Chicks in nursery

On Monday we were very excited to receive some chick’s eggs in nursery. At first we kept them in a special incubator to keep them warm. We have been carefully observing them and have watched some chicks emerge. Today when we arrived at nursery we discovered that all nine eggs have now hatched. Yesterday they looked very tired and were struggling to stand but today they have really fluffed up and are making lots of noise as they move around their crate. We have discovered that the brown chicks are girls and the yellow ones are boys. This experience has helped us to learn about life-cycles. I wonder if we will observe any changes next week.

    

On Monday when we arrived in nursery, we discovered that most of our butterflies had emerged from their chrysalis. We observed our butterflies in their pavilion for a few days and then released them today. We have been looking to find out what plants we should grow in our garden to attract butterflies and have now planted a budlia. We hope as it’s flowers emerge, we manage to attract lots of butterflies to our nursery garden.  nearly all our children are now aware of the life cycle of the butterfly.

Nursery news

Buddies

Our buddies sent us all a letter to tell us a little about them. During the week we then met our buddies and they played with us in nursery. We were able to share with our buddies some of the things we have been learning in nursery. We can’t wait to meet them again this week.

 

 

 

 

 

Our caterpillars

Our caterpillars have really grown and have now formed a chrysalis. We have now transferred them to the butterfly pavilion. We wonder how long it will take before they are butterflies. We can’t wait.

 

New life

Lots of excitement at Bonnytoun this week.

We watched on the screen, chicks hatch out of the bird’s eggs. We think the bird in the nest is a coal tit. The parents of the little chicks have been extremely busy feeding them all week.

We also have 10 caterpillars in nursery. We have been watching them grow. Already they have got so much bigger and fatter.

This week we also had grandparents/ Special person day. This was attended by over 90 special people. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Learning through play

What a lot of fun we’ve had outdoors this week. Edward’s dad has made a new water resource for us and we’ve been learning about the flow of water as we play. We’ve also been finding out how we can recycle water and we’ve been using mathematical language such as full and empty. We’ve shown good problem-solving skills outdoors when using our outdoor scales and when making a great selection of meals in our muddy kitchen. Can you see Matthew is writing his recipe  for his muddy soup.

 

 

 

 

This week many of our nursery children also visited P1. They had an opportunity to listen to a story read by the P1 teachers and then had a chance to play in a P1 classroom. Many of our children had made Easter hats which they wore during their visit.Thank you to the teachers who really welcomed all our children and to the boys and girls in P1 who were so kind and helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visit from some new lambs

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about babies. This week we have been learning about baby animals and we were really lucky to have the opportunity to see some baby lambs. Thank you to Alistair and Amy who brought the lambs to nursery. One of the lambs was only 2 weeks old and the other was 4 weeks. We know that baby lambs get milk from their mummy but we also found out this week that these lambs also get a bottle of milk and already they can have some hay and special nuts for lambs.

 

 

 

 

 

mark making in nursery

It is really important for our children to have opportunities to make marks in nursery. Making marks with different resources helps to develop emergent writing. Look at just some of the things we’ve been doing.

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Learning about birds

Over the last few weeks we have been setting up a bird-watching area in nursery. We have left only a small viewing area as we didn’t want the birds to fly away when they saw a sudden movement in nursery. We’ve been putting out bird food daily and have even made food kebabs and bird cake for the birds. They seem to prefer the bird cake which is made from fat, bird-seed, raisins and bread. We have been making marks on our bird identification chart to show the birds visiting our garden. We have already observed lots of wood pigeons and magpies as well as a robin, blue tit and a great tit. At our games table we’ve been playing a bird matching game and this is already helping us to identify some common garden birds. In the art area we have been looking at a bird identification book and using this to help create our own birds. In our construction area, we have even seen a bird hotel being built. We’ve been asking parents and children for ideas on what we would now like to learn about birds and have already received some great ideas. Over the next few weeks we hope to learn about how to build nests, migration, different bird sounds and eggs.

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Our Christmas Singalongs

In December we managed to learn lots of new songs for our Singalongs. We enjoyed performing in front of an audience and by the final performance our confidence had certainly grown. We showed that we could talk confidently and clearly into a microphone, sing lots of songs in front of an audience and play instruments in time to the music.

We also had great fun at our parties where we were able to dance expressively and play lots of games. We certainly enjoyed the food on offer at our parties.

In our construction area in December we built a sleigh and took on the roles of elves, Santa and reindeer. We were extremely busy. We had lots of letters to read to make sure we had all the correct presents for the children.

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It’s getting colder outside!

We’ve enjoyed exploring our outdoor area this week. We left containers filled with water overnight on Wednesday. Look what happened! They had all turned to ice. When we took them inside to show everyone we could see that our ice shapes started to melt in our warm nursery.

We also added some warm water to the frosty, icy ground. It started to melt too but by the afternoon it was very slippy as the water had turned to ice. We had to be very careful. ice-3ice-12ice-16ice-24ice-14ice-11