Bye Bye!

Dear Parents/Carers

I would like to say a huge thank you to you for all the support and kindness you have shown our staff in these unprecedented times.
Cart Mill is closing tonight and it is with much sadness that we move to our hub school, Netherlee Primary and Nursery Class.  We will be providing a service to the children of frontline workers and we stand together as the Cart Mill Family supporting our families who are doing a fantastic job.
You will be able to contact us via schoolmail@cartmill.e-renfrew.sch.uk and we will be posting on our blog and twitter to help you keep your children learning and playing at home.  I am really hoping that we can have our annual ‘Tie Giving Ceremony’ at some point but we will need to wait and see.
I hope that you and your family stay safe in the coming days and weeks and I hope to see you all again in the not too distant future.
Kindest wishes
Sharon McKenna
Head teacher

Snow and Ice

As the toddlers arrived today they let their friends know that it had snowed again. The toddlers were excited to make their own snow. We measured out some cornflour and conditioner and mixed it together. The toddlers then found some animals that live in the snow and ice , penguins and seals. The toddlers made icebergs for the animals to rest on when they were not in the water and snow. The toddlers discovered that they could see the penguins footprints in the snow and some seals hid under the water.

Helicopter Stories

Over the last few months at Cart Mill the children have been using the ‘Helicopter Stories’ approach to develop their story telling skills.

Helicopter Stories is an Early Years approach to communication and literacy skills based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of  Vivian Gussin Paley. MakeBelieve Arts company has been pioneering this work in the UK since its conception in 2002.

  Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down exactly as they are told by the  adult.  The children then gather around a ‘stage’ and the stories are acted out by the children.

The  Makebelieve Arts website highlights some of the benefits of Helicopter Stories as being :

  • An inclusive approach which values every child’s contribution;
  • Facilitates high levels of engagement
  • Creates confidence and self-assurance;
  • Supports the development of speaking skills as children express and share their ideas;
  • Helps to develop accurate, active listening skills and understanding;
  • Supports co-operative and collaborative and creative learning;
  • Develops positive relationships within a shared storytelling experience;
  • Allows children to explore early literacy and the power of words as they see their stories come to life, and develop their ability to use and adapt language to communicate;
  • Offers children a bridge into the world of creative writing as they begin to see the links between the oral stories they compose and the words on a page.

The children take turns to share their stories with the adult who is leading the session. As you can see below there  are always lots of children who are super excited to share their stories with their friends.

     

        

After the story has been written, the author choses what character from their story they would like to play and with the help of their friends, the story is acted out. Performing the story is always met with lots of great actions,  fun, and laughter.

Here are some of or stories from today, written then performed by the children.

Title : My Chocolate

“A minion was trying to catch a monkey. Minions are funny. And that was a bad minion and he caught the monkey and he putted him in the bin. And then a crocodile eated the bin and the minion and then the crocodile was sick.”

Title : Tilly

A rocket and a race car and a monster came along. Then the monster was going to stop the race car. Then the rocket was going to stop the monster. A bird was going to scare the monster.

Title: Nothing

A robot catched a monkey. A crocodile try and catch the monkey.

     

Title: Lewis

A tiger and then a lion comed and catched him. And then a gardener comed and catched them again.

 

Spring is coming!

The toddlers were really busy learning about how a seed can grow into a beautiful flower. We listened to a story about growing plants and flowers and wanted to make our own.

We filled some pots with compost and added some seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

We watered the seeds in the pot to help them grow and sat them by the window for some sunlight.

We will be looking after our plants by watering them and hopefully repotting them in April when we will add them into the greenhouse in the big garden.

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