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Magheradroll Nursery News

January Rainbow News



   January 2016





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 train trip to see Santa Claus in Downpatrick was memorable.

The images can be viewed on the on ‘gallery’.

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


 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 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 be learning about:

  • The properties of water.
  • Scientific concepts-freezing, melting, solids, liquids.
  • Caring and feeding wild birds in Winter.
  • Exploring sensory experiences.
  • Different climates and cultures and learning about polar regions.
  • Introducing new vocabulary associated with WINTER theme.

The story of the month is  




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.

    ‘Monkeynastix’s comes to Nursery!

Morning group on every THURSDAY at 11.30am.

Afternoon group on at 11.30am everyFRIDAY.


Application forms for Primary One enrolment in September 2016 should be returned to the school of your choice. Closing dates for both is Wednesday 13th January 2016






School Development day on Monday 8th February-Nursery CLOSED.

Mid-term break from Monday 15th February –Friday 19th February.

We are getting ready for the Big School’s Big Garden Bird Watch’.

Karen Shields from the RSPB will visit the Nursery on 3rd February.

She is bringing the Garden Story mat, helping with our bird watch count and giving us bird feeding ideas.

If you would like more information go to



*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

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!




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’)


January birthdays

Happy Birthday to Tristan and Noah.

Sensory room update.

The quiet room is ready for the next stage of transformation. The children love the new bean bag cushions and light cube. There will be new ceiling lighting installed this month.

Aaron and Adam use the light panel.

A word of thanks for your generous gifts and cards at Christmas and thank you for your continuing support. Best wishes to all for 2016.

From Mrs O’Hare and Mrs Connolly







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.

Fundraising Walk 2015

 The morning group went on a sponsored walk.

 Everyone stops for a rest.

 All smiles for a photograph.

 Back down the hill again.

 Resting our tired legs.

Afternoon group walkers get ready to climb up the hill.

We made it to the top of the hill!

The boys are moving well.

We are on our way back.

Well done to all the boys and girls on completing their Sponsored walk on 21st October 2015.

A very big THANK YOU to everyone who donated towards our new SENSORY ROOM.

November Rainbow News



November 2015



Dear Parents,                

                       The children enjoyed the Farm theme in October and created lots of pictures. They had fun singing the songs about the farm. In their creative theme, they made scary bats, and paper plate pumpkins to take home. Everyone looked amazing in their Halloween outfits at the sharing party. The children made chocolate apples on sticks with extra sprinkles. We completed our SPONSORED walk.Thank you so much for your generosity. The final total  has reached an amazing £1,042!!



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

The Theme of the month is ‘People who help us’.    

   We will be focusing on the Emergency Services and the important job that they do.

We are introducing a Road Safety element into outdoor play.

A local patrol man will be coming to talk to the children about his job and how to keep safe when we are out and about on the footpaths and crossing the road.

There are other special visitors coming to visit and talk about the jobs they do to help us in our everyday lives.


The children will be participating in role play as Police officers, Fire fighters and Paramedics.





The house corner has a night time theme where the children are invited to get ready for bed complete with slippers, dressing gowns, teddies, bedtime stories, pillows and bedding.


The story of the month is ‘Can’t you sleep Little Bear?



The rhyme of the month is ‘Wee Willie Winkie.’

Song of the month is Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star


At circle time we are focusing on the theme of Forgiveness’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme.

Talk to your child about how to be a good friend and what to do if someone hurts you. Talk about how we use our hands to help and not to hurt others. We use kind words like ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’. Talk about why it is important to say “sorry”.

We are focusing on our next rule-  

We use kind hands, kind feet and kind words.


 The children were involved in their first FUNDRAISER on the 23rdOctober. We went for a walk to the top of the hill behind the Nursery andsaw all of Ballynahinch! We are overwhelmed by your generosity and we will be starting the 'upgrade' in the quiet room to make it a place of calm and a SENSORY experience for the children.

The children went on their first visit to the Library this month.They met Pamela and Diane who read stories and sang songs. The children were so well behaved that they are invited back for Christmas!


Tuesday 8th December -school development day-Nursey unit is closed for pupils.

Nursery OPEN DAY for new intake 2016 is on Wednesday 9th December from 1.30pm-3.30pm

(afternoon session is cancelled that day)

PRIMARY ONE OPEN DAY in St.Patrick's Primary school is on Thursday 10th December for P1 pupils starting in September 2016 at 2pm.

Songs and Rhymes for November


Late at Night (to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Late at night, late at night,

Whoo, whoo, whoo; whoo, whoo, whoo.

I can hear the owls call, way up in the tree tall,

                                 Whoo, whoo, whoo; whoo, whoo, whoo.



Wee Willie Winkie.

Wee Willie Winkie, runs through the town.

Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown.

Rapping at the windows, peeping through the locks;      

Are all the children in their bed?

                                 It’s past eight o’clock.


Twinkle, Twinkle little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.

When the blazing sun is gone, when he nothing shines upon;

When you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle through the night.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are.


I see the moon                                                

I see the moon, the moon sees me,

God bless the moon and God bless me.



Ten in the bed

There were ten in the bed and the little one said,

’Roll over’, roll over;

So they all rolled over and one fell out....there were nine in the bed .................etc



Hush, little baby (a song to sing you to sleep)

Hush little baby, don’t say a word. Mama’s gonna buy you a mockin’ bird. ( or Papa)

If that mockin’ bird don’t sing, Mamma’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass, Mamma’s gonna buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke, Mamma’s gonna buy you a billy goat.

And if that billy goat won’t pull, Mama’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.

And if that cart and bull fall down, you’ll be the sweetest little baby in town.



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.


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.



Happy November Birthday to---

Conor,Ben H, Rebecca,Logan and Freya.


Thank you for all your continuing support,

Mrs Colette O’Hare---   Nursery teacher

Mrs Lisa Connolly ---Nursery Assistant      

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.