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Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News May 2018

Rabbits News May 2018

IMG_8333This month in the Flower room we have been making the most of the nicer weather; we have enjoyed lots of time in the garden playing and learning throughout the day. We have enjoyed the water tray, filling and pouring coloured water. We even made our very own car wash using sponges and brushes, water and lots of soap! We have enjoyed building sandcastles in our sandpit and used the shape and number moulds to practice our counting.

Summer Show

We have been very busy practising for our summer show ‘Meadows Nursery has Talent’. We have been having two practices daily, one with our teachers to go over the script and then in the afternoon we have been practising with our teachers and music teacher. We have been learning a variety of songs including ‘Eye of the tiger’, ‘How far I’ll go’ and ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. We are doing very well and are enjoying learning the new songs and actions.

IMG_8326Spring Trip

We enjoyed a special treat to the Royal Botanical Gardens during May which was great fun. When we arrived we were split into three groups and enjoyed different activities around ‘Granddad’s garden’. We helped to look after the garden by watering the plants, building bug houses and helping the bees to find pollen on the flowers. We learned about taking care of nature and about the different plants and animals that are sometimes in our garden. We stayed for lunch in the gardens before heading over to a maze where we stayed and played for quite a while before leaving for the bus back to nursery.

Forest Schools and Care Home

We have now completed our 6 week block of both Forest Schools and the Care Home. We have really enjoyed the last 6 weeks, both trips help with our confidence and social skills. We have learned a lot by going to the Care Home, we spoke about why us visiting the residents there is good for them and also us. Forest Schools is also great for building relationships with our peers and also our teachers as it is very hands-on and we all need to work together to build tents etc. We are looking forward to the next block starting after our summer show and graduation.

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By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Hedgehogs News||0 Comments

Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News April 2018

Rabbits News April 2018

Pic 1 herbsThis month we have been very busy with our topic of Spring and Life Cycles. We have been looking into the science of life cycles by researching the different parts of plants and how animals and insects are born and grow. It has been fantastic for the children to have the Living Eggs chicks for some real first hand insight into the life cycle of a chicken and our butterflies which will be hatching soon. From this topic we have also been learning how to use different forms of information around us for our literacy, such as looking at posters and pictures to show how the animals and insects grow.

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For our numeracy we have been working on our mathematical expressions using smaller, bigger, more and less to recognise the size differences in objects. For this we did activities such as how many chicks fit inside a cow! For our health and wellbeing this month we have been learning about what we need to grow. From this we went on to explore what other animals and plants need to grow.

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We have been continuing lots of extra activities like Forest Schools, Enjoy-a-ball, Tatty Bumpkins and the Care Home. We have been making the most of the garden enjoying some of the sunshine and warmth recently by having mats, tents and lots of activities out in the garden. We are continuing our great music sessions with Roanna and will be starting to practice our songs for the summer show.

Next month we will be focusing on the topic Show Time while we get ready for our Summer Show and Graduation on 22 June.

 

 

By |May 7th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Hedgehogs News||0 Comments

Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News March 2018

Rabbits News March 2018

033B945C-CDD0-4A18-9DCC-0CFD3F6C42A1This month started with our new topic ‘Time’. We began with our floor-book talking to the children about what they know about time and what they would like to learn. We spoke about ways in which time is around us, for example clocks in the room, transport timetables, sand timers, watches and things that we need time for. We also spoke about daily routines at nursery and at home and how we need time to follow these.  We then began to look into what the children wanted to learn about time, some children wanted to be able to know the time and some wanted to build their own clocks. Erin planned activities around literacy and numeracy with Paul taking the lead with technology. Paul and some of the children even used a lemon to start a clock which as you can imagine the children found very interesting.

832A03E8-F461-4DFB-B08F-A25E241EE06CWe began our Easter crafts with Urska, our student who works with us on a Wednesday and Thursday. Urska had lots of craft ideas and we made Easter cards and rabbits and decorated them with paint, paper, cotton balls and pens.

We have also been continuing our Forest Schools sessions, where we have been doing lots of climbing and discovering the surroundings at the park. The children have been developing how they use tools at Forest Schools and how some tools can help us build things to play with. Tatty Bumpkins have also been visiting us and Enjoy-a-Ball has been teaching us new ways to balance and use our gross motor skills. We have visited the Care Home this month where we read some stories and got to know the people who live in the home. While we were there it was a resident’s 80th birthday and we all sang Happy Birthday to him which made him and his family very happy. We also met a lady who was 101, we spoke about the gap between our age and hers and how things have changed since she was our age.

IMG_0076In the last week in March we were very lucky to receive 10 eggs which hatched into chicks! We were all fascinated by the whole process and enjoyed watching the chicks hatch.

We now have our own role-play farm in which we can take care of all the different animals.

Our topic next month will be ‘The life cycle’ where we will be focusing on animals and plants. We will also be getting caterpillars to watch them turn into butterflies and also tadpoles which will be very exciting for us.

If parents have any questions or suggestions about this, or anything from the Flower Room, please feel free to ask any of the Flower Room staff or the Managers.

 

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Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News February 2018

Rabbits News February 2018

We started off this month with our new topic ‘Families’. We began with our floor- book talking to the children about what kind of families they have, who lives in our house and discussing that all families are different. Anne Marie spoke to the children about families, what types of families we have and can have, who lives in our house and what each person depends on and other people around us who care for us.

IMG_7486The children were also very interested in how our bodies work. Carolann planned various activities around this and we learned about what our bodies need to grow and what babies depend on. Paul planned activities around money and counting, teaching the children about coins and their value. Paul also organised a trip for us to the Museum of Money which was fantastic, we enjoyed getting the bus to Princes Street and learning a lot about the different types of currency in the world.

We celebrated Valentine’s Day, making cards and speaking about love. This ran alongside our theme of families and the people around us that we love. We spoke about what love means and things we do for people we love and about why we love our parents, siblings, friends and teachers. Also we had Pancake Day where the children made pancakes and enjoyed them at their afternoon snack.

IMG_9596We have also been continuing our Forest schools sessions, where we have been doing lots of climbing, challenging ourselves by climbing higher and larger trees and discovering the surroundings at the park. The children have been developing how they use tools at Forest Schools and how some tools can help us build things to play with.

Tatty Bumpkins have also been visiting us and Enjoy-a-Ball have been teaching us new ways to balance and use our gross motor skills. We had our first Care Home visit this month where we went and read some stories and got to know the people who live in the home.

IMG_7648All the team at Meadows Nursery would like to wish a farewell to Anne Marie who will be moving to New Zealand to be with her family. Anne Marie will be extremely missed but we wish her all the best for her new life in New Zealand.

Our topic next month will be Time where we will be looking into the seasons and how we use time within our routines at home and at nursery. If parents have any questions or suggestions about this or anything else from the Flower Room please feel free to ask any of the Flower Room staff or the Managers.

 

By |March 9th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Hedgehogs News||0 Comments

Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News January 2018

Rabbits News January 2018

Happy New Year to all children and families at Meadows Nursery. We hope you have all had a great start to the year just as we have. This month we have been looking into our New Year resolutions. The children thought of some fantastic resolutions to work on.

IMG_7183For technologies, we have been looking at all the new skills we can acquire through baking and cooking, including utensils such as a mandolin and a spiraliser. The children have been very enthusiastic about baking and chopping.

For literacy this month we have been asking our teachers about their resolutions and recording this in different ways by drawing and through crafts.

Also, within our numeracy topic, we have been using tally charts and working on adding and subtracting numbers from the information that we got from staff and children about or resolutions.

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We have also started up our Tatty Bumpkins and forest schools groups as well as enjoy-a-ball. The children are learning so much from these continuing sessions. At Forest Schools, the children are doing lots of climbing and are getting more and more confident each week. They have been doing nature hunts to explore what is around them in the forest. This month we also got to enjoy some snow. The children were so excited to explore the snow by making snow men and sliding on the snow.

Next month we will be starting up our Care Home visits that have been postponed due to some of the residents having Flu. We also have Valentine’s Day and Pancake day coming up next month. If you have any suggestions or questions about what we will be doing over the next month please come and ask one of the staff members.

Many thanks, the Flower Room staff.

 

By |February 6th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Hedgehogs News||0 Comments

Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News December 2017

Rabbits News December 2017

PICTURE 1This month has been very exciting in the Flower Room. Our theme has been Stories and our core text was ‘Jack and the Flum Flum tree’ by Julia Donaldson. We have implemented this into all of our planning, from our literacy and numeracy, to out in the garden. The children have come up with some great stories really using their imagination. We have been making ships and boats in the garden and creating our own shark pond as well. The children have been exploring their own stories through role play in the home corner and also through small world with the castle. Marie (our student) was assisting the children in creating their stories through puppets where they could imagine what different characters would say.

PICTURE 3At the end of this month we had Scottish book week where we had a dress up day as our favourite book characters. Throughout the week we asked the children what their favourite books were and discussing authors from Scotland and the books they wrote.

Our health and wellbeing for this month was getting the children to be aware of risk within the nursery. Paul has worked with the children teaching them about hand washing, keeping us safe when chopping fruit or vegetables and the different types of danger signs that we have around us.

 

PICTURE 2All the children have been working really hard this month practicing for the Nativity. The children have learnt all of the songs and will be busy practicing throughout December.

We have also had our Tatty Bumpkins sessions and care home visits which will be starting up after the year. Enjoy-a-ball have also been at the nursery, making the most of the garden and getting the children warmed up in this chilly weather. We have also been able to make several trips to the park to enjoy the outdoors. Next month we will be getting into the Christmas spirit and practicing for our Nativity.

 

 

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Meadows at Pilrig Rabbits News November 2017

Rabbits News November 2017

Happy Birthday to Oaken who turned 4 this month and to Ellie who is now 3!

p7This month we have had lots of exciting activities and events in the nursery. We have been enjoying exploring the outdoors with our continuing Forest Schools block. The children have been climbing lots of trees, building tents and dens and creating beautiful artwork with the natural resources we have out in the forest. The children have really enjoyed investigating all of the wildlife on the river at Forest Schools such as swans and fish!

 

p5We have had lots of other activities in the nursery including Enjoyaball, our Care Home visits and Tatty Bumpkins which have been tailored around events like Diwali and Halloween. We also had a trip to the Kite and Trumpet Polish art exhibition for children at Summerhall. They loved exploring the areas within the exhibition such as the lights and the tent areas. Also we had Zoo Lab visit us at the end of this month. The children were really brave and excited to meet and learn about all of the animals.

p6Our theme this month is Our Nursery. Anne Marie has helped the children to collect lots of information on the nursery, the staff, the children who attend nursery and their families. We asked the children about what they liked about nursery – the garden and baking were very popular. We looked at what makes a good teacher and the children had great ideas on this!. We will be asking the children over observation week what they would like to explore next month.

At the end of the month we had our Halloween Tea Party! We had a great time carving pumpkins, painting our faces and doing lots of crafts. Thank you to all the children and parents for coming along to celebrate with us!

 

 

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