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January 2020



We would like to wish you a very Happy New Year, and thank you all for your lovely gifts and cards at Christmas. They were very much appreciated, thank you.



Our Theme This Month is Winter


Through the theme of Winter we will be discussing the weather – ice, snow, frost and the cold, as well as what we wear to keep us warm. We will also be discussing animals that live in cold environments and how they have adapted themselves to this. We will be reading lots of stories that involve the Winter and singing songs relating to the theme. It would be very much appreciated if you could reinforce all this learning at home. The monthly learning plans will give you further information about the learning intentions along with the rhyme sheet and the Winter vocabulary sheet.





· We will be making black and white pictures and mixing the two colours to observe the results.

This will lead to other colours being lightened and darkened and then to us experimenting with light and dark using torches, the dark tent, an overhead projector and light box to make shadows, silhouettes etc.




Christmas Fair


A big thank you to everyone who contributed and supported our Christmas Fair, we raised a fantastic £300.00.  This will be used to buy more play resources for the children.

We also want to thank you for your donations to our Save the Children, Christmas Jumper Day in which you helped us raise £150.00.

Thank You!





Smartie Tubes


For our next fund-raising event we will be sending home a large tube of Smarties at the end of January.  The children will receive these as their Friday treat and they can eat the Smarties and share them with friends and family.  We ask that you place loose change into the Smartie tube over the month of February and when they are full please return them to school.  These Smartie tubes were donated to us by a kind benefactor and thus any money we receive will be placed into school funds. We hope to buy more  play equipment with these donations.

Thank you in anticipation,

Jill McCandless




Mini’s Music

On Wednesday 8th January  we will be having a visit from Mini’s Music. We will sing lots of songs, play musical instruments and do some music and movement.We have a visit from Elaine and Mini the musical monkey every month and the children thoroughly enjoy it. This is another of the activities that the school fund pays for, so thank you for all your contributions.




National Lottery Grant

We applied for a National Lottery grant in October 2018 and we got the exciting news that we had been successful with our application.  We received almost £10,000.00 for outdoor play resources including balance equipment, playground markings, more wheeled vehicles and a gardening area.

This is a great achievement for the nursery and we are very excited about the delivery and installation of this new equipment which we hope will arrive soon.






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Dates For Your Diary


  • Wednesday 8th January 2020 – a visit from Mini’s Music


  • Thursday 30th January at noon – Pre-school and Primary 1 online applications have to be completed (portal closes)


  • Monday 3rd February to Friday 7th February – Health Visitor consultation appointments will take place during the nursery sessions this week.  Each consultation will last approximately 20 minutes.  (For further details see information below.)


  • School will finish on Friday 14th February 2020 at 11.30 am for half term. No dinner will be served.  Children will start nursery again on Monday 24th February 2020.




Glen Bear And Brook Rabbit

Since the beginning of December each child has had a turn with either Glen Bear or Brook Rabbit and now, they will be having a turn with the other cuddly toy.  Each toy comes home with its own bag and a book for Parents to write in.  (Photos or your child’s drawings can also be placed into the book.)  The experience of bringing a cuddly toy home from school and looking after it and then talking about it with Parents and staff is the most important aspect of this activity and thus Parents should not feel that they have to complete the book.






This month in the Nursery we will be continuing to encourage independence skills e.g.

  • Continue learning to put on our outside waterproof suits and boots.
  • Encouraging the children to remember where they have left their jumpers etc. and learning to put them on!
  • Clearing away dishes and cutlery after dinner-time.

As going to the toilet independently is a very important part of the pre-school child’s development please make sure your child is dressed in clothes which are easy to pull down and up again.

We know that some of the children are quite independent in these self-help skills, but there are some who still need support and encouragement. It is helpful if parents also encourage this independence both at home and in school when leaving and collecting their children.


Please help us by making sure that you have all your child’s clothing labelled with his/her name, thank you.




Story Sacks

As discussed at our Parent Training we have been lucky enough to be given some Extended School money with which we purchased Story Sacks for the children to take home on a weekly basis.  Each story sack comes with a book, a cuddly toy and various activities.  We will be sending them home on a Thursday and they have to be returned on Monday morning.  Each sack will have a home school diary in it and we ask that as Parents you complete this to say that everything on the inventory was present when you received it and present when you returned it.  We also like to hear what you and your child enjoyed about the story sack.  These story sacks cost between £40.00 and £100.00 each so we ask that you really look after them.  If items are lost we will be asking you to pay for their replacement.  These story sacks will help your child with their language and their pre-reading skills.  It will also give you further resources to help you with your child’s learning.

We will be sending the story sacks home when everyone has had a turn with both Glen Bear and Brook Rabbit which will probably be in February.


3+ Health Initiative


In December we sent home a permission form for your child about the 3+ Health Initiative.  (If we have not received this then we will assume you do not want to participate and your child will go back into the system and they will have their consultation in the community.)  The 3+ Health Initiative will take the following form:


Tuesday 7th January 2020 – the nursery staff will meet with the Health visitors to plan the consultations.


January 2020 – Parents questionnaires will be distributed to you in nursery and should be returned as soon as possible (when delivered to us by the Health Visitors).


January 2020 – Health Visitors will collect the returned questionnaires to collate the information (specific date to be decided by the Health Visitors).


Monday 3rd February 2020 to Friday 7th February 2020

  • Health visitors will be in school during each day and Parents will be given a 20 minute consultation appointment. 
  • This will take place in the nursery’s staff room and the Parent and child will be present. 
  • (Children will be collected from their classroom, when the time comes, by Mrs Garrett, in order to join their Parent for the consultation.) 
  • The Health Visitor will discuss the child’s questionnaire with their Parent while the child plays with the Health Care Assistant who will also be present. 
  • When the consultation is over Mrs Garrett will return your child to the classroom.  We hope that this will work efficiently and thus we ask that everyone attends promptly at their given time. 
  • Please bring your child’s red book.


Please keep a look out for the consultation timetable for your child’s appointment.







January Learning Plans

Themes: Winter

Colours: Black and White

Shape: Square

Personal, Social And Emotional Development

Children will have opportunities to:

· Gain confidence by speaking out in the big group and telling everyone what they got for Christmas.

· Extend imagination through the role play area – take on roles, dress up and explore the theme relating to own experiences e.g. the café and the igloo.

· Follow the nursery rules and routines and be independent with respect to tidying up.

· Build up their self-confidence and self-esteem through success in their self-help skills.

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Encourage your child to tidy up when they have finished playing.

· Encourage your child to use ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’.


Language Development

Children will have opportunities to:

· Share information about their Christmas and what it was like.

· Extend vocabulary with respect to Winter theme.

· Listen to stories relating to the Winter theme.

· Looking at books relating to Winter.

· Continue to develop listening skills when visitors are in nursery.

· Discuss hibernation – which animals, why they sleep. Store food up and when they waken.

· Discuss the weather.

· Discuss clothes worn in Winter.

· Discuss Inuits and igloos.

· Discuss science aspect of Winter:

o What is snow? Frost? Hail? Etc.

§ How is it made?

§ Where does it go when it melts?

§ Why does it melt when it hits the ground?

§ Where does it come from?

§ How do animals feed in Winter?

§ Why can you see your breath in cold weather?

· Look at photos on the television in the hall as well as class photo albums and discuss memories of what we have done in nursery.

· Sing songs and rhymes relating to Winter including:

o I hear Thunder

o Brown Bear’s Sleeping

o It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

o 5 Friendly Snow men

o Little Jackie Jack Frost

o Pit Pat

o Dr Foster

o When The North Wind Doth Blow

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Sing songs and rhymes with your child relating to the theme of Winter, this can enhance your child’s future reading ability. (These rhymes can be found on the monthly rhyme sheet.)

· Consolidate nursery rhymes from last month by singing them at home.

· Read stories to your child which again can help them when they come to reading for themselves. (Don’t forget there are books to borrow in the nursery foyer as well as your local library.)

· Discuss the weather with your child and encourage them to watch the weather forecast if they are interested!

Early Mathematical Experiences

Children will have opportunities to:

· Match Winter pictures and discuss them.

· Match and sort clothes for different types of weather.

· Matching snowmen and comparing sizes.

· Sorting clothes for pattern

· Sequencing a melting snowman.

· Participate a weather dice activity.

· Sorting animals that live in hot countries and animals that live in cold countries.

· Count throughout the day including at story play activities.

· Look at shapes relating to snowmen and snowflakes.

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Discuss patterns on clothes and in the environment e.g. spots, stripes etc.

· Compare objects according to size using the terms – big, bigger, biggest as well as small, smaller and smallest.

· Count during daily routines e.g. count stairs, food etc.

Physical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

· Develop fine motor/manipulation skills by cutting, sticking, painting, threading and manipulating beads.

· Improve cutting using safety scissors and a range of paper and magazines.

· Develop the tripod pincer grasp with the use of pencils and pens during role play and at the writing table.

· Develop more confidence when zipping up their own suits and putting on their boots and suits.

· Develop gross motor skills during outside play including running, jumping, climbing, pedalling and sliding.

· Weather permitting children will have opportunities to:

o Build a snowman

o Wrap up warm

o Throw snowballs

o Make ice structures

o Slip and slide

o Play in the outdoor sandpit with frozen sand


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Encourage your child to practice using the safety scissors safely.

· Encourage your child to dress themselves, put on/take off their sweatshirts and shoes and to zip up their own coats.

· Give them opportunities to play outside in the Winter weather and discuss this with them.

The Arts

Children will have opportunities to:

· Listen and join in with songs, rhymes and drama activities relating to the theme of Winter.

· Participate in a Mini’s Music session on the theme of Winter.

· Continued experiences of sticking activities with both P.V.A. and Pritt glue.

· Have continued use of felt tips, crayons and colouring pencils.

· Have continued use of art activities on the art table and easel.

· Continue to name their pictures using their own name stickers.

· Experience the musical instruments during outside play.

· Make black and white pictures and discuss dark and light.

· Participate in a large junk art project including production of a snow man and an igloo.

· Make handprints to decorate a fir tree.

· Make own musical instruments using junk materials.

· Dress snowmen.

· Paint snowflakes using doilies.

· Use different types of paper including tissue, metallic, crepe etc.

· Make a snow picture by printing onto black material with white paint and cotton reels.

· Paint snowmen.

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Encourage your child to recognise their own name by writing it on to their drawings. Remember not to write their name in capital letters i.e. JAMES but instead write James as this will be the way they will be taught in Primary 1.

· Collect junk materials to send into school that can be used for 3-d junk art.

· Encourage your child to participate in art activities at home.


The World around Us

Children will have opportunities to:

· Look at and discuss the weather outside.

· Continue to examine the change of the seasons i.e. snow, ice, frost, the changes in temperature.

· Discuss dark and light and experience the dark tent.

· Explore ice placed into the water tray and its properties.

· Discuss the roles of the staff in the café,

· Discuss the lives of Inuits through the igloo role play area.

· Discuss polar animals and how they have adapted to living in such cold temperatures.


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

· Encourage your child to find items that are black or white or black and white in your house.

· A visit to the local library to borrow fiction and non-fiction books about Winter would enhance your child’s learning.

· Encourage children to build snowmen (if we get some snow) and watch what happens as they melt.

· Discuss the changing weather with your child.