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Wednesday
Mar302011

Easter Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is 'Easter'.  The Colour Table will be 'Yellow'.  We will focus on the 'Oval' shape and 'Pattern Awareness' (stripes, zigzags and wavy lines) this month through discussion and activities.  We will also continue to reinforce the concept of 'growth' and farm animals.

Songs and Rhymes

Little Peter Rabbit

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Five Fat Sausages

5 Little Rabbits

Humpty Dumpty

Peter Works with One Hammer

Rabbits and Squirrels

Little Bunny

Five Shiny Eggs

(Remember to collect your copy of this month's songs and rhymes from the folder in the porch)

Early Experience in Science

The children will be doing some cookery this month - they will be investigating the effect of heat on eggs, and will be making scrambled eggs and egg sandwiches.  When the sandwiches are made they will be learning how to cut them in half and into squares and triangles.  We will also make our 'Birds Nests' this month , with Shredded Wheat, chocolate and mini eggs.  This is an enjoyable way for children to learn how birds build their nests for their young and the shape a nest should be, as well as the scientific concept of melting chocolate - also it's delicious!

Mother's Day (3rd April)

The children will all make a special surprise for their mammy for Mother's Day (the 'bouquet' of flowers) - so make a big fuss when you get it!

Easter Holidays

The school will be closed from Thursday 21st April - Tuesday 3rd May (inclusive) for the Easter Holidays.  The children return to school for the Summer Term on Wednesday 4th May.

Helping Your Child at Home

We hope you are finding the Language and Maths Packs helpful and 'thank you' to all the parents who have taken the time to write something in the Comment Books - we really appreciate your views.  The children can't wait to see what 'game' they get each week!  Here are some more ways that you can compliment our topic and reinforce what we do in school:

  • 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 the 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 make an appearance in the school during the week of 11th April - we will wait for a good day as he hides Easter Eggs in the playground and then we have an Easter Egg Hunt.  The children will visit Bananas in the Bowling Alley on Wednesday 20th April - please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately - LONG SLEEVES MUST BE WORN (to prevent fricition burns) AND NO BASEBALL BOOTS PLEASE (as we have 55 children that need help with shoes, and baseball boots are far too difficult to take off and put on).  This is our last day of school before the Easter holidays.  The children should be collected at the school at 11.30 am.

(Parents who pay for dinner should only bring 2 days money on the week of 18th April)

New Phonic: 'M'

We are now focusing on the sound 'mmmmmm'!  If you have anything at home which begins with this sound could your child bring it in to put on our 'm' table (e.g. mirror, marbles, mushrooms, monkey, mouse, make-up).  Thank you!

Book Fair

Our Annual Book Fair will arrive on Wednesday 13th April and will be set up out in the Hall.  The books will be available for one week.  We would ask that all parents buy at least one book for their child.  There will be a draw at the end of the week and 5 lucky children will receive a free book!

Arts Project

The children will participate in a 6-week arts project (called the "Light-Bright Project") which will take place in the Gas Yard beginning on Monday 11th April.  The children will be taken down in their Colour groups by two members of staff.  Mrs Sweeney's Class will go on a Monday and Mrs O'Doherty's Class will go on a Thursday.  The sessions are fun-based with lots of exploration of colour, texture and shape.  Parents will see all of the work at the end of the programme.  Kirstin McLaughlin, the facilitator, has asked if you could give your permission for photographs to be taken of your children during the project.  These photos may appear on the website and /or in the Newspaper.  Permission slips will be given out with these Newsletters.

Birthdays This Month

Ava Carlin                      6th

James Henry                  7th

 

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