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Welcome to week five

 

It’s hard to believe that we have now been away from nursery for seven weeks.  
Many of you will have got your letters for Primary one and I hope that everyone got the school that they hoped for.  Unfortunately with everything so up in the air, we can’t yet make plans for the children going to primary 1 in Maghaberry to meet our primary 1 team. Usually over the next six weeks we implement a full transition programme. With the support of the primary one teachers, I am planning a home learning transition programme. More details to follow over the next few weeks. 
I am very pleased to welcome back to nursery next year so many of my little people.  They will be a great help in showing all my new boys and girls what to do.

 

I hope you are all continuing to do well. Thank you for the emails and the pictures. Again I have added them to our nursery page. Please keep looking at the photographs. If you haven’t emailed already, I would really love to hear from you.

 

Take care and stay safe,

Joanne Hamilton 

jhamilton965@c2kni.net
 

 

 

 

Harry is a star! 💫

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Harry wanted all his friends to see his video. He is staring in an advert for his dad’s work. I think he is a little actor in the making. Well done Harry!

Let’s celebrate home learning


So many of our children are learning new and wonderful things at home which are not necessarily on the curriculum. 
My Matthew has not only learnt how to bake a cake but he has also learnt how to clean up after, including drying and putting away the dishes. Connor has learnt how to tie his laces and he can’t wait to chose new Velcro free shoes. 

Sophia has learnt how to ride her bike and Elliana has learnt how to write her name. If your child has learnt something new, no matter how big or small, send a photo and I will add it to the website for the boys and girls to celebrate each other’s successes! 

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Everyday in nursery we take time to recognise children’s accomplishments and successes, sometimes with a sticker but more often with a clap, thumbs up or just a simple well done!  Recognising and celebrating small, everyday successes reinforces resilience and self-esteem. 

Name Writing Nature Hunt

The next time you are out walking why not have a spontaneous nature hunt. 
Gather leaves, berries, daisies, dandelions, twigs, blossom.

 

When you get home use what you have found to make a picture. 
You could make a collage using your nature bits, a pattern, or picture. When we have done this in nursery it’s fascinating what the children do with the materials. Some children arrange the materials very randomly, while others sort and arrange in symmetrical patterns. Some of the children use the materials to make an actual picture representation.  Felt tips are useful to add details. 
 

For primary one we all need to know our names. With the help of mummy or daddy, why not try to make your name out of the materials. You could make your face too. 
 

The next time you are out walking see what you can gather up and give it a go. 
 

 


 

Our focus colour for May is Green and our focus shape is the Rectangle

Challenge your child to head off around the house and gather up things which are Green. Sort by colour and count how many things they found. You may wish to set a timer and see how many things they can find in 2 minutes etc. Why not use the objects to play Kim’s game. The children know this game from nursery. 
Later in the week you can do the same for our shape the Rectangle. 

 

                   Kim’s Game 

Playing Kim´s game is a good way of developing your child´s memory skills and concentration – both skills useful for all learning.

Put 10 things from around the house on a tray - it could be things like a pencil, an orange, some cotton wool, a toy etc.. Ask your child to look carefully at them for about thirty seconds. Then take the tray away and ask them to call out what they remember.

Another way of playing the game is to cover the things, take one thing away and ask the child to spot what is missing. You can put more things on the tray as they get better.

Ten Green Bottles

In nursery to tie in with the colour green we always gather green plastic bottles. 
we play with them in the water tray, use them as skittles by writing number symbols on them, we use them for counting and then of course mental subtraction by singing the song “Ten Green Bottles”

Before we remove the next bottle I encourage the children to first of all predict how many will be left if one more should fall. We challenge the children further with their understanding of number by having two bottles accidentally falling each time. How many are left now? 
If you don’t fancy drinking ten bottles of 7up so that you have ten bottles, here is a link to print out the rhyme. 

“Ten Green Bottles” Lyrics

Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,
Ten green bottles sitting on the wall,
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,
There’ll be nine green bottles sitting on the wall.

Nine green bottles sitting on the wall,
Nine green bottles sitting on the wall,
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall,
There’ll be eight green bottles sitting on the wall.

Looking at size

Investigating holes while working on our fine motor skills

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