Category Archives: Nursery

A very full first full week!

It’s been a very busy week at Abbeyhill! We have welcomed lots of new children into our Nursery and the Primary 1s have experienced their first full week of school. Everyone is settling into new routines brilliantly and the playground is full of lots of happy faces at break times! Miss Macdonald and Mr Andrew Hamilton are our new members of teaching staff and we’re all enjoying getting to know them.

We had an exciting P3-7 assembly this morning where we talked about how we’re making Abbeyhill more ‘awesome’. We’ve been watching Kid President on YouTube and talking about some of his key messages in his pep talk for teachers and students and we’re now all trying hard to make the world more awesome, look after each other and be present in the moment. I shared what I’ve been doing this week to make the school even better; I’ve met with parents who are being extremely generous with their time and skills to make our playground a fantastic place to be by painting murals and freshening up tired areas. I’ve had meetings with community partners about our Play Rangers and Play Champion training (thanks to Miss Stephen who leads on this), which will be rolled out to P5 this year, and begun the process of starting a ‘Chit Chat Club’ which will start after the October break with two Scottish Storytellers. In partnership with the Parent Council, I hope to organise a Parent Lunch where families can come and sample our school lunches and Mrs Lansdown and I will meet next week to plan what our Cooking Classroom will look like so that we can order our kitchen units.

All in all, it will be a busy but exciting year at Abbeyhill – keep watching this space!

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Week 1 = done!

I can’t believe that the first week of the year is over already, we’ve all been so busy it has just flown by! Our new P1s have settled in and enjoyed their first assembly today. This promises to be an extremely exciting year in P1 as Mrs Lansdown and the P1 team implement an Immersive Learning Environment which continues the core aim of learning through play as the children experienced in Nursery. You can read more about this in Mrs Lansdown’s blog post here. It’s been a quiet week in the Nursery as our returning Nursery children have settled back in but it will be back to business as usual next week as our new Nursery starts arrive, which we’re all very much looking forward to!

Remember to follow our website and keep an eye on your child’s class area to keep up to date with everything we get up to as the year progresses.

Sally Ketchin, Head Teacher

Visiting the chicks

 P1/2 want to say a big thank you to the Nursery FotorCreatedfor letting us visit to see the chicks that hatched out.  We were very excited to see them and delighted to be able to hold them.  We were very gentle and careful and enjoyed stroking their soft feathers and feeling how tickly they were on our hands.   We were impressed by how quickly they had grown since they hatched last week.

Getting ready for Primary 1

Today, the boys and girls in the Nursery came up to Primary 1 for a visit.

The children in Primary 1 were very welcoming, and enjoyed showing off their classroom to the Nursery children from both morning and afternoon sessions.

Here are some pictures to show how much fun they had!

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We look forward to the next time we can all play together.