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Primary School

Delight in Effort, Acceptance and Achievement

Nursery

Welcome to Nursery!

 

We are delighted to have your child in our Nursery class. 

Our staff are dedicated to providing your child with an exciting introduction to their educational career as they take full advantage of the experiences offered to them through their pre-school education. 

We have a fun filled and exciting year ahead of us, packed full of activites, visitors and trips.  

Keep checking our page for updates and photographs.

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P4 Reading Partners

 

Every Friday Nursery meet with their P4 Reading partner.  

The P4 reads to the Nursery child as they share books together in our school library.  

This is a very unique opportunity to share a book together and build a friendship.

 

 

Museum Trip - Dinosaurs

 

On a crisp morning we walked through Botanic Gardens to the museum.  

We discovered the skeleton of a triceratops before learning about other dinosaurs, ammonites and fossils.  

We became scientists as we carefully examined artefacts and fossils using microscopes.  

We even made an unusual discovery....a fossil of dinosaur poo! Yuck!

 

Pancake Day!

 

We mixed flour, sugar, eggs and milk to make our delicious pancakes, before selecting a delicious topping.

Ormeau Road Library Trip

 

On a cold and frosty morning we enjoyed a lovely walk to the library.  

We followed the river Lagan, watched the ducks and a digger before crossing the bridge.  

Allison met us in the library and gave us a guided tour.  

Erin read us some enchanting and twisted Fairytales before Bronagh led us in a craft activity.  

What a fun time!

Santa!

 

Nursery had a very special visitor....Santa!

He gave us a special present and we sang ‘Jingle Bells’ together.

Ho, Ho, Ho, Happy Christmas!

 

Away in a Manger!

 

What a performance!

Even with a few last minute cast changes and  absences due to sickness Nursery put on a fantastic performance of their nativity ‘Away in a Manger”.

 

Museum Trip - Local Animals

 

On a blustery Autumn morning we walked through Boatnic Gardens to the Ulster Museum.

We met Branagh who talked to us about local animals and animals that hibernate for the winter.

We carefully touched the animals and explored the nature zone.

 

 

Ark Farm Harvest Road Show

 

We had a fun filled visit from farmer Lorraine.  

She works at Ark farm and brought lots of animals along with her.  

We met hedgehogs, tortoises, a snake, a micro squirrel and learnt how to care for them.  

We discussed all the jobs a farmer does on the farm to get ready for the harvest and how the crops are used to make food for us to eat.

 

 

PTA Halloween Disco

 

How fabulous do we look in our Fancy dress costumes?

 

We had a fun filled day with spooky activities before showing off our groovy moves at the disco!

 

Have a wonderful half term everyone! 

Stay safe.

Ormeau Road Library Visit

 

Allison from the library visited our class.

She read some Autumn and spooky Halloween stories.  

We even sang some songs too!

 

Making Rice Crispie Buns

 

We really enjoyed making rice crispie buns in Nursery.  

We identified our ingredients, discussed our method and predicted what would happen to the chocolate when it place place in the microwave.

 

 

Outdoor Play

 

The children are extremely excited to be outside exploring our outdoor learning environment.

Please remember your coat as we will be outdoors as much as possible!

European Day of Languages

 

The children dressed up in colours of European flags to celebrate all the different languages at our school.  

We had a special continental breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat and orange juice.

 

 

Making Playdough

 

 The children follow a visual recipe help to make the playdough each week.  

As we measure, mix and kneed the ingredients we are exploring mathematical and scientific concepts.  

We are also getting creative with colour mixing and reaffirming our colour recognition. 

 

Healthy Snack

 

Everyday in nursery we eat a healthy snack.

 We have fruit, milk and a selection of breads or yoghurts.

Snack time enables us to make choices and socialise with our peers while gaining independence.

 

A Sneaky Peak!

 

The children have been busy settling into Nursery life, meeting new friends, playing with new toys, working with the staff and learning lots of new routines. 

Here is a sneaky peak at what we have been up to!

Please do not think that we simply 'play'.

 

Play is the vehicle on which we learn. 

It takes us on an ongoing journey, allowing us to stop off, revisit and move on towards new goals.

Through play we develop physically, socially and academically.

Play enables us to explore, problem solve, predict and test theories.

Play provides us with natural opportunities to explore our world around us, discover our talents, to refine our gross and fine motor skills and to develop our early literacy and numeracy skills.

Through play we learn to negotiate and to work in groups, developing our communication and leadership skills.

We grow in confidence, independence and self esteem, all while developing a thirst for learning!

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