New equipment

This week in the nursery the children spent  most of the time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. They had the opportunity to use some of the new equipment purchased using the money contributed through the  weekly school fund ie the construction bricks, cement mixer and wheelbarrow.

  

  

Meanwhile we took advantage of the good weather to have the  new mud kitchen  and the two sand/growing boxes built. We have also started to paint the wooden areas of the garden eg the house and planters. If you can spare an  hour or so then perhaps you can come along and help with this task.

Over the coming weeks we hope to make a few more changes to the garden area to make it more interesting and include a lot more activities for the children to participate in during the session.

  

  

As always the children are keen to use the bikes and scooters to ride around the area. As they do so they are learning to be aware of others crossing their path and keeping themselves safe by wearing a helmet and going at a safe speed.

  

Indoors the children are continuing to observe the growing caterpillars and create their own at the jigsaw and art areas. They continue to use the magnetic shapes to create  buildings.

    

The children have been talking  about their favourite places to visit in Abronhill – play areas, shops and library. They used the iPad to access  photos of the local landmarks.

  

  

  

Next week the school and nursery will be celebrating the 50th Birthday of the school with an open afternoon on Thursday 1.30 -2.30. Why not come along and see our displays.

The pre-school children going to Abronhill Primary School will be involved in their transition visits to the classroom on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th from 9.30 -10.30 each day.

Stepping back to the 60s

Today, we stepped back in time to the 1960s. We listened to lots of old fashioned music on a record player. The records were so different to the CDs that we listen to currently. Then Our classroom was transformed to look like a class from 1960 and our teacher was very strict! We were all very scared but worked hard. We are glad she is not like that all of the time!

Room 5 – Butterflies

This week our chrysalises all emerged and were transformed into beautiful ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies. They have been flying around the butterfly cage and we have enjoyed watching them. It was getting very busy in the cage with 35 butterflies  so we released them on Friday. We loved watching them fly off into the world. 9 of them have decided to stay a little while longer.

Enjoying the sunshine

This week in the nursery, as part of the 50th Birthday celebrations for the school, the children have been talking about their favourite play equipment in the play areas of Abronhill. They have had the opportunity to look at photographs of the play areas and draw themselves at play. If you have photographs of your child playing on the equipment we would be grateful for a copy to include on our display. Any parents or grandparents who have photos of yourselves playing in and around Abronhill please share them with your child.

  

  

  

The children are continuing to learn about money. The indoor shop has been converted to the ‘Safari Park’ shop and is very busy throughout the session with customers and cashiers. While outdoors there is a market stall selling toys.

  

  

Business was so good that the stall was requested to return the next day also.

  

As the weather has been very good this week a lot of the session time has taken place outdoors. The children have enjoyed using the climbing frame with many of the younger children gaining confidence to try to slide down the fireman’s pole with adult assistance. By the end of the week a few of the children can now slide down the pole  on their own.

  

  

As we were outdoors most of the time snack has also been taken outdoors with the children enjoying a picnic style snack.

In the run up to summer the children have been helping to look after our plants by tidying-up the containers, helping to plant new plants and providing them with water. If anyone has some plants which they wish to donate we would be grateful.

The pre-school children have also had a busy week visiting the school to meet their buddies and learn about planting. They also had the opportunity to join in and learn how lunch is organised in the school dining hall.

 

Outdoor Learning!

We all had great fun on Tuesday and Wednesday during outdoor learning. We enjoyed going on a woodland walk and also a walk around our local area. We also had fun doing a symmetry hunt in the playground and enjoyed creating our own symmetrical pictures.

 

  

 

Room 6 Outdoor Learning

We have had a fantastic 2 days of outdoor learning and the weather was perfect for being outside.

On Tuesday, we learned how to estimate and measure the distance between two objects and we even measured each other. We also practised our joined handwriting as if we were at a school in 1967. Then in the afternoon we all went on a woodlands walk and got the opportunity to work as a team to build tents and dens.

On Wednesday, we played lots of old fashioned playground games which linked to our topic of Abronhill in 1967. We knew how to play some of the games but some of them were brand new to us! In the afternoon, we went on a community walk to explore the local area and learn more about our own community. We had to collect data about things we could see and use tally marks to record this. Finally, we got to play in the sun and eat a delicious ice lolly.

A Little Update from Primary 5

The children have been enjoying their block of swimming at The Tryst in Cumbernauld. Some of the children had the opportunity today to go into the big pool for the first time.  Well done to all of the boys and girls for their hard efforts.

On Tuesday 16th May, primary 5 children will be going along to Bowling. The children will walking there and have all been advised what to bring with them.  It will be an enjoyable, fun day filled with learning new skills.

The children and I will be covering lots of work for the 50th anniversary over the next two weeks. I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday 25th for a lovely afternoon.

Mrs Burns

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