Nursery

The main nursery resources for children to do at home will be available in the new Google website. All parents should have received an invitation by e-mail, by Monday. If you have not received an e-mail please let your key worker know, make sure they have your e-mail address and they will arrange to add you.

There is also a page there for us to show what the children have been doing at home.

Outdoor Learning at Westpark Nursery

Covid19 and Outdoor Learning

WEATHER FORECASTING WITH PINE CONES:

This is a fun way to for children to start thinking about the future and predicting what the weather will be doing.

Collect pinecones whilst out walking.

Set up your pinecones on your outside window sill. Attach with blue tack to prevent them falling off in windy weather.

When the weather is dry the pinecones will open up and when its going to rain they will close.

Pine Cone Facts:

They open and close depending on how hot, cold and humid it is.

Inside each cone there are lots of seeds, ready for the wind to blow them and make them sprout into new trees.

When it rains the cone closes to keep the seeds inside, so they don’t get wet and damaged.

Pinecones are a favourite food of squirrels.

 

 

 

 

PASTA THREADING: This activity incorporates our word of the week as we will thread the pasta THROUGH the spaghetti.

This is an excellent activity for your child to refine fine motor skills and to learn counting skills.

How to Set-up the Pasta Threading Activity:
  1. Make 2 balls with the play dough.
  2. Stick 2-3 straws in one of the balls.
  3. Stick 1-2 pieces of spaghetti into the other ball. I snapped one of mine in half so it was not so long.
  4. Set out some of each type of pasta for threading.

 

 

ONE SEED FORWARD – A Community Growing Iniative

2020 SHOEBOX GARDEN COMPETITION

Today we launch our new children’s competition and we want everyone to take part!
We would like your children, school pupils etc to individually create a garden in a shoebox. You can be as creative as you like, you can build it around a theme – rock garden, bee friendly, herb garden, sensory and so on. It’s all about getting growing!

The winner will receive a gardening voucher of £20.

Rules:

  • open to children aged 16 or under on Sunday June 28, 2020
  • each garden must contain at least one edible plant
  • a photo of the shoebox garden should be posted onto our One Seed Forward Facebook page or emailed to oneseedforward@gmail.com
  • you agree that we can post photos of the garden onto our website and social media pages
  • entries close at midnight on Sunday June 28, 2020 with the winner announced on July 1

And if you are having trouble in finding seeds to get started then get in touch by sending us an email to oneseedforward@gmail.com, we may be able to help.

 

 

 

Have a look at this poem about butterflies. It will help with your counting too.

Shadow Drawing

Shadow Drawing

Shadow drawing – activity for week 4/5/20

If the weather is sunny, take some toys outside and see if you can draw round the shadows.

Activities for week beginning 04.05.20

 

 

 

 

The word of the week THROUGH.

Things to do with your child or children at home:

Make an arch.  Ask your child to go THROUGH it.

Can your child pass a ball THROUGH their legs.

Make a tunnel outdoors using sheets and blankets and talk about going THROUGH the tunnel.  What else outdoors can your child go THROUGH?

Read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.  Then pretend to go on a bear hunt yourselves.  Think of all the places you can go THROUGH.

Can your child thread string THROUGH a bead?

Go for a walk around your house.  Talk about all the places you can get THROUGH.

 

Number of the week is 9

Can you count from 1 to 9?

Ask someone to write down the number 9 and see if you can copy it

Draw 9 circles

Can you stand on one leg for 9 seconds? Count up to 9 as you are doing this.

 

 


A selection of online learning resources for the early years.

Below the weekly learning table, please click on the pictures to access Aberdeen City Council’s Early Years resource page and other sites.

 

Baking with your child is an excellent learning opportunity.  Here are some of the many skills that they will learn:

Health and safety skills – your child gets a ‘hands-on’ experience of the need to practise good hygiene in the kitchen. They also learn about safety, identifying the things that are hot, sharp, or electrical and learning to be careful.

Maths skills – weighing, measuring, mixing, timing, and sometimes even estimating. Your child will be using lots of mathematical skills in their baking.

Science – learning about ingredients and mixtures, chemical reactions (a cake rising), and the processes the ingredients go through to become the end product

Food knowledge – baking gives practical examples of ingredients, such as eggs, sugar, butter.

Literacy – reading a recipe and putting its advice into practice isn’t as easy as you might think. For a child, reading the recipe and then actually following the instructions can be challenging. But the prospects of a cake at the end is certainly motivation for them to try.

Social skills – if they are cooking with friends or siblings, it is a great way to help them learn to share, take turns, and be patient.

Rock Cakes:

225g/8oz self-raising flour

75g/2½oz caster sugar

1 tsp baking powder

125g/4½oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes

150g/5½oz dried fruit

1 free-range egg

1 tbsp milk

2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and rub in the cubed butter until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the dried fruit.

In a clean bowl, beat the egg and milk together with the vanilla extract.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until the mixture just comes together as a thick, lumpy dough. Add a teaspoon more milk if you need it to make the mixture stick together.

Place golf ball-sized spoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking tray. Leave space between them as they will flatten and spread out to double their size during baking.

Bake for 15–20 minutes, until golden-brown. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool.

 

Outdoor Challenge

This will help your child develop their observation, reasoning and problem solving skills as well as getting them to use their senses.

Nature Trail:

Go on a walk and find:

Something that makes you happy.

Something to give to someone else to make them smile.

Something that you like to smell.

Something that is your favourite colour.

Something you enjoy looking at.

Something that will make a lovely gift for someone.

Something that is useful.

Gather all your findings in a bag and take them home to make a collage.

 

Kim’s Game

This is a game you might want to try which is excellent for developing memory and concentration.

Put 8 things from around the house on a tray (pencil, orange etc)

Ask your child to look carefully at it for 30 seconds then take the tray away and ask them to call out the objects they remember.

Another way to play the game- cover the 8 things on the tray, take 1 away and see if they can remember what is missing.

Have fun! 

 

 

Signs of Spring

If you are out for a walk or in your garden can you look for any signs of Spring? Can you see any flowers or blossom on the trees? When you go home you could create a picture using anything you have found.

Also, at this time of year lots of baby animals are born. Can you find out the names of any baby animals eg a baby sheep is called a lamb. You might want to draw some of the baby animals you have found out about.

Please share any of your pictures by using our e mail addresses, we would love to see them.

 

Painted Stones: Whilst out walking I have seen lots of painted stones.  Why don’t you paint a stone and leave it somewhere where someone can find it. It will brighten up their day.  Acrylic paint and Sharpie pens work well.  We would love to see photos of your painted stones.

If you paint a few stones you could put them in a bag, take them out one at a time and tell a story about them.

 

 

Edinburgh Zoo have live webcams for children and adults to watch. You can access this using the link below followed by clicking on “Live Webcam” on the top right hand corner of the screen.

https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

You could draw a picture of any animals you see.

Weekly Learning – 27/04/2020

Number Of the Week

The number of the week is 8

Can you count from 1 to 8?

Do 8 star jumps

Can you find 8 green things either inside or outside?

Look for page number 8 in your story books

Can you write the number 8? You could use chalk outside to write it or inside using pencils and crayons.

Here is a song you might like, it’s all about potatoes. It will also help with your counting.

Here is a song about potatoes you might want to learn. It will also help you with your counting.

The word of the week is THIN.

Activities that you can do with your child at home:

Compare rope and string, talk about which one is THIN and NOT THIN.

Compare crayons, pens and pencils, also using the words THIN and NOT THIN.

Look around your home and out doors.  Find objects that are THIN and NOT THIN.

Place THIN and NOT THIN objects in a feely bag.  Ask your child to take out items and discuss if they are THIN.

Go to the park, woods or your garden, find THIN sticks.

Daffodils 

Interesting Fact:

Squirrels will never eat daffodils as they know they will harm them.

 Outdoor Challenges:

 Go on a walk, how many different colours of daffodils can you find.

 Can you make a daffodil using craft materials, we would love to see them.

 Do daffodils have a smell?

 Post any photos to the emails below:

 email addresses are:

Teacher: Mrs Chalmers – gw11chalmerslouisa@ab-ed.org

Acting Senior practitioner: Mrs Sievwright – gw09hornesharon@ab-ed.org

EYP: Mrs Smith – gw08smithsylvia@ab-ed.org

EYP: Mrs Gray – gw16grayhelen@ab-ed.org

EYP: Miss Shand – shandsusan@ab-ed.org

EYP: Mrs Mowat – gw20mowatalison@ab-ed.org

EYP: Miss McDonald – gw20mcdonaldjacqui@ab-ed.org

Trainee EYP: Mrs Cameron – gw19cameronzsuzsanna@ab-ed.org

 

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