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May Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month will be Summer Gardens/Minibeasts.  The children will be learning about the parts of a flower and about common minibeasts such as ladybirds, snails, butterflies, bees etc.  They will have a 'Florists' Shop' in the classrooms and will be using real and artificial flowers to make bouquets and arrangements.  There will also be a 'Camping' theme going on with barbeques (not real ones!), tents and sleeping bags.  All of these activities help to extend children's language, creativity and understanding of the world around them - plus, it's great fun!

Songs and Rhymes

Little Arabella Millar

What do you Suppose?

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

I'm Taking Home a Baby Bumble Bee

5 Little Monkeys

Here is the Bee Hive

5 in the Bed

Round and Round the Garden

(Don't forget to collect your song sheet from the porch)

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 on minibeasts, as well as comparing their sizes and shapes.

Phonics Table

The new sound for this month is 'b' so please try to help your child find an object at home that begins with the sound 'b'.

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 - you are not helping your child, in fact it will be even harder for your child to learn to write his/her name properly.  As an example look at the difference in these two names:

BETHANY/ Bethany and CHRISTOPHER/ Christopher.  As you can see, most of the letter shapes are completely different apart from the initial letter.

Environmental Visits

  • The children will be taken in small groups during the month to the Café in the Rath Mor Centre, where they will have some juice and a bun.  We use this opportunity to talk about all the shops and what they sell etc. in order to improve their awareness of the immediate environment.  There will also be 'Café' Role Play in the classrooms this month.
  • If the good weather continues, we will also be going to the Park in Buncrana - as weather conditions make it impossible to plan these visits, we will wait for a good day and organise a bus.  Your child's teacher will let you know as soon as we have decided.

Website

Don't forget to look at our school website.  New photographs are uploaded each term, (which is especially useful for parents who don't get into school to collect their child very often), as is the monthly newsletter.

Gardening with Gareth!

Gareth Austin will be coming into our school on Wednesday 4th May and Wednesday 11th May to do some gardening with the children.  We hope that he might help us prepare a herb and/or vegetable garden! We have lots of seed and two portable greenhouses: hopefully Gareth can inspire us!

Sports Day!

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday 27th May this year, so you will receive a seperate information sheet and Sponsor Form near the end of this month.  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 is being spent on your children this year, so the money you raise will be spent on next year's children.  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 10.00am - 12.00 noon approx.

Book Fair

The amount spent on books at the Book Fair was approximately £400.00 - the school gets commission of 30% to spend on books - so, thank you!  We were able to raffle three books per class.  Majella, the Dining Attendant, picked out the names.  The winners were, in Mrs O'Doherty's Class: Ryan, Beth and Darragh O'Kane; and in Mrs Sweeney's Class: Amelie, Aaron and Dearbhalie.  Well done!

Reminder

Just to remind you:  Mrs Sweeney's Class will go to the Gas Yard every Thursday for the Arts Project and Mrs O'Doherty's Class will go every Monday.  The children's work will be displayed at the end of the six sessions and you will have an opportunity to see it - more information near the time.

Reminder: Extended School

There will be no Extended Day on Wednesday 25th May as next year's parents will attend a meeting in the school as you did last year.  Please check your Extended Schools Timetable for the dates for the rest of the year.

Reminder: School Meals

Families in receipt of Working Tax Credit and with a Taxable Income below £16,190 are entitled to Free Meals.  These parents and those in receipt of Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance are also entitled to Uniform Grants.  Ring the Board for an application form or to enquire about eligibility.

Early To Bed

We have noticed that many of the children have been very tired in school recently.  The Extended Schools staff have commented on this too.  Although we all love to see dry, bright evenings, it is still very important that young children get their 12 hours sleep.  We know it is hard whenever there are other children outside playing, but we have explained to the children that in the Summer is doesn't get dark until very late and they must go to bed when Mammy and Daddy tells them.  Tired children cannot learn and have fun.

Language and Maths Packs

Thank you for all the brilliant comments in the Parent Booklets!  We really do value your feedback and it helps us to hopefully improve our provision.  We are delighted that everyone is enjoying them so much.

More Parental Involvement in Children's Learning!

As well as using the Language and Maths packs at home, we would like to invite Parents/Grandparents into the classroom to "play" with their child/grandchild and to accompany them during their learning experiences!  There will be more detailed information provided soon as to how exactly this will work.  We suggest one or two adults at a time for a period of half and hour to an hour depending on choice/circumstances (i.e. work commitments)!  You can pick your time between 9am and 11am.  Some days are better than others (e.g. Mondays would be no good for Mrs O'Doherty's Parents because we go to the Gasyard and likewise, Thursdays would be no good for Mrs Sweeney's Parents).  We will display days and times in the hall for you to sign up to!

School Closures

The school will be closed on Monday 2nd May, Tuesday 3rd May (Staff Development Day) and Monday 30th May.

Birthdays This Month

Christian Porteous                   1st

Caden Wade                           17th

Aaron Doherty                         17th

Darragh Doherty                      19th

Ethan Devine                           23rd

 

 

(If you - or any of your family  - have any old passports could we please have them for 'Holiday' role-paly in June? Thanks!)

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