We achieved our Recognition of Commitment on 28th April, a very exciting achievment in our Rights Respecting Schools Award journey. Next step … Level 1 Award!
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Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came to our information sessions on transition to primary school. For those who were unable to attend, here is a brief outline of what was discussed.
At Glenwood we aim to support the transition of all our pre-school children on to primary school, regardless of their pattern of attendance or the school which you have applied for.
In addition, each school will have their own induction programme and will contact you directly about this.
All pre-school children will be part of our Moving On Group. They will have regular opportunities to work together, beginning their morning/afternoon with Welcome Time in the Meadow Room and spending approximately an hour together. Our Woodland Adventures will also be an opportunity for pre-school children to work together and will take place on a Wednesday.
We will be encouraging all the children to develop their resilience and transferable social skills, as well as gross and fine motor skills, literacy and numeracy skills, and thinking about what school will be like. We will do this through:
- Experiences within the playroom – independent and adult led, problem solving, cooperating with others…
- Toadstool Tales – building on Woodland Adventures
- Outdoors – playground games, developing physical skills
- Travelling Hamish – each child will have a turn to take Hamish and his Whirrybang on an adventure, fill in his diary and share their experience with their group!
Preparing your child for school:
- promote literacy and numeracy through natural opportunities – writing at the child’s own level
- encourage independence – carrying own bag, getting dressed, eating with a knife and fork, following instructions…
- gross & fine motor skills – spacial awareness, scissors, hopping, skipping…
Sharing of information with schools:
- Continuous curriculum at the Early Level (Curriculum for Excellence 3-18)
- Summative Report – your child’s achievements in Health & Wellbeing, Literacy, Numeracy and other areas.
- Conversation with school personnel using the GIRFEC indicators
- STINT/Wellbeing plans and Care Plans
If you have any further questions, please get in touch.
Children in the Willow room have been learning about theatres so some of the children visited Eastwood Theatre to find out what happens at a real theatre.
We spoke to each other through headsets, this is how people communicate backstage.
We turned on lights, and made sound effects
We spoke through microphones that changed our voices to sound like a monster and an alien!
We used shadow puppets to tell our own stories.
We had so much fun learning what happens backstage to help the actors tell the story.
Thank you to Sue Griffiths (Anthony’s gran) who diligently tends to our gardens one a regular basis and has recently brought a touch of springtime to our entrance. If you would like to help in any way- weeding, digging, planting flowers and vegetables- please speak with Mrs Buchan who leads the Gardening group. This is a group of parents and grandparents who lend a hand around the nursery grounds when they can. Anyone can get involved. No PVG is required as you are not working directly with the children.
We have been learning about Fairtrade goods. We have been thinking about where our food comes from and the importance of food producers and workers around the world being paid a fair wage. We held a Fairtrade shop in the nursery and raised £277.65 to support Rainbow Turtle Fairtrade shop. http://www.rainbowturtle.co.uk/
We visited our local Sainbury’s store and identified many Fairtrade goods including flowers, sugar, chocolate and bananas.
We made chocolate and banana muffins using our Fairtrade purchases. They smelled lovely and tasted yummy!
We welcomed some students from UWS to Glenwood from to help us learn about children around the world and Children’s Rights. We learned about Shompa and her family who live in India. We thought about our own families and what we would like to ask Shompa.
We have been learning about our senses.
Please remember to visit our Fairtrade shop in nursery with your child, between Monday and Wednesday next week.