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Thursday
Oct102019

HALLOWE'EN NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

Halloween Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for the rest of the month of October is ‘Halloween’ – beginning Wednesday 9th October.  We will have a Halloween Table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something Halloween related in from home.  (All items will be returned at the end of the month)

 

Please note – There will be a lot of art activities using black paint this month, and the dough and water will also be black – hopefully the dark coloured jumpers will hide any stains!

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

 

Halloween is Coming             Five Currant Buns

 

The Witches of Halloween     The Wheels on the Bus

 

Pumpkin Song                      Little Miss Muffet

 

Spooky Rhyme                     More Nursery Rhymes

 

(Remember, words to the above songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag for you to practice every night)

 

Dinner Routine

The majority of the children are coping well with the dinner routine and are willing to try food that they may not have had before. You can help by ensuring that your child sits at the table at home at meal times and uses a fork to feed him/herself. They are not expected to be able to cut food, but they can learn with our help.  Two children help the staff to serve out the dinner each day – these are the ‘Helpers’ – a very important and sought-after job! The names of the Helpers will be displayed on the classroom windows so that you will know when it is your child’s turn.  Please point your child’s name out in the morning – this is another way that children learn to recognise their own names and the names of their friends.

 

 

Language Development

The Halloween Theme will provide an opportunity for the staff to extend the children’s language – for example, the Water Tray becomes ‘a witch’s cauldron’ and we talk about all the types of creatures that a witch would put into it.  This is all done in a fun way so that children will not be frightened.  Some of the Key words that the children will be learning are: Witch; wizard; cauldron; spooky; pumpkin; skeleton; ghost; bat; spider; web; cloak; fireworks; black cat; broomstick; spell; crescent moon and abracadabra! Take Time to talk about our Halloween decorations and the children’s art work. As you will have noticed from the display in the hall the Story of the Month is ‘Meg and Mog’.  Each child will have a turn to receive the story book – again read this story to your child every night. You will also get a laminated newsletter with ideas to help to get more out of the story.

Parents from both classes will soon be able to come to Mrs Woods’ class to watch daily story sessions and to Mrs O’Doherty’s class to see song and rhyme sessions. However, we will wait until the children are a bit more settled.

 

Getting Ready to Learn

The school has been very fortunate for the last three years to receive money from the Department of Education to fund some parent engagement projects. Throughout the year we will run information sessions, workshops and send home packs and resources which can be used with your child at home. I urge as many of you as possible to attend the sessions and use the resources provided as we are noticing many children’s speech and language development is not at age related expectations. Of course, we will also be doing targeted language work at school to support the children.

Big Bedtime Read: The aim of the project is to support parents in sharing books with their children at home which has been proven to improve reading outcomes for children in their futures. We will run parent information sessions, demonstrations and provide you with packs of books you can borrow to read to your child. The launch session for Mrs Woods class will be at 1.30pm on the 11th November and for Mrs O’Doherty’s class at 1.30pm on the 18th November.  Both sessions coincide with when your children will be at extended school sessions. I really look forward to your participation and making the sessions as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.

 

Attendance

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter we have begun an attendance project this year with the aim of having attendance levels at least 90% for the year. Our September attendance figures are now in and show a positive picture so far:

Room 1: 90.07%  Room 2 : 94.7%   Overall: 92.4%

Because you have managed to keep the attendance above 90% the children will be taken to Creggan Play Park for a special treat. Keep up the good work!!

 

Coats

If your child cannot put on his/her own coat yet please practise this at home.

The weather is getting colder so make sure your child has a coat everyday – we only use the school coats when it’s really wet.

 

 

Halloween Party 

There will be a Fancy Dress Party for each class on Friday 25th   October.  Usual Class times will apply. All the children should come to school in fancy dress and the staff will dress up too.  Some children don’t like dressing up – if this happens you should bring the child’s costume with you – when they see everyone else dressed up they might put the costume on.

 

 

 

Parent / Teacher Meetings

There will be two opportunities for you to meet with your child’s teacher this year – October and February. You will also receive a report in June before your child’s transition to Primary school.  The October meeting will inform you of how your child is settling in and will give you an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have.  We aim to see every parent before Halloween.  Mrs Woods and Mrs O’ Doherty will arrange the times of these meetings with their parents.  (Please remember that you can arrange to talk to your child’s teacher at any time during the year should the need arise.)

 

Principals’ Meetings

Mrs Woods may have to attend various meetings during the year, but there will be a teacher employed to cover for her. Where possible this teacher will be Mrs D. Doherty.  The children will always be told when this will happen.

 

Halloween Holidays

The school will be closed to the children on Monday 28th October and will re-open on Monday 4th November.

 

 

Advance warning!!! Staff Training Day

The school will be closed to pupils on the 6th December as we will be having a staff training day. It will re-open on the 9th December as normal.

 

Extended School

The Extended school programme will start on Monday 6th November. Mrs Woods and Mrs O’ Doherty will explain how this will work to all parents at the parent/teacher meetings. This programme has been running successfully in the school for quite a few years now. Parents must remember that it may not suit all children to stay longer in school. The most important thing is that the children are happy from 8.45am - 1.15pm, and parents should accept the advice of the class teacher on this issue. You will find the programme on the back of this Newsletter.

 

October Birthdays

Birthday photographs will be displayed in the hall and the photo given to the child’s parents at the end of each month.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

                              Clara Sweeney

 

                             Tiarnan Campbell

                  

                                Reuben McCool

                           

                                                       

 

 

 

Room 1- Mrs Woods                                                            Room 2- Mrs O’Doherty

TIMETABLE FOR THE EXTENDED SCHOOLS 2019-20

DATES

CLASS

 

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY

4,5 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

11,12 NOV

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

18,19 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

25,26 NOV

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

NONE

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

13,14 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

20,21 JAN

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

27,28 JAN

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

3,4 FEB

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

10,11 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

24 FEB, 25 FEB

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

2,3 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

9,10 MAR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

16,17 MAR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: ST PATRICK’S DAY- closed

30,31 APR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

6,7 APR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

 

 

 

EASTER

 

20,21 APR

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

27,28 APR

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

4, 5  MAY

ROOM 1

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

11,12 MAY

ROOM 2

 

MON:  BANK HOLIDAY- closed

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

18, 19 MAY

ROOM 2

 

MON:  JO JINGLES+ FOOTBALL

TUES: DANCE + GYMNASTICS

 

 

 

Monday
Sep232019

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

September / October

Newsletter

 

 

 

Welcome

The Staff would like to welcome all the parents and children and wish them a very happy year in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School. 

Each month you will receive a newsletter like this one, which will inform you about school events, visitors, and the areas of the curriculum that we will focus on with the children.  It is a good idea to keep your newsletter in a prominent place as a reminder.  It will also be displayed on the Parents Notice Board (located in the Entrance Hall).

 

Meet the Staff…

Mrs Woods’s Classroom:                                      Mrs O’ Doherty’s Classroom:

Mrs Meehan: Nursery Assistant       Mrs D Doherty (Temporary Classroom Teacher)

                                                    Miss McGilloway: Nursery Assistant

Miss Henry: Nursery Assistant         Miss Cooke: Language Support Assistant

Mrs Walsh: Special Needs Assistant  Miss Roberts: Special Needs Assistant

Miss Coyle: Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Carlin: Special Needs Assistant

 

Also:

Miss Cooke: Breakfast Club Assistant and Extended Schools Assistant

Mrs Harkin: Dining Attendant

Mrs Mc Cready: Secretary

Mrs Doherty: Caretaker / Cleaner                                                                        

 

Theme for the Month (September – Mid- October)

This month’s theme is ‘Getting to Know You’. We spend a lot of time this month getting to know each other – staff, children and parents.  Parents can help by talking to their child about his/her teacher’s name and that of her assistant and by giving us as much information as possible about their child so that we can best meet the children’s needs. 

 

 

Settling – Procedure

We depend on parents’ support and co-operation during this month.  We would remind you that our settling in method is for the benefit of the children and that they are our main priority at all times. 

The gradual increase of times ensures that the children are happy and secure, and eager to come to school every day! We are aiming for all the children to come together on Thursday 19th September- Amalgamation Day! They will all start at 8.45am and finish at 12noon on that day. I will confirm this date closer to the time. It is essential that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

 

 

 

Songs and Rhymes     

 

This month the children will be learning a selection of nursery rhymes and songs, some of which they may already know.  Learning and reciting nursery rhymes is a vital step in preparation for reading, so you can help by setting some time aside each evening to repeat these with your child:                                    

 

 

- Incy Wincy Spider                      - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep                - Humpty Dumpty

- Two Little Dicky Birds                - Name Song

- Hickory Dickory Dock                 - The Elephant

- Hey Diddle Diddle                       - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

 

(Copies of the words of the songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag. The children like to call this their ‘homework’!)

 

 

School Dinners

Dinner will begin on Thursday 26th September. Some children may not be ready to stay for dinner by this date (many nurseries don’t start dinner until after Halloween) and if this is the case, your child’s teacher will discuss this with you. It is vitally important that each child is well settled before experiencing the dinner routine.   Parents need to be sure they have contacted the Education Authority (EA) if they think they are entitled to Free Meals – the number is: 02882 411 237.  The cost for everyone else is £2.50 per day payable on a Monday (£12.50 per week but this may increase in October). If a child is absent the dinner money will be refunded. Dinner money MUST always be brought on time in an envelope, money bag etc with the child’s name on it – CORRECT CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL - as the secretary lodges it in the bank straight away to be sent to the EA. This is important because the staff do not have time to find change for you during class times - once the children come in to the classroom we have to see to their needs.                                    

 

Snack Money

Your child’s snack money is £2.00 per week payable on a Monday – give the snack money to your child to bring in to us – they love that responsibility.  The snack money also covers the cost of school trips and parties etc. We would also use this money to contribute to the cost of flowers if there was bereavement in a child’s or member of staff’s family etc.  If you do not agree to money being used in this way please inform a member of staff. Your child will have fresh milk, water and a selection of breakfast foods (a choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs etc.), daily. Please let us know your child has any food allergies.                                                                                           

 

 Library Bags                                                                                             

You will not normally be asked to pay for lots of things in this school, but we do need you to pay for your child’s Library Bag which will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Each child will be able to choose a school library book to take home every week – again, to encourage the development of reading skills.  We have ordered special waterproof bags for the children to carry their library book to and from school.  The cost of this bag is £2.00 payable by the end of the month please.  

We will hold a short meeting to go through our ‘Story of the Month’ and book borrowing procedures on the Wednesday 11th September at 10.15am for 1st session children and 11.15am for 2nd session children. We would be grateful if you, or a representative, could attend.                                                         

 

Attendance

We will be taking part in a Quality Improvement attendance project this year. Our aim is to improve the overall attendance levels at our school. You will be given more details at the meeting on Wednesday 11th September and you will be kept up to date with our progress every month.

 

Health and Safety

When children come together for the first time no matter how hard we try “bugs” start emerging and often we have bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea. If your child has been sick at home you must not bring him/her into school for at least 24 hours after the last episode, otherwise the infection will spread to other children and maybe even the staff.  If your child has not slept overnight it is unfair to bring them into school – even if they say they want to – as he/she will not be able to cope with a busy nursery day without adequate sleep. If your child is sick in school we will ring you to come and collect him/her.

Last year we had a couple of incidents of hair infection and therefore it is important that you check your child’s hair on a weekly basis – remember head lice are attracted to clean hair. Long hair should always be tied back.

 

Please read the following carefully:                       

 

Contact Numbers        

It is essential that staff have contact numbers for all parents in case of an emergency.

We require three telephone numbers for all children. Mobile phones should never be turned off during the day if your child is at nursery. You must inform us immediately if you change any of your telephone numbers.

 

Colour Groups

We operate a ‘Colour Group System’ in the school.  Each class is divided in half randomly, for ease of organisation.  When the children will soon receive new name badges in the colour of their group (their library bags will also be this colour). 

 

Security System

We have had a security system installed for your child’s protection and for disabled access.  The inside door will be open 5 minutes before the beginning, and before the end of each session.  When arriving at the school  you should press the button located beside the main door to gain access to the inside hallway.  Staff will the open the security door before the session begins.

 

 

Block Play Area

The area outside the two classrooms is called the Block Play Area.  All the children will use this area daily during the year, but only when parents have gone and the security system is switched on.  It is dangerous for the children to play with the toys in this area BEFORE class starts – this will be explained to the children, so please do not allow them to play with the toys along the floor.  There will be books and jigsaws available for you to share with your child while you wait. 

 

Parents’ Library

We have also purchased some books about child development and health for parents to borrow.  The value of reading is strongly emphasised in this nursery, therefore it is important for you not only to read to your child every day, but for him/her to see you reading regularly.  Please feel free to borrow these books and let us know what you think of them! The books are located under the parent noticeboard in the hall.

 

Child Protection

Child Protection information for Parents has also been displayed in the hall near the children’s sofa and chairs. It is very important that you read all of this information.

 

GDPR

A copy of our Data Protection Policy and Parent Privacy notice is available on the school website : www.blighslanenurseryschool.com A hard copy is also available in the entrance hall.

 

Safety in the Car Park – Reminders.                                                   

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when entering and leaving the school grounds – in case a vehicle should enter the car park.  The staff will explain this to the children and will also explain that they must never climb on to the wall to walk along it.  Parents’ cars / taxis are not permitted to drive into the car park.

 

Summer and September Birthdays                                                                                                                            

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS:  Shea Coll           Jonas Fahy

                            Rory Duffy         Alex Coyle

                           Neelah McConnell Browne Jackson Doherty

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS: Fianaid Donnelly Lennon McDermott

                               Zara Crossan      Rayea McLaughlin

                                Cian Duddy       Conan Meehan

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Jorja Cairns   Jaxon McLaughlin

                                         Clodagh Moran  Mehawl Harkin

                                    Eimear Monaghan Ella Rose Tracey       

Each child will have his/her Birthday celebrated in school with a small cake which is shared with the children in the class.

 

 

Thursday
May022019

May Newsletter

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School 

               

 

 

May Newsletter 2019

Monthly Theme                                                                   

The theme for this month will be Summer Gardens / Mini beasts.  The children will be learning about the parts of a flower (root, stem, petal and leaves) and about common mini beasts such as ladybirds, snails, butterflies, bees, worms, slugs etc. If you find any snails or worms in your garden please bring them in so that the children can see them.  There will be a ‘Camping theme going on with barbeques (not real ones!), tents and sleeping bags in the classrooms, and there will also be a Cafe role play area. All of these activities help to extend children’s language, creativity and understanding of the world around them.                                                      

Songs and Rhymes

Little Arabella Millar                         5 Little Monkeys

What do you suppose?                     Here is the Bee Hive

Wiggly Woo                                     Mini Beast Rhyme                 

Round and Round the Garden    I’m Taking Home a Baby Bumble Bee

 

Early Mathematical Experiences

We will be reinforcing the ‘Rectangle’ shape this month – children generally find this shape the hardest to learn, so you can help by pointing out rectangle shapes to your child whenever you see them.  We will also continue to look at patterns in the environment and the shapes of mini beasts and flowers.                   

 

Reading and Writing

The children are all very interested in reading story books and many of them can be seen in the classroom reading stories to each other in their own words.  This is the best kind of practice for ‘real reading’.  Continue to read to your child at home, borrow from our lending library and find time to visit the Library.  Many children are already writing their own names – this is not a necessity, as the Year One teachers prefer to teach the children the proper letter formation techniques themselves.  But we would never discourage a child who wants to write. Often adults show children how to write their names using capital letters – please do not do this – only use a capital letter at the start of your child’s name. Children who learn to write their name in capital letters only find it very difficult to ‘forget’ this and learn how to do it the correct way ie. Eimear not EIMEAR

 

Homework’

Please remember to bring back your child’s homework pack every Monday as we need to check the contents and replace them. Please ensure that the LIBRARY BOOK and ACTIVITY PACK are both in the Library Bag!

 

Story Of The Month

Our story this month links closely to our theme. It’s the story of ‘The Very Greedy Bee’. The story covers the theme of friendship and sharing as well as mini-beasts.

 

Getting Ready to Learn

We will launch our fourth theme, Happy Healthy Kids during May. This theme aims to help parents understand the factors which will promote healthy lifestyles in their children. It will include tips on making your child more active, healthy eating for children and a demonstration fitness lesson by our football coach. We will run two sessions on the 13th May: The parents from Mrs Woods class are invited to attend the session at 12.15pm (children will still be in class) and parents from Mrs O’ Doherty’s class at 1.15pm (children will be at extended schools.)

 

Visits

We had an absolutely brilliant time visiting our Shared Education partners’ settings throughout the Spring term. We also enjoyed a visit from the Kidz Farm- a real ‘hands on’ farm experience!  We will be having a few more visits in the coming weeks:

3rd  May : We will visit Tropical World Letterkenny to kick-start our minibeast topic.

14th May: Visit to Lurgybrack Farm with our Shared Education Partners- this is the finale to our programme

17th May: Visit to Shooting Starz Gym in Camspie

We also plan to go to the beach for a day but we need the weather to play its part in organising this one!

 

Transition Programme

Over the next few weeks we will begin to get your child ready to transition to Primary school. This will include visits from their new teachers and visits to their new school. All of this will help your child to settle quickly into P1 as it is a huge step for all the children and needs to be managed really carefully. As the large majority of our children transfer to St John’s we work closely with them. They will be in contact with all parents with dates for meetings etc. If your child is not going to St John’s we will contact the Primary school in question and communicate with the P1 teachers there.

 

Parent Forum

All parents will be asked to fill out an ‘exit questionnaire’ which will allow you to tell us what you think about various aspects of school life over the past year. However, Mrs Woods would also like to meet with a small group of parents for a more in-depth chat and to hear some of your ideas about how we could improve our provision even further. This will involve a couple of short sessions (no more than an hour) in June. If this is something you could help with please speak to Mrs Woods.

 

Sports Day!

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday 24th May this year, so you will receive a separate information sheet and Sponsor Form in the next few weeks  This is a very special family event, which helps to raise funds for the school.  It is essential that each child is accompanied by an adult on this day as the staff will be involved in organising the races and cannot be responsible for the safety of the children as well.  Parents also actively participate in the races – so start training now!!!!  The money raised last year was put into the school fund account and is being spent on your children this year for example: buying food for parties, cereal, bread, pancakes, yogurt, eggs etc  for breakfast and snack; the children’s present from Santa; Easter Eggs; Theatre visits; Birthday Cards and Cakes; Sweets for ‘Sweet Day’ (every Friday) etc. So the money you raise this year will be spent on next year’s children so please ask everyone you can to make a small contribution.  Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles are also very welcome! Sports Day will be held in the Long Tower Youth Centre (in the Derry City Football Grounds) from 9.50am – 12.00 noon approx.

 

 

SHOES!!!

Please remember that if you are buying new shoes for your child that they should have Velcro straps if your child is to wear them in school

 

The school will be closed on  Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th  May  and Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th  May  for the bank holidays.

Birthdays this Month

 

Dylan McLaughlin                              Kaylee McGivern       

 

Alec Walsh                                           Cohen Morton                              

 

 

Monday
Apr012019

EASTER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

  

Easter Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Easter’. Please let your child bring something Easter related for the Easter Table.  We will focus on the ‘Oval’ shape and ‘Pattern Awareness’ (Stripes, zigzags and wavy lines) this month through discussion and art activities.                     

 

Songs and Rhymes       

 

Little Peter Rabbit            Humpty Dumpty

Little Rabbit Foo Foo              Chook, Chook, Chook

   Five Fat Sausages                Five Shiny Eggs           

   Hickety Pickety                     3 Sticky Lollipops

5 Little Rabbits                  Ride a Cock Horse

One Potato   5 Little Ducks                                                                                                       

GRtL- Education Works in Pre-School: Helping your child at home

Here are some more ways that you can help to reinforce our topic and also ways to encourage good behaviour at home:

  • Point out oval shapes or patterns at home or in town - if possible
  • Talk about what you are doing when you are dividing up cakes or sandwiches – use the words ‘divide’, ‘cut in half’ etc.
  • Name the shapes of the sandwiches – or ask your child what shape of sandwich / piece of bread they would like
  • Let your child help you set the table – tell them how many knives and forks you need and talk to them about Left and Right – they are already doing this in school
  • If you have time (maybe at the weekends) encourage your child to dress himself/herself – your child is at a stage where he/she wants to do things for him/herself.  This activity not only develops confidence, independence, and physical skills, but also logical thinking and sequencing skills.
  • Buy some stickers for encouraging good behaviour at home – they mean so much to your child and are a visible sign of your approval

 

EASTER  CELEBRATIONS 

The Easter Bunny will hide some Easter Eggs in the playground before Easter – usually during the last week before the Easter holidays. The children will then have and Easter Egg hunt (only one Egg each unfortunately!)

 

The children will visit Bananas in the Bowling Alley on Wednesday 17th April  – please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately – LONG SLEEVES MUST BE WORN (to prevent friction burns) AND NO BASEBALL BOOTS PLEASE   - all children should be wearing shoes with Velcro tapes.  This is our last day of school before the Easter holidays.  There will be no dinner on this day and children should be collected at the school at 11.30am

 

EASTER HOLIDAYS

The school will be closed from Thursday 18th April – Monday 29th April (inclusive) for the Easter Holidays. We return to school on Tuesday 30th April. 

 

PUNCTUALITY

Please make sure your child is dropped off and picked up promptly. Doors open from 8.45am in the mornings and children can be collected from 1pm. In the interests of safety our external door will not open until 1 pm.

 

BOOK BAGS

We ask that you return book bags on a Monday. Remember your child will get a book and a language/maths pack every week (unless they have the Book of the Month). Remember also that you are welcome to come and see a story or singing session on any day.

 

GRtL: Happy Healthy Kids- BREAKFAST ROTA  AND COME DINE WITH ME

‘Thank you’ to all the Parents who have been able to come in and help the children with their breakfast – almost every parent in the school has helped – in some families both mum and dad have done it.  Thank you also to the parents who were able to come and have dinner with us – again some parents come more than once! There is also a rota for April – please sign up again and perhaps come in when your child is the Helper this time! It’s a great way to see how independent your child has become and the foods they eat here that they may ‘claim’ to dislike at home!

 

FACEBOOK AND SCHOOL WEBSITE

Remember to check out our facebook page by searching for Bligh’s Lane Nursery School or visit our website at http://blighslanenurseryschool.com/. You will find news and updates as well as newsletters, photos and other useful information.

 

SHARED EDUCATION UPDATE

We have had six shared sessions now and our seventh will be on 10th April. There will be one more final session after this on 14th May. Children are so good at mixing and making new friends without a second thought- we adults could learn a lot from them!

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS

The extended schools budget for 2018-19 ends on the 31st of March. The Board of Governors have agreed that we can use our own budget to fund the months of April and May. Please see the new timetable attached to this letter.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH MRS.DOHERTY AND WELCOME BACK MRS.WOODS!

Oh my goodness! How lucky have we been to have had Mrs Doherty teaching the children in Class 1 while Mrs Woods has been on maternity leave. Mrs Doherty has been amazingly dedicated and hardworking during her time with us and the children have loved her. She has stimulated each individual child and planned specific activities to cater for each child’s needs. She has been a wonderful asset to our staff team sharing her experience and many talents and ideas. We want to thank her so so much but we will not say “Good Bye” just yet. We hope that she will still come in “the odd day” to be with the children when Mrs Woods returns. We would like to extend a huge big “Welcome Back” to Mrs Woods, our Principal who returns to school on Wednesday 10th April. We look forward to having her back on the staff again.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH              

 

Lexi Nicholson                  Daniel Morrow                         

Happy Easter!

Wednesday
Feb272019

SPRING NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

Monthly Theme:   SPRING 

 

Winter is over – hopefully! So the theme for the month of April will be ‘Spring’.   As you will know by now we continue to encourage the children to notice and describe changes in their environment – they may have seen daffodils growing in their gardens at home or in green areas in the town.  Some children have noticed that Spring flowers are growing in our planters in the playground. The children will be doing observational paintings and drawings of Spring flowers, so if you have cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils or branches with buds on them in your garden, please bring them in for the children to see, and encourage your child to notice changes in your garden or the environment as you travel to school.

 

Language Development

There will be lots of discussion about the parts of flowers; bulb, seed, shoot, stem, bud, petal, leaf and flower. We will also talk about farm animals, the names of their young, where young animals come from and how they change as they grow.  We will focus especially on the Life Cycle of the Frog. The children will learn about these things through stories, lotto games, factual dvds, internet and CD ROMs.  Why not go to the library and find some books connected to this topic to share with your child or search for them on the internet? Be sure to let us know what you find! Our special story of the month for March will be “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

 

 

Language and Maths Activity Packs

We will continue to provide activities for your child to take home that focus on language development and soon introduce some mathematical activities. This is another way in which you can really get involved with your child’s learning. The children who DON’T have the Special Story will get activities in their library bags for you to help them with. Don’t forget to read your Language Letter also so you can get the most out of the Special Story when your child gets it.

 

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

Spring is the time when the magic comes    Old MacDonald

Baa Baa Black Sheep                                 Five green Bottles

I went to visit a farm one day                    Five little Speckled frogs

Flowers grow like this                               Cows in the Kitchen

This little Piggy                                        To Market

If I had a Donkey                       Jack and the Beanstalk Rhyme

 

 

Environmental Science                          

Children need to ‘do’ and ‘see’ in order to understand therefore we will be planting Broad beans and Kidney beans so that the children can see the ‘roots’ growing clearly. We will also use factual books and stories to reinforce the concept of growth.  If you are doing any planting at home please let your child help – they learn so much from these activities and will be very sensible if you explain what you want them to do!

 

 

 

Getting Ready to Learn 

-       Big Bedtime Read – Thank you all for looking after our lending packs so well over the past 6 months. The packs are being taken home on a very regular basis and the children seem to be getting a lot from it. Thank you, Maegan’s Daddy for your help on a Friday morning!

-       Come Read with Me Thank you to the parents who came in to read with their children in February. The children loved this!

-       Ages and Stages – Mrs. O’Doherty will provide two sessions for parents this month, with ideas for ways to help your child at home. She will talk about Ages and Stages with regard to Language development and Physical development in particular. She will also talk about the areas of the Early Years Curriculum and what is expected at Nursery age. The dates will be 4th March 1.30-2.15 for Mrs O’Doherty’s parents and 11th March 1.30-2.15 for Mrs Doherty’s parents.

-       Happy Healthy Kids- We will begin our final theme during the Summer Term. It looks at things we can do to keep our children fit and healthy. The dates for these session will be available in May.

 

Shared Education

We will continue our ‘Sharing from the Start’ project throughout this month. There will be a shared session (session 5) on Friday 1st March, featuring “Jo Jingles” and another shared session (session 6) on Friday 29th March. On the 1st March, Yellow group will go to St Johnston and Blue group will go to Cockhill. Red group and Green group will stay in school. On 29th March, Green group will go to St Johnston and Red group will go to Cockhill. Yellow group and Blue group will stay in school on that day.  

 Come Dine with Me

Remember you can still join your child for breakfast or lunch on any day. They absolutely love having a parent in to see how well they eat and their super table manners! A sign-up sheet is available in the hall.

 

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations

We will be celebrating St. Patrick’s day in school on Thursday 14th March. Your child can wear something green that day and we will have Irish Dancers performing from 12.45pm until 1.15pm, which parents are welcome to come and see! The children will be off school on Friday 15th March and Monday 18th March. We will return to school on Tuesday 19th March.

 

Banyan Theatre

Karen will be coming again on Friday 22nd March to perform the story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” using her wonderful puppets and creative props. If you would like to watch this with your child, please let staff know.

 

 

Birthdays This Month

 

Naomi Dillon

Sean Og Hamilton

K.B. McCormick-Nicell

Kyrah McLaughlin