Kirknewton Primary School

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Hi everyone, all staff hope you are keeping well and looking after yourselves and your family.

We are delighted to hear that some of our children have become a big sister or brother during this challenging time.  All families are doing well and we want to say a huge congratulations.

We have also really enjoyed looking at everyone’s photographs on the Online Learner’s Journals and seeing all the work children and families have been doing together. It’s always great to hear your stories and we encourage everyone to get involved in sharing your stories and comments, which you can do in the parents’ comment section on your child’s Online Journal. If you have forgotten your password just send us an email and we can resend you a link. The comments we have especially enjoyed reading are focused on keeping fit (very good in practising social distancing and keeping our body fit!) and Spring, where children are going for walks and discovering lambs in a field while on their travels. Planting is also a staff favourite with gardens being overhauled and seeds being planted in lovely fresh-looking seed beds. Fingers crossed the good weather continues so we can watch them grow!

Activities

Spring is a very exciting time for the garden with planting and new life everywhere you look, and we found some stories we thought you might like enjoy reading/listening online:

Author Christie Matheson reads her book “Plant a Tiny Seed” found on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYMgUvqs-D4

 

Author Debbie Gliori (illustrator Amanda Brown) reads “Little Owl’s Egg” from the Scottish Book Trust found on: https://uk.video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrIS.iBTaFe3jYAUgV3Bwx.;_ylu=X3oDMTByZmVxM3N0BGNvbG8DaXIyBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=scottish+book+trust&fr=yhs-iba-1&hspart=iba&hsimp=yhs-1#id=17&vid=d218621cdc8feccd25e7545092fd3472&action=view.

If your child enjoys yoga you can visit https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga. We use this site and others for children in nursery and it is worth exploring and they are fun for all age groups.

If you are looking for something to do, we have discovered Kimberley Smith who was inspired by a Danish approach for early years called Hygge (pronounced Hue guh). Kimberley’s teaching is very calming in its’ simplicity and one both child and adult can do together for their well-being. Moreover, we have discovered a site where Kimberley provides some ‘lessons’ (activities for five days) for us to follow, which you can do so on this link if you so wish: https://www.hyggeintheearlyyears.co.uk/home-learning-8635eee9-73d1-4796-827b-03b577fafe50

It is free to sign up to these activities and there are four weeks’ worth of programmes already available for you to download.

Next week we thought to keep up with learning activities by creating our own compost in a bottle. We will do a step-by-step guide you can do it alongside us as we take photos and share the decomposing material – you can also record your results in a pictorial chart. I’m sure you’re looking forward to seeing the results already!

All staff want to say how we wish everyone is well and safe.

Take care,

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