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.
Morning session children – Drop off and collection times as normal from nursery.
Afternoon session children – Drop off between 9am – 9:30am at the side door of the school hall. Collection from the school hall at 12:30pm.
All day session children – Drop off and collection times as normal from nursery.
Invited children – Drop off at 10am at the side door of the school hall. If possible, we ask that the children wear Christmas Attire e.g. jumpers/t-shirts/colours.
Can spectators please line up outside in the playground at the school reception area. The main door will be opened around 10am for entry to the hall. As we are expecting a large number of spectators please make us aware if there is anyone coming who cannot stand for long periods, as there is limited seating.
Just a quick reminder, the children will be receiving their Christmas dinners in the dining hall for lunch tomorrow if they have ordered them and all children and staff are encouraged to wear their finest Christmas jumpers if they so wish! Please do not go out to buy a jumper especially for the occasion, it is the company and the wonderful atmosphere that we are all looking forward to tomorrow!
When we arrived at the care home yesterday we were greeted by our mischievous elf who had been getting messy eating some nutella. Yesterday some of the residents joined us to make some Christmas cards for our loved ones. Take a look at the way Ach an Eas have displayed the beautiful salt dough decorations that we made last week.
The Children have been practising so hard for our Sing-a-Long at the end of term and they can’t wait to perform for you.
We are still waiting on some slips coming back to advise if your child will be present and how many people will be attending to watch. If you have not returned yet, please could you do so ASAP. If you need another slip, please collect one from the ELC office.
Yesterday at the care home we spent time making salt dough Christmas tree decorations. The children and residents made some to decorate the care home’s tree and some to take home. As Ach an Eas have not yet put up their decorations we improvised with this Winter tree. Once we had cooked our salt dough we painted them in festive colours. Our elf also fancied doing a bit of colouring!
Today we had a brilliant Gruffalo themed forest session! We read ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson at snack time and did lots of activities based on the story. The children turned in to “owls” (or “just birds”), using their seats/mats as wings as they flapped about our base camp. Some children participated in building a “log pile house” for the snake in the story. After tidying up, we went on a search for the Gruffalo himself and explored the woods. We moved in different ways, pretending to be all the animals featured in the story. Unfortunately we didn’t find him today… maybe next week!
We have received updated guidelines regarding the winter vomiting bug ‘Norovirus’. A reminder to all parents/carers that if a child has been unwell, they are stay off for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness.
If you require any further information, please see the leaflets located in the ELC cloakroom.
If your child has come home wearing nursery clothing, please can you wash the items and return them to nursery as our spare clothes are running low or if you have any child’s clothes you wish to donate to the nursery, this would be much appreciated. Many thanks!
Our Lost Property box is beginning to grow arms and legs! Do any of these items belong to your child? Lots of zippy hoodies, woolly hats and toys to be returned to their homes! Please remember to have a look through our box the next time you’re in. If they are not claimed before the Christmas holidays, the items will be donated to charity. Many thanks, the ELC team.
This week, the children have been learning about road safety. In art we made our own pelican crossing, complete with traffic lights and the children have demonstrated how to cross the road safely. Some children have been out on a walk and have used these in a real life situation.
In our maths activity, the children have been matching different road signs. When doing this they have been describing shapes colours and some have been able to identify their meaning.
Today we were a bit unlucky with the weather, but it didn’t stop us from having fun! We enjoyed some lovely toasted bagels with jam and butter for snack, and some children even tried the bananas we cooked on the fire with chocolate inside, yummy! They are becoming more aware of the fire and how to stay safe around it, using new vocabulary such as “embers”, “smoke” and “sparks”. While exploring the woods, we came across a pair of gloves belonging to our friend in Primary One so we brought them back to school for her. Sarah also found a spider on the fallen tree that she “looked after carefully” when showing her friends.
This week we decorated melted snowmen biscuits with the residents. The children and residents took turns to make the icing and decorated their biscuit using marshmallows, breadsticks and smarties. Whilst tasting their finished product they enjoyed a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows! The children are beginning to build friendships with some of the residents.
The children enjoyed their first visit to Ach an Eas Care Home. We spent time creating some leaf rubbings to show the residents. We also threw a tea party for one of the ladies who celebrated a very special birthday the week before. She turned a hundred and four years old! Keep your eyes peeled for more of our Ach an Eas adventures!
We have been learning about the people who help us and different job roles within our community. Some children took a visit to the pharmacy on Thursday and to DC Hair Design and Lochardil House Hotel on Friday. The staff were so lovely, describing what they do and how they help people in different ways.
Today Miss McNeil toasted some scones on the fire for the children, which most of them thoroughly enjoyed with some butter and jam! We went exploring through the woods to a fallen tree where the boys and girls regularly like to climb up and slide back down the muddy hill. Lexie demonstrated excellent balancing skills! At the end of the session, we played near the entrance to the woods and Shona managed to climb up a tree independently!
We have been made aware that sometimes these letters do not always make it home. Either they have fallen out of little hands or taken out of trays through the day and got lost. With this in mind, we will have a list of all current important letters/information up on the board in the ELC cloakroom. We will also continue to put them into trays and remind children and parents to check trays daily.
The most recent letter regarding the intergenerational work at the care home is in trays today, on the board and a copy is attached here. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the ELC.
Our mud kitchen is lacking some essential cooking equipment. We are looking to fill it with old pots and pans, plastic bowls and utensils. Please, if you have any thing you don’t use any more in the back of the cupboard and would be willing to donate, could you pass it into the nursery or to reception.
It was our first Forest Session of the year today with some nursery boys and girls! We introduced some of our safety rules, for example, “not going past the stop signs” at our base camp and remembering to “stay where you can see the adults at all times”. Today, they showed interest in building a den, so we collected some “big sticks to tie together”!
A big thank you to Jo Traquair (Teddy’s Mum) for purchasing the ELC a new cement mixer. She had noticed that our old one was extremely well used and had been ‘put out to pasture’ so as a lovely gesture bought us a new one for our outdoor construction area. As you can see from the pictures, it was well received by the children (and staff) !!
This week in the ELC we have been doing all thing spooktacular. From apple printing to make our own pumpkins to spooky counting with our numeracy game. The children have loved discussing what they were dressing up as and attending our Halloween disco.
Your child’s key worker will be in touch to arrange an informal meeting to discuss their Learning Pathway during November. It can be at the beginning or end of your child’s session or arranged for a time that better suits. The appointments will be to discuss your child’s pathway and plan next steps and learning opportunities that you may like us to include.
Scheduled appointments for more formal discussions will be made for the beginning of 2019.
We would like to introduce two new faces that we have with us in Nursery, our students Miss Brown and Miss Stapleton. We are lucky enough to have them helping us throughout the whole year. Miss Brown is a student from IRA and will be with us every Tuesday morning doing work experience and Miss Stapleton is studying her HNC at the Inverness UHI and will be with us at various times throughout the week.
New guidelines have been sent out to us from the NHS regarding antibiotics. Please see the poster below for more information. There will be leaflets in the ELC hallway should you wish to take further information home.
A very warm welcome back to everyone on this frosty morning. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back into the ELC this week. We have such a packed term before the Christmas holidays so we will be posting lots here to keep you up to date.
The children had the opportunity to experiment with different ingredients laid out for them. We had flour, water, salt, ppolystyrene, food colouring and the children worked together to make their own potions (sticky dough) and seeing how materials change when they are mixed together.
Well done to all the children who took part in the Ashie House 20 x 10 Sponsored Run on Wednesday. The children had great fun doing as many laps as they could !! If you’re not sure how many laps your child completed, please speak to a member of staff as we have them recorded.
Sponsor money is due in on Wednesday 10th October. Thank you to parents/carers for your continued support.
The children have been discussing the changes they have noticed with the seasons and discussing what happens at this time of year. We have been collecting autumnal things such as different coloured leaves, conkers and beech nuts and discussing the differences between them. Some children have made their own jigsaw’s by ripping leaves into a few pieces, mixing them up and putting them back together. Our home corner is now a Halloween themed house and the children have loved playing with all things pumpkin !!
This week in gym we have been learning new ball control skills, from balancing, bouncing and dribbling to working with a partner and controlling a ball between them. Well done to everyone for developing new skills !
ELC Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 28th September
Parents of children in the ELC are invited along on Friday 28th September 10am to 11am for some cakes and a cup of tea. Why not take a look through your child’s learning pathway and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.