Category Archives: Social Studies

Ice and Antartica


Over the last 2 mornings in the garden , the children have discovered ice on the ground and in puddles. They have been exploring how it looks and feels. Ice and snow provide excellent provocations for learning as the children are intrigued by how it forms and how it melts and how cold it feels next to their skin.

Experiences like this offer opportunities to explore many different lines of development. Stephanie and the children talked about how some people live in very cold countries and the children learned about Antartica.

As we have been using our firepit there was a lot of chat about how people keep warm in cold climates.





Sensory Autumn Playdough

We used natural resources for sorting, feeling, smelling and categorising. We talked about textures and we made a beautiful sun catcher with autumn leaves. Cameron said “my leaf is very soft, my leaf is very green”.

Jade noticed “my leaf is very hard and crispy, my leaf is nice and yellow, lots of brown spots” “the acorn is really rough”.

Matthew said “the leaf I had was very jaggy, it’s really soft and shiny, it’s got lots of lines and its dark green, another leaf is red and crunchy”.

Vanessa said “my leaf is yellow and it’s very hard and sounds crunchy”.

Gia said “my leaf is nice and yellow, its nice and soft, and got pointed edges”.


Scavenger Hunt

Today the children went on a scavenger hunt and eagerly set off to find the items listed on their chart.

Some worked as a team and others worked alone and there was a healthy sense of competition amongst the group.

Once all of the items had been found the children looked closely at each one and commented saying:

“the front of the leaf is soft and the back is rough.”

“one leaf is big and one is small but they are both the same.”

The children noticed that the leaves were a variety of colours and knew that this meant it was nearly winter.

Chocolate Playdough

Clare and the children made some chocolate playdough this morning, adding some chocolate powder to the original playdough recipe.

They enjoyed pretending to make chocolates and cupcakes with the finished product.

Callum thought it smelled like chocolate.

Connor was very safety conscious, he knew that he needed an oven glove to put chocolate cupcakes in the oven.

Lewis said “We can make chocolates and cupcakes” , then he sang Happy Birthday to Arran.

Arran counted all the cupcakes he made.

Happy Weekend Everyone

Trip to Caulders Glen

The children went on a very important trip this afternoon to the garden centre. We have been making plans for our garden area and we know that now is the time to start planting some flowers, fruits and vegetables.  We have a planning wall through the swing doors on the right as you come into the family centre. We have been consulting with the children, staff and parents as to what everyone would like to see happen in our lovely outdoor space. Please feel free to have a look and add your thoughts and suggestions.

We have a very kind offer from one of our Dads who has offered to come and help us with the landscaping of our garden. We are excited about this. If anyone else would like to get involved in our garden project please let us know. If you have a flourishing garden at home you may be able to spare a few little cuttings for us.

A New Construction Area

The children have been enjoying exploring the new construction area within the Family Centre. The children have been looking at buildings in Glasgow and drawing their own then constructing them with the wooden blocks. Some of the children recognised The Science Centre and other familiar buildings that they have visited with their families.


Some of the children have been investigating the Numeracy Area as there has been lots of loose parts and interesting materials added that we have been using to count.


Peer Evaluation


This little session happened very naturally one day last week, with some  children deciding they would like to explore their learning journeys together. I meant to post it before now! I like how Joseph is ‘chairing’ the whole group in the first picture! A perfect example of moderation and peer evaluation! Take note staff !


Also a good example of reflection, as the children’s learning journeys are personal to them and are an excellent way to look back and remember fun learning times.

Spring and Easter fun at Cart Mill

Enjoy this little film, and have a think about this question….

What came first? The Chicken or the Egg? Answers in the comments box please ….


Tomorrow we are hoping that the Easter Bunny will hop along to our centre and leave some eggs for us. He/She (who knows?) has a habit of hiding the eggs for us to hunt for them, so that will be fun.  We are also visiting our friends at Williamwood High School  and Bonnyton House with our Easter Hats on.