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This term in Loch’s Nursery Class, the learners have engaged with a wide range of learning opportunities. They have focussed on building and maintaining positive relationships with a focus on kindness and being caring towards others, being respectful and developing their knowledge of the importance of building and maintaining friendships with their peers. They have used the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ to provide a context for this learning along with a variety of role play activities including setting up a ‘flower shop’. They have further developed this learning by considering people in the wider community who help to care for them such as family members but also job roles including doctors and police officers. Finally, they have considered how they can show care, kindness and respect towards others by sharing toys, giving a hug and helping with jobs such as washing the dishes at home. Groups of learners have enjoyed experiencing ‘The Sunshine Room’, Loch’s nurture space. Here they have developed their awareness of positive communication and introduced strategies to support them in coping with, managing and communicating any worries that they may have. They have used the context of ‘The Worry Monster’ to support with this. In the outdoors, they have also displayed a great interest carrying out risk assessment for our outdoor play area, using a variety of tools to help them with this which include a check list and pens, litter pickers and rubbish bin. The children are also learning about Real Rights which connects with our right to be safe and have a happy and healthy outdoor area to play and learn in. We will continue to develop our learning about Real Rights learning through play and child friendly visuals. In the outdoor space, the learners have continued to develop their knowledge of planting and growing flowers. They have used these as a stimulus to create a variety of artwork using a range of mediums. In the outdoors, the learners have enjoyed playing with the equipment, sharing and taking turns as well as taking some responsibility for completing risk-assessments to ensure the safety of all. They have also been developing their numeracy skills within the mud kitchen area by creating a range of ‘recipes’ with their peers. The children have been finding out about the past by exploring items and images, listening and watching to make choices and learn new things. They celebrated the life and work of Robert Burns by listening to poems and songs, participating in Scottish Country Dancing and exploring Scots Language. The children were also finding out about the past by learning about different ways to travel, today and in the past and demonstrated their creativity through modelling and drawing. In the snack area, they have been preparing, handling and tasting food and have been exploring and discovering where foods come, learning to identify foods from animals and foods from plants. The children enjoyed coming to nursery dressed in their pyjamas to celebrate World Book Day. They are learning to explore books, stories and other texts, learning to retell stories, share their thoughts with others and their imaginative ideas through role play.