St Andrews Day Celebrations at Cart Mill

What wonderful experiences the children have had all week at Cart Mill FC celebrating  ST Andrews day. Today was the finale and what a spectacular time all the children and staff had, all thanks to the Johnston family pipe and drum band. We enjoyed listening to the bagpipes and drums, ceilidh dancing, marching and tasting traditional Scottish fare.

Celebrating Scotland!!

With St Andrews day fast approaching the children in the toddler room are continuing to celebrate all things Scottish! They are enjoying singing Scottish songs and listening to Scottish music.

Today we were talking about the Scottish flag and what colours it is made up of.  Inspiring the children to make blue play dough which they then used to create their own Scotland flag!

We were also discussing tartan, which the children knew was used to make Scottish kilts.  The children created their own tartan patterns using shower puffs dipped in paint to make colourful backgrounds and then they then used toy cars dipped in paint to create the lines. The children created very effective tartan prints and had great messy fun!! They are going to stick their tartans together to create one big kilt when they are dry!

Frozen Castles!

In the garden last week the children noticed that the sand was frozen “Jack Frost made it hard, it’s icy” they agreed. Upon finding a bucket with frozen sand in it, they worked together, taking turns to dig the sand out “it’s a frozen castle” they exclaimed! Then the children tried to get the sand out of the other buckets but couldn’t, deciding that “we need to melt it”. So using warm water and timers the children investigated how long it took to melt the ice.

“It’s warm to get it out. It melts the ice.”

“It’s hard, it’s still frozen.”

 

Out of School Care Consultation 2019

The Scottish Government recognises that good quality, accessible out of school care is important for many families. It gives children opportunities to play, make friends, and build confidence and it can enable parents to take up work, training or study with the knowledge that their children are being cared for.

We have published a draft framework on Out of School Care which sets out what we know about the sector in Scotland and asks questions about what the Scottish Government can do ensure that out of school care better meets the needs of children and families.

You can find the draft framework and respond to each of the questions online here:
https://consult.gov.scot/children-and-families/out-of-school-care/

The consultation closes on Friday 6th of December. We will not be able to accept any responses after this date.

We want future policies on Out of School Care to be shaped by the people who would benefit from them. That is why it is crucial that we hear from parents and carers across the country about their views. It doesn’t matter if you currently use out of school care, if you have used it in the past, or if you have never used it at all – we want to hear from you about how out of school care can better meet your needs.

Out of School care poster

Parent Pack form

Parent Pack

Book Week Scotland

What fantastic experiences our children have had celebrating Book Week Scotland.

Outdoors, “in the deep dark wood” the children chose to follow in “The Gruffalo’s” footsteps and after choosing a character they re-enacted the story taking turns with their puppets. The children also decided to make some of his favourite food : roasted fox and owl ice cream.

 The children also had the opportunity to participate in Authors Live, where the authors read their story in Old Scots.  Inspiring our children to create their own giant artwork of The Gruffalo.

Another Old Scots story the children have been exploring is the “The Teegar that Cam for his Tea”. The Old Scots words have proven a challenge for our children, however they have enjoyed role playing the story and attempting some of the Old Scots words themselves.

Lastly, today we had a good ‘blether and book swap’ with our families.

 

Book Week Scotland

This week the toddlers have been celebrating Book Week Scotland. They have enjoyed singing and dancing to Scottish songs whilst focusing their activities on a book they chose called ‘There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie’!

The children found the story very funny and it created great discussion about all the animals the little girl swallowed! The children noticed the animals were getting bigger each time she ate and enjoyed holding up pictures of each animal as they were mentioned in the story. The children wanted to make green play dough to match the little girls jumper!

They then cut out little figures and using different materials added the midgies in her tummy!! Next, as a sensory experience the children made porridge, adding mixed fruit as the midgies, which they had fun mixing and playing with. This book has proven to be a real favourite in the toddler room.

 

Ice Age

The children were so ex-ice-ted to explore our garden today as Jack Frost had been to visit! The children noticed that Jack Frost had blown all over the garden and everything was covered in a “fluffy” layer of “crunchy” white ice. One of the children noticed that some of our flowers, leaves and conkers were “trapped” in a thick layer of ice. Another child mentioned that they had watched “Ice Age” at the weekend and the conker looked just like the acorn from the film. The children suggested we make our own Ice Age World for our dinosaurs. We had lots of fun making an icy dinosaur world and the children chatted about how much fun our dinosaurs would have playing in the ice.

It’s frozen like Ice Age”
“It’s an Ice Age dinosaur world”.

“It’s trapped in the ice. It’s so smooth”.