‘Bugs and Beasts’
As stated in last month’s news sheet, this month we are thinking about ‘Minibeasts’ and ‘Big Animals’, following on from the children’s interest in looking for insects while playing outdoors and learning about different life cycles.
We will soon be hatching our own butterflies and releasing them in the school grounds. We have also produced some lovely ladybirds in art. We will be continuing to plant more flowers and vegetables in our gardens, pots and greenhouse. Our potatoes are doing well. We would appreciate any plants, herbs or cuttings any keen gardener could provide and anyone willing to work with the children will be most welcome.
We think that this topic links in well with our focus this year of Mathematical Development and reinforces the children’s understanding about time, size, length and height- comparing the size of animals, matching and sorting, and finding ‘the same as’ – important early mathematical concepts taught in a fun manner.
Justin will be commencing Rugby Tots on Wednesday 8th .The children are really excited and we have already been practising some skills! They are being encouraged to:
- listen to and follow instructions
- wait their turn
- kick, catch and throw a ball
- work with a partner or as part of a team
- practise skills
This year, as mentioned in earlier new sheets, we have been focussing on Early Mathematical Experiences. We have been amazed at the progress this year’s cohort of children have made, in pattern making, use of mathematical terms, recognition of shapes and numerals, counting skills etc. We would love your feedback, so we would ask you to take a few minutes to complete the evaluation sheet and place in the silver box (anonymous, if you wish). This will help the staff to plan for next year.
Next year’s children are coming for ‘play days’ on Monday 3 rd to Thursday 6th June. In order to set up the classroom for them, school will end at 1.00 pm on these 4 days. Dinners will be served as usual on these days. Sorry for the disruption or re-organisation this may cause. Please let all collectors know about these arrangements. It certainly doesn’t seem like a year since you all had your nursery visit!
Sponsored Walk & Teddy Bears’ Picnic
As you will appreciate, we have tried to keep demands for money down to a minimum – just at Christmas for our visit to the Pantomime and Santa at the Orchard Centre and for our End of Year Outing. Other ‘services’ we buy in to extend our curriculum e.g. Boogie Beat, Planetarium, RSPB, Mr Hullabaloo and the increasing transport costs/hire of buses, we try to cover from the ‘School Fund’. We aim to have only one fund raising activity per year. This year we are hoping to walk around the Mall, and to make it ‘fun’, we are inviting ‘teddies’/small toys to join us. This event is weather permitting!
We aim to provide a school ‘picnic’ lunch (instead of normal school dinner) for each school child, before going on our walk with our siblings, friends and families. This event is planned for WEDNESDAY 12TH June. Children will be brought to The Mall by school bus but will be discharged from there at 1.00 p.m.
Parents/Grandparents are invited to join us. More details and sponsor forms later in the month. Please bring your lunch and join with us! We also hope to give a donation to the Children’s Hospice and Autism NI.
Share A Story
We were flabbergasted at the uptake of our storysacks – a fantastic response! Our lending library will still be available. Please use these services, to foster a love of books in your child. Thank you to Gracie who made us up a special ‘Unicorn’ storysack – a very popular addition to our collection. Due to the great interest our children, this year, have shown in stories, authors and illustrators, we have invited a member of The Planetarium staff to bring a new initiative ‘Travelling Tales’ to school at the end of the month. We will participate in a storytelling session about modes of transport, rockets and journeys.
In the Reception Hall, you cannot fail to notice our new brightly coloured ‘Fit Kits’ which are available for parents to borrow. The children are enjoying the use of similar equipment in school. Please remember to sign your bag out and return on a Thursday with contents intact. Thank You to Mrs Gervais for organising The Fit Kits. In this day of sedentary lifestyles, we are promoting an active way of life!
Ditch the Dummy
As the children are preparing to move on to ‘Big School’, we are encouraging them to see themselves as capable, independent children. One aspect that we would like to help you with, as parents, is that of discarding the use of dummies. We are providing a ‘branch’ in the entrance hall and the idea is that the ‘Dodi Fairy’ will visit to take all dummies away – now that the children are all grown up! The special branch will be here until the end of term (when the fairy moves on to another area or nursery!)
Feel free to hang dummies from any of your children, babies, cousins, etc. We will relate the story in nursery and The ‘Dodi Fairy’ promises to remove unneeded dummies regularly. Hopefully this idea may help to break habits!
A leaflet is available, if you need any advice as to the disadvantages of Dummies, in relation to speech development.
- Replace Clothes in bags in bathroom if your child needs a change!
- We have noted that a large number children are beginning to ‘write’ their own names and some are using all upper case letters. Please remember that only the first letter of any name should be in upper case. Look at the names on our registration board and help your child at home to recognise their name.
- School Fund for May is now due – £10, please see the list of planned activities for which we need your contributions! Remember we do not collect any money for School Fund in June.
Dates For The Diary
Monday 6th = First Bank Holiday School Closed
Wednesday 8th Rugby Tots Commences for 6 weeks
Thursday 16th May – First Group Visit to Sunnymead Residential Home
Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th – Sept.2019 New Intake Interviews
Monday 27th – Second Bank Holiday – School Closed
Visit of Photographer for class photos-TBC Tour around Armagh in a double-decker & visit to Translink Depot-TBC
Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June – School ends 1.00 p.m. sharp. Afternoon Play Days for new intake.
Wednesday 12th June – Sponsored Walk & Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
Friday 14th June – ‘Graduation’ Afternoon & Singalong
Friday 21st June ‘All Day’ Outing to Streamvale Farm Details Later.