Nursery News

Welcome to our Nursery and Pre-Nursery blog!
We will update this page weekly to keep you up to date with all our new learning experiences and news. 

Home Connections  
  • Using the photos as a reminder try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  
  • Look out for links to songs, websites and ideas within our blog which will provide opportunities for you to continue the learning at home.  
Miss Tricia and Miss Natasha

Week Beginning 23rd October

posted 19 Oct 2017, 17:33 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 19 Oct 2017, 17:45 ]

This week we are starting Learning Block 3; The Tortoise and the Hare. 

We will plan and practice different races, then at the end of the week we will take part in a mini Olympics! We will read the story The Tortoise and the hare and practice retelling it using stick and hand puppets. We will use our logic skills to make a track by laying out large paper in a sequence in the large hall, then we will practice following the path of the race. We are very excited to have our very own class pet for the week!! Ms Natasha is bringing her pet terrapin to school for us to help look after for a week. 

We will introduce the BIG question How do tortoises/terrapin's move? What do tortoises/terrapin's need? We will answer this using our enquiry skills while we investigate using a real terrapin! 

Our Personal Quality focus this week is Resilience we will use the story The tortoise and the hare to help us learn more about what resilience means.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




3.1a Exploring the senses  

2.5a Describing objects, people, places and events that are present and no present

2.56a Describing objects according to shape and size

Last week's learning experiences; (remember to look on seesaw to see your child's weekly learning journey)

Week Beginning 16th Oct

posted 12 Oct 2017, 19:11 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 19:40 ]

This week we will continue Learning Block 2; The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

The children will have a week of music & rhythm making, dancing and performances. We will make a trip trap beat using our bodies as well as instruments to create a beat. We will make troll masks & goat masks using a variety of craft materials. The children will help decorate a 'troll cave' to use in their performance. Then using the instruments, scenes and dress up we will create a performance! 

We will introduce the BIG question How can we use music to help tell a story? We will answer this gradually through the week using our enquiry skills to create a variety of musical sounds and effects to make the performance.

Our Personal Quality focus this week; Morality again in connection to the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




2.82a Singing songs, making sounds, exploring musical instruments and their sounds and joining in musical activities

2.14a following conversations and stories

2.55a Exploring size and shape in everyday objects in the environment

Some of last weeks learning experiences; (Remember to also look on our online Learning Journey using the Seesaw app.)

Week Beginning 9th October

posted 5 Oct 2017, 16:18 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 17:28 ]

This week we will begin Learning Block 2; The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

We will create our own setting to practice acting out the story, making a river, grassy field and bridge. We will use our communication skills re-creating the sounds of the Billy Goats clip clopping over the bridge using a variety of instruments as well as our own voice. We will practice counting out sets of three objects just like the three Billy Goats. We will explore who is age three in our class and how that number 3 looks.

We will introduce the BIG question Are they nice goats? When we read the story together we will discuss of the goats were kind to each other.

Our Personal Quality focus this week; Morality. In connection to the Three Billy Goats Gruff, we will explore good choices/sad choices that the characters make and if we think they showed morality. 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




11.1a being empathetic and sensitive towards others

2.12a Identifying and anticipating repetition in stories, poems, songs, rhymes and other language activities

2.53a Exploring size and shape through real life and play contexts

Last Week's Learning;

The afternoon children joined the primary 1 class on a trip to the Yuzhno Puppet Theatre. We watched a Russian fairy-tale about some naughty geese and a brother and sister.
We are taking care of the vegetable seeds we planted. We all get turns pretending to be the 'cloud' sprinkling the water
Printing with real vegetables!                                                                            Role-play making soup

Week Beginning 2nd October

posted 28 Sep 2017, 16:06 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 16:24 ]

This week we will continue Learning Block 1; The Enormous Turnip. 

We have had alot of fun this past week learning about the story, exploring the characters, acting it out in a group. The children can recall the events of the story very well, they are practicing to call up each character in the correct order through our role-play fun!  We will continue to grow real plants and investigate real seeds through enquiry. 

Here is a template of the characters for you to make stick puppets, if you would like to continue the learning at home...

We will introduce the BIG question How do vegetables grow? We will learn the answers to this question as we begin to grow real vegetables ourselves and use already grown vegetables to enquire and experiment. 

We will continue our Personal Quality focus this week; Communication. The class show excellent communication skills each morning through our "Hello children" song where they practice the communication skills of waving, singing clearly and looking at each person as they singing to them.


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




4.4a Exploring food and drink, texture and tastes

2.6a Using language skills in play situations  

2.56a Describing objects according to size and shape

Some of last week's Learning Experiences; Roleplaying The Enormous Turnip, Investigating real seeds and vegetables, making vegetable shapes with playdough, learning about growing and planting...

Week Beginning 25/09/17

posted 21 Sep 2017, 19:43 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 21 Sep 2017, 22:23 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 1; The Enormous Turnip. We will explore the story using puppets, role-play and pictures. The children will investigate vegetables, where they come from and what they need to grow. We will plant our own seeds and try to grow a vegetable of our own. 

We will introduce the BIG question Why is the turnip stuck?, we will use this interesting question to start a discussion and practice sharing our ideas about the story as well how vegetables are grown. 

Our Personal Quality focus this week is Communication. The story Two Shy Pandas will support us in understanding what good communication means and why it's so important in Nursery.
*Song Book Reminder*
For parents who are unsure, the children's song books will be sent home every Friday and collected back in by Thursday latest. The song or poem will be linked to the children's learning in class that week.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




1.7a Making choices with others

2.3a Expressing ideas and experiences through language  

2.77 Exploring and creating 2D and 3D artwork

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:
Our Entry Point - A visit from a mystery story teller                                        The Big Picture
Making patterns in the sand                        Enjoying our new role-play The Fairytale Castle

Week Beginning 18/09/17

posted 14 Sep 2017, 19:03 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 14 Sep 2017, 19:43 ]

This week we will begin our new Learning Unit which is called Once Upon a Time. On Tuesday we will have our Entry Point which will be an exciting morning of Fairy-tales. We will have a storyteller visit our classroom dressed up as a Fairy-tale character! The mystery storyteller will also bring along a story box filled with exciting story props!
We will begin to build our Role-Play area which will have a Fairy-tale theme. The Role-play will grow and change as we progress through our Learning Unit. We will look at the Big Picture of Once Upon a Time and find out what exciting learning we are going to explore, the children will also have opportunities to give their own ideas, interests and suggestions in our Capturing Curiosity session.  
We will begin to use puppets and story sacks with exciting props to support us in retelling familiar stories and tales. This will be great practice in developing our communication skills!
Our learning this week will help us to answer and discuss this week's Big Question; What's you favourite story? At home this week at bed time try to look at some traditional fairy tales with Mum and Dad, from your home country or beyond. If you would like to, you could bring in a Fairytale book (or print out) from home to share with the class at carpet time. We'd love to discover some new unfamiliar Fairytales from some of your home countries!
Here is a traditional fairy-tale/story from my home country, Scotland! It's about a Lochness Monster!

Have a look at some of our learning experiences from last week;  
Having fun exploring the story; Ten Little Fingers and Ten little Toes              Practicing our Cooperation skills
Painting our family - using the family photo to help!                                        Jigsaw self portraits! 

Week Beginning 12/09/2017

posted 7 Sep 2017, 20:56 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 22:13 ]

The children have had a great first full week in Nursery. They are getting used to our routines, daily songs and have been joining in with all their tasks. We had a great PE lesson on Thursday morning the children loved running in such a big open space. We also had our library session Wednesday morning, the books are waiting in your child's tray for you to collect if you haven't already. Remember to bring the library bag back next Wednesday. 

This week the children continue their All Abut Me learning focus. Thank you for sending in all your family and baby photographs. If you haven't done so yet, there is still time for your child to use them in our learning this coming week. Please send them to

Our Big Question this week is; Are We All The Same? This links back to our learning about what being unique means. The learning tasks the children will take part in this week will help them to explore the answer to this question further.
We will have a focus on the Personal Quality Morality. We will read the story; The Selfish Crocodile and decide through discussion if the crocodile showed morality towards his friends. We will use the terms Good Choice and Sad Choice to support the children in making the right choice at school. These are terms that all staff and children use in Nursery throughout the year to help them to independently make positive behaviour choices.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




1.1a Exploring personal identity

2.15a identifying own name

4.13a Following instructions, copying and repeating actions

(Number group games)

Our Previous Weeks Learning Experiences In Nursery; 

Back To School 31st August

posted 29 Aug 2017, 16:33 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 29 Aug 2017, 19:14 ]

Welcome back Nursery and Parents, Ms Natasha and I are very excited to see you all on Thursday. I hope you had a great summer, we look forward to hearing all about your adventures! We have some new children who will be joining us this year, they will have their pre-visits with us on Monday and Tuesday next week. 

This week and next we will start  an All About Me mini unit of learning. This will be a great opportunity for us to get to know more about each other and ourselves. We will practice identifying our name and photo as well as explore our family by sharing a photo of them with the class, identify who they each are and paint a picture of them. We will also role-play families in our Role-Play Centre. We have set up the role play as a bedroom/dressing area for dolls and a kitchen. We will take part in team building and partner games which will help us make friends and get to know each other better. We will look at the similarities and differences between us and learn how special it is that we are all unique. We will practice naming each other, our families and identifying and describing the different parts of our bodies. The children will also explore what their favourite things are at nursery by having the opportunity to rotate around all the different learning centers.

The Personal Quality we will focus on this week is Adaptability. The children will explore the book I Love School together. This book will help us understand more about all the changes that happen throughout the school day and how to practice showing adaptability throughout our day. 
Our Big Question this week will be What does it mean to be unique? We will explore this question through all our learning over the next week about ourselves, each other as well as our likes/dislikes.

Home Learning
We will give you an All About Me fact page for parents to complete with their child at home. This will be used to support your child's learning over the next two weeks. 
*Please also email a photo of your family and a photo of your child as a baby to Your child can use this photo to support them in their presentation, art work and for their 'class book'.

Week Beginning 3rd July

posted 4 Jul 2017, 00:58 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 4 Jul 2017, 01:23 ]

We have now come to the end of our Brilliant Bug Ball Unit of learning and this coming week we have our Reflection Week. The children will have the opportunity to reflect on all their new skills and knowledge that they have learned across their Minibeast Unit. We have selected a different theme of Unit focused learning each day. The children will have opportunities to choose their favourite learning activities from the unit and show and discuss their new learning with the other children and teachers. We will also go outside again on another bug hunt to reflect on our new learning and practice our new skills in finding and identifying Minibeasts in their habitat!

Our Nursery Exit Point will be the children’s Brilliant Bug Ball! The children will take responsibility in preparing decorations and costumes for their party. We have learned lots of Minibeast and flower songs and poems during this unit which we will perform to parents on Wednesday morning at 8.30am. This will be a short 10 minute performance, it would be great if you can come and watch. 

Remember to wear any Minibeast t-shirts  or anything you may own linked to Minibeasts on Wednesday. Don’t worry if you don’t have any as we have made special costumes that we can wear in class.

The children will have a big focus on the personal quality Reflection (which was previously called Thoughtfulness). They will practice thinking back on their favourite learning, games, role-play and crafts in the Unit. We will use our personal Learning Journey books to help us to reflect. You can take home your Learning Journey books to keep next Friday on the last day of school. Please also take home PE clothes and inside shoes over the holidays to prevent them getting lost. The play hall will be used for summer school in the summer so it is best if they are taken home and brought back when we return after summer.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




Learning Block 4 - Reflection Week

3.16a Observing nature in the local environment

1.23a Demonstrating independence in familiar situations

2.77a Exploring and creating 2D and 3D artwork


Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:

Week Beginning 26th June

posted 21 Jun 2017, 19:42 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 21 Jun 2017, 19:45 ]

This coming week we will complete Learning Block 4; Preparing For The Ball. This is our last learning block of the whole unit! We will begin to prepare our party (Beautiful Bug Ball) which we will organise in our Reflection week. We will research and plan a menu for the party food, decide what songs/poems and dances we will take part in and finish our costumes that we started making last week. Preparing for the party will give us an opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful new learning we now have achieved from our Unit.

We continue our investigation into the BIG question is How do insects move around? As well as decide what our favourite bug is and why.

This week we will again practice using the Personal Quality Adaptability. We will practice allowing other children to touch and try some of the costumes that we made without becoming upset.

Here is the Ugly Big Ball song for you to practice dancing to at home;

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




Learning Block 4 Preparing for the ball

3.1a Exploring the senses


2.21a Exploring words through games, play, art and digital means   


2.65a Exploring capacity through play and practical activities

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences: 
Making music to represent the sounds and movements of different bugs
Making our 'Ugly Bug Ball' story/song book

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