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Hello! Welcome to June everyone! We hope that you are all keeping well and enjoying this lovely weather. We can only imagine how much our wee ones have grown and blossomed during these last few months. We are all still missing them terribly! We have loved staying in touch, getting your emails, photos and chatting to you on the phone. Please keep sending in the photos as we really enjoy seeing what they have been up to. As June begins, we are now entering what should have been your child’s final month in nursery.  Always a busy and action-packed month. In June we would have enjoyed sports day, our wee school trip, a teddy bears picnic, and of course our final wee concert! As the saying goes ‘every cloud has a silver lining’! What we have lost in one way, we have gained in another! We have all gained the gift of time, time spent with our precious families, golden time that we will never have again. We know our wee ones have loved spending time at home playing with their siblings and mammy and daddy. Well done to all parents and children alike for getting on with things. Just be reassured that you are all doing a great job. If the children are playing, they are learning without even realising it! Keep doing what you are doing! Keep talking, interacting, and playing with them. Below there are lots of wonderful, fun activities and ideas for you to continue to develop your child's skills, related to the six areas of the nursery curriculum. It’s summer, chill out, get out those paddling pools, enjoy barbecues and picnics, keep active. Have fun in the sun!

June as well as being action packed in nursery, it is an incredibly significant month, our children would have been preparing to make their move from nursery to Primary 1, by meeting their new teacher and visiting their new classroom. As parents, we know you are anxious about how this will happen in the present circumstances. We are mindful that every child responds to transition differently. Some children may feel excited about going into ‘big P1’ whilst others may be worried. We want to reassure you that we will keep you well informed about how this transition will happen now as we get guidance from the Department of Education. For now, please refer to our June newsletter, it has lots of good tips and information about transition for you as parents on how to help your wee one moving to Primary 1. P1 induction packs will be forward to you in the near future. Parents/guardians, please email us, using the addresses below should you have any questions or queries. Keep those photos coming in! We are so proud of you all! It has been a privilege and a pleasure to teach your wee ones in nursery and to get to know you as parents. Have a wonderful summer, have lots of fun in the sun! Enjoy this golden time you have together. Stay safe!

*We have added a few documents relating to our themes for this month, as well as some curricular areas that you might find useful when doing activities with your child. Please feel free to pick and chose as you please. We're sure your wee ones will let you know what they like!*

Mrs D Molloy, and Miss AM Mc Callion.

dmolloy902@c2ken.net

amccallion378@c2ken.net

 

Daily Routine

8:00-9:00 am- Wake up/breakfast time

9:00-9.30 am -Get physical! -Check out Joe Wicks (fitness coach) on YouTube, or GoNoodle -The children enjoy the dances/work outs on this! (Also, on YouTube).

9.30-11.30 am- Play time-Play with their toys, or even better any "loose parts" that you have lying around-put these out for your child and just watch their imaginations come alive! E.g. ribbons, feathers, egg cartons, shells, wool, baking trays, kitchen utensils, brushes, paint, cardboard, boxes, to name a few...

11.30-11.45am-Tidy up time-Give your child the responsibility of tidying up after themselves.

11.45-12.00 pm-Story/song time-Allow your child to pick a story and read it with them (even if it's one they have read 100 times)! Sing 5 nursery rhymes with your child.

12.00pm -Lunch time

1:00pm-2:00pm- Get creative-Gather a selection of "junk art" materials and allow your child to get creative. e.g. cereal boxes, wool, cellotape, glue, markers, pens, pencils, chalk, pasta, empty containers, tubs, etc.

AND/OR

Physical activity-Get some outdoor play. E.g. In the back garden! Examples of activities...Hop on right foot, hop on left foot, 5 jumping jacks, bear crawls, running, jogging, walking, climbing, hopscotch, skipping...

 

These are only examples of a daily routine that your child will be able to follow given their age and stage of development. Feel free to add to it or adjust as you see fit. Don’t stress, your child will lead the way. They will let you know what they want or do not want to do! Go with the flow. They will let you know what they are interested in. If they are engaged in what they are doing, they are learning.

 

We hope our Nursery page will be a good source of information for our parents and a chance to showcase the learning that has taken place to date. Please make use of these wonderful websites! They have many, many invaluable ideas and activities to keep your wee ones entertained, as well as helping them to continue to learn and develop their skills!

IF YOU CAN, PLEASE E-MAIL THE TEACHERS PHOTOS OF YOUR CHILD COMPLETING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES. WE LOVE SEEING THEIR LITTLE FACES, AND THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN SENT SO FAR ARE FABULOUS! You have all been working so hard, well done! Look out on the home page for videos showcasing all the wonderful children in our school, including our nursery stars!

Suggested websites and apps include:

Websites:

Crickweb early years

Mother Goose

CBeebies

Twinkl (https://www.facebook.com/TwinklCares/)

CosmicKids on YouTube

www.jojingles .com (you will also find Jo Jingles on You Tube)

Useful apps:

Edukids

Alphablocks

Numberblocks

Cbeebies story time

Cbeebies play time

CBeebies get creative

CBeebies go explore

Puppet pals

Match a balloon

BlobbleWrite

Memory Match

abcPocketPhonics

Shape Puzzle HD

Love to learn

sorting puzzles

Matching game

Friend shapes

Websites specifically to help parents. Hopefully you will find them beneficial!

www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/support-parents-and-pupils

www.ideasforactiveminds  for ages 2-4, a wonderful resource! (Written by a primary school teacher, who is a parent herself, to help parents with young children through lockdown).

www.gettingreadytolearn.co.uk

www.TheSchoolRun.com

Mrs Molloy & Miss McCallion 

 

PSE

During the month of June, it would be of great benefit to your child to continue to work on their self-help and independence skills. Please allow them to do as much as they can for themselves as they really enjoy this, and it will make a big difference to your child starting Primary 1. Encourage your child to ‘have a go’ at getting dressed/undressed(changing for P.E lessons), putting on and taking off shoes/coats, zipping up/buttoning coats, to independently go to the toilet and wash their hands and crucially giving them the confidence to ask an adult for help. Independence skills are vital and are an essential part of growing up. Continue to ask your child to help with easy tasks around the house. This will help them to develop a sense of pride and achievement on completion of the tasks. When children contribute to family life, it helps them feel competent and responsible. For example, you could ask him/her to set out the cutlery for dinner time (as our helpers do in nursery), to tidy up their toys/books after play time, to help to brush/hoover the floor, to pair socks together and to help with putting away groceries etc. Give them plenty of praise for their efforts.!

Continue to encourage your child to develop their sharing and turn taking skills. As stated previously your child will benefit greatly from playing games together with the family. Games encourage discussion and will further develop their collaborative play and conflict resolution skills.

Most important of all, continue to create a sense of well-being and security for them. Keep helping them to express their feelings and emotions. A chat and a cuddle are the best medicine of all!  We hope you have had the chance to enjoy the benefits of using ‘Cosmic Kids’ on YouTube, dedicated not only to their physical health, but also to their mental health and well-being.

 

 

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Engage in appropriate play

  • Begin to develop the ability to listen/share/reach agreement
  • Demonstrate acceptable behaviour
  • Begin to express his/her own feelings and emotions
  • Continue to develop self-help skills
  • Continue to become more independent
  • Persevere with a task

 

Language

During the month of June, our main themes are ‘Summer is here! and ‘Under the sea’’, both are firm favourites with children and teachers alike at this time of year! They embrace the wonderful feelings associated with summer, such as holidays, good weather, freedom, fun in the sun!!!! Even through this difficult period we have been blessed with glorious weather!! Although we might not get to enjoy going on foreign holidays this year many of us have enjoyed being out in the sun in our own back/front gardens! Hopefully, soon, we will get to enjoy our local beaches and beauty spots. Talk to your little one about what they would like to do during the summer. Make a list, for example, going on a picnic, having a barbecue, a day out at the beach, going camping. Make a summer scrap book to create memories. Look at books and sing songs and rhymes about summer, sun, beaches, holidays, picnics etc. Refer to folder for resources to help with pencil control and  correct formation of letters and numbers.

Key words: Summer, sun, hot, beach, picnic,  park, pool, water, sand, barbecue, sunglasses, sun cream, sun safety, sunhat, t-shirt, shorts, sundress, flip flops, sandals, swimsuit, trunks, beach ball, bucket, spade, sandcastle, shells, ice pops, ice cream, lemonade etc.

Disney has made the magic of “Under the Sea” come alive to countless children through movies like ‘The Little Mermaid’. We get to see under the sea in all its colourful glory and meet lots of different sea creatures. Although this is fantasy it captures the child’s imagination and is a good starting point to introduce them to facts about the habitats of sea creatures that live under the sea in our world. Talk to your child about what they think lives under the sea. Look up Google for facts about sea creatures, show them images of sea creatures in their natural environment. Discuss their features, what they eat etc. There are lots of wonderful story books about ‘Under the Sea’. One of our favourites is ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. A beautifully illustrated book with lots of sea creatures but it also has an important message that ‘sharing is caring’. Key words: sea creatures, fish, octopus, shark, seahorse, crab, dolphin, squid, turtle, coral, jellyfish, whale.

As well as having fun they gain lots of vocabulary associated with these themes. Invaluable language acquisition which they will carry with them to Primary 1.

We are also continuing to develop:

Talking and listening skills (particularly listening skills).

Listening when someone else is talking.

Understanding and responding appropriately to questions.

Handling books appropriately and with confidence.

Mark making and learning now that we write for a purpose (children can mark make with literally anything e.g. sticks, mud, paint, chalk, pencils, pens, crayons... Allow opportunities for them to continue doing this at home).

Developing memory skills-e.g. put out three toys, take one away. Can the child remember which one has been taken away?

Continue to practice recognition of own name/begin to write own name.

 

Early Mathematical Experiences

During the month of June, take this opportunity to revise all shapes/colours from previous learning. The square, circle, triangle, oval, star, rectangle etc. You could play "I spy" to point out these shapes or go on a ‘shape hunt’. When your child finds the shapes, they could sort them into groups.

Make shape, colour, number hunts in the garden.

Observe patterns in everyday life. Exploring patterns: stripes, spots, wavy and zig zag lines on clothes, socks, on wallpaper and patterns in nature. Use our “Under the Sea” theme to observe the colourful patterns of some fish, symmetry in butterflies etc.

Continue to give your child opportunities to count during their play activities. Count their toys, touching each one with their finger as they say the number. 1, 2, 3, 4 ….

The opportunities for counting are endless! Your child can use things in their environment to count e.g. buttons, pasta shapes, flowers, dried beans, people!! Make a set, small sets at first, ask your child to count each object in that set. (be careful they sometimes runaway with themselves and count too quickly!) Ask them to use their finger to touch each object as they count. They will gain a lot of confidence in getting it right. Before you know it, they will want to count everything!

Continue to recognise and name numbers in their environment.

Have a look at some of the maths apps that have been added to support mathematical skills this month.

Set up summer themed play areas like an ice cream stall or beach shop and use real/play money to buy and sell items. Price up the items with labels.

We are continuing to develop positional language (e.g. in, on, in front, behind). You can use props such as teddies/dolls to create games for positional language development. E.g. Put the teddy under the chair. Where is teddy? etc.

Continue to use the language of capacity -full, empty, half-full. Use a basin /bucket/storage box filled with water and put in a variety of different sizes and shapes of containers, everyday objects e.g. egg cups, plastic cups, plastic bottles, milk cartons, funnels, syringes etc and watch them enjoying filling and pouring!

Continue to use the language of comparison: long-longer, short-shorter, tall-taller, small-smaller, big-bigger. For example: I am tall, Daddy is taller. Mammy bears bowl is big, Daddy bears bowl is bigger.             

Continue to develop the language of sequencing: First, next, then, last. This language would work well giving instructions, in a recipe for example. Make ice lollies and summer desserts using and following recipes.

On these sunny days when playing outside, get your child to look at their shadow. Ask is it bigger than you or smaller? Is it always the same size? Does it follow you or does it sometimes move in front of you? Get your child to draw around someone’s shadow or draw around the shadows of their toys. Continue to develop language associated with size (e.g. big, medium, small, same). 

                                                                                                                                                                                  

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  • Follow daily routines
  • Begin to develop awareness of the passage of time
  • Continue to be aware of the days of the week.
  • Show some awareness of counting.
  • Begin to recognise and name some numbers in their environment.
  • Participate in number rhymes and jingles.
  • Begin the development of shape awareness.
  • Recognise and name some colours

 

Physical Development

Physical skills come under two categories:

Firstly, Gross motor skills - All large-scale movements such as walking, running, climbing, hopping, balancing, co-ordination etc.

To develop gross motor skills, you could:

Tune into Joe Wicks and GoNoodle on YouTube.

Play hopscotch.

Skipping activities with a rope.

Go on a trike, bike, or scooter.  (WEARING A HELMET)

Throwing and catching balls of different sizes balls. Try throwing at a target or throwing a ball through a hoop.

Wheelbarrow walks where the child walks on their hands whilst an adult holds their legs straight. Great for developing core and arm strength.

Target throwing-This activity will improve their gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination skills. Draw targets on a wall at different heights -these could be bullseye targets, numbers, shapes, colours, letters of the alphabet.(or a mixture, hit the blue circle, hit the square with the number 7 in it). These targets can be changed to match the child’s ability. For example, display a range of numbers from 1-10, ask your child to throw a ball, a beanbag, a paper aeroplane or even an old pair of socks to hit their target. You could call out a number for them to hit or let them throw and let them say the number they have hit. Not only will this activity improve their gross motor skills by strengthening their shoulder, wrist, and arm muscles (important for development of writing skills that they will need in Primary 1) but it will also reinforce/consolidate number/colour/shape/letter knowledge.

 

Make fun obstacle course indoors or outdoors. Build an obstacle course with your child(children), get your wee one to climb under a table, climb over a chair, hop on one foot, roll on the floor/grass while holding a ball over head, toss soft balls or beanbags into a container, crawl under a blanket /sheet, walk like a crab, do starfish jumps, balance a beanbag on their head. To make it more complex, give your child a sequence of steps to follow to get through the course. This will help to promote listening skills and following directions.

For even more fun make it a water obstacle course! Add water balloons, use them to balance on your head, move them from one place to another without the balloons bursting, or put the water balloons on a trampoline and bounce on them to see how many you can burst. Use water balloons or a water pistol to shoot at a target. Have fun using the water pistol to soak a moving target like mammy or daddy! lol There are endless combinations that will keep your wee ones happy and occupied for hours.

Egg(potato)and spoon race. Running races. Sack race. Don’t forget our sports day always incudes a parent’s race! Get up and get moving with the wains!

 

Secondly, Fine motor skills e.g. using small tools, developing pencil grasp, scissor skills, fitting materials together and taking apart etc).

To develop fine motor skills, you could:

Continue to give opportunities for your child to mark make using pens, pencils, chunky markers, brushes, sticks etc.

Observe their grip and control of these tools, and model/correct grip where necessary.

Allow them to use scissors. Model the correct grip and show your child how to snip/cut pieces of paper.

Encourage them to colour/paint between lines.

Use clothes pegs (let them help you to hang out the washing!).

Paper folding-make paper aeroplanes to throw at a target.

Using stamps on paper or dough (make patterns with the stamps).

Using a hole punch (see our paper plate octopus’ activity).

Using stickers, pulling objects off sticky paper.

Use tweezers to pick up small objects e.g. water beads to transfer them from one container to another. Create a ‘tinker box’. Put in broken items they can ‘fix’ using real tools-wood, nails, glue, nuts and bolts, loose parts etc (adult super vision needed of course).

 

 

 

 

 

The Arts

The Arts include being creative, role-play/imaginative play, construction/model making activities and music/singing activities. All these activities are self-explanatory, and as the adult all you need to do is provide a few resources/materials and just watch the fantastic ideas your child will come up with!

The children may like to draw or paint the things they are learning about this month: the beach, sea creatures- fish, octopus, shark, seahorse, crab, dolphin, jellyfish etc.

Make a paper plate octopus. This activity will work on important fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination as well as counting. You will need- paper plates, pom poms, googly eyes, hole punch and pipe cleaners.

Let your child use the hole punch to put holes at the bottom of the plate (8 holes for the tentacles). Thread pipe cleaners through each hole. Talk about how many legs an octopus has. Glue on googly eyes/or draw eyes. Use glue to stick on pom poms. Voila! Your wee one has made their own octopus. Your child can try this activity by themselves with some adult guidance (if needed).

For the more adventurous project, why not work together to make a Cereal Box Aquarium? Simply get a cereal box, cut one side off, paint inside blue. Let your child decorate their aquarium how they choose. Use coloured paper to draw, cut out fish, add seaweed, shells etc. This encourages creativity and will further develop their language skills associated with our “Under the Sea” theme.

Dough is a great resource for developing all of the above as well as strengthening the muscles in those little hands (which will prepare them for writing development in Primary 1).

A very simple recipe includes:                                                                                                   

One cup of flour

half cup of salt

half cup of water

add food colouring (any colour)

mix and Hey Presto!

Moon sand is another malleable material that your child will enjoy playing with. Its magic! It holds its shape like playdough; however, it crumbles like sand but can stick together to make sandcastles!

Moon sand recipe:

8 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup baby oil

Food colouring (your choice)

Essential oil for fragrance

Pour lour into a large plastic container

Add food colouring and fragrance

Put the oil in the centre and mix until the flour sticks together, and you can squeeze it!

Give your child moulds, scoops, cookie cutters and junk material and watch them have hours of fun.

Share this experience with you child, its easy and fun and you can develop the sequencing language whilst doing it.

A perfect summertime art activity is ice painting. Pour water into an ice cube tray. Add a few drops of food colouring- (red, green, blue, yellow, the choice is yours!) and put an ice pop stick into each section, and freeze. Take out of the freezer, get your paper ready, let the fun begin!

Bubble painting-children will have a blast painting with bubbles. Use plastic cups, a variety of different food colours or a small drop of washable paint in each cup. Add water and a few drops of washing-up liquid. Mix each solution and ask your child to use the straw to start blowing bubbles! (watch out, they might suck the straw which is natural instead of blowing through it! The solution is not harmful, but it will not taste too nice!). Once the bubbles rise above the rim of the cup lay the paper on top to catch the bubbles. Repeat with different colours.

Of course, The Arts is not just about painting/drawing. Children love to role play, fantasy play. They enjoy pretending to be someone else and role play is great for language and social/emotional development. Enjoy creating different play scenarios with them. Take this opportunity to make a summer role play area such as a travel-agents, ice cream shop, airport, or a campsite with your little one. We might have to stay put for now, but your child’s imagination is endless and will take you places you have never even dreamed of!

Sing the songs for June (included on this page)

Jo Jingles have been doing some live sessions via their Facebook page, (look up Jo Jingles), if you would like to follow them and join in! The children love taking part in Jo Jingles sessions in nursery. They are very enthusiastic and always have lots of fun!

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  • Continue exploring imaginative play (easily done at home)
  • Enjoy taking on a role
  • Enjoy performing for an audience- this includes family members!
  • Music/Movement-
  • Continue to take an interest in musical activities
  • Enjoy listening to music
  • Continue to make music by singing/clapping and playing instruments
  • Experiment to make musical sounds using a variety of materials. This can be done with the likes of empty bottles and lentils for example or rice (at home)!
  • Take part in rhymes, try making up your own!



The World Around Us

 

During the month of June, we are continuing to learn about seasonal change. Talk to your child about the changes in the world around us now summer is here. Compare the signs of summer to other seasons. Talk about how the weather changes. Ask your child questions: What clothes do they wear in Summer? What activities can we do during the summer? Help to develop their knowledge about the world we live in. Talk about your child about beaches, the sea and creatures that live in the sea.

These are certainly changed times for sure! Maybe foreign holidays are out this year, but our children can still have fun in the sun right here at home. This is a perfect time to enjoy a range of outdoor activities with your little ones. Precious family time can happen in your own back garden! Why not have a teddy bears picnic? (A beloved yearly event for our nursery children).

Teddy Bears’ Picnic- set out a picnic blanket, get your child to take out some of their teddies (ask siblings to bring their teddies too!). Your child(children) could set out plates and cutlery for their teddy bears and family, just like they do in nursery. Let them help to prepare the food e.g. make sandwiches/cupcakes, cut up fruit, decorate their ice cream etc. Not only fun but a great way for your child to learn to count, acquire new vocabulary associated with picnics/summer and allowing them to enjoy helping to make food for their picnic.

Good teddy bear picnic food ideas are:

Sandwiches

Cupcakes

Fruit

Juice

Teddy bear shaped biscuits!

Ice cream cones/wafers (they will love picking their favourite flavour of ice cream and decorating their cones with an array of sauces and sprinkles!)

No Teddy Bears’ Picnic is complete without some fun games!

Teddy Bear Hide & Seek (a wee twist on a much-loved game).

Your child counts the bears before they are hidden. Then everyone closes their eyes whist one person hides the bears. Once they are hidden everyone can start searching for them until they are found.

Who is it? Sit in a circle. Take turns to describe a teddy bear/person in the group. E.g. It is big. She is wearing a blue dress. (good for language development).

Sing “Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around”

Talk about sun and water safety. Our children need to be aware of keeping safe in the sun. Discuss these simple rules to keep them safe. Put on sun cream. Wear a hat. Wear sunglasses. Try to play in the shade or under an umbrella. Drink plenty of water. Cover up, wear a T-shirt. Teach your child to be water safety smart, how to stay safe around water. Always swim with an adult. Walk, don’t run along the pool side. If the child cannot swim wear a lifejacket. Take your child to swimming lessons so they can learn how to swim.

Continue to chat to them about what they need to help them to grow. They need- sleep, a good balanced diet, regular exercise, and most of all lots of love. Continue to get them to names parts of the body.

This is a perfect time to allow your child to explore messy play (maybe in the back garden)! Our children love mud, soil, slime, clay, dough, glitter, sand, water. Just add a few utensils and again, watch their little imaginations come to life!

They love exploring and getting messy! Remember a messy child is a happy child!

Construction. Why not build a sandcastle? If you do not have sand, be creative, use junk art materials like empty boxes to build a towering structure of their own. A mermaids’ castle under the sea!  A pirate cave to hide their treasure! The possibilities are endless. Encourage your child to stack boxes in any shape/size that they like. Help to stabilize the boxes with masking tape. Let your child use markers/chalk/paint to decorate their structure. Let them express their creativity. We would love to see what they come up with! Please keep sending those wonderful photos.

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Early Exploration

  • Enjoy playing with sand/water/soil/clay etc
  • Continue to explore the properties of materials
  • Continue to develop sensory awareness
  • Continue to show and interest in design and construction
  • Continue to make simple models

ICT

  • Continue to show an interest in a range of devices
  • Continue to explore and use a range of apps that supports their learning

A message from Mrs Molloy!

 

A message from our assistants

Hi girls and boys! We hope you're all having a fun time at home with your families. We all miss you so much and hope to see you all soon. Stay happy and be safe. Make good choices! 

Sending you all big hugs, from Mrs Mc Gonagle, Miss Mc Caul, Mrs Mc Cann, and Miss. Doherty.

A message from Miss McCallion!

 

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