What did Reception do in the woods?

October 23, 2015 at 3:53 pm

We had a terrific time at the woods yesterday. All the children and adults had a fun-packed day and it was lots of fun being in the outdoors. Some of the activities included making bear shelters and honey sandwiches, going on a bear hunt and eating yummy honey sandwiches.

A massive thank you goes to all the helpers. The trip was a wonderful success that was enjoyed by all!

We hope you all have a wonderful half term. The children deserve to have a week off after all their hard work at school.

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Last week of term fun!

October 23, 2015 at 7:07 am

Nursery children have been working really hard this week. They have listened to the story ‘The Dot’ and created beautiful ‘dot’ pictures. This led us to talking about circles, we found lots of them in Nursery. Please come and check out our display.
We used our senses to check out some autumnal coloured water – they all had different smells! (Cinnamon, cocoa powder and all spice). We used pipettes to drop the colours on to blotting paper and watched what happened.
We think the most enjoyable activity this week was hammering in golf tees in to our pumpkin! The children sat for ages making sure that every tee was stuck in to the pumpkin. This activity really helps build arm strength.
Have a great half term, as next half term is just as busy!!!

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October 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

The bears have arrived in Reception!

Most of the children have brought their teddy bears in and written labels for them. The children will be taking them to Blackhills on Thursday to join in the fun. On Thursday the children need to come dressed in their school uniform with suitable coats and footwear. They also need a packed lunch in a labelled carrier bag. Everything needs to be in disposable packaging. What an exciting end to the first half term in school!

This week the children are writing labels for their bears and for other toys. Our tricky word this week is ‘to’ and as it is a short week the only new sounds are ‘ck’ and ‘e’. Just to remind you of the sounds we have covered so far: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c and k. Please try to go over these sounds with your child.

We have been using the children’s bears in our Numeracy this week. The children have put the bears in order of size and then counted them. Each bear has been given a number so the children can see that the last number in the line tells them the quantity, so if the last number is 15 then without counting the children should know that there are 15 bears.

Don’t forget that Friday is a training day and then it is half term. Have a good week from the Reception Team.

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Things are going dotty in Nursery!

October 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

This week we are listening to the story ‘The Dot’. It is about a girl who says she can’t draw. She puts a dot on a piece of paper, signs her name (as she is good at that) and her teacher loves it. She then creates lots of dot pictures. The story is below…

The children noticed the dot looks like a circle. So we looked around our Nursery and found loads of circle shapes. We are now busy creating our dot pictures. Look out for a display showing all our art work.

We are also using our senses using autumn coloured water. What does the coloured water smell of? The children will drop the water on to blotting paper, draw around a leaf or acorn stencil and then cut it out. All of our Autumn work will be displayed this week. We also have a pumpkin and we are going to see if we can use hammers to push golf tees in, this will help us build the muscles up in our arm. Which means it will help us to control a pencil better.

Parents Evening

After the holidays the school is having parents evening on Tuesday 3rd November and Wednesday 4th November. Nursery will be open until 6pm on both nights for you to drop in and have a look round and talk to adults if you wish.

Individual Photographs

All Nursery children will be having their individual photos taken on Wednesday 4th November. If your child has any siblings in school they will also have a family picture taken too.

Training day & Half term

Don’t forget we have a training day THIS Friday 23rd October. School will be closed to children. We are off next week for half term so we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 2nd November.


Don’t forget you all now have access to your child’s online observation journal. If you need any support with this we are offering help tomorrow – Tuesday 20th October from 3.15 to 3.45pm. If you can’t make that time then just email me any questions and I will endeavour to help. [email protected]

Have a great half term.

The Nursery Team.


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Autumn and self portrait fun in Nursery!

October 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

We have had a busy week looking for signs of Autumn. We have done some leaf printing and making self portraits using our autumn collections!

Have a great weekend.

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Busy Bees in Reception

October 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm

We had a really fun day yesterday celebrating ‘World Maths Day’. The children enjoyed the whole school assembly and loved dancing and singing to the penguin song in the playground with the rest of the school. The children have been painting penguins, ordering penguin numbers, ordering penguins by size and have been learning facts about penguins.

Next week is Reception’s trip to Blackhill Woods! The children are to come to school in school uniform, but will need appropriate footwear – wellies, trainers or walking boots would be best. The children may also want to wear a warm jumper and a waterproof coat. All children will need a packed lunch and will be leaving and arriving back to school during the normal school hours.

Next week, we would like the children to bring in a teddy bear from home. In literacy, the children will be learning how to write labels for their teddy bears using a capital letter at the beginning. They will also be using an app on the ipads called ‘PuppetPals’ to retell the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.

In numeracy the children will continuing their work on 2D shapes and will be practising counting to 30.

We hope to see you all during our Reception Reading Information Evenings. The first one is being held straight after school and will run until 4.15 and the second one starts at 6.45 and runs until 7.30.

There will be no school next Friday (23rd) for the children as it is a Staff Training Day.

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World Maths Day – penguin fun!!

October 13, 2015 at 2:59 pm

We have had great fun in Nursery today celebrating World Maths Day. Thank you to everyone who donated something to go to Unicef and the work they do with Syrian families.

We had lots of number fun with penguins.

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A busy, busy week in Nursery!

October 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

The week started off with a very autumnal walk looking for signs of Autumn. The children found lots of different colours, shapes and sizes of leaves. We are using the leaves, conkers and twigs to create our own self portraits. Thank you to those who brought in their Autumn discoveries. The children are being encouraged to draw pictures of themselves using a black pen, these will be displayed in our classroom very soon. We will be using the Autumnal leaves to create some Autumn prints and patterns. Look out for our Autumn display. Some of the leaves are going to used to create Autumn bowls.

World Maths Day
Thank you to those who have dressed up and made a contribution to Unicef. All the money raised will go towards helping the Syrian refugees. We started the day by reading the book ’10 penguins’, we counted down from 10 to 0 and back again. The children sat and listened beautifully in assembly this morning with the rest of the school. We then went on to the south playground to do the ‘penguin maths dance’ (we have been practising a lot!). The whole school had a photograph taken by a drone in the sky – this caused much excitement! The children will then be making penguin feet prints, counting fish and making penguin patterns. Make sure you watch the programme Made in Leeds at 6pm tonight as you might see us!!! For more information about today please click on the link below:

We have collected a number of jumpers and zipped jackets, please check that they don’t belong to your child. Please can I remind you that the children’s clothes need to be named – this will help us to return any items.

Family Photos
Don’t forget to forward me your family photos or bring them printed so we can add them to our Nursery family tree. Please forward pictures to [email protected]

Have a great week, look out for our World Maths Day photos.

The Nursery Team

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Self Portrait fun in Nursery

October 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm

This week we have been learning how to create a portrait of ourselves. The children have looked carefully in a mirror to see what features they have on their face and the colour of them. We have learnt that we don’t all look the same. You can see our self portraits on display in our cloakroom area.
The ‘self portrait’ area was introduced to the children. It is a place where we can dress up and use the iPads to take ‘selfies’. Some of our selfies are on display, come and take a look.

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RH Treat!

October 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Over the last few weeks, RH have been working really hard to get the class ‘Super Ted’ to the top of the tower. In order for Super Ted to climb, the children have to show that they can follow the class ‘Golden Rules’ which include doing good sitting, good looking, good listening, good waiting and good sharing. Yesterday, Super Ted made it to the top of the tower so the children went to the park for a short while this afternoon and had lots of fun!

Well done everyone!


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