Dear Parents and Carers,
Busby Nursery’s blog is moving. We now have a new nursery website which gives you a range of information, including the weekly lunch menus. This also includes our blog and you can find all the latest photos and details of the children’s learning there.
Feel free to browse this old blog for any historical photos and information, but all the new and latest will be on our new website at this link:
Great creativity and imagination have been flourishing in Busby Nursery, in artwork, literacy and small world play.
After reading “The Very Hungry Worry Monsters” by Greening Rosie, several of the children were inspired to depict Worry Monsters in their own way. Some chose to use the whiteboard, others chose pens and paper, and others independently constructed models using tissue paper and tape.
Outdoor Art on a big canvas has also been a very popular choice, with the children using their gross motor skills to paint.
Later on, some recycled old packaging provided a great canvas for the children to paint on. They mixed up their own powder paints, then used brushes on sticks to create their giant floor painting.
Creative with Clay: the children experimented with clay, water and different tools. They showed great concentration to mould, shape, and decorate. They also mixed some impromptu clay paint and used it to make handprints…
“I made a little pot with shells on it.”
“I’m making a dinosaur!”
“It feels squelchy…”
Sensory World in a Tuff Tray
“The giant lives in the sunflower. We can put this stone here for a door.”
“I’m making snow with this chalk.”
“This is the bog and the hippo’s eating the mud.”
“It feels all squelchy. It’s like chocolate.”
“This feels so soft.”
Adventures in a Tepee
Den building, design, problem-solving and imaginative play:
“We can make a garden for it. We can use this for a fence.”
“I can put the pegs back on. It goes here.”
Chilling and making sweet music together…
After digging up the potatoes from our nursery garden recently, the children were interested to touch, smell and dissect other kinds of vegetables and fruit, and we talked about where they grow and what they are used for.
“It’s a potato!”
“That’s a sweet potato… It’s orange inside.”
“They grow on a plant…”
“Under the ground.”
“Apples on a tree.”
We also spotted some ripe plums growing on a tree in our new nursery garden.
The children suggested shaking the tree to get the plums at the very top…. and it worked!
We then dissected the fruit and veg to investigate inside, and smelt the lemons, oranges and onions. The plums tasted great!
“That’s a seed inside.”
“It has a stone (plum)”.
Later some children made fantastic fruit/veg people and creatures, using old fruit, potatoes, cocktail sticks, pens, buttons, felt, pipe cleaners and wool. They showed great concentration and fine motor skills whilst creating their own characters, and gave them names.
“He’s called Stumpy. Can I take him home? I put eyes and a face on.”
”Look, I’ve made a spider.”
“This is Lemon Shark!”
We hope you all had happy holidays and enjoyed the good summer weather we’ve had. A very warm welcome to all new children starting at Busby Nursery and their families. And a big welcome back to all our returning children too. ☀️
You will notice a few differences! You might be exploring new areas of the building and outdoors, plus you will all be offered a delicious two-course hot lunch, which is freshly prepared in our nursery kitchen each day. Morning fruit snack will also still be provided as usual
Dining out at Busby: pasta with garlic bread and vegetables today!
Fresh omelette with diced potato and tossed salad
You can view the daily lunch menu on our new website. This website also provides lots of other useful information, including photos and links to learning ideas you can try at home. You can access it through the school website or through this link:
Busby Nursery Website https://sites.google.com/er.glow.scot/busbynursery/home
The children have been having great fun exploring, investigating and meeting up with friends, old and new:
One Potato, Two Potato….
After the summer holidays, we found that some vegetables we had planted in our garden had grown. Our tomatoes are still green but the potatoes were ready to dig up.
We washed them all….
then cooked some and tried them at Snack Time. Mmmm….
There has been much excitement among all the nursery groups over looking at various live insects and mini-beasts these past weeks. The children have shown a huge interest in learning about them and caring for them:
– On trips to Busby church gardens we have found wood lice, worms, millipedes, slugs and beetles under damp logs and studied them with magnifiers. We looked up more about them in books too.
– In our nursery garden the children have prepared their Bug Hotel and have been excited to observe a few visitors, like spiders.
Spider books and spider crafts: “What’s this one called?”
– The children have also been studying four snails in the outdoor classroom. We found that snails love to eat basil and that they each have four antennae, two for seeing, and two for smelling and feeling.
The children were fascinated to watch the snails come out of their shells and observe how they move and eat, and the trails they leave. They gave the snails names too.
“This one is called Rainbow Drop.”
“This is Daisy.”
“Let’s feed them. They like to eat this”
“Look, they’re kissing!”
“They have slime under them.”
– And we have also all been following the journey of our nursery caterpillars with great excitement:
The children watched them journey through their life cycle, turning from caterpillars to chrysalides and then last week to beautiful tortoiseshell butterflies.
They were so excited to release our butterflies into the wild. Suggestions for names of the butterflies were also very interesting. Toby, Neeva and Pixie were a few of the favourites.
It’s been so good to watch the children loving and appreciating nature.
The children have been busy working with staff doing all kinds of Planting and Growing. We have created a Herb Garden and an outdoor and indoor Vegetable Garden, which are all thriving.
Take a look at this poster in our front window to find out more!
The children have grown Grassheads (“We cut their hair with scissors ‘cos it was growing too long”), and have planted rosemary, basil, radishes, carrots, courgettes, peas, tomatoes, spring onions, potatoes and runner beans, plus marigolds and bluebells for butterflies. They have been excited to watch the plants grow and have been watering and measuring them.
“We need sun, water and soil.”
“Butterflies like marigolds.”
“We looked after them.”
See how they’ve grown…