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Nursery

Welcome to Donacloney Primary School Nursery Class Page

 Here you will find some useful information about what goes on in our Nursery.

 

NURSERY TEACHER: Mrs K Castles

NURSERY ASSISTANT: Mrs L Keery

 

NURSERY TIMES: 9.00am – 1.15/1.30pm

 

As you can see, playing and learning at Donacloney Nursery is so much fun!

The Nursery Class of 2020-21 have been very busy.  Have a look at what we get up to.

We all looked bright for Ditch the Dark Day.

It is fun learning through our Down on the Farm Topic.

Exploring our Autumn Theme.

Everyone is pleased about taking their chocolate apple home. Yummy!

It is more important than ever that we get outside for fresh air and exercise, and these Nursery children have been learning so much while playing outdoors.

Everyone planted a daffodil bulb. We are looking forward to seeing lovely yellow flowers in the Spring.

Making Handprints has been messy but fun!

Birthday boys and girls!

  First Days at Nursery 2020/21

The boys and girls have been enjoying their first day at Nursery. There was lots of fun playing, building and painting.  Everyone has been learning how to wash their hands well too.

Arrival and pick-up arrangements for 2020/21.

Due to Covid, parents will not be able to enter the Nursery building.  You can access the Nursery by walking up the side of the Nursery Unit through the large gates.

Parents must wait until a member of staff opens the gate, and must socially distance from each other, and take turns entering the Nursery outdoor area.  Hand sanitiser is available.
On your child's first day, Nursery consent forms, reply slips and All About Me Books should be left in the box provided.  Wellie boots, kitchen roll, tissues and drawstring bags should be left on the unit outside.

Mrs Castles or Mrs Keery will meet each child at the door as they enter from the outdoor area.

At home time parents should wait outside the Nursery gate.  A member of staff will bring the children outside to be picked up.

We are staggering the pick-up times to give staff time to help get the children ready for home in groups and to enable parents to social distance while waiting. All parents have been given a time. 

Starting Nursery

If you are starting Donacloney Nursery this is where you will find out all about it.

  If your child is starting Nursery this year please take time to share this section of our Nursery class page with your child.  It will help them become familiar with the staff, areas of play and activities on offer.

The Nursery teacher is Mrs Castles and the Nursery Assistant is Mrs Keery.  

Mrs Castles and Mrs Keery will play with you and help you to learn new things.
You will do self-registration and hang your coat up on your own coat peg.  You can keep your wellie boots in Nursery and you will need them when you play outside.
You can play at our different play areas.
When you are hungry you can wash your hands and have a healthy snack.  You can have milk or water to drink at Nursery.
You can use the bathroom whenever you need to and there are little toilets and sinks which are easy for you to use.
You can choose to go out to play.  There are so many things to do outside!
Mrs Castles reads a story in the Quiet Room after tidy up time.  It is fun doing rhymes and songs too.
Everyone sits together at Dinner Time.

We have lots of special events throughout the year

Everyone has fun when Jo Jingles visits.

We learn new songs, play instruments and move to the music.

Dressing Up Day

Everyone comes to Nursery in a costume and we make chocolate apples as a treat.

Christmas is a very busy time in Nursery.
Parents help to decorate the windows and get involved in creative activities.
 Christmas Dinner is always delicious!

Our Creative Christmas Workshop.

Mums and Dads enjoy it as much as the boys and girls.

Our Nursery Nativity

At our Nursery Nativity everyone dresses up, plays their part and puts on a great performance for family and friends.

We celebrate Christmas with games and party food.  Everyone always looks great in their party clothes and Christmas jumpers!

Learning takes place outdoors in all weathers and is so much fun in the snow!

We visit  the Book Fair when it comes to school each year.  It is a great place to listen to a story. 

World Book Day

 World Book Day is an opportunity to foster an interest in and enjoyment of books.

We  learn about baby animals and parents sometimes bring in baby animals from home or the farm.

Time for Gardening

We are always busy planting seeds, bulbs and plants.

Daffodil bulbs which are planted in the Autumn time come into bloom in the Spring.

We enjoy planting window boxes with pretty flowers.

Our Stay and Play Days

Mums and Dads have the chance to stay and play.  It is fun for the children and their parents.

Happy Healthy Kids

Children at Donacloney Nursery have lots of opportunity for physical, energetic play.

People Who Help Us

We   learn about 'People Who Help Us' and some Mums and Dads come to Nursery to talk about their jobs. 

Every year the School Cook talks to us about her job, what she wears and the food and equipment she uses.  Everything is really big!

Having fun with food

We enjoy cooking, baking and trying new foods.  We like to promote healthy eating but there are also opportunities for a tasty treat.

Sometimes we make a big pot of porridge for snack.  Not too hot...not too cold... but just right.  Just the way Goldilocks likes it!

 Fruit Salad makes a very healthy snack.

We always make pancakes on Pancake Day

Everyone has to help when we make Healthy Carrot and Potato Soup.

Valentine's Day is an opportunity to be creative.

We find fun ways to use spaghetti.

 Paul Evans comes for football coaching sessions.
When we learn about hedgehogs we use clay and Art materials to make our own prickly hedgehogs.

The Oxford Island Outreach Programme

We learn about Minibeasts.

We learn about birds.

Big Bedtime Read

Mums, Dads and Grandparents are invited to our special Pyjama Day Story time.  It is always lovely to see everyone snuggling up for another story before home time.

Debbie Doolittle's Wildlife

At Nursery we learn about animals which live in the wild.  Debbie brings some of her animals which she rescues and looks after.

A short story for children to help them understand Covid-19

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust website has a short animated video for children to help them understand the coronavirus.

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