Hello from Nursery!
We are unbelievably almost at the end of the school year. It seems to have flown past! Our topic for learning over the last few weeks started with our gardening. The discovery of lots of bugs in the garden initiated an interest in minibeasts. This is a huge topic so we narrowed it down through the use of a graph – the children chose their favourite bug from the choice of bees, butterflies, ladybirds and spiders. Butterflies were the most popular so we started with them. We looked at the life cycle of the butterfly, discovering how they start as tiny eggs, grow into caterpillars, then emerge from a cocoon. We were all fascinated to learn that butterflies taste with their feet, have wet wings when they emerge from the cocoon, use their antennae as clocks to tell the time and have very, very long tongues to drink nectar. We learnt too that butterflies have very delicate and symmetrical wings. We used this knowledge to create our own symmetrical patterns remembering that symmetrical means the same on both sides.
We read a story called The Caterpillar’s Shoes. We all loved it and we used the story and photos to practise our sequencing skills, retelling the story in our own words.
Ladybirds were our second most popular bug and we have spent some time finding out facts about them. We didn’t realise that they came in so many different colours! Or that the spots faded as the ladybirds got older. We used our creative and technical skills to design bug hotels to invite the ladybirds to stay in the garden.
We also used the beebot robot to think about direction and programming. We had to figure out where we wanted the beebot to go and then give it instructions. It is quite tricky but we were very impressed by some of the more complex programming.
As well as all the learning about bugs we have had a very busy term with other events and transition to Primary 1. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along for sports day. We were so lucky to get some sunshine second time round ! Everyone did so well in their races. We would also like to say thank you for coming to the Summer Concert. We were so proud of the children being able to stand on the stage and sing with such enthusiasm!
Throughout this term we have been visiting the big playground and lining up alongside the rest of the school so those children moving up get used to the bigger environment. We have been having some trips to the bigger toilets too – again trying to make sure things are familiar for the soon to be primary ones amongst us.
On Tuesday afternoons we have had visits from Fiona who does Kodaly with the children. Kodaly teaches us about the beat and rhythm in music by using songs and games. Those involved have been really focused in the groups and we have been trying out a few of the games in nursery.
Lastly, for those moving up to Primary one, it has been a pleasure having you in nursery and we look forward to seeing you progressing and developing as you move up though the school. For those returning we look forward to having your company for another year and we will see you on August the 20th!
Have a very lovely summer holiday everyone!
Mrs Grant. Miss Gair, Mrs Parker, Miss Kirk, Mrs Pirie and Miss Jones