cm and m.

You could talk about the length of their food over supper. Hopefully after a few chomps their green beans won’t be so long anymore!

Volume and Capacity 

We are finding out how many cupfuls we need to fill different containers and using the words more and less.

Maybe think about how much juice or water they need to fill different glasses, or even how many cupfuls they need to fill a vase for that beautiful bunch of flowers they picked from the garden for you!

Nursery Diary

Friday 29th April -Friday 6th May
A massive thanks to all of have pledged some time to help with various tasks around the nursery. We are so grateful for all of the offers of support. If you haven’t offered but would like to, please just let us know!

It’s a very short week this week! Remember that nursery is closed on Monday and Thursday this week. We will be finishing off our work around Jack and the Beanstalk:

-Acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using props.
– Learning about money and identifying coins (linking to Jack selling his cow).
-Tasting different types of beans and growing our own.
-Discussing how we can get help if we need it
-Looking at the work of illustrators and discussing our thoughts on different pictures of Jack and the giant.
-Sorting some magic beans.
-Playing the ‘beans’ game (this is lots of fun – we can teach you about it!).

We are continuing to welcome the children and staff from Craigroyston nursery. We are enjoying getting to know them all and having them in our sessions. Our children have been very welcoming and friendly.

We are VERY short of junk for junk modelling. Please bring in any boxes, tubs, tubes etc. that you would normally put into your recycling bin. Many thanks!