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In Ballet the children are learning how to control their bodies through balance, good posture, listening skills, following instructions and rhythm, also finding their own space, cooperating with others and taking part in a performance.

We started of with the basic movements of dance and Ballet such as Feet Positions ——- first position (happy feet ) , parallel ——- (feet together ) and Second (feet apart).


Arm Positions ——- Bras Bas (first position of the arms ) Gateway (out in front ) Second(arms out wide ).

Moves within Ballet such as —- point lift, point close, springs in first, plies “which we called make a diamond,”


And at the end of every performance we learned who to do a bow and a courtesy.

We put it altogether and made a dance and chose music.


Ballet is an art form created by the movement of the human body. It is theatrical – performed on a stage to an audience utilising costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought, concept or emotion. Ballet dance can be magical and exciting.





Risky Play

What is Risky Play and Why is it Important?


Children need to be kept safe from potential harm and hazards at all times, but they also need to explore and take risks. Risky play is exciting, challenging, fun, it pushes limits and there is every chance of physical injury. We don’t want children’s lives to be in danger, or any serious injury to be likely. That’s why with any new piece of equipment we carry out a risk assessment. This allows us to assess whether the risk of a resource or activity outweighs the benefit. Is something guaranteed to be seriously dangerous? Well, then it’s probably not ok. But if there is a low chance of bumps, grazes, or cuts? Maybe that’s alright. 

The Experience of risky play is an important part of children’s learning. It develops the child’s self-confidence, resilience, promotes problem solving and trust in their own judgements as adults.  Children have the right to make decisions and take risks through their play. In having these opportunities, children will be able to maximise their enjoyment of the environment whilst removing obvious risk. The ‘United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ states in article 31: ‘All Children have the right to relax and play and to join in a wide range of activities.’ 

In our Centre we encourage children to manage their own risk in everyday play situations both indoors and out.


  • Climbing a high tree


  • Rope swinging


  • Whittling wood


  • Balancing



  • Using tools at the woodwork bench, saws, hammer and drills
  • Playing in the stream to build a dam
  • Building fires
  • Running fast, chasing each other.

It’s easy to say things like: “Be Careful,” and if you listen to yourself on how many times a day you say it with your child you will be amazed. What we are actually doing is telling children to stop and it’s for our benefit because we don’t want our children to get hurt. If instead we ask: –

  •     Do you feel safe?
  •     Can you see anything that could hurt you or be in the way?
  •     What can I do to help you to be safe?
  •     Where can you put your hand next?

This helps the child to focus on the environment around them. With time and Space, the child will revisit this experience, remember what they did before and build on that knowledge.


Obstacle Courses

The children in the Orchard Bubble have been having a great time in the nursery with our obstacle course equipment. We have been learning to work together as a team and use everyone’s ideas to create the courses. We have also been learning about how to risk assess for ourselves.

The children decided to add to the obstacle course and make one where they have to use their gross motor skills to hop and jump.

We need to jump over the ropes.
We could hop at the end.

Then the children wanted to use the big blocks inside to create a big obstacle course together.

Together we are strong.
Look how high I can jump!
We could use this as a slide.

When we create and use obstacle courses we are not just developing our gross motor skills but also learning to share, take turns and cooperate with each other.

Remote Learning: Active Aamir


Active Aamir is here to give you some activities to help you stay active indoors.  


Star Jumps 

See how many star jumps you can do in 30 seconds. Remember to count!


Tie a piece of string between 2 objects (or ask someone to hold it) and every time you make it under the string move it lower, how low can you go?

Book balance 

Place a book on your head and walk from one side of the room to another, see how many times you can do this without the book falling off. Remember not to touch the book with your hands. 

Washing basket 

Count how many pairs of socks you can throw into your washing basket. Move the basket further away to make it more difficult. 

Balloon volley 

All you need is a balloon and you! The aim is to use different parts of your body to keep the balloon in the air and off the ground.

Don’t worry if it goes on the ground, just pick it up and start again. See how long you can keep the balloon in the air…10 seconds, 25 seconds? Count and see.

Can you beat your own personal best? Invite your family to do it too. Who can keep the balloon in the air for the longest time?

Freeze dance

Choose some music you like, get some of your cuddly toys or even your family to join in.

Play the music and everyone has to dance to the music. When the music stops you have to freeze. Just like an icicle!

If you search ‘freeze dance’ on YouTube you will find music that stops automatically. Here is one to try!

A move jar

With some help write down the names of about 5 animals on a small piece of paper. Fold the paper and put them in a jar (or box).

Now pop your hand in and pull out a piece of paper. What does it say? Think about the animal you have chosen. How does this animal move its body?

Does it slither, wiggle, hop, stop, jump or crawl. You decide and try to move your body like this animal from one side of the room to the other.

Be creative and think big – pretend you are in the same environment as the animal you have chosen. It could be the jungle, a farm or the ocean.

Why not try a Sticky Kids Work out?

Here are some more ideas from NHS Change 4 Life Indoor Activities for Kids.

Show us how you are staying active on Google Classroom or Twitter @GlenwoodFC  #Glenwoodlearningathome

Remote Learning – Virtual Sports Week

We have all had lots of fun this week joining in with our sporting activities and we hope you have too!

Thank you for posting all your videos on Google Classrooms – we have enjoyed watching you all.

Here are some pictures from the week…apologies if they are a bit blurry but the adults from Glenwood move very fast!

Mrs Russell’s star jumps.
Mr Milligan does the limbo.
Mrs Clark’s frog shuttle runs.
Mrs Silvester about to do the long jump…
…she jumped to 3!
Mrs McGregor and Miss McCallum had a very fast egg and spoon race!
Great book balancing by Mrs Wilson.


Miss Maclean does the toilet roll sprint.
Mr Fleming finishing the week with the hurdles.

Remote Learning – Glenwood Virtual Sports Week

All of the staff are super excited about our Virtual Sports Week and have been out practising! Take a look at the video…

Each day next week we will post on Google Classrooms different sports for you to try at home. Take some photos or videos of you taking part and post them in your Google Classroom for your Glenwood friends to see.

You can also share on Twitter @GlenwoodFC #Glenwoodlearningathome 

Remote Learning – More PE at Home

Exercise keeps us healthy and taking part in fun games can improve our coordination and movement skills. Here are some more fun ideas for keeping active…

Animal Actions

Pretend to be different animals. Can you….

Jump like a frog

Prowl like a tiger (crawl on hands and knees)

Walk like a bear (crawl with your hands and feet on the floor)

Bounce like a Kangaroo

Balance like a flamingo

Slither like a snake

Gallop like a horse

Walk tall like a giraffe

Stomp like an elephant

Walk sideways like a crab

Flap your wings like a bird


Obstacle Course

Can you build an indoor obstacle course? Don’t forget that building and tidying up the course is also part of your exercise! Here are some ideas to get you started but we’re sure you can use your imagination to think of more!

  • Something to crawl under – a tunnel, a row of chairs, a cardboard box.
  • Something to balance on – a plank of wood, a line of masking tape
  • Something to throw – A ball, a teddy bear, rolled up socks
  • Something to throw into – a bucket, a basin, a toy box
  • Something to balance on your head – a bean bag, a teddy bear, a cushion
  • Something to jump over – a rope, a cushion, a teddy bear
  • Something to dribble a ball around – cushions, chairs, teddy bears





Mrs McGrory has put together some other ideas of games you can play with your family in this Sway.

Fun ways to exercise
During our gym sessions we like to do a warm-up game called the bean game. To play this game you have to run around until someone calls out one of the types of bean. There are many differen…
Go to this Sway

Remember to share some of your pictures with us on Twitter @GlenwoodFC  #Glenwoodlearningathome

Remote Learning – PE at home

At Glenwood we know how important it is to be active to keep our bodies healthy. There are lots of ways you can do this at home, here are some ideas you can try with items you may have in your house!  You will be learning how to control your body, how to move at different speeds, how to follow instructions and how to share and take turns.

We will post some more fun ways of being active next week so if you have any ideas to share with your friends please email or Tweet @GlenwoodFC  #Glenwoodlearningathome

Balloon Games


  • Keepy-uppies – How many times can you hit your balloon up high before it touches the ground? Can you hit the balloon with your hand, foot, elbow, knee, head, nose?
  • Tennis – Hit the ball back and forward across a line on the floor, string tied between two chairs or a sofa.
  • Waddle Walk – Put the balloon between your knees and see if you can walk to the other side of the room without it falling out!
  • Egg and Spoon Race – Can you walk with your balloon balanced on a large kitchen spoon?
  • Balloon Blowing – Lie on your tummy, can you army crawl and blow your balloon to the other side of the room? If that’s too easy you can add obstacles to go around!
  • Balloon Balance – Lie on your back with your feet in the air, can you balance the balloon on your feet?

Paper Fun

You will need a sheet of newspaper or a large piece of paper.

  • Lie the paper flat on the floor and lie on your tummy, can you blow it across the room?
  • Can you scrumple up the paper as small as you can? Squeeze it really tightly into your hand.
  • Can you throw the ball of paper into a bucket?
  • Carefully open your piece of paper up wide again, lie it flat on the floor and gently smooth out all the creases.
  • Put your piece of paper on your tummy. Can you run across the room and keep it on your tummy without holding on?

Ball Games

How many different balls can you find in your house? Try these out with balls of different sizes!

Throwing and catching

  • Throw the ball above your head and try to catch it.
  • Throw the ball to your adult/sibling and try to catch it. How many times can you catch it before it touches the floor?
  • Throw the ball into a bucket or washing basket
  • Throw the ball at a target


  • Football – kick the ball into the goal
  • Dribble the ball around obstacles


  • Bounce the ball and try to catch it.
  • Chalk or tape shapes on the ground and try to bounce the ball on top of them.


  • Sit with your legs stretched wide and roll the ball back and forward to each other.
  • Stand up with your legs wide apart, try to roll the ball through each other’s legs.
  • Cut a large hole in a cardboard box and try to roll balls inside.
  • Reuse some plastic bottles to play skittles.


Remote Learning – Ideas for Using Chalk

Children enjoy using chalk outside and can use it in a variety of different activities, developing many different skills.

For many children it may be one of their first experiences of mark making, allowing them to freely explore and encouraging their wonderful imagination. This will help to develop their fine motor skills which will strengthen their pincer grip essential movements for controlling and holding any writing implement.


Games such as hopscotch can help our physical well being, encouraging the development of our large motor skills, through hopping, jumping and balancing. Using numbers or letters can also help with numeracy & literacy skills.

Number Circles

Other great chalk ideas that would help to further develop numeracy skills could be, number circles having to count and place the correct amount of marbles or counters into the correct numbered circle.


Developing the ability to recognise the pattern and follow it on by drawing the correct missing shape or saying the shapes name. Encourages shape recognition and problem solving.

More games 

To develop colour, shape and number recognition, could be drawing the different shapes with different coloured chalks, writing a number in the middle then asking for the correct number and colour of marbles or counters to be placed in the named shape.

The freedom to explore different activities when using chalk will encourage more creativity, confidence and curiosity. You can help develop this by offering different learning experiences and ways to use chalk. Writing up picture idea cards might help encourage someone who is struggling to think of just what to draw.

Also by grating chalk into a fine powder and mixing it with water turning it into a paint, using a paint brush to paint with or adding it into a spray bottle will allow for different effects. Also mixing the chalk dust with shaving foam and placing into a squeeze bottle will create different textures foam paints which children love!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any chalk – you can make your own paint using cornflour, water and food colouring. Watch this video to find out how… Make your own chalk paint

Remember to Tweet  @GlenwoodFC  #Glenwoodlearningathome

Remote Learning – Yoga

During our weekly yoga sessions we learnt lots of different poses – do you remember them all.

The candle The downward dogThe snake

The Shavasana

Mrs Russell hopes you have been practising and has made a short video to remind you of them all.

You could also have a look at Cosmic Kids Yoga for more exercises.

Remember to share with us @GlenwoodFC  #Glenwoodlearningathome 

Remote Learning- The Great Outdoors

Being outdoors has many benefits to children’s wellbeing and development. It has a positive impact on mental health as the body increases production of the feel-good hormone serotonin and reduces production of the stress hormone cortisol. Being outdoors provides lots of opportunities for physical activity, which increases muscle strength, stamina and bone density as well as reducing obesity. The NHS recommends that children under 5 years have at least 3 hours of physical activity daily. One final benefit is that spending time outdoors can lead to improved sleep.

At the moment children do not have the option of visiting their local playpark so here are just a few ideas of what you might do together outdoors…

Scavenger Hunts turn any walk into an adventure! Look for signs of spring, shapes, things that are one chosen colour, numbers (in order), make up your own list or download one from online….






Explore nature in the garden  Go on a minibeast hunt – look under stones, pots, logs, under plants for creepy crawlies. Use an old plastic container such as a yoghurt pot to put them in if you don’t have a bug box.

Some other ideas can be found on these websites.



Gardening Even if you have no seeds to plant, it’s great exercise to help tidy up the garden by weeding and digging over the soil. You might find some minibeasts to investigate as you work.

Don’t forget to plant the sunflower seeds from your Family Learning Bag. You might try growing new plants from fruit and vegetables that you have been eating – apples, potatoes and peppers are good ones to try.

Family Sports Day Everyone likes a bit of competition!

Try some novelty races – ‘egg’ and spoon, balancing a beanbag (or rolled up pair of socks) on your head, penguin waddle (hold a ball between your knees), crab walking, wheelbarrow race, dressing up, shoe box slide (put empty shoe boxes on your feet)…

Make you own assault course – go under, over, along, up, down. Use whatever you have available – garden chairs, tables, slides, planks of wood, old sheets, skipping ropes. Time how long it takes for each person to complete.

Target games – who can get closest to the target? You could use a bucket as a target or make one on the ground. Throw balls, rolled up socks, wellies… Just make sure there is nothing breakable in the way.

Or you could make some skittles using tin cans or plastic bottles.




We hope you are inspired to have fun in the outdoors and don’t forget to share with us on Twitter @GlenwoodFC #Glenwoodlearningathome


Remote Learning- Healthy minds and bodies

Health and wellbeing is so important. This includes both physical health and mental wellbeing.

Why not start each day with some physical exercise, suitable for all the family.



Alternatively, perhaps some Cosmic Yoga may be more for you… we know this is a real favourite with our children in nursery.


Gonoodle is another favourite.


Children may benefit from this Social Story to help them understand the current situation regarding Covid19.


At a time when we are all experiencing uncertain times, positive mental health has never been so important.

East Renfrewshire Council has developed a guide, Healthier Minds, to promote the mental wellbeing of our children and young people. This resources aims to help you find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.