Thank you so much to all parents and carers who made it along to the singalong today. It was such a lovely morning celebrating the children’s hard work throughout the year. We wish all those off to Primary One, good luck and we look forward to seeing our returners after the summer.
Thank you again from all the staff and happy holidays ?
For our final Ach an Eas visit of the year the children and residents were delighted to head out for another trike ride with Cycling Without Age. We took a trip to Whin Park to feed the ducks and went along the canal to try and spot some boats. We have had so much fun on these trips and are so thankful to Cycling Without Age for allowing these trike rides to go ahead. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Ach an Eas in the new school year!
What a fantastic response we had to our health and well-being event last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and being able to share these experiences with parents and carers. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it along and join in the fun.
There are lots of photos that will be added so be sure to check back for updates !!
Thank you to all of the parents who were able to make it along to our last session today. It was so lovely to have you with us and for the children to show you first hand what we get up to !! For those who couldn’t make it, we went on an animal/colour hunt around the forest, matching up each animal to the correct colour on their charts.
As you will be aware, tomorrow is our last visit to the forest before the summer holidays. We would love to invite parents/carers along to join us for the last hour. We will leave as normal in the morning and get set up then we invite you along from 10-11 am where we will have a fun activity for everyone to participate in.
We look forward to seeing you all then. Hopefully it stays dry !!
We would like to say a massive thank you to Yvie’s mum and dad and Felix’ mum for getting our sensory room started with their donation of balls for the ball pit. We have now started to transform this space and we will update you with pictures once the room is complete.
Yesterday at Ach an Eas the children and residents enjoyed decorating biscuits using royal icing and a selection of yummy sweeties! They then enjoyed eating their tasty creations before playing a game of pairs!
Apologies for the late post. This is from our last visit to the Mackenzie Centre last week where the children played ball games with the attendees practising throwing and catching, aiming the ball into a basket and skittles !! Then we had more singing before saying our good byes. The children have throughly enjoyed their visits and we cannot wait to visit again soon.
What a great morning we had in the forest today. The weather did not put us off at all !! The children just love to explore the whole forest and they took us to the other side where we had been on our very first week !! They were all so pleased to see that the shelter they had discovered back then was still standing and they had a rest inside. Some used their imagination to think who the house might belong to.
Jacob said – ‘it’s a bear house’
Eva-Jorge said – ‘they’ve gone to get their porridge and have a little walk’
Calum found a caterpillar on the path so he gently picked it up to show the children. They were able to see how different this one looked to the ones we had in nursery. We popped it on a leaf so it would be ‘safe’ before moving on.
After snack we went in search of muddy puddles. We found the muddiest one of all and the children were brave enough to jump off of the bank to see who could make the biggest splash. The teachers even joined in too.
Next week will be our last Forest Session if this term and we are looking forward to parents/caters joining us for the last hour (10-11) for an animal hunt. We hope you can make it.
We would like to add to our nursery sensory area for next term so we are asking for donations of ball pit balls. If you have any lying about that you no longer need, please consider popping them in to us so we can provide this for the children. Many thanks in advance.
This week was all about making camp fires and toasting marshmallows ! The children learnt and followed safety rules while toasting their own marshmallows on the fire. Followed by a fresh hot chocolate with water boiled in the forest in our Kelly kettle. We had a special helper, Douglas from P7. The children loved showing him around the forest and playing hide and seek games.
Today we had our second session with Cycling Without Age. The children loved taking a trip to Whin Park to feed the ducks and going along the canal before heading back to Ach an Eas. Chloe said her favourite part of the trip was the “bumps and feeding the ducks!”
We went on a bear hunt this week !! We found lots dotted about the forest and the children did a great job of identifying colours and numbers and recording them on thir bear finder sheets. After snack we took some of the cars and trucks and played in muddy puddles, digging up mud and leaves and transporting it around. Some children were brave and explored parts of the forest they hadn’t before, using the natural surroundings to climb and slide.
Here is some more of our photos from yesterday’s visit. Whilst four of the children participated in the Cycling Without Age trip, the other four stayed at Ach an Eas and took part in some fun table top activities with the rest of the residents and Miss Nicholson. Our next trip with Cycling Without Age is planned for the 18th June where the second half of the group are excited to have a turn.
The children (and Miss Kelman) were delighted to explore some of Inverness in the Cycling Without Age trikes today. As part of our intergenerational work the children were joined by three of the residents from Ach an Eas- Alice, Rosetta and Margaret. We started off by heading to Whin Park to feed the ducks and then along to the Botanical Gardens. The children chatted and sang the whole way round. Check out the Cycling Without Age Facebook page to see some more pictures from our adventure and the amazing work that the charity do. https://www.facebook.com/groups/CWAInverness/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
This week the children spent time showing the residents some of our favourite table top games. We made pictures with the peg boards, used the stickle bricks to build objects and worked as a team to play the shopping list game. Miss Kelman and Miss Nicolson were super proud as the children were complimented on their behaviour by the staff at Ach an Eas.
This week at Ach an Eas the children were lucky enough to participate in a creative session as part of a Postivie Dementia Care (PDC) programme run by the NHS. The aim of the group is to encourage staff to promote creative activites to support identity, wellbeing and communication.
They spent time colouring in pictures and drawing pictures of the residents which the group are planning to collate into a story book for the residents.
The group leader Karrie said the children were “fabulous” and the feedback from the session was extremely positive. We look forward to participating in more sessions of the PDC programme.
This week the children went on a bug hunt. They were given a check list, a pencil and a magnifying glass. We then explored the forest to see if all the bugs on the list could be spotted. Some even found bugs that weren’t on the list !! We returned to camp for snack then we were straight on to another adventure which took us to muddy puddle jumping. The children absolutely loved this with a few playing real life ‘stuck in the mud’ !!
This week’s session at Ach an Eas was the first time some of the children had visited. They enjoyed finding their feet and getting to know the care home and residents. We made some play dough together, spending time creating different objects e.g. cakes and animals.
The children are making the most of this beautiful weather by having a splashing time outside. They have been experimenting by mixing water and fairy liquid together and trying to make giant bubbles around themselves.
Our visit to the Mackenzie Centre this morning was just lovely. The children were great and loved visiting. They played parachute games, sang songs, watered the plants and fed the birds. All with the help of some of the regular attendees !!
We are definitely looking forward to visiting again soon !!
We had a great first week in the forest. The children learnt and observed the rules of the forest. We explored our surroundings which took us to rope swings and dens. We also used fallen trees to balance and climb on and tree stumps to jump off of. We went back to camp for some snack before heading out to explore some more. The children had so much fun that the teachers had to join in as well !!
Today at Ach an Eas the residents participated in helping the children to create a floor book displaying the photographs from our sessions. They enjoyed chatting amongst themselves as they cut out and stuck the photos down. We then joined the rest of the residents in the lounge and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children were excited to share some of our favourite parachute games with the residents. As it was the last session of this block the children said some lovely goodbyes to their new friends! (Photographs to follow)
Our next sessions for stay and play are detailed below. Please sign up to a slot at any point during your childs normal attended hours by using th form on ELC information board in the hallway. Thank you.
We would like to thank all the parents who braved the rain and joined us for a wee look at our Forest session, we hope you enjoyed it.
Over the past 5 weeks the children have explored Lochardil woods. We have gone on many Bear Hunts and we have also taken part in building and cooking on the fire. The children have also explored ‘Lochardil Forest T.V’ where the children have sang songs such as ‘Shotgun by George Ezra’ and discussed their encounters with the “big black sausage bear” .
We would like to thank the children for the amazing adventures they have taken us on.
If you have not returned your slip for the Easter Egg Hunt this Thursday, please could you let us know if your child and an adult will be attending as soon as possible. If your child usually attends on a Thursday anyway, please advise if a parent/carer will be coming in to join them. If your child does not usually attend and has been invited to either session, please let us know if they will be joining us as we have Easter treats to give out at the end ? and we would like to ensure they receive this even if they are not coming. It will also help to know if an adult is or is not attending when we are assigning children to staff.
We politely ask parents to be mindful of the times of drop off and pick ups. Our staffing rotas are done around the amount of children in at certain times therefore if you are dropping off earlier or picking up later than your child’s allocated times this will affect our staffing ratios.
You may also incur a charge for extra time if this happens continually.
If you are unsure of allocated times, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to check this for you.
A polite reminder to return your permission slips for our Easter Egg Hunt next Thursday.
We would also like to remind parents that due to high numbers, unfortunately we can only accommodate 1 adult per child and we are unable to accommodate siblings, this also applies to pram’s and buggy’s due to the terrain on the field and playground.
To begin our Easter celebrations at Ach an Eas we made some chocolate nests with the residents. The children demonstrated good turn taking skills as they participated in adding the ingredients to the bowl. Whilst our nests where chilling in the fridge we popped in to visit the two Mary’s in their rooms. The children enjoyed singing the ladies some songs, in particular Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
This week at the care home the children spent time making bird feeders with the residents to hang in the front garden of Ach an Eas. They worked together to mix seeds with coconut oil and added it to a mould. Whilst we were waiting for the feeders to set we explored a variety of jigsaws and games and worked together with the residents to complete them.
During the last session of the Tuesday AM block at Ach an Eas we spent time making some flowers with the residents. We used pipe cleaners and cupcake cases to make our flowers, creating a face in the middle of the flower. They then decorated digestive biscuits with icing, using sweets to form the initial of their name on top.
We had our first visit to the care home and all the children interacted really well with the residents showing how kind and caring they are. We started of by being partnered up with a resident and finding out their name we then drew each other and lots of other pictures. After our drawings we had snack and read a story we then went into the big lounge to sing to everyone. We cannot wait for our next visit.
The children have been busy voting for what they would like their next interest to be. We had a choice of Space, Spring or Dinosaurs and by writing their name or mark making on our voting sheet, the subject with the majority of the votes was SPRING !!
If the children would like to learn more about space or dinosaurs, there will be this opportunity within personal learning steps with key workers.
As you may be aware the school is participating in a dress down day for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March. As everyday in nursery is ‘dress down’ day, we are requesting for children to fill the ELC with RED by wearing anything red you may already have !!
A donation of £1 is requested which will be put together with the school for a grand total.
It has become apparent in a number of classes across the school, that there has been a significant amount of discussion regarding the ‘Momo Challenge’. As a school, we are keen to promote digital safety and encourage our pupils to stay safe whilst online, at both school and home, by making responsible choices. This also encompasses our core values as a school and we therefore try to promote and encourage our pupils to share concerns and be responsible in their online usage.
Many parents/carers may already be fully aware from national media coverage that this is a challenge presented on certain social media outlets that many of our children use frequently.
We are always working hard to ensure online safety, and in light of current topics in the media we have attached some parent information as support below for you to peruse:
In remembrance of Mrs Martin-Hodgson, the school are creating a tranquil place within the grounds of the school where a tree will be planted. With this in mind, pupils are being asked to bring in a painted stone, around the size of a fist by Friday 1st March, if they wish. We plan to place all the stones around the tree.
Stones are required to be painted and they will be varnished at school. You may bring a stone in and paint them at school if this is easier for you.
We would like to say a big thank you to Ali Traquair (Teddy’s Dad) who has worked so hard to provide the nursery children a new climbing frame. Ali built this with his own fair hands and we are delighted to report it is a big hit with all and the children have added bits to make an assault course !!
This week at Ach an Eas love was in the air! We created beautiful love hearts using a variety of different materials. The children wrote about their favourite part of visiting the care home. Archie said his “favourite thing was the biscuits”. Lotte decided she loved “making love hearts.” One of the residents Alice decided that she enjoyed making the bird feeders with the children and said she “loves a cup of tea, especially in the morning!” We then attached the hearts together to make some bunting which we added to their existing Valentine’s Day display.
Thank you to all the parents who came along to our last forest session in this block. We hope you enjoyed seeing what we get up to every week and the benefits of Outdoor Education.
The children made bird feeders back at nursery to take to the forest. We went on a walk around the forest and hung them up high for the birds to feed. Keep your eyes peeled for them if you are out for a walk in the forest. 🙂
During yesterday’s visit to Ach an Eas the children spent time decorating digestive biscuits with the residents, demonstrating good turn taking when helping to make the icing. They used icing tubes and sprinkles to create a pattern on their biscuits. The children and residents then enjoyed their tasty biscuits whilst having their morning tea break. Just before heading back to Lochardil we popped in to visit Mary and sang her a few of our favourite songs.
Due to the sessions starting later than planned we will be extending them until Tuesday 5th March. A polite reminder to parents/ carers of children attending Ach an Eas, please ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing and footwear as we will be walking in all weather conditions, thank you.
Friday 1st March 9:15am – 9:45am – Room 12 (Next to ELC)
As part of our ongoing parental engagement we are organising another parent/carer focus group session. This will be an opportunity to informally meet to discuss the ongoing work of the ELC. Our current focus is Ongoing Profiling and the Lochardil Learning Pathways. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Pathways to support children’s learning and the range of experiences we provide in the Lochardil ELC.
We look forward to welcoming you and sharing your thoughts and suggestions. Please note we are unable to accommodate younger siblings on this occasion.
Yesterday the children had a very special visit from a midwife. Eilidh explained her job role to the children, discussing how she helps the babies once they are born. “She puts name tags on them so they don’t get mixed up.” (Angus J). “She feels their heart with a stethoscope.” (Rebecca). Scott recalled that she “bathed them with her hands and just clean water. He said she used a towel and rubbed it very carefully.”
Today at Ach an Eas we made bird feeders with the residents to use in the Ach an Eas grounds. “We had coconut oil. We had seeds. We put our hands to the bowl and put all the coconut oil together.” Ruby
Lotte described how the mixing technique felt- “It feeled slimy.”
This afternoon some children had the opportunity to make bird feeders using lard, bird seed, raisins and cheese. We put the mixture in an old yogurt pot with some string to hang in the garden. We wonder what birds might come to visit…
This week in nursery we have been learning how babies are measured and weighed when they are born and why. The children have done so well in recognising numbers, learning new ways of weighing and measuring and recording their findings.
We are delighted to share that Lochardil has received the most number of tokens in the recent round of the TESCO Community Awards Bags for Life Scheme. Our Wise About Waste application should now be more achievable and we look forward to using the money (£4,000) effectively.
The children and residents had great fun at Ach an Eas Care Home for our first visit of session 2 on Tuesday. We were all wrapped up for the brisk walk where the children were very road aware and well behaved.
Both the children and some residents took part in an art activity using coloured paper to make a tartan pattern. We also sang some lovely songs in the lounge. Their oldest resident Cathy who is 104, was delighted with the children’s lovely singing.
Our first week at Forest Schools – We explored and investigated our natural environment and made a camp where we had a lovely welcomed hot chocolate. We are also learning how to keep safe and how to look after each other.
Happy New Year and welcome back !!
This week we have been settling back into nursery and exploring all resources. We have been learning about our rights and the rights of others.
We have introduced our rights song to circle and story times, which we are sure you have heard bits of at home !!
Thank you to all our parents/carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters who came to watch the children in their Christmas Sing-a-long this morning. The children have worked so hard learning the words and makaton signs to the songs and they were delighted that so many of you took the time to come and watch.
A big thank you from all the staff too, it is so lovely to see all of our children’s families together at this special time of year.
We hope you all enjoyed the show !!
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from all the staff in the ELC and we look forward to seeing you all in 2019 !!
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. We have been so busy in the ELC preparing for our sing-a-long and getting all of our Christmas goodies ready to take home to show everyone !!
The children are really looking forward to performing their Christmas songs on Friday. Please keep an eye on our blog as we will be uploading videos of them practising for those who are unable to make it on the day.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Ach an Eas for an amazing first block of intergenerational work. The children absolutely loved having a special Christmas lunch at the care home yesterday. We enjoyed performing
our Christmas songs for the residents and were happy that they joined in with us for the traditional songs.
Mrs Reed will be leaving at the end of term to pursue her own goals. She was originally planning to retire at the end of the session however has brought the date forward and therefore her final day will be the last day of this term.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Mrs Reed for her considerable contribution to our school as a whole and in particular to the ELC at Lochardil Primary. She has certainly contributed to giving our pupils a fabulous start to their educational journey with us and we will continue to draw on her passion and expertise for learning outdoors & yoga in the future.
We would like to wish Mrs Reed all the best for the future.