Arthurlie Family Centre

September 4, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story and learning experiences.

Outside when the children were harvesting the apples and pears form the fruit trees in the nursery garden they noticed a butterfly on a leaf of a tree.  “One boy said to the children,” Look it’s a butterfly, come and … Continue reading

August 24, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Producing art using hammers and wooden shapes.

The children produced art using corkboards, metal tacks and hammers. The wooden shapes can be positioned to create patterns and pictures. This activity develops hand eye coordination and encourages children to use their imagination to express their creativity.

June 13, 2017
by Mrs Silvester

Preparing vegetables and washing dishes

“I’m chopping the carrots for snack.” “I like carrots the rabbits eat them.” “It is hard to cut.” “Can I have a cloth? I need to get the dirt off.” Involving the Children Involving children in meal routines, food choice … Continue reading

April 10, 2017
by Mrs Allison

Creating new and exciting learning environments

  The children have been creating new sand areas in our playrooms. We asked some of the local businesses in our community for there help. The Casey Tree Company donated logs for our space and another local business transported them to our … Continue reading

March 29, 2017
by Sheena Rainey

Woodland Wonders

  The children have been enjoying the good weather over the past few days.   they have been planting sunflower seeds,  Bringing Science to the woods by creating a vortex inside a water bottle, And their very favourite Easter Egg hunt.   … Continue reading

March 15, 2017
by Mrs Liddell

Muddy Movers. I can use loose parts outdoors.

The children had a problem. There was a child stuck at the top of the hill and he needed rescued. The children had to problem-solve and try to find ways to cross the river to get to the child. The … Continue reading

Learning outdoors exploring with new resources – The children in the downstairs garden made trains and a physical assault course with the new crates.

March 3, 2017 by Mrs Allison | 0 comments

We all know that playing with building toys is beneficial for children but did anyone ever tell you why? 


Improves fine motor manipulation and strength: Children have to learn how to move and manipulate various shaped objects, big and small, as well as have the fine motor control to “click” them into place.

Enhances spatial awareness: Building toys helps children enhance the understanding of their body and of the relationships between objects  which is crucial for reading readiness.

Encourages thinking and reasoning: These skills are what make children become well-rounded, independent and successful adults!

Involves focus and patience: Children need to work slowly and carefully to be successful at creating their designs.

February 24, 2017
by Mrs Liddell

Promoting curiosity, creativity and enquiry.

The children continued to explore the new resources and showed that they were curious as to what the recourses could do. They demonstrated imaginative skills throughout and were learning to take care and tidy the new recourses away.  

January 30, 2017
by Mrs Liddell

Scotland. I can bake shortbread.

Some of the children were baking shortbread as part of their learning about Scotland. The boys and girls were learning skills like pouring, measuring, weighing, whisking, rolling and simple mathematics such as adding and subtracting and all sorts of other … Continue reading

January 11, 2017
by Mrs Liddell

Katie in Scotland. I can listen to a story and participate in special dance moves.

  A dance specialist, Liz Murray from Oktokids , was invited into nursery today to help teach the children some music and movement based on the story, Katie in Scotland. The children were able to follow instructions and participate in specialised … Continue reading

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