A busy week in RF

February 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm


Another full week in RF!




This week the children have been very busy outside. They have been investigating water slides and fishing for numbered ducks. Some children were making sandcastles and working on their maths at the same time by counting the castles and then saying how many they would have if they had 1 more.

Other children were singing and dancing or racing each other to see who was the fastest on the bikes. They made predictions to see who they thought would be the fastest and then tested to see if they were right. Some of the children were working on woodwork projects. They strengthened the muscles in their hand and wrists by hammering nails into a very hard block of wood whilst also making a pattern with the nails to wrap wool around. Some children went to the farm and planted seeds.

Inside was just as busy!

The children have been learning how to use number lines so that next week they can use them to work out addition and subtraction calculations. They used a number line on the whiteboard and then used smaller individual ones. A group of children wanted to find out how tall they were so found a tape measure and measured their friends and recorded the results.

One child was interested in making circuits so we collected all the equipment we needed and then Mr Wilson came in to give a demonstration. This activity was also very good for strengthening the muscle in fingers to help with writing. Mask making was also popular this week.

Next week in Phonics we will be revising Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and practising reading them in words. We will also consolidate the tricky words we have been learning and use them in writing.

Have a good weekend,

From all the staff in RF

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Busy Bees in RH

February 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm

We hope you all had a lovely half term. The children have settled back into school well and have been extremely busy.


We have reviewed the phonemes we have learnt last term as assessments showed that the children hadn’t picked up some of the later (and trickier) phonemes. We have looked at /ai/ /ee//igh//oa/ /oo/ /ar/ /or/ /ur/ and have particularly focussed on identifying the phonemes in words and reading them.


The children have completed lots of number work this week. They have  used Numicon, becoming familiar with the pieces and saying what one more or one less than a number is. They have also been counting on from different numbers and finding children who have the same numbers.

‘Busy Bee’ books

The children have been given a writing book this week called their ‘Busy Bee’ book. They can write in their books whenever they want and about anything they want. The books are special to the children and they have loved writing in them this week – some children have even written in their books twice! The books encourage the children to sit their letters on a line and we encourage the children to write sentences in their books as they’re expected to be able to write a sentence by the end of Reception.

The children also have a ‘success criteria’ alongside each piece of work which highlights what the children can do in their writing and what their next steps are.

Some examples of the children’s writing:


The children’s individual targets have been stuck to their pictures and are on display. A few parents have found this useful as they have been able to see what their child’s targets area and work on them at home.

What else has been happening?

Hassan made an airport with some help from Eesa.

Aniyah made a cake shop.

Viaan made a book about animals.

Alise wanted to make a maths sheet for her friends so she did this and then taught a maths lesson. She started with Bingo and then taught children about finding ‘one more’ than a number.

Pyjama Evening

Don’t forget it is our Pyjama Evening on:

Thursday 1st March from 6.15pm – 7.00pm

The Foundation Stage classrooms will be transformed into cosy rooms where you can settle down to listen to different stories in your pyjamas.

It is a lovely evening – we hope you can attend!

Have a great weekend.

The RH team



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Welcome back Nursery!

February 23, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great week off. Thank you to everyone who has shared photos and information about their half term holidays. We are slowly getting through all the children sharing what they have been doing. It is great to listen to all the detail about everything they have been busy with. It isn’t too late to send us a Tapestry observation.

In Literacy this week the children have been acting out the story of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ either using puppets or themselves as the characters. We are encouraging the children to tell us a story by using the pictures in well-known story books. In phonics we continue to practise sounding out and blending CVC words using our Jack and Jill song. New words this week included tin, fox, rat and van. The children are doing well listening to the sounds and hearing the word it makes. It is a good game to play at home too.

In our number work we have been counting forwards to 20 and back from 5 and 10. The children then had a pile of toys to sort out – how could they do it? A little problem solving and also counting how many were in each group. We have enhanced some areas with shape resources. We have introduced the children to the artist ‘Wassily Kandisky’. They have used circles to create some beautiful pictures some of which are displayed on the classroom window. They have also been busy making shape pictures using nails and hammers.

Farsley Library trip

Don’t forget we have our trip to Farsley library next Wednesday 28th February.  The children can come to school this day dressed up. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help. We are still in need of volunteers for the afternoon trip.

The children have been super busy baking, playing team/board games, storytelling, playing outside, painting, making shape pictures and lots more!

Have a great weekend, wrap up warm.

The Nursery team

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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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