A busy start to the Nursery term!

May 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm

Welcome back! We hope you have had a great week and the children are rested and ready for an action packed final term in Nursery. Fingers crossed that June brings lots of sunshine!

This week we are focusing on developing the children’s physical skills. We will kick off with some Disco Dough (all to be explained later in the week!). This will help develop strength in the children’s arms and fingers. We will be writing and drawing in shaving foam, dancing to different kinds of music and practising our throwing, catching and balancing skills.

Just in case you haven’t seen our ‘Duck Story’ video then please watch it with your child. It is a lovely sequence of all the hard work the children put in from getting the eggs to looking after the ducks. They are now in their new home with previously hatched ducks from school!

Hesketh Farm
Can we please ask that parents start to make some deposits in preparation for our trip on Friday 27th June. The total cost is £17.50. It is likely we will have some spaces on the bus if you would like to add any siblings or parents/carers. Please see a member of the Nursery team if you are interested.

Stay and Count
Don’t forget Stay and Count is on THIS Wednesday: everyone is welcome. The times are 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm.

Reception Open Evening
For those of you who have children starting Reception in September 2015, you should have received an invitation to our open evening on Thursday 11th June at 7pm in the North hall. It is a really informative meeting where you get to meet the Reception teachers, find out the class your child will be in and what happens in Reception. Please make sure you are available. The Nursery children will start to visit the Reception classrooms from the middle of June and in to July. The children will be supported by the Nursery team during these transition times.

Have a great week.
The Nursery Team

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Nursery’s duck story…

May 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

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Spider fun this week!

May 22, 2015 at 8:44 am

The children have had a super last week of term! They have learnt a lot about spiders and hopefully not to be afraid of them. We have thrown flies in to a web, crawled through some webs, made our own webs and discovered the fastest tube for Incy Wincy spider to get down. The children have spent a lot of time trying to find real spiders and webs to look at. We found some spiders but webs we struggled with!
We also had some animal visitors – Mrs Booth’s tortoise George, the giant snails from Year 1 and Mrs Wilson’s Gecko! We have had a great week.
Have a super week off, fingers crossed the sun shines!
The Nursery Team

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A new week in Reception!

May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm

This week in Reception we are focusing on independent assessments!

The children will be writing sentences about a subject of their choice and will be reminded of their own writing targets to help. In the areas of provision the children will be playing lots of tricky word games, phonics games on the iPad and even writing their own information books about how to look after plants. Our new tricky word is are.
In our maths lessons this week will be working on a number of things within the Number strand. This will include finding 1 more and 1 less, using number lines to add and subtract, doubling, halving and sharing. We will be working with the children individually to assess their learning and set next steps as we go into our final half term!
Have a wonderful week and a great week off!
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Spider fun in Nursery!

May 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

This week we are listening to the spider stories ‘The Very Busy Spider’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and learning more about spiders. In the water tray the children will have the opportunity to investigate which pipes are the easiest for Incy Wincy Spider to go down. We also have a sticky spider’s web which we can throw flies (cotton wall balls) in to – this is trickier than you think! Our 1 minute challenge is to see how many spiders we can remove from a sticky web another difficult task. The writing table has lots of spider paper and the chance to form the letter ‘s’ for spider. We will be making spiders webs, counting spiders and seeing if we can physically get through a spider web in the trees.

Hesketh Farm
Thank you to everyone who has returned their trip slips. More information about the trip will be going out in the middle of June. Please can I ask that you make a deposit for the trip, the total cost of the trip is £17.50.

Stay and Count
Don’t forget Stay and Count is on every Wednesday 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm everyone is welcome. You don’t have to come every week and grandparents are also welcome.

This is the last week we have the ducks with us at school they will be leaving for their new house on Monday 25th May. Feel free to go and visit them, we can direct you. The ducks are now 3 weeks old and look very different! They are eating us out of house and home!

Have a great week, fingers crossed the sun comes out!
The Nursery Team

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Ants go marching!

May 15, 2015 at 9:57 am

In Nursery this week we have been learning this ant counting song. The children have really enjoyed it! We will be continuing to sing this song next week..

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Bugs galore in Nursery this week

May 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

This week the Nursery children have enjoyed listening to the story of the Hungry Caterpillar and other bug stories. They have been busy making bug fossil biscuits, throwing (aiming bean bags) food in to the caterpillars mouth, playing a caterpillar number game and making symmetrical butterflies. The children have really enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a butterfly they have remembered he eats lots of food, goes in to a cocoon and then becomes a butterfly.

We are continuing to do lots of counting forwards up to 20 and back from 10 to 0. We are encouraging the children to count a group of objects by putting them in a line and counting them slowly one at a time. Please encourage your child to count at home, perhaps going up and down the stairs, counting items of food on a plate.

We have a number of great activities which promote developing the children’s fine motor skills. Perhaps when your child comes in to Nursery you could direct them to the ‘Funky Fingers’ activity near their name registration. The use of tweezers and fingers to move objects, arrange them all helps to developing stronger arms which will help fine motor skills, i.e. writing.

Miss Egan and Miss Halalat
We have had the pleasure of 2 first year teaching students in Nursery over the last few months. Today sees them finish their 4 week block practice. They have provided the children with a range of fun and educational activities. We wish them luck in their teaching career.

Duck update!
You may have noticed the ducks are no longer in our classroom (smell reasons!). They have moved out to the shed and outside run out of the North Hall doors. The children have been visiting noticing how they are changing as they are getting older. The fluffy feathers are slowly going. They will be moving on to pastures new during the half term holidays.

Have a great weekend.
The Nursery Team

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Jack and the Beanstalk in Reception this week!

May 11, 2015 at 2:58 pm

This week in Reception we are focusing on the story Jack and the Beanstalk and Addition.


In our Literacy classroom this week there has been a gigantic beanstalk growing over the weekend! The children will be reading and sequencing the traditional story as well as acting out the story, labelling and hot seating different characters and drawing story maps. Other Bee Jobs will include finding words hidden around the room and playing tricky word games.


In our Maths classroom this week we are focusing on our Addition skills. The children will be practising using a number line to solve the addition problems. The children will be taught to start from the biggest number when adding and then count on. The children will have to opportunity to practise their addition skills in the areas of provision.

Have a great week and lets hope the sunshine continues!

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RC’s visit to Farsley Farfield Farm

May 7, 2015 at 2:16 pm

What a great afternoon had by the children in RC. All the children have come back excited and a little bit muddy after travelling across the field to visit our farm! Miss Howells, Brian and the Year 6 children had organised some fantastic activities for us all to do including feeding chickens, watering seeds in the huge poly tunnels, lettuce tasting and planting our own seeds in the farm classroom. We can’t wait to watch them grow!

Thank you very much to Miss Howells, Brian and the Year 6 children who helped us have a fantastic afternoon!

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This week in Reception!

May 5, 2015 at 2:48 pm

What a busy week ahead in Reception!


This week in our Literacy lessons we will be learning about how plants and flowers grow. We will also be learning about Bee’s and how they help flowers to grow through pollination. We will be reading the stories ‘The Very Greedy Bee’ and ‘Harvey the Gardner’. We will also be labelling about different parts of the flower and talking about why we use labels. RF will also be working hard and writing about their fantastic trip to Rodley Nature Reserve. Our new tricky word this week is are.


This week we are focusing on our halving and sharing skills. The children will be halving fruit and sharing raisins etc. We will be using language such as equal and fair to check if we have halved and shared the fruit fairly. The children will also have the opportunity to share and half objects independently in the different areas of provision. Why not see if your child knows how to half and share objects at home?

RC’s trip to the school farm this Thursday

This Thursday RC are visiting the school farm! Please send your child in with wellie boots on Thursday.

Have a wonderful week!

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