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Rainbow News May 16



   May 2016






Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Mayedition of Rainbow News.

Last month, we did lots of digging and planting in the garden.

We have been busy pulling up weeds and planting seeds. We put in strawberry plants, pansies and our bean stalks.

The new plants need plenty of water.

We have seen butterflies, woodlice, bees and ladybugsvisiting in the garden.

Matthew uses a magnifier to be a detective in the garden.

Michal and Grace look under the log.

During the month of Maywe will explore our ‘ Mini -Beast theme. We will be finding out the names of different insects and how they move. We are going on a mini beast hunt and collecting bugs in a bug box. We hope to find lots of flying and crawling insects .

We will be learning about life cycles. We will find out which mini beasts can fly, crawl and wriggle.

Story of the month is The Hungry Caterpillar.’      


The shape of the month is a cube.

The Rhyme of the month is ‘Little Miss Muffet

At circle time this month we are focusing on the virtue of ‘Tolerance’as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme. Talk to your child about being gentle, kind, patient and fair to one another. Try to be sensitive and think of other people’s feelings.



Monday 2nd May –Bank Holiday

Monday 30th May –Exceptional closure

Monday 6th June-Parent /Teacher interviews- Nursery Unit closed.

Wednesday 15th June –Nursery Induction Day for New intake @ 1.15pm.

(No afternoon session that day.)

Primary One Induction day for St. Patrick’s Primary school on Friday 24th June.

End of year Nursery trip to Castleward.

Morning group –Tuesday 7th June (full day-9am-2pm)

Afternoon group –Wednesday 8th June(full day 9am -2pm)







------Continues this term on Thursday at 11.30am for morning group

and on Friday at 11.30am for the afternoon group.



Book change is every Friday


Included in Rainbow News are some rhymes and songs linked with the mini-beast theme you may like to share with your child.

Little Arabella Millar

Little Arabella Millar found a furry caterpillar.                  

First it crawled upon her mother, then upon her baby brother;

Oh’ said Arabella’s mother-take away that caterpillar!                 


Shoo Fly                                      

Shoo fly, don’t bother me, shoo fly don’t bother me;

Shoo fly, don’t bother me, I belong to somebody.    

        I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.

         I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.        

I do, I do and I ain’t gonna tell you who

I do, I do, and I ain’t gonna tell you who.    



One hairy spider

One hairy spider went out to play, upon her silver web one day.

She had such enormous fun that she asked for another hairy spider to come.

Two hairy spiders..............  



The Ants Go Marching
                               Traditional action song

The ants go marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one,
Hurrah, hurrah.
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to such his thumb,
And they all go marching down
Into the ground to get out of the rain,

Two...tie his shoe...
Three...climb a tree...
Four...shut the door...
Five...take a dive...
Six...pick up sticks...
Seven...pray to heaven...
Eight...shut the gate...
Nine...check the time...
Ten...say "THE END"

Insects  All  Around

to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Lady bugs and butterflies,
Buzzing bees up in the sky.
Teeny, tiny little ants,                    
Crawling up and down the plants
Many insects can be found

In the sky and on the ground.



Here is the beehive

Here is the beehive
But where are the bees?
Hidden away
Where nobody sees.
Look and you'll see them
Come out of the hive,

One, Two, Three, Four, Five,

Five Little Caterpillars

Five little caterpillars sitting on a leaf,

One little caterpillar fell asleep.

When it woke up it found it could fly.

Now there’s four caterpillars and one butterfly.

                         Four little caterpillars sitting on a leaf …



                                   Flies and Bees

Tune: sing a song of sixpence

                 Flies and bees are insects,

Buzzing all around.

Coming to our picnic,

And landing on the ground.

And when our picnic’s over,

And we are on our way.

We know the flies and busy bees

Will come another day.


Snail’s Bed

By Irene Yates

         Snails crawl around with their homes on their backs,

And wherever they go they leave silver tracks.

I know when they’re sleeping - they pull in their heads.

But how do you think they curl up in their beds?


   Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet

Eating her curds and whey.

There came a big spider who sat down beside her-

And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Now that the weather is getting warmer at last, we would like to suggest that you may like to put sun screen lotion on your child and perhaps provide a hat, cap or sunglasses as we will be playing outdoors more often as the summer approaches.

N.B. Please remember to put names on sweatshirts that have faded to avoid confusion and distress!  




Happy May birthday to

Ryan, Jane and Sam.


Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.