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November 2019




Our theme this month is Wild Animals


In nursery this month we are planning to:

  • Learn lots of songs and rhymes linked to the theme.
  • Listen to stories relating to the theme.
  • Discuss wild animals, their patterns and camouflage, where they live, what they eat, what noises they make, what their babies are called and their life cycles.
  • Sort and match wild animals.
  • Discuss how these animals are adapted to suit their environment.


What can you do to help your child?

  • Talk about the different wild animals.
  • Look at books that have wild animals in them.
  • Talk about the red things you can see – traffic lights, red fruit in the greengrocers etc.
  • Take home the ‘Monthly Songs/Rhymes sheet’ and sing the songs and rhymes we are learning at Nursery this month.
  • Look at the monthly vocabulary sheet with your child.
  • Read through the monthly learning plans for more activities to do with your child.





Our science project this month is Air/Bubbles.

The children will be discovering how air is necessary to make bubbles:

  • By using straws and hoses in the water.
  • By blowing bubbles with bubble wands both inside and in the playground.
  • By bubble painting.
  • By watching windmills and wind kites outside.

The object of these activities is to help the children become more aware of air in the environment and in our bodies! It is also an introduction to the work on ‘our senses’ which we will be starting in the New Year.




Parents Group Meeting and Education Works in Preschool Parent Training

Thursday 14th November @6.30pm


The Parent’s Group is a very valuable part of the nursery experience and each year they raise lots of money through events for the nursery. Each child benefits from this. We are having our first meeting on Thursday 14th November at 6.30pm. This will also incorporate a Parent training session on Ages and Stages and Education Works in Preschool. It will explore what a preschool child looks like and the nursery curriculum and how you can help your child. Everyone is welcome. If you can attend, please inform a member of staff.




Our mathematical concepts this month are:

  • Tall/small
  • On top of/under
  • Fast/slow

Our shape this month is Triangle.

Our colour this month is Red.


Child Protection

We would ask parents to be aware of other children when they are leaving the nursery and to ensure that any child leaving the nursery is accompanied by an adult.

Thank you for your support with this.






Our Open Morning for next year’s enrolment is on

Saturday 7th December 2019 from

10.00 – 11.30 A.M.

(Queueing system no longer applies).






Winter Weather Preparations

The Nursery as you know has a text messaging service, which we intend to use in the event of a sudden closure due to adverse weather conditions. This service will also be used to send reminders for events going on in the nursery. The text messaging service relies upon the school having up to date mobile telephone numbers for parents, therefore we would ask if you have changed your mobile number please let us know as soon as possible. We would also ask those parents who have not returned their form to be part of this service to do so immediately.

Thank you.





  Key Dates for this Month



Wednesday 6th November

Mini’s Music


Thursday 14th November @ 6.30 pm

Parent’s Group Meeting and Parent Training


Thursday 28th November

Belfast Zoo visit to Nursery


Date yet to be decided

Kerry Mulholland (Speech and Language Therapist).  A worthwhile training for Parents of children who do or do not have speech difficulties.


Saturday 7th December 2019

Open Morning from 10.00 to 11.30 for prospective Parents


Wednesday 4th December

Mini’s Music


Date as yet to be decided

Victoria Primary School P1 choir to visit nursery for carol singing


Thursday 12th December

Nursery Christmas Fayre from 1.20 pm to 2.00 pm


Friday 13th December @ 11.00am

Nursery Christmas Sing-A-Long, all friends and family are welcome to attend.  All children should have a significant adult present to watch them.  School will finish straight after the Sing-A-Long (no dinner will be served).


Tuesday 17th December

Mr Hullabaloo visit.


Friday 20th December

Nursery Christmas party, school will finish at 11.30am for holidays


Monday 6th January 2020

School Development Day


Tuesday 7th January 2020 

School re-opens for children after Christmas holidays






Welcome Time

From Monday 19th November we will be introducing Welcome Time into the nursery day. This will involve all children going straight into the quiet room on their arrival, to participate in a group time to discuss what is going to happen in nursery on that day. Welcome time will last approximately 10 minutes and after this there will be small group time for up to 7 children daily. All children will have the opportunity to participate in small group time at least once per week. During small group time the children will participate in an organised activities including those that will develop attention and listening, speech and language, turn taking and understanding emotions.


Welcome time will not change the beginning of the school day except that the nursery door will be closed promptly at 9.00 a.m. We know that some Parents find it difficult to get to nursery before 9.00 a.m. due to dropping off other siblings and we understand that nothing can be done about this. Your child may miss some of Welcome Time which cannot be helped.



                             Glen Bear and Brook Rabbit


We will be sending Glen Bear and Brook Rabbit home over the next few weeks. Each child can have them for a sleepover at their house overnight on a specific day decided by the nursery staff. Both cuddly toys come in their own bags with their own changes of clothes, their own toothbrushes, face cloths and diaries to write and draw in. Children should be encouraged to look after the toys and Parents are asked to write in their books to tell everyone what their child did with Glen or Brook. Photos can also be pasted into the books. This exercise is all about children enjoying this experience and sharing what they did with everyone else.








November Learning Plans

Theme: Wild Animals Colour: Red Shape: Triangle Concepts: Tall/Small, On top of/under, Fast/slow


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Consolidate rules of sharing, taking turns and co-operation.
  • Consolidate rules, rewards and consequences.
  • Develop imagination with respect to the vet’s and farm shop role play areas – dressing up, using medical equipment, writing, taking on roles –vet nurse patient customer shopkeeper.
  • Bring Glen Bear and Brook Rabbit home for a sleepover and look after them for the night.

Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • If you have to take your child to the doctor or hospital talk about the visit with the child and reinforce the vocabulary attached to it.
  • Talk to your child about looking after the nursery bears and write what they did with the bears into the book with any photos you may have taken or the child has drawn.


Language Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Share information about their half term holiday experiences and Hallowe’en.
  • Extend vocabulary through use of relevant words relating to wild animals e.g. animal names. Descriptions, where they live, what they eat, the noises they make and what their babies are called.
  • Continue to develop listening skills with respect to stories and visitors.
  • Discuss and reinforce nursery fire drill procedures.
  • Consolidate ideas relating to Autumn including the weather, hibernation, migration etc.
  • Sing songs relating to the theme of wild animals.
  • Reinforce Autumn rhymes from last month.
  • Read stories relating to the theme of wild animals.
  • Read non-fiction books looking at wild animals.
  • Recognise their own symbol.
  • Talk to the adults in nursery about what they did when the nursery bears visited them at home and look at the diary with them. Ensure that children realise that written words have meaning.


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Sing songs and rhymes with your child relating to the theme of wild animals, this can enhance their future reading abilities. (These rhymes can be found on the monthly rhyme sheet.)
  • Consolidate the rhymes from last month by singing them at home.
  • 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.)
  • Encourage children to recognise their own symbol.
  • Read through the nursery bears diary with your child relaying what other children did with the bears.


Early Mathematical development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Sort and match wild animals according to type.
  • Sort and match wild animals according to whether they have fur, feathers, skin or scales.
  • Count wild animals.
  • Match animals to their babies and name.
  • Look at animals according to size.
  • Look at animals according to their patterns.
  • Sing songs and rhymes that include numbers and wild animals.
  • Use animal shaped cutters on the dough table. draw, colour and cut animal shaped pages at the writing table.


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Discuss wild animals while playing with toys at home.



Physical Development

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Experience Autumn weather during outside play.
  • Develop fine motor or manipulative 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 putting on/ taking off sweatshirts, waterproof suits/trousers/coats, boots and shoes and hanging them up.


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Encourage your child to use a pair of safety scissors properly.
  • Encourage your child to put on/ take off sweatshirts, trousers, boots and shoes.



The Arts

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Listen and join in with songs, rhymes and drama activities relating to the theme of wild animals.
  • Participate in the Mini’s Music session.
  • Make wild animal pictures using animal shaped sponges.
  • Experience sticking activities with both PVA and Pritt.
  • Have continued use of felt tips, crayons and colouring pencils.
  • Have continued use of the art activities on the art table and easel.
  • Continued naming of their own pictures using names provided.
  • Experience musical instruments during outside play and music time.




Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • Encourage your child to start recognising their own names by writing them on to their pictures. Remember not to write their name in capitals i.e. JACK but as follows - Jack as they will be taught in Primary 1.
  • Encourage your child to hold pencils and pens correctly in a pincer tripod grasp.


The World Around Us

Children will have opportunities to:

  • Look at and discuss wild animals.
  • Be involved in planting bulbs.
  • Look for items that are in their environment inside and out.
  • Continue to examine the change of the seasons.
  • Experience the zoo visiting nursery
  • Watch the Come Outside d.v.d. about wild animals to reinforce and consolidate learning on the theme


Ideas to reinforce your child’s learning at home:

  • If you had time, a visit to the zoo would reinforce their learning in nursery and let them show what animals visited school.
  • A visit to the local library to borrow fiction and non-fiction books about wild animals would enhance your child’s learning.
  • Collect more natural materials on an Autumn walk and encourage your child to bring them into nursery to share with the rest of the class.