News archive for November 2019
1 Nov 2019
Halloween SpooktacularHalloween has made for a Spook-tacular start to our Winter term at Duchal. The children have got into the 'spirit ' of things making pumpkin soup, having fun playing with spider-infested playdough and black gloop, making paper bats and to top it all off, the Duchal Halloween Party was held yesterday morning. This was great fun - even the teachers dressed up a little and everyone managed to get through without being TOO scared ( ha ha).The weather has been unseasonably kind so we have also been making the most of our garden and taking the opportunity to play in the fresh air while we still can and the children have had lots of fun with all the fallen leaves
Our opposites this week were Dark and Light, so Madame Camelford has been teaching the children the French version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (' Brille Brille Petite Etoile' for those of you who want to learn). We also had a look at what happens when light is shone through a prism and magically makes a rainbow, which fascinated some of our young scientists.
Our colour of the week next week will be orange and our opposites will be In and Out. We will enjoy some Bonfire night crafts and in preparation for Remembrance Sunday will be making some poppy pictures.
8 Nov 2019
November UpdateWe have been tripping the "Light Fantastic" this week as we took part in activities related to Bonfire Night and Diwali. The impending Winter darkness is the perfect excuse to indulge in crafts using as much colour and glitter as possible - and it isn't even Christmas yet!
To this end we have made bonfire pictures and also Diwali lamps as last weekend marked the celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights. The children watched a video explaining the significance of Diwali which is just one of the festivals from other cultures which we celebrate in a small way as part of the Religious and Moral Education part of the curriculum. As Remembrance Sunday is this weekend, we have also been making a poppy wreath for the Nursery and talking to the children about why we wear poppies at this time of year.
As you might imagine from all of this, our paint and glitter supplies have been severely depleted (especially the glitter!) and our cleaner Marissa deserves a medal for her efforts . We really couldn't do without her and are very grateful for the way in which she contributes to making the nursery a welcoming space at the start of each day.
Next week our colour of the week will be grey (very suitable for November) and the opposites will be 'hard' and 'soft'.
22 Nov 2019
It's getting closer to the end of term!!!!Another week has flown past bringing us definitively into the run up to Christmas . For those of you who may still be in a wee bit of denial about this - at least one house in Kilmacolm has its lights up (not any of ours I hasten to add) and Mrs Campbell made Christmas tree biscuits with the children on Wednesday so that makes it official!
The highlight of the week for the children was unquestionably our visit from Jackie who runs Little Down Dogs yoga. On Tuesday she ran a yoga session for us based around the story of the Gruffalo. The children were real stars and listened brilliantly, contorting themselves into mice, snakes, foxes and of course Gruffaloes. All finished off with a lavender eye mask and a relaxing pose on the floor under a blanket.The teachers were very envious of this part! Many thanks are due to Jackie for her input and we hope one day to arrange another visit.
Mrs Gheur attended a Book Bug training day in Glasgow this week as part of our ongoing committment to staff development. We are all looking forward to some animated readings of familiar stories as a result of this training and also to learning ourselves as her learning helps by example to improve our own practice and so enrich the experience the children have at story time.
28 Nov 2019
Come & Try Taster Sessions"Come & Try" Taster Sessions.
Pre School Nursery places are being offered at Duchal Nursery in mid January, before you decide why not come along for one of our free taster sessions, to experience Duchal first hand.
Get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and to book your child's session now.