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Busy Bee Newsletter 2016

April Term 4

Dear Parents/Carers

Well, the sunshine is beginning to appear. We are finally having fun in the garden without waterproof suits!


I would like to welcome Charlotte Robertson to the Busy Bee team! Charlotte has settled well and is enjoying working in the room.

The staff schedule for the Busy Bee room is as follows:-

Gemma Gove - Room Leader and Assistant Manager (maternity cover) – Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri full days.

Alice Berry – Nursery Assistant – Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri full days.

Amber Piekarski – Nursery Assistant – Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri full days.

Charlotte Robertson – Nursery Assistant Mon, Tue, Fri full days & Wed am

We have been busy this term learning many things about different topics-

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year became our new topic after ‘fire stations’ because a few children who also attend school nursery told us about it and all the children became interested in it. We therefore created our idea mind maps of what the children would like to learn and began the topic. The children created a drawing of the different year animals and it was exciting for them to find out which animal was for their own year, and it became even more exciting when we realized that many of the children had the same one!

The children were also eager to learn about lanterns, so they created their own and in the process developed their scissor and cutting skills. When the lanterns were finished, we put them in the house corner hanging from the ceiling!

(EXA 0-05a: Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.)

The children wanted to learn how lanterns lit up, so we used the light in the bathroom to light them up and the children were able to identify that the light was able to shine through the paper.

We then did an experiment on colour mixing with light in which the children filled up 3 cups with water and made the water different colours using food colouring.  We then pushed together the different colours in the light, and discovered that putting different colours together created a new colour – for example blue and yellow created green.

(SCN 0-09a:I know how to stay safe when using electricity. I have helped to make a display to show the importance of electricity in our daily lives.)

(SCN 0-15a: Through creative play, I explore different materials and can share my reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes.)

Using lots of glitter and paint, the children decorated large pieces of paper so they could act being a large dragon. This created much excitement, especially as they also used musical instruments to create music to dance to.

(Exa 0-17a: I have the freedom to use my voice, musical instruments and music technology to discover and enjoy playing with sound and rhythm.)


We have decided to explore spring as a topic, as the children began showing an interest in the garden and spending more time outside due to the nicer weather !

The children each drew a picture of what they thought represented spring. There was a great variety in the pictures they produced – everything from lambs to flower drawings.

(EXA 0-04a: I can create a range of visual information through observing and recording my experiences across the curriculum.)

Following on from the pictures they had painted to represent spring, the children had group discussion about lambs, sharing their knowledge and ideas.

(LIT 0-10a: As I listen and take part in conversations and discussions, I discover new words and phrases which i use to help me express my ideas, thoughts and feelings.)

They then created a picture containing sheep and lambs using shaving glue (shaving foam and pva glue) and cut the sheep and lambs out of their picture.

(EXA 0-04a: I can create a range of visual information through observing and recording my experiences across the curriculum.)

As a group activity the children each made a petal out of tissue paper and then used them to create a large flower. During this activity the children had a group discussion about flowers and how they grow - “raindrops make them grow”, “you get daffodils, sunflowers and daisies.”

(EXA 0-02a: I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials.)

(TCH 0-12a: Within real and imaginary settings, I am developing my practical skills as i select and work with a range of materials, tools and software.)


There was a lot of discussion on the subject of the weather and how it changes during our “Spring” topic so we followed this up be making the weather a topic in itself.

The children even managed to have lots of fun when it began to rain in the garden, so we then made a game of catching the raindrops on our hands. They then started to use containers to catch the raindrops and took it in turns to hold them, and in doing so worked well as a group.

(SOC 012a: While learning outdoors in differing weathers, i have described and recorded the weather, its effects and how it makes me fee and can relate my recordings to the seasons.)

One day we were still outside when it stopped raining. The children expressed interest as the clouds changed colour, so they took photos of the different coloured clouds.

(TCH 0-04b: I enjoy taking photographs or recording sound and images to represent my experiences and the world around me.)

The children asked to leave out some containers so we did this for a week and then measured the amount of water we had collected. Following on from this, we filled a container with water and tried to guess which beaker it would fill when we poured the water from the container.

(SCN 0-05a: By investigating how water can change from one form to another i can relate my findings to everyday experiences.)

When the snow came, the children made snowmen and snow angels in the garden and had great fun chasing the ladies with snowballs!

(HWB 0-25a: I am enjoying daily opportunities to participate in different kinds of energetic play, both outdoors and indoors.)

The children used glue and tissue paper to create ‘snowmen’ and ‘snowgirls’, using different colours to make them ‘multi-coloured’.

(EXA 0-02a: I have the freedom to discover and choose ways to create images and objects using a variety of materials.)

We had a discussion about the different colours of the rainbow, and then the children created rainbow pictures using pasta and paint - we continued to talk about the colours of the rainbow and sing the rainbow song!

(EXA 0-04a: I can create a range of visual information through observing and recording from my experiences across the curriculum.) (EXA 0-16a: I enjoy singing and playing along to music of different styles and cultures.)

The children demonstrated their drama skills, acting out the different types of weather! For the sun, they pretended to put their sunglasses on, and for the rain they turned around and used their hands to create raindrops.

(ExA 0-14a: I use drama to explore real and imaginary situations, helping me to understand my world.)

The children had a discussion about thunder and lightning, and we recorded who had heard and seen thunder and lightning and who had not.

(LIT 0-09a: Within real and imaginary situations, I share my experiences and feelings, ideas and information in a way that communicates my message.)

Some of the children then used the lists of who had and who had not seen or heard thunder and lightning to create a bar graph of the results, which was an exciting and new experience for them.

(MNU 0-20c: I can use the signs and charts around me for information, helping me plan and make choices and decisions in my daily life.)

In the Garden

The children were intrigued when we found a seed in an orange and after some discussion about what to do, we decided that we should plant it in the garden.

(SCN 0-03a: I have helped to grow plants and can name their basic parts. I can talk about how they grow and what I need to do to look after them.)

Arising from this, we developed lots of interest in planting in the garden so this became our new topic. The children created a list of what they wanted to plant in the garden and planned to go on a trip to Inverurie Garden Centre, which then led to them creating pictorial shopping lists for our excursion. The children had a variety of seeds on their lists to search for, including peas, lettuce, carrots, flowers etc. When we went to the garden centre, the staff were very helpful and explained to the children what we do with the various seeds and the children asked a few questions – they were especially eager to ask about carrots!

(LIT 0-04a: I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things.)

On our return to nursery the children showed a great interest and excitement when planting the seeds in the garden, choosing where to place the different seeds. They then created labels so they know where everything is planted.

As we are still doing this topic, we have lots more planned to do, including potato printing, salt dough flowers, carrot muffins and then some more discussions to see what we lead on to next!

Learning Wall

The Busy Bees learning wall is situated above the jacket area, so please take the time to see what your child has been learning about and all the activities they have been participating in. This is updated daily. The wall is always full up with lots of photos and work for your child to show you!


The children very much enjoyed our shopping trip to Inverurie Garden Centre (see above).

We are planning our next trip to the Winter Gardens in Aberdeen as this would link in with our Garden topic and it is something different that we have not tried before. This trip will be on a Monday, and we will advise in due course of the date and arrangements.

(SCN 0-03a: I have helped to grow plants and can name their basic parts. I can talk about how they grow and what i need to look after them.)

Sharing Day

We have a ‘show and tell’ every week, so please check the parents’ notice board in the room for these dates, as well as the website. Could I also ask that you do not let your child bring things to nursery when it is not Sharing day, as we cannot monitor who’s toys belong to who and therefore things tend to get lost. Please remember to take home your child’s toys etc on the day of sharing day to prevent them getting lost!


Your child has their own outdoor box situated next to the front door where their shoes, clothes bags etc can stay when they are not at nursery. As well as a coloured pocket situated just outside the Busy Bee Room, please check their boxes regularly as a lot of art and craft etc goes home in these boxes.

Could I please ask that you and your child place your child’s belongings away to prevent mix up of clothes etc.

The children are encouraged to sign in every morning using the sign in board situated at the mark making table and then they place their name up on the wall next to the window.

The library bus comes every second Monday during term time, when the children visit it and choose books to keep at nursery.

Thank you

Gemma Gove (Room Leader)

Alice Berry (Nursery Assistant – level 3 training)

Amber Piekarski(Nursery Assistant-level 3 training)

Charlotte Robertson(Nursery Assistant)

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