RF go to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

June 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

What a lovely day we had!

The weather was perfect and the children had a fantastic experience. They saw giraffes, tigers, polar bears and much more. They have been talking about the trip all day and have written about their favourite part. One child did say he had seen an elephant but everyone else must have missed that! Please ask your child all about their day and have a look at the photos below to see just a few of the things we saw.


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Picnic fun in Nursery

June 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

This week we are reading the story ‘We’re Going on a Picnic’ by Pat Hutchins. It is about a hen, duck and goose who decided to have a picnic but can’t decide where to have it. There are also some sneaky animals who pinch their food.

Over this week and next we will be planning our own healthy picnic. The children will be looking healthy and non healthy food and suggesting what we could have on our picnic. They will also need to write a shopping list for what we need to buy. The children can also have a go at making their own picnic basket using boxes.

We are continuing to practise out letter sounds. So far we have learnt about the phonemes s, a, t, i, p, m, n. This week we are learning about ‘d’.

Transition to Reception
Over the next few weeks we will be visiting the Reception classrooms so the children get used to their new classrooms.

Please can we ask that as the weather gets warmer that children come to school with sun cream on. Please can children also put their labelled hats on their pegs.

Have a super week
The Nursery team.

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PE fun in Reception

June 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

We have been practising ‘team spirit’ in Reception today. The children were put into teams for PE and they were very excited to organise team tactics!


First, the children balanced quoits on their heads and walked around the playground. To challenge themselves, they followed the wiggly lines, tried to hopscotch, walked in the ladders and so on…

Hand-eye co-ordination

The children pretended their quoits were pets. They had to roll the quoits in front of them and follow them with their eyes. They had to keep a close eye on their pets so they didn’t lose them.

Throwing and Catching

Next, the children practised throwing and catching their quoits. We were very impressed with the children’s catching skills!


Lastly, the children competed in some running races. We talked about how to run quickly. Click the link  IMG_4398 see a video of a child showing some fantastic sprinting using his arms for power!

We talked about winning and losing and agreed that it’s ok not to win!

Well done Reception!



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Reception learn about capacity

June 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

This week the children are learning about capacity. They know that it is the space inside a container which is the capacity and the liquid or rice or sand in the container is the volume. We have talked about full, half full and empty. The children have also estimated how many small containers of rice will fill a large container and were remarkably accurate. Please ask the children about this at home and you could even practise this with your child by giving them containers to play with in the bath.

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Buckets are us in Nursery

June 21, 2016 at 12:06 pm

This week we are listening to the story ‘Billy’s Bucket’. It is about a boy who wants a bucket for his birthday. Inside the bucket he sees lots of exciting things. Ask your child about what happens at the end.

The children are thinking of what could happen at the bottom of their bucket. They are being encouraged to draw their story. We are also using props to recreate what is at the bottom of our bucket and the children are helping to tell the story.
Mathematically we are counting buckets and sorting buckets by colour and size. We are challenging ourselves to make repeating patterns too.

Stay and Play
Wednesday 22nd June sees the start of our Stay and Play sessions. Please come and spend some time playing with your child. The sessions run from 8.45-9.15 or 12.30 -1pm. Everyone is welcome.

Have a super week and enjoy the sunshine.
The Nursery team.

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PE fun in RH!

June 17, 2016 at 12:12 pm

This morning RH have been showing off their physical literacy skills  by completing lots of fun activities.

They have been keeping fit by bouncing on the trampolines and bouncing on the space hoppers.Click the link below to watch a video

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They have been practising their hand-eye co-ordination using bean bags and racquets. They practised using the racquests with both their right and left hands. Click the link below to watch a video

Hand-eye co-ordination

They have been working as a team and developing their balancing skills.

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The group in the video below came up with the idea to hold hands and they had a great time trying to balance on the steps whilst working together as a team. Click the link below to watch the video…


Don’t forget it is our school Camp-over tomorrow. It promises to be a fun, busy day for all. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!

Miss Hutchinson



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What do we know?

June 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

This week has been very busy in Reception as we have been doing lots of assessments. The children have been showing us how much they have learned this year and their progress has been fantastic.

In maths the children can double and halve numbers, add and subtract, tell us 1 more and 1 less than a given number and much more! Over the next few weeks we will be giving them problems to solve using the skills they have developed.

In Literacy the children have been showing us that they can write sentences using a capital letter to begin with, finger spaces and finishing with a full stop. They have also been using cursive writing!

At this time of year we are beginning to talk about moving in to Year 1. Today the two year 1 classes have been out on a trip so we have taken the opportunity to have a look at their classrooms. The children saw the similarities with our rooms such as a book area and construction equipment but also the differences such as four large work tables in each room. They saw where to hang their coats and where the toilets are. The children had lots to say about Year 1 and were very excited and a little bit nervous. Over the next few weeks we will have more transition visits and you will find out more information.

Have a good week, from the Reception Team.

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Butterfly release

June 15, 2016 at 7:30 am

On Tuesday we released our butterflies. 2 flew away and the other 2 rested on some lovely flowers. The children really enjoyed watching them.

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Busy, busy, busy in Nursery

June 13, 2016 at 4:20 pm

This week we are encouraging the children to write about their favourite part of our trip to Harlow Carr. We don’t expect a sentence; we are just asking that the children make marks and tell us what they have put. We will display some of this work along with photos and paintings in Nursery this week.

We continue to learn some letter sounds: s, a, t, i, and p. The children can recognise these letters if they have them in their names.

2D shapes and repeating patterns
During our assessment time last week we found that some children were able to recognise common 2D shapes but found it difficult to talk about them. So we are doing a 2D shape hunt around Nursery and encouraging lots of mathematical language. For our pattern work we are going to work on colour repeating patterns and how we can continue them. This will lead on to creating our own patterns. Can you spot simple 2D shapes around your home?

Name formation
For the rest of the term we are going to be focusing on pencil grips and writing some letters from our first name. Some children can write their names and they are being encouraged to write their surname. We have a fine motor skills area in Nursery where the children can practise controlling their fine motor skills. If you would like us to share with you what we are teaching your child when writing their names, then please let us know.

Class photo day
This Wednesday it is class photo day so start practising your smiles!

Reception Open Evening
Please don’t forget THIS Thursday is the Reception Open Evening at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the North building (same as Nursery). You will get the opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher and so much more!

Have a great week: it looks like its going to be a wet one!

The Nursery team

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Fantastic fun at Harlow Carr

June 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Nursery children had a fantastic time yesterday at Harlow Carr. We found out lots of things out about seeds and plants. We had to look very carefully for seeds on the ground and collect them in our bags. We saw lots of things that had grown from seeds – trees, flowers and food. We saw lettuce, strawberries, apples, radishes and lots more! Some children were lucky enough to see a bird feeding his family in a bird box high up in a tree. We saw lots of beaks peaking out of the hole waiting for worms.
We then all planted our own egg plants to bring back to school.
We were all super excited to then explore the grounds of Harlow Carr, particular favourites were the slide and the huge spiders web and spider (pretend of course!). One child said today “Everything was great but I loved my lunch as I was starving!”
Thank you to all the parents who helped on the day we couldn’t have done it without you!

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