“We’re going on a Bear Hunt”
Hi Boys and Girls
We hope you are all well and have been keeping busy at home and enjoying your daily walk with your family. We are missing you all.
We know how much you all love the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We thought it would be fun for you to go on your own ‘Bear Hunt’ when you are out with your family but we need your help.
If everyone could put a teddy bear in the front window of your house so that when you are out you can look and count how many bears you can find along the way. We also need some help from the Mummy’s and Daddy’s too. Please can you could spread the word to your friends and family in Hazlehead to put a Teddy Bear in their front window too. The more bears, the more fun this will be.
So go grab your binoculars and have some fun. If you are feeling creative you could even make your own.
Remember to practice your counting skills along the way, counting how many bears you find. Remember to share your Bear Hunt with us – we would love to see you on your Bear Hunt.
Loose Parts Materials
Below are some examples of everyday materials you can use instead of construction resources to build models or use for role play. Using loose parts encourages creativity and imagination as there are endless possibilities. Loose parts give opportunities for children to construct, test, explore, succeed, fail and experiment.
Please find some links below to live activities online that may be of interest to you and your child during your time at home.
Joe Wicks PE (workouts). Daily at 9am. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Jump Start Jonny (dance and workouts). Daily at 9am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8PDFwCV0HHcl08-1SzdiBw
Growing Smiles UK (dental/oral hygiene). Tuesday to Friday at 10am. Look up Growing Smiles on Facebook.
Number Fun Live. Weekdays at 10am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChw_M0-qiWfT0_SkrCU1-LA
Dazzle and Fizz (stories, games and songs). Daily at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdZy71KK9uXJ4heGU0CDFEg
Glasgow Science Centre. Daily at 10am. Look up Glasgow Science Centre on Facebook.
Shaper/Caper (dance and movement). Weekdays at 10.30am. Look up Shaper/Caper on Facebook.
Hobbycraft Kids Craft Club. Daily at 11am. Look up Hobbycraft on Facebook.
Fischy Music. Every Monday at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/user/Fischymusic?fbclid=IwAR1ARJBX3CPTpYQqKFove9yt7_Ry_ndiOBYu5BPx4kowGMeEx-J8UsXXE3Q
Science with Maddie Moate. Weekdays at 11am. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ0_JQL4wdQd-Xe5hC4PwTg
The Critter Keeper (animals). Daily at 1.30pm. Look for The Critter Keeper on Facebook.
Piper’s Passport (live story reading). Daily – check Facebook page for times.. Look for Piper’s Passport on Facebook.
Dantastic Productions (themed dance parties). Daily at 3pm. Look for Dantastic Productions on Facebook
You can also find many activity ideas on this website: https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/
You can access some stories to listen to on Audible stories: https://stories.audible.com/discovery
You can watch the animals at Edinburgh Zoo here: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/
You can try some Yoga here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
🏡 Learning at Home 🏡
Below are some suggested activities you can do with your child whilst at home. We will add some new ideas to the website each week along with a ‘Story of the Week’ and a ‘Rhyme of the Week’. We would encourage you to allow your child lots of time for free play where they can be creative and use their imagination. You can help by talking to your child as they play to help expand their vocabulary by introducing new words and using mathematical vocabulary (e.g. more, less, half, equal, fewer, estimate, long, tall, highest, heavy, light, full, empty, straight, round, next to, beside, right, left, over, under, near, far, higher , lower, etc.). We would also encourage you to get your child involved in everyday activities such as sorting and folding washing, washing and putting away dishes, setting the table and helping to prepare meals.
Please let us know what your child has been up to during their time at home by posting photos, videos and comments on your child’s ILD. The nursery team will be looking at this regularly to see what everyone has been doing.
📚 Story of the Week 🐷🐷🐷
Each week we will have a ‘Story of the Week’. Please read or listen to this story with your child. We will include some activities that you can do which are linked to the story.
This week’s story is ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
Animated version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLR2pLUsl-Y
Ideas for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story:
- Whilst reading or listening to the story ask your child to join in with the repeated phrases: “Little pig, little pig, let me come in”, “Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin” and “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”
- Ask your child about the characters and events of the story as you read and after reading. For example, Do you think the wolf will be able to blow down this house? Why? Who built the house of sticks? Which house could the wolf not blow down? Which house would you choose to live in? Why? Etc.
- Retell the story using puppets or toys. If you have a copy of the book, encourage your child to retell the story by looking at the pictures.
- Build a house of ‘straw’, a house of ‘sticks’ and a house of ‘bricks’ for the Three Little Pigs. You could use construction materials, junk modelling or any other objects and materials found around your house.
- Build a strong house for the pigs. What materials could you use to make it strong? You could even use a hairdryer to see if your house can stay standing strong.
- Make your own masks of pigs and/or the wolf. Use these to retell the story.
- Talk about the size and order of the pigs using the smallest, middle sized and biggest pig and the first, second and third pig.
🎶 Rhyme of the Week 🥚
Each week we will have a ‘Rhyme of the Week’. Please say or sing this rhyme with your child regularly throughout the week. We will include some activities that are linked to the rhyme.
This week’s rhyme is ‘Humpty Dumpty’.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Ideas for ‘Humpty Dumpty’:
- Make a steady beat whilst saying the rhyme – tap your thighs, march on the spot, jump on the spot, etc.
- When you think your child knows the rhyme, say the rhyme and pause before the rhyming words. Encourage your child to fill in the gaps. For example, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great….”
- When saying the rhyme, clap for each syllable in each word (e.g. Hump-ty).
- Create puppets or use soft toys to use when saying the rhyme.
- Make your own Humpty Dumpty using art materials or junk modelling.
- Build a wall for Humpty Dumpty to sit on. How tall is your wall? How wide is your wall? Measure it using a measuring tape, ruler, blocks, hands, etc.
- Can you create a soft landing for Humpty Dumpty to land on? Look at different materials and surfaces around your house.
- Where did Humpty Dumpty fall? Use positional language – e.g. in front of the wall, behind the wall, next to the wall, etc.
- Can you think of any other words that rhyme with wall and fall?
- Create a large egg shape with paper. Cut into pieces. Ask your child to put the pieces back together to put ‘Humpty’ back together again?
- Practise cracking eggs whilst baking or helping to prepare a meal.
🧑🍳 Playdough 👨🍳
½ cup of salt
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup boiling water
Food colouring or paint for colour.
Herbs, spices or flavourings to make your playdough smell.
- Add the food colouring or paint to the hot water and mix until food colouring/paint has dissolved into the water. Leave to one side.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a separate bowl.
- Add the water to your dry mix and stir.
- You may need to add more flour or water depending on the consistency of your mixture.
Simple playdough recipe
The children use this recipe to make their own playdough at nursery. This dough will not last as long as the dough made using the recipe above but requires less ingredients.
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
Herbs, spices, flavourings.
- Measure the flour and salt into a bowl.
- Measure the water and add to the bowl of dry ingredients.
- Stir your mixture.
- You may need to add more flour or water depending on the consistency of your mixture.
- Roll, pinch, push, squeeze, splat, poke, roll your playdough into a ball.
- Do a ‘Dough Disco’ – you can find videos to follow on YouTube (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrBsNhwxzgc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocFu_ZFgQi4) or you can use your child’s favourite songs to practise your ‘actions’ (rolling, splating, pushing, pinching, poking, etc.).
- Create patterns and shapes in the playdough (e.g. using toys, blocks, bubble wrap, etc.).
- Use kitchen utensils such as forks, knives, plates, baking trays, cake cases, candles, rolling pin, cutters, garlic press, etc.
- Practise your cutting skills using scissors.
- Add art resources such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners, match sticks, beads, feathers, bottle tops, buttons, string, etc.
- Use natural resources such as sticks, stones, leaves, cones (whatever you can find outside or in your garden).
- Use the playdough to create characters, settings or objects to make up a story (e.g. a monster, a forest, cakes for a tea party, etc.).
📆 Days of the Week 📆
Listen to the Days of the Week song:
Read or watch ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Every day ask your child:
- What day is it today?
- What day was it yesterday?
- What day will it be tomorrow?
*Extra Challenge – Look at a calendar – What is today’s date?*
🎂 Whole School Challenge 🎈
Please find a link to the whole school birthday challenge if you would like to take part.
📚 World Book Day 📚
We have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in Nursery. We went to the book swap where we got to choose a new book to take home and some of the P4 and P7 children read stories to us. Some of us dressed up as our favourite character from a book and shared why they were our favourite. We have loved listening to, sharing and looking at lots of different stories throughout the day.
🔥 Fire 🔥
Thank you Miss Tipping for inviting the afternoon nursery to come and see your fire at the messy garden. We kept ourselves safe around the fire by staying behind the cones. We loved standing and watching the fire.
👩🎨 Self-portraits 👨🎨
We have been creating self-portraits by looking in mirrors. We chose which art materials we wanted to use to create our self-portrait. Have a look at our display in the peg area to see our creations.
We have been practising our Scottish dancing and our Scottish songs for the last few weeks. This morning the morning nursery performed their dance and song (Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny aff a Bus) in front of the whole school at the ceilidh. The afternoon nursery performed their song and dance for the P1’s and P3’s this afternoon. Well done everyone for an amazing performance!
🌳 Litter picking 🌳
We noticed there was a lot of litter in the messy garden so we decided to tidy it up. We loved looking around the messy garden to find litter and using the litter pickers to collect it.
🎭 Lemon Tree trip 🚌
We loved our trip to watch the show Ice House at the Lemon Tree. Clip and Clop took us through their Christmas card for an adventure to the far far north.
🌳 Hazlehead Park trip 🍪☕️
The morning nursery loved spending the morning playing in Hazlehead Park before heading to the cafe for some hot chocolate and cookies. They were delicious!
🎄 Christmas tree trip 🎅
The afternoon nursery had a great trip to Tyrebagger Forest to choose our nursery Christmas tree. Santa and his elves guided us through the forest until we found the tree we liked. We then shouted on Mr Chopper-Upper to come and chop the tree down and wrap it up for us to bring back to nursery.
Our new waterproofs have arrived! Thank you to everyone who so generously made donations to help us buy them.
❄️ Ice! ❄️
We have loved finding all the ice around our nursery garden over the last few days. We have investigated different ways to melt the ice – using warm water, salt and warmth. We have also been using different words to describe the ice – smooth, slippy, shiny, freezing, cold, hard, clear, thick, thin, see through.
🌧 Getting muddy! 🌧
After the rain all weekend it was very muddy in the messy garden. We loved getting messy playing in the mud – digging, splashing, making mud balls, making mud angels and lots more!
🎃 Pumpkin Party 🎃
We had great fun at our Pumpkin Party. Some of us dressed up, we played party games in the hall, we had party food, made spider pictures, tried to eat a doughnut off of a string and some of us even decided to put on a spooky show.
🔨 Woodwork 🧰
This week we have started to use our woodwork table and resources. We have been learning how to use the different tools and learning how to keep ourselves and our friends safe whilst using the woodwork tools.
💡Our dark den 💡
We received funding to buy a dark den and lights which we have now received. We followed instructions to build our dark den tent and to fill up our bubble tube. We have loved going inside the tent and watching all the lights.
🪐 Curiosity Box 🧪
We have set up a curiosity box in nursery. This time our curiosity box contains science related objects. Our favourite objects have been space related – a telescope and some little astronauts. We have practised using the telescope, learnt that it is used to look at stars and planets, dressed as astronauts, built space rockets, created stories with the rockets small world toys, looked at books about the solar system and even made our own telescopes.
🥕 Vegetable soup 🥔
We made some delicious vegetable soup with some of the vegetables we collected from our garden.
🥔 Our vegetables 🥕
We dug up our vegetables that we have been growing in our garden. We found radishes, potatoes and carrots. Here are some of our suggestions of what we can do with our vegetables….
”cook them and eat them” – Lily
”we should make vegetable soup” – Angus
”cut them and eat them” – Aliyah
”make chips!” – Maison
☀️ First week at nursery 🌳
We have been enjoying being back at nursery and meeting our new friends.
We loved our trip to the park with P6 this morning!
Well done to everyone for taking part in our Sports Day. Thank you to to all friends and family who came to watch and cheer us on!
We have loved playing outside in the warm weather this week. We have planted strawberry plants in our garden, continued to care for our seeds and potatoes, had picnic snacks in the messy garden, found ladybirds, made pies in the mud kitchen, built towers and climbed into tyres, played on the wooden play equipment, built dens and and lots more!
We got very messy making and playing with gloop this week. While playing with the gloop we realised it could be rolled into a ball but when you stopped moving it, it began to melt!
This week we planted some wildflower seeds at the messy garden. We hope these attract wildlife such as butterflies and bees to the messy garden. We also built two greenhouses and have planted some tomatoes and herbs to put in them. We planted potato seeds in our nursery garden and we are looking forward to planting some more fruit and vegetables for us to grow.
We have been loving singing and dancing on our new stage in nursery.
Easter Egg Hunt
We followed footprints to the messy garden where we found clues from the Easter bunny. We worked together to follow the clues that led us to some Easter eggs!
Thank you to everyone who sponsored us for our Scoot-a-thon. We had a great time riding around the course that was set up in the playground. So far we have raised over £1200 for nursery resources – wow!! Thank you!
Spanish Songs and Stories
Thank you to Gabriela and Miguel’s mum for reading us a story and singing us some songs in Spanish during her Stay and Play. Click on the link to see Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star sung in English and then in Spanish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAHPEYo4udg&feature=youtu.be
We have been reading some traditional tales in nursery. So far we have read The Little Red Hen, Chicken Licken, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. We have been using story stones, puppets, costumes, props, small world toys and drawing pictures to retell the story to our friends. Primary One have also been to read us stories using puppets and actions. Thank you P1!
Thank you to Luca’s mum for singing some traditional Brazilian songs with us during her Stay and Play. It’s great to celebrate the different languages we have in our nursery.
World Book Day
We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in nursery. Some of us dressed up as our favourite book character. We loved going to the Book Swap to chose a new book and even got to read stories with P4.
We loved watching our chicks hatch from their eggs. After they hatched we moved them out of the incubator and made sure they had food and water to help them grow. We even got to hold the chicks! They felt so soft. Our chicks have now been collected and are off to live on a farm.
Our Chicks are Hatching…!!
The nursery received a delivery of 10 Living Eggs on Monday. We have been watching them closely to see if there are any signs of the chicks hatching. We have been looking at the poster which tells us how to look after the eggs and chicks, and shows us what will happen to our eggs. We are all very excited to meet the chicks!