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Nursery Halloween Fun

The children in the nursery had lots of fun taking part in our Halloween activities.  We sang some Halloween songs, played games,listened to Halloween stories and ate a spooky snack, yummy.

Some of the children helped to carve our pumpkins and we talked about being safe with the candles inside as well as staying safe when out trick or treating.

At group time we all had the opportunity to do some dookin’ for apples which was a bit tricky!

A very big thank you to the PCA for their kind donation towards our Halloween parties.

‘Risky Play’ in the Early Years

The more risks you allow children to take, the better they learn to take care of themselves.” – Roald Dahl

Our children in the early years setting are developing a variety of different skills when exploring ‘risky play’.  Activities such as climbing, sliding, balancing, jumping from heights and hanging upside down can be considered as risky.  They have the opportunity to use a variety of loose parts to create and build, giving them the resources they need, to do what they want to and where they can invent and construct challenging and imaginary environments.

Involvement in risky play gives children the opportunity to assess risks and manage situations.  Children are taking risks, which in turn lead to new learning experiences, such as walking, running, climbing and riding a bike.  Risky play gives children the opportunity to extend their limits and learn life skills. Success and failure provide children with the motivation to try again and work out different ways of doing things.

The children are creating  a ‘Risky Play’ floor book which will be available for parent/careers to look at in the nursery entrance hall.

“I climbed up really high with my hands, easy!”
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“I was sliding and climbing, it was hard.”002

“I was trying to get on the tyres, it wasn’t easy but I did it.”011

“Balancing along that thing, it was easy peasy.”016

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“I was hammering needles, being safe.”039

“Putting all the nails in there, using a hammer, being careful.”046

Nursery Family Summer Outing to Kinghorn

We set off by train on a wet and windy day for our summer outing to Kinghorn but the excitement of the train journey and heading over the Forth Rail bridge was an amazing and exciting experience.

The children had so much fun, even in the rain, exploring the beach, rock pools and going down to the sea!!

As part of our planned trip we had arranged a visit to explore the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the children and parents were shown round, allowed to try on some of the equipment, see the working lifeboat and had the chance to dry off with a nice cup of tea!

Many thanks to the RNLI and all the families who embraced the adventure.

Nursery ‘Moving On’ Party

To celebrate saying farewell to nursery for the children who are moving on to Primary 1 in August we all joined in party games then had a lovely party snack in the school dining hall.

Followed by so much fun and laughter in the school hall with our entertainer, Jango Starr, who did lots of funny tricks and magic to make us laugh and giggle.
Amelia, Rory, Ellie, Sainath, Cole and Charlotte all had the opportunity to be a magician’s assistant and perform some brilliant magic!

Our parents came to join us in the hall at 10.45am to watch the presentation from Miss Stewart, our headteacher, as each child received their certificate and gift.
We wish everyone all the very best for Primary One.

Pre-school Transition

Over the past few weeks the pre-school children in the nursery have been visiting the primary one area in preparation for starting school in August.

They have been involved in lots of fun activities with Miss Grimley in her classroom as well as exploring all areas of the school.

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The children have also met Gel, our cook.

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As part of the transition programme the pre-school nursery children performed two songs at the early years assembly in the school hall including all the actions.

The first song was the ‘Butterfly Song’ we then sang our ‘Listening Song’ and performed it twice with everyone in the hall joining in with us.

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Well done nursery, what a brilliant performance.