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We care, we share, we learn, together

Christmas Rainbow news 2015


Christmas Edition  

December 2015



Dear Parents,                

                       The children enjoyed the ‘People Who Help Us’ theme in November. They enjoyed getting dressed as Doctors, Nurses, Vets,Fire fighters and Police Officers.  We also put on dressing gowns and slippers and pretended to go to bed.We had a visit from Mr. Smyth the lollipop man. He told us all about his important job and how to keep safe on the roads now that the dark days of Winter are creeping in. Mrs Kelly came to tell the morning group about her job as a Nurse. Shr left bandages, gloves and plasters for our next play session.


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

The Theme of the month is Christmas.   


The story of the month is ‘The First Christmas’

The shapes of the month are stars.    

The rhyme of the month is ‘Little Jack Horner’.


  • We will be learning about the true meaning of Christmas.
  • We will begin to write and understand the meaning of print---cards and letters.
  • We will become more aware of the passage of time-countdown to Christmas.
  • We will be counting numbers, presents, parcels, letters and understanding 1:1 correspondence.
  • We will develop our fine motor skills when making decorations and wrapping presents from junk boxes.


The shop has been turned into a Christmas Gift shop. You can choose a large or small gift for someone special at Christmas. You can wrap your own present and put it under the tree. We are writing letters to Santa and posting Christmas cards in our special Christmas Post Box.


At circle time we are focusing on the virtue ofGenerosity as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme.

Talk to your child about how to share and help others who are in need. Talk about how we give and receive presents at Christmas time.

Think of all the ways we can be generous and share our time with the elderly and the lonely.


We are focusing on our next rule-

We share, tidy and look after our toys.

We are learning how to share with others and wait for our turn. We know where to put the toys at tidy time now and we are trying very hard to look after them all and handle them with care.





Open Day for new Nursery intake for 2016 is on Wednesday 9th December from 2.00pm onwards.

             *There is no afternoon session due to this event.*


Open day for the new Primary 1 intake in St. Patrick’s is on Thursday 10th December from 2.00pm-3.00pm.


The morning group will visit the Library on Monday 15th December at 10.15am

The afternoon group will visit the Library on Thursday 15th December at 2.20pm.

*Please ensure that your child wears a coat/hat every day as the weather is getting colder.*



A special Christmas bus trip to see Santa Claus is on Wednesday 16th December.

We will be traveling on a stream train at the Downpatrick and district Railway line.

The morning group will depart at 9.00am from front of Primary school gates and return at 11.30am.

The afternoon group will depart at 12.30pm and return at 3.00pm.

Happy Decemberbirthday to Eoin,Anna,Olivia,

Patrick James and Amelia.

There will be a Christmas Party for both groups on Tuesday 22nd December.

*The children may come wearing their ordinary clothes on that day.*



Don’t forget to return your book bag and change your book every Friday.




We are presenting a Nursery Nativity on Friday 18th December in the unit. Please come and hear our Christmas songs and watch the children perform. Morning group is at 10.30am and afternoon group is at 1.30pm.As space is limited in the unit, we ask that only two family members may attend per child.


Songs and Rhymes for December.

(Some old and some new songs to sing along with your child)

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.           

Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.

If you haven’t got a penny, a halfpenny will do.

If you haven’t got a halfpenny then God Bless you!



Away in a manger, no crib for a bed.

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay;

The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.


Jingle bells,

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh;

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,

Hooray for dear old Santa Claus, hooray for Christmas day!  



Little Jack Horner, sat in a corner, eating his Christmas pie.

He put in his thumb and pulled out a plum and said-

What a good boy am I!


Santa Claus----an action rhyme

I’ve seen a Santa jolly and fat. (hold arms out in front of tummy)

He strokes his beard this way and that. (pretend to stroke beard)

He puts his pack into his sleigh (pretend to put packages into sleigh)

Then off he goes—up, up and away. (swing arms upwards)

Christmas pudding, (tune of Frere Jacques)

Christmas pudding, Christmas pudding

Piping hot, Piping hot, Let’s put on some ice-cream,

Eat the lot, eat the lot.            



Merry Christmas (tune of Farmer wants a wife)

1.Christmas time is here, Christmas time is here,

Merry Christmas everyone, Christmas time is here,

2.It’s time to trim the tree, It’s time to trim the tree,

Merry Christmas everyone, it’s time to trim the tree.

3.It’s time to wrap the gifts, It’s time to wrap the gifts,

Merry Christmas everyone, It’s time to wrap the gifts,

3.Santa will soon be here, Santa will soon be here,

Merry Christmas everyone, Santa will soon be here.  


Christmas Holidays-

The unit is closed on Wednesday 23rd December at 11.00am.

Nursery re-opens on Friday 8th January 2016.

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you for all your support in 2015.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy New Year!

From Mrs O’Hare and Mrs Connolly.