Early years

"The Early years leader and her team are highly skilled"
" Children in the early years make good progress"
"Children's behaviour in early years is impeccable"
Ofsted 2018
Our early years unit combines nursery and reception children. They thrive in our warm, inviting and stimulating environment.  Mrs Wilson and Mrs McGregor are teaching EYFS while Mrs Turnbull is on maternity leave, Mrs Wilson works 3 days per week, Mrs McGregor teaches 2 days per week  Mrs Moffat is our full time teaching assistant.
We have a 15 place reception intake and 15 place morning nursery and 15 place afternoon nursery for children over 3 years old.  We also offer the 30 hours provision.
Where there is space we can offer full day places for our nursery children at a cost of £10.  See Mrs Newton in the school office for more information.
The following websites are great for maths activities that your child can access at home, just click on the links;
Why not join us on Thursday afternoons from 2-2:50pm for a play and then some songs and a story? 
Everyone welcome from 18months-5years with a parent or carer! We’d love to see you!!
(Any cancelled sessions will be posted on the homepage of our website 
Have a little peek at our Early Years Unit...
Wonderworld Softplay
The children had a fun-filled day out at a huge softplay centre in Edinburgh.
Sports Day 2018
Well done to all the children and adults who took part!
People who help us...Police
Over the past two weeks the children have enjoyed taking part in some 'police' related learning.
We had a crime scene involving Humpty Dumpty to assess and write about.  The children also enjoyed 'fingerprint' calculations and 'secret writers'.  We finished off our learning with a visit to Police Station.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the quality experience that the officers at Berwick Police Station gave us.  This again gave was an excellent stimulus for writing... 
The Gingerbread Man
During our focus weeks on the very popular traditional tale, the children
have engaged in many different activities, learning and discovery.
Take a look at the photographs below where children are demonstrating
learning and application of skills in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage...
...the learning was vast, this is just what we managed to capture on camera!
World Book Day 
Early years have enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters and visiting the library. 
A Healthy Start to 2018!
We have been thinking about how we can eat healthy and which foods give us the most benefits...
We have been looking at 3 stories to inspire us to eat more healthily:
'Oliver's Vegetables'
'Oliver's Fruit Salad'
'Eat Your Greens Goldilocks'
We have engaged in lots of exploratory learning which has given us some exciting opportunities for writing; including making vegetable soup in the mud kitchen, and writing speech bubbles for some fruit and vegetable characters who had caused a bit of chaos in our kitchen...have a look at our photo album below!
Reception 'Super Reading Heroes'
Well done to our Reading Super Heroes.
9/12 children achieved their reading goal this week...
Read 5 times a week at home to become a hero.
We LOVE the snow!
What fantastic learning fun the snow brought us...
  • Creating art work through exploring the effects of powder paint on the snow.
  • Constructing our snowmen and snowladies.
  • Using materials to develop a working sledge.
  • and so much more!
A child gave us an amazing learning opportunity when they asked...
 "would we be able to take our snowman inside?"
"...Well why not!" Mrs Turnbull said, so we did!  We had to think carefully about how we could move the snowman safely - led by the children using their problem solving skills we got him into our classroom on our home made sledge in two pieces!  The children showed great ability in working together and overcoming problems as they went, through a process of exploratory thinking, talking and doing.
Once indoors, a child suggested we turn off the heater as she was worried he might melt....We hope we can keep our snowman forever but we will have to keep an eye on him to see what happens next...
Home Time Hooray Certificates
The children have been so proud of their learning achievements from home and they absolutely love to share and celebrate their achievements with us all.  It is so important that we recognise when they learn something new or are beginning to apply or master skills in everyday situations.  Experiencing achievement and success is key in education as it gives the children a thirst to learn even more.
Parents, please feel free to help yourself to the certificates which are available from our notice board, and get ready to capture and record the amazing learning steps your child is making.  We love to hear about them and it helps us to build up a fuller picture of your child's learning and development.  We absolutely appreciate all your contributions! Thank you!
Have a look at some of the maths activities and learning we have been doing recently...we have been very busy!
Naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes and making arrangements, pictures, constructions and patterns.
Knowing we are finding more unless we are adding 0!

Finding 1 or 2 more than a given number including careful counting using counters, our fingers, counting on and using a number track or line.
Doubling: Knowing we are adding together the same amount.
Making 5 and 10 (number bonds): Arranging amounts in different ways and becoming aware that the total always stays the same.
Recording and explaining our calculations.
We have also been practising our scissor skills and in doing so we have been learning about length as we cut. Measuring, short, shorter, shortest, long, longer, longest, comparing, sorting and ordering according to length and even finding the difference between lengths.  The children also discovered centimeters.
We have been looking at the story of  'The Little Red Hen'.
We could not believe our eyes when we came into school on Monday morning...what a mess we found!
The police cordoned off the area and asked us to investigate the scene by carrying out a full report.
Have a look at the pictures below...
We visited the Hirsel Estate where we learned all about how bread is made from field to fork.
We had lots of fun and learned so much too.  Have a look at our photographs below!
The Reception children led a class worship outdoors in our prayer garden.
The worship linked to our school Statement of the week ' Simple things can make us happy'
One child suggested our mission should be to "Share a smile with everyone"