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Forwards and backwards with the bee bots🐝

This morning in the discovery room the children decided to make a track for the bee bots to move around on.

They used different shaped blocks to create a track that was flat enough for the bee bots to move along .
We looked at the arrows on top and discussed what they mean.

”This button means forward”

”what is this one mean?”

“backwards backwards”


The children used the direction cards and placed them along the track.

“Let’s  go forward like this card”

”The green one is go”


They used their numeracy skills as they counted how many times they  pressed the forwards button and how many places the bee moved forward.

In the end they raced the bees to see who would move the furthest, it was a lot of fun cheering on the bees.

 

Maths Week Scotland in the Discovery

This week is Maths Week Scotland. The children in the Discovery room are showing off their number recognition skills.

“We can match the pebbles with the numbers”


They decided to use our loose parts box to match the parts with the numbers eg. “It’s number 7, we can use 7 pebbles”

”what about sea shells, 1,2…6,7”

Loose parts are not just shells and pebbles, they are open ended resources meaning they can be used for anything, counting, sorting, making patterns, transient art. The list goes on.


The children then decided to sort the numbers in order from 1-9, they worked together to swap them round until in the right order.

“Put the 5 next to 4 and 7”

”Number 3 is upside down”

How did you get to nursery?

It is Hands Up Scotland Survey (HUSS) week this week and yesterday the children helped to gather information on how their friends travel to nursery. The survey shows different ways in which children across Scotland travel to school and nursery.

Last year 2,879 schools and nurseries in Scotland got involved in the survey.

The children asked everybody how they travelled to nursery that morning,

“How did you travel to nursery this morning? did you walk or drive?”

” I come in the car”

They then wrote down their findings and counted up how many travelled by car, bus, on foot etc.

 

Finally we submitted our findings online through the HUSS form. We found that most children travelled to the nursery by car.

The children were very confident in taking part as they felt they had a very important job to complete.

Transient Art

This week the children in the Home Room have been creating their own fabulous pictures with transient art.

‘Transient art is simply moveable art’. The children are getting creative using loose parts such as stones, shells, buttons etc, to create pictures using their imagination.

Transient art allows children to make a picture 100 different ways, rather than having 1 end product when gluing and sticking.

The children added blue playdough to their pictures and pretended they were at the seaside and the playdough was the sea.

“Look at the waves in the sea, they are very big”

They even made 3D pictures. “Look the bird is sticking out of the picture”

This experience can be explored indoors and outdoors and can often lead from collecting sticks, stones, leaves etc. when out a local walk.

The children had lots of fun creating their own pictures, why dont you have a turn at home, when at the park or out a walk?

Ice cream parlour🍦

What a beautiful day it is🌞

After discussions last week on how to keep cool in the sun, the children decided they wanted to open their own ice cream parlour.

we used:

  • Shaving foam
  • Food Colouring
  • Chocolate powder
  • Sprinkles


The children used different sized spoons and bowls to mix the foam and chocolate power to make chocolate ice cream. They then mixed red food colouring to make strawberry ice cream.

“We need to add more chocolate powder, I cant smell it properly”

“I’m going to have a pink cone”

”I’m scooping the ice cream, it’s very slippy”

” I made a unicorn Ice cream, it’s gooey”

We made our ice cream cones in the shade while we had a break from the sun.

The children used their senses to smell and touch the foam with their hands.

They used their counting skills to count how many scoops of ice cream it took to fill the cone.

Fruit Smoothies :)

The children in the home room asked to make some fruit smoothies.

So we searched for a recipe on the computer and the children made a list of ingredients.

  • 15 Strawberries
  • 2 Banana’s
  • 250ml Orange juice

We collected:

  •  Large mixing bowl
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp Knife (for adult)
  • Hand blender
  • Measuring jug

We spoke about the dangers when using our equipment and how to be safe using it.

“First we need to chop the fruit up and add it to the bowl”

“We need to measure the orange juice,we need a measuring jug”

 

“now blend it together”

The children enjoyed their delicious smoothies and are now going to add the recipe in to our very own Cart mill Recipe book.

 

 

We’re going on a bear hunt…

Today in the home room the children were retelling stories with puppets and props.

They chose ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and created a back ground for the puppets.

The children had a look for the book but couldn’t find it so they decided to search the internet for an audio version.

“Lets look on you tube, I’ve seen it on there before”

While the story played in the background the children all chose a character to act out parts of the story.

“uh oh! long wavy grass ”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“uh oh. A cave! A narrow gloomy cave.”

“We’ve got to go through it”

“ohh noo  there’s the bear”

Designing our own School!

Today the boys and girls in the home room were talking about what their school building will look like. I asked the children how they could find out what their school will look like.

“We could use the computer”

“What about your Ipad, its right there?”

We used technology to search for pictures of the different schools the children will attend.

The children came across building plans as they searched for their schools, so they decided to draw and design their own plans and schools.

“My school will have 10 windows”

“My school is very tall and has a big garden.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

What a beautiful day it is!

Today the children in the home room are taking a little break from the sun. They were interested in a book about Recycling and we had a chat about what recycling is and how it is good for the environment.

 

How do we recycle?

“putting the rubbish in the recycling bin”

“ we put plastic in our green bin at home”

We had look around  to see how we recycle at nursery.

We recycle our paper by having a paper bin, we put our leftover snack in the food bin and we reuse bottle lids, cartons, cardboard boxes etc in our studio room.

We even saw the bin lorry out the window collecting the recycling bins.

Writing fun in the Home Room

Today in the home room we were practising our writing skills.  We had a look at some food magazines and some of the girls decided to write some menus and a recipe for lentil muffins.

We looks up some recipes and one of the girls asked me to write out the recipe so that she could copy the letters for her recipe.

When writing out the recipe we were developing our numeracy skills as we looked at the measurements for the ingredients.

The children spoke about opening up our own Cart Mill Cafe in the kitchen and thought about the different foods we would serve!