Nursery Diary 24th February – 3rd March

This week our Book Fair will take place. There will be sessions at the beginning and end of the day on Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursday morning.

Thursday is World Book Day. We will have an enhanced focus on books and storytelling on this day and throughout the week.

Our ‘Risky Play’ parent group takes place this Thursday and next at 9am – the group will be visiting the Vat Run with Mrs Mills and Mrs Crombie. If you have not signed up but would like to come, please let us know.

In maths and numeracy this week, we will be working on number and dot pattern recognition. We will sing number songs, do lots of counting and play with numbers across the different areas of the nursery.

Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday! We will be making pancakes, playing with pancakes and talking about lent.

Our Health and Wellbeing focus will be on making choices about our learning and sharing our thoughts and ideas as we work across the nursery areas. Staff will be encouraging the children to think about the choices they make.

Nursery Diary – Scottish Week

Friday 20th-Thursday 26th January 2017

This week we will be celebrating and learning about Scotland and Scottish culture and traditions as we celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday.
In literacy we will be reading Scots poems and stories and discussing any Scots words we may know or have heard.
We will have the opportunity to dance along to some traditional Scottish music and learn about keeping the beat.

In numeracy we will be continuing to explore numbers to 10 in our small group times and through play.

In Health and Wellbeing we will be tasting and preparing different types of traditional Scottish foods including tattie scones, oatcakes and haggis, neeps and tatties! We will have a mini Burns Supper on Wednesday where we will dress in tartan, address our haggis and give it a try!

*The children may wish to wear something tartan (if they have it)on Wednesday.

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!