Upcoming Events

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Feb 152014

In the Morning Nursery, we are focussing on behaviour and feelings. As mentioned before, we have started using green sticker books that the children are keeping in their trays. They are intended to focus on the good behaviour the children are doing to celebrate and encourage good behaviour.

Miss Paisley, our HNC student, is doing a series of activities about the senses. The children are learning about scent, hearing, touch, sight, and taste.

In the Afternoon Nursery, we’re focussing on the body. The children have shown some interest in how their stomach works, the parts of the body, and using a variety of materials and sources to learn about these things.

On 6 March, we will be celebrating World Book Day. The children can dress in their pyjamas to celebrate, as that’s what you wear when you read Bedtime Stories. Each Nursery will also be working on their own class display to put up in the school about a favourite class book.

On 21 March, we will be taking part in Sport Relief. The children can bring in a £1 donation to the charity and dress in sports clothing. There will be sports activities taking place on the day as well.

The children are continuing to participate in Food Dudes. Our last day of the intensive phase of the programme is on the 28 February. After the intensive phase, we will be having a weekly picnic on Fridays. More information about this part of the programme will go out closer to the date.

Term 3 Update

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Feb 092014

School & Nursery Applications

All School and Nursery applications should have been submitted by now. If you have not submitted an application, please visit the main office to get the appropriate paperwork. Children who have turned 4 in January or February are eligible to apply for both School and Nursery. Please see your child’s teacher – Mrs. Westacott or Miss Fraser – for advice or questions about which choice would be most appropriate for your child.

Buggies & Scooters

Please do no leave buggies and scooters outside of the Nursery. They can get in the way, and we cannot guarantee their safety as this is a public area. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wow Board – Celebrating Achievements

We have added a new “Wow Board” just outside of the Nursery doors. We hope to use this board to celebrate the children’s accomplishments in and out of school. We want to encourage you as parents to add to this board to share any achievements your child has made. This could be reaching a new level in a class such as swimming, learning how to zip their jacket, or helping make a meal at home. You can add photos and a brief description of the accomplishment and put it up on the board.

Sticker Books – Praising Good Behaviour

The children in the Red and Blue Nurseries have each been given their own sticker book to keep in their tray. When children earn a sticker for various desirable behaviours, they can put it in their sticker book. Staff will write a brief note about why they earned their sticker. We encourage you to have a wee look at their achievements and praise them to continue reinforcing desirable behaviour both at home and in Nursery. Please make sure these sticker books don’t make their way home.

Library Books

Please remember that library books are to be brought back to Nursery on Thursdays. New books are issued on Fridays. Please take the time to read with your child at home. This is a special and important time you can spend together. Reading aloud to children helps develop vocabulary, imagination, print awareness, attention span, and social skills. These are all great skills to development as your children get ready to start school.

Learning Journeys

The children’s Learning Journeys are displayed in the cloakroom on bookshelves. We want to encourage you all to take a few minutes to look at your child’s Learning Journey to see what they have been up to in Nursery. We also want to welcome you to add to them. You can add photos, drawings, dialogue, or a wee note to tell what your child has done at home. We want to get a clear, well rounded picture of your child represented in their Learning Journeys. If we can get you to add to them too, this will help accomplish our goal.

Class Bears

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Jan 252014

This week we introduced the children to the class bears. The Blue Nursery children are taking turns taking home Freddie and Fiona. The Red Nursery is taking turns taking home Sally. The Green Nursery is taking turns taking home Harry.

Each Friday, children will be selected to take home a bear for the weekend. You are encouraged to record what you do with the Class Bear in the Bear’s diary, which is included in the backpack you take home. Included in the backpack is also a story book, toothbrush, pyjamas, birth certificate, change of clothes, a letter to parents, and a list of the bag’s contents.

On the Monday, the Bears should be returned to Nursery and the children will get an opportunity to talk about what they did over the weekend.

Nov 232013

Currently, we are looking for some old blankets or cushions. We have an old shed in our garden and the children were keen to make it cosy to read books and cuddle up! If you have any old blankets or cushions around the house, please pop them into Nursery. We’d love to use them!

Remember that new library books are issued on Fridays and are due back to Nursery on Thursdays. We really hope that you enjoy reading with your child at home. A few of you have commented that your child has chosen the same book a couple of weeks in a row. Albeit monotonous for you, this repetitive behaviour is quite normal as children are becoming familiar with stories and reading. Memorizing favourite stories is a normal and perfect stepping stone to reading.

Learning Journeys

Nov 132013

This week in Nursery, we have been building spaceships, drawing pictures of our favourite instruments, sorting numbers, measuring feet, and keeping our friends healthy at the doctor’s clinic.

Remember, last week we started the Nursery library. New books are issued on Fridays and are to be returned to Nursery on Thursdays. Reading books with your child is a great way to spend time together and develop important literacy skills. While reading books together, ask questions, talk about the pictures, and you can even put on voices for the characters! Instilling a love for reading at a young age will set up your children for success while they are learning to read later on in Primary.

This Week in Nursery

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Oct 302013

This week in Nursery there have been a lot of changes. The layout is different as well as our pick-up routine. The children have had opportunities to share their ideas about what they would like to use each area for by contributing to mind maps facilitated by teachers.

As it’s Halloween on Thursday, we carved pumpkins and used the “guts” to make pumpkin soup!

Please remember to pick up your child between 11:20-11:30 in the morning, and between 2:50 and 3:00 in the afternoon. Morning Nursery, please be reminded to help your child tidy their activity before taking them home. We really appreciate your help with all the changes.

This Week in Nursery (AM)

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Sep 122013

This week in Nursery, we have been very busy. Recently, we began to brush our teeth when we first come in. It has been a great fresh way to start the day.

Some of us have been busy outside building dens and hide-aways. We like to use all kinds of materials to create our own spaces.

We have been talking about our birthdays and the months of the year. Some of us helped write out the months of the year. We have been getting our photos taken for the birthday wall so we remember when everyone’s birthday is!

We are continuing to practice each others names and how to line up. Sometimes it’s hard to stay in line, but we know we can do it with lots of practice.

Challenge Day

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Jul 032013

The boys and girls in P4 participated in a Challenge Day on 2 July. Most of the challenges were designed around The Cube gameshow. Each group rotated to different challenges. They were testing their logic, balance, hand-eye coordination, speed, and aim. After they were confident in what each challenge required, we invited some P6’s to come into the class so we could teach them the challenges and take them around to the stations.

The Challenge Day was a huge success. The P4’s did a fantastic job of teaching their older peers how to compete¬† in the challenges. Well done!


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Jun 172013

It’s Monday and that means new homework!

Every week I expect pupils to take home their reading to read every evening. They are asked to write in their homework diaries which pages to read.

Each week the children receive a “Spelling Seasons” handout. They are to write their spelling words on the back to reference at home. They also to choose at least one activity from each Season to complete and colour in. Parents, make sure you sign the box at the bottom when the spelling homework is finished. Please make sure Spelling Homework is completed and handed in by Friday.

Finally the Primary 4 Blog!

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Jun 142013

Now that the school year is almost done, the blog is finally up! Better late than never, I suppose.

This term we have been very busy. Primary 4 met their new teacher – me – Mrs. Westacott. They have been fantastic at helping me settle into the school and class, showing me where things are, and keeping me right. They have fallen seamlessly into our routine and have shown me their ability to work hard.

In Reading, the children use Book Detectives to think more critically about what they’re reading. We meet together to have reading meetings to discuss our books and complete Book Detectives tasks.

In Numeracy this term, we have focussed on directions and co-ordinate grid systems. The children enjoyed finding objects at coordinate points, using maps, instructing each other using directional language, and creating pictures on co-ordinate planes.

The children are also working hard at their times tables. They are sometimes tricky, but they are working hard to learn them by using games, working out problems on whiteboards, reciting skip counting, and playing whole class games with me. Their new favourite game is called Two Hands. To play this game, all you need is one person to play with and both of your hands!

Here’s how to play:

Both players say “1, 2, 3, Go!” On “Go!” show a number on your fingers. The first player to multiply their number by the other player’s number gets a point. The first player with 20 points is the winner!

The class loves playing this game in partners and against me. So far, they haven’t been able to beat me, but with the progress they’re making, it won’t be long before they do!

To help with your child’s continued progress with learning their multiplication tables, you can play games together, use this site, or even this site.

Happy Friday!

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