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November Newsletter 2021


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.




Due to increasing Covid cases, we request that all adults wear face masks when entering the nursery campus to collect or leave off children and also to 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.  Last year because of Covid-19 this was not possible, however as an alternative a questionnaire was given out in school for Parents to complete and then these were returned to the Health Visitor, who then decided whether they needed to make contact.  This initiative is entirely voluntary and Parents will be asked to complete a permission form. We are, as yet, unaware of what form the 3+ Health Initiative will take this year, but we will let you know as soon as we hear.


Dates to Remember

2nd November 

Return to school after half term


3rd November

A visit from Elaine and Mini the musical monkey





A visit from Mr Hullabaloo

We have been lucky enough to be able to book Mr Hullabaloo for our Christmas party this year, but in order to facilitate this, we have had to change our holidays.

We will now be finishing on Wednesday 22nd December instead of Tuesday 21st December and we will be returning to school on Thursday 6th January instead of Wednesday 5th January.  An updated copy of the holiday list will be distributed to all of the children.



                             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. We will also let you know through Seesaw.  Thank you.

November Learning Plans

Theme:Wild Animals



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 and shop role play areasdressing up, using medical equipment, writing, taking on roles vet nurse patient customer 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.
  • Recognition of 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.
  • 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 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 musicalinstruments 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.