Friday 15th January

Morning Everyone,

Can you believe it is the last day of the school week already.

If today is Friday can you remember what tomorrow will be?

That’s right it is………….Saturday! The first day of the weekend.

I have another challenge for you.

You will need to use your fantastic listening ears for this one. Are you ready?

I would like you to go on a SOUND HUNT. Just like a bear, shape or number hunt but using your ears.

You can share what you find on your ILD – maybe you can take a photo as well.

Here is something I hear everyday in my garden, can you guess what sound it makes?  Do you know what it is?

I wonder what you will hear? Will it be a bus? or maybe you will hear an owl?

I wonder if you would hear the same sounds every day or do they change each day?

I do look forward to hearing about what you find.

Did you know that having great listening ears is an excellent skill to have

Have a great weekend and happy Sound hunting!

Source: Nursery

1000 Hours Outside!

Brrr! It is a little cold just now.

I took a walk with my family and my dog down the river to see the painted stones.



Quite a few have been damaged, which made me so sad. I did, however, have fun throwing sticks into the river to try and break the ice.





When we play beside the river we must be safe and stay away from the edge. It is good to practice throwing. I made small holes on the ice and a big splash when throwing my sticks into the water.


Can you see my sticks sitting on top of the ice?


How far can you throw your sticks? Can you make big holes in the ice?




We saw some signs of spring!

Can you guess what kind of flowers these could be?

I am going to keep an eye out and watch them as they grow.


I also found some mushrooms.

Remember it is ok to look at mushrooms but do not touch them some can make us very ill.





It is astonishing what we can gain just from spending time outdoors in the winter. It can help us improve our bodies and our minds. So, if you are feeling restless after long days spent cooped up indoors, get outside, be safe, and have fun!


Things to do:

Try a science experiment,

On an icy day try blowing bubbles outside, you can see frost crystals in the bubbles form, try not to pop them straight away to watch the crystals form.

Is it cold enough to make ice? If so maybe make some ice sun catchers.

You can use absolutely anything in your frozen suncatchers, as long as it’s small enough to fit in the ice! Here’s a list of a few items we’ve included in our suncatchers from a walk around our neighbourhood.

  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Pinecones
  • Birdseed
  • Berries
  • Nuts

Once you have your ingredients collected, you’ll want to choose your containers. You can use plastic lids, pans, bowls or silicone moulds.  Fill your moulds with a shallow amount of water (boiled water makes the ice freeze clear – you can use it once the kettle has cooled). Then place your natural items in your tray/ pan/mould. Put a bit of string so you can hang it up once it is frozen and leave outside to freeze overnight.  In the morning pop it out and hang it up on a tree to watch the sun catch the ice and make it sparkle.

If you use birdseed and cereal or fruit maybe the birds will come to eat it.

What fun things have you been doing?

Please share all your adventures on your Interactive Learning Journey so we can see all the fun things you have been doing.

Source: Nursery

1000 Hours Outside Challenge!

Kincorth is blessed with having so many amazing green local spaces right on our doorstep.

Have you been up the Gramps (Kincorth Hill) recently?

From the top, you can see snow on the hills to the west.

Maybe the pond is frozen? Can you find a trail you haven’t taken before?




We also have Tollohill Woods which is my families favourite.


Perfect place to meet friends.

We can walk to it through the new houses at the end of Deeside Brae and through the fields.  (see the path on the map below)

There is lots of wildlife, we have seen squirrels and deer on our walks there. There are some hidden dens and great trees to climb.

It has a  car park for about a dozen cars off the small road south of the B9077 South Deeside Road.

It has a few tree swings and a hidden monument with great views over the River Dee and Aberdeen.


It is worth the walk. We take a flask of hot cocoa for the children on cold days and a snack and hot tea for me.  For older children or those parents with bikes, the paths in the woods are great for bikes. However, you can walk on the smaller paths if you go by foot and that is when you may find Bambi and family.



Riverside walks.

Have you walked from the  Bridge of Dee garden under the bridge past the back of the Harvester and Goals? There is a beautiful collection of stones that have been painted and left there.

Adding your own is always a good idea. Maybe you could make a stone walk beside your house. Or leave a stone for a friend near their home.

Remember last year we found the houses I left around the Kincorth area.  What a great reason to go for a walk in our local streets.

If you have a favourite place to go around Kincroth let us know.

Have fun!


Source: Nursery

Tuesday 12th January

Hello Everyone,

How are you all feeling today?

Do you have thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle?

Maybe you could share on your Interactive Diary which one you are and why.

I have a challenge for you today.

Can you go outside and find  either 5 or 10 of the same items. e.g. 5 sticks, 10 leaves etc.

Now take a closer look are they really the same?

Are some bigger than others?

Are they all the same colour?

Can you put them in size order from smallest to biggest?

What other things can you do with your items?

If you can, ask your grown up to upload a picture on to your online learning diary. We do love seeing what you have been doing.

As always stay safe.

Source: Nursery

Will you start the challenge?

This year I am attempting to do the “1000 hours outside challenge” with my family.  The benefits of being outdoors for our children and ourselves is immense, although we don’t always have time in our busy schedules to go for a walk as a family except at the weekends.

Let us use this lockdown to change that!

“The concept at the core of this movement is simple – the amount of time kids spend outside ‘actually matters’, though you may not hear this very often. A childhood flooded with nature time benefits kids (and adults) in untold ways. However, the spirit behind it is one of encouragement – not competition. There are often questions about ‘rules’, but the good thing here is that there really aren’t any! 1000 Hours Outside is about striving for engaged time outside, and that looks different from one family to the next. That’s the beauty of nature play; it works for any age and any stage, in any outdoor environment. Remember not to get bogged down on the details. Adjust the goal if you need to. No matter what, we promise you’ll never regret committing to a year filled with making memories outside.” – Ginny (Founder of 1000 Hours Outside)

 The website has so much information on the benefits of outdoor play.

Check out their promo video to be a little inspired.



Having your children outside the majority of our time at nursery has been amazing. Each child has developed some amazing skills. Looking back on our blog posts shows how much learning your children have done. The learning does not have to stop even if they are at home. 

 Official group  – 1000 Hours Outside Official Group

1000hours outside challenge UK 2021. –

 Official page -1000 hours Outside. -

“1000 Hours Outside is a global movement designed for any age child (or adult) and any environment. Join the journey and watch your life transform before your eyes. Nature holds tremendous power for each and every one of us at any age or stage.” – Ginny (Founder of 1000 Hours Outside)

I hope that the sites inspire you and I will continue to update the blog with local walks, hints and tips.

I may even include some pictures of my own adventures so please share yours.

Enjoy the challenge and most importantly- HAVE FUN!

Source: Nursery

CLIC Targets 11/01/2020

Here are the CLIC targets for this week.

C – Squiggleworth (Step 1): I can partition a 2 digit number.
Remember to write the 2 digit number, then draw the sticks. Next copy the units digit and then copy the tens digit but make sure to put a zero on the end.

L – Practise these facts: 3+8, 3+9, 4+7, 4+8, 4+9.

I – Adding with Pim (Step 1): I can add tens.
Remember to use your addition Learn Its and swap ‘the thing’ to a ten.

C – Addition (Step 12): I can add a 1 digit number to a number to 20.
Remember to find the starting number, count on the right amount (one jump for each number) and see where you have landed.

You can practise these targets each day. See Google Classroom for some practise questions or try writing questions of your own.

Source: Primary 3

Key Worker Childcare

The School building is only open for key worker & vulnerable childcare.

Category of key workers are defined by Scottish Government as follows (both parents/single parent must be key workers). The three categories of key workers are:

  • Category 1 - Health and Care workers directly supporting COVID response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision; Energy suppliers (small numbers identified as top priority already); staff providing childcare/learning for other category 1 staff.
  • Category 2 - All other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (for example: fire, police, prisons, social workers), as well as those supporting our Critical National Infrastructure, without whom serious damage to the welfare of the people of Scotland could be caused.
  • Category 3 - All workers (private, public or third sector) without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland (but where the response to COVID-19, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised).

Priority will be given to those in Categories 1 and 2 in the first instance