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Bligh's Lane
Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
Derry
BT48 9PJ

028 7126 7603
lwoodsblns@gmail.com

Evening and Weekend contact no's

Mrs Woods: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty: 07564024308

Wednesday
Jun012016

JUNE NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

        June Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Summer / Beach’.  The children can bring anything ‘beach related’ for our Interest table as it will help to develop new vocabulary. We will also be learning about pirates – so if you have anything at home related to pirates, please bring it in to school.

 

Songs and Rhymes 

- Lets all go to the Seaside          - The Sun

-  I See Sea Shells                      - Wiggle My Toes

-  One, Two, Three, Four, Five     - The Crab

-  Row, Row, Row, your boat        - One-Eyed Jack

-  The Big Ship Sails                     - A Sailor went to Sea, sea, sea

 

 

Science and Mathematics

The children will be learning about sea-life creatures and their environment and this will also include observing patterns.  We will be investigating the effects of water on different materials and substances e.g. sand, flour, sugar, coffee, etc.  The children will also be exploring the shapes, textures and patterns of different types of shells and stones.

 

The World Around Us

We will be talking about ‘treasure maps’, learning how to draw a ‘map’, about who would use them; about ‘Islands’, what they look like, what you would find on them and what shape they would be etc.

 

Sports Day                                                                          

We had a great day on Sports Day and we want to thank all of you for the contributions you made to the ‘shop’ and ‘cafe’ and for the amount you have raised for school funds. Thank you all so much for your generosity. So far we have raised over £1100! If anyone still has sponsor money to bring in, please do so as soon as possible so that we can let everyone know about the final total. Also, thanks to all the parents who were able to take part in the races – this meant so much to the children.

 

Come Dine with Me / Come Play with Me! (Your last chance!)

Don’t forget that you can still spend a day in the classroom with your child or come in and have dinner with us. Speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested! We are starting to use dinner trays in school from this week onwards at dinner time instead of plates in preparation for eating in the canteen in Primary school.

 

Extended Schools

The last day of the Extended Schools Programme will be Tuesday 21st June. Miss Patricia Fullerton, Miss Leanne Owens and Ms Wilma Henry have done a great job this year ensuring that all the children were safe and happy. Our thanks also to the programme facilitators: Miss Stephanie (Jo Jingles and Keep Fit), Mary (Yoga), Ann (Gymnastics) and Craig from Maiden City Soccer Academy. If there are no objections we will buy them all a little gift on your behalf. We know from your comments that you have appreciated all they have done, and the children have enjoyed it immensely.

 

Transition Forms

 

The teaching staff are currently working on the information that is to be passed on to Year 1 teachers. It will consist of an assessment of each child’s Language level and a description of progression in the other curricular areas. You will be asked to read and sign this information and the teaching staff will be available should you wish to discuss its contents.

 

Students

Thanks also to our student this year, Miss Lisa Coyle who worked in Mrs O’ Doherty’s class. She has been excellent in supporting both children and staff.

 

Preparation for Primary School

The staff will concentrate on discussing the transition from Nursery to Primary School this month e.g. new teacher/friends/classroom/canteen/uniform etc. The children will start using ‘trays’ at dinner time to help them prepare for the canteen at primary school. The majority of the children in the school transfer to St John’s Primary School and so the parents of these children will invited to bring their child to a ‘Stay and Play’ session so that children will begin to get used to their new environment and staff. Please ensure that you attend as it is essential for a successful transition to Primary school.

 

The teaching staff will also contact the teachers of the children who are transferring to different primary schools and pass information on to them.

Remember....

 

This can be a very stressful and emotional time for some children as they begin to realise that a change is coming. Even though we talk about primary school in a positive way, some children become unsettled in the last few weeks of term. They either cannot understand the fact that they will not come back to nursery or they think that their nursery teacher will be in primary school when they arrive in September. Please remember to be sensitive to any changes to your child’s behaviour in the next few weeks and let us know if you notice any signs of anxiety.

Health and Safety (Child Protection)

Please make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child before school on hot days (if we get any!)as we spend most of the day outdoors. We have told the children that they need to wear sun cream to school so you shouldn’t have a problem getting them to wear it!

                               

Uniform Grants

There are uniform grants available for Primary school children this year. Please contact the EA (02882 411 496) for information if you think you might be eligible.

 

Spare Clothes

If you have any tops, bottoms, pants or socks that are too small for your child now, please bring them in to us so we can use them to change children next year if necessary.

 

End of year celebrations

During the month of June we hope to visit the beach as part of our topic. We will probably book this ‘last minute’ when we are sure of the weather. We also hope to have good weather so that we can hire a bouncy castle for a day and so that we can ask an ice-cream van to come to visit. Here’s hoping the weather is good!

End of Term

The last day of school will be Tuesday 28th June. There will be a Leaving Party for the children and they will be entertained by ‘Parky’ the magician.  All the children should be collected at 11.30am. If you are going on holiday before this please let us know.

 

Birthdays this Month

 

Conor Shields     12th         Caoimhín McCusker 19th      

 

Malachy Kelly     15th         Adam Smith       28th        

 

A Fond Farewell

 

On behalf of the staff and Governors, I would like to thank you for being such wonderful parents this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know you and your children and you have always been so supportive, complimentary and appreciative of what we aim to do. Thank you also for all your positive written feedback in the Parents’ comments books each week. Your children have been a pleasure to work with and I hope we have taught them that school is fun and that learning is exciting. It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another school year, the last day is always a sad one for us as we will miss you all so much. On a personal note thank you for welcoming me into the local community, I have really enjoyed this first year in Creggan.

Please bring your child to visit the staff in September so we can see him/her in his/her school uniform! We wish you and your child all the best for starting Primary School. Have a lovely Summer and keep safe.

Mrs Woods and the staff.                  

 

Farewell

 

The time has come to say goodbye

Our time together is done

We sang, we read, we learned so much

Remember all the fun.

 

We saw the smile grow on your face

When you tackled something new,

We watched as your eyes lit up

Our eyes they glistened too.

 

We know you have hard work ahead

With challenges all new

All that we’ve learned together this year,

Will see you through and through.

 

We wish you well, we cherish you

 As you walk out the door today,

But know for certain wherever you go

You’re in our hearts to stay.

 

 

 

Monday
May092016

MAY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School 

                

 

May Newsletter

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

Special Houses                                                                                                           

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 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 Tuesday 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.

 

Visits

  • Lurgybrack Farm- Many, many thanks to the parents who accompanied us to the farm. The children had a great time despite the weather. 
  • Shooting Starz

We are all going to Shooting Starz in Campsie which is run by Ann, our Gymnastics teacher, on Friday 27th  May. There are lots of exciting activities there for the children including a Trampoline – Ann has asked us to check if every parent consents to their child using the trampoline so we will be asking you about this.

 

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. Theywill 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.

 

 

Sports Day!

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday 20th 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 etc for breakfast and snack; the children’s present from Santa; Easter Eggs; Bouncy Castle; 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 30th May for the bank holiday.

 

 

Birthdays this Month

 Conal Daly         4th             Megan-Rose Shields          24th

 

Farrah Doherty    6th            Sól McLaughlin-Gillespie  25th

 

Corey McDevitt   8th             Layla Morrow                     25th

 

Stephen Quigley  23rd          Maddison O’Hagan             26th        

 

 

Friday
Apr082016

SPRING NEWSLETTER

BLIGH’S LANE NURSERY SCHOOL

 

SPRING NEWSLETTER

Monthly Theme                                                                     

 

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extended Schools 

Mrs O’Doherty’s class stay for the extended school’s activities again on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th  April and the following Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Woods’ Class next session will be on Monday 25th April.

                                                         

Lurgybrack Farm

As part of our Spring theme we have booked a trip to Lurgybrack Farm in Letterkenny on Thursday 28th April. We will be leaving school at 9.15am and aim to return around 1.30pm. We need some parent volunteers to accompany us on the day. If you are available please speak to a member of staff.

 

Reminders

Å      Please return you child’s bookbag on a Monday or Tuesday. We need them early in the week in order to have time to change the books in time for going home on Thursdays.

Å      Again, we are in need of donations of tissues. A box per child should see us through the Summer Term.

 

Spring Holidays and Dates for your Diary

Å      The Nursery will be closed for the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd of May.

Å      Offer letters for P1 will be posted on Friday 15th April and therefore should be received on Saturday 16th April. We will then begin a programme of transition in preparation for moving to Primary School.

Å      Our annual Sport’s Day will take place on Friday 20th May- you may want to start training for the parent’s race!

 

 

 

Birthdays This Month

 

 

Farrah Cairns       27th                    

 

Harry Taggart      29th            

 

 

Monday
Mar072016

MARCH 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

 

Mother’s Day          

The children are making a very special Surprise for Mammy for Mothers’ Day – we hope you like it!

       

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

 

 St Patrick’s Day

There will be some Irish Dancers in the school on Wednesday 16th March to entertain the children. Don’t forget to wear your Green that day!

The school will be closed on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March

 

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 23rd March  – 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 24th March – Tuesday 5th April for the Easter Holidays. 

 

 

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 bookbags on a Monday from now on. Remember your child will get a book and a language 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.

 

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! We will put out a new Rota Sheet for the next few months – please sign up again and perhaps come in when your child is the Helper this time!

 

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.

 

 BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH                

 

Dylan Benn            1st                    Corey McDevitt               8th

 

Kayden Benn         1st                    Shane Green                    13th

 

Mollie Curley           5th                  Shannon Bryson-McDaid 27th

 

Kaelium Dillon        7th                   Ethan Nixon         28th

 

 

Happy Easter! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Feb032016

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

 

Newsletter February 2016  

 

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

Two little eyes

When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears 

Open Them, Shut Them  

I have ten little fingers                            

One Little Finger

 

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

Fire Engine Rhyme                                          

If you’re happy and you know it

I look in the mirror

Granny’s glasses        

Rock a bye baby

Miss Polly had a Dolly

I wiggle my fingers

Bend your body

 

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 Woods and Mrs O’Doherty are completing the children’s mid-year Reports. You will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher during the week of the 8th February. A signing up sheet is available for each teacher.

 

 

Dental Hygienist Visit

As part of our theme we will take the children to the Gas Yard to see “Jennifer” our dental hygienist in the surgery on Thursday 18th February. The purpose of this visit is to allay any fears the children may have about going to the dentist as well as to learn about the importance of dental hygiene.  The children will not have their teeth examined.

 

 

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 3rd March. 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. 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.’

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

 

Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 11th 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 Friday 12th 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.

 

Mid-Term Break 

The school will be closed to the children on the following dates:

 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 15th, 16th and 17th February

 

Birthdays this Month    

 Zoe Bradley                1st  

 

 Caiden Dalzell         23rd

 

 

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