Yesterday afternoon we walked along to Bellsquarry orchard. When we got there we split into two groups, one of the groups started off by decorating the wooden beehive and the other group began by planting trees in the orchard. To decorate the beehive we used stencils and sponges to create a summer woodland scene. Planting the trees was hard work! We first of all had to chop up the extra earth that would hold the tree in place. Then we secured the tree and earth and added a wooden cane to support the tree and spiral covering. We are looking forward to visiting the orchard in the summer term and hope that the trees will all have started to grow.
Recently we have been focusing on how we can promote a breastfeeding friendly culture in our nursery. Staff have received training and we have written a breastfeeding policy for the nursery. It is known that breastfeeding can have enormous benefit to the health of both the mother and the child. However, as well as “knowing the benefits”, supportive environments are needed to enable and support breastfeeding.
At Bellsquarry Nursery we:
- Use positive and culturally appropriate images of breastfeeding
- Avoid materials which promote artificial feeding.
- Provide appropriate education and training for staff to enable them to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.
- Increase awareness of sources of support and information for breastfeeding families.
- Provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families and to encourage breastfeeding in the public areas of the establishment.
- Support informed choice in relation to infant feeding.
As part of our work in this area we are working towards a certificate of achievement which means we will be classed as “Breastfeeding Friendly” by West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership.
This week we had lots of fun participating in a tennis taster session. In health we have been thinking about what babies need to help them grow.
We are coming to the end of our Katie Morag topic and we wrote our own invitations to Granny Mainland and Neilly Beag`s wedding, thinking carefully about what sorts of information the invitation would have on it.
We have also been busy practising our songs for our Easter assembly.
We have started using our new woodwork bench and the children have been sawing and hammering and following instructions on how to be safe with the tools.
We have already started thinking about Spring and drew some lovely snow drop pictures. Some of the children read a book called Flora’s Flowers and decided to grow cress like Max in the story.
The nursery has also been given some donations by Lochlan’s mum for an Easter Raffle. The raffle ticket cost is fifty pence each. If anybody else would like to donate to this please let us know.
We also had fun at the dough table and had a wonderful time with some crazy foam, everyone was keen to try what it felt like.
And finally girls and boys working hard in the garden.
On Thursday the 3rd of March we went to Hillend for our first skiing lesson. We learned to descend from the blue perform in a snow plough position and stop on demand. We started by going around with one ski on then we put both skis on. When we were comfortable on both skis we then moved on to the yellow line and we went on to the tow.
Shortly after some of us moved on to the green section. Some people got blisters on their feet because of the extremely tight ski boots but as we stated to ski the pain went away. Our Examiners Bob and Allan helped us pass level one. We went for 3 weeks and we enjoyed it very much. In assembly we got a certificate to certify that we have successfully completed level one.
By Havia and Husna
On Tuesday afternoon we went to the Primary 5 basketball festival at Craigswood Sports Centre. We split into three different teams and each went to a different court. We played games against four other schools and were able to use our basketball skills which we had been developing the week before. We also used our teamwork skills to involve everyone and to help us to score points. We were awarded a certificate at the end of the afternoon and this morning we were presented with this at assembly.
This week has been a very creative week: we’ve been learning how to play samba and other Brazilian music in our Classic Concerts inputs; some of us took part in the West Lothian Dance Festival (check out the other posts about this); smiled nicely to create a beautiful montage for our class photo shoot; used lots of energy in our tennis sessions; Darren came in to tell us all about the Easter story and the special days that Christians celebrate next week; finished off our mini-topic about Fair Trade; enjoyed going outside for PE in what we hope is the beginning of the good weather; and been using our maths work on coordinates and compass points to help us write an exciting story all about an adventure on Pirate Island.
Yesterday, Wednesday 16th March, pupils from Bellsquarry Primary school took part in a Dance Academy show. Amy Shevlin, our after school dance teacher, prepared the children well for their performance.
The pupils received a certificate and a trophy for their amazing effort. Well done!