A Busy Term In The Ladybird Room

We have had a busy start to the year in the Ladybird room. We welcomed some new children to the playroom and we are all very much enjoying getting to know each other. Everyone in the Ladybird room loves to be outside in the nursery garden, whatever the weather. When outside we all have an amazing time exploring and investigating the different areas of the garden. Being outside has many benefits and we are always thrilled by the ways in which the children use their imagination, creativity and problem solving skills while they naturally engage with the learning activities on offer, such as water play, den building, loose parts, a mud kitchen, sand pit, bikes and trikes to name a few. 

Howes Hoose Enterprise 

Pupils in Howes Hoose have begun their soup enterprise project and already have lots of happy customers!  Pupils are involved in every aspect of making and selling the soup. Work begins with going round the school to ask who would like soup that week, a great chance to practise interacting with less familiar people. Next is shopping for ingredients and then making the soup in the Hoose. Selling the soup is another opportunity for practising communication skills as well as handling money. We then do some learning activities around the money we have raised! 

The first week we made leek and tattie soup with tatties we grew ourselves in Outdoor Education – it was a hit! 

All about me!

In Room 1 at Ashgrove Nursery for our first term we have been learning all about ourselves.  We have been looking at the different parts of our bodies and their names. We used our hands and feet to explore some paint and make prints with these. After we made footprints we tried out the foot spa to clean them, it was lots of fun. We have also been moving to music with body awareness to help identify our head, arms, hands and feet.

We also made family trees and displayed them for everyone to see.

We Had a Blast with “MESS” at Orchard Brae School!

Hello from Room 6!

Last week, we had a fantastic time with the show MESS by Tenterhooks. The story was fun and full of surprises. Imagine a bunch of cleaners dancing and singing about how good they are at cleaning. But then, one cleaner finds a pink glove when all the others are yellow. This tiny mix-up leads to a big, fun mess!

The head cleaner gets caught up in the mess and turns into a colourful, messy creature. Everyone starts having a great time, dancing, and celebrating the joy of a little chaos.

What was cool about MESS was that it wasn’t just something to watch – it was an experience. The show gave us moments to think, feel, and join in. Sometimes, the cleaners would show us how to use props like buttons or gloves. 

Show Highlights:

  • No speaking, just action
  • Cool sounds and music
  • Neat lights with mirrors and LEDs 
  • Awesome group singing
  • Interactive props for the audience: Big Mack button, rubber glove, vibrating speaker

Oh, and the best part? We could take the pink glove to the classroom! It’s like a small gift to remember the fun we had.

Thanks to everyone who made this show happen. It was a day to remember!

Exploring Food In Room 17

Since returning from the summer holidays, Room 17 have enjoyed settling into our classroom and making some new friends. We have particularly enjoyed exploring some different food textures and making some beautiful artwork with them. This has included using some homegrown tatties from our garden to make prints, and cauliflower heads as effective prints for leaves for an autumnal picture.

Building Relationships In Room 16

Since the start of term, Room 16 have been busy building our relationships and routines together. We had lots of fun in the hot weather using the paddling pool and water guns to help us all cool down in the heat. We discovered that spraying each other with water was a great way to build friendships and trust with others as we asked for permission first. All pupils loved the chance to engage in water play.

We have also been engaging in Bucket Time which has really helped to capture everyone’s attention. We have done a great job learning the songs and have already been joining in singing loudly. We have enjoyed the exciting Part 2 activities, shown excellent turn taking in Part 3 and already shown great effort in the independent tasks of Part 4. 

Literacy In Room 9

We’ve had a busy start to the year in Room 9!  We started the term with lots of time to explore our new class and friends, using the story “The Pigeon HAS to go to School” as our story focus for the start of term.  As part of this we have been able to build relationships and establish routines, including lots of movement activities throughout the day and diverse communication opportunities.  We’ve had lots of fun with our daily communication games, water play and messy play have supported some fab interactions!

Since then we’ve started to explore our Disney theme for the term, starting with “Toy Story”.  We’ve added sound effects to our own rocket launch, created space art, played along to music from the film, spotted our photos in “space” on the interactive board, sung space themed songs, and more.  In numeracy we counted “Ten Little Aliens” as we read the story of the same name.  A particular favourite was our space themed bucket time where we were able to launch a rocket for stage three – we’re loving bucket time at the moment in Room 9!

Last week we explored “Finding Nemo” (with lots of water play and a very wet bucket time!), this week we’re looking at “The Lion King”.  We’ll be continuing to explore a different Disney story every week or two.


In Room 5 we have lots of fun riding our bikes around the playground. Cycling trikes is really good for us to learn the reciprocal movement of our legs which helps with our coordination and balance. It also strengthens our leg muscles. At Orchard Brae we also have a trike which wheelchairs can be fastened onto so all the children can take part in cycling activities.

Outdoor Education Fun! 

The primary 1’s have been enjoying Outdoor Education the past few weeks. They have been exploring the Winter Gardens at Duthie Park and the play park at Seaton Park. They had great fun looking at all the different flowers and plants in the Winter Gardens and playing on the different equipment at the play park. Watching the waterfall was definitely a favourite by all.