Westfield Nursery

June 29, 2020
by Mrs Alston

Well Done!

Beautiful photographs that mums want to share of the Mini Graduation that took place last Monday morning. A good time was had by all who took part!


June 28, 2020
by Miss Copeland

Summer Holidays

Hi Everyone

We have finally made it to the Summer holidays, but for some of you it will just feel just the same (except the sunshine seems to have disappeared, typical for the summer holidays).  It has been a very strange year and all the nursery ladies have missed you all so much and are looking forward to when we can all be together again.  We can’t believe our big girls and boys will be starting Primary 1 after the Summer,  we loved seeing you all at our mini graduation celebrations last week.  With all the rush none of the ladies took any photos so if you did take any good ones of your child at the graduation could you please send me them on KCopeland@westfield.n-lanark.sch.uk so I can share them with the other teachers and with your permission post them on the blog for all the boys and girls to see.

The Summer holidays are a very long time so here are some suggested activities for any Mums and Dads who are looking for things to do to keep the little people busy over the Summer holidays.  (Click on the links below this grid for more grids).    These were the grids I posted in the first 5 weeks of lockdown but every activity can be revisited and should give you a different experience and result.

Remember to be good for your Mummy’s and Daddy’s and if you want to send me any photos to share with your friends on the blog feel free (kcopeland@westfield.n-lanark.sch.uk).


Take Care and happy holidays.


Love and hugs

from Miss Copeland


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June 28, 2020
by Miss Copeland

Another busy nursery girl

Another very busy nursery girl.  Thank you for sharing all the fun things you have been up to.  I am sure your friends will be so excited to see you.  We hope you have lots of fun over the summer holidays and we will hopefully see you soon.


Love and hugs

From all the nursery Ladies



June 21, 2020
by Miss Copeland

Stay sun safe during the Summer holidays

Hi Everyone

It is nearly time for the official Summer Holidays.  We know you have not been at nursery for a long time and you have kind of been having an extra long Summer holiday but on Wednesday the real Summer Holidays start.  It doesn’t really feel like the Summer because we have not had all our usual parties and graduation celebrations but we have had to keep safe by staying at home.  Hopefully we will all be together soon and we will be having a mini graduation in the infant playground today for the boys and girls going to school.  (I will put photos on later).


We know the weather has been very hot recently but now that it is Summer it will stay hot for longer and the sun will get even stronger so watch this great wee story about how a boy called George learned how to stay safe in the sun….

Remember to follow George’s advice on following the 5 S’s:

  • Slip (on a T shirt)
  • Slop (on sun cream)
  •  Slap (on a hat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Shade

And you will be a SUN SAFE SUPERSTAR too!

Maybe you could do some lovely summer art too…


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June 14, 2020
by Miss Copeland


Lets look at animals this week…

We love this story at nursery, maybe you have it in your house, if not listen to the author, Rod Campbell reading it in this little clip….

Animals are great to learn about, there are so many things to think about:

Let’s explore the book:

  • talk to your child about:
    • different parts of a book (front, back, spine)
    • how to hold a book and turn the pages properly
    •  title and the blurb on the back
    • author and illustrator
    • the words and the pictures
  • now see if your child can retell the story, ask them:
    •  what animals do they remember
    • why could they not keep the – elephant, giraffe, lion etc
    • Why could they keep the puppy?
    •  can they remember the order the animals came in?
    • what was their favourite story and why?

Let’s move like the animals, here is a fun action song to show you how some animals move:

Let’s think about the different types of animals: (Wild animals, Farm animals, Woodland animals, Pets) –

  • talk about the different types of animals
  • gather all your animals toys and sort them into the different types
  • gather all your books about animals and sort them into different types
  • make pictures of the different types of animals

Baby animals are called, this is a good way to widen your child’s knowledge and vocabulary when learning about animals.  Here is a wee video to help learn what baby animals are called….

Animals Art and Crafts ideas…

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Where do animals live?

Where in the world do different animals come from? If your child is particularly interested in where animals live you could extend this by researching which countries animals come from ….

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This is a great way of getting children interested in patterns, initially just looking and identifying animal patterns can be fun, and recreating these type of patterns with arts and crafts materials.

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You could also introduce your child to the mathematical concept of repetitive patterns, using objects or mark making.

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This is also a great book to reinforce ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc).

  • talk to your child about which animal came 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc
  • make cards with 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc on them and ask your child to put them in order
  • encourage your child to put their toys in queues and talk about which toy is 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc
  • talk about the days of the week and label them the 1st, 2nd, 3rd day of the week etc

June 14, 2020
by Miss Copeland

We had fun at sports day

We had a great time doing our virtual sports day, we hope you had fun too.  Keeping a score was nearly impossible so I am just going to give the girls 1 point for every event they took part in so we will be giving 10 points per twin (20 points) for the grasshopper group.

June 12, 2020
by Miss Copeland

Health Week, Friday – Virtual Sports Day

Health Week, Friday – Virtual Sports Day

The whole school are dong a Virtual Sports Day today, Friday 12th June, so let’s all take part.

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Try your best to do each one of these activities then get your Mummy or Daddy to put your score in the comments section by clicking on the comments link (red writing) on the left of this post.

I wonder which group will get the most points:

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I hope the weather is nice so you can have your sports day in your garden, Good Luck everyone!



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Draw a hopscotch pattern. Do 3 hops, 1 scotch, a hop and a scotch and then turn (in 7,8) to come back. This is counted as one point. You can do this without drawing the hopscotch pattern by just doing the actions…3 hops, 1 wide jump, 1 hop, 1 wide jump, turn wide, then 1 hop, 1 wide jump, 3 hops and turn.

Target Rolling

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You will need 3 large 1 or 2 litre bottles with maybe a little water to keep them stable and a small ball or toilet roll. Measure a course 5 of your own large Strides. Place the bucket at the end. Throw or roll your ball to knock the bottles over. Time how long it takes to knock over all the 3. You can have an adult send the ball back each time to help you.

Tattie and Spoon

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You will need a spoon and a small potato. Measure out a course 10 large strides long. Use your own strides. Count how many times you go up and back to the start. If you drop the potato pick it up and continue.

Sock Throw

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Using 5 pairs of socks or small bean bags measure out a course 5 of your strides long and place a bucket or container. Throw all 5 pairs and count how many get into the bucket. After your 5 attempts collect all your paired socks. Continue by throwing your 5 pairs again as above. Count how many pairs of socks land in the bucket within one minute. (60 seconds)

Wall push/Press up

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You may choose between a full push up on the floor or a press up using the wall. Whichever you do remember to keep your body really strong and straight by pulling in your stomach muscles. Start with straight arms and slowly bend you elbows only. Go to about half way and then push yours arms straight.

Count how many press ups you can do in one minute. (60secs)

Speed Bounce

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You will need either a broom handle, a long cushion or pillow, a skipping rope, some shoes or something you can jump over. Start on one side and jump over and backwards. Count one for every jump. Count how many jumps you can do in one minute. (60 secs)

Be careful to make sure you jump high over the item.

Cushion Head Balance

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You will need a bean bag or a small cushion. Measure a course 10 of your own large strides long. Start at one end with the cushion on your head and walk up and back to the start. Count this as one. Count how many times you go up and back in one minute.

If the cushion falls off put it back on and continue.

Jumping Jax

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Count how many Jumping Jax you can do in one minute.

Wellie Wanging

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You will need a wellie or a large old shoe. Holding the wellie in one or two hands throw the wellie as far as you can.

Measure the distance using your large strides.

The History of Welly Wanging!

Wellie (or Welly) Wanging is a sport where contestants toss a Wellington boot as far as possible within the border from the starting line. This unusual sport became popular in Upperthong, Holmfirth in Britain as a form of distraction for villagers. They lived in a rural village where they needed to create different and imaginative games to while away the time. Welly throwing, also known as welly hoying, welly wanging and boot throwing, is a sport in which competitors are required to throw a Wellington boot as far as possible. There are four standard techniques for Welling Wanging – one handed (most common, using a single hand to toss the wellie), double handed (used with a large-sized wellie with both hands), between the legs (used by beginners, throws the wellie from between the legs while facing towards the target) and backward throw (throws the wellie over the head while facing away from the target). Choose your own Welly Wanging style!

Family Fun

Obstacle Course

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Design an obstacle course either in your garden or in your house.

Use as many different mini activities as you can. You can include things like skipping, speed bounce, jumping or hopping on, over or under pieces of furniture and any of the activities we have been doing over the term such as yoga balances, skipping or jumping foot patterns or even some ball skills.

Either make a short video of you completing the obstacle course and put it on twitter or email it to Miss Copeland or draw a design of your obstacle course with labels for each of the activities and arrows to show the directions.

If you can time yourself and some of your family members completing the course too.

Have lots of fun but please be careful and ask a parent or older family member to help.

Post Your Results

Post your results by clicking on the comments link in the left.

Let’s see which group gets the most points:

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If you want Miss Copeland to share any photos of you doing your sports day just email them to:


June 10, 2020
by Miss Copeland

Health Week, Thursday – Healthy Teeth

Health week, Thursday – Healthy Teeth

We know how important it is to keep our teeth healthy, listen to this fun song that reminds us …


We need to keep our teeth healthy and strong by:

  • Brushing our teeth twice a day, in the morning and before we go to bed.
  • Eating lots of healthy foods and not eating too many sweet treats
  • Drinking water or milk and not too much sugary drinks
  • Visiting the dentist twice a year to get our teeth checked


Here is a wee story with a funny ending to remind you how to brush your teeth…..

Here are some art and craft ideas you could maybe do to remind you to brush you teeth:

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