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Term 3 Blog 2021-22

Happy New Year!! and welcome to our Term 3 blog. We have lots to look forward to between now and the Easter break including looking at the themes of Winter and Spring. It will be lovely to experience all the exciting changes in the Nursery garden and woods as we move through the seasons. We will also be investigating our Scots heritage through activities, songs and poetry. As always, we will continue to plan other themes and activities using the interests of the children . We hope you enjoy sharing our journey!


Have A Lovely Holiday!!

We hope you all have a lovely holiday. See you back in Nursery on Monday 25th April


Week Beginning: Monday 28th March 2022

Spring Is In The Air

The children have loved looking at the Spring Display and this sparked an interest in the baby animals we see in Springtime. The children then enjoyed making sheep and decorating eggs

The children have also been helping with some planting in the garden. We then decided to bring the planting tools inside… We had lots of fun digging, planting and watering!!

Information/Reminders

Spring Holiday: The Spring holiday will begin on Friday 8th April at 12:30pm and Nursery will resume on Monday 25th April at normal time

Transition Email: A Transition email has been sent to all parents with children starting P1 in August 2022. Please check your inbox for the information and let Nursery staff know if you have not received it.


Week Beginning: Monday 21st March 2022

FEE, FI, FO, FUM !!!!!…………

This week the children have enjoyed reading the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. They used the beanstalk, house, puppets and golden egg to re-tell the story and did some measuring outside in the garden.

Spring Blossom

We have continued to enjoy looking for signs of Spring and lots of the children noticed the blossom on our beautiful blossom tree. Some of the children created their own blossom pictures:

Information/Reminders

Parents Consultations: These will be held via telephone or TEAMs from Wednesday 30th March until Wednesday 6th April. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Pick Up/ Drop Off: We would like to remind Parents/Carers that children should be dropped of by 9am each day. This enables our staff to plan and organise the day in the best way possible for your child. We would also ask that children are picked up no later than 3:00pm each day. Staff in Nursery often have courses and meetings to attend and on occasions are required to leave the Nursery straight away. We thank you for your support with this.


Week Beginning: Monday 14th March 2022

Sunshine And Springtime:

This week we have loved being out in the BIG PLAYGROUND. We got to play on the Trim Trail and have running races with our friends.

We have also enjoyed painting pictures of different flowers and making spring flowers and chicks.

Information/Reminders

Tiny Happy People Website

Tiny Happy People is a useful website which helps support parents/carers with ideas to aid your child’s communication skills. Please have a look :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people

Communication Is Key

Each month, we will be sharing a Top Tip recommended by our Speech and Language colleagues . This month’s Tip is ‘Try using more comments and fewer questions’. Please click on the link below for more information:



Week Beginning: Monday 7th March 2022

It has been very exciting in Nursery this week !! We have been finding out about Volcanoes and even managed to make out own Volcano – hopefully we can share the video of it erupting soon. The children have loved helping create the Volcano, painting amazing pictures using books and even making their own ash clouds. The children told us lots of interesting facts :

‘Before a volcano erupts there are grey clouds’

‘The lava is very very very hot’

‘I have climbed up Arthur seat – it is a volcano!’

Dinosaurs – RAA!!RAA!!RAA!!

All the chat about Volcanoes led to lots of questions about dinosaurs. The children have enjoyed playing with the dinosaurs – they could name lots of different types. There were lots of brilliant noises – RAAAAARRR, ARRGGHH and STOMP! We also have some budding archaeologists who have been searching for dinosaur bones.

Information/Reminders

Footwear:

Although we are heading in to Springtime, it is still fairly wet and mucky in our outdoor area. Could we please ask that children are sent wearing suitable shoes for playing outside. It would also be really helpful if the children are able to put their shoes on easily. We are spending lots of time tying laces , which means less time for play. Thank you as always for your support


Week Beginning: Monday 28th February 2022

This week we celebrated World Book Day by reading lots of stories and doing some activities linked to them. The stories included Tiddler, The Hungry Caterpillar and Hamilton’s Hats

On Friday, it was great to see so many of our pupils dressed up as their favourite book character. Congratulations to 3 of our pupils who won a book prize for their great costumes.

The Nursery staff also enjoyed dressing up as one of their favourite books – Can you guess the book and which members of staff are dressed up??


Week Beginning: Monday 21st February 2022

We hope you had a lovely break despite the ‘changing’ weather. The children have enjoyed being back in Nursery this week and it was made even more exciting with some snow on Thursday. It was great to see lots of the children outside making snowballs and playing in the snow.

Information/Reminders

Clothing:

As we all know , the great Scottish weather is ‘ever-changing’. At Carrick Knowe , we try to get the children outside as much as possible and we ask that you send your child prepared for all sorts of weather. We do have some spare clothes and shoes but this is very limited.

Transition:

In the next few weeks, we will be in contact with parents of pre-school pupils regarding transition from Nursery to P1. This will include some key information and dates. Please keep an eye on your emails

World Book Day:

On Friday 4th March we will be celebrating World Book Day. Your child is welcome to come dressed as their favourite book character on this day.

Deferrals (Reminder):

If your child’s date of birth is between 18 August 2017 and 28 February 2018 you are able to apply to defer their school entry until August 2023. Please follow the link below for more information or contact the Nursery staff if you have any questions.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/deferredentry


Week Beginning: Monday 24th January 2022

Burns Day and Scots

Over the last week, the children have been finding out about different Scots traditions. This included using paint and material to create tartan , reading Scots Language stories and trying to make their own porridge with oats

Week Beginning: Monday 17th January 2022

Babies

This week the children showed an interest in learning about babies . They enjoyed bathing them , feeding them and wrapping them up warm in a towel. Following this, the children set up a playgroup out in the garden for the baby dolls, with tea and biscuits for the ‘parents!’

Birds

The children have also been learning about birds. This included looking at different types of birds, investigating how bird nests can be made and making bird feeders.

Information/ Reminders

Covid-19 : We continue to ask parents/carers to look out for their children displaying any symptoms of Covid. These include :

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Should you child develop any of the symptoms above, please arrange a PCR test through https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test


Week Beginning : Monday 10th January 2022

Winter Fun

This week the children have enjoyed looking at some the signs of Winter. They enjoyed playing with the ice in the garden. They explored their senses together and thought it was cold and wet to touch. The children then broke up the ice to make different shapes. Can you guess what shapes they made?

The children also enjoyed playing with ‘snow’, building igloos/snow castles and playing with artic animals

Bird Feeding

The children have also been busy feeding the birds in the garden and decided to make their own Bird Feeders

Information/Reminders

P1 Deferrals

If your child’s date of birth is between 18 August 2017 and 28 February 2018 you are able to apply to defer their school entry until August 2023. Please follow the link below for more information or contact the Nursery staff if you have any questions.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/deferredentry

Incredible Years

We are delighted to let you know about a new Incredible Years Group in starting January 2022 in the North West Locality (please see attached flyer for details).  Incredible Years is specifically for parents and carers with children aged 3-6 years displaying difficult behaviour. Since 2014 there has been over 100 Incredible Years and Triple P courses delivered in Edinburgh and they continue to accept applications from professionals and parents and carers using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/incredibleyears.   Over 80% of parents and carers report that their child’s behaviour has improved after taking part in these courses.