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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

We had a wonderful time on our recent outing to the Donmouth nature reserve where the river Don meets the sea. With the sun on our faces and the wind at our backs(!) we thudded down the wooden path to the beach and walked along by the river until we reached the foreshore. The tide was low and we had great fun splashing in the shallow puddles and navigating around the deeper ones. With our base set up and safety chat over, it was time to explore the largest sand pit ever, yes even bigger than our new Nursery one! We busied ourselves filling buckets and flipping them over to make sandcastles. We persevered when our sandcastles crumbled until we were satisfied with our achievements. We took our buckets and nets to pools and streams and plunged them into the water in the hope of catching some sea creatures. Mostly our nets came back filled only with sand but our persistence paid off when a little crab was caught by S. We paddled in the shallow pools and experimented with different movements. We splashed, stamped, splattered and dragged our feet and observed the effects of our actions. The sand also provided a great canvas for mark making and some of us wrote our names in the sand. Our time at the beach flew by and after a quick snack it was time to pack up and head to the bus stop. It was the double decker on the way there and the bendy bus on the way back. Once back at Nursery the majority of us assessed our enjoyment of the outing with a thumbs up. Well done everyone and a big thank you to our parent helpers for their invaluable support. Working in partnership we were able to provide a rich learning experience and one that had a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, children and adults.

Safe. Healthy. Achieving. Nurtured. Active. Respected. Responsible. Included.

Everybody out on the field – our afternoon class

We have been enjoying the freedom, space and challenges on the playing field. For our older children it has been a chance to build on previous experiences, while our April starts have been exploring what’s on offer. The gentler slopes at the far end of the field are popular with the children. They enjoy escaping here at times for some quiet time under the trees while at other times there is lots of energetic play with children experiencing the thrill of running or rolling down the slopes. Often we accompany our play with songs such as Jack and Jill (went up the hill….) or The Grand Old Duke of York (…….he marched them up to the top of the hill ….). From the photos below you can see children challenging themselves on the climbing equipment and (without any adult prompting 😀) supporting each other.

Our transition to P1 project – Jack and the Beanstalk

For the past three Tuesdays we have been working on a Jack and the Beanstalk topic with the Primary 1 classes as part of our transition project. We have gathered together in the P1 classroom to listen to stories and watch animated videos of the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Over the 3 weeks we have participated in retelling the story using puppets, creating a beanstalk using mixed media and planting a seed. During this project we have met some of the children who will join us after summer and have started to build friendships with the current P1s. We have all been confident to sit with the P1s and some of us have responded to questions posed by the P1 teacher. Over the next couple of weeks we will meet and spend time getting to know our future P7 buddies through sessions on the play ground/ playing field and at our Wee Green Space. With each of these transition experiences we are becoming more confident and ready for the next step in our learning journey. Feedback from the children has been very positive (please see display in Nursery cloakroom) and we will provide further opportunities to discuss our thoughts on going to P1 and talk about any worries or concerns.

Transition to P1 project – in the Dining Hall

As part of our ongoing transition to primary 1 project, we visited the dining hall to meet the kitchen team and collect our snack from the hatch. We chose our fruit and drinks and then carefully carried our trays through to the dining tables. After chatting with our friends and finishing our snack it was time to clear away our trays. First we put our rubbish in the recycling bin and then we headed back to the hatch. At the hatch we scraped our food waste into the bowl and stacked our trays. We were all confident to carry out these tasks independently and enjoyed ourselves. This opportunity provided us with a taste of what it will be like to have our lunch in the dining hall. and we will build on this experience when our parents/carers join us for lunch at the beginning of P1.

Play on pedals group c

Well done to our last group on the play on pedals balance bike training. All children have shown a great interest in the bikes, and how to keep themselves safe while on a bike and learning about the parts of a balance bike. They all have demonstrated brilliant listening, cooperation, gained confidence and encouraged the others in their group. Well done group c. We managed to fit in 7 children today. Thanks to all the children and parents for their amazing feedback about play on pedals, I am so glad everyone enjoyed it. I have enjoyed teaching it to them.

Play on Pedals group B

A very successful week again with our play on pedals balance bike training. All children have shown a great interest in the bikes, how to keep themselves safe while on a bike and learning the parts of a balance bike. They all have demonstrated brilliant listening, cooperation, gained confidence and encouraged the others in their group. Well done group b.