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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.

April Rainbow News 2016



   April 2016



Dear Parents,

Welcome to the April Edition of Rainbow News               

Last month, we had our ‘Growing’ theme. The children planted broad beans and French beans.

The children are measuring the shoots as they grow taller every day. They are nearly ready to plant

outdoors as the weather gets warmer.



As part of the BABY theme, the children enjoyed washing, drying, changing and dressing the baby dolls. We shared photographs of themselves when they were little babies. Adam and his dad brought in his baby sister ‘Ellie’ for a visit.

Everyone enjoyed meeting her and playing ‘peek a boo’ with her.


We made French Toast using eggs and bread.



The theme of the month is Spring.


The story of the month is ‘The Teeny Weeny Tadpole’.


The rhyme of the month is

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

What we will be learning—

Becoming confident in group situations and making valuable contributions;

Making comparisons and using mathematical language. shorter, tallest, longest, thicker, heavier, lightest.

Finding out about how plants grow and animal life cycles-frogs, ducks, geese.

At circle time this month, we are focusing on the theme of Perseverance  as part of our Emotional Intelligence Programme.

Talk to your child about never giving up even when the task seems really difficult. Keep trying and it will all work out in the end!


The ‘Wildlife Garden’ has new plants, flowers and vegetables growing. The rhubarb is shooting up, the strawberry patch has woken up, the potatoes are planted and forget-me-not’s have appeared in the wild flower patch. We will be moving out our bean plants at the end of this month.


We are having a CLASSWIDE REWARD for the children this month. They are going on a trip to Funky Monkey;s on Thursday 28th April.

The morning group leave at 9am from the front of the Primary school and return at 11.30am.

The afternoon group set off at 12.30pm and return at 3pm.

Bus Trip to Funky Monkeys is on Thursday 28th April.

Bank holiday -Monday 2nd May.

Bank Holiday –Monday 30th May.      


We are participating in Wildlife Acton Award Scheme’ for the fifth year, organised by the RSPB.

This award is all about helping the children find out about wildlife, doing practical things to help the environment and telling other people.

We are going for a ‘GOLD’ award. For more information go to


Snack money is collected every Monday .

It is used for purchasing a variety of items from batteries to bubbles. You can pay weekly or monthly.

Thank you for your contributions.




Thank you for your attendance at the ‘Parental Interviews’ last month.

Your comments and views are really helpful and deepen our understanding of your child.

Monkeynastix returns on Thursday 14th April for the morning group at 11.30am  and

Friday 15th April at 11.30am for the afternoon group in school hall.


                             Songs and Rhymes for April.


Wet weather

Splash,’ said a raindrop as it fell upon my hat;

‘Splash,’ said another as it trickled down my back.

‘You are very rude,’ I said as I looked up to the sky;

Then ANOTHER raindrop splashed right into my eye!

One two, buckle my shoe.

One two, buckle my shoe.

Three four, knock at the door.

Five six, pick up sticks.

Seven, eight, lay them straight;

Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

Eleven, twelve, dig and delve

Thirteen, fourteen, maids a court’in Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen;

Seventeen, eighteen, maids in waiting Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty.

Little Green Frog

Little green frog, little green frog, where’s your tail so small?

I swim in the river, I swim in the river, I have no tail at all. Chorus -----Koo wak, wak, wak, Koo wak, wak, wak,

Koo wak,wak,wak,wak.

Koo wak, wak, wak, Koo wak, wak, wak,   Koo wak,wak,wak,wak.

Little green frog, little green frog, where’s your wing so small?

I swim in the river, I swim in the river, I have no wing at all.—Chorus.

Little green frog, little green frog, where’s your house so small?

I swim in the river, I swim in the river, I have no house at all.—Chorus.

The worm song.

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden and his name is Wiggly Woo.

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden and all that he can do-

Is wiggle all night and wiggle all day and the people round here they all do say;

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden and his name is Wiggly,


Wig-Wig-Wiggly Woo-oo!


Mary, Mary quite contrary

Mary,Mary quite contrary, how dies your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.


Happy April birthdays to Jamie, Adam, Tegan Amy A and Amy R.



Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

Rainbow News March 2016



   March 2016




Dear Parents,                                                                          

Welcome to the March edition of Rainbow News.    

Last month, we had our FAIRY TALES theme. The children really enjoyed the stories about ‘The Billy Goat’s Gruff’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, and our favourite Goldilocks and The Three Bears. They acted out the stories and dressed up in their favourite outfits.



We had a Healthy Eating Week from 14th-18th. We found out about what foods are good for our bodies and teeth.  We talked about the foods

that are bad for our teeth. Mrs Canavan the Dental Hygienist came to talk to us about how to look after our baby teeth on Wednesday 16th March.

She also told us what happens on a visit to the dentist. 



We are encouraging the children to eat healthy snacks as part of the daily snack time routine. They are encouraged

to try different textures and flavours as part of a healthy lifestyle.

These habits form part of our ongoing Dental Health Programme’ –3,2,1 Dental Health award scheme-SAFE SNACKS FOR TEETH.

*Please take time to read the leaflet sent home.*

Support your child by reminding them to brush their teeth every night and every morning.*


During the month of March, our new topic is ‘Growing’. We are going to be ‘gardeners’. We will plant runner beans

and broad beans in pots indoors. We are going to plant potatoes, beetroot, onions

and pumpkins outdoors in the Nursery garden. We will have lots of vegetables in a few months.

We are making great progress with our ‘Wildlife Acton Award Scheme’ and we will be submitting our entry next month.

A BIG thank you to all who brought in egg boxes and kitchen waste for the compost bin. The bin is now filled.The compost will be used on the garden in the Summer term.


The rhyme of the month is ‘Humpty Dumpty’.

Story of the month is ‘The Enormous Turnip’


Shape of the month is Oval.


We are asking you to supply a photograph of your child before their first birthday. The children will be looking back at when they were babies. THE PHOTOS WILL BE DISPLAYED ON THE WALL FOR THE CHILDREN TO VIEW. We will also be finding out about baby animals and their names.

At circle time this month, we are focusing on the virtue of Responsibilityas part of our Emotional Intelligence Programme Talk to your child about looking after their belongings. Encourage them to do little jobs around the house. They are being encouraged to put on their own coats, tidy up after themselves in Nursery and work as a team when putting things away.


Happy March Birthday to Aoife M, Arthur, Wiktoria, Ryan and Lily.


Parental interviews for the morning group are on Monday 7th March.

Parental interviews for the afternoon group are on Monday 14th March.

Branch Library visit-Afternoon group on Tuesday 22nd March.

Morning group on Wednesday 23rd March.


Thursday 17th March-St. Patrick’s day (CLOSED)

Thursday 24th March-Nursery closes for Easter break at 11.00am. ( no afternoon session)


Easter Holidays 25th March -1st April.

New Term starts Monday 4th April.


Monday 2nd May –Bank Holiday


Songs and Rhymes for March.       


Mary had a little lamb.

Mary had a little lamb.

It’s fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.

Hot Cross Buns    

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns.

One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns.                          

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons;

One a penny, two a penny, hot, cross buns.          


One potato

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.

Five potato, six potato, seven potato more.

--children hold out hands and make two fists. Leader taps all the fists in the group and their own until the rhyme ends .

On the word ‘more’, each child puts a hand behind their back. Continue with chant until only one fist left-that’s the winner!



Eggs are laid by turkeys, eggs are laid by hens.

Eggs are laid by robins, eggs are laid by wrens.

Eggs are laid by eagles, eggs are laid by quail.

Pigeons, parrots, peregrines;

And that’s how every bird begins.

Little Peter Rabbit

Little Peter rabbit has a fly upon his nose.(repeat 3 times)

He flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.

Floppy ears and curly whiskers (repeat 3 times)

He flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.    


Have you seen the little ducks?

Have you seen the little ducks swimming in the water?

Mother, Father, baby ducks,

Grandmamma and daughter.

Have you seen them dip their bills, swimming in the water?

Mother, father, baby ducks,

Grandmamma and daughter.

Have you seen them flap their wings, swimming in the water?

Mother, father, baby ducks,

Grandmamma and daughter.

Chook, chook, chook.

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook, chook, chook-‘good morning Mrs Hen’!

How many chickens have you got? Madam I’ve got ten.

Four of them are yellow, four of them are brown.

Two of them are speckled red, the nicest in the town!

Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny’s ears are flopping. Easter Bunny’s feet are hopping.

Nose is soft and fur is fluffy. Tail is short and powder puffy!  



Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

(an alternative rhyme)

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, eating black bananas.

Where do you think he put the skins?-Down the king’s pyjamas!


Book Change day every Friday.



Tick off your book on your return and get another one to take home and read at bedtime.

We are having an ‘EGG HUNT’ in the garden at the end of March and we will be looking for all the eggs that the Easter bunny has hidden.




Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

February Rainbow News 2016



   February 2016




Dear Parents,    

Welcome to the February edition of Rainbow News. We had a busy month in January with our ‘ice’ theme. We made ice balloons left water overnight in containers for Jack Frost to freeze! We watched it shrink, melt and disappear. We made bird cake and a bird CAFÉ. We found out some birds names and habits. If you wouldlike more information go to

During the month of February, we begin our ‘Fairy Tales theme.


The story of the month is    Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


Rhyme of the month is ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’.  


At circle time this month, we are focusing on the theme of ‘Kindness’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence Programme.

We have been talking about kind and unkind hands as part of our rules. We are also finding out about kind and unkind words we say to each other. Talk to your child about how it feels when someone is kind (or unkind) to you and what makes a kind friend.

Parents are encouraged to check on their child’s head regularly for head lice and treat if necessary. We have a leaflet available called ‘Once a week, take a peek’. For more information, a copy of the head lice policy is available on request.

  Pick up a BOOK to bring home every Friday.


Monday 8th February-School Development Day-Nursery CLOSED

Mid-Term break-15th to 19th February.

Parent Teacher interviews for Morning group on Monday 7th March.

Parent Teacher interviews for Afternoon group on Monday 14th March.

Nursery Unit is open as normal for both groups.

8th February- CHINESE NEW YEAR-the year of the MONKEY.

A lucky year for those born in 1956,1968,1980,1992 and 2004.

Tuesday 9th February-Nursery PHOTOGRAPHER will take individual portraits in the unit.



WORLD BOOK DAY-Thursday 3rd March-Dress up as your favourite book/story character.


We will be singing Nursery Rhymes and telling Fairy Tales as part of our theme. Learning and reciting rhymes is an excellent way for your child to develop language skills and increase vocabulary. Rhythm and rhyme significantly enhances early reading skills and phonetic awareness.


Songs and Rhymes for February.

Sleeping beauty Song                                     

There was a princess long ago, Long ago, long ago.

There was a princess long ago, long ago.

And she lived in a big high tower etc.

One day a fairy waved her wand etc.

The Princess slept for a hundred years etc.

A great big forest grew around etc.

One day a Prince came riding by etc.

He took his sword and he chopped them down etc.

This made the Princess waken up etc.

So everybody’s happy now etc.


When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears, what did her blue eyes see?

A bowl that was huge, a bowl that was small, a bowl that was tiny and that was all,

and she counted them one, two, three.

When Goldilocks………

A chair that was huge, a chair that was small, a chair that was tiny and that was all,

and she counted them one, two, three.

When Goldilocks……..

A bed that was huge, a bed that was small, a bed that was tiny and that was all,

and she counted them one, two, three.

When Goldilocks…..

A bear that was HUGE, a bear that was SMALL, a bear that was TINY and that was all,

And they growled at her GRR,GRR,GRRRR!


Pancake Day

Mummy made pancakes on Tuesday.

She tossed them in the air;

One fell on the table, one fell on the chair.

One fell on the cooker, one fell on the grate;

But lucky for me, I had three-Because they fell on my plate.



Rice and Tuna, Rice and Tuna.

(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Beans on toast, beans on toast.

Pizza and spaghetti ,Pizza and spaghetti,

Pancake roll, pancake roll.                        



If you should meet a GIANT,

Don’t say ‘You’re very tall!’

Or he might take you in his hand…………..

And say ‘You’re very SMALL’!                  


Once I saw a little bird go hop, hop ,hop.

And I said little bird won’t you stop, stop,stop

I went over to the window to say ‘How do you do?’

But he shook his little tail and away he flew.

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey Diddle,diddle, the cat and the fiddle,

The cow jumped over the moon.

The little dog laughed to see such fun,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.    

Happy February Birthday to Blake, Grace, Alice, Amiee, Aaron and Erin.


Thursday 3rd March is WORLD BOOK DAY.

Come to Nursery dressed as your favourite ‘Fairy Tale’ character or be a PRINCE or PRINCESS for the day!

Thank you for your continuing support,

Mrs  O’Hare and Mrs Connolly.