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Christmas Party Fun Stay and Play

We had a fabulous Christmas Party on Wednesday shared with parents.  It was a magical morning spent with Santa who arrived in a Fire Engine because there was nowhere to land his sleigh!

Big thanks to the Sumburgh Local Authority Fire Brigade for rescuing Santa from a field and bring him to our party and big thanks to Santa for travelling so far to come and visit us.  The bairns thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Santa and finding out all about his reindeers and elves.

We loved playing all the party games……

 

 

 

 

 

 

….but the highlight was definitely our Gingerbread House building competition!  Great to have so many parents and family involved and who better to judge the winner for best Gingerbread House, than SANTA himself!

 

 

 

Just look at the amazing creations that were made by everyone…all the bairns did a fab job and good to see some healthy competitiveness from the parents!

Hoooray to Santa’s winners…Sophie, Bronagh, Isla, Callum and Willum!

Snack time to recharge our energy…

Thank you for coming everyone and making it a special day for all.

More Advent Calendar Fun….

What a wonderful time we have had celebrating the countdown to Christmas with the bairns.  Each child had enjoyed having their own specially tailored activity to share with their friends.

We have continued our fun with…..

Funny faces snack made by Jeanne…

 

A Christmas present hunt in the forest led by Willum….

 

 

 

 

Sophie decorated our bikes and scooters to make them all Christmassy….

…and Leva led the Christmas Reindeer race!

Some Christmas playdoh made by Titus….

 

 

Christmas Carol Concert

Wir bairns were absolute stars at their Christmas Concert!  What an amazing achievement to stand on stage and perform in front of such a big audience.

The bairns chose their own words to the tune of “Ten Little Elves”, to create their own version of a Christmas song.  They thoroughly enjoyed the process and the confidence gained from having ownership of their own song, was clear to be seen from the amazing participation, singing and happy faces with which they performed ….and of course the fact that they are all still singing it a week later!

We are all so proud of every one of them. Here’s a snap shot of their performances…..

  

Christmas Advent Calendar

It’s fair to say the Christmas frenzy has hit us!  What an exciting and busy time we’ve had.

For our advent calendar this year, we really wanted to emphasize the value of quality time together, rather than just “things”. So we filled our advent calendar with activity and challenges tailored to each individual bairn’s interests.  Each bairn has a special activity to do and the opportunity to share it with their friends if the wish.  Quality one to one time and time with friends can often be overlooked at such busy times and we’ve all really enjoyed our advent times together so far.

Here’s a sneaky peek at what they’ve been up to…….

Christmassy Water play!

 

 

 

Digging for Christmas treasure!

Build a snowman………

 

 

 

 

 

….and knock it over!

Making hot chocolate…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a unicorn making craft station!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen dance off and musical statues….

 

 

 

Make your own christmas sand tray…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Christmas snack…

 

Make a John Deer Tractor…..

Hand Washing

We had a lovely visit from our School Nurse this week. She had a special light box which helped us to see if we were washing our hands well.  She also showed us the best way to wash our hands to keep ourselves and others healthy.

Exploring Ice

What amazing weather we’ve had for playing outdoors.  The bairns have really embraced all weathers an have been excited to be out to experience all weather types.

We had lots of fun collecting haily puckles…..who caught the most?….who caught the least? ……who had the best container for catching hail?……then they decided to gather their hail altogether and touch, feel, eat and play with it.

We had lots of mark making in the frost, using ice scrapers, sticks and spoons to make roads, draw, patterns, handprints and much more.

And of course smashing the ice was the most fun.  Our polar bears froze in the ice and we had to smash them out.  Some polar bears left a perfect pattern in the ice and we talked about fossils, felt the imprints with our fingers and discussed floating icebergs as the ice began to melt in the water.

The bairns were excited to tell us they could not find a circle shape amongst all the smashed frozen ice.  “It’s sharp”,  “it’s pointy”, “It’s like glass”, “it’s a triangle”, “mine has more points than a triangle”,  “mines is slidy”, “mine is smooth”, “it makes my hands sore”, “I don’t like it”, “I want to eat it”……….

Our Learning in Term 1

Hello everyone, apologies for our lack of posts for a while, there was a blip with our blog, but hopefully it’s all sorted now.

Here is a snapshot of our learning fun last term!……

…..Da bairns were really interested in exploring different materials,  their properties and uses.  They experimented to see if the material waterproof, strong, heavy, light, could float or sink.

  

……Then they explored their uses.  Could they build with it, could it stack, could it hold it’s shape…….

…..They took their learning outside to explore further where they experimented with forces and how things move…..

….Some bairns were very interested in magnetic forces, push and pull and others really enjoyed exploring mark making in the sand using different tools and materials.

….Magnus explored forces of push and pull using his body and feet – he even made his own ski’s!

We had lots of fun outside as always………

…building, climbing…

…..Jumping, sunbathing….

 

 

 

…..flying kites, experimenting with sound, pony jumps and building….

….Bikes and scooters pedalling with a passenger and negotiating corners with an extra wide bike!

…..Pony cuddles, walks to the shore,

 

 

 

 

 

…..and of course jumping in muddy puddles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

….And finally…..

…..baking, tea parties, painting with pineapples and pineapple play doh…..

 

 

….cosy stories, colour sorting and lemon tasing…..

…….music making, instrument skills, rhythm….

 

 

 

 

 

We were kindly donated an amazing castle!  The bairns carefully followed the instructions to build the castle themselves and some went on to make their own castles using all their knowledge of building and material properties they had already learned in their experiments….

 

Stay and Play

What a glorious day it was for our last Stay and Play day this term!

We were all very busy painting, sanding, watering and building while the sun shone, but the highlight was most definitely building our Fire Pit at the end of the day to toast marshmallows and eating “shmores”!

Painting!………..

Making trampolines……..

Sanding, ready to build……..

”We look like scientists!” (Maximus)

Gardening and making planters……

 

Making fire, toasting marshmallows…..yum!….

The Fire Pit was a big hit with staff, bairns and parents.  Providing children such experiences with real tools and fire allow our children to directly experience and gain knowledge about the nature these things and of open flames within a safe and controlled environment. They develop a respect for fire and the skills to keep themselves safe, which they can apply throughout their lives.

We all had a fabulous afternoon in the sunshine.  Big thanks to John the Janny and all the parents who donated items and came along to help.  Some even managed a sneaky marshmallow or two!

Our “Buddies” came to visit today!

Today our pre school bairns met their Buddies from primary 6.  The bairns going to school after the Summer have been paired up with a Primary 6 pupil (Buddy), as part of their transition to Primary 1.  Everyone was very excited to meet each other and find out all about their Buddy.

The primary 6 pupils had an informal interview with their Nursery Buddy to find out all about them.

Rory told his Buddies he’d like to work in the Furchester Hotel when he grows up.

We all joined in together to discuss what we’d like to find out about primary 1.

There were so many of us we had to use the hall!

Our Buddies wrote down what we wanted to know and they are going to find the answers for us for next week!

Some of us felt a bit shy meeting new people for the first time.

Anri found out that Joanna had two sisters just like her!

Sydney found out that his Buddy Lewis had a new puppy called Thor and Alec had a cat.

We are looking forward to meeting out Buddies next week but also spotting them in the playground at playtime.