Play on Pedals

Hi everyone,

Hope we are all well and enjoying the sunshine we have been having recently.

As you may know when we were last at nursery the children were really enjoying having access to some pedal and balance bikes we had on loan. This was part of the “Play on Pedals” programme run by Cycling Scotland. We have noticed due to the current situation a lot of children have been out on their bikes even more and learning to pedal without stabilisers which is great.

Cycling Scotland have a Youtube channel where there are videos which have elements of the Play on Pedals programme. These videos have different games you can play on your bikes which can help children with steering, balance, control and much more. Here is a link to their Youtube page

They have also released a Bike Scavenger Hunt you can do while out on your bike. There are items on this hunt that you can look out for while cycling and if you see any you can ring the bell on your bike if you have one. Here is a copy of the scavenger hunt:

We hope you enjoy these tips for Cycling and please remember if you are out on your bike to wear a helmet and stay safe! Please send us any photos of your children out and about on their bikes or doing any of the activities above.

Stay safe everyone.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

A nursery favourite by Michael Rosen –

Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they push through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise the family get when they stumble across a dark, gloomy cave …

Below is a link to a resource which has lots of ideas on how to explore the story. There are also links to the story on YouTube and how the story can support learning and holistic development.





Handa’s Surprise

Good Afternoon,

Today we thought we would share with you a story we had been enjoying in nursery before we left. It’s called “Handa’s Surprise” and within the story Handa goes on an adventure to deliver fruit to her friends.

Below is a resource which details the learning within the story and also has some home learning ideas on how you can extend the learning, such as making your own Handa’s Surprise book. Some children may be able to tell you about the fruit tasting experience we did within nursery.

If you do not have a copy of the book don’t worry as there is a link within this resource to watch the story on Youtube.

Hope you enjoy this resource and please share any experiences you do from this learning pack.

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The sun has got his hat on. Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Good afternoon,

Today we would like to suggest that you and your child spend time enjoying the sunshine whilst painting with water. This activity will help to build not only your child’s creativity but the confidence to experiment and to develop early drawing and writing skills.

This activity will prompt lots of great discussion between you and your child. Encourage your child to use descriptive words to describe what they can see- are the marks big/small, long/short, squiggly etc.

It may also be interesting to guess how long the sun will take to dry up the water. 

We hope you have a wonderful time with this idea. Be sure to share your experience with us via email!

Spring Walk Bingo

Hi everyone,

We hope you had a lovely Easter. We thought we would start the first week of our new term with a “Spring Walk Bingo”. You can print out this sheet or just use it from your phone and see if your little one can spot any of these items when you are out and about on your daily exercise, when they find something they can check it off. Be sure to send us some photos of you completing your Spring Walk Bingo we would love to see them.

Click the link below to open the Bingo sheet –

Spring Walk Bingo

a spring walk | end of dafs | sean ireland | Flickr

Hope you Enjoy!

Council/School/Hub correspondance during school closure

Below is correspondence for Parents/Carers with news and information as well as helpful contact details.  Teachers will be communicating via their google classroom so please find school/class specific information on there each day.

(click links below to open documents)

17th April – Parent-Carer_COVID19_Update

16th April -Paradykes Hub letter


Adapted Combined Emergency food etc April 20v1

Midlothian SLT Telephone Helpline info 2020

Spring activity ideas for the holidays

Hooray for the holidays! Although it does feel very different.  We all hope that you are staying safe and healthy.   There will be no official classwork set on Google Classrooms, although there may still be the odd fun activity.  We have, however,  put together a whole school Spring learning grid (click the link below) with some ideas to keep your creative juices flowing and for some fun family time if you run out of ideas.

Stay safe

All Loanhead Staff

Loanhead Spring learning grid