RH return to space!

February 9, 2018 at 8:59 pm

This week’s learning has taken us back to space! The children have been learning about the planets and reading lots of non-fiction texts about space. We have talked about the features of non-fiction texts and have used the contents page to turn to topics of interest. Esme made her very own space non-fiction with the support of Mrs Puddiphatt.

Coincidentally, SpaceX launched its very first Falcon Heavy rocket this week to Mars so we have also discussed this with the children.

We have also listened to some music  by the composer Gustav Holst. We listened to his ‘Mars’ and ‘Venus’ pieces from his Planets collection. The children had to listen to the pieces of music and then talk to a friend about how the music made them feel and what it made them think of. They then fed this back to the class.


“It’s scary like a shark”, Jagat.

“Makes me think of spying”, George.

“I thought of skeletons playing the piano”, Neive.


“It’s like stars moving around”, Musa.

“A wedding”, Ben.

“Walking through fields of flowers”, Esme.


We have learnt the phonemes ar, or and ur this week.

So far this term we have learnt: qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oo, ar, or, ur. Please review these sounds over the holidays.

Tricky word this week was ‘they’.


The children have been consolidating their learning on subtraction and have been working out one more and one less than a number. We have also started to look at doubling. We have doubled numbers with counters, Numicon and have been learning songs.







Today the children were jumping off apparatus, moving creatively to music, throwing and catching, creating games and balancing.

Have a lovely week off.

The RH team

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Camping and pyjamas in RF

February 9, 2018 at 4:03 pm

This week we have been camping and had a pyjama party!

The focus children had very different interests and this meant that the children had lots of fun. We set up a camp site with a full sized tent and camping equipment. The children were queuing up to have a sleep inside and pretend they were on their holidays. Today we had a very relaxed day as everyone came in their pyjamas. This afternoon we had pyjama party games in the hall followed by buns made by some of the children. A lovely end to a very busy half term.

After the holidays our tricky word will be ‘all’ and our new sounds are ‘ur’, ‘ow’ and ‘oi’. In maths we will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction and the children will learn how to use number lines to work out calculations.

Have a look at the photos to see the variety of things we have done this week and have a restful week.

From all the staff in RF.

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Nursery trip to Farsley Library

February 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Nursery Trip to Farsley Library

As part of World Book Day celebrations, we are planning to take Nursery to the local library for ‘story time’ on Wednesday 28th February. The children are invited to dress up as a character from a book.

MTW/AM – at 10.30am (leave school at 10.15am, back by 11.45am)

WTF/PM – at 1.30pm (leave school at 1.15pm, back by 2.45pm)

Children who attend all day on a Wednesday will visit the library twice.

We will be driving the children to the library in the school minibuses.  This will be done during school time and will not affect the times you bring or pick up your child from school. Please note that Stay and Read sessions won’t take place this day.

We need some adult volunteers to help us at the library.

Paper copies of the letters will be distributed after the holidays.

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Last week of term in Nursery!

February 9, 2018 at 2:40 pm

We can’t believe we are at the end of another half term! The children have been learning so much since returning in January. We think they are probably ready for a well-earned rest!

As part of our Literacy learning the children have been helping adults to read the story ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. We discussed the characters in the story, where the story is set and how the characters feel throughout the story. They particularly enjoyed speaking like a cross troll “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?” The children realised that there are different versions of the same story too. Perhaps when you next read a book with your child you could discuss the characters and where the story is set?

We have been practising our blending of simple CVC words by saying the rhyme:

‘Jack and Jill went walking, chattering and talking up the hill, down a hill, happily. They got to the top and decided to stop and Jack said “Jill what can you see?”

“I spy something with the sounds c-u-p”.

The children then have to work out what word it makes p-i-g = pig. It is a difficult skill to develop but important early reading skills.

In Mathematics we have been counting up to 20 and back from 10 and 5 to 0. We have also practised making marks to represent numbers and forming some numbers. We sang the songs ‘7 green bottles’ and ‘5 men in a flying saucer’ and worked out how many were left.

We have also had fun baking, making potion bottles using water, oil and glitter, play dough, fruit smoothies and having fun with our friends.

We wish you all a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing you all in a week!


The Nursery team

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February 2, 2018 at 4:48 pm


Our new ‘Finger Gym’ has playdough in and lots of tools to help make pizzas. We also have some pizza boxes which the children have been using to deliver pizzas. They have been taking orders and practising cutting pizzas into halves and quarters.


Look at us enjoying the new books we have in the classroom:


This week we have taught:

oa – boat, coat

oo – moon, soon

oo – book, cook


Maths fun outside completing Ten Frames for subtraction:

We have been continuing the learning from last week on subtraction. The children have been using number lines to jump backwards to complete subtractions. They found it quite tricky at the beginning of the week but have made lots of progress with this.

Have a lovely weekend.

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RF children have a French breakfast

February 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Another busy week!

This week some of the children have been interested in super heroes so have spent time designing and making masks and other essentials. The children really thought about what they wanted their equipment to look like and talked their ideas through with Mr Catto. The end results were very impressive and surely better than any Batman costume!

In Maths this week we have been talking about height and length. The children have been using language such as tall and short and longest and shortest. They really impressed me by taking the concepts they had learned as a class into the areas of provision. They put all the dinosaurs in order, built tall and short towers and mad long and short lines from lots of different resources. Well done!




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Another busy week in Nursery!

February 1, 2018 at 5:12 pm

There have been no monsters this week but the children have still been super busy. In phonics and music, we have been using the tap sticks to tap out syllables in the words avocado, broccoli and tomato. We also sing songs tapping the rhythm with our sticks. The children have listened carefully to the story ‘The 3 Little Pigs’. They joined in with the wolf “Little pig, little pig let me come in” and the pigs “Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin”. We talked about the characters and how they felt and recreated some of their expressions ourselves.

In our number work we had to help Charlie pack his case for his holiday. He had a list of things he needed and how many of each. The children had to either read the number or count the objects to work out how many of each item to pack. We have done lots of counting forwards and backwards.

We continue to encourage the children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ without being prompted and they are trying really hard.

We had another busy stay and read session: it was lovely to see some new faces reading stories to the children. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to come every week.

The children had a fabulous time at the pyjama party organised by Ayla. She planned the games and food. We enjoyed playing sleeping lions, dancing, pass the parcel and eating pizza!

The children are developing their friendships and it is lovely to watch them playing cooperatively together. We made slime this week that the children loved playing with. Playing with our friends…

Have a fun weekend, wrap up warm.

The Nursery team

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