In November we scattered Poppy seeds given to us by Poppy Scotland at the top of our hill as part of our learning about Remembrance Sunday. We are thrilled to see how big and beautiful they have grown and how much colour it has added to our garden.
For more information about the work that goes on at Poppy Scotland please look on the Education page on their web site. You might even just spot a few familiar faces!
Do you remember the little caterpillars we had in nursery? Well can you guess what they grew into? We watched them eat and grow plump, then sleep in their chrysalis’ just like in the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Crale. Then one morning when we came into nursery we discovered they had grown into beautiful ‘Painted Lady’ butterflies and hatched out of their chrysalis’. We fed them fruit and sugary water for a few days to give them the strength to fly away. It was lovely watching them fly out of the net and off into the nursery garden. If you would like to find out more about caterpillars and butterflies please have a look in the morning red group floor book.
We are still patiently waiting to spot some frogs in our pond. So far we have observed lots of tadpoles swimming around, especially when it is sunny when they swim to the surface of the pond. The wraparound children will keep an eye on them over the summer holidays and let us know of any changes.
Today we had a visit from Environmental enforcers David , Alan and some of the team from NETS and Land Services WLC to talk to the children about looking after our environment, focusing on picking up litter and dog poo.
Children enjoyed the interactive session, looking at pictures and video clips on the Smartboard and loved to see nursery staff dress up as if they were going to work in the rubbish dump for the day!
The team have provided us with lots of dog poo bags and reflective strips to wear to show you are a responsible dog owner and clean up the mess. Please feel free to take home bags and a strip if you have a dog.
The children at Bathgate Early Years Centre enjoy taking responsibility for caring for and growing fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers in our orchard and outdoor areas. Each week they enjoy spending a group time in the green house watering the produce, observing the changes and growth. They have worked hard to label everything they have planted. Please come in and have and look and join our ‘garden gang’.
Each week the fruit man comes to Bathgate Early Years Centre to allow children to select fruit and vegetables for snack. This week the children also used the fruit to make juicy fruit salads to take home. The fruit and veg is available for members of the public to purchase too. The blue van is parked outside the early years centre on Mondays around 12pm. Please feel free to pop inside the van and have a look. The produce is also available to purchase inside nursery at 20 pence per item at our food cooperative. Please ask Mrs Todd for more information.
Also this week Tracy the Tesco Community Champion spent a day in nursery. Children were learning more about where fruit and vegetables come from and how they grow. They also thoroughly enjoyed handling and tasting sessions…….
“Taste d different vegetables.” Katie, aged 4.
“I learned all about potatoes.” Maya, aged 4.
“I learned about carrots.” Jamie, aged 4.
“I liked the sweetcorn.” Ruby, aged 4.
“I liked the carrots.” Romi, aged 4.
“I learned about all the different vegetables.” Grace, aged 5.
“She told us a story about a turnip.” AJ, aged 3.
“Some vegetables grow under the ground and some grow on top.” Megan, aged 4.
“I looked at all the vegetables but I did not like them.” Shay, aged 5.
“I liked all of the vegetables.” Keris Anne, aged 3.
“If you put a potato in the frying pan it turns out crispy.” Matthew, aged 4.
“You get vegetables in the supermarket.” Ava, aged 4.
“I put tomatoes in the fridge to make them cold.” Beth, aged 4.
“Cucumber is juicy.” Siraj, aged 3.
“Sweetcorn is wet.” Gillan, aged 3.
“The people tried and tried to pull the turnip out but needed more help. I Liked the spring onions.” Louis, aged 4.
“They were nippy (spring onions)”. Roisin, aged 4.
“I liked cucumber, It’s green and sweet and juicy and watery.” Megan, aged 4.
Children and staff at Bathgate Early Years Centre took part in National Spring Clean 2015 in conjunction with West Lothian Council and Keep Scotland Beautiful this week. The Environmental Warden team provided appropriate Litter Picks and Bags as well as also removing all of the rubbish collected afterwards. As part of their ongoing eco schools work, the children have been learning about caring for and helping the environment by putting their litter in the bin and also the importance of recycling litter. Well done everyone, the garden looks fantastic.
We collected a fantastic total of 1327 Morrisons Let’s Grow vouchers. Thanks to your donations we received our Let’s Grow equipment recently and are looking forward to using this equipment now that spring is here.
Well done to everyone who helped to collect so many vouchers!
We recently celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight in nursery. A small group of children enjoyed a visit to Scotmid to search for Fairtrade items in the store. We used our vouchers that were kindly donated by Scotmid to buy Fairtrade bananas to use for snack as well as buying Fairtade ingredients to use for baking and smoothies and to make banana splits on our firepit. We also bought a selection of Fairtrade products for prizes for our Fairtrade raffle for parents and staff. Tom the Manager was very helpful and spoke to the children about Fairtrade and shared Fairtrade chocolate and bananas with them.
Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets. Proceeds will go to Comic Relief. Thanks also to everyone who took part in our Fairtrade competition. We collected lots of Fairtrade packaging which we used in our Fairtrade cafe and shop and also in our art and craft area.
Well done to everyone who dressed in red, wore a ‘funny face’ red nose and donated to Comic Relief 2015. The total amount raised this year was £73.
In February we are learning how to risk assess and responsibly make fires in our fire pit. We are discovering how to safely toast and eat marshmallows, bread and cheese. The children are developing their sense of personal safety while working well in teams. Lots of problem solving and mathematical and science concepts are being explored. This exciting hands on activity promotes great cross curricular learning;
Gabriel “Too many sticks kill the fire.”
Louis “Wet twigs don’t go on fire.”
Lily “ Marshmallows melt fast.”
Conlan “Smoke nips your eyes.”
Alfie “Blowing gently (on the embers) makes the fire grow.”
AJ “You can burn yourself.”
Beth “We needed sticks and cough (cotton) wools.”
Roisin “We put fire on the marshmallow.”
Ava “We ate it.”
Gabriel “ We were eating them.”
Darcie “We put marshmallows in the fire pit.”
Sadie “We made the fire with sticks. My clothes were all smoke.”
Matthew “We had to split some wood, then put some sticks in, then it made fire!”