Shopping in RF

January 26, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Last week the children in RF set up their own shop and asked if we could have a proper shop in class. The children had lots of ideas about what kind of shop they would like so we chatted and decided on a toy shop. A small group of children planned what they would need and what would happen in the shop. Lots of children helped to set it up. They found a cash register and some money. They searched around for things to sell in the toy shop and found some shopping bags. We talked about writing shopping lists so the children collected pens and clipboards and we printed lists for the children to write the items they wanted. All week the children have acted out being customers and shop keepers and they have loved writing lists.

The children have been learning how to use tens frames in our class Numeracy sessions. They have used them to recognise how many objects make up a number and how many spaces there are left to make 10. They have used them to add two groups of objects to find out how many they have altogether. All the children were engaged and helped each other if they didn’t have the correct number of objects. Teamwork as well as maths!

Next week in phonics we will be learning four new sounds. The sounds are ai, ee, igh and oa and the tricky word next week will be ‘you’.

Have a great weekend, from the RF team.

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Monster Cafe

January 26, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Thank you to all the grown-ups who came to our cafe this afternoon. The children have been so excited all week for this event. They were super waiters and waitresses taking orders and serving cold drinks and buns. The children have worked hard this week and I am sure they will enjoy thinking about what we can spend the £64 on!

Thank you for your support.

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Monsters in Nursery! (Not real ones)

January 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Well we have had a super, super busy week in Nursery – the main focus being organising ‘The Monster Café’. The children decided what they needed to do before the café opened today (Friday). They helped decide what was written on the letter to the grown-ups. The menu was created with what they wanted to bake and drinks they would serve; all the menus were decorated by the children. We then did some signs: the children could write directions on how to get to the café or simply tell everyone what they would be selling. We painted a café sign and lots of monsters to decorate our café. The biggest task of all was doing lots and lots of baking!!!! The children have made butterfly buns, chocolate buns, plain buns, gingerbread men and jam doughnuts. I think you will agree that’s a fantastic choice for afternoon tea. We have practised how to greet customers, how to fill out an order form and serve the food/drinks.

As well as the café organisation we also created a pop up opticians. Lots of children had their eyes tested. We also went on a quick trip to India. The children created their own passports – drawing their picture, writing their name and their age. We then checked in and boarded the plane. Seat belts fastened and we took off. Once in India we did some dancing and then tried some Indian snacks.

In our mathematics we continue to count up to 20 and back from 10. The children have sung number songs and counted cotton reels on to pipe cleaners. We are practising our pencil grip when we sign our names. When signing in the children can just write the first letter and gradually build this up. We have been retelling the story of the 3 Little Pigs and encouraging the children to join in with the repeated refrains – “Little Pig, Little Pig let me come in”.

Stay and read was busy this week. Lots of children sat and enjoyed listening to stories from all the grown-ups who came. Stay and Read sessions continue every Wednesday 8.45-9.15 or 12.30-1pm. Please feel free to come another day if your child doesn’t attend Nursery on a Wednesday or if it’s more convenient a different day.

Have a fantastic weekend

The Nursery team

P.S Monster Café photos to follow

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Writing, fishing and so much more in RH!

January 25, 2018 at 6:03 pm

We have had a brilliant week in RH. I have been amazed by how much the children have been writing!


We have been learning about fishing this week which all stemmed from some children who decided to pretend to go fishing. A child from Year three, who often goes fishing, came to talk to the children about his fishing experiences. The children asked some brilliant questions and found out about what fish eat, where you can fish and what equipment you need.

Some children have been busy making fishing rods:


This week we have learnt the phonemes /ai/ /ee/ /igh/. The tricky word this week is ‘was’.


We have been looking at subtraction this week. The children have completed subtractions practically using counters and have started using a ‘ten frame’ to help with subtractions. The children coloured in an amount of squares (which were taken away form the total of 10) and then had to say how many were left uncoloured.

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What else have we been doing?

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RH Bake Off

January 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm

We have had some expert bakers in RH this week. The children love pretending to make cakes and biscuits in the sand so we decided to have a real ‘bake off’.

The children wrote lists of ingredients, segmenting the sounds in the words themselves. We have been very pleased with the children’s writing and their cursive letter formation. The children then followed their recipes and made cakes. We had some interesting cakes, including ginger and banana.

Whilst baking, we talked about weight and how we measure the weight of things using scales. The children had to balance the ingredients they added to make their cakes with the amount of eggs they put in.

This afternoon, we had our ‘bake off’ final. Miss Hutchinson, Miss Gregory and Miss Jackson were the judges. We tried all the cakes which were anonymous and decided on  three winners. It was a very hard job choosing the winners as all the cakes tasted lovely. The winners were George, Jorja and Sahara. Well done!


This week we have recapped  the phonemes /ch/, /sh/ and /qu/. We have also introduced /th/ and /ng/. We have practised reading words with the phonemes in and then reading sentences including the tricky word of the week which is ‘be’.

Example sentences:

Can I be a king?

Splash the queen.

This is a chin.

We have also looked at writing a list of ingredients and we wrote a set of class rules for the ‘bake off’ challenge.


As well as measuring, we have also been doing some number work this week. We have been trying to make different numbers in different ways. For example, 4 and 3 makes 7, 5 and 2 and so on. We have done this practically with cubes but also have drawn pictures to show the additions.

We have also been doing some problem solving. The children had to work out different ways to share a box full of medals. They were very good at suggesting ways for it to be fair and what to do if someone else came along!

Have a lovely weekend.

The RH team

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Children in disguise in RF!

January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

We have had such a varied week in RF.

At the beginning of the week one of our children asked if they could have their face painted. We used the internet to find interesting designs we could use and then went to find the face paints. Some children drew their own designs to have painted later in the week. letters went out to ask for permission and we were ready! Have a look at the photos to see if you can recognise anyone.

On Wednesday it snowed so we took the sledges out on to the hill and had lots of fun!

On Thursday some of the children decided they wanted to have a shop in class so they collect all sorts of things from around the room and put them into baskets ready for sale. I asked how much things were and said in real shops each thing for sale had a price on it so the children set about putting price labels on everything. We found a cash register and they were ready. They spent a long time buying and selling things and asked if they could have a shop in class next week.

Next week we will set up a shop role play area with the help of the children so if they visit a shop this weekend it would be very helpful if you could talk to them about what they can see there.

In phonics next week our new sound will be ‘ng’ and we will be revising ‘ch’, ‘sh’ and ‘th’ as well as all the Phase 2 sounds. Our tricky word of the week will be ‘was’.

Have a lovely weekend, from the team in RF.


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Are Monsters arriving in Nursery?

January 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm

We have had such a busy week in Nursery – snow, gingerbread men, buns, monster cafe!

The children have enjoyed seeing so many different kinds of weather this week from rain, sun and rainbows to snow! We had fun sledging down the hill!

Wednesday saw the start of our stay and read sessions. It was lovely to see so many parents. Please feel free to come as and when you like, babies and toddlers are welcome too. Stay and read is on from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm. If your child doesn’t attend Nursery on a Wednesday then feel free to come another day.

This week saw the start of the children trying to make marks and attempt writing their name with support. The children are working hard to hold their pen or pencil correctly (using 2 fingers) and either make a mark, write the first letter or 2 or their whole name. Well done Nursery!

The children have been doing a lot of baking this week. We started making buns some plain, some with raisins and bananas in. By the end of the week we all made a gingerbread man as we had enjoyed reading the story a lot. We also made pasta and ate it with a tomato and herb sauce. After making so much food I said “It’s like we have been a restaurant or cafe all week”. This prompted lots of conversations about having a cafe. The children have named it ‘Monster Cafe’ although they wanted to make sure everyone knew it won’t have real monsters in it! So next Friday we will be serving afternoon tea. More details to follow.

We have also started our ‘Art Gallery’. The children have been keen to learn different painting techniques. This has included mixing shades of blue, a cold colour and then drawing a picture using a black pen and then using powder paints to carefully colour it in. We hope to expand the pictures in the art gallery over the next few weeks.

We wish you a wonderful weekend, watch out for the snow!

The Nursery Team


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A busy week in RF

January 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm


This week has been all about shape and disco parties!

We revised 2D shapes altogether. The children are able to name circle, triangle, square and rectangle and talk about their properties. They are able to find shapes with straight sides and count how many each shape has. They have also learned about 3D shapes – cube, cuboid and cylinder and begin to talk about their properties. Ask your child to see if they can find any objects at home in those categories. There have been lots of activities available for the children to do independently including making pictures with shapes and completing a shape programme on the computer.

Our focus children this week very keen on holding a disco party so we spent the week getting ready for it which we held this afternoon. They planned what they wanted for the party including buns to eat. They wrote lists of ingredients they needed to make the buns and then made two batches. They also wrote some invitations. We were nearly ready for the party except no one knew how to disco dance! In our PE lesson we learned some steps and practised in preparation for the party. We were ready! The children enjoyed dancing to the music with the disco lights flashing and then we returned to class to have refreshments of buns and milk. A lovely end to a very busy week.

Next week in literacy our tricky word of the week is ‘be’ and our new sounds will be qu, ch, sh and th.


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An icy week in Nursery!

January 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Well it has certainly been a busy first full week back! The children have been busy exploring some enhancements we have put in some areas of provision. Following on from talking about igloos and making one from a box we created a winter igloo reading area. The children are enjoying going in the tents sometimes reading or playing.

There has been a lot of ice investigations. We found a fireman character stuck in the ice – how will we rescue him? The children tried hammers, saws, dropping the ice, some salt. Eventually we put the ice near the radiator and after over an hour (longer than they predicted) they were able to rescue him! We have observed what happens when you sprinkle ice on to ice and then add blue food colouring. If we listened carefully we could hear it cracking.

Sofia told us that she loves ‘rainbows’. So today we made rainbow toast. The children used coloured milk to create their coloured bread, toasted, buttered and then ate it. They loved it some much we will continue this next week.

In maths we have been doing lots of counting forward and back up to 20 and back from 5/10. The children have been developing their understanding of numbers, recognising and ordering them. We have practised counting objects and putting them with the correct number. We continue to practise counting claps or beats of a drum.

In outdoor play we have been designing and making things with wood and exploring the frost and ice. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play.

In phonics we have been doing body percussion, playing sound games and using tap sticks to sound out the syllables in words.

A selection of photos from our week….

We hope you have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

The Nursery team

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Is the moon made out of cheese?

January 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm

This week in RH, some of the children have been very interested in discussing Space. One child thought the moon was made of cheese and the children became very excited about the prospect of visiting the moon so we decided to organise a trip to see if the moon was made out of cheese. We researched how to get there and talked about what the moon would be like, including the fact that there’s no gravity there.

The children have been busy making space helmets and space boots which they wore when we went on our adventure. They have also been drawing rockets, painting rockets and making rockets out of wood.

We have recapped 3D shapes, naming them and looking at their properties. The children were challenged to make rockets using the 3D shapes and then named the shapes that they had used.

On our trip to the moon, we looked at the shapes used to make up the rocket. We then talked about the shapes of the planets and worked out that that they were spheres.

As part of our trip, we watched a video of a rocket taking off and then a video of astronauts on the moon.  We then had a pancake as this was requested as part of the trip!

The children were allowed to explore the moon and they soon discovered that it was made of rocks, not cheese. As there was no gravity on the moon, the children had to work in pairs to help each other explore. One child stayed on the rocket holding on to one end of a skipping rope and the other child explored whilst holding on to the other.

We have been learning about the planets with this catchy song:

What else have we been learning?


In Phonics, we have introduced the phonemes qu, ch, sh this week. We have practised reading words containing the phonemes and writing them.

Our tricky word this week is ‘we’.


As well as the work we have completed on 3D shapes, the children have also been doing some estimating. We have talked about the word ‘estimating’ and what it means. The children have also estimated how many counters they thought they could fit in their shoe. They then filled their shoes with counters and counted them to see if their estimations were close.






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