P.E. Challenges

Hi Boys & Girls, family and friends. I just wanted to wish you all a safe and happy Easter Holiday. I hope that you can make the most of this occasion no matter what the circumstances and StayActiveHealthy&Safe. I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all after the 2week break. It has been a real pleasure hearing and seeing all of your wonderful efforts at staying active. Therefore, I have set you and your household 3 more 60Sec Challenges over the holidays and included this weeks again. Please remember the P.E. grids, these take you through the holiday period. I have also attached a few other Scavenger hunt ideas on the back of Mr Brownlie STEM idea posted today, so please give these all ago. I have also attached ideas for the adults as well. Mr Glass

P.E. Week 2 Update & 60sec Challenges

Morning boys and girls, I hope you are all safe and well. Week 2 P.E. lesson is on Hand Eye Coordination and ball skills, see the clip below. I would like you to try this during your own P.E. lesson if there is time or another part in the day.

Week 2 is also is where Mr Glass would like you to learn something new, from a new task or skill to something you have always wanted to do. I would also like you to remember that there is a lot going on and Mr Glass is only posting ideas and examples of what you could be doing in your spare time or when you want to be active.

I know boys, girls and their families will think of their own ideas and this is awesome, so please don’t overload or do to much. Also you have to learn that your studies come first and I have been so impressed to hear about all your good work with your teacher on seesaw, keep it up.

https://youtu.be/lKXbSbBqqW8

Therefore, Mr Glass has decided to challenge himself to firstly try and touch his toes without bending his legs, therefore he will have to work on his flexibility and stretching over the next 7 days.

Secondly, Mr Glass is also going to attempt how to learn to juggle, this is something Mr Glass has always attempted but sadly never mastered. In doing so Mr Glass is going to watch internet clips on how best to learn how to juggle. Therefore, I would like you to challenge yourself and post your before and after efforts on seesaw, so that Mr Glass can see all of your amazing efforts. I know myself I might not be able to achieve either or both tasks, but what I am hoping for is some improvement. Therefore, I will write a short diary of how my progression has went, with things I have found easy and challenging and I look forward to hearing and seeing your own attempts soon.

Our very own Heather Brownlee active schools coordinator for QPS is working with the rest of her team ActiveSchoolsEdinburgh to create an A-Z of active videos that you can try over the course of the next few weeks. You can access this from their own twitter page https://twitter.com/ActiveSchoolsED Please make sure and have a look and see if it gives you more ideas.

Other Idea this week that Mr Glass would like you to try from our P.E. grid are making shapes, kitchen games, dance (I cannot wait for this myself) Yoga and reading/drawing whilst being active. I have also incorporated a few ideas below to try and help you be creative.

Monday making shapes we can do lots of actives especially fitness related or gymnastics that can help with this. I have thought of playing noughts and crosses. This includes squares, circles and crosses, and you could be as creative as you think from the example below.

Kitchen games can be anything using something that you might find in the kitchen from recycling to actual games themselves. Mr Glass has made his very own throwing box challenge and golf putting challenge but you could think of anything else and be really creative yourselves.

Dance can be anything from aerobics to Fischy music just get up and be active. Mr Glass has decided to do the garden on Wednesday for 1 hour whilst listening to music and dancing whilst he weeds! So challenge yourself to something from dancing and dressing up as your favourite character to attempting the foot shale dance with someone in the family.

On Thursday we have yoga and Mr Glass has made his own unique Yoga YouTube video below. But there are many other ways you can do yoga and I have attached a Disney Frozen link which is 30minutes long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlg052EKMtk&t=407s and I have also a attached a grid that talks about health mind and body.

https://youtu.be/_yN8-TAFzfA

On Friday we have reading or drawing whilst being active, this could be that you’re in a wall sit or plank whilst reading or listening to an audio book, You could be acting out your favourite book whilst moving around the house, for Mr Glass it would be ‘Going on a Bear hunt’ as I would be able to use my imagination. You could also be drawing or attempting a word square and I have attached the below to try and give you some inspiration, but use your imagination and create your own.

This brings us to the weekend, as I said before above and below are just some ideas to keep Active and keep Healthy whilst studying at home. Mr Glass has also created another three 60 sec Challenges that you could attempt over the course of the week. But please someone challenge Mr Glass with their very own 60 sec Challenge!

https://youtu.be/GzKsiA-XksY
https://youtu.be/Jkt9UDiBECI
https://youtu.be/1-GDlRND9Cc

Furthermore, as inspired by our sports ambassador Tegan if you want to try and write your name then do your attached fitness element per letter, here is something you and the family can try as well as useful links to famous people online that you can access and their time slots. Stay HEALTHY ACTIVE & SAFE. Mr Glass.

Nursery Diary

Monday 19th – Thursday 29th March

We are delighted to once again have full use of all of our rooms! Our choice board activities and small group support will restart immediately after the Easter holidays.
Our planned learning will continue this week and next.

In Literacy we have noticed lots of interest from the children in mark-making, with some beginning to write letters, or shapes which resemble letters. We will be enhancing opportunities across the nursery to allow them to explore letters, their shapes and the sounds they make.

Our words of the week this week are ‘biggest’ and ‘smallest’, and so in our maths opportunities, we will be exploring size, encouraging the children to identify the biggest and smallest item in a group or collection.

We have some exciting sensory play planned for the next couple of weeks, and so in Science, we will be supporting the children to recognise their senses and link these to the parts of the body that help us to experience these sensations.

With Easter nearly upon us already, we will begin to explore some of the stories and customs related to this, and the importance of this festival in Christian peoples’ lives.

• REMEMBER – Tempest photography are taking group photos of preschool children on Tuesday 20th March from 10am.

Nursery Diary

Friday 23rd February- Thursday 1st March

With all of our recent upheaval due to our building work, we have noticed that our children need some extra support to follow rules and routines, and to take care of our nursery belongings. We have had a great number of toys and resources broken over the last few weeks.
We are going to spend time reinforcing the importance of taking care of toys and resources, and ask for your support in this. We will be discussing this at toothbrushing time and throughout our interactions across the nursery rooms.
In the block play room, there has been a lot of interest in measuring, and we are going to continue to extend this through play this week.

With our recent return to the Quiet Room, we will be supporting the children with how to use the ‘loose parts’ resources and to keep voices low and behaviour calm in this room.

Across the nursery, we have noticed an interest in letters and numbers, and we will be providing lots of opportunities across the nursery to explore these further.

All staff will spend time observing the children’s play, looking for popular themes to allow us to expand on interests and extend learning through opportunities linked to current interests.

* Remember – it is World Book Day this THURSDAY
* Our building work should be completed in the next few days. Thank you for your support during this challenging time!

Nursery Diary

Friday 26th January – Thursday 1st February

The children are continuing to enjoy our focus on traditional tales. We are going to continue to use these as a basis for our new focus – sharing our likes and dislikes about different stories. Adults will be modelling this and encouraging the children to share their opinions.
Our maths focus will be on counting collections. Our children have been showing an interest in counting during their play, and we will be providing resources and opportunities to support this.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be continuing to think about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality. As we work with our friends we will be working on learning their names.
As we have had so many different types of weather recently, the children have shown an interest in discussing and exploring this. We will continue to encourage this as we learn outside in different weather, linkng it to how the weather makes us feel. Some of our bulbs are growing in the garden and we will look at this, linking it to the seasons.

*Eye tests for preschool children will take place this week on Monday and Tuesday.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 18th – Thursday 25th January

Our traditional tales have been very popular! This will continue to be our literacy focus, alongside some Scots language stories as we celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday on Thursday.
Our maths focus will continue to be on sorting. We will be exploring a range of shapes and objects that we can collect, sort and be creative with. This is an important stage in understanding shape.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be thinking about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality our new friends settle in to nursery. We will do this through discussion as we play.
Our Social Studies focus continue to be on making choices in our play. We will be supporting each other in choosing where we work, how we work and who we work with across the nursery. This is important for encouraging independent working and thinking, as well as developing social skills and enquiry learning.
To celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday on Thursday, we will be eating traditional Scottish foods, reading some stories and poems in Scots, singing some Scottish songs and dressing up in tartan.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 12th – Thursday 18th January

In literacy this week we will be reading traditional and favourite tales. We have chosen this focus as we have noticed lots of children choosing to dress up in robes and make crowns, as well as showing an interest in reading traditional tales. The children will be encouraged to re-enact these stories in their play, using props and taking on the roles of the characters.
Our maths focus will be on sorting. We will be exploring a range of shapes and objects that we can collect, sort and be creative with. This is an important stage in understanding shape.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be thinking about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality as we welcome our new friends in to nursery. We will do this through discussion as we play.

Our Social Studies focus will be on making choices in our play. We will be supporting each other in choosing where we work, how we work and who we work with across the nursery. this is important for encouraging independent working and thinking, as well as developing social skills and enquiry learning.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 17th – Thursday 23rd November

In literacy this week we will be continuing to focus on mark-making opportunities across the nursery. We will be using a range of materials to make marks and talking about what our marks mean or represent.

Our Maths focus continues to be on exploring the routines and events in our world and exploring clocks and calendars, linking to seasonal change and darker nights.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be continuing to focus on friendship, caring, sharing and showing respect for ourselves and others. We will be encouraging good manners and positive interactions. We will be talking about how to solve disagreements with our friends.

In Science we will be spending time exploring the sky and space. We will be looking at the sun, moon and stars and linking this to the seasons and darker nights.