May 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Another busy week! This week the children have been further developing their numeracy skills. They have been working on a range of targets from counting 10 objects to recognising and ordering numbers to 20. They have been doing this in a variety of ways. Some children have been playing games and others have been counting toys in the areas of provision. We have used the whiteboard and counting resources. All the children are making progress in this area and work very hard. Can you see their progress at home?
Don’t forget it is our trip to Hesketh Farm on Thursday 26th June and you will receive more information after the holidays.
Have a good week off and don’t forget the children don’t return until the Tuesday.

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Creative minibeasts in RS and RC this week.

May 19, 2014 at 3:51 pm

We hope you enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine this weekend. As the weather has turned warmer (probably not for long!) please can you make sure your child has a sun hat. Sun cream can be applied before school or put in a named bottle in your child’s tray.

This week we are getting our creative minibeast juices flowing! The children have put themselves in to teams and today have chosen a minibeast they would like to focus their learning on.

Today the children used the search engine ‘Google’ to find out more information about their minibeast. They then started to plan how they could make a large moving model of their chosen minibeast. The children are practising their team skills – listening, sharing ideas and speaking. The new word we are learning the meaning of is ‘negotiating’!

By the end of the week the children will have created a piece of music, a dance and a moving model of their teams minibeast. We will then share our work with the respective Reception class. Look out for photos and short films at the end of the week.

Have a great week. Don’t forget it is half term and we are due back to school on Tuesday 4th June!

The Reception Team

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Nursery Parents Stay and Play

May 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm

What a lovely day everybody had on Wednesday during the Nursery stay and play!

We had lots of parents staying for both the morning and the afternoon session and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The children loved showing their grown ups around Nursery and then had a healthy snack.

Have a look at the photo’s below.


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RC’s Trip to Rodley Nature Reserve

May 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Today the children in RC had a fantastic time down at the Reserve with lovely weather and superb behaviour! The children learnt lots about the wildlife and plants that are in the reserve and the volunteers were fantastic. The children went pond-dipping, dragonfly hunting and sticky-board collecting. Thank you very much to the adults who helped out too!

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Creepy crawling learning in RS and RC this week!

May 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

This term is racing by; the children will soon be starting their last term in Reception! This week sees the start of a new topic about ‘Minibeasts’.

In Literacy the children are reading the book ‘The Very Greedy Bee’. The book is about a very greedy bee won’t share his nectar with anyone. While all the other bees work hard, he spends all day guzzling pollen and gobbling nectar. But then one day the very greedy bee eats just a bit too much. The children will be discussing the subject of ‘sharing’ and looking at ways to describe the bee. We are encouraging the children to use adjectives (describing words) in their writing. When writing the children need to remember capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Ask your child about our ‘Kung Fu’ punctuation moves! There are also lots of ‘bee’ related bee jobs – painting, making a moving bee, labeling a bee!

The Mathematical focus this week is money. The children will be encouraged to recognise, sort and calculate different values of coins. The children will practise their doubles and number bonds up to 10. We continue to count in steps of 2, 5 and 10. This Friday in your child’s communication book we will be sharing your child’s Maths targets with you. Please spend some time looking at them with your child.

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Don’t forget RC class are visiting the reserve tomorrow (Tuesday). Showers and sun are forecast so please dress your child accordingly. It will be a packed lunch day too! Have a super time RC!

New Foundation Area
The new Foundation Stage area is starting to come together. On Wednesday the shed will arrive and this will hold lots of den making equipment. Mr Wilson has made a super ‘mud kitchen’. If you have any old saucepans, kitchen utensils, plates, cups etc that you no longer need we will have them!! We are also looking to develop our den making equipment we can use all sorts of odds and ends – tubes, material, old clothes horses, wheels, large boxes. Please bring any items in to school.

Have a buzzing week!
The Reception Team

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RC’s trip to Rodley Nature Reserve – Tuesday 13th May

May 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Please remember that next Tuesday (13th May) RC are visiting the Nature Reserve. Your child will need to wear their school uniform, appropriate footwear (wellies) and bring a disposable packed lunch. We will be returning to school by 1pm.

If you have any questions then please email me on [email protected]

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Goodbye Samson and Delilah!

May 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm

This morning Reception said goodbye to our beloved ducks; Samson and Delilah. The pair have gone to live on Noah’s farm where there is lots of space and new friends to meet, including some grown-up ducks and chickens! Children from RS and RC went to the farm to say a final goodbye to our ducks and settle them into their new home. Good luck Samson and Delilah, we hope you have a ‘quacking’ time!

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Nursery News

May 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

The children have been practicing writing their names this week and all the names are displayed on the wall in Nursery. Please come and have a look if you can and continue to practice with your child at home. D

Don’t forget it is our Stay and Play next Wednesday. The morning session is from 8.45am until 10.00am and the afternoon session is from 12.30pm until 1.45pm. Please try to join us and see what your children enjoy doing at Nursery.

For those parents who have not responded to the Hesketh Farm letter could you send the reply back as soon as possible.

Have a good weekend from all in Nursery.

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Almost all quacked out in RS and RC!

May 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

We hope you enjoyed the bank holiday weekend, it was good to see a bit of sunshine! Well this is the last week of the ducks living with us. On Friday we are moving them to a small holding near school. I think you will agree they are getting very big!!

This week the children will be busy investigating different materials to see if they are waterproof or not. This is linked to a prior discovery that duck feathers are waterproof. We will be writing a sentence to explain what happened!! The children will also work in teams to build a ‘house’ for the ducks. They will need to cater for their needs – shelter, food and water.

In Mathematics we are revising our number bond knowledge. Which 2 numbers put together make 10? You can click on a previous blog link and watch the ‘Farmer Pete’ song to help. The children understand that they are doing addition calculations.

RC Rodley Nature Reserve
RC class will be visiting the Nature Reserve on Tuesday 13th May. Don’t forget your child will need a packed lunch and to wrap up warm if the weather is looking bleak! There are more trip details on the letter sent home today.

As the weather gets warmer please can you make sure your child has a sun hat in their tray. Where possible apply sun cream before school, if not place ‘named’ lotion in your child’s tray.

Have a great week.
The Reception Team

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Notice anything different?

May 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Well over the bank holiday weekend it has been all systems go at school. The wood the Foundation Stage team picked a few weeks ago has been transformed in to some fantastic wooden sculptures. I think the children (and adults) are going to have a lot of fun! A huge thank you to Richard Kirby and his team at Outdoor Classrooms. All that’s left to do is the children to make their lawn seed shakers and sow the seeds!

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