Teacher :- Mrs Ross
Early years practitioners – Mrs Wilson, Mrs Mackenzie, Mrs Smith,
Pupil support assistant-Mrs Irene Paul
Current project – Winter and Polar Regions
Small projects- Scots week and Chinese New Year.
Christmas round up… The pre-school children all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas outing to SHINE!” Edinburgh’s Christmas Tree Festival. We listened to the nativity story, sang some carols and had time to explore 40 beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
This was the first year that the nursery has organised its own Nativity and we were delighted with how many parents could attend. The nursery staff were all impressed with how quickly the children learnt the new nativity songs. A big thank you to all the families who helped their children practise the songs at home.
What we have been up to…
As part of a Rights Respecting School, the nursery is planning on each month having a focus on a different article of the UNCRC. In January we decided to focus on Article 15 which is based on friendship. In groups we discussed what makes a good friend, the children then demonstrated this to our existing and new friends.
This term we have started our second block of story sacks. Please could parents remember that they go home on a Thursday and need to be returned on a Wednesday. We have also sent home the final set of children’s Learning Stories. We will provide another chance for them to go home before the end of this year, but families are reminded that they are welcome to come into the nursery at any time to look through them with their child.
Since the beginning of the year we have been learning about winter weather and Polar regions. The children have enjoyed listening to non-fiction books and playing and experimenting with ice.
We have just had a very busy Burns week. The children learned some new Scots words and songs, tried ceilidh dancing, ate haggis, neaps and tatties and made very tasty Shortbread. Some children even enjoyed a Highland dancing demonstration from Eloise, Mrs Mackenzie’s lovely daughter.
What’s coming up:
Next week we will be learning about Chinese New Year, trying some Chinese food and creating some Chinese art including lanterns and dragons.
After the February holiday week (13th-17th Feb) we plan on a holding another ‘stay and play’ session. Further details and when you can sign up to a slot will be shared shortly.
Finally, in March we will be joining the school and taking taking part in a kindness week (6th March).
Highlights of The First Term
The children in the nursery experienced an exciting day of Halloween activities on the 31st. They enjoyed bobbing for apples, catching donuts on a string, mixing a jelly cauldron and finished off with some spooky songs and dance games.
Recently we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. The children particularly liked listening to and using puppets to act out the story of Rama and Sita. We also tried some Indian foods including, onion bajjis, mango chutney and the very popular nan bread.
This week we have been inviting families to take part in our ‘Soft start’ sessions. These are when adults join in with children’s activities at nursery for the first hour of a session. During this hour they can play with their children, read books, look at their learning stories and experience some of the fun activities that the children get up to on any given day within the nursery. Feedback given by the parents has been really positive and we are planning on organising another soft start session in the future.
We have been out and about exploring our school’s woods and looking for signs of autumn. Collecting leaves and outdoor items, we brought them back to the nursery to create fabulous artwork.
Our current main topic is Day and Night. This will include aspects of early time and sequencing as well as some interesting facts on space. We will work with the children to find out what they already know about the topic before moving onto what they would like to find out. We will use this information to shape what we explore next, allowing the children ownership of what they will learn.
We have decided that once a term and in rotation, we would like all the children to have a chance at taking their Learning Story folders home to be looked through. They will go in a special nursery bag, out on a Thursday/Friday and we would like them back by the Tuesday. This is an opportunity for parents/carers to take some time and with their children look through all the things that we have been up to. The pack will also include a child evaluation- smiley faces of how they feel about certain things in the nursery as well as a parent evaluation where we appreciate any feedback on the folder or the nursery in general. Timetables of who will be receiving their folders when, will be up shortly.
The morning children were delighted to have author Mike Nicholson come in to read some Scottish stories as part of Scottish book week. We listened to a wonderful story, practised our rhymes and learned some great Scottish words including braw, stramash and fangle.
PALS (Parents at Longstone) have organised a Christmas fair on Thursday 8th December 6-8pm. This includes lots of great activities including baking, Tombola as well as a chance to Visit Santa in his Grotto! (Please remember to order a ticket)
The nursery is organising a Christmas outing for the pre-school children to visit “SHINE!” Edinburgh’s Christmas Tree Festival at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church. The children will get a chance to hear the story of the birth of Jesus, look at all the decorated trees and sing a carol. There are two available dates to sign up to Tuesday 13th Dec 1.15 or Friday 16th Dec 1.15. However, for the trip to go ahead we need parent volunteers as our ratio out of school grounds is 1 adult to every two children. Adult bus fair will be subsidised by our nursery funds and the children can travel for free. Entry is free but donations from visitors will go to three local charities – First hand Lothian (supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged families), Circle (supporting families in central Scotland) and Amnesty International. Please let us know ASAP which date would suit you best.
We are hoping to organise a three year olds Christmas outing- still to be confirmed and the date for the nursery Christmas party will be shared shortly. The final day of term is Thursday 22nd December at 12.00. It’s going to be a very busy month!
Nursery Photo Album