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!

Measles infection in Lothian

Measles cases have been confirmed in Lothian over the past month in teenagers and young adults.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms suggestive of measles infection.

Symptoms

The symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, blotchy rash which starts at the head spreading over the chest and limbs. The rash generally fades within ten days.

If your child has developed symptoms suggestive of measles, you should keep your child at home and contact your General Practitioner for further advice by phone (or NHS24 if out of hours on tel. 111).

This is very important in order to avoid the spread of measles to other people.

People with measles are infectious from around five days before the rash appears until four days after the rash appears and should self isolate at home during this time.

MMR

The best protection against measles is two doses of MMR.

http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/mmr.aspx

 

NHS Lothian Health Protection Team October 2016

 

And there it was, gone.

Not much time this morning as it’s all hands on deck to pack and tidy before departure!

Yesterday the children enjoyed their final activities, some up high on ropes, some below ground in caves but all dancing and singing late into the evening at the disco.

Top behaviour and participation from everyone (even staff!) and in bed by 10. Asleep by…well, it was the last night.

 

“Last full day!”…

…is the cry being heard, with a mixture of  joy and sadness as “can’t believe it’s been so quick” meets “actually, nearly ready to go home.”

Yesterday was a lovely day filled with forest walks, orienteering, caving, biking and even kayaking for a hardy few. A scavenger hunt and nature art competition finished off the evening before bed.

Incidental lessons of the day centered on the tuckshop, where children dealt with the concepts that sometimes shops run out of things (what?!) and that, no, if you drop your sweets outside you can’t demand a refund (nice try though).

Wednesday already?

Yesterday was our first full day of activities and our groups took part in a selection from ropes course, orienteering, forest adventure, caving or gorge walking. Hence the carnage left in our drying room by tea time!

Drying room mess
I personally spent the morning down a cave, scraping and squeezing my way through quartz and slime, then my afternoon at the ropes convincing 40kg children that if the rope could hold a tonne, it could hold them…

Climbers
Dinner was sweet and sour chicken, pronounced either too sweet or too sour depending on the mood round each table, but when seconds were announced the queue suggested it was actually “just right”!
A scavenger hunt, with torches in the dark, was organised in the evening before being packed off for night two and now, at the mid-point of the week, we’ll do it all again.

Today also means a reluctant goodbye and thank you to Mrs Mclean but a cheerful hello and welcome to Mrs Thomson! 

First night done!

After our safe arrival at Benmore the children sorted their rooms and unpacked their luggage. It may have looked like they were fighting with linen and exploding their suitcases, but in the end everything was where it was meant to be!

We enjoyed cake and sang Happy Birthday to Kieran who blew out his candles and managed the right blend of mortified / delighted, before a 6.15 dinner of fish and chips followed by fruit and yoghurt.

The evening activity was night walk, following a rope through the darkest, deepest twists of the forest, mud pits and deadly sheer cliff faces. In our imaginations at least.

All were in bed by 10, and quiet very soon after. Let’s see what today brings…