Gymnastics in RF

September 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm

This week our focus children were very interested in gymnastics and this excited the rest of the class as well. They didn’t know about our famous ex-pupil Nile Wilson who competed for Great Britain at the last Olympic games and won a bronze medal so we used the internet to find out about him. The children were very impressed with him so they asked if they could do some gymnastics. We cleared the middle of the classroom and put down some mats. Lots of the children practised their forward and pencil rolls. Then in PE today we had the equipment out and the children had the opportunity to climb ladders, swing on ropes and bounce on the mini trampolines. What fun they had as well as getting lots of exercise!


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Fantastic fun in Nursery

September 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

We have had a fantastic week in Nursery. The children have really settled well and are learning the routines. We have had fun…

• playing musical instruments
• being creative – painting, cutting and gluing
• getting wet in the water
• exploring our outside environment
• singing songs
• dancing
• listening to stories
• using the woodwork bench
• being creative in the playdough
• playing in the home corner
• making toast
• using our special apple corer!

The children have also been learning our ‘Golden rules’ – good sitting, kind hands, good listening, good sharing and good waiting.

We have been encouraging the children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and take turns when playing with things. Those children who stay for lunch are practising holding a fork and knife and cutting up their own food.

We have also been discussing the days of the week, date, month and season. This lead to talking about Autumn. We would to have some Autumn objects like leaves, conkers and acorns in Nursery for the children to explore further. So if you go on any walks then it would be great if you bring some autumn things in for us to share.

It’s been a lovely week; we hope the children have enjoyed it as much as we have!

Have a great weekend!
The Nursery team

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What have we been learning in Reception?

September 22, 2017 at 10:25 am


This week in phonics, the children have learnt the first four phonemes. We use cursive script when forming letters and this week’s phonemes are formed in this way:

We have put a letter formation sheet in the children’s bookbags today so you can see how we teach children to form letters. All the letters start at the bottom left hand corner as you can see above.

As part of phonics, the children have found objects that begin with the letter of the day and have also practised forming the letters. They have listened to stories that have the letter of the day in the title, for example, ‘Peter Puffin’ when we were learning /p/. The children have also eaten foods beginning with the letter. They had strawberries, apples, tomatoes and pita bread.

The video below is a song that shows you the correct pronunciation and actions for each phoneme. This is a very catchy song and the children love singing along.

We have also started to blend phonemes together to make words using the phonemes taught, for example sat and pat. We start off by slowly saying the phonemes in sequence. Then we say them quicker and quicker until the sounds come together to form a word.


The children will come home with a Reading Record in their bookbags today. In the book will be the first set of key words for the children to learn which are the ‘lilac’ key words. There will also be a game for you to play with your child to help them learn the words. The children need to begin to learn to read these words by sight.

Every child will also be given a book to share with you. These books have no words in therefore the focus is for the children to practise turning the pages of the book and to use the pictures to try and tell a story to you. Please keep the books in the children’s bookbags so we can change them next week.


The children will all come home with a school library book today. Please bring this book back every Friday so the children can choose another book.


We have been mastering an understanding of the numbers 1-4 this week. The children have counted objects, practised forming the number and represented the number by drawing pictures.

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Welcome to Reception

September 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

We now have two full Reception classes and we  have really enjoyed getting to know all the children over the last two weeks. The children seem to have settled well into their new routines and have been exploring their new classrooms with great excitement. Here are some pictures of the children playing…

Key Information

-The school doors open at 8.50 in the morning and 3.15 in the afternoon. If the children aren’t in school by 9.00, you will have to sign them in at the School Office and they will be given a late mark on the register. It is really important that the children come to school on time otherwise they will miss Phonics lessons which begin at 9.05.

-P.E. is on Fridays. Please ensure your child has a pair of shorts and a white t-shirt to change into.

-The children have lots of jobs to complete when they enter the classroom in the morning. They’re to register themselves by putting their name in a basket, answer the ‘Question of the Day’, write their name on a sticky label to put on their fruit and then put their fruit in their tray. The children have been doing really well with their morning jobs so far.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

The Reception team

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Starting Nursery

September 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

Most of the children have started now and are settling in well. They are beginning to make new friends and experience new things. At this early stage our aim is to ensure all the children are happy and settled. The Nursery team are available to discuss any concerns you may have.

All of the children will be able to choose a library book to take home. Library books are changed on a Wednesday. The children will be able to put their new library book in a new school book bag. Please ensure you look after the book bag as there will be a charge to replace it. If your child doesn’t attend Nursery on a Wednesday then please bring their book bags in on one of the days they do attend.

Please can you make sure your child wears clothing which they can easily pull down in order to go to the toilet independently. Jogging bottoms are ideal.

Named clothing!
Please can I remind parents of the importance of naming your child’s clothing. We have already had some clothing going home with the wrong child. We cannot express the importance of having names in jackets, coats and jumpers.

Infant Building Car Park
The Infant Building car park is for staff or parents with permission only. Please use adjoining streets when parking to pick your child up.

If you have any reason to contact the Nursery staff the direct line number is 0113 205 8136 or email us at [email protected]

Thank you,
From the Nursery team

P.S. Photos to follow!

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