Our session times are :
Monday to Thursday 8.40am until 3.10pm
Friday 8.40am until 12.40pm
Please feel free to come and join your child in play for the last 20 minutes of each session.
During February and March the children will be taking part in our reading challenge at home with their families. Their challenge is to read as many stories as they can over 30 days. To start our challenge we had a teddy sleepover in nursery. We all came to nursery wearing our pyjamas and brought our teddies to join in the fun. We had hot chocolate and toast and read stories before tucking out teddies in for the night.
Have a look at our photos to see what fun they had during the night without us!
We had great fun at our Christmas party dancing and playing games. We even had a special visit from Santa to give out some gifts.
We had a special visitor to nursery to celebrate Book week. Bookbug came to see us and all our 3 year olds received their Bookbug explorer packs . P5/6 also came to visit us and read us stories in small groups.
What do you get when it has been pouring with rain in the nursery garden for days? MUD!!! We have had an amazing time playing in the mud this week, making mud hot chocolate with added conker marshmallows!, mud waterfalls and dirt tracks for the cars and cattle.
We investigated where Jack Frost had been in our garden. We discovered Mr Gillie had put salt out on the ground to help keep us safe. We thought our scarecrow looked very cold from the frost and tried to warm him up!
The fire crew very kindly came to nursery to talk to us about keeping safe in our homes and what to do if we hear a smoke alarm. They also spoke to us about being safe in the car and why wearing our seatbelts is very important.
This year in ELC we are teaming up with Russell Brown, from Parkdean Holiday parks, and The Scottish Wildlife Trust to participate in Outdoor Learning. All the children, in groups of 8 or 9, will get a turn throughout the year to take part in a 6 week block. Activities will include nature walks, bug hunting, den building and nature crafts.
We made pine cone spiders and stone pumpkins as part of Halloween week.
Our story of the week this week has been Room on the Broom. We came in to nursery on Tuesday find a hat, bow and wand in the quiet room. On Wednesday we had a visit from a special witch who came to collect her belongings. She was very kind and read the story to us again.
Shirley and Snoop came to visit to make sure we are brushing our teeth properly. Snoop was excited to show off his Halloween costume. The children enjoyed helping Shirley to brush Snoops teeth.
Every Tuesday we have a group session for parents and their child to take part in Flying Starts. This is a Feuerstein based program and during this time we look at different aspects of learning for the child and how parents and carers can help them.
The 8 week block consists of :
Week 1, Introduction and scene setting
Week 2, Early communication and facial expressions
Week 3, Verbal communication
Week 4, Reinforcing learning and effective questioning
Week 5, Meaningful activities
Week 6, Making links
Week 7, Praise
Week 8, Celebration of achievements
Below are some fabulous pictures of our group sessions and we will continue to add more as the groups go on.
If you would like to participate in the next group please let us know, remember it doesn't have to be a parent it can be any familiar adult to your child.
We made a scarecrow in ELC to help scare away all the big birds from our playground toys.
We had to stuff the straw into the clothes to make the scarecrow nice and big. The children had to count up to 10 handfuls of straw before checking to see if we needed more straw. Once we had stuffed the scarecrow we sat him on the chair and the children performed Dingle Dangle Scarecrow to him. The children sat on his knee and read him stories all afternoon before they went home.
On Wednesday mornings John Jacobs comes to sing and dance with us. He helps us learn new exciting songs and also to practice familiar songs and rhymes. Some of our favourites are Baby Shark, Penguin attention and Zoom zoom zoom we're going to the moon.
We have been busy this week out in the woods looking for Autumn Treasures. When the children found something they liked they put it into their treasure bag to show each other when we got back to nursery. Everyone managed to find several treasure items for their bags, even on the soggy days.
Using our harvested beetroot the children decided they wanted to try different ways of cooking with it. We had a look at several recipes involving beetroot and settled on Beetroot soup and Beetroot and Chocolate cake . Both were very yummy and we would definitely have these again for snack.
Helping nature get ready for the Winter.
In ELC we have been looking at hibernation and what animals need to hibernate successfully. The children wanted to help the hedgehogs by making a home for them to keep cosy. When they had finished the house the children took it into the woods and found a quiet space for the hedgehogs to rest.
We had a SUPER time at our souptastic session. All the children had a go at chopping the ingredients to make the soups. The best part?.....Tasting all the delicious soups we made. The soups were French onion soup, Cauliflower and cheese soup, Carrot and coriander with orange soup and Lentil with chilli and bacon soup .
We have been busy harvesting our vegetables we grew last term both in our nursery garden and also at the High school allotments. With our potatoes we made potato salad for snack.
Our ELC Eco Warriors are here to save the planet!
Remember to save your crisp packets and put them in our special bins around the school, the ELC Eco warriors are busy counting them all to take to Sea The Change to be recycled.
They take their work very seriously!