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Monday
Feb042019

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Newsletter February 2019  

Monthly Theme    

The theme for this month is ‘Myself and My Family’.  The children will be involved in discussions about themselves, the people they love and people who help us.  We will be talking about our bodies, how they work and the importance of healthy foods and exercise.  If you have anything ‘Love’ related e.g. Heart shapes, please bring them into school.   

  Songs and Rhymes  

 Friends      

 

 Polly put the kettle on

I have ten little fingers

 

 When Goldilocks went to the House of the bears                        

Two Little Eyes        

 

 

 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

 

 If you’re happy and you know it

 

 Granny’s glasses        

 Rock-a-bye baby

One Little Finger

Open Shut them

I look in the mirror

Miss Polly had a dolly

I wiggle my fingers

 

 

 

     Early Mathematical Experiences   

We will be developing awareness of the Heart shape this month and also reinforcing ‘In Front / Behind, First and  Last’. There should also be lots of opportunity to point out ‘heart shapes’ in town this month! The development of other aspects of maths can be seen on the Monthly Planning sheet on the Parents’ Notice Board. 

Early Science  

The children will be experimenting with mixing colours to make new colours using paint and crepe paper.  Other aspects of science will be explored during discussions about the body and functions of major organs (in simple terms).   

Mid-Year Reports

Mrs O’Doherty and Mrs Doherty are completing the children’s mid-year Reports. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher before half term  A signing up sheet is available for each teacher.

Dental Hygienist Visit

As part of our topic this month, we will be learning about “People who help us”. We will visit “Jennifer”, our Dental Hygienist at the Gasyard on Monday 11th February. The children will learn about the importance of looking after their teeth and healthy eating and drinking. They will learn about what a dentist does and will all get a turn sitting up in the chair! This helps to allay any fears which children may have about the dentist!

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 6th February. They bring their stretcher and medical equipment into the classrooms, and talk to the children about what happens after an accident. They let them see (and ‘try on’) some of their equipment! Afterwards, the children go outside to see the inside of the ambulance. We are very lucky to be able to arrange these visits, as the Paramedics do this for us on their days off.

 

Focusing on Developing Your Child’s Language Skills

The staff have been working especially hard this year with promoting the development of language skills. During our last parent/teacher meetings lots of parents asked how they can help their child, so in addition to the weekly book and ‘Book of the Month’ we have provided special language ‘activity packs’ which will go inside each child’s Library bag each week, beginning after the half-term.  The activities in these packs aim to give you some idea of how you can help to boost your child’s language development at home. A little time spent helping your child with language each week will help him/her to be ready for the demands of Primary school.  You will also find a ‘Parents’ Comments’ book which can be used to let us know how your child responds to the activities. *Your child will not get a language pack on the week they have the ‘Book of the Month.’ We may also introduce maths packs as well on a fortnightly basis so that your child may receive a language pack for two weeks and then a maths pack for two weeks and so on.

To help us get the children’s books ready every week we ask that you return book-bags on Monday.

Getting Ready to Learn- Come Read with Me

Thank you to you all for your commitment to borrowing and reading books to your children from our lending library. . If you can spare a half hour on a Friday we would be grateful for any help with signing the orange sacks in and out.

We are launching our ‘Come Read with Me’ sessions in February. Parents can sign up to come in for 15-20 minutes at the beginning of the day to read a story/stories to your child and other children in our book corner. You could even bring your own favourite book to share.  It is a ‘low-key’ activity that your child will love and we strongly encourage you to take part. A sign up sheet will soon be available in the hallway.

 Sharing From the Start

Our fourth “Shared Session” with our new friends from “Stepping Stones” (St Johnston) and from Cockhill will take place on February 13th. Green group will be going to Stepping Stones and Red group will be going to Cockhill. Yellow group and Blue group will remain at Bligh’s Lane Nursery on that day to welcome friends from the other two schools.

Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 8th February with the story of ‘Red Riding Hood’. If any of you would like to see the show with the children you are very welcome to attend.

School Photographer

The school photographer will visit on Thursday 14th February.  Every child will have 3 different ‘poses’ taken.  You will receive a small sample of each of the poses and examples of the various sizes available, and you can then decide if you want to buy any of them. Photographs will be taken during class times. There will be no water, paint, dough or anything messy available because of this – so ‘good’ clothes can be worn!   You may also bring other members of the family if you wish – photographs of family members will be taken as soon as the photographer is set up, usually from 8.30am, so come early if you want photos of your other child / children taken.

Snack Money Reminder

Please remember to pay your weekly snack money. As well as buying the foods and drinks for snack it also pays for our trips out and for any extra activities within school such as Banyan Theatre.

Mid-Term Break 

The school will be closed to the children on the following dates:  Friday 15th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February

Birthdays this Month    

 Noah Donaghey

  Jordan Rodgers

 Parker Breslin

 

 Natalie Moran

  Calum Gurney Wright

 Daire Clifford Doherty

 

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