Chinese New Year in Nursery

January 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

This week we have been learning all about the Chinese New Year which people will be celebrating on Saturday 28th January. This year it is the year of the Rooster. The children have listened to the story of Chinese New Year and how all the animals had a race. See if your child can tell you which animal won the race!

The children enjoyed acting out the story. We read the book ‘Cleversticks’ which is about a Chinese boy who isn’t good at anything and doesn’t want to go to school. This is until he uses 2 paintbrushes to eat a biscuit. The children found it very hard to eat a biscuit using chopsticks!!

Kung Hei Fat Choy (Happy New Year!)

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Being Healthy in Reception

January 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Be healthy

As part of the children’s learning about healthy eating, Claire who runs the school’s kitchen came to visit Reception. The children wanted to say thank you to Claire for all their lovely meals and they asked her lots of questions about the food that she cooks.

The children have also been practising their cutting skills to make fruit kebabs and have been making healthy dinner plates.


This week, the children have been building on their learning of addition. We have been teaching the children the strategy of putting the largest number in their head and counting on when adding mentally. The children have also been using numberlines to complete additions.







We have also challenged the children to work out some superhero addition problems. Can the children work out the answers to the problems below using the code?








This week the children have learnt the phonemes:

oa (road),

long oo (moon),

short oo which sounds like an /u/ (book) and

ar (star).

Training day

Don’t forget, it’s staff training day tomorrow so school isn’t open to children.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and we will see you on Monday.

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Play and learning in Nursery

January 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

It has been a busy few weeks in Nursery. We have been busy completing a gym routine, making jelly (learning about the word dissolving), exploring the frost outside, making bread and exploding volcanoes.

Stay and read
It is great to see so many parents coming in to Nursery to share books with their child and probably a few more friends! Thank you. Remember you don’t have to come every week. Stay and read is every Wednesday 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm.

Training Day
Please don’t forget we have a training day tomorrow – Friday 27th January

Have a great long weekend.

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What else has been happening in Reception?

January 20, 2017 at 1:22 pm

In order to be healthy Superheroes, the children in Reception have been discussing healthy foods and the need for exercise. This week, we have read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and the non-fiction book ‘Vegetables’. We have compared the books and discussed the differences between fiction and non-fiction. The children will be continuing their learning about staying fit and healthy next week.


This half term, the children have started to learn the Phase 3 digraphs (phonemes with two letter sounds) and trigraphs (phonemes with three letter sounds).

The digraphs/trigraphs learnt so far: qu, ch, th, sh, ng, ai, ee, igh

Below is the Phase 2 and Phase 3 Jolly Phonics videos. The Phase 2 video will help children who still need to recap Phase 2 phonemes and the Phase 3 video will show you how to enunciate the new and upcoming sounds. The children love joining in with these videos at school and they really help the children recognise and remember the sounds with the actions. Please listen to them at home too.

Phase 2

Phase 3



The children have been learning about money. They have looked at different coins and discussed the values of the different coins and put them in order.




IMG_5527A common misconception is that every coin represents 1, so we have been asking the children to show the different values using counters.




The children have helped to develop a shop. They made shelves using bricks from the construction area and found some paper to use as receipts. The children have loved pretending to be shopkeepers and customers, and they’ve been buying lots of healthy foods.

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Superheroes at Farsley Farfield

January 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

What an exciting couple of weeks we have had in Reception.

The children have been extremely engaged in our Superhero topic and they have been very eager to capture the Joker and to rescue Princess Esmeralda. But it hasn’t been easy…

The children have become real Superheroes

Superhero Fitness Camp



You’ll be pleased to know, all the children passed the test and should be coming home with a certificate today.




The Story of the Joker and Princess Esmeralda

After setting up traps to capture the Joker, the children in Reception received another letter explaining that he/she had provided  ‘Superhero Challenges’ around the classroom for the children to complete.



For each challenge completed, the children were able to put a token in a pot. They were told that they had to collect 100 tokens before they could rescue Princess Esmeralda.



Superhero Challenges:

Making potions

Building dens

Reading Superhero books

Making healthy ‘potato friends’ in the Finger Gym

Writing to the Joker and practising capital letter formation

Reading the phonemes and tricky words that the baddies had stolen

As the children were completing the challenges, they received more letters from the Joker encouraging them to keep going. He also informed them that their traps hadn’t worked and that he had taken the class hoover! The Joker’s mischievous behaviour continued to encourage the children to complete the ‘Superhero Challenges’.

Once we had collected enough tokens, the children wrote a letter to the Joker.


To Joker, We are very sad because you have stolen the princess and our hoover. We have 113 tokens. Please tell us where your den is. From, Reception



The next day, the children came into the classroom to find footprints and an eaten cake! The cake had been left as our last attempt at capturing the Joker.

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They  couldn’t wait to find out who the footprints belonged to – they had a sneaky feeling they knew who it was.

We received another letter from the Joker saying he was going to be at our school at 11 O’clock on Thursday. We looked at the time and worked out how long we had to wait. The children were very interested in telling the time all morning. We looked at digital and analogue clocks.  A couple of children came into school with watches on the next day and they were able to discuss telling the time with their friends. 

At 11 O’clock, we went to find the Joker.

We found her! Some of the children were shocked that the Joker was a girl. We discussed that girls and boys can be goodies and baddies. The Joker was a bit frightened of the Superheroes because she knew she hadn’t been very kind. We soon realised that the Joker had taken Princess Esmeralda because she didn’t have any friends and she didn’t know how to make friends. We said we would help her.

The Joker needed help cracking some codes in order to find Princess Esmeralda.

We cracked the codes and set off on our mission to rescue her.

It’s been a wonderful couple of weeks and the children should be very proud of their efforts. They have worked brilliantly as a team.

Some children soon realised that the Joker didn’t look too dissimilar to Miss Hutchinson, so please do reassure any worried children that the Joker was only Miss Hutchinson pretending.

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Nursery stay and read

January 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

This week we started our Stay and Read sessions. They run on a Wednesday from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm. You don’t have to come every week. It is a great way to spend some quality time with your child.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Attention Nursery parents!!!

January 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

The deadline for applying for your child’s place in to a Reception class is THIS Sunday 15th January. Please make sure you have registered and filled out the form. Failure to submit the school application can result in your child going to any school, rather than the school you would like them to go to.

The website you need to visit is:

If you have any questions or need support then please contact me – [email protected]

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More mischief in Reception…

January 9, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Both classes in Reception have received a very important letter today:

We have discussed and planned ways to try and save the Princess. Some of the children’s ideas are:

  • making a trap
  • making a spider to scare him
  • making a cake to put in a trap to capture him
  • use a net
  • ring the Police and tell them what’s happened
  • make posters
  • spy out of the window

Here’s what we’ve been doing so far:


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Keeping active in Reception…

January 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

The children in Reception have been keeping fit and healthy this week.

On Thursday, some children went on a bike ride (around the school grounds) with Miss Hutchinson. We talked about why cyclists wear high visibility jackets and how they stay safe on the roads. The children rode on the balance bikes, following Miss Hutchinson in single file, and made sure we all stayed together. They also practised using the brakes when going down hills and moving the handlebars to direct the bikes around bends.

In PE, the children have been helping the community by becoming Police Officers! The children had to climb, crawl and balance on apparatus in order to look out for robbers. They had to practise their catching skills by throwing balls and beanbags into the air and catching them – we talked about the children using their eyes and hands at the same time. They practised pencil rolls and teddy bear rolls on the mats and finally, they bounced on the trampolines in order to stay fit and healthy.

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Reception visit to Pudsey Police Station

January 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Happy New Year to all. We hope you had a lovely two weeks and the children are refreshed and ready to start school again.

Be good citizen

Reception have started the first week of half term with a trip to Pudsey Police Station. We were shown around the station and were able to explore the Police vans and cars. The Police Officers made us very welcome at the station.

The children learnt about how to be a good citizen and also found out about what the Police do to help our community. They have also learnt to ring 999 in an emergency.

Some of the adults had been misbehaving and were arrested! The children had to pretend to be Police Officers and  interviewed the adults. This week, the children are designing a Police area which will be in RF’s classroom. I’m sure the children will have lots of fun pretending to be Police Officers in there, especially as they have now visited a real one!


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