RK Pumpkin winners

October 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

RK class have had a pumpkin design competition running all week. The children have really worked hard making some scary faces. Mrs Walton was the judge and she chose the designs by George and Ayla. They both got to make their faces on to real pumpkins and take them home.

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Another busy week in Nursery

October 26, 2018 at 10:46 am

The children have had a very busy week during the last week of their first half term in Nursery. The children have settled well and begun to form friendships and find their interests.

Here is what they have been doing this week…..


Playing with dough

Investigating ice

Taking pictures

Finding out about leaves and colour

Making pizzas



And finally…

Have a lovely holiday.

From the Nursery team.


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End of the first half term in RK!

October 26, 2018 at 6:55 am

Well we have reached the end of a very busy half term. The children have really settled in to school well and started to make progress. Many children are developing their self-confidence particularly during our learning time and this is great to see.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to parents evening it was lovely to share how well each child has done since starting full time school 8 weeks ago. I think we can all agree they deserve a week of rest!

In Literacy this week our tricky word was ‘the’. The children confidently put the word in to a sentence and made good attempts to write it. We have learnt the phonemes ck, e and u. The children are trying to get their heads around the fact that there are 2 phonemes which have the same sound but different grapheme – c, k and then there’s ck!! We are working hard to blend sounds together to hear words. Our main target is to get all the children to remember the sounds of the phonemes we have already learnt – s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u.

In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards to 10/20. Counting objects, which cannot be moved such as beats of a drum, claps and jumps. The numbers we have focused on are 6 and 7. We have been doing a lot of practical work using a 10’s frame. The children worked in pairs to show different numbers up to 7 using objects and the 10’s frame. They have even tried to draw their own 10’s frame. Lots of children ha e been inspired by the Numberblocks and are now drawing their own. We are also displaying some of the children’s work on the wall showing the different ways on which we can show number 6.

The rest of the week, we have been visiting the farm and learning about what the wind turbine does, looking at the pigs and feeding the chickens. We even found some eggs!

A fun time was had reading the book Gordon’s Great Escape, this led to children trying to blow their own balloons up! 3 children succeeded and we had some balloon races.

Many children are engaging in writing for different purposes – copying tray labels, writing their name, practising cursive script.

More photos of our week…


For parents who are new to school I hope you have all activated your Tapestry account. Tapestry is a fantastic way of seeing what your child does at school. Equally, it is great for us to see what the children do at home or during holidays. Please feel free to upload pictures and/or videos for us to share with your child at school. If you need any support with using Tapestry please come and see us and we can arrange a time to talk you through it.


RK class have had a fantastic half term. We wish everyone a super week off and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 5th November.

RK team

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Writers and Scientists in RH

October 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

We have had another fun-filled week in RH. The children are more than ready for a week off after after a very fun,  busy and tiring term.


This week we have revised the phonemes: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k. It is important that we continue to revise the phonemes that the children have previously learnt as they learn so many and sometimes forget them.

Phonemes learnt this week:


This week we have learnt the tricky word ‘no’. We had a go at forming the letters to write the word ‘no’ and the children made a really good attempt at this.


This week we have learnt about the numbers:

The Number block video for 7 talked about having 7 days in a week. We have practised saying the days of the week and have sung songs all week to try and help us remember the days of the week.


Alice brought in a nest that her Grandma had found in her garden. We looked at how the nest had been made and what the birds had used. We watched a video about birds making nests which explained why birds have nests and how they make them. The children then wanted to make their own nest so we collected materials from outside and made our very own nest. The children then made signs for the nest, making really good attempts at writing the word ‘nest’.

What else have we been doing?

After Half term

There are some key dates coming up after half term:

-On the  7th  November we have our Bonfire Extravaganza at school which everyone is welcome to join from 2.30 – 3.00pm

-On Monday 12th November  we have our school trip to Blackhills woods

-On the 22nd  November we have a Maths workshop running from 2.30-3.15pm and 6.45-7.00pm. Similarly to the Literacy workshop, it will give you an idea about how we teach maths and what you can do to support at home.

We hope you have a great half term and we will see you on Monday 5th November.

The RH team

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Busy bakers in RK this week!

October 19, 2018 at 3:04 pm

This week has been another busy one. The children are getting tired after such a long term although they are still listening and trying their best.

In phonics we revised all the phonemes we have already learnt – s, a, t, i, p, n, m, d, g and learnt the new phonemes o, c and k. The children thought of some their own words – carrot, cabbage, kick, kite.

We practised forming the letters remembering to start at the bottom. Many children found forming an o tricky. The video clip below (up to 1.30 mins) shows you how to form a cursive ‘o’.

Our tricky word this week was ‘no’. It was little harder for the children to put ‘no’ in to a sentence, although someone did say “No I don’t want to go to Nursery”. We continue to remember the tricky words we have already learnt – I and to.

Literacy Workshop

Thank you to the parents who came to the Literacy workshop yesterday. If you didn’t attend then we will give you your pack and explain the contents to you on parents evening

In Maths this week, we have been revising our knowledge of numbers 1 to 5. Showing adults different ways to represent the numbers. We ordered the numbers and then worked out which numbers were missing. The children created their own number tracks using pictures to represent the numbers. We are continuing to practise counting objects, which can’t be moved like claps and jumps.

In PE we had a Halloween themed lesson. The children had to practise their balancing on a broomstick, keeping fir on the trampettes, climbing up high and some creeping. They all did so well showing different ways of moving.

As part of our PSHCE the children are learning the meanings behind the hexagons in our school logo. They have talked about be happy, be healthy and this week they discussed what it means to be a great learner. They agreed that you need to try your best.

The rest of week we have been making soup, pancakes, baking, making slime, washing out numbers, hammering pegs in to pumpkins, practising forming the graphemes s, a, t, writing outside and lots more….

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A Birthday Party in RH

October 19, 2018 at 1:01 pm

What an exciting week we have had!

The children were very interested in birthdays at the beginning of the week and they were quite keen to have a birthday party. Believe it or not, it was our class Teddy, Tim’s birthday this week.

What did we do?

The children received a letter from Tim explaining that it was his birthday and that he didn’t have any friends to celebrate it with. It was his 5th birthday. We wrote a list of things we could do to help him celebrate. The children then decided to make invitations and cards for Tim. Lots of the children wrote the number ‘5’ on their cards and made good attempts at writing ‘To Tim’ on their cards/invitations.

Some children baked cakes for Tim which the children enjoyed after they played party games in the hall.


Our tricky word of the week was ‘no’.

In phonics we have learnt the phonemes:



In maths, the children have been consolidating their learning around numbers to 5. They have practically added ‘1 more’ to a block of cubes, ordered numbers to 5 and had a go at writing numbers 1 to 5 on a number track. They have done very well with this.


The children have been climbing, jumping, crawling, balancing and moving in PE.


Other learning:

We have also read a book about being angry this week. The children have shared things that make them angry and we have talked about strategies to help us when we’re angry, for example counting to 5.

Other News

Thank you to all the parents/carers that attended the Literacy Workshop. We hope that you found useful. For those of you that couldn’t attend, we will hand out some information at Parents’ Evening.

Parents Evening is next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you haven’t already signed up for an appointment, please contact the school office to make one.

Have a great weekend.

The RH team

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Lots of Maths in Nursery

October 19, 2018 at 11:24 am



This week the children have been demonstrating their Maths skills both inside and outside.


The children were looking at shapes on the playground as they practised on the balance bikes.


The children have been using magnetic shapes to create all sorts of things. Someone made a pair of glasses from squares and other children made pizzas from the triangles. They have also been using the 2D shapes to make 3D shapes. They counted 6 squares out and made cubes from them with some adult support. They loved the satisfaction of then being able to make them independently.

One child was very keen to help setting the table for lunch so was able to count out the plates and knives and forks.

In the ‘Funky Finger’ area the children have been making pictures with natural materials. Some of the small woodland creatures have numbers on the back so they children had opportunities to recognise numbers and put them in order from 1 to 10.

Some other photos…


Don’t forget that next week we have our Open Evenings. They are on Tuesday and Wednesday during Parent’s Evening. Tuesday 3.45pm until 6pm and Wednesday 3.45pm until 7pm. These are drop in sessions for you to come and have a look around and chat to staff.

Have a good weekend.

From the Nursery team.


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Spooky things happening in RH…

October 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm

There have been spooky things happening in RH this week. Some of the children had been drawing pictures of spooky characters, so we put some spooky things in the classroom. The children have decorated the house for Halloween, made magic wands and hats and have been dancing to spooky music. We have also been reading spooky stories and we even had a spooky PE lesson this week.


This week we have learnt the tricky word /to/. We have practised saying the word in a sentence, reading the word and writing the word.

The children have learnt the phonemes:

Here are some videos to help you pronounce the phonemes correctly at home:





We have been learning about the word ‘crunch’ this week as the children have been crunching in the leaves outside. We discussed the season of Autumn and we discussed how trees change in Autumn.


In maths this week, the children have learnt about the number 5.

Number 5:

As well as this, we have spent some time modelling how to draw a number of things and how to form the numbers 1-5. The children have had a go at following instructions to draw a number of things on a plate:

School Learning Hive

Last week we looked at the ‘Be happy’ hexagon and we read a story called ‘Everybody Feels Happy’. The children then reflected on what makes them happy.






This week, we have looked at ‘Be a good citizen’ as Vanshika had completed some charity work at the weekend. We also talked about how to be a ‘good citizen’ in school.






What else has been happening?


A couple of weeks ago, you should have received a letter containing information about Tapestry with a permission slip to return. If you have not sent in your permission slip, please do this as soon as possible. Everyone has now been sent an activation email (please check your junk email folders if you haven’t seen it) which gives you access to your child’s Tapestry observations.   If you have any questions or you’re unsure about Tapestry, please ask a member of the RH team.

Literacy Workshop

Don’t forgot our Literacy workshop is on Thursday 18th October. There are two time slots for the workshop, 2.30-3.15 and 6.45-7.30. The workshops are really valuable and show you how we teach Literacy in Reception and what systems we have in place. Hopefully, it may answer some of the questions below that you may have:

We hope you have a great weekend.

The RH team


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This week in Nursery

October 11, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Another busy week!

The children have been doing lots of varied things this week and having fun.


Baking is an important part of life in Nursery and this week children began to learn how to bake buns. The children learn which ingredients they need and how to weigh them out. They mix them together and spoon the mixture into cases. An adult will put them in the oven and the children will look through the glass to see when they are ready.


Lots of things have been happening this week. The creative corner is very popular and one girl who loves working there wanted to help to set up new storage containers. She was a fantastic help!

Some children made hand prints ready to display in the creative corner.

Other children were very interested in playing with the whales in the water. They also enjoyed finding out about them.

Finally writing for a purpose. One child made a model and wanted to draw a picture of it. He went to get some paper and a pencil and began to draw his picture. He was encouraged to write his name on it so that he could identify it as his.

Tapestry observations

We have been doing lots of observations of the children over the last few weeks. These show parents what children have been doing and what objectives they have achieved. Please remember to activate your account if you have not already done so.

Have a lovely weekend from all the Nursery team.

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A super exciting week in RK!

October 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm

What a super fun week we have had in RK this week! The children are really trying their best and working so hard learning letter sounds, tricky words and numbers. As well as remembering to share, listen, put their hands up, pleases and thank you’s.


This week we have revised the phonemes – s, a, t, i, p, n. They have been introduced to our new phonemes – m, d, g. The children have sorted objects for all the phonemes and practised forming the letters. We are practising sounding out and blending CVC words.


Our tricky word of the week was ‘to’. The children thought of sentences with the word ‘to’ in and tried to spell the word.

Phonics Workshop

Do not forget our phonic workshop is on Thursday 18th October. We are running 2 sessions for this one at 2.30pm and at 6.45pm. This is will give you the opportunity to find out how we teach phonics and how this links in to reading.


This week we have focused on revising the numbers from 1-4 and introduced the number 5. We challenge the children to show us different ways they can show us numbers, what number comes before___, what number comes after.

Today we have introduced the children to a tens frame. The children will put objects in the frame and count how many they have. They then match this to the correct Numicon piece.

School trip

We had a super trip to Leeds City Library. The children wrote their own train tickets and particularly enjoyed going on the train. I hear the best bit was having a biscuit on the train on the way back! They all did super well walking such a long way and listening to adults. We were so proud of them. A huge thank you to our parent volunteers.

The children have been enjoying listening to a number of stories by the author Nick Sharratt. We think the favourite one is ‘Mixed up Fairy Tales’.


You will have received and sent back you permission letters for Tapestry. You will have been sent an activation email. This gives you access to your child’s Tapestry observations. If you have not sent in your permission slip then please do as soon as possible. Please check your junk mail folders for the activation email. If you have any questions or are unsure about Tapestry then please ask a member of the RK team.

The rest of our week in photos…

Have a wonderful weekend

The RK team


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