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October Rainbow news




October 2015





Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                         

     Welcome to the October Rainbow News’.

During September, the children have been settling into the Nursery routines. Settling in is a very important part of the Nursery programme. Some children take a little longer than others to fully settle and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. This is normal. With patience and perseverance, they will relax and calm down so try not to worry. We will support them in every way that we can.

We enjoyed finding out ‘ALL ABOUT ME’ in September. We painted with our hands and found out about the environment using our senses. We had fun making music and cooking popcorn.



Midterm break for Halloween is from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October.

The Unit re-opens on Monday 2nd November.

Parent teacher meetings are taking place next month. You will be sent more details in the next Rainbow news.

If you wish to make an appointment regarding any aspects of your child's development or progress, please contact Mr Coulter on 02897 562848

and he will make an appointment through you, with myself.



Here are some of the things your child will be involved in during the month of October.

The Theme of the month is ‘Autumn’ including the Harvest.

We will be looking at AUTUMN COLOURS-yellow, red, orange and brown.


We are looking at the family and talking about mums and dads, brothers, sisters, babies, grannies and granddads.

Book of the month is OWL BABIES.


Your child is participating in an ‘Emotional Intelligence’ programme. The activities will support your child in gaining confidence and having a voice.

The virtue for the month of October is Helpfulness’.We are finding lots of ways to help each other when playing together and sharing our toys. The children are encouraged to help at tidy time and put everything back in its place. Talk to your child about all the ways to help out at home.


Our new rule this month is ‘No running’! We encourage the children to walk from one area to another in the Unit and discourage running. We tell the children what has and might happened when they are in a hurry. Talk to your child about being careful and always hold onto an adults hand when outside especially when they are near a road.

We are developing a Positive Behaviour ethos within the Nursery unit. Your child, over the next few months will be introduced

to our  RULES, REWARDS and CONSEQUENCES policy to encourage and develop good behaviour and a positive attitude towards others.

Please take time to explain to your child about why we need rules, how we reward them for good behaviour and what can

happen if someone disrupts the class or causes harm to others.

Snack money is collected every Monday @£2.50 per child. Your donation pays for lots of items apart from food that the children may require

to enhance their learning environment.



The children will be visiting the Wildlife garden every Wednesday. They will be digging, planting, watering and growing a variety of plants. The focus this month is planting Spring bulbs. The children can come to Nursery in their ‘wellies’ or change into them before going outdoors.




A 'Library' Lending Book service is every Friday.


Each child can chose a book from the Nursery Library box to take home and return the following week.

There are BOOK BAGS available at a cost of £3.00 with the Nursery Logo to keep the book safe and dry.



The children are participating in a ‘Helping Others’ FUNDRAISERto raise funds for a children’s charity to support others in desperate need.We are also puting some of the funds towards a 'MAKE OVER' in the quiet room. The walk will take place before mid-term. It consists of a short walk up the hill behind the Nursery and back again. Sponsorship forms have been given out to the children.

We would be grateful for your support.


Rhymes and songs for October

The children are learning songs about the Farmer. Here are some of our favourites.

Tom Farmer

Cows in the kitchen, Moo, Moo, Moo.

Cows in the kitchen, Moo, Moo, Moo.

Cows in the kitchen, Moo, Moo, Moo.

What shall we do Tom Farmer?

Chorus- ‘Chase them away with a Shoo, Shoo, Shoo, ‘Chase them away with a Shoo, Shoo, Shoo, ‘Chase them away with a Shoo, Shoo, Shoo,’ That’s what we’ll do Tom Farmer.

Ducks in the dustbin quack, quack, quack etc

Pigs in the parlour, oink, oink, oink etc


Old Mac Donald  

Old Mac Donald had a farm, E I E I O.

And on that farm he had some cows, E I E I O.

With a Moo here and a Moo, Moo there, here a Moo, there a Moo, everywhere a Moo. Moo,

Old Mac Donald had a farm. E I E I O.

Add a new sound each time with quack quack for the ducks, oink, oink for the pigs, woof, woof, for the dogs, baa, baa, for the sheep etc.

Bingo (a hand clapping song)

There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name O!

B- I- N –G- O clap, clap, clap/clap/clap. ‘slow, slow, quick/ quick/ quick rhythm (three times)and Bingo was his name O!

Repeat the song and the claps except for the last letter –B-I-N-G (clap, clap, clap/clap-then push two hands out with fingers outstretched in front and say ‘Shh’.

Repeat with B-I-N-Shh/ Shh. Then B-I- Shh, Shh, Shh. Then B-Shh, Shh/Shh/Shh and end song with Shh,Shh,Shh/Shh/Shh without saying BINGO.



Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa black sheep have you any wool?

Yes Sir, yes Sir three bags full.

One for the Master and one for the Dame.

And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

 ‘Thank you’ said the master, ‘Thank you’ said the Dame.

 ‘Thank you’ said the little boy who lives down the lane.

What is orange?

(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

   What is orange? What is orange?

   Can you tell?

Can you tell?

  Oranges and carrots, oranges and carrots.  Pumpkins as well, pumpkins as well.


Five little leaves

so bright and gay, were dancing about on a tree one day. The wind came blowing through the town-

whoooooo, whoooooooo

And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Four little leaves etc.


How many people live in your house?

How many people live in your house?

How many people live in your house?

One my mother, two my father, three my sister, four my brother.

There must be another, oh yes of course –it must be ME!    


Happy October Birthday to Jill, Michal,

Rioghnach,and Emily.



     Things you can do at home

Go for an Autumn Walk-talk about colours, leaf changes in the trees, autumn fruits, animals hibernating, find a spider web, talk about changes in the weather.

Talk about different types of fruit and vegetables when you are at the supermarket.

‘Halloween is coming’-talk about what you might do-dress up, make apple tart, have a night time party.