We are supporting East Renfrewshire Council’s up and coming Road safety Awareness campaign highlighting a range of ways to help keep pedestrians and road users safe. The children will be learning about how to keep safe and we will be promoting this with families.
Our Children’s Committee met this week to discuss The Global Goals and how to make the world a better place. They had fantastic ideas which they shared with the rest of the children after their meeting. Look out for our plans to reduce waste, think of others through Global Citizenship and supporting charities and reduce litter. We even plan to develop our role play area into a recycling plant!
We learned about World Porridge Day and the work of Mary’s Meals. We made porridge for our snack and learned that for many children around the world this is their only meal of the day. We learned some porridge songs too.
In Malawi, Mrs Husbands and Hamish were making porridge too.
We took part in the Hands up Scotland travel survey asking “How do you normally travel to school?” Most children travel by car. Many children walk to nursery or come by scooter. A few travel by bike and one child travels on the bus.
Perhaps you can consider one of the more healthy and ECO friendly ways to travel on occasion? Or park a little further from the nursery and walk part of the way?
We are taking part in National Trust for Scotland’s annual wheelbarrow competition. Each year, local schools and nurseries design and plant a garden a wheelbarrow for show in Greenbank Gardens. This year the theme is Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Children visited Rouken Glen garden centre to select and purchase plants and have been busy researching and making a volcano and dinosaurs to represent the theme.
If you or your family or friends plan to visit Greenbank Gardens on Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th June please look out for our entry and don’t forget to vote. The winning wheelbarrow is the one which receives the most public votes. This year, Greenbank are offering free entry for parents and an additional 20% discount on catering items. Flyers will be available this week.
This week we welcomed ECO drama group to Glenwood for the RECYCLING HEROES workshop. This workshop introduced us to BAG LADY who was a Recycling Hero and had the mission of sharing with us why it is important to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE!
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!
On our Woodland Adventures we collected some things we found as we walked through the woods. We created journey sticks by tying the things we found onto big sticks. We discovered some things were natural and some were not. We even wondered how some of them got into the woods.
Today, when we went outside, it was a cold and frosty day. There was frost everywhere! We discovered that we could write on the frost. We found frost covered leaves and we felt the crunch of the frosty grass as we played. The cold weather meant that our water butt was frozen and the water had turned to ice.
We decided to create a restaurant in the role play area. The children voted and decided to make a pizza restaurant. They wrote signs and designed menus and have the opportunity to handle real coins as they order and pay for their meals.
Glenwood is 40 years old this year. We officially opened on 4th October 1976 and we are busy making plans to celebrate our birthday on 4th October 2016. The children decided to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and parents are invited to join us. Don’t forget your teddy bear! In preparation, the children have made invitations, planned menus and have made bunting to decorate the woods.There will be a vintage style afternoon tea for invited guests later in the afternoon.
We posted letters at the local post box. We were very interested in what would happen next so we researched the post office on the internet. We decided to create a post office in the role play area. We love writing letters and adding stamps to go in our post box for the postman to deliver!
We have been learning about different ways to communicate such as sending emails and writing letters. We wrote letters and sent emails to help us find out about the past. We wrote to our parents and grandparents to ask about their school days because we have been thinking about the past as we prepare for Glenwood’s 40th birthday celebrations.
We raised £61.37 for Save the Children when we took part in Den day. Parents joined us and we built dens, created models of shelters, designed logos and cooked bread on an open fire, all to raise awareness of the plight of many children living without the right to shelter.
Some feedback from parents.
“Den building day was a fantastic opportunity for parental involvement. It was very well organised and it was lovely to see the children enjoying the outdoors and actively participating.”
“A great afternoon spent outside with the children. I enjoyed spending time at the fire and helping to build dens.”
“Great opportunity to have parent participation. Good unstructured play where they really are getting an opportunity to use imagination and freedom of play.”
“Den day was a fantastic way to raise awareness of a very worthy charity and teach the children important skills in a fun way. So pleased to have been able to join in. Very well organised.”