HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome back to everyone for another new term.
Thank You for all your Christmas presents, cards and best wishes. (Not forgetting the numerous cakes, sweets and biscuits! Coffee time will be super!)
The staff really appreciate your kindness and generosity.
The staff greatly appreciate the help and support of parents and grandparents throughout the past year and look forward to another busy year.
The children quickly settled to sustained play, delighted to be back in nursery and we even see how they have ‘matured’ over the Christmas holidays.
As we are now in Term 2, to encourage greater independence, we ask that parents help their child to hang up their coat and say ‘Goodbye’ in the Reception Area. All children by now, should be capable of finding their photo, placing monies in postbox and settling themselves to play within the classroom. Staff will assist if needed.
Owing to an accident at home, Mrs Thompson has had to take on ‘nursing duties’ for her husband and may be absent for part of the morning. However Mrs George and Miss Skillen (regular subs) will be in to cover when necessary. It’s not true that she is getting experience for our role play later in the month!!
This Month’s Contexts for Learning
This month we will be looking at the seasonal themes of ‘Winter’, ‘Caring for the Birds’ and ‘Hospitals’. This will lead nicely on to our planned topic of ‘People Who Help’ in February.
We will be discussing daily weather conditions, appropriate clothing, snowmen, life and animals in Polar Lands, caring for the wild birds in Winter and what is happening in the garden. Our choice of stories, rhymes and songs will consolidate our teaching on these topics.
We will be taking part in the RSPB Birdwatch and in preparation for that, we would appreciate bird food, fat balls, nuts etc. to put out daily to encourage bird visitors to our garden.
We will also be focusing on ‘cold’ colours in our creative work and ‘exploring’ lots of different textures and shapes.
As we plan to be outdoors most days, please ensure that your child has gloves or mittens, a hat, scarf and a warm coat.
All children can now put on their coats. Well done! Don’t worry-staff will help to zip!
REMEMBER – there is no such thing as ‘bad’ weather to a child – learning takes place in all seasons and weather conditions.
‘People Who Help’
During February we will be thinking about people in our community and looking at the different roles they play. We depend on our parents and grandparents for the development of this topic. We already know that we have a number of parents who we will be calling on to talk about their jobs, but if you or someone else can share their interests and occupations with the children, we would love to hear from you.
If you have a hobby or interest that would interest the children, please let us know.
Please exercise extreme caution at arrival and departure times,
especially in rainy or frosty weather. We ask you to be patient and to take care when bringing your children to and from school. The safety of every child and family is paramount in our thinking!
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Focus for Learning 2019/2020
This year we are looking at the development of early ‘Creative’ skills, especially music and how this important aspect of learning can be fostered, not only in school but also by you, the parents at home. It’s lovely to hear the children singing as they play in class. Learning takes place during everyday experiences. We have monthly song/rhyme sheets. Don’t miss any opportunities to help your child to learn.
We have also purchased a lovely trunk of new percussion instruments.
Coloured bags with a book and soft toy will soon be available.
Please take a ‘storysack’ home to share a ‘book at bedtime’ with your child/children. Storysacks can be exchanged as often or as seldom as you wish- just sign out and in
again in the book available (not the library folder) Library books are still available for loan.
Please send the correct money for Dinner each Friday in a sealed named envelope please, to accommodate banking arrangements. Don’t forget that dinners are £2.50 daily. We thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Dates for the Diary
Health Visitors will be carrying out Pre School checks in school premises on Tuesday 13th January – Thursday 15th from 1.30 p.m. onwards. Please sign at a time slot which is convenient for you when the sheet becomes available. Interviews should last about 10/15 mins. and children will be seen with their parent.
Towards the end of the month, we will have a pretend hospital in the class. This imaginative play area provides the children with a wide variety of learning opportunities such as,
*Interacting with each other and taking turns when deciding who is going to be the patient or doctor,
*Extending vocabulary e.g. temperature, syringe, thermometer, oxygen, paramedic, surgeon, stethoscope.
*Using their imagination and previous experience of being at the hospital or at the doctor’s to develop the play.
*Learning to share equipment and space with others.
We will be holding ‘A Well Teddy Clinic’ on Friday 31st January when Dr Beckett will be consulting with 52 teddies/cuddlies –tell teddy or friend to get ready!
Half term Holiday = Monday 17th – Friday 21st February (Inclusive)
School ends on Friday 14th February at 11.30 a.m. with a ‘Morning at the Movies’ (with party food, popcorn and drinks)
Normal price of school dinners.
Children can wear ‘normal’ clothes if they wish!
Outdoors Spring Clean
Later this month we are taking part in the RSPB ‘Bird Watch’, we will be feeding the birds outside, making our own bird feeders and looking at a display of a variety of birds in the classroom. The RSPB will be coming later in Spring to teach the children more about ‘the world around us’.
As we progress into Springtime we are hoping to ‘tidy up’ our grounds, including the planting of flowers in our pots and planting vegetables. If any mums, dads or grandparents are available to help when Spring comes, please speak to Mrs. Gervais.
Do you check your child’s drawer and art folder?
Please regularly remove the art work from your child’s art folder and classroom drawer and ‘celebrate’ their artistic talents with them. Display them at home –your child has worked hard!
Some folders are full to overflowing- we have lots of little ‘Picassos’.
Primary and Nursery Intake September 2020
Thank you so much for spreading the word about The Grove. The interest has been great and hopefully we will be able to accept most of whom apply for places. It’s great to know that The Grove is highly regarded in the Armagh area and that is largely due to the very favourable comments of past and present parents.
Also please ensure your application for Primary School and Nursery is completed on line by the end of the month. Speak to Mrs. Thompson or Janette if you need clarification on or assistance with the new process.
Can we remind you that ‘School’ Fund is only £10 per month? This covers not only daily snack but the cost of visitors to class, baking ingredients, small toys, travel costs and trips You can pay snack to the end of June = £50. We do not charge for June to offset the Easter and Christmas Holidays.
Please pay at the beginning of each month.
Thank you to Emily M’s Mum who brought us old saucepans for our outdoor play. If anyone has old watering cans, planters or garden ornaments, we could make use of them in our garden areas.