Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

01 Feb 2021
Start of Spring Term in Nursery

The start of spring term has not been the one we originally planned for our nursery children. We have been grateful to continue operating a childcare and learning hub for the children of our keyworker parents, run each day by Miss Meadows and Miss Beatriz.

For our children at home, we were keen to maintain learning links and regular communication. Miss Eirini and Mrs Nettleton prepared a distance learning series of suggestions and activities for parents. The theme for this half term has been centred around winter, winter animals and ice so we have been able to engage in lots of fun, learning activities for the children:

  • We shared a topic theme for all children, whether they are attending the childcare hub or are at home.
  • Every day, we have a new video from one of our Early Years Practitioners or specialist teachers providing a lesson or idea for an activity at home.
  • The children are also invited to join the practitioners and teachers for a live video call, with an option available every day to suit our families home lives. During these live calls, we read stories, sing songs and share our learning in nursery and also at home.

Key worker NurseryThe nursery team are so impressed with how well our children at home have grown in confidence during the live calls. They show good listening and interest in all that their teachers are saying. We are so pleased to be able to use technology to keep in touch during this unusual and challenging time. We send thanks to our families at home for joining us as often as they are able throughout each week.

Our key worker children have been extremely busy in nursery these last few weeks. This week they have been celebrating the birthday of Robert Burns. The children have been creating their own Scottish kilts and tartan, as well as tasting a variety of Scottish foods. They took part in their very own highland games which included welly wanging, tug of war and the tattie and spoon race.

We have also been enjoying all the snow and ice during our outdoor learning sessions. We have been learning about how water comes in many forms and that ice is water which is frozen. We have enjoyed creating our own ice art with collections from our nature walks and finding ice all around the school. A few snow days have been enjoyed too and it was such a treat to have the playing fields to build some snowmen, make snow angels and we even had a little snowball fight!

 

 

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