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Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

                  

 

                                                May 2012 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. There will 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, its great fun!                                                          

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

Little Arabella Millar                                                  5 Little Monkeys

What do you suppose?                                            Here is the Bee Hive

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary                                       5 in the Bed

I’m Taking Home a Baby Bumble Bee                       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.                                  

                                               

 

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

 

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.

 

 

Sports Day!

Our annual Sports Day will be held on Friday 25th May this year, so you will receive a separate 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, and 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.

 

 

 

Pony Riding

 

The Red Group have had their first two sessions so far.  They loved it.  They start inside a large arena- so its quite cold – remember to wrap up when its your childs turn!  The children will be cosy in their all-in-one coats.                                                

Blue Group Parents: your dates clash with sports day unfortunately.  This means that parents of the blue group children will have their pony riding sessions on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May.

Sports day will be the next day- Friday.

We understand that working parents especially may find this difficult, if you have a relative that could come to the pony riding sessions that week this will be fine.

 

School Closures

 

The school will be closed on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of May, (staff will be working on Tuesday 8th)

 

 

                       Birthdays this Month 

 

Grace Doherty            1st                   Eoin Lynch                 22nd

Aodhan Grant             6th                   Abigail McBay            27th

Eamon Luby               13th                 Jayden Toland           28th

Oisin Curran               21st

 

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