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March 2020




March Newsletter 2020


Our themes this month are Spring/Farm and Easter/Eggs

We will be talking about the changes we are seeing in the environment including new growth in trees and plants, spring flowers coming into bloom etc.

We will look at birds, animals and insects which grow in eggs.



                         Our Senses’ projects are ‘Smell’ and  ‘Sight’.


We will be talking about the importance of our sight and how people manage if their sight is impaired e.g. wear glasses, have a guide dog etc.


  • We will look at pictures that appear to be the same but have two or three differences.
  • We will talk about the work of guide dogs and the people who need them.
  • We will be making dough with a smell over the next few weeks.

Our shape this month is OVAL

We will revise all shapes we have learned so far and then focus on OVAL shapes leading up to Easter. Please look for oval shapes around the home and when you are out! This should not be too difficult at this time of the year!






Our colours this month are Green and Yellow



Please encourage your child to find items of these colours at home and point them out in the environment.






Mathematical Development

For the next few weeks we will continue to further develop the children’s awareness and understanding of number through a variety of number rhymes e.g. Five little ducks, 1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive, Five little speckled frogs etc. Number will also continue to feature in our play as usual.





Story Sacks

As discussed at our Induction Meeting we have been lucky enough to be given some Extended School money and 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 in the next few weeks.




Smartie Tubes


We are sending home Smarties tubes in March as a fund-raising activity.  (Children may eat the Smarties as their Friday treat, preferably not all at once!) We ask that you place loose change into the empty Smartie tube between now and Easter and then we would be very grateful if you could return them to school.  These Smartie tubes were donated to us by 2 kind benefactors and thus any money we receive will be placed directly into school funds. We hope to buy more play equipment with these donations.

Thank you in anticipation,

                              Jill McCandless








Child Safeguarding


We ask that all Parents ensure that their children are following the nursery rules while waiting for the nursery classrooms to open in the morning.

These rules include using talking voices and walking feet.

We would not like there to be any accidents in the nursery foyer so we ask that Parents ensure their own child’s and others safety by abiding by these rules.

There are plenty of books and other resources available in the nursery foyer for Parents to share with their children while they wait.

Thank you for your support



Dates to remember:





Wednesday 4th March –

Mini’s Music


Friday 6th March

World Book Day Celebrations – all children should attend nursery wearing their pyjamas and bring their favourite bedtime storybook to school.

Please ensure that children wear their normal school shoes.



Tuesday 17th March

St. Patrick’s Day – Nursery will be finishing at 12.00 noon, no dinner will be served.



Thursday 19th March

Parent workshop with Kerry Mulholland from Small Talk NI

from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

This session is looking at the ages and stages of language acquisition and is relevant to all Parents.  Please complete the form attached if you are able to attend.




Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March

Parent Teacher meetings will run all week.  Children will finish at 12.45pm daily in order to facilitate this. Dinner will still be served as normal. Please inform whoever is collecting your child.




Friday 3rd April

Mr Hullabaloo will visit nursery for our Easter party. (Children should attend from 8.50 am to 11.30 am, no dinner will be served.)  Nursery closes at 11.30 am for the Easter holidays.




Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April

Easter holidays.



Monday 20th April

Nursery re-opens after the holidays.











March Learning Plans

Themes: Spring/Easter

Colours: Green and yellow

Shape: Oval


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Children will have opportunities to:

  • Develop teamwork through games e.g. parachute games, board games and building.
  • Express emotions through work with books, puppets, mirrors and role play.
  • Encourage recognition of facial expressions in themselves and others.
  • Encourage children to discuss situations where they felt happy, sad, angry or scared.
  • Develop an awareness of love and caring through Mother’s day activities.
  • Further discuss the ideas of friendship, good sharing and taking turns.
  • Re-look at the nursery rules through discussion with the children.
  • Look after our story sacks.      



Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Children along with other family members could make something special for Mum.
  • Talk to your child about emotions and encourage them to recognise facial expressions in themselves and in others.
  • Encourage your child to look after the story sacks sent home and use them appropriately.



Language Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Extend vocabulary with respect to:
    • Trees/leaves
    • Flowers – hyacinths, crocuses, bluebells and snowdrops
    • Baby animals
    • Weather
    • Growing seeds
    • Life cycles – frog, butterfly, ladybird, chicks, beans
    • What creatures come from an egg.
    • Animals waking up from hibernation.
  • Write greetings cards for Mother’s day
  • Practice pencil control
  • Learn songs and rhymes relating to Spring and Easter
  • Discuss Easter and learn new vocabulary
  • Talk about the story sacks and use the resources to develop vocabulary and an interest in books.


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Sing songs and rhymes with your child relating to the theme of Easter and Spring, this can enhance their future reading abilities. (These rhymes can be found on the monthly rhyme sheet.)
  • Consolidate rhymes from last month by singing them at home.
  • Talk to your child about Spring and point out new plant growth, baby animals and the weather when out on walks or drives.
  • Read stories to your child which again will 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.
  • Look at photos of children displayed in the hall and discuss these with them.
  • Encourage children to recognise their own name.
  • Share the Story Sacks with your child and enhance their learning through the use of these valuable resources.



Early Mathematical Experiences

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Sort and match weather pictures according to type.
  • Sort and match clothes for different weather types
  • Match, sort and count seeds.
  • Match animals to their babies and name.
  • Sequence the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, ladybirds, chicks and beans.
  • Sing songs and rhymes that include numbers (see the monthly rhyme sheet).
  • Talk about containers that hold the most or least sand, soil or water.
  • Count items through natural play situations reinforcing 1 to 1 correspondence.
  • Reinforce and practise 1 to 1 correspondence with respect to setting dinner tables, giving out musical instruments and Friday treats.
  • Look at numbers in the environment.
  • Reinforce counting through number rhymes.
  • Recognise shapes in the environment through drawing and painting.
  • Reinforce prepositions within the nursery environment.



Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Sing number rhymes with your child at home to reinforce counting.
  • Count naturally with your child and reinforce 1 to 1 correspondence i.e. point to each item while counting.
  • Name shapes in the home environment.
  • Talk about prepositions such as in, on, under, beside, behind and in front of.



Physical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Experience Spring weather during outside play.
  • Develop fine motor skills using art equipment, construction materials and general self-help skills.
  • Develop gross motor skills handling larger construction equipment and ensuring their own and others safety.
  • Further practice at putting on outside suits and boots.
  • Practise ball skills.
  • Use streamers, kites and windmills on windy days.



Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Practise ball skills at home too.
  • Use kites, streamers and windmills on windy days.
  • Talk to your child about Spring weather.



The Arts

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Make collage eggs.
  • Grow seeds and beans.
  • Make a seed collage.
  • Produce daffodils using egg cartons, paper and paint.
  • Make cherry blossom tree with branches and flowers stuck onto paper.
  • Make an Easter tree.
  • Make paper plate chicks.
  • Make a caterpillar from paper plates.
  • Use butterfly shaped pages.
  • Fold paper.
  • Make a zig-zag life cycle book with an adult.
  • Draw chicks and eggs.
  • Weave with paper.
  • Look at different fruit, flowers, vegetables and paint or print with them.
  • Mix colours and discuss.
  • Look at a famous painting e.g. Van Gogh ‘Sunflowers’ and try to replicate it.
  • Still life drawing of Spring items e.g. daffodils or hyacinths.
  • Decorate wellington boots with pictures from gardening magazine.
  • Make Mother’s Day gifts.
  • Participate in Easter art activities.
  • Continue with junk art.
  • Make musical instruments.


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.
  • Talk to your child about all the art creations that they bring home from school.



The World around Us

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Continue to examine the change in the seasons.
  • Experience Spring weather outside.
  • Look at birds building nests and at the bird table.
  • Look at and experience the colours yellow and green.
  • Observe how flowers are growing and changing.

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Get your child to find something yellow or green in the house.
  • Go on a Spring walk.
  • Visit the farm and look at all the baby animals.