Category Archives: Nursery Learning Stories

Nursery Outdoor Adventures!

Have a look at the adventures our nursery children are having in the outdoors and in the local community. We regularly visit our school wilderness area, where we use our senses to spot the changes in season, identify mini beasts and also use our numeracy skills to count the daffodils! We are also gaining confidence when climbing, balancing and jumping and we know how to keep ourselves safe.

We visit our community to sing to the residents at Cunnigar House, visit the local cafe, and look at the interesting buildings on the way.

We have been very excited to welcome tadpoles to our nursery and have enjoyed caring for them. We have dug out a pond for them in our nursery garden and we are looking forward to seeing how the grow and change over the next few weeks.

Take a look…….

Nursery Book Bag Gifting

The nursery children were very excited today as it was the day of our book bag gifting and all our anti-preschool children were receiving their bag with lovely new books and activities inside. Our preschool children were not forgotten and were delighted to receive a new book to take home.

Some of our parents and grandparents attended the gifting and along with the children were very excited about our special visitor. The Book Bug came along to our nursery to give the boys and girls their gifts. The children enjoyed giving him hugs and high fives and loved showing him our new nursery. After our gifting the parents and grandparents went with the children in to their key groups and the teachers read the group one of the books from the anti-preschool bag. The adults were able to observe our voting system and were involved in choosing what book each group read. We used the title, cover and author to help us make the decision. We all then enjoyed reading together and listening to the stories, discussing afterwards what we liked about it.

This was a lovely way to spend our session at nursery and a super way to encourage families to read at home together and learn more about the books they enjoy.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event.



Mid Calder 40th Anniversary Open Afternoon

This term every class have had a focus on Mid Calder for their Interdisciplinary Learning context for learning. Classes have investigated different aspects of Mid Calder from its location to its history, shops to services provided in our area. Thank you to everyone who came along to help us celebrate.

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Nursery Official Opening

Today we welcomed Executive Councillor for Education, David Dodds to officially open our new nursery building.

We showcased our school’s musical talents by the nursery children singing a song,  Leah played the keyboard and the P6 pupils sang a song from the Lion King. Invited guests included Jim Cameron, Head of Education, Mvairi Lynch, Early Years Development Officer, and other representatives from the council as well as Keith Earley, contracts manager from Hadden Contraction. Representatives from the Parent Council and PSA also joined us.

Thank you for everyone who came along to help us celebrate.

Surprise visit to mark Digital School Award

Pupils at Mid Calder Primary and Nursery School had a surprise visit from Donna McMaster, West Lothian Council’s Head of Service for Education Curriculum, Quality Improvement and Performance, recently.

Mrs McMaster dropped in to congratulate the school on gaining national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning.

The Digital Schools Award recognises the dedication and innovation shown by Mid Calder Primary in areas of leadership and vision, digital technology for learning and teaching, school culture, professional development and resources and infrastructure.

Donna McMaster commented: “I was delighted to have been invited to Mid Calder Primary School to congratulate pupils and staff personally on their achievement.

“Mid Calder is the second primary school to achieve the Digital Schools award in West Lothian, earlier this year Kirknewton Primary School was also recognised as a digital school.

“Bathgate Early Years Centre was the first facility to pick up the prestigious award in West Lothian, and it is believed to be the first early years centre in Scotland to achieve the accolade.

“It is fantastic to see the work which has been achieved to embed technology into the school ethos and how technology is being embraced by the pupils, staff, parents and carers.”

Depute Head Teacher, Sarah Burton, Mid Calder Primary, West Lothian said: “The Digital Schools programme offered our school a supportive structure to evaluate our digital learning journey and where we needed to go.”

“It has also enabled our Technical Troopers pupil group, to take on a valuable leadership opportunity within our school. We are very proud of how digital learning is embedded in our school from nursery to primary 7, and this award was a chance to celebrate this work and share with others.”