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!

Nursery Diary

Friday 2nd September – Thursday 8th September

We have spent the first week or so in nursery allowing the children to settle in and explore. We have been closely observing their play and their interests. We have used our observations to inform where will take the learning next.

In Literacy this week, we will be continuing to explore familiar stories and retelling them using drama/role play and puppets/small world settings.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be continuing to explore counting forwards and backwards and recognising some numbers.
In response to the interests of the children, the North class will explore the concept of pattern, and the South will continue to look at sorting and matching objects and shapes.

As our new families 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.

*Look out for our letter about the MacMillan Coffee Morning letter in you child’s letter pocket
*Remember: Tempest will be taking individual/sibling photos on WEDNESDAY

Welcome Back!

Friday 26th August – Thursday 1st September

We have spent the first week or so in nursery allowing the children to settle in and explore. We have been closely observing their play and their interests. We have used our observations to inform where will take the learning next.

In Literacy this week, we will be exploring familiar stories and retelling them using drama/role play and puppets/small world settings.

In SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) we will be exploring counting forwards and backwards and recognising some numbers.
In response to the interests of the children, the North class will explore the concept of measurement, and the South will look at sorting and matching objects and shapes.

As our new families settle in, our Health and Wellbeing Focus will be on building positive relationships and enjoying being part of the nursery community.

Following our visit to Hopetoun, there has been a lot of interest in bugs and beasties! We will be continuing to explore these in the garden and the playroom, as well as investigating parts of plants and their features.

Nursery Diary

Friday 10th – Thursday 16th June

This week in maths we will be continuing to explore symmetry as we watch our butterflies emerge from their cocoons (we are still waiting!). 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 will be encouraging children to write and make marks across the nursery.
Our role play area is going to become a school classroom for the last few weeks of term, where the children can enjoy playing with school resources and taking on the role of teacher or pupil!
Our Health and Wellbeing focus will continue to 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!

On Thursday we will be joined by Zoe from Boogie Beat who will be providing music and movements sessions for all of the children. If your child does not attend on this day but you would like to bring them along, please see a member of the nursery team.

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!

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!

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!

Nursery Diary

Friday 15th-Thursday 21st April

This week we have turned our outdoor wendy house into a science lab! We have added books about wildlife and plants, a microscope, bug viewers, binoculars and more. Please feel free to have a look when you are passing!*

 

For the next few weeks we will be linking our learning to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have read the story and looked at some beans and will plan our activities based on where the children’s interests lie, as well as our planned experiences and outcomes. Some of our planned activities are:

-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!).
-Reading different versions of the story and discussing similarities and differences.

We will be looking for some GIANT props to help us retell the story. Please let us know if you can help (we would particularly like a giant pair of trousers or a pair of pants – any budding sewers among us???)