Parents and children joined Oban and Lorn Nursery and P1 staff on Thursday 8th October for a celebration of their joint transition project, The Gruffalo.
This literacy based project was started in nursery during the summer term with ELCC staff following the children’s interests through various engaging learning experiences both indoors and outdoors.
During the summer holidays there was continuity for the project with a Bookbug Session for new P1 children at Oban Library and community involvement with shops displaying some of the work done by local nurseries and displaying Gruffalo good luck posters for all children starting P1
In August, primary schools built on this successful project where children were comfortable and secure in their knowledge of the book and the characters and ready to engage in further learning to progress their skills.
The celebration event afforded an opportunity for parents to see the continuity and progress across Early Level, they were able to chat to staff and view the learning on storyboard displays and in floorbooks and there was even a Gruffalo den constructed by Stramash, the outdoor nursery.
For the children, there was a Gruffalo hunt to take part in and tactile playdough and collage materials for the children to make some of the characters.
There were book prizes in return for adults and children telling us about their favourite storybooks and a Bookbug Session where staff, parents and children joined the Early Years Team in Gruffalo themed songs and rhymes and a very participative reading of the popular Julia Donaldson book.
Feedback from parents for this inaugural joint transition event was very positive:
“Great to see how the Gruffalo project has progressed to their leaning at school, I think it helps in their transition to work on a subject they are familiar with”
“Very good idea, both children had so much fun – informative of work done”
“We liked the Gruffalo hunt and seeing what other schools had done, we loved the Bookbug Session”
“Great to see how the various nurseries interpret the project, a great event for catching up with old friends and seeing all the hard work that has been done”
Early Years Development Officer.