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May Rainbow News


   May 2014

              

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Mayedition of Rainbow News.

The children are very excited about THE NEW GARDEN .We have been visiting and looking at how the apple trees, fruit bushes, herbs and vegetables are growing. We have seen butterflies and ladybugs visiting too! We made a log pile for mini-beasts to live in and gave the new plants water to help them grow strong.

 

    

 Mia planted her beanstalk.

                             

    

      Shea and Chloe visit the garden.

 

         

Emily's bean is tall.   

  

                 We love our new garden.

 

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 .

                                 

 

Story of the month is The Hungry Caterpillar.’    

              

      

 

 Shape of the month is a cube.

 

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Rhyme of the month is ‘Little Arabella Millar’.

 

 

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.

 

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 label sweatshirts to avoid confusion and distress!         

 

 

             

Joseph, Calum and Malika are at the bird feeder.

 

      

                 Faye, Thora and Olivia visit the re-cycle bin.

 

We are participating in the RSPB Wildlife Action Awards again with this year’s group.

There are three categories-bronze, silver and gold. The children are making great progress

and we have almost completed all the necessary tasks.

We will inform you in next month’s newsletter how we got on.

 

 

 

 

                 

 

 Aaron and Cameron planted beans.                    

 

 

                        

 

Monday 5th May –Bank Holiday

Monday 19th May- Trip to Castlewellan Forest Park.

  Monday 26th May –Exceptional closure

 

  

           Library day 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.                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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,
BOOM!  BOOM!  BOOM!

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,
                                      Bzzzzzzzzzzzz.

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

Happy May birthday to

Ella, Erin, Oliwia, Sophie and Zac.

                

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

April Rainbow News

 

   April 2014

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the April edition of Rainbow News.

Last month, we had our ‘growing’ theme. The children all planted a bean seed linked to the Jack and the beanstalk story.

The shoots are growing taller every day.

                          

                                          

The children enjoyed washing, drying, changing and dressing the baby dolls. There were lots of willing carers and ‘baby sitters’.

There is a display of photographs on the wall of the children when they were little babies.

We had fun guessing a name to a baby. Lots of changes from then to now!

 

    

                

The theme of the month is Spring.

The story of the month is The Enormous Turnip’.

                

                                

The shape of the month is oval.

The rhyme of the month is Humpty Dumpty

At circle time this month, we are focusing on the theme of Perseveranceas 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!

 

A ‘Wildlife Garden’has been created in the school grounds at the back of the Nursery.

There are lots of new plants and trees growing. We have a willow tunnel,

dancing daffodils,a rainbow garden,a strawberry patch, a ‘bee’ bed, a bird bath,

bird feeders and bird boxes.

Soon, we will be planting more vegetables and making homes for mini-beasts.

       Bird bath, bee bed and Strawberry patch

  

We are going to be gardeners and plant some more vegetables and fruit as the weather gets warmer.

Talk to your child about what a plant needs to help it to grow.

 

 

Rainbow garden

Apple tree

    

        

We are participating in Wildlife Acton Award Scheme’ for the third 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.

To find out more go to www.rspb.org.uk.

 

 

Easter break –Nursery closes on Thursday 17th April at 11am.

No afternoon session.

Re-open on Monday 28th April.

Bank holiday -Monday 5th May.

Bank Holiday –Monday 26th May.

BusTrip to Castlewellan Forest Park on Monday 19th May.

                          

Here are a few safety rules we have when using scissors in the Nursery.

Encourage your child to hold and use scissors at every opportunity.

Remember to supervise at all times.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Songs and Rhymes for April.

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!

 

  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.

 

What is yellow? (to the tune of Frere Jacques)

What is yellow? What is yellow?

Can you tell? Can you tell?

Fluffy chicks and sunshine,

   fluffy chicks and sunshine.

  Ducklings as well. ducklings as well.                                        

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,

Wig-Wig-Wiggly Woo-oo!  

 

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!  

 

Oliwia made pancakes on Pancake Tuesday!

                                                                                    

                                               

 

                    

Looking forward to a warm and sunny Easter break,

 

 

Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

March Rainbow news


   March 2014

 

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the March edition of Rainbow News.    

Last month, we had some wonderful role play sessions with our ‘People who help us’ theme. We dressed as vets, doctors, nurses, dentists, patients, police officers and fire fighters.

    

          

          

We had a few visitors who dropped in to tell us about their jobs. Frances, the lollypop lady told us about how to keep safe on the road. Mrs Hull told us about her job as a Paramedic and Mrs Canavan told us what happens on a visit to the dentist.

 

 

                                                                    

        

Everyone listened well and enjoyed the experience. A big ‘thank you’ to our special visitors for giving up their time to come and talk to us.

 

 

We had a special event to mark ‘WORLD BOOK DAY’ on Thursday 6th March.

The children came to Nursery  dressed in their favourite dressing up costumes. We read and dramatised our favourite Fairy Stories.

 

During the month of March, we will be starting a new topic on ‘Growing’. We will be looking back at when we were babies. We will also be finding out about baby animals.

We are going to plant some flower seeds and vegetables and find out what makes them grow.

 

The story of the month is Jack and the beanstalk.  

 

 

The shape of the month is rectangle.

The rhyme of the month is ‘Mary had a little lamb’.

 

At circle time this month, we are focusing on the theme of Responsibility as 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 tidy up in Nursery and work as a team when putting things away.

        

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

  

Anna brought in her guinea pigs for a morning class visit. She told us what they like to eat and how to hold them safely. Thank you Anna!

 

 

Parental interviews for the morning group Monday 3rd March.

Parental interviews for the afternoon group  Monday 10th March.

Monday 17th March-St. Patrick’s day

Tuesday 18th March-- School development day

Thursday 27th March-visit from RSPB. ‘The Garden Mat’.

Monday 31st March –Library visit (morning group)

Tuesday 1st April-Library visit(afternoon group)

 

 

Happy Birthday to

Micah, Malika, Olivia, Charlie and Grace.

 

 

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.

        

Five fat peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (children hold hand in a fist)

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (put thumb and fingers up one by one)

They grew and grew (raise hand in the air very slowly)

And did not stop, until one day- the pod went pop!

 

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!

 

 

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 curley whiskers (repeat 3 times)

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

 

 

In the garden

‘Who’s that tickling my back?’ said the wall.

‘Me’ said a caterpillar,

‘I’m learning to crawl!’    

 

 

 

              

      

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.

                            

                                    

From

Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

February Rainbow News


   February 2014

MAGHERADROLL NURSERY            UNIT

 

 

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 and ice cubes! We watched them melt and disappear. We made bird cake for the birds and hung it out on our bird feeder station. We found out some birds names and habits and completed our RSPB ‘Little School’s Bird watch.  

If you would like more information go to www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

 

     

                  

     Chloe and Charlie touch the ice balloon.

 

Katie,Sophie, Aoibhin and Thora made ‘bird watchers’.

 

 

 

   

        

     Darcy and Demi make bird cake.

 

During the month of February, we begin our ‘People who help us’ theme. We are changing the house corner into a hospital, a vetenary surgery and then a dental surgery.

There will be a visit from the dental nurse.  

                 

    

The story of the month is    The Little Red Hen.

           The colour of the month is Red.

 

The shape of the month is the Heart.

The rhyme of the month is ‘Miss Polly had a dolly’.      

      

We are introducing a Road Safetyelement into outdoor play. A local patrol lady will be coming to talk to the children about her job. We will be focusing on how people keep us safe when we are out and about on the roads. The children will be participating in role play as police officers, fire fighters and paramedics. We will be creating a ‘building site’ with an emphasis on safety.

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.

 

 

Mid-Term break-17th to 21st February.

Parent Teacher interviews for Morning group on Monday 3rd March.

* Please note that the Nursery Unit is closed on that day for pupils.*

Parent Teacher interviews for afternoon group on Monday 10th March.

Nursery Unit is open as normal for both groups.

 

 

 

 

We are reducing re-cycling and re-using in the Nursery. We would like you to help us by donating egg boxes, egg shells, used teabags and vegetable peelings for our compost bin.

 

                  

‘Story Sacks’

are being distributed at the moment to both groups. We hope you enjoy the contents and have fun with the stories, CD’s, games and puppets inside. They are a wonderful resource and provide a unique opportunity to develop your child’s talking and listening skills.

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday to Joseph and Katie.

 

 

 

 Songs and Rhymes for February.

Five Little Firemen

Five little firemen standing in a row,                      
1 2 3 4 5 lets go.
Jump on the engine with a SHOUT,
As quick as a wink the fire is out.

Four little firemen standing in a row,
1 2 3 4 woosh lets go.
Jump on the engine with a Shout
As quick as a wink the fire is out.

Three little firemen standing in a row,
1 2 3 woosh woosh lets go.
Jump on the engine with a Shout
As quick as a wink the fire is out.

Two little firemen standing in a row,
1 2 woosh woosh woosh lets go.
Jump on the engine with a Shout
As quick as a wink the fire is out.

One little firemen standing in a row,
1 woosh woosh woosh woosh lets go.
Jump on the engine with a Shout
As quick as a wink the fire is out.

 

       
   
     
 


 Doctor Foster

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester in a shower of rain.

He stepped in a puddle, right up to his middle- and never went there again!

 

 

Miss Polly had a dolly                                      

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.

So she phoned for the doctor to be quick, quick, quick.

The doctor came with his bag and his hat.

He knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat-tat!    

He looked at the dolly and he shook his head;

And he said ‘Miss Polly put her straight to bed.

He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill.

‘I’ll be back in the morning-yes I will, will, will.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

From

Mrs O’Hare (Nursery teacher)

and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

January Rainbow News


   January 2014

 

 

 

Dear Parents,                     

Welcome back to a new year! It is great to see all the children back after their Christmas break. They enjoyed all the Christmas preparations and had fun making, creating, cooking and singing. The term ended with a successful Christmas Nativity and a class party. Our trip to see Santa in Downpatrick was memorable.

The images can be viewed on the website-www.stpatricksps.co.uk-click on ‘gallery’.

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

 

 

The theme of the month is Winter   and we will be observing the changes in the weather, doing our RSPB bird watch, looking after the birds during the cold spell and finding out about animals that live in Polar regions.

We will transform our setting into a ‘WINTER WONDERLAND’ with icicles, snow blankets, warm gloves, hats and scarves, a snow den, Polar bears, snowmen and ice balloons.

The story of the month is

      

The colour of the month is white.

        

The rhyme of the month is ‘The North wind doth blow’.

 

 

 

At circle time we are focusing on the virtue of ‘Self Worth’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme. We will be finding out what makes us so special and thinking about all the things we are good at. Take time to find out what makes your child feel good about themselves and how important they are in the world.

    

                    

Here are our rule reminders for the Nursery;

*We are good listeners.

*We always walk indoors.

*We use kind hands, kind words and kind feet.

*We share, tidy up and look after our toys.

The children are helping each other to follow the rules to keep everyone safe and be alert at all times and places.

 

We have some GOOD NEWS to share with you all.The school applied for a ‘Challenge fund’ in November. We have been successful and have received a grant of £5000 to use for a ‘WILDLIFE GARDEN’. It will be created behind the Nursery unit and we will be starting the project very soon.

 

 

Mid-term break from Monday 17th February –Friday 21st February.

 

 ‘Monkeynastix’s is coming to Nursery!

There is a fitness programme called ‘Monkeynastix’ currently running in the main school. This is going to be extended to the Nursery unit. There will be a short demonstration in the Main School hall on Thursday 16th January. Morning session demonstration @11.30am and afternoon session demonstration @ 11.55am.

*All parents/guardians welcome to attend with the children demonstrating the equipment*

 

 

We are getting ready for the ‘Big School’s Big Garden Bird Watch’ at the end of the month. More details to follow soon.

If you would like more information go to www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch.

 

 

           *Don’t forget!- Friday is library book change day*            

 

 
 

Songs and Rhymes for January.

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow;      

And what will the robin do then poor thing?

He’ll sit in a barn, to keep himself warm,

And tuck his head under his wing, poor thing.

 

 

Five fat Polar bears(to the tune of ten green bottles)                   

Five fat Polar bears sliding in the snow;

Five fat Polar bears sliding in the snow;

And if one fat Polar bear fell and hurt his nose;

There’d be four fat Polar bears sliding in the snow.   

Four fat Polar bears.........etc  

 

Five little penguins

Five little penguins went fishing in the sea.

They slid on the ice and they went wheeee.....!

One little penguin bumped his head,

His mummy then sent him straight to bed.

Four little penguins...etc                     

 

Here we go round the Mulberry bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,

Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our face x3on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we comb our hair x3on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we brush our teeth x3on a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we put on our coats x3on a cold and frosty morning.                

 

 

 

 

 

Baa Baa white sheep,

have you any wool?

No Sir, no Sir, no bags full. None to mend the jumpers,

none to mend the frocks.

And none to mend the little boys with holes in their socks!

 

 

January birthdays

Happy Birthday to Shea and Emily.

 

One day we built a snowman, we built him out of snow.

You should have seen how fine he was, all white from top to toe.

We poured some water over him, to freeze his legs and ears;

And when we went indoors to bed, we thought he’d last for years.

But in the night a warmer kind of wind began to blow;

And Jack frost cried and ran away, and with him went the snow.

When we went out next morning to bid our friend ‘Good day’,

There wasn’t any snowman there.......He’d melted right away.

(this fits the tune of ‘My old man’s a dustman’)

 

 

A word of thanks for your generous gifts and cards at Christmas and thank you for your continuing support.

Best wishes to all for 2014.

From Mrs O’Hare and Mrs Connolly.