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May 012014

Please remember that we have an In-Service Day on 2 May and a Holiday on 5 May.

The Green Nursery has been taking care of caterpillars all week! We are keeping track of the caterpillars’ growth and counting how many days it takes for them to turn into chrysalises. They are getting very fat!

I’m afraid that the people at Lochinch Farm have neglected to get back to me about visiting and so we will not be able to go on a minibeast safari. We won’t let that get us down, though!

We have planned to go to Hazlehead Park for our year-end trip. Both Morning and Afternoon Nurseries will be able to attend the trip on 27th June. Letters with more details will be going out closer to the date.

This term we will be doing lots of things to prepare the pre-schoolers for Primary 1. This includes going out for play-time, visiting the dinner hall, and taking part in reading groups!

Mar 182014

Morning Nursery

We are learning about many different things because we have so many different interests.

Some of us have been learning about planting seeds and what plants need in order to grow strong and healthy. We have planted herbs, broad beans, and a variety of flowers. We have made some guesses about which broad bean will grow the tallest. When they start to grow, we will be measuring them and keeping track of their growth. Paired with this, the Red Nursery has read “Jack and the Beanstalk” and have compared the story to a song about “Jack and the Beanstalk.” We talked about the similarities and differences between the two versions of the story.

Before we started planting, we had been learning about clocks and time. Some of the children made sundials and learned how to use them outside. Some children have been using stopwatches to time different activities. A group of children made a big grandfather clock with Mrs. Cawson to reenact “Hickory Dickory Dock.” Some of the children are becoming familiar with o’clock times, knowing that the long hand points to the 12.

Afternoon Nursery

The children in the afternoon have been very interested in fire fighters. They have used tubes as hoses and have helped create a fire engine with cardboard boxes. The fire engine has just about seen its end as it has been very popular!

We have also been learning about bodies over the past few weeks. The children were interested in their stomachs, so we read books to find out how they work. Some children are now familiar with words like saliva, intestine, and esophagus! They were particularly interested in the fact that their food turns into poo!

We are now looking at how our bodies change and grow. We have asked you all to bring in a baby photo so we can compare the children now to when they were babies. We are going to be reading a book called “How Cells Make Me Grow” to learn about what exactly makes us grow bigger! 

To compare to how people grow, next term we are going to be taking care of caterpillars and investigating how they change into butterflies! We are all very excited about this learning opportunity! 

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