In nursery this term we have been learning all about dinosaurs. We have created our own dinosaurs from recycled materials, we have drawn around dinosaur shadows, we have hunted for dinosaur footprints and gastroliths. We also have been doing loads of colouring and cutting out as well as counting dinosaurs and telling and listening to dinosaur stories.
Inspired by the Getty Museum’s invitation to ‘re-create’ a famous work of art at home our schools had a competition for everyone to do the same.
It was very close; the entries were sent to other Head Teachers in the area who struggled to choose and commended all of the children on their efforts. The winner of the school children’s competitions is Finn with his interpretation of ‘The Son of Man’. The winner for the Nursery children is Arhlo with his ‘Banksy’.
The staff have been taking part too and the winner was chosen by some of the children. Anyone who lies in a water filled ditch for art deserves a prize and the children agreed! Congratulations to Mrs. Kennedy.
We had an Egg Decoration Competition for both Scoraig and Badcaul schools together. We were asked to decorate an egg and create a scene for it. Jake and Finlay submitted the winning entry. Their viking village, complete with teachers, is very creative and if you look carefully you can see they even added runic writing. Well done to everyone that took part!
In nursery we have been working together on all sorts of activities to do with spring.
We were interested in looking at bird nests as part of our spring topic. We were given access to mud, straw, grass, leaves, twigs and moss just like birds. We explored the materials and created some nests but not just for birds!
After looking at our birds nest in the nursery we went outside to play and engaged in a role playing game where we and some of the primary children were chickens trying to hatch their eggs.
We wanted to dress up as birds so made our own costumes. We created our own wings and mask and decorated them. Then the transformation was complete and we became birds!
We have been working with our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) resources. We followed very specific instructions and built a bridge together. Then we were presented with the problem that a boat needed to pass under our bridge so we redesigned the bridge together to accommodate the boat underneath it and solved the problem. We have also been working with our new electronic lego, building vehicles from instructions and then programming them to make particular moves.
Our very lovely neighbour Jill Beavitt has been raising money for Gino’s Cantina who provide regular meals for Roma children in Transylvania. This week she brought in yummy hot food for us for our lunch one day and we all made a donation for the children in Transylvania. It was very tasty and we hope she does it again.
To start our topic on the Vikings we joined Helyn from the National Museum of Scotland by video phone and she showed us all sorts of incredible artefacts from the museums collection. We saw a Viking sword, a shield, a coin, a key and an axe. We also got to see some Viking jewelry too a broach and a bracelet that even had Viking writing on it! We have also been looking into Viking mythology and the stories of the different worlds created by Oden king of the gods. There is Asgard the home of the Gods, there is Midgard the home of the humans and there is Jotunheim the home of the giants.
In nursery as part of our topic about the jungle we have been learning about carnivorous plants. These plants mostly eat insects but there is one so big it even catches rats! On Scoraig we have our very own special carnivorous plants called round leaved sundews that eat midgies. We have also been feeding our venus fly trap puppet all sorts of bugs and beasties!
During our intergenerational sessions the children have played games with guests both individually and as a group. So far we have played happy families, go fish, spotty dogs, dominos and musical games. We have had so much fun teaching and learning new games among our wider community. What will we play next? Come and join us on a Tuesday afternoon from 3pm in the Community Centre.