Searching for Spring.

The children have been exploring on the hill, searching for the early signs of spring. They found some snowdrops, a tree with tiny leaf buds and even a crocus or two.

I am learning about where living things come from and about how they grow, develop and are nurtured.

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Within real and imaginary situations, I share experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message.

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I am aware of how routines and events in my world link with times and seasons, and have explored ways to record and display these using clocks, calendars and other methods.
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I can talk about science stories to develop my understanding of science and the world around me.
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I explore and appreciate the wonder of nature within different environments and have played a part in caring for the environment.

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Valentine’s Celebration

Celebrating Valentine’s Day at nursery was a lovely end to the term.  Children enjoyed hearing nice stories about ‘animals in love’ and enjoyed creating pretty Valentine’s collages, paintings and greetings cards, using various red and pink materials and media in the art area.   We were also busy making yummy love heart cookies to take home to give to someone we love (if not eaten on the journey home!).

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Fire Pit Fun in February

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.”

Jack “Wood.”

Matthew “We had to split some wood, then put some sticks in, then it made fire!”

Conlan “Smoke was in my eyes.”

Megan “I made toast on the fire.”

Reuben “I tasted the burny bit and it was yuck!”

Evan “It was soft and sooooooo yummy!”

Gillan “If you fall in then you will just die.”

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Wild Animals Art Gallery

Inspired by the African art work of local artist Kirsten Harris and ‘Rumble In The Jungle’ story by Giles Andreae, children at Bathgate Early Years Centre have been busy creating beautiful pieces of art work of ‘Wild Animals’.  Children painted colourful backgrounds with a variety of paints and then looked for their animals in the colours and patterns, which they then brought to life using pastels.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Bathgate Early Years Centre……

The boys and girls are practicing all the songs for this year’s Nativity ‘Jesus Christmas Party’.  We have 12 to learn! Hope you are practicing at home too!  It is lots of fun dressing up as Nativity characters and playing in our stable.  Rehearsals are now in full swing and we are looking forward to having our audiences watch us perform.

We have been busy decorating our Christmas tree and making decorations for our Christmas party house, dancing to Christmas music, reading Christmas stories, playing Christmas puzzles/games and playing with Santa and his reindeer in the sparkly sandpits.  We are also working hard in the art area to make a ‘surprise’ to take home to our families at the end of term (ssshhhh).

We are having ‘planning meetings’ to decide on what food, music and games we would like at our end of term Christmas parties.

Next week (Monday 8th December) we will be making our own Christmas cards and the nursery Christmas Post begins for one week.  Please remember to just bring one card for everyone at nursery as we are an Eco School.

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Ice Explorers

At the beginning of the week we discovered icy patches on our playground and frost all over the grass as temperatures dropped.  We have been experimenting with water by leaving it in various sized and shaped containers to see if ‘Jack Frost’ will turn it into ice overnight.  We then added paint to water to make rainbow ice.

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