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November Newsletter 2020


Glenbrook Nursery School





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 blowing bubbles with bubble wands outside in the playground.
  • By watching windmills and 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.









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.





Covid 19

Due to new guidelines we request that all adults wear face masks when entering the nursery campus and follow social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your continued support with this.







3+ Health Initiative


For the last few years, we have been part of the 3+ Health Initiative in which our local Health Visitor (Janine McMenamin) came into school and did each child’s 3+ Health assessment with a Parent present.  This year because of Covid-19 this will not be possible, however as an alternative a questionnaire will be given out in school for you to complete and then these will be returned to the Health Visitor, who may or may not contact you about them.  This initiative is entirely voluntary.






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.  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.  Thank you.





November Learning Plans 2020

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 shop role play areas – dressing up, using medical equipment, writing, taking on roles –vet nurse patient customer and shopkeeper.

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.




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.
  • 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 child’s own symbol.



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. 
  • Encourage children to recognise their own symbol.




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.
  • Make wild animal pictures using animal shaped sponges.
  • Experience sticking activities with both PVA and glue sticks.
  • 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.
  • Watch the Come Outside DVD. 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 (if it is possible) would reinforce their learning in nursery.
  • 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.