e can’t believe it is the last week of term, considering everything that has been going on.
The children, what can we say, have been absolutely amazing – adapting so so well to all the changes in the setting. They just got on with it. It has been a different and difficult year for us all and I think we should all be proud of ourselves for getting through it together. The pre-schoolers managed to get their visits to school and when they came back the next day it was lovely to hear them share their experiences:
‘ I liked playing outside’,
‘I’m going to learn about more numbers when I go to school’.
Thank goodness these visits were able to go ahead, they are so important for the children to see where they are going and to meet P1 Teacher. We missed all our parent’s sports day this year but plenty of photos to share with you all. The children were consulted prior to it happening as to what races they wanted to do and a wee practise was had in the hall.
Afterwards, children shared what was their favourite race was,
‘I liked the sack race best’,
‘I liked the tattie race’.
We decided then to go on a wee bus trip into Thurso to Messy Nessy soft play centre.
Wow, what great excitement, going off on the bus. They were superstars sitting on the bus, lots of chat about all the things we saw on the way and a wee bit of singing, ‘Wheels on the bus.’
This end of term is a bit of a strange one for us at Reay Under 5’s as we are going to be moving to our new build down at the primary school. At this moment in time we are unsure if it will be ready in time! As soon as we know for definite what is happening we will let you know. We are working on a contingency plan at the moment.
We wish all the pre-schoolers all the best in this next exciting chapter for them, good luck for the future.
Hope you all enjoy looking at their Special Folders and all their other end of term bits and pieces. We look forward to welcoming returning children and our new starters in August. Time to make new memories in a new site. Exciting, scary, sad, happy. Lots of emotions to think about.
We hope you have a wonderful safe summer. Let’s hope the good weather returns soon.
Yvonne, Ashleigh, Lynn and Ruth xxx
News post: 24th May 2021
It is busy as usual, we can’t believe where the time has gone! It is only 5 weeks to holidays, transitions are going well for preschoolers. Summer outings and sports will be different this year, in house events but at least centres are open and we can send lots of photos to parents.
The children started showing an interest in bugs and beasties as they explored and investigated and played outside. We had to do a rescue mission one day as we had a wasp in the playroom. So we consulted with the children and Wriggly worms became an interest. We decided we would make a Mini Wormery, some children helped layer it up with earth and coloured sand.
We went exploring for Worms and even got a wee bucket of them from Michael’s garden. These experiences encouraged children to become more aware of their senses through exploration. They noticed that all worms are different shapes, colours and sizes and they also learnt some interesting facts about worms and they observed all the tunnels they made.
# they don’t have bones, they have lots of muscles to help them move,
# they breathe through their skin
# they keep the soil healthy
# we can only keep them in our Mini Wormery for a week
# we need to keep the soil damp, feed them leaves and keep the Wormery in the dark.
# Our worms were very clever the made a number 6 and 9 with their bodies.
Some children were more hands-on in exploring them, they were able to describe how they felt, tickly, wriggly, slimy.
The wriggly worms were released safely on Friday to their natural habitat.
News post: 9th May 2021
The children have been engaged in various activities continuing to make their own choices and decisions. They have used inside space as well as outside space well.
They continued to look after our pots outside and plant some more flowers, ‘violas’. Some children commented on how pretty the colours were.
As soon as we went out one morning one of the children made comment, ” which Tulip is the tallest’, which led to him getting the tape measure, great problem solving as he worked out which one was the tallest and recognising number.
This week we hope to plant out our sunflowers and marigolds we have been growing from seed and keep an eye on our tatties, lets hope no more cold weather! More plants for the children to ‘Nurture’.
The children did more problem solving and used their imagination well as they constructed with the blocks, ‘it’s a house with a door, they adapted props, what a great idea, ‘look I’m an elephant.
We had a gym session one morning, great involvement by all, then later on one of the girls took the lead and made up her own gym session and with great confidence shared it with others. It then led them to talk about exercise, ‘ I know yoga’. Great to see that confidence!
News from setting: 26th April 2021
What a great first week we had back and even better to have a wee girl back who has been absent for a wee while. The kids and staff obviously welcomed her back with open arms. They all played super together like she had never been off. It was lovely to hear what the children were up to during the holidays. Chocolate was mentioned quite a bit!!!
The children were really engaged in playing with trucks, cars and lorries inside and out. They used a variety of descriptive language to describe what they were doing. They made ramps and tracks for their vehicles to go up and down and even to roll balls down. They mentioned ‘size’ so this led to an update to the height chart and problem solving sorting out size tallest to smallest. It also led to a discussion about growth in many ways, some commented that they needed new shoes and that it was a number ‘10’. One boy decided he would get a ruler to measure his hand, it is, ‘11’ and ‘15’. We discussed healthy living and the importance of eating and drinking healthy foods and the importance of getting outside in fresh air and having a good nights sleep in their own beds.
We build a den and the children enjoyed story-time out in and they added their bits and pieces to it for their play, at one point it was a home for the rabbits before they decided to make a hutch out of boxes. We even got some of our tatties planted too! Great imaginary play as they were digging holes and putting in fence posts, the chalk lines were fence posts! Lots of mark-making going on too and some dusty children.
Let’s see what this week brings, hopefully, fun in the sun!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth xxxx
News from setting: 19th April 2021
Welcome back everybody, we hope you had lovely holidays. Now, wasn’t the weather a mixed bag of snow, wind and thankfully sunshine the last week! You will all be pleased to know that some of our tulips are in bloom now along with the daffodils. The seeds we planted before the holidays are slowly growing in my greenhouse. We look forward to hearing what you have been getting up to. I’m sure you all had fun out and about and eating some yummy Easter eggs
News from setting: 30th March 2021
Construction time at Reay Under 5’s.
The tinker table sparked a wee interest in DIY. Using the tinker table enabled children to experience using real tools such as spanners, good for the continued development of their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
They worked together really well together sharing their ideas with each other and also gave them the opportunity to share what they know about some jobs people do, such as the ‘builder builds houses’ and ‘electrician puts lights in’. Some even drew out their own plans explaining to staff in great detail what their plans were all about, ‘the excavator needs to come in and dig a track’ and they even wrote their ‘jobs’ in the job book. It gave them the opportunity to discuss size, shape and number, some even noticing number ‘7’ as they were constructing with blocks. It also leads to some children designing and creating amazing creations with small wooden blocks and to towers outside
News from setting: 30th March 2021
Bubbles of fun at Reay.
All that was needed was music and bubbles!
What fun the children had as they moved around outside expressively and playfully. They observed the different sizes of bubbles and noticed that some bubbles went up high and some down low. ‘Let’s catch them and pop them’, and some even commented that the wind makes them go round and round faster. If you didn’t want to run and catch the bubbles all you need is a waterproof mat to sit, watch and relax.
News from setting: 15th March 2021
On our walk children observed signs of spring using their senses. They heard birds sing and noticed Spring flowers. They saw snowdrops, crocus and daffodils. The next day we put some pictures of flowers at the painting easels and the children created some lovely paintings, sharing their thoughts about their paintings.
It is so good to be back, all of the children have settled in very well, lovely to see them getting involved in a variety of experiences with their peers.
The children explored the puppet theatre and puppets, they used their wonderful imagination to make up their own stories and retell familiar stories. Some spent time engaged at the writing-table using their own initiative to create an animal book. We celebrated World Book Day, ‘ don’t they all look fab dressed up’. We decided we would listen to the Large Family stories on the c/d player, they chose Five Minutes’ Peace, by Jill Murphy. Fab listening and recall of the story. Children confidently shared their thoughts about the story for our Book Review, children had the opportunity to express their feelings, ‘it was so funny when he went into a bath with his clothes on.
News from setting: 23rd February 2021
We welcome you all back, two days later than everyone else, but the main hall has lovely new windows and a completely new roof.
We want to reassure you all that all appropriate measures are in place and we can’t wait to see you all.
If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
See you all on Wednesday 24th February at 9.15 am.
News from children: 18th February 2021
Here’s a pic of Michael and Alex doing some messy play this morning with cornflour, water and food colouring. Michael put lots of small toy animals in and enjoyed the strange textures.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth; oh what great fun messy play is, we will have to do some of that when we get back to playgroup! I wonder how it felt? Maybe sticky, slimy or cold.
News from children: 18th February 2021
My Pancake day adventures!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth; They look yummy Michael, did you help mummy mix all the ingredients together and flip them? What did you have on them, I love raspberry jam on ours!
News from children: 18th February 2021
We have had a good week despite the cold weather! We had a couple of indoor days! Eva used this chance to play dress up! Eva has her first wobbly tooth which she is wiggling every second of every day! Here are a few pictures from our walks and week!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth; Lovely to see you out playing in the snow and going on adventures with your brother. Good fun to dress up, what lovely outfits. Wibbly wobbly tooth, I hope the tooth fairy pays you a visit! Clever girl helping look after the Emu’s.
Look forward to seeing you back at playgroup soon.
News from children: 15th February 2021
Happy Valentines Day to all my friends, I miss you all and hope to see you all really soon.
Rogue made me a love heart and that made me smile, so I have made her one too!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth; That is lovely kind words, Maxy. Your love heart is very pretty and colourful.
News from children: 12th February 2021
I put water in a tub and added orange peel, leaves and twigs then after a night outside he popped it out of the tub.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth; Wow that looks amazing, love the colours, it looks like an ice cream cake. Great ice experiment.
I l made an apple bird feeder and hung it outside. A robin is eating from it and he also saw 2 other robins and a coal tit eating from it.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth:; How lucky those birdies are getting yummy food from your garden.
Me and my sister had great fun making snow angels when they went a walk in the woods. They also collected leaves and twigs.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth:; What fun you had, I bet your friends have been making snow angels too and having great fun playing in the snow, making snowmen and playing on sledges. I even had a wee shot on my grandson’s sledge!
Me and my sister made yummy chocolate cornflake cakes and kindly helped with the cleaning up! I love cucumber and decided he wanted a racing car sandwich for lunch.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth:; Oh yummy, yummy and what good helpers tidying up! That’s the best bit about making chocolate cakes, licking the bowl! Your race car looks amazing- almost too good to eat.
I drew a lovely picture of his family and made a lovely Tulip out of junk materials for my grandad.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: What a beautiful picture of your family and love your tulip, I bet your grandad is super proud that you made that for him. Amazing work.
News from children: 11th February 2021
This week I had lots of fun sledging in the snow. I love going downhill very fast! I also went for a walk at night with my special vest. I wear it so the cars can see me. The snow was sparkly and I saw the stars in the sky.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: I think lots of boys and girls will have had fun sledging, I know I did. You are keeping safe with your hi-viz vest on. You are right the snow does look sparkly just like glitter and also crunches when you walk on it. The night sky has been amazing.
This week I practised making heart shapes in my yoghurt with maple syrup. I also helped mummy make a very tasty chocolate cake. I mixed all the ingredients together with the wooden spoon.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: How clever practising making heart shapes with your maple syrup, I bet your chocolate cake was tasty. I bet your mum was glad of your help mixing all the ingredients together. What a good idea drawing faces on your hearts, you’ve made me feel really happy hearing and seeing what you have up to.
Mummy cut some hearts in paper and we drew faces to show their emotions. I made a happy one with a smile. We also drew a shocked one and a sad one. Hearts are good for saying “I love you”.
News from children: 11th February 2021
I am missing you and all my pals from playgroup. Mummy says we can start to come to playgroup again soon, this makes me feel very happy and very excited.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: We are all missing each other, we will have to have a wee celebration when we all get back to playgroup!
I have had lots of fun this week at home.
I made an awesome snowgirl in the garden with Paul Paul. This was fun but it was very cold in the garden. I didn’t want to put my gloves, hat and scarf back on to go and get my picture taken with the snowgirl.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: That is an amazing snowgirl, I bet your friends have made snowmen and snow girls too! It has been cold but it is good to get outside in the fresh air.
I made some rock cakes with my mummy and big brother this was fun especially getting my hands in and making the mixture like breadcrumbs. I liked making the cakes but don’t like to eat these.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: How clever helping mummy bake, measuring out all the ingredients and mixing them all together. When I was a little girl I used to bake these with my granny and when my girls were little we used to make these too but they didn’t like the fruit in it so used to put chocolate chips in them and we called them moon rocks!
I made a pic of Kandinsky hearts with my brother, this was a task his teacher set him. I really like to paint. I remembered to be calm and sensible whilst using the paints and mummy was very proud of me.
I made a valentines day card for my pal Max. I hope he sees it!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Your picture and card are lovely, you have been super busy. How kind you are making a card for Max, he will love it. Oh Roguey super proud of you too, thank you for doing the activities.
News from the setting:8th February 2021
Well hello everyone,
Hope you are all well and feeling okay. It’s okay to not feel okay as you know because we talk about our feelings at playgroup. Can you remember some feeling words——- bet you can, here are some happy, excited, tired sad, upset, worried! You just remember to talk to your mummies and daddies at home and us at playgroup. Grown-ups can help you, you just might need a wee cuddle, go for a wee snooze or just want to talk about something.
We have felt sad because we miss you all but you have been making us happy, hearing and seeing what you have been doing with your families and we are feeling excited to get back to playgroup soon.
This weeks wee activity, what about some making some emoji faces about feelings. You can think about our feeling board at playgroup or our books. You can draw, make playdough faces, write in sand or snow, use twigs, sticks or even pasta.
This reminds me of one our songs that we have sung at playgroup- ‘If you are happy and you know it’. Well, lets have a think!
We can clap our hands, stamp your feet, you can use your wonderful imagination to make up your own actions and get exercise at the same time.
I have one for you to do, ‘If you are happy and you know it tell your family you love them, so it would go, ‘If you are happy and you know it love you mum, ( dad) ( brother) ( sister) or anyone else that is special to you.
Which leads us on to Valentine’s day on the 14th of February.
You could make a Valentine card for someone special. I know some of you can draw a heart shape. You could decorate a heart shape using pasta, and then decorate it with some recycled wrapping paper. Use your wonderful creativity, imagination and cutting skills.. Then you could write the words, ‘I love you’, mummies and daddies can help you with this. We know some of you can do this as you often practise writing at playgroup.
Well can you guess what I have made this morning, it is in my fridge setting and it is wibbly-wobbly. Have you guessed it, hope you love the shape. Maybe you could make some at home, I know some of you love this——-have you guessed yet, it is jelly!
Have a great week everyone.
Miss you all.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth
News from the children: 5th February 2021
Arty great fun at playgroup exploring the snow. He loved the snow been thrown up in the air and throwing snowballs to the ground. We wrote numbers in the snow too, fab counting Arty. He also helped us fill the bird feeders, thank you Arty.
4th February 2021
My fun in the snow
I had great fun in the snow, on my sledge, building a snowman and then helped decorate some yummy cakes.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: lovely to see you outside playing in the snow, love your snowman and your cakes look great, love all of the colourful sprinkles. Let’s hope we get more snow!!
4th February 2021
I have been loving all the lovely weather and getting outside. We had a great time at Reay beach meeting up with Max and his sister. It was great fun playing with a friend again.
I spotted fields, fern, flowers and fences beginning with F on our walks.
We have also been down at my granda’s farm out on the quads and even got to feed a little lamb.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: What fun you have been having, the weather has been so good to get out and about exploring. All you need is cosy clothes to keep you warm. How lucky to meet up with Max on the beach, hopefully, it won’t be long until we are all back together at playgroup. I wonder did you find anything exciting on the beach!
Fabulous ‘f’ spotting, you spotted the same things as me when I was on my walk!
Wow, that is a special job getting to feed a little lamb and to get a shot on the quad with your daddy. I wonder does your granda have lots of lambs on his farm? What cold weather for the lambs, brrrr
News from children: 3rd February 2021
I have been practising the letter f.
I had fun playing eye spy around our home. My five f’s are. Food, I asked for fish fingers for lunch because they begin with F. My Frog bath toy. My brothers Frog Teddy and his Flash toy. My baby brothers fish. I can’t wait till springtime when there will be flowers in the garden.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Well done for finding all those things beginning with ’f’. I say ‘f’ for ‘fantastic’. Yummy fish fingers for lunch. We can’t wait also until there are flowers in the garden too, shall I tell you something, all our bulbs we planted at playgroup are growing. So that is something to look forward to when we get back to playgroup!
News from children: 3rd February 2021
Last weekend I was very busy. On Saturday morning we did the Big Garden Watch and I helped spot the birds. We had 11 long-tailed tits, 3 great tits, 3 pheasants, 2 robins and 1 coal tit. On Tuesday mummy made two potato stamps: a bird and a tree, and I used them to make a picture of our big garden watch.
Wow that is an amazing amount of long-tailed tits, I didn’t have any of those in my garden, I had 10 starlings, 3 blue tits, 2 blackbirds, 2 chaffinch. 2 pheasant and I robin. I did my bird watch on Sunday and it was a lovely sunny day to watch the birdies.
I also helped mummy and daddy build a new shed with my tools: a saw, a hammer and a screwdriver. I passed the screws to daddy when he needed them and helped carry the planks. I used my chalks to decorate the frame.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: How helpful, bet Mummy and Daddy were glad of the extra help!
We also went exploring in the woods. Tonight we talked about words that start with the letter “F” that we had seen in the woods: we saw ferns, fox poo, fungi, friends and feathers. It was fun!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: It is fun going exploring in the woods, I would say ‘f’ for fabulous exploring! When Cameron and I were out walking yesterday we saw ferns, feathers and bumped into friends on our way and then Cameron helped me put some fat balls in the feeder.
News from children: 2nd February 2021
We have had another busy week looking after my pets! My pet turkeys didn’t like the snow and kept eating it which made me laugh a lot! Making sure to get our daily walks! We really enjoyed the snow so much, we made snowmen, played snowballs and made Mum and Dad drag us around for hours on the sledge!
We forgot to take a picture of our Burns dinner we got too hungry!
We made some fat balls for birds they didn’t turn out too pretty but birds seem happy with them.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth:
We are delighted to hear that you and your brother have been having great fun in the snow. So healthy to get outside playing in snow, was your mum and dad exhausted pulling you around? Your snowman is fab looking.
Well done for making fat balls, I bet the birdies enjoyed them, I know the birdies have been enjoying the ones I have made.
Glad you enjoyed your burns supper, yummy.
Love your picture!
News from Reay: 1st February 2021
Hope everyone is well, we are missing you all.
Thank you once again for taking part in all of our activities. It is so lovely to see what you have all been getting up to with your families. You certainly have all been keeping busy and getting out in the fresh air. Loved all the snowy pictures. It has certainly been icy and frosty, good for our ice experiments! You have to be very careful when you are out walking, remember to walk like a penguin. Can you see the flower head I put in water, it has frozen!
Have you have been doing the bird count this weekend, cant wait to see if you have. ‘I wonder what types of birds you spotted? Remember to keep feeding them and don’t forget to put water out for them. Get your counting heads on to count the birdies!
How about making some birds and trees! Mm, what could we use to make some birds!
How about drawing, cutting and gluing or what about getting your family to cut a potato in half and use this as the body and paint it and print this on paper or card then add its beak, eyes and legs. You could collect natural materials when out on your walk such as bark, twigs and leaves to make a tree. Can’t wait to see what masterpieces you come up with.
If you are using scissors – remember our rhyme – ‘Fingers on bottom, thumb on top, open wide and chop, chop, chop’.
Do you know the rhyme; Two little dicky birds?
This week is the start of a new month, it is ‘F’ for February!
Let’s do some I- spy with my little eye, can you find 5 things beginning with the letter ‘f’. You might want to go looking inside or outside.
Does anyone have ‘f’ in their name?
Can anyone write ‘f’.
You don’t need to use pens to practise writing all of the time, you could use sand, playdough or get your Mum or Dad to put some lentils in a tray and you can use your finger to write. You could also use some twigs also to make letters. It is good to keep those fingers busy, makes them strong which will help you make it easier to do lots of things such as having a good pen grip, making things, doing puzzles, making Lego or Duplo.
We hope you all have a good week and thanks once again for doing our activities, it is lovely to see what you have all been getting up to. Hope you all managed to get out and about, we look forward to seeing what you have been getting up to this week.
Remember to keep active, can’t wait to see what it is you do, it might be walking, playing on the beach, on your bikes or on your slide or climbing frame.
Wrap up warm and have fun. You might even get a hot chocolate treat with marshmallows, yummy!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh, Ruth
News from children: 29th January
My mum and I made a tartan pattern. I enjoyed colouring the pattern in my favourite colours. ‘That is a lovely tartan pattern you have made, tartan patterns are so colourful’
I have also been practising my letter formations and my name.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: What lovely writing, keep up the good work
News from children: 29th January
On Monday it was Robbie Burn’s birthday. He was a Scottish poet. I was very happy about his birthday because we ate haggis neeps and tatties, and I love haggis! After dinner we had music for a ceilidh in the living room with mummy and daddy. I love dancing and jumping. ‘
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Well that sounds like an amazing Burns Supper you had, haggis is yummy, I love it too’ Dancing is so good for you , keep you super fit and healthy.
I also learned to draw vertical and horizontal lines to make a tartan. I used all my favourite colours to make lots of tartan drawings in my colouring pad.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Well done Clara, what a lovely pattern, great lines’.
News from children: 28th January 2021
We loved the snow recently. I’m sad it has gone already! I hope it snows lots more again soon.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: I think we are all sad the snow is gone, let’s hope it comes back soon, love seeing all the boys and girls playing out in the snow, ‘I wonder did you make a snowman?
On the days that we haven’t been outdoors, we have been exercising indoors too following kids workouts.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Wow great stuff doing your exercises every day, that will keep you fit and give you strong muscles, we can add this photo to our SHANNARRI display under, ‘Healthy’.
News from children: 27th January 2021
My sister and I had great fun in the snow, we built a snowman, went sledging and even went exploring on the beach. I couldn’t believe that there was snow on the beach. Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: what an adventure you had sledging, making a snowman and exploring on the beach. I wonder was there lots of different footprints on the beach?
I loved , your miss you message in the snow. I had lots of pheasants in my garden at the weekend.
I loved looking at all the other pictures and stories seeing what my friends have been getting up to.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: That is a kind thing to say that you ‘love Rogues snowflake’, maybe you could make some snowflakes too? ‘I am so glad you have enjoyed looking at the stories and pictures from the other boys and girls’.
News from children: 27th January 2021
I loved the message saying you miss us all. We have been looking at the tracks in the snow too and all the different footprints. We took a photo of the duck, dog and pony prints in the snow, as well as our own footprints.
My sister and I both had our first time sledging. We were wrapped up in a clean waterproof horse rug to keep us cosy! I also made snow angels and made a map of Frozen 2 with Arrendale, the enchanted forest and the dark sea. We attempted to make a snowman on Saturday but the snow was just too powdery.
We went for a walk around Thurso and went to St Peter’s Kirk. We are hoping to do a drawing or painting of the window. I also spotted two graves with a skull and crossbones on it so we were thinking a pirate was buried there!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Wow – you and your family have been super busy. It looks like you and your sister had great fun in the snow. It’s good seeing all the different patterns in the snow and spotting different animal footprints. I still love playing out in the snow. When I was young we used to go up the Knowes in the village and I didn’t have a sledge, can you guess what I used——- I used to use a tin tray or a tattie sack, great fun.
It is so healthy getting out to play in the snow. It is lovely to see what you have getting up to and going out and about exploring. The painting is truly a work of art, just like what you would see in a gallery, AMAZING!
News from children: 26th January 2021
We’ve signed up to the big garden birdwatch and have the binoculars ready. We haven’t made a bird feeder but we have lots already in our garden that I have been helping keep topped up.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Well done – that is being very responsible helping fill up the bird feeders’. We hope you get lots of birdies visiting your garden, can’t wait to see what types of birdies visit your garden!
For burns night I have drawn my own tartan with pink, purple and yellow along with a picture of me dancing and a plate of haggis (that I didn’t like), neeps and tatties. I put my kilt on and my Mummy showed me some highland dancing.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: That is a lovely tartan pattern you have made, well done for trying the haggis, it’s good to try different foods. Lovely highland dancing pose there, looking smart in your kilt. Do you go to highland dance classes? I think if I remember your Mummy and Auntie did Highland Dancing when they were young!
News from Yvonne: 25th January 2021
I went on a lovely walk in the snow away up in a woodland area called the Limekiln , I thought I would write a message in the snow. I bet you all had super fun in the snow at the weekend, can’t wait to see your photos!
I had lots of visitors in my garden! Do you know whose footprints these are?
Love from Yvonne
News from children: 25th January 2021
This week I went into the deep dark wood with mummy and daddy to make owls. I found bark, leaves, moss and sticks and made a short-eared owl and a long-eared owl. Owls eat mice and live in treetop houses. They come out at night and the tawny owl goes ‘too wit too whoo’.
I made some drawings of owls in my house. They don’t come to our garden feeder. We get different birdies instead. This week I saw the long-tailed tit again. They have a pink belly and eat the fat balls. They come with their friends the coal tit, blue tit and the great tit. I saw geese in the field as well with daddy. They go honk honk!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth: Wow Clara what a great adventure you have had in the woods, there are lots of things to investigate in the woods, I wonder has anyone else been exploring in the woods? Your owls are amazing. How lovely to see all those birds in your garden, I had a robin a female pheasant, sparrows, chaffinch and starlings in my garden over the weekend at my bird feeders, I must make more this week!
News from REAY: 25th January 2021
Well, another week has passed and we are so grateful for your amazing contributions to our blog. It makes it all worthwhile, staff feel we have that connection with you all in these trying times.
If we were at playgroup today – Monday 25th January – we would be having a wee Scottish traditional celebration. We would have been celebrating the life of Robbie Burns by having our ‘Burns Supper’ and taking part in various activities. We would have been learning some interesting facts about Robbie Burns.
Can anyone remember anything about Robbie Burns to share with us if not your family could help you find things by looking at interesting books, on the iPad, phone or you could even ask Alexa! We look forward to hearing what you find out about him.
For our Burns Supper, we would have been eating haggis, neeps and tatties, yum yum. We would have been listening and dancing to Scottish music, remember dancing keeps you fit as well. You can have a wee Scottish ceilidh in your sitting room and get all your family to join in. You can get your kilts on! You could make some colourful tartan patterns, with pens, paints or you could use your good cutting skills to cut out strips of coloured card or paper and you can be designers and create your own tartan.
We would have been reading some Hamish McHaggis stories, perhaps you could make your very own haggis using your wonderful imagination, using anything such as old socks, material, playdough, clay, can’t wait to see what you come up with. We would have been learning some of Robbie Burns work such as the Selkirk Grace and ‘To a mouse’, maybe your family will find some of Robbie Burns music on iPad or ask Alexa!
Are you all keeping a lookout at all the birdies in your garden, did anyone make bird feeders, would love to see them. See photos of some I made. Have you registered for the Big Garden Birdwatch 29-31st January?
Hope you manage to get outside exploring, remember you can use your binoculars.
You can access Bookbug Facebook page and access Scots Bookbug session.
Don’t forget also about the CALA parent portal.
Keep safe everyone
Miss you all
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh & Ruth
News from children: 21st January 2021
I had lots of fun splashing in the puddles. I was hoping to hear some owls but I only heard geese. I made an owl out of junk.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What great fun splashing in the puddles, they looked very deep puddles, seeing you splashing in that deep puddle reminded me of the nursery rhyme, ‘Doctor Foster’.
I wonder does anyone know that nursery rhyme? We would love to hear any of you saying a nursery rhyme or singing to us, your mummy or daddy could record you and send it to us. That would be lovely. Love your owl – very colourful.
News from children: 20th January 2021
We have also been looking out for birds and have a male pheasant in our field. It is such lovely colours orange, green and brown. We also have a Robin that visits us and lots of sparrows. We will have to put a feeder in the garden but we have to watch out for our cats as they took in a live weasel yesterday!’
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: It’s so lovely to see lots of birds in the garden, isn’t it.
Oh my goodness a live weasel in your house, what mischievous cats! Unfortunately, when I was out a walk the other day I found a weasel on the pavement but it was sadly dead.
Blaire’s granny saved a short-eared owl from their cat last August and it was so beautiful but had an old injury to its wing and was taken to the vet. We found out that owls come at night and hunt but the short-eared owl hunts both day and night.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What amazing photos of owls, they are super cute, good fact-finding!
Blaire also has a friend called Winter that has a barn owl that she saw when it was only a baby. It was so soft and fluffy. ‘Amazing the barn owl is super super cute, so cuddly looking’.
We were down at Forss River and in the woods on Friday and we spotted snowdrops starting to show. More were blooming in the sheltered areas. My favourite part of the walk is the swing!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: The snowdrops there are amazing when they are in full bloom, I always think it looks like a white carpet’ Cool a swing in the woods, what fun.
News from children: 20th January 2021
I spotted and heard lots of Geese in the field behind our garden.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow! That is an amazing photo of all the geese. I saw some the other day but they weren’t flying they were all resting in a field. I wonder does anybody know what noise geese make?
News from children: 19th January 2021
I have been super busy making things.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a beautiful snowflake, it has beautiful patterns and we can see lots of different shapes you have cut out. I wonder boys and girls can you make any snowflakes like this one? Fab scissor skills too!
Your name is looking so colourful, great neat work. What a wonderful idea using sweetie papers to make your name look bright and cheery. Good recycling, I wonder can you make anything else using junk for the recycling bin?
News from children: 19th January 2021
Look what I collected – natural materials from Forss forest and at the same time looked for signs of the owls home!
We know one lives there as we saw him one evening on our walk.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job! That is an amazing owl picture, love all the natural materials you have collected to make it. We wonder has anyone else made their owl?
News from REAY: 18th January 2021
We hope you are all well and keeping safe and getting out for your daily exercise.
Have you been noticing any birdies when you have been out and about? I have seen some robins, sparrows and pheasants in my garden so far. The other evening on my walk I didn’t see this creature but I heard this sound, it was going ‘twit-woo’, have you guessed what it was!
I love hearing them, it reminded me of one of my favourite stories, ‘Owl Babies’. Maybe you could make an owl using some natural materials you find out on your walks, such as pine cones, leaves or twigs.
Can you find out some interesting facts about ‘Owls? Can’t wait to see what you find out!
Shall we have a go at making some bird feeders for our gardens this week?
Birds love fat cakes this time of year and this is what they need to give them energy and keep them warm. You can use kitchen scraps such as cheese, dried porridge, stale bread and raisins. You can get creative and use lots of recyclable containers to make bird feeders such as loo and kitchen roll holders and you can even use a large orange cut in half with the flesh scooped out.
Pine cone bird feeder
When you are out exploring collect some pine cones.
First of all tie string around them, so you can hang them up. This will get messy but good fun to do!
Using a butter knife, be careful, your parents can help you with this. Spread peanut butter or cooking lard all over the pine cones. This will get sticky!
Next roll the pine cone in birdseed or your own mixture of food, then put it in the fridge to set. Then hang them up and watch out for the birdies.
You can do the same with empty kitchen roll and toilet roll holders.
You might even have some plastic sand play shapes that you can use, mix up lard and your birdseed or kitchen scraps and press into the container but remember to take a pencil and put a hole in the top of it so you can string it up.
I think your younger brother and sisters would like to do this too, hope they join in with you making bird feeders and all our other activities. We don’t want them to be feeling left out.
We look forward to seeing what you do.
Coming up soon is RSPB bird watch, so hopefully, your parents will register for this and all the wonderful bird feeders you make will attract lots of birds to your garden.
Well, we hope you all have a safe and lovely week and manage to get outside in the fresh air.
Missing you all
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth
News from the children: 17th January 2021
This year I was very lucky, as Santa teamed up with all of her family, friends and neighbours to bring lots of presents. With the colouring books and new crayons and felt tip pens, I made some nice drawings to say thank you to everyone.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What lovely colourful pictures you have done, great job’
My favourite activity during the holidays was to go on adventures outside where I cracked the ice on puddles, looked for treasures on the beach and built dens in the woods. It was also fun to leave footprints in the snow and the sand!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow, what great exploring you have done outside, den building is great fun, especially in the woods. I wonder – did you notice different types of footprints when you were out and about?
This week, I wanted to see if it would get cold enough to freeze the water again, so she made some soup with branches and pine cones. I left it outside every night… but it never froze! Let’s hope the frost comes back,
I am looking forward to making a new bird feeder to add to the ones in the garden, where lots of different birdies come for lunch every day!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What a fab picture of the birds, can you tell your friends what type of birds they are?
News from children: 15th January 2021
I have been busy out and about when the weather has been good. I have been out on mu bike cycling down the Crosskirk road.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: ‘That is a super-smart Frozen bike’. You are keeping super fit and healthy out in the fresh air getting lots of exercise. You are keeping ‘Healthy’ and ‘Safe’ doing all this. We can add this to our SHANNARI display once we get back to playgroup.
My pony has had to have a visit from the vet and has to be kept inside at the moment for a whole month. I have gone out to the stable most days to see him and care for him. I have even tried to fluff up his bed to make it comfier for him. ‘
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Great job of looking after your pony. You are being super ‘Responsible’ in doing this. We will add this to our SHANARRI display once we get back to playgroup.
I have also have been busy drawing and writing in my new book and has good fun learning to play my new game – Trolls monopoly, I even won the first game!
News from children: 15th January 2021
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth:
That is an amazing thank you card, love all the Christmas stickers and great writing of your name. It is so bright and colourful. Thank you for taking the time to make one.
News from children: 15th January 2021
I have not fed the birds in the garden yet but I have been feeding his sheep. The sheep don’t have much food outside either during the winter months and they need a little extra food to help the baby lambs grow inside their tummies before they are born. My own sheep had a scan and is going to have three lambs of all goes well.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Well ‘ Michael you are being super busy and you are being super ‘Responsible’ in helping mum and dad look after the sheep’. How exciting Michael your own sheep are going to have 3 lambs in springtime.
I have painted a picture of his toy tractor and new trailer he got for his Christmas which he loves. I have enjoyed decorating his thank you picture.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: Wow! that is am amazing thank you picture, very colourful, great work.’
I have spent time helping my Mum with jobs. I have been collecting and counting the hen’s eggs from the nests and have been sorting my clean washing and putting it away in the right drawers in his bedroom. I have been practising writing numbers too which I have enjoyed greatly.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: You are being super helpful your mum and dad must be super proud of you. What a great way to be practising your counting, counting the hen eggs. Be careful though you don’t drop them! I wonder does anyone else have hens and help collect and count their eggs?
News from children: 14th January 2021
I have been doing my daily walks and spending lots of time outside with my pets.
Chewy the hamster arrived with Santa on Christmas night and I have been spending lots of time with Chewy. He has only escaped once!
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: How lucky are you, Santa knows how much you love your animals!
Your hamster is super cute. I bet you are doing an amazing job of taking care of him. I wonder if you could tell us what you feed him?
News from children: 11th January 2021
We have been busy exploring outside.
We have seen lots of rainbows lately and some lovely shaped shells on the beach and interesting ice puddles. Then spotted a deer on his walk.
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth: What amazing photos. You look as if you been having so much fun, great to see you outside in the fresh air. That rainbow looks amazing just like your Rainbow calendar you made before Christmas. When I was out a walk the other day we saw an amazing double rainbow! Has anyone else seen a double rainbow?
We love your shells they look like wings.
The ice patterns look amazing, maybe boys and girls you can look for interesting patterns in your garden or when you are out a walk. The deer looks so majestic standing there, it reminds me of the Disney movie, ‘Bambi’ one of my favourite Disney movies.
Thanks for sharing!
News post for our children: 8th January 2021
Hope everybody had a lovely Christmas and was Santa good to you all? I bet he was.
We can’t wait to hear all about the lovely presents you got.
- Could you share with us what you got, did you have a favourite present?
- Could you maybe share a photo of your present and draw us a picture.
We all got some lovely presents too. Did you all remember those special kind words you say when you get a present, we know you do?
The special words are ‘thank you’. Maybe you can get your Mummy or Daddy to write the word thank you and you can glue and cut shapes to decorate the word, you could maybe cut out shapes and patterns using old Christmas cards.
Get outside in fresh air, wrap up warm and go exploring. Look at the patterns all around, can you make footprints in the ice, snow or mud. What about splashing in puddles. Great fun, don’t forget to put your wellies on though. Make a snowman if we are really really lucky!
Task to try!
Here is a wee fun experiment you can try……….
- pour and fill different sized containers with water outside and put little wee things in the container such as stones twigs and see if they freeze outside! Mmmm – I wonder what we need to make them freeze outside and then what would melt them again? Can you help us remember?
Also…. remember to keep feeding the birdies in your garden and to give them water to drink.
We will show you how to make birdie feeders next week
Keep safe everyone
Yvonne, Lynn, Ashleigh and Ruth xxx
News post: 20th December 2020
Children have been busy creating Christmas crafts and decorating the den with cards and decorations, great fine motor skills as they used a variety of pegs to hang things up. They decorated the tree silhouette using a variety of loose parts, using their imagination and creativity.
They were very busy working in the kitchen making Christmas dinner! Making spaghetti and knowing that you have to blow on a hot cup of tea to cool it down!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas from us all at Reay Under 5’s.
News post: 10th December 2020
The children made some colourful bonfire pictures outside and used descriptive language to share the noise the fireworks made, e.g. whizz, whoosh, pop, bang. Some showed great safety awareness when we were talking about fireworks, ‘ it wouldn’t be sensible to go near fire or fireworks’.
After that, the children’s interest shifted to ‘Space’. Great imagination and lots of roleplay as they played co-operatively together. A rocket was made from the play panels, they dressed up. We had lots of interesting resources dotted around playroom linking into their interest, jigsaws, factual and space storybooks. The junk box was used as they all created individual rockets. They then decided they would make one big ‘super tall one’, the children did an amazing job working together painting patterns and shapes. They chatted away to each other talking about what they were doing. Then after that, we had an extremely busy writing table as they added bits and pieces to it, doors, windows, space people. Amazing!
These activities brought lots of attention to differing shapes, 2D and 3D. They even used large 3D shapes to create a rocket with very comfy beds!
They listened well and learned the names of planets, some having great recall, ‘Mars is the hot one’, ‘Jupiter is the biggest one’,’ you know that is planet earth cause the blue is water and the land is green’. They used their senses to explore the shaving foam as they made some colourful planets, ‘it was so soft and fluffy’. At snack time we tried Astronaut food, strawberries, grapes and Neapolitan ice-cream’.
They were super excited to try this, it encouraged them once again to use their senses, one child even commented on the ice-cream, ‘ it doesn’t feel cold like ice-cream, it is crunchy.
Lots of great participation and learning from all during these different experiences.
News Post: 13th Nov 2020
Staff at Reay Under 5’s has been supporting children with their health and wellbeing since returning after the pandemic. Children have been using Timmy Tiger to discuss their feelings and bringing attention to SHANARRI words. Children made purple and red poppies and showed respect as we had our 2 mins silence remembering all of the people and animals that were in the war, children shared their thoughts, ‘ the animals and people were very brave’, ‘ we care about all the brave people’.
Through consultation with the children as today it is World Kindness Day, we decided on what we would do. On our walk today we a dropped off mini flower posies with a note on it saying who it from and hope it makes them smile and feel happy. (Following relevant procedures) This wee activity has led children to share their thoughts, ‘I’m going to tell my mum and dad I love them’, ‘I’m going to give my sister a hug’. Some children re-called on how to care for the flowers, ‘they need to go in the water, or they will die’.
News Post: 28th Oct 2020 – Recognition for Yvonne’s commitment to Reay’s children and families
Normally at Reay Under 5’s ‘News Time’ you will find Yvonne busy celebrating the children’s achievements. However today, the children and manager of the setting (Donna Sinclair) excitedly turned the tables on Yvonne and presented her with a ‘certificate of recognition’ from the Chief Executive and Board of Care and Learning Alliance for her outstanding contribution to keeping children and families connected during COVID 19
Well done Yvonne and very well deserved – huge loud claps from us all here at CALA.
News Post: 16th September – A special delivery supports children’s transition back to Reay ELC
Read all about it on the CALA blog – Click here