Teddies Galore!

May 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm


This week has been very exciting as we have had 60 teddies to look after! The teddies have sparked lots of learning and creative tasks, such as making teddy houses and  teaching  the teddies phonics.


The children have been giving and following instructions that contain positional language such as next to, in front of and so on. They have also been discussing the size and weight of their teddies and comparing them. We have also been identifying which side is left and right using a story about Mr and Mrs Wright. The story is read aloud and every time the word right is used, the children step to the right and the same with the left.



In literacy, the children have been writing sentences about their teddies. We have discussed using different sentence starters and leaving finger spaces between words. In order for the children to reach the Early Learning Goal in writing, they have to be able to write sentences independently that can be read by others without mediation. Leaving finger spaces between words really helps with this.

Next week, we are going to be looking at story telling and writing.


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Ducklings in Foundation Stage

May 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm


The children in Foundation Stage have really enjoyed looking after the ducklings. They have watched them hatch and grow into beautiful ducklings who have been growing bigger and bigger every day.

Today, some children helped the adults take four of the ducklings to a small farm in Otley which is where their new home is. There were lots of other birds at the farm and they will be very happy there. We still have two ducklings left who will be going to live with Mrs Purfield on Monday.

Some pictures of the ducks and their journey to their new home:

Little ducklings

Growing up

New home

Eden and Isla in RH decided to read duck stories to the two ducks who were left…


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An exciting start to the term…

April 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm


Communication books

Thank you for all the effort that was put into the children’s Communication books over the holidays. It was lovely to see what the children have been busy doing over the holidays and they have been desperate to show us their work.


The children have been very excited about our new arrivals. It has sparked lots of conversations about animals that lay eggs and how to look after eggs. The children have been very eager to stroke, hold and feed the ducklings. We will be looking at the life cycle of a duck and what we need to do to look after our ducklings.


This week the children are learning the phonemes /ea/ and /oy/. We will discuss with the children that they have already learnt the phonemes /ee/  and /oi/ but that /ea/ and /oy/ present alternative phonemes with the same sound.


This week we are looking at fractions. We have been discussing what a whole is, a half and a quarter. The children have all made themselves a piece of toast and have practised cutting their piece of toast into half and then quarters. We then looked at pictures of the children’s cutting and discussed how toast can be cut in half and quarters in different ways. We are also starting to look at sharing this week.


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The eggs are starting to hatch!!

April 24, 2017 at 11:16 am


After much anticipation the day has finally arrived to see what has been growing inside the eggs. There weren’t dinosaurs, giraffes or crocodiles but real ducklings!!! The children are very excited! We have 3 that have hatched and another on its way.

We are still looking for any old towels: please send them in to school as soon as possible.

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Expected delivery – towels needed!!

April 18, 2017 at 6:38 am


The Nursery and Reception children had some eggs delivered before the holidays. They are currently being kept warm; the children have no idea what is inside the eggs although they have some brilliant ideas. They will soon found out so it is time for us to start collecting old towels. If you have any that we can have then please pass them to your child’s class teacher and they will ensure we get them.

Thank you

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Egg Bonanza in Nursery!

March 31, 2017 at 1:44 pm


It might be the last week of term but the Nursery children have been busier than ever! On Monday we had a parcel delivered; inside was a letter that asked us to look after some eggs, keeping them somewhere warm and we would meet them soon. The children had lots of ideas of how to keep them warm: making a nest with towels, using a radiator and the sunshine. In the end, we introduced them to a new word: ‘incubator’. We carefully placed the eggs inside and each day we are checking to see what might have hatched. The ideas of what could be in the eggs so far are dolls, chocolate eggs, crocodiles, chicks, lions, elephants, monkeys, ducks and giraffes!

The children have listened and learnt about the Christian festival – Easter. We have talked about Easter and what Christians do to celebrate it.

We have recognised the cross on the hot cross buns before we ate them! We gave the children the opportunity to cut out eggs, find eggs using tweezers, draw patterns on eggs and paint/draw what they think is inside our eggs. The children have enjoyed making Easter nests and going on an Easter hunt! I wonder what they found?

Stay and Play
After the holidays we will be starting our Stay and Play sessions on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to play with your child, read books or play games. Remember you don’t have to come every week; the sessions run from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm and everyone is welcome.

Nursery trip
I am pleased to inform you that ALL the Nursery children will have the opportunity to come on a summer school trip to St Leonard’s Farm, Esholt on Thursday 13th July. This trip will be a whole day trip and we will need lots of adult volunteers (drivers too!). More details to follow.

We hope you and your family have a lovely 2 week break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18th April.

The Nursery team

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