Contact Us

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

Tuesday
Sep062011

Sept/Oct Newsletter

Welcome!

The Staff would like to welcome all the parents and children and wish them a very happy year in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School.  

Each month you will receive a newsletter like this one, which will inform you about school events, visitors, and the areas of the curriculum that we will focus on with the children.  It is a good idea to keep your newsletter in a prominent place as a reminder.  It will also be displayed on the Parents Notice Board (located in the Entrance Porch).

Theme for the Month (September – Mid- October)

This month’s theme is ‘Getting to Know You’. We spend a lot of time this month getting to know each other – staff, children and parents.  Parents can help by talking to their child about his/her teacher’s name and that of her assistant and by giving us as much information as possible about their child so that the staff can best meet the children’s needs. 

Songs and Rhymes

This month the children will be learning a selection of nursery rhymes and songs, some of which the children may already know.  Learning and reciting nursery rhymes is a vital step in preparation for reading, so you can help by setting some time aside each evening to repeat these with your child:

- Incy Wincy Spider            - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep      - Humpty Dumpty
- Two Little Dicky Birds        - Name Song
- Hickory Dickory Dock        - The Elephant
- Hey Diddle Diddle             - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

(Copies of the words of the songs and rhymes are available in the document wallet in the porch. The children like to call this their (‘homework’!)

Settling – Procedure

We depend on parents’ support and co-operation during this month.  We would remind you that our settling in method is for the benefit of the children and that they are our main priority at all times.  The gradual increase of times ensures that the children are happy and secure, and anxious to come to school every day! It is essential that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

School Dinners

Dinner will begin on Monday 3rd October. Some children may not be ready to stay for dinner by this date (many nurseries don’t start dinner until after Halloween) and if this is the case, your child’s teacher will discuss this with you. It is vitally important that each child is well settled before experiencing the dinner routine.   Parents need to be sure they have contacted the Board if they think they are entitled to Free Meals – the number is: 02882 411 237.  The cost for everyone else is £2.10 per day payable on a Monday (£10.50 per week). Dinner money MUST always be brought on time in an envelope, money bag etc with the child’s name on it – CORRECT CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL - as the secretary lodges it in the bank straight away to be sent to the Board. This is important because the staff do not have time to find change for you during class times - once the children come in to the classroom we have to see to their needs.

Snack Money

Your child’s snack money is £2.00 per week payable on a Monday – give the snack money to your child to bring in to us – they love that responsibility.  The snack money also covers the cost of school trips and parties etc. We would also use this money to contribute to the cost of flowers if there was a bereavement in a child’s or member of staff’s family etc.  If you do not agree to money being used in this way please inform a member of staff. Your child will have fresh milk, tea and breakfast (a choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs etc.), daily. Please let us know if you think your child has an allergy to a specific type of food.

Library Bags

You will not normally be asked to pay for lots of things in this school, but we do need you to pay for your child’s Library Bag which will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Each child will be able to choose a school library book to take home every week – again, to encourage the development of reading skills.  We have ordered special waterproof bags for the children to carry their library book to and from school.  The cost of this bag is £2.00 payable by the end of the month please.

Please read the following carefully:

Contact Numbers

It is essential that staff have contact numbers for all parents in case of an emergency.

We require three telephone numbers for all children. Mobile phones should never be turned off during the day if your child is at nursery. The school secretary (Claire) will talk to you about this in the next few days before the end of the sessions. You must inform us immediately if you change any of your telephone numbers. 

Colour Groups

We operate a ‘Colour Group System’ in the school.  Each class is divided in half randomly, for ease of organisation.  When the children are settled they will receive new name badges in the colour of their group (their library bags will also be this colour). 

Security System

We have had a security system installed for your child’s protection and for disabled access.  The inside door will be open 15 minutes before the beginning, and before the end of each session.  When arriving at the school the outside door will open automatically outwards as you approach it and will close behind you. You will have to press the button located beside the inside door to gain access – there are monitors in each classroom to enable the staff to admit you to the school.  Please only press the button ONCE, and allow time for the staff to answer and admit you.

Block Play Area

The area outside the two classrooms is called the Block Play Area.  All the children will use this area daily during the year, but only when parents have gone and the security system is switched on.  It is dangerous for the children to play with the toys in this area BEFORE class starts – this will be explained to the children, so please do not allow them to play with the toys along the floor.  There will be books and jigsaws available for you to share with your child while you wait. 

Parents’ Library

We have also purchased some books about child development and health for parents to borrow.  The value of reading is strongly emphasised in this nursery, therefore it is important for you not only to read to your child every day, but for him/her to see you reading regularly.  Please feel free to borrow these books and let us know what you think of them!

Safety in the Car Park – Reminders.

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when entering and leaving the school grounds – in case a vehicle should enter the car park.  The staff will explain this to the children and will also explain that they must never climb on to the wall to walk along it.  Parents’ cars / taxis are not permitted to drive into the car park.

Summer Birthdays

Some of the children had their birthday during the summer. So…

Happy Birthday to:

Sophie McLaughlin 20th July    Corey Clarke 13th July       Rua Sweeney 13th July

Grace Meenan 17th July        Cahir Kelly 29th July        Charlie Green 4th August

Ciarrai Meenan 11th August     Corey McGinley 20th July      Callum Higgins 20th August

Leia Brandon 23 August        Robbie Kearney 24 August     Cielo Kelly 31 August     

Birthdays this Month

Each child will have his/her Birthday celebrated in school with a small cake which is shared with the children in the class.

Tieghan Ferguson  2nd September

Freddie Cocks 3 September

Amy Mclaughlin 26th September

 

Tuesday
May312011

June Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is 'Summer/Beach'.  There will be no colour table, but there will be a 'Beach' table.  Children can bring anything 'beach related' 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

I see sea shells

One, Two, Three, Four, Five

Row, Row, Row your Boat

The Big Ship Sails

The Sun

Wiggle My Toes

The Crab

One-Eyed Jack

A Sailor went to sea, sea, sea

(Don't forget to get your last Song and Rhyme Sheet from the table in the porch!)

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, what shape they would be etc.

"t" Phonic

Our sound this month will be 't' so please help your child to find something beginning with 't' to bring in for the sound table (e.g. toothbrush, toothpaste, tights, tin, teddy, tissues, tie, towel).

Gas Yard Arts Project

Both Mrs O'Doherty's class and Mrs Sweeney's class will have their last session during the week beginning 6th June.  The programme has been very enjoyable for the children and the facilitator, Kirstin McLaughlin will display all the children's work in school so you can see it.  We hope that this will be during the week beginning 13th June.  We will let you know the exact date as soon as we know!

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.  There is £1201.00 so far!  Thank you all so much for your generosity.  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.

Parents in the Classroom

All we can say is 'thank you, thank you, thank you soooooo much' for the fantastic response from you all to these suggested sessions.  We could not have hoped for the sessions to go any better than they have done and we look forward to continuing them this month until you have all had your turn!!!  We really are delighted that you were all so eager to take part.  The children are really enjoying playing with you and showing you how to do everything!  Thank you for all your kind comments which let us know that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Gareth the Gardener

Gareth the Gardener was a huge hit and the boys simply loved having a male figure to look up to (literally!).  We now have a vegetable garden up on our hill (just inside our grounds) of which the children are very proud.  The children helped Gareth to build the wooden boxes, fill them with compost and plant the seeds. (Please take a look at the growth already as you pass by with your child).  We also have smaller troughs with lettuce, beetroot and cress growing.  The children are able to monitor the progress of growth every day as they are in the playground.  Thanks Gareth!  We wish we could have had you for longer!

Extended School

The last week of the Extended Schools Programme will be week beginning Monday 20th June.  The Extended Schools Staff, Mrs Michelle Meehan, Ms Bronagh McCarron , Mrs Elizabeth Glenn, Mrs Doreen Laird and Mrs Mary Gallagher have done a great job this year ensuring that all the children were safe and happy.  We  would also like to thank the girls that facilitated the Active Dance and Gymnastics programme and of course, Eddie, who has been working behind the scenes allowing us to avail of the skills of the facilitators.  Also thanks to Surestart Edenballymore for their support in funding the staff for this programme.  We know from your comments that you have appreciated all they have done, and the children have enjoyed it immensely.

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 majority of the children in the school transfer to St John's Primary School, so we are able to take them to visit their new school and also to invite the teachers over to the Nursery.  Therefore we need your support for the following arrangements:

  • The teachers from St John's Primary School will visit the Nursery on Thursday 16th June to talk to the children in their class groups, and discuss their progress with the staff.  Children should come to school at the usual time, but all the children should be collected at 10.30 amIf your child is not going to St John's, he/she should not come to school on this day.  (There will be no dinners on this day)
  • The Year One teachers stay in the nursery when the children leave on Thursday 16th, so that we can give them important information about the children transferring to them.  This is also the day that the first half of next year's new children come to visit the school, as your children did last year.  So it is a very busy day for us!
  • On the following day, Friday 17th we need you to collect your children early at 12.30 pm, (dinner will be finished) so that we can get ready for the second half of next year's children coming to meet the staff.
  • The children will then visit their new classroom in St John's along with the staff on Monday 20th June.  This is just a 'quick' visit so we will take all the children (if the parents don't mind, but we will explain to those not going to St John's that it is not going to be their school)

 

Transition Forms

The staff will complete an 'end of year report' called a Transition Form, to be forwarded to your child's primary school.  You will have an opportunity to read this report, make any comments and sign it before it is forwarded on.  The staff will contact the teachers of the children not transferring to St John's and will forward the Transition Forms to them also.

Beach Trip ???

We aim to visit the beach each year - but this very much depends on the weather.  If it continues to rain as it has done in May, we may not make it!  Last year we waited until the forecast for the week was good and went to Culdaff Beach.  This worked well and we had a really great day, but it means that we can't give you much notice.  We did not get to the park last month as the weather was so bad - so it's still on the agenda if the weather improves.

Please ensure that you send a jacket or cardigan to school with your child each day even if the weather is fine - it may be cold near the sea.  We have everything else here that your child will need.  If we do go to the beach we will be back before home time.  Please make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child when at school on hot days as we spent most of the day outdoors.

Trip to 'Tropical World'

We will visit 'Tropical World' in Letterkenny on Tuesday 7th June.  It is an exciting new butterfly farm and also has many reptiles and tropical birds to show us too!  We will be able to reinforce the life cycle of a butterfly (which we learnt about last month) as there are caterpillars and chrysalis' as well.

End of Term

The last day of school will be Wednesday 29th June.  There will be a Leaving Party for the children and they will be entertained by 'Parky' the magician (he's very good!).  All the children chould be collected at 11.30 am.

Uniform Grants

There are uniform grants - £30 - available for Primary school children this year.  Please contact the Board (02882411496) for information if you think you might be eligible.

Goodbye and Good Luck!

May I once again, on behalf of all the staff, thank you all so much for being such fabulous parents.  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 learning is exciting.  It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another school year.  We will miss you all so much.  Please bring your child to visit us in September so we can see him/her in his/her school uniform and give him/her a big hug!  We wish you and your child all the best for starting Primary School and we look forward to seeing some of you again with younger sisters and brothers!

Have a lovely summer!

Birthdays This Month

Cíad Campbell                     2nd

Dearbhaile Brady                17th

Eva Jennings                      18th

Ronan Jennings                  18th

Lennon Hamill                     21st

Charlie McKnight                 23rd

Amelie LeClercq                  28th

July Birthdays (will be celebrated in school before the end of term)

Kaci-Lee O'Hagan               7th

Alicia Gibson-Fisher            22nd

Becca Coyle                       25th

(The August birthdays were celebrated in September when the children started)

Wednesday
May112011

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!)

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

 

Tuesday
Mar152011

Spring Newsletter

Monthly Theme

The theme for the month of March will be 'Spring'.  As you will know by now we continue to encourage the children to notice and describe changes in their environment - they might see daffodils growing in their gardens at home or in green areas in the town.  The children will also be doing observational paintings and drawings of Spring flowers, so if you have any daffodils, tulips 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 farm animals, the names of their young, where young animals come from and how they change as they grow.  The children will learn about these things through stories, lottl games, factual dvds, and CD ROMs.  Why not go to the library and find some books connected to this topic to share with your child?

Language Activity Packs and Maths 'Ruck Sacks'

The new langauge packs will be placed inside your child's library bag each week.  The maths packs are more 'bulky' so they will come in their own ruck sack.  (Please bring the ruck sacks back to school each Monday - they are not to keep!)  One week your child  will bring home a language pack and the following week, a maths ruck sack and so on.  We will continue to alternate like this throughout the year.  These activities are in addition to the weekly library book.  It is extremely important that your child returns his/her library bag, language pack/maths ruck sack on a MONDAY to allow sufficiant time to allocate each child a new pack and to read and respond to all the parent comments by the Wednesday, when they will be given out again.  We have told the children how important it is to look after these 'games' and not to lose any of the pieces/picture cards etc.  We have also explained that it is important for children to learn as many 'new words' as possible before they go to Primary One - so they are all very excited to find out which game they have each week.  Please use this enthusiasm to help develop your child's language and maths skills at home and let us know what you think via the little notebooks provided - one 'overall' comment per week is enough.  Please be honest!  We do value your feedback very much.

Songs and Rhymes

Spring is the time when the magic comes

Baa Baa Black Sheep

I went to visit a farm one day

Flowers grow like this

Five Little Ducks

Old MacDonald

Five Green Bottles

Five Little Speckled Frogs

Cows in the Kitchen

Phonics Table

We are now introducing the children to some phonics.  We will begin with the sound 'S' so if you have anything at home that makes that sound please send it in (e.g. socks, soap. scarf, soup, salt etc).  We will have a phonic/sound table for the purpose of displaying the children's objects from home.  We hope that the children will start to 'hear' the sound that the letter makes.

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!

Cress Seeds

Could each child please bring in an empty egg shell inside an egg cup so that we can grow our cress inside!

Banyan Theatre

Karen will becoming to our school on Thursday 10th March to perform 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' with her puppets.  (she was unable to come in December due to the weather conditions).

St Patrick's Day Celebrations

We will celebrate St Patrick's Day in school on Wednesday 16th March!  If your child has something green to wear, s/he could wear it on that day!  If you know any Irish Dancers or Irish Musicians, please let us know.  The school will be closed on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March so you can do more celebrating!!!  (you therefore need to bring only 3 days' dinner money for week beginning 14th March).  We will be back to school on Monday 21st March.      

Birthdays This Month

Evan O'Connell                          8th

Ryan Toland                             12th

Bobby Martin                            16th

Kevin Mahon                            19th

Rhianna Allen                           20th

Ciaran Mullan                           20th

Conal Taggart                          26th