Kirknewton Primary School


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Hello everyone, we hope to find everyone well and enjoying the dry weather we have had recently – long may it continue! Staff have certainly enjoyed looking through your online Learner’s Journals at all the learning and fun activities you have been doing over the past week. Your child’s Journal play a crucial role in your child’s development in linking us with their activities so we can encourage and nurture their interests when we return to the nursery so please do keep us posted.

This week we continue with our theme of Spring as we investigate how to make scrummy food for our garden soil. Did you know that soil needs feeding too? They love our unwanted fruits and vegetables: peelings, cores or bits we would normally throw away can be used to create compost which feeds our soil with good bacteria and enzymes to encourage strong growth and good insects and worms to our garden. Delicious! If you wish, you can participate in an experiment of creating your own compost in a bottle. For this you will need:

  • a clear bottle – any size with a top
  • some soil
  • dry brown leaves
  • small strips of paper
  • vegetable/fruit skin (unwanted!).

Starting with a layer of soil, add soil, skin, soil, leaves, soil paper and lastly more soil to the bottle to roughly ¾ full before popping on the lid top. Keep the bottle in a warm area to help the enzymes build up and after 1 week, you should (we hope!) be able to see something happening as the bottle will have condensation inside showing that the material is warming up. Each week, gently rock the bottle for a couple of minutes to add more air in between the layers and watch it decompose and break down. It should not become all wet and bogey – it will then start to smell strongly – as good compost doesn’t smell, but add more paper or dry leaves if it does start to go wet. Mrs Sharkey is also doing this experiment too and we can compare composts via online Learners Journals if you wish. Fingers crossed it works everyone!

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s stories! This week we thought you would like to watch The Rascally Cake (details below) in keeping with our compost experiment. The character in the story gets a nasty surprise when his concoction goes horribly, horribly wrong. But be warned! It is a rather disgusting story, but one my children loved when they were your age and I’m sure you will too!


  THE RASCALLY CAKE by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Korky Paul

by Puffin Books – Published by Andersen Press

ISBN (HB) 0862644771 (Andersen Publishers)




On a different note, we recognise that all of us – both children and adults – are finding this time quite stressful as it is something we have never experienced before. This uncertainty will have an impact on our mental health and trying to explain to children that we will get through this together is in itself a challenge. We would like to share a story that you may find helpful by authors Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.


Nosy Crow:

Futher information and support can also be found inside an email Mrs Tracey has previously sent out mentioning CAHMS and Educational Psychologist with details on how you can contact them.


One last note, for parents who have children transitioning to Primary 1 this year, rest assured we have not forgotten you and understand you want to know what arrangements we have for your child and for you too. We are all aware that this is a huge step in your child’s journey and though it will not follow the usual path of previous years, all staff are working on making it a unique and special occasion. The first few weeks (if we haven’t returned by then) at Primary school will focus on your child’s wellbeing and settling them into this new environment.  We are currently working with class teachers in arranging Buddies to support your child in settling them in to school life (playtime, lunches, touring around the school). At Nursery, we also want to celebrate their time with us and we have planned something special to mark this event and to reacquaint them with their class teacher and the classroom. We are all working hard to see what we can offer and we will share these arrangements with you as soon as they have been finalised.


Take care.


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