Please be considerate when you are parking to drop off or pick up children from Nursery. We have received complaints from local residents that cars are being parked on the yellow zig zags and across driveways.
The road markings are there for the safety of our children and adults. Please obey them.
We know that it can be busy at times; if you are able to walk to Nursery or set off slightly earlier to enable you to park further away, please consider doing this to ease the congestion.
Thank you for your cooperation.
It was lovely to welcome all of our returning children back to Nursery on Monday. They had definitely grown over the summer and couldn’t wait to see their friends again and tell us about their holiday adventures. Children were also pleased to meet our new starters; many new friendships are already beginning to form.
Our Stay and Play on Monday afternoon was very busy. Children enjoyed exploring Nursery with their parents and carers and there were lots of sad faces when it was time to go home! Luckily, children didn’t have to wait too long until they returned for their first session.
Well done to everyone (parents and carers included!) for surviving their first session at nursery! It’s a big step for everyone. Many children waved good bye with big smiles on their faces and couldn’t wait to play. For a few children, saying bye was a little tricker; we’re pleased to say that with some support, they all found something that they enjoyed during the session and we’re sure that they’ll soon settle quickly. Keep talking about Nursery in a positive way and they’ll be smiling at the waving window in no time!
We’ll post some photos soon – we just need to check all of our photograph consent forms before we do.
Nursery is ready!
Welcome to our new families and welcome back to our returning ones! We hope that you’ve had a lovely summer break; we can’t wait to see you all and hear all of your exciting stories about your summer adventures.
This week, staff have been very busy preparing Nursery for children to stay and play on Monday. Following the building work during the holidays, we had lots of furniture to move and boxes to unpack. We’re pleased to say that Nursery is ready and looking very inviting – all we need now are some children to come and join Ferdie and Fern to play!
Staff and our Nursery foxes have also been out and about in Scholes and the surrounding villages, visiting our new children in their homes. It was lovely to meet everyone and begin to get to know you all. During these visits, we like to find out a little bit about what your child enjoys and we have incorporated some of the common interests into our Nursery provision. This year’s shared interests ranged from dinosaurs and construction vehicles to jungle/farm animals, baking and dancing. In our reading corners, we have a selection of books that we know are already favourites such as the Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peppa Pig.
We’re confident that children will find some thing that they like on Monday…. Here’s a sneaky peak at what they have to enjoy!
We’re looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Returning children will join us on Monday morning from 8.30am until 12.30pm.
New children will join us for their Stay and play session with an adult (approx 1 hour) during the afternoon.
ALDI sticker collection
Aldi have launched a sticker collection scheme that we are hoping to benefit from. Please bring any stickers you collect into school. There is a collection bucket in the entrance. Thank you.
Scholes Open Gardens – scarecrow competition
We have been supporting the team of volunteers who orgainse Scholes in Bloom. Today is the Open Gardens event and we created some scarecrows in school around this year’s theme, ‘World of Song’. The scarecrows will be displayed again on Britain in Bloom judging day on 19 July.
We’ve learnt all about the life cycle of ladybirds this week and were lucky enough to see every stage of the cycle in Nursery. We found some little eggs on the leaves outside and caught some ladybird larvae which, after eating lots of aphids, formed pupae in our butterfly house. On Friday morning, we saw our first little ladybird! We released it back into our garden where we found the eggs and larvae.
In group times, we learnt about the letter ‘l’ and we carefully drew the correct number of spots on ladybirds. Two of the most popular activities this week were in our creative area; children loved making ladybird shapes out of salt dough and painting spotty ladybird masks. There was some great team work whilst playing a ladybird game on the interactive whiteboard too. Children worked together and took turns to count spots and order the ladybirds.
We also found a very large, hairy spider. Look at its hairy legs! We used our Exploroscope to view it closely and count how many eyes it had.
Incy Wincy Spider
It was lovely to be outside more at the beginning of the week and enjoy some more summery weather. Children enjoyed creating obstacle courses; they worked together to create a path through the ‘lava’ and helped each other to balance along the beams. It was great to see lots of children challenging themselves and working as a team. Balancing, climbing, jumping and moving in different ways are all important aspects of the Physical Development part of the curriculum; this is one of the prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We also enjoyed finding out all about spiders. Outside, we created a giant web that we could climb through and in our maths area, we carefully counted 8 legs onto our spiders.
Over the last few weeks, we have been looking closely at the insects on our willow arch. Children have found caterpillars, aphids, beetles and ladybirds. One particular insect caught their attention – it was black and spiky and had orange/red marks on its back. We’ve discovered that the little creatures are ladybird larvae. This week, we will learn all about the life cycle of ladybirds.
Transition into Foundation One
Our older children have enjoyed various activities over the last few weeks to aid their transition into Foundation Two. They’ve been visiting the classrooms to play and have enjoyed listening to a story with Mrs Palmer and Mrs Turner in Nursery. In the mornings, children have visited the ‘big playground’ and this week, they’ll enjoy joining in with ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ too.
On Tuesday 18th, many children enjoyed staying for a school dinner. They ate in the main school hall where they got to collect their own cutlery and use a tray. All the children coped very well with this new experience – they even managed to keep their trays flat so that no lunches escaped onto the floor!
Year 6 Enterprise
Year 6 would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and carers, who attended their mini summer fair yesterday. Although the money is still to be counted, the event was a big success with plenty of smiles all round.
There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden… and there are also lots of worms wriggling around in our new Nursery wormery! Children were fascinated watching the worms wiggle their way to the bottom of the tank. We enjoyed creating string ‘worm’ paintings and picking wriggly worms out of the mud in our sensory area. Despite the miserable, cold and wet weather this week, we have still ventured outside and children have been busy hunting for minibeasts. They found many different types and have been learning all about their habitats.
Some children have also shown an interest in unicorns and mythical creatures; they love the new fantasy small world area in our book corner. We’re hoping that it will be a great stimulus for some fantastic story telling.
We were also very excited to see that some more of our tadpoles have grown legs. Using our Exploroscope and iPad, we were able to zoom in and look at them more closely. It was quite tricky to do as they move so quickly but Miss McKechnie managed to take this screenshot of one of them. What can you see?
Five Star Sports sessions
The Nursery children enjoyed their first physical activity session on Thursday delivered by Five Star Sports. We have used some of the Sport Premium budget to fund this enhancement. There will be a further 5 sessions this half term.